October 1 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

This week has been a week full of wonder. Oregon pastors met together in Rockaway Beach for our annual pastors’ conference.  The weather was pristine. The clear blue sky framed “Twin Rocks” as the surf rolled in to the beach. God revealed Himself through the relentless power of the water, the brisk presence of the cool breeze, and the glorious view of the pristine sky.

Together, the family got to play human-sized foosball, mini-golf, frisbee golf, and my kids’ new favorite game: Gaga ball (Curious? Search GaGa Ball on Youtube!) God revealed Himself as we spent time together, reminding us of the meaning of family connection, love, and even forgiveness.

Through the meetings, Ty Gibson shared the gospel anew as we wrestled with how to be more Christ-centered and gospel-focused in our Oregon churches and ministry. God revealed Himself through the clear, resounding presentation of the gospel and the spirits of everyone who listened.

Upon arriving back in Portland, God revealed Himself through the excited energy of ministry leaders as they prepared for tomorrow’s ministry fair.

The week was full of wonder, because God was there.  I hope that you also saw Him at work somewhere in your life.

As we experience this Sabbath we will celebrate the faithful work of countless volunteers and the ministries in which they are involved.  God has called us to this time and place to inspire a community of people toward a life transformed by Jesus. Every ministry, in its context is advancing mission of inspiring this community and I can’t wait for us to recognize those ministries.  I’m also praying that someone will be moved to be a bit more involved in ministry — a bit more invested in the mission through their talent and energy.

Tomorrow will be a good day.  I hope to see you there.


Pastor Jonathan Russell

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Sabbath, October 1, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will bring us our Bible message titled “Life Together: Talented.”

Our monthly fellowship potluck is today immediately following the second service. You are invited to stay, enjoy great food, good friendships, and make new acquaintances

Church Announcements

Sabbrobert-glass-1ath, October 8, 5:00 pm, Encounters With God features Robert Glass as he takes us through his travels of “Modern & Ancient”  Israel (Jerusalem) and Jordan. He will take us through his recent visit of temples, synagogues, churches, and incredible archeological digs, “tells” and monuments. Discorg-3ver the Jewish people’s strength and their incredible relationship and faith in God. Follow as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps (from His birth to His death) as He traveled through trb-2he Middle East changing lives of millions of men and women from millenniums to come and yet to come. Walk up to the Western Wall, top of Masada, the Dome of the Rock, Petra, Dead Sea, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, River Jordan, and more. Follow along as we walk in, over, and around history dating back almost 5,000 years.



Women’s Chorus Rehearsals: Please join the women of Meadow Glade and the women of Sunnyside as we sing together for the worship services of November 5. There is nothing quite like a large group of women singing together – both hearing and actually singing with the group. We need your voice to swell the sound of praise – two anthems accompanied by handbells – creating a truly unique musical experience. Please consider the following choices of rehearsals to learn the music:

  1. a) during first service today at 9:00 am in the Choir Room
  2. b) following potluck this Sabbath, in Choir Room about 1:45 or 2
  3. c) Tuesday evening, October 11, 7:00-8:00 pm in the Choir Room

Other rehearsals will be announced later. Please communicate your interest and support with Rosemayne, 503-730-5317 or rosemaynet@frontier.com. Thank you!

Sunnyside Church Choir is open to new choir members! Practice is every Thursday at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. If you would like to join, come to practice on Thursday or contact Karl Helton at KarlWHelton@gmail.com.

Family Resource Network Thank you for your continued 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”/act. #488.

The Family Resource Network is forming a Cultural Navigator Team to support the SDA refugees from the Congo that are being resettled in Portland. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to join us in supporting the needs of these people. Thank you for considering these worthy members of our church family. For more information contact Dick Gingrich, RichardAGingrich@aol.com.

Joe Stone, a former Sunnyside member and a friend of many, passed away September 3. A memorial service will be conducted for him at Stone Tower Church October 2, 11:00 am.

Life At Sunnyside

Choir members enjoying food together!

Choir members enjoying food together!

Jon Pitts

Jon Pitts




David Schmidt

David Schmidt

Guy Dove, Lucy Russell, Jeremy Barber

Guy Dove, Lucy Russell, Jeremy Barber

César De León 

César De León

Gary Irland, Heidi Hill

Gary Irland, Heidi Hill

NPUC 28th Constituency Session

NPUC 28th Constituency Session

Paul Dragulin

Paul Dragulin

Richard Kieper

Richard Kieper

Joni Nolan, Joanne Dixon, Kathy Rosenquist, Stant Sturges, David Cornelius

Joni Nolan, Joanne Dixon, Kathy Rosenquist, Stant Sturges, David Cornelius


Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

We welcomed six new teachers and a new principal who was introduced earlier this summer. We are also expecting two new staff members to join us later this year! That’s nine total new staff members! All of this means a lot of changes and wonderful new programs for our students. The future is, indeed, bright  Meet Portland Adventist Academy’s new teachers! http://paasda.org/news/paa-welcomes-new-teachers/

Portland Adventist Elementary

Area Events

September 11-October 2: Adventist Book Center Sale.
Save $2 per can on FriChick and Choplets plus many other specials. For all the details, download the sale flyer atwww.abcflyer.com . To receive future sale information by email, you can sign up at www.abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.

October 7, 7:15-8:30 pm: First Friday.
The October First Friday service will feature praise and worship by the Adventist Medical Center praise band and an inspirational thought from Rico Hill, television executive turned motivational speaker and health coach. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner is currently open and will run through Tuesday, October 4.  Be sure to reserve your spot! Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Soup and Salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Reistration link: https://www.adventisthealth.org/nw/event/first-friday-soup-and-salad-dinner.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheaters.

October 8, 5:00 pm: Dr. Calvin Taylor in concert.
With an unusually large hand span of over 1 1/2 octaves, Dr. Taylor presents sounds and colors which would normally require four hands. Beloved hymns, well-known spirituals, classics, and patriotic music take on new significance.
Event Location: Vancouver Adventist Community Church.

October 9: Upper Columba Academy Alumni Circle of Friends.
Foundation ONE is providing an opportunity for UCA alumni to get together with your Greater Portland Area schoolmates on Sunday, October 9. So if you do not make it to Homecoming on `the campus October 1, you have another chance locally a week later. If you have not received an invitation, contact Linda Klinger at (509) 939-1716 for information about the time and place of the event.

October 28-30: Oregon’s 30th Annual Women’s Retreat.
“Living a Long and Beautiful Life”, will host Loretta Bacchiocchi, NP of Creation Health, and special musical guest Lisa Marie Buster. Breakout speakers are Rise Rafferty, RD, Peggy Casebier, RN, MA, Rachel Griebel, PT. Teen speaker: Elise LeBlanc. Teens coming with a mom or mentor come for only $25! To attend, register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587. We have extended the discount rate of $129.00 to October 13th.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort , Redmond, Oregon.

October 30, 1:00-5:00 pm: |Annual Fall Festival.
Fun for the entire family! Festive games and activities! Fall inspired food and treats! Something for everyone. We will start our ticket presale on Thursday, October 13, and will sell tickets after school through October 28. Presale price is 100 tickets for $20. At the door tickets will cost $25/100. All are welcome! Plan to join us for a fun-filled time!
Event Location: Rivergate Elementary School.

Job Opportunities
Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary:
Bookkeeper: A bookkeeper opening at 32 hours a week is available beginning October 3, 2016, at Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary. For a full job description please visit the link below or contact Ric Peinado at 360-687-5121 or at rpeinado@mgaes.org.

Project Patch:
Has several positions available:
Admissions Coordinator, Girls Dorm Day Staff. and Night Staff.
Click on the link for more information: http://projectpatch.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/


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