December 17 Communiqué

Apologies for the Communique’ that went out earlier. Our system crashed and in the process, sent out last week’s Communique’ again. Here is our current one!

Don’t miss other Announcements  &  Week At a Glance in the Church Bulletin (Click here)


Dear Church Family,

We are praying that you are safe and warm as you read this. It has been quite a week! Even the snow-excitement of this Aussie Pastor was tempered as we witnessed the difficulties that people faced as they tried to get home! However, alongside that immense frustration, shone God’s spirit of grace as people went out of their way to help each other; strangers that would otherwise never connect. Noble spirits that would possibly lay slightly dormant in the hectic pace of life. Dark times can be like that. They can allow, even facilitate, light to be seen that would otherwise go unnoticed.

I am reminded of John’s words in John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” He wrote that during very dark times; life was hard, persecution real. However, God’s presence continued to be real, His Kingdom built, as His people chose to love, even in the darkness. Family, let us keep choosing to love, choosing to be the family that we are called to be.

On a practical note, snow is forecast for this Sabbath, and though Church will continue, we encourage you to stay safe and join us via live-streaming if travel is questionable. 

In Him, 

Pastor Kara Dale


Send your “shout-outs” to, so we can include them in next week’s Communiqué. This is a place you can recognize someone for doing good, or going beyond expectations.

Special appreciation to Lloyd and Lorrie Wescott for all the work they silently do around the church — keeping the flowers gorgeous, fixing food whenever we need it, being there whenever and wherever we need them, and so much more. Thank you Lloyd and Lorrie. We appreciate you!

News & Notes

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath, December 17, our worship service is at 10:45 am, the third in our Christmas series. Pastor Jonathan will bring us our Bible Message titled “Joy on a Silent Night”. The handbell choir and instrumentalists will join in providing our music.”

This afternoon, December 17, 5:00 pm, there will be a reception and carols honoring Melvin and Betty West. At the end of the month, they will be moving to Walla Walla. Invite your friends and family and join us in this special time together. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.

Church Announcements

Friday, December 23, 7:00 pm, the 35th annual Family Christmas concert will be here at Sunnyside. Invite your friends to enjoy an evening of Christmas music presented by some of Portland’s finest musicians. Bring your “Messiah” score and join in singing the program finale – the “Hallelujah Chorus.” An offering will be received to help feed the hungry homeless Sunday breakfast each week in O’Bryant Square.

Our exercise class is canceled. It will resume on January 10. Please watch the bulletin for dates and times, depending on weather conditions.

Ladies! December 28, 6:00 pm, a bridal shower will be conducted for Pastor Kara. Plan now to come and make this a memorable moment for her! A light dinner will be served. For more details email or call Emilie, 503-83-4265 or Dianne

 Friday, December 30, we will celebrate Agape Communion Service together at 7:00 pm. Plan to experience again the “oneness” that our Lord prayed for in John 17. We will be sharing as a family, Communion and light refreshments.

Family Resource Network –Christmas gifts / Bibles: If you would like to make Christmas a happy day for the children of the refugee families, mark your gift “Family Resource Network, Christmas gifts.” For those that can read some English, we will give children’s Bibles, teen Bibles, and for the adults, a Bible in their native tongue. We have a special need for children’s car seats. Contact Dan Patchin – 503-593-7956. 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 enve

BellsChristmas at Sunnyside!  Prince of PeaceBells
Mark Your Calendar!

Christmas season, Sabbaths, December 3-24, our worship services will be combined. Sabbath School begins at 9:30 am; Worship Service begins at 10:45 am.
▪ December 17, 5:00 pm: Reception and carols with Melvin & Betty West
▪ December 23, 7:00 pm: 35th Annual Family Christmas Vespers
▪ December 24, 10:45 am: Sunnyside Festival Choir
▪ December 30, 6:00 pm: Communion Service – Agape

Life at Sunnyside

“Sweet Dog Captures Heart of Foster Boy.”



“Sweet Dog Captures Heart of Foster Boy.”


Toys collected for Cherrypark Elementary students. Thank you for your generosity!

Toys collected for Cherrypark Elementary students. Thank you for your generosity!


Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
PAASS Miracle Story:
PAASS Auction Goal Met!:
Is it too early to say “Merry Christmas”…?
Merry Christmas, anyway!

Area Events

December 1-30: ABC Sale.
The Adventist Book Center’s holiday sale is December 1-30, 2016. For all the details, download the sale flyer at 

 June 24-July 1, 2017: Heritage Singers Cruise.
Heritage invites you to come along to Alaska for a week of fellowship, a lot of music, and good food in celebration of our 45th year of music and ministry. This will be the last cruise Heritage will do, so come and make history with us. Space is limited, so reserve your cabins early. All the information in this brochure link, and there is more information about the cruise on our website

Living Hope International is looking for a 27 to 30-foot Class C recreational vehicle to replace our aging truck. Using an RV rather than a newer truck would save the cost and effort of installing a generator, water reservoir, and water heater, plus it would have plenty of room to store tables, stoves, and our other equipment.  If you have an RV you rarely use and would appreciate an end-of-year tax write-off, we would LOVE to hear from you. Help us to continue in our ministry to feed Sunday morning breakfast to the homeless and food-insecure in Portland.  lease call Maurice Kivitt at 503-708-8464 or contact him by email:


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