April 1 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

Last night was one of those that keeps parenting interesting. On the way home from a busy day, our two sweet boys fell asleep in the car. That meant that when bedtime came, they were anything but ready to go to sleep. Many times throughout the evening, we tried to coax the 4-year-old to sleep, with no success. He kept bounding down the stairs, regaling with stories of fanciful dreams in which monsters of various sorts waited to grasp him the moment his eyes closed. It was nearly 11:00 pm when I tucked him in for the last time and the lay beside him. I listened as his sharp, anxious breaths gave way to the smooth deep breathing of sleep. I felt his little body as the tension melted away, giving way to the sweet peace of slumber.

Listening to the rhythm of his breath in the quiet darkness, I couldn’t help but think of the “peace that passes all understanding.” I’m thankful that we believe in a God who is willing to journey with those who desire Him. I’m thankful that in the presence of our Heavenly Father, through prayer, we can be assured of peace in the midst of our storms.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the promise. Sometimes we just need to be reminded by the life of a child.

May the peace of God guard your heart as we experience Sabbath rest together.


Pastor Jonathan Russell



Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org 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 goes to Cris Marin who is here every single week in the children’s wing, ready and willing to do absolutely anything to help make the kids’ ministry happen! Whether it’s cleaning up craft messes, filling in for a sick leader, or simply greeting with a smile, Cris can be found quietly demonstrating what it means to be a true servant leader.


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 Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Challenge Accepted.”

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.

This afternoon at 4:00 pm, the Advent Heritage seminars will continue in the Columbia Room.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the families of . . .

Madeleine Freligh who passed away, Sabbath, March 25. She was a sister to
Lillian Erich.

Anne (Roseanne) Wagner Miner who passed away, Thursday, March 23. A memorial service will be conducted for her here at Sunnyside Church, Sabbath, April 15, 3:00 pm. She was a sister to Karen Petersen and Konnie Geschke.

Shannon Goodwin who passed away, March 8. There will be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church Sabbath, April 29, 4:00 pm.

April 7, 7:15 pm, First Friday will be held at the Adventist Medical Center Amphitheater. Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir will present the music and  we will enjoy an inspirational thought from Darold and Barbara Bigger. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner will open March 27, and run through 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 Friday, April 7.

Critical Need of Refugee Families
From the beginning of the resettlement process, there has been an intensive effort to help the refugees to learn English and find work opportunities. They have been attending language classes and receiving help in job procurement by the non-profit Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). It is very important for the refugees to find work to support their families and pay their rent. Job opportunities are good at this time, but many of them that a person with limited English language skills can obtain, require the employee to work on Sabbath. I have been impressed by the stand these people have taken to be faithful to God’s command. Just recently one of our single mothers lost her job rather than to work on Sabbath.

Paul Makoko, a former immigrant from Africa, who is fluent in English, and is a volunteer with the Cultural Navigator Team (CNT) is willing to advise and accompany our refugees for job interviews and help orient them to new job skills.

If any of you know of any entry level jobs for male or female that do not require Sabbath work, please let us know, either by calling Paul Makoko 360-450-8677 mbpaul11@gmail.com or Richard Gingrich, 503-252 9384.


Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara

Jim Newell


George White, Pastor Kara, James Johnstone

Norman Henry

Section Elders

Richard Zaversnuke and Tom Kramer working on the kitchen.

Kitchen Shelving – Before

Kitchen Shelving – After

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy
News:  www.paasda.org/news


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 tobhttp://volunteer.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez via email at lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org or by phone at (503) 850-3350.

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 larry.hiday@caaschool.org. 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 http://bit.ly/2mQMksj. 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: http://www.sunsetlake.org. Email camp@sunsetlake.org, 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, 6: Ladies Road Trip and Spiritual Feast.
Pastor Kara has been asked to be the guest speaker for the Upper Columbia Women’s Conference this year. Some of us are thinking of doing a “Ladies Road Trip” to join her – if you are interested in joining us, register for the event at the link below and let the church office know 502-252-8080. We plan on driving up on Friday, May 5, and staying the night – you will need to organize your own accommodation there.

May 6, 10 am-4 pm: Ladies, treat yourselves to a wonderful Sabbath at the Upper Columbia Conference Women’s One-Day Retreat. Our time together will be one of food and fellowship with spiritual nutrition by keynote speaker Kara Johnsson along with a special feature by stained glass instructor Lorrie Kravig. Special music is provided by Alana Alves. Space is limited, so please invite your family and friends to register today. For more information, contact Tamara Terry, (509) 242-0478, tamarat@uccsda.org, or order tickets here. Theme: Unfailing Love.
Event Location: Upper Columbia Conference, Spokane, Washington.

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 http://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/2017-men.
Event Location: Dorena Lake.

May 13, 5:00 pm: Special Mothers’ Day weekend event:
Attend the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus Annual Spring Concert. Free tickets are required, available at www.oamc.org or call 503-970-1693 if you do not have internet access. Register early as seating is limited.
Event Location: Adventist Community Church of Vancouver.

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 www.heritagesingers.com.

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 https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Cost is $135 per person and includes two nights lodging and five meals.
Event Location: Grove Christian Camp on Dorena Lake.

August 25-27, Mini-Mission Trip to Bend.
Oregon Conference Women’s Ministries is co-sponsoring a Mini-Mission Trip with Bend Women’s Ministries. Three Sisters Adventist Christian School in Bend is in need of repairs, painting, landscaping, fencing, and cleaning. Sign up to participate in this exciting event! Husbands are welcome. Learn more at https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org/upcoming-events or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at kcase47@aol.com, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701. Sign up by March 27, 2017.

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 https://www.adventsource.org/as30/event.registration.details.aspx?event=427, or for cabins call Holly Kaiser at 402-477-2881.

Housing Needs:
A single SDA female, and her two cats, are looking for a place to live or for another female to share a rental agreement. Her current lease in Oregon City ended March 31, and her housemate just took a job at Walla Walla. If you know of a possible housing solution, please contact Sunnyside Church office at 503-252-8080.


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