May 13 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,
The rumors are true! After a few years off, SunnyCity returns this summer on July 2. SunnyCity was our annual community outreach in which we set up a “mini-city” in the park to teach kids about civic life, community, and faith. This year the tradition continues. In its new form, SunnyCity will be a bit different. A bit smaller. A bit more focused. But it keeps the same heart: connecting with families in the local community to bless them and inspire them.

We’re excited to announce that Sunnyside is partnering with PAA, Adventist Medical Center, and Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra to put on an Independence Day weekend event that will be a great experience for the families of our community. We will host the event at PAA, beginning the afternoon with the SunnyCity experience. At 4:00 PM, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert on the lawn. Combine the elements, and the result will be a great opportunity for us to bless our neighbors and get acquainted with more of them.

Of course, anything we do depends on the dedicated and conscientious support of dozens of church members who volunteer their time to make great things happen. I hope that if you’re reading this, you’ll plan to set that date aside and participate in this fun event. We will need greeters, a first aid station, teams to help with setup and tear down, as well as the dozens of volunteers required to populate SunnyCity and host all of our guests. Soon, you’ll be hearing lots more. But for now, Save-the-Date and look forward to how God will use this event and others in the pipeline to connect us more meaningfully with our community.


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.

Shout out to Krissy and Jeremy Barber. Krissy for keeping our visual design on point. And Jeremy for keeping our networks humming and computers up and working. Thank you to both of you for your continued, dedicated commitment.

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: Prince of Peace.”

This afternoon at 5:00 pm, there will be a vespers featuring 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.

Church Announcements

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

David Bradshaw who passed away May 6. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church, Monday, May 22, 11:00 am.

May 20, 10:00 am to 12:45 pm, Children’s Church: An Olympic-themed event where kids can learn how to “run the race” of life with Jesus as their friend. Prizes given for bringing friends. Register:

May 20, 6:30 pm, the Portland Adventist String Orchestra (PASO) will present their finale concert here at Sunnyside. Invite a friend, come and enjoy this great time of music.

Sunday, May 21, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert, will present a concert here at Sunnyside.

Student Aid applications – It’s that time of year again! If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application which is available on the table in the Narthex or the church office 503-252-8080. The deadline is June 1.

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.

Urgent Need: One of our members who is a single mother and who recently had surgery, has an urgent need for a car to drive to work. If anyone has or knows of someone that  has a reliable used car for sale please notify Gene Denis at 360-892-6506 or 360-513-1014 or Richard Gingrich at 503-252-9384 or 971-400-1218.



Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

Mission Report: 
Our students returned from their mission trips safely and more inspired in service. You can read more about our students’ travels on our website (see links above). They journeyed to Cuba, Fiji, Thailand, the Bahamas, and a team also stayed here in Portland for mission project led by Hoodview SDA Church (thanks, Hoodview!).

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.

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 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: fillings, 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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