May 21 Communiqué

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Dear Sunnyside Family,

This week at Sunnyside has been a week to remember. Lee & Marji Venden have been our guests, faithfully proclaiming the centrality of Jesus in our religious experience. As I have mingled with people before and after meetings, I’ve heard words like “refreshing,” “Life-changing,” “enriching.” Consistently, the Vendens have reminded us of the simplicity of the gospel.  Just as importantly, they have reinforced the basic tactics by which we can daily connect with Jesus. But this simple, compelling message has re-focused and re-invigorated many to know Jesus as a friend and stay connected with Him throughout each day. If you’ve been unable to attend the meetings, you can still catch the content at

I have been impressed that the “All About Jesus” message has been the right message for this time in the life of Sunnyside Church.  As we lock in on our vision for the future and discover how God will lead us to interact with our community, our connection to Jesus is vital as we become “living witnesses” for Him.  As we take steps to connect more meaningfully with each other, a vibrant spiritual life is the glue that connects us together.

I’m reminded of Ellen White’s perspective that before the latter rain would be poured out, “there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times.” As Lee Venden has convincingly shared with us this week, “primitive godliness” has less to do with what we do and everything to do with Knowing Jesus.

May we answer the call as a community to know Jesus better, to love Him more deeply, to reflect Him more fully as we interact with each other and with those in our city.

“All About Jesus” continues tonight at 6:30 (complimentary supper beforehand) and tomorrow at 8:45 AM, 11:15 AM, 2 PM (complimentary lunch provided).  I hope you’ll plan to be here for a day full of inspiration.


Pastor Jonathan

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday evening, 6:30 pm, Lee Venden continues his series with “Comforter and Friend. Just prior to the meeting at 5:30 pm, there will be a complimentary meal served in the fellowship hall. Come and join us!

We have been blessed to have Lee and Marji Venden with us this past weeVenden snapshotk. Today, Sabbath, they will finish their series, two different presentations for our worship services, and one this afternoon at 2:00 pm, Is Jesus Enough.” Lunch for attendees will be provided. Vendens work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars designed to deepen one’s spirituality by assisting in the development of a personal walk with Christ. The Vendens’ presentations are characterized by clear, practical suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful relationship with Jesus.

This evening at 7:00, PASO Portland Adventist String Orchestra & Opus Strings will present a concert “Reunited for Heaven,” celebrating their 10th year of music. This will be their season finale reunion concert directed by Hunter Petty.

Pray for comfort and peace for the families and friends of…

Calvin Hartnell who passed away April 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him tomorrow, Sunday, May 22, 10:30 am, here at Sunnyside Church.

ReNew Sunnyside is quickly making a difference throughout our facility. It is time once again to do a carpet pull! We need volunteers to help pull carpet on tomorrow, Sunday, May 22, 2–4 pm. If you can help, please contact Carl Haggerty 917-374-6453.

Church Announcements 


It’s almost graduation time! If you have a graduate or know of one, please contact the church office with their name, email a picture, list their grade and the school they are attending as soon as possible so we can extend our congratulations to them – email:, phone 503-252-8080.

Our Church Business meeting will be June 1, 7:00 pm in the Sandy Room. Our agenda is: (1) Devotional (2) Past Business and Board Minutes (3) Membership Business (4) Financial Report (5) 2016-2017 Budget (6) ReNew Report (7) 20/20 Vision. Place this date on your calendar and come join us for this very important meeting.

First Friday will be held on June 3 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. This First Friday will feature praise and worship by Sunnyside’s praise team and an inspirational thought from Manny Taiblum who survived a German detention camp in WWII Poland. We really hope you will be able to join us. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.

Vacation Bible School is July 11-15. This year’s theme is Cave Quest – Following Jesus, the Light of the World. As always, we are soliciting volunteers. We need volunteers in every area. If you have helped in years past, please give Emilie a call; if you have never helped, we have a place for you. Please contact Emilie Butler, 503-853-4264 or,if you are available to help.

Student assistance applications are now available. For those families seeking aid in attending one of our Adventist schools for the 2016-2017 school year, contact the church office on how to receive assistance. Applications must be received by June 1.

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your support of the Family Resource Network. Many families have received the urgent help they needed because of your generosity. Mark your envelope “Family Resource Network” or account number 488.



June 18, 5:30 pm: Strawberry Vespers
                  8:00 pm: Heritage Singers
July 11-15, 6:30 pm: Vacation Bible School

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

Our principal search is over, thanks to God’s incredible timing. He is good!

Urgent announcement!
Portland Adventist Academy needs substitute teachers. Substitutes do not need a teaching certificate but must have a college degree. Please contact PAA at 503.255.8372 if you’re interested and have a few flexible hours a week to share.

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

Come be a part of the team – Camp Meeting Team!
Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, please consider volunteering during camp meeting this year. We’re looking for hard-working individuals who want to be involved serving God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it.  We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 14 – 16) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 19 – 23) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety and security. We will also need licensed RNS & EMTs. Whether you can work one day or all week we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer go to or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at 503- 850-3575.


May 21, 4:00 pm: Multicultural Benefit Vespers with Esther Nakashima.
Join Esther Nakashima & friends for a wonderful evening of culture and music. A love offering will be taken to benefit the Nakashima family’s school in the Philippines. Invite a friend!
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

August 26-28, 2016: Impact Your Health Portland 2016.
A free medical, dental, and vision clinic weekend. You can volunteer for this event by visiting Needed volunteers include physicians, nurses, EMTs, lifestyle counselors, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, mental health counselors, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, translators, greeters, registration clerks, barbers/hair stylists, massage therapists, food coordinators, security, and prayer warriors. Contact Jenny Jin at or 408-805-5864, or Carl Parker at or 971-803-2337. This special event is being sponsored by Adventist Medical Evangelism Network – AMEN.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy Gym.

Job Opportunities:

His Praise Seeks a new Support Coordinator
His Praise Men’s Chorus is looking for someone who can devote their third Sabbath each month between September and May (except December) to helping the chorus move their equipment to the venue where they will be performing, set it up and run the sound for the chorus, put it all back in the trailer then move it to the next venue and do the same thing again. Members of the chorus help load/unload the equipment. A vehicle with a trailer hitch would be needed to haul the trailer full of equipment. Anyone interested in this position should contact the chorus president, Wes Wilbur at 360-936-1401 or for a complete job description.

PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Please send resume to or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant.For more information, please visit, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to

The Oregon Conference Trust and Treasury Department is hiring a senior accounting clerk. For more information, please visit, , click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to


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