March 25 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

I had the delightful privilege of going on a date with my husband this last week and he took me to see the amazing “Hidden Figures.” A brilliant film which left me tearful, inspired, and intensely angry all at once. The plot traces the story of Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician who could be regarded as making the principal contribution to this country’s success in the race for space.

Heard of her? Perhaps not. And that is the point. It wasn’t until 2016 that her astounding contribution was officially acknowledged. Wonderful that she has been acknowledged while she is still alive – at age 97. Grotesquely wrong that it took 60+ years.

As powerful as this story is, it is not alone in its cry for a better world, for justice, for right. We are confronted daily by the void of justice in this world. At times it hits much closer to home than the nightly news and our hearts cry, joining, according to Romans, the very physical fabric of this planet that we call home (8:23).

The inspiring note of the story, however, is that she was acknowledged. It took far longer than it should have, but it happened. The wrongs in our own lives can seem to take far longer than they should to be made right. Sometimes the struggle can seem interminable. But the end of the story is sure –the God of love wins.

In the words of C.S. Lewis:

Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight.
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.
C.S Lewis, Narnia.

Therefore, we don’t lose hope….

 Pastor Kara Johnsson



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.

A shout out to Dick Gingrich for his tireless efforts with the Family Resource Network. He is constantly working behind the scenes to help people who are struggling financially. Thank you, Dick, for all the kind, and caring attention you extend to others. And thank you, Gwen, for graciously sharing Dick with us!

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend


Our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “In Between.” 

Sunday, March 26, 10:30
am, join us in the Columbia room to celebrate Stephanie and Tim Taylor’s new baby to be born April 28. Refreshments will be served. They are registered at


Church Announcements

The month of March is “Update Our Directory” month. Please review your information to make sure it is current. We also need your picture. You may forward a photo you like, update it yourself through the online directory, or there will be a crew in each of the lobbies to take a snapshot we can use. Send your updated information and pictures to

Sabbath, March 25, 4:00 pm, the Sunnyside Handbell Choir will present a vespers program at the Village Church. Visit someone you know who lives there, join them for the vespers program, and support Sunnyside’s Handbell Choir at the same time.

Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

Family Resource Network thank you for your generous support. Many families have been helped thanks to you. Mark your envelope account #488. Urgent current need: Newborn baby boy clothes, sofa, and blankets. Contact Marie 503-998-3754.

Transportation Needed:
If you have four wheels, a drivers license, and a few free minutes on Sabbath morning, we need you! Actually, our refugee families need you. As a church, we have undertaken the mentoring of about 50 individuals who have come to our country from the Congo or Uganda seeking peace, security, a new start in this life, and the opportunity to worship with their Seventh-day Adventist family. Someday these folks will have their own vehicles and won’t need this help, but until that day they are depending on you and me. Each Sabbath morning we provide transportation for these wonderful folks to our Sunnyside Adventist Church. As summer approaches with vacations and other distractions, we are going to need help in this transportation project. Could you help? Or if you would like more information, please call Dick Gingrich (503 252 9384) or Dan Patchin (503 665 8500). More hands, or cars and drivers, will help lift the load for all involved. Thanks so much for considering this opportunity for Christian outreach.

Life at Sunnyside

Betty Woodland

Julie Smith

Isaac Nziacharo

Annika Geschke, Jan Schmidt

Pastor Jonathan Russell

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA Students Bring Project Based Learning to Small SDA School:

Find out how Project Based Learning and Mission Focused Learning helped Portland Adventist Academy and McMinnville Adventist Christian School collaborate for a day of hands-on learning and mission building of Together As One.

We’re going to Cuba!
March 16-30, Portland Adventist Academy Spanish class students are among the select group of high school students invited to come on this mission led by Andrews University. In recent years, missionaries have been making paths and building strong relationships in Cuba. Andrews University professors of Theology have been working with SDA ministers in Cuba and helping them with the resources they lack. This is a powerful movement that we get to be a part of! We’re so excited to be watching these students prepare for what will be a life-changing experience for them and those they will help. Follow the link to read more about what they’ll be doing and how you can help. You can also follow their blog which is updated about their diligent preparation. The blog will be the main form of communication during their trip later this month, so we encourage you to follow along!

Area Events

Come be a part of the 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 13 – 15) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 18 – 22) 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 tob or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

March 31-April 2, 2017, Oregon Prayer Conference.
The 2017 Oregon Prayer Conference features Melody Mason, author of the book Daring to Ask For More. Her topic is “Above and Beyond.” The event is in Rockaway Beach. Register by March 16 to receive the $25 Early Bird Discount. For more info call 541-367-4913, or register at
Event Location: Rockaway Beach. 

April 7, 7:00 pm: Jaime Jorge Concert.
Jaime Jorge will be in concert for “The Healing Music Concert Tour.”
Event Location: Sandy Church.

April 7, 7:15 pm: First Friday.
First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday service will feature music from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger.  Registration for the free April 7 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 27, and will run through Wednesday, April 5. 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 on Friday, April 7.
Event Location: Lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland.  

April 7-9: Columbia Adventist Academy Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
We will be honoring the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2007, 2017 and the honor group of 1956 and prior (The CAA Trailblazers). If you are interested in helping to coordinate your class reunion, please contact Larry Hiday at CAA at (360) 687-3161 or The weekend schedule will be as follows: Friday Evening Vespers – presented by the class of 2007. Sabbath School – presented by the class of 1997. Church – presented by the class of 1992. Sabbath afternoon program – presented by the Class of 1967. Saturday night event and basketball games. All weekend meetings will be held in the Meadow Glade Church. Registration will be in the school forum.

April 7-9. Refresh Weekend.
Join us for a weekend retreat with Pastor Randy Roberts. Bring family and friends to experience a time of rest and renewal. Weekend and day visitors are invited to come and experience worship, music, food, activities and more. Register today at Weekend registration is $70 for adults, $40 for children 4-7 years old, and free for infants. The event is free for day guests, but be sure to call ahead to make $10 meal reservations. Find the schedule and more info at: Email, or call 360-829-0311.
Event Location: Sunset Lake Camp.



April 10 or April 13, 7-8:30 pm: Conference Connect Meetings.
We want you! It’s time for our Conference Connect (town hall) meetings in the respective regions of the Oregon Conference. You are welcome to attend whichever meeting fits in your schedule irrespective of the region it is meeting in. We highly value your input. We are going to spend time together worshiping, praying, visioning, sharing, listening, discussing…. We want to hear what God puts on your heart for the health and growth of God’s kingdom in the Oregon Conference. Thank you in advance for investing an hour-and-a-half of your time for this incredibly important family conversation.
April 10 – Adventist Community Church of Vancouver
April 13 – Rockwood Adventist Church in Portland

April 21-29, All About Jesus Seminar.
Join us for All About Jesus, presented by Lee and Marji Venden at Mt. Tabor Adventist Church! It will show you how a personal relationship with Jesus is the sum and substance of the Christian life. More than that, it will offer you tangible, practical, plain-English suggestions on how to develop or deepen a meaningful friendship with Him. Lee and Marji Venden currently work as a revivalist team for the Arizona Conference, offering seminars across the United States to assist individuals in their personal walk with Christ. Saturdays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm. Sunday and week days at 6:30 pm.
Event Location: Mt. Tabor Adventist Church.

May 5-7, 2017 Men’s Summit.
Men, mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2017 Oregon Men’s Summit. Join us for a weekend of spiritual food and fellowship by beautiful Dorena Lake. This year’s summit features Dick Duerksen and Pastor Marvin Wray. For more info call, 503-850-3559, or go to
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 16, 6:00 pm: Chef Mark Anthony: Free Dinner and Message.
Live vegetarian performing arts cooking show! One night only – Don’t miss this exciting event. Chef Mark Anthony has done these events in every single state in the country. For free! He has been on ABC, NBC, ESPN, and appears regularly on 3ABN Worldwide television. Learn about plant-based health and nutrition with the following topics: Weight Loss – Lower Cholesterol – Increased Energy. Seating is limited – reserve your seat today for the May 16 event, 503-658-2248.
Event Location: Pleasant Valley Church.

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

July 7-9: Oregon Adventist Singles Spiritual Retreat.
Join us for this retreat presenting Pastor Bob and Susie Ratcliff on the “Metamorphosis, God’s Transforming Power.” Activities include Row River Trail – biking, hiking/mountain biking trails, canoeing/kayaking/boating on Dorena Lake. Register online at Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

August 31-September 4, 2017: Single Adults Ministries Cruise.
The 2017 Adventist Single Adult Ministries Cruise to the Bahamas, sponsored by the North American Division, sets sail August 31 – September 4, 2017. Early bird rate for the event ends May 3, 2017, and group rates for cabins end Sunday, April 23, 2017. April 24, 2017, all cabins will be released and regular rates will apply. Our featured speaker will be Mike Tucker. Plan now to join single Adventists from across North America as we fellowship and worship together. To register go to AdventSource, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.

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