May 6 Communiqué

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I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
Isaiah 42:16

Sometimes in our journeys, Jesus can seem so near, we see him so clearly. At other times, he can seem absent. As the disciples journeyed away from Jerusalem following the crucifixion, absent didn’t come close to describing the loss, the pain, the confusion they were experiencing as they processed all the events that had taken place. The pain was so great that as Jesus walked alongside them, helping them process, they could not recognize him. He journeyed with them the whole way to Emmaus, and it was only after he shared a meal with them, that their eyes were opened.

What is beautiful and comforting to me, is that though they could not recognize him, he truly was journeying with them. Even as they expressed their disappointment and disbelief, he continued to walk with them. He chose to stay, to spend the evening meal, to even share their accommodation. And their eyes were opened.

He is with us Family, even when we can’t sense his presence, even when it may feel like we are lost. He is faithful, and will bring us to a place where we see him clearly again.

 In Him,

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 “Phyllis Woods for being a supportive friend at all hours of the day or night as we have been on our cancer journey.” ~Darlene Manullang

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today, our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: Lord of Hosts.” 

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.

Adventurers invite you to their Investiture this afternoon at 2:00 pm, in the sanctuary. Please come and support our children and learn about what they have been doing.

At 3:30 pm, this afternoon, the Pathfinders invite you to their Investiture which will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you for your support of our Pathfinders and their leaders.

Postponed.  Sabbath, May 6, 5:00 pm, there will be a vespers/travel club presented by Bob Glass. He will take you on a tour of Berlin, Erfurt and Wittenberg, France, and Versailles.

Church Announcements

Please pray for comfort and peace for the family of . . .
        Romain Dixon who passed away Wednesday, May 3.

May 13, 5:00 pm, vespers will feature Dr. Khamsay Phetchareun, Lao Attached Field Supervisor/Trainer, and Elizabeth Negrete, Office Manager of CPL Ministries. They will present a story of resistance, miracles, and perseverance of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Communist country of Laos.

May 20, immediately following the second worship service, there will be a hike for members and friends of the “Sunnyside Nature Walking Group.” We’re hoping to take the Lacamas Lake Trail to Camas and back. It’s a gorgeous hike! Bring your brown bag lunch, walking shoes, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Contact: Tom or Brooke Stafford, 360-936-3373, 360-936-5782 or

Family Resource Network – Thank you for your continued support that has helped so many people in their time of need. Place your funds in an envelope marked Family Resource Network, account number 488.


Life at Sunnyside

Tim, Annalise, Heidi Hill
Dexter Hill, director








Jackie Duvall








Desange Nyiraguhriwa, Olive Nyriabiwza

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

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.

April 16– May 7: Adventist Book Center Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download the full flyer here:
Event Location: ABC, Gladstone.

May 7, 3:00 pm: Women’s Tea Party.
Please join us in fellowship as we celebrate Alumni Weekend and fundraise for PAA faculty supplies and projects. An afternoon tea service will be served. Please RSVP to Sonia Shim at or 503-806-8947.
Event Location: Portland Adventist Academy.

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 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 8, 7:00 pm: Community Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program.
Attend this community depression and anxiety recovery program and get your life back! On average, participants reduce depression and anxiety levels by half. Identify the causes of depression and anxiety, and overcome them through positive lifestyle changes. Reserve your seat for the free introductory session today, and receive a free gift when you attend (free gifts limited to the first 25 reservations). Call or text Jon Beaty at 503-567-2777.
Event Location: Sandy Adventist Church.

May 14, 4:30 pm: Music for Michael, a benefit concert.
Michael Garbi is a sweet, energetic, young boy. Shortly after his 6th birthday, he was diagnosed with metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma. His family is in great need of support. This concert will be hosted by Josh and Jaron Garbi for their cousin, Michael. To support go to:
Event Location: Tabernacle Church.

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.

July 22: Singles at Camp Meeting.
There will be a singles potluck after the noon service at Camp Meeting and it will be held under the trees below the Snack Shack. Following the evening meeting, we will have our annual Ice Cream Social at Zull Hull.
Event Location: Oregon Camp Meeting, Gladstone.

August 18, 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm: Two-Day Free Clinic.
Calling all medical professionals! We are partnering with Adventist Medical Evangelism Network once again to provide a two-day free clinic which will include: Medical – hypertension/diabetes screenings, diagnoses, and referrals; Health education; Dental: filings, extractions, cleanings, and restorations; Vision: Comprehensive eye exams and free prescription glasses. If you are a professional in any of these areas, there is a place for you to serve either or both days of this clinic. Visit to sign up or call Dr. Bob Hessong at 503-475-6816 if you have questions.

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 or contact Women’s Ministries Leader – Kathy Case at, 541-317-9003, or 541-610-5701.
Event Location: Bend, Oregon

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.

Job Opportunities:

Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School, Battle Ground
Positions currently open:
Administrative Secretary
Teacher Aide
Bus Driver
Please submit resume with three references to Gail Roberts, Office Manager at, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.

Portland Adventist Academy
Part-time American Sign Language (ASL) teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are looking for someone who is fluent in ASL, values Adventist education, loves kids, and is excited about teaching.  If you are interested, please email any questions and your resume to Sheldon Parris at, or call him at 503-255-8372, ext. 212.

PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services)
Full-time Development Associate to assist with fundraising/ communications. Ideal candidate has annual giving, story writing, grant writing experience; Microsoft Office/Adobe creative apps. Communications, marketing or related degree preferred. Send resume to

Housing Needed:
An Adventist couple is looking for a 4-bedroom home to rent. If you have one or know of anyone that does, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.



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