May 20 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

One of God’s gifts that I appreciate so much, is the Sabbath. I remember as a child, going through Friday’s preparations, looking forward to that moment when I could finally put away the vacuum cleaner and enjoy our family’s tradition of soup and buns around the dinner table. There was such relief that came with the setting of the sun!

It’s easy to take familiar things for granted, and the Sabbath can sometimes become taken for granted, especially when we have grown up with it. Lately I have been studying it again, reading Sigve K. Tonstadt’s incredible book “The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day.” In it, he drew my attention to a facet that I had not spent much time on; the fact that humanity’s first experience was the Sabbath – not a work week leading up to a well earned rest, but a gift of life enjoyed with their Creator in celebration of all that He had done. Is this saying that work is not important? No, but what it is saying, is that it is not our primary purpose. Rather, our primary purpose is living life in relationship with our Creator. Tonstadt writes:

“Seeing that human time begins with a day of rest and not a day of work, the spiritual pursuit, living life in a relationship with the Creator that is mutually meaningful, stands out as the primary meaning of life….” Tonstadt, 37.

As always, I join Paul in the prayer that you will know more and more the love God has for you, the incredible value that you are as His child, and His power in your life.

Looking forward to seeing you all again this Sabbath,

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.

Shout out to the members of the Interior Design Committee for all the work they have done relating to our ReNew project. Thank you, team. A job well done.

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 Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: God Is Healer.”

Today, 10:00 am to 12:45 pm, Children’s Church will be in the Fellowship Hall: 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 at







This evening at 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist String Orchestra, PASO, will present their finale concert. Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of good music.

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

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.

Romain Dixon who passed away May 5. A memorial service will be conducted at CherryWood Village Chapel June 3, 2:00 pm.

May 30, 6:30
pm, a Town Hall meeting will be held at Sunnyside Church. On the agenda is member input on our proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Your voice and perspective matter. Pathfinders will be selling vegeburgers as a fundraiser starting at 5:30 pm.

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.

Graduation time! We would like to give our congratulations to the graduates of 2017. If you have someone that is graduating or know of someone that is, please send their information to the church office at or 503-252-8080. We would like to know their name, the school, and if applicable, the degree they will be receiving.



Life At Sunnyside

Marya and Naeema Nziacharo, Meadow and Rae Stuart

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.

Ministries Booth at Camp Meeting.
If you would enjoy working with Prison Ministries, they are looking for volunteers for their booth at Camp Meeting this year (July 18-22). During Camp Meeting, there will be a special workshop held by Prison Fellowship to teach us how to help inmates while inside, when they get out, as well as assisting their families. If you are interested, contact Karen Tait at

May 15-June 4: ABC Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download a flyer at

June 2, 7:15 pm: First Friday will be held on in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we invite you to attend. The June First Friday service will feature praise and worship by Sunnyside Praise and an inspirational thought from Adam Ristick.

Registration for the free June 2 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on
May 22, and will run through Wednesday, May 31. 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, June 2. Registration link:

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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