December 24 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

Merry Christmas!

We’re almost there!  It has been a month full of school music concerts, holiday get-togethers, brightly wrapped cookies or fudge, traffic nightmares, snow storms, Christmas services and concerts, and more. After all of that, Christmas has finally arrived!

For many of us, the next two days will be filled with the sweet chaos of holiday music and gifts under trees. In the midst of it all, I wish for you the hope and peace that comes as a gift from our Savior to each of us.

For some of us, Christmas will be a different experience. An empty house. An empty heart. No gifts or people to whom to give them. If that’s your reality, I wish for you the faith and love that comes through the Spirit of Christ. For each of us, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.”  May remembering the gift of the Anointed One add rich warmth to your holiday, wherever you may be.

God’s blessing to each of you this Christmas. I hope to see you at a concert on Friday or a worship service on Sabbath as we celebrate the gift of our Lord together.


Pastor Jonathan Russell



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.

Marlane Heiser has spent a lot of time and done an amazing job of organizing and preparing the Beginner’s classroom for a great new program. Good job Marlane and thank you!

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday, December 23, 7:00 pm, the 35th Annual Family Christmas Vespers will take place. 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.

This Sabbath, December 24, at 10:45 am, we will enjoy music and readings titled “A Service of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.”

Church Announcements

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, 503-853-4264, 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. As a church family, we will be sharing communion and light refreshments.

Year-End Receipts – If you would like your contributions receipted in 2016, they must be postmarked by December 31, or you may drop them in the mail slot near the outside entrance door at the children’s wing of the church.

Church services next week, December 31, will resume their normal time. First worship service will be at 8:45 am, Bible study classes, 10:00 am, and second worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Sunday, January 8, 2:00 pm, there will be a baby shower for Shawn and Matt its-a-boyMandrones! They are registered at BabiesRUs. Their nursery theme is elephants in blue and gray. For more information contact Dianne Glovatsky, 503-706-5611.

Coming to Sunnyside in January 2017: “Our Adventist Heritage.” This will be a seminar examining the origin and development of the Seventh-day Adventist church with an eye towards strengthening our faith in Jesus, our Leader. Produced by Warren Rushold, David Schmidt, and Scott LeMert. This seminar will feature a variety of presenters and presentation styles. Sessions will start Sabbath, January 21, at 4:00 pm. A full schedule will be available in mid-January.

Family Resource Network –A Thank You!  by Richard Gingrich, Chair.
It has been quite a journey God has led us on over the past six years. This experience, the intentional reaching out to the members of our church family and to our community – has not been solely the province of our committee. Most of the members of our church family that are in need don’t request help, but you are our eyes and ears bringing, the needs to our attention. It may be someone who needs help with their rent or their light bill or maybe someone who needs a new roof. Before we even know about it, there has been a group organized to do the work, but needs money for the materials. Or maybe it is a young single woman who has to drive a car to her first job and then, when the car breaks down her repair is almost $2,000. You helped these people. You helped when fire destroyed their belongings. You have helped people obtain shelter during the recent cold spell. And you have helped the refugee children receive Christmas gifts, Bibles and winter clothing.

Though the recession is over, single mothers with young children often live from pay check to pay check to cover rising rent, and the cost of child care. When such an emergency arises, they need help and, thanks to you, we have always been able to supply that need.

Thank You, Thank You. Thank You!

Life at Sunnyside
Tom Kramer

Tom Kramer










Richard Zaversnuke

Richard Zaversnuke

George White

George White

Chelsea and Marlan Glovtasky

Chelsea and Marlan Glovtasky


Matt Mandrones


Mickey Ye, Taylor and Crystal Kielman

Mickey Ye, Taylor and Crystal Kielman

Jan Clayton, Pastor Kara

Jan Clayton, Pastor Kara









Adventist Education

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

Walla Walla University
How to Pay for College—Online Webinar
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College”  on Wednesday, January 11, at 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services team and the Marketing and Enrollment Services team. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. Register at

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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