May 27 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

Last week, we had a church board meeting in which we had lots to talk about. I’m thankful for our board members who are mission-driven and Spirit-filled as they process decisions that are important to our future. Among the decisions were two recommendations from our Communications team. The first will align our visual identity (logo & print materials) with new General Conference guidelines released last month. I think most will enjoy the look that focuses on Sunnyside as a community of people.

In addition, the board approved some work on a new website. In this decade, a website is akin to the front door of a building and I’m excited that we have some top-notch people working to make our digital front door functional and beautiful.

Finally, the board took a first peek at the proposed budget for the next budget cycle. If you’ve been following our financial progress as a community, you know that the past year has been challenging for us.  The budget acknowledges that and proposes a way forward for the next year.  Yet the challenges are significant enough that we believe it is important to talk together in a bit more depth about the budget priorities for the next year.  That’s why I want to personally invite you to Sunnyside’s town hall meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 1.  At the town hall, we will receive feedback from all members about our ministry priorities and our proposed budget levels.  I hope that many of you will join in the conversation as we work together to plot the path forward.  At that meeting, you’ll even get the first look at the new logo design that our communication has put together. Food will open at 5:30, with proceeds from the sale of the meal supporting Sunnyside ministry.

I hope we will have a full house as we talk together about our “M&M” priorities.

As a church family, we make difficult decisions together and we serve our community together.  That’s why I hope you’ll plan to join in with SunnyCity and our Lawn Concert on July 2.  We need dozens of volunteers to set up tents, to clean up the venue, to interact with kids and families throughout the day. We need others who will volunteer time and energy in preparing materials in the weeks preceding.  It takes a team effort to connect with our community.  I’m thankful for the partnership of Adventist Medical Center, Portland Adventist Academy and Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra in pulling this event together.  Yet we can’t do it without the volunteer energy of Sunnyside members.

Thanks to each of you for your part in being a great family in which we worship, work, and serve together for God’s glory.

Hoping to see many of you out and about for these great events as God leads us forward.


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 Debbie Stanton and her team in putting together such a great children’s church. We had nearly 100 children in attendance. Thank you, Debbie.

 To Arnold Petersen, Jim Newell, Carmen Cafferky, Dianne Glovatsky, Gingrich’s and Round Table Sabbath School classes for providing such good food for the WWVA Praise Ringers.

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 “Becoming Giants.”

This afternoon, 5:00 pm Encounters With God features Tom Stafford with “One Miracle After Another.

Church Announcements

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

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

Our last exercise class was this week. It will begin again in the fall.

June 1, 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. There will be food available for purchase at 5:30 pm, supporting the local ministries of Sunnyside.

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.

Megan and Beau Snyder will be having a baby in August (gender is a surprise)! Come and celebrate with us Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am, in the Columbia Room. Brunch will be served. They are registered at Target and Everyone is welcome!

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.

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.

Sunnyside’s Annual Strawberry Vespers will be on Sabbath, June 17, at 6:00 pm. This promises to be a great program for you to enjoy with your family and friends! There will be lots of great music from some of Portland’s finest musicians, plenty of good fellowship, and lots of strawberry shortcake! This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Come early for a good seat.

SunnyCity is back! This fun, interactive, kid-size city will appear at PAA on Sunday, July 2, from 1:30-3:30 pm.  Your help is needed, ahead of time and on the day of to present our “sunniest” side to the children and families in our community.  Please contact Elise Holcombe or sign up to volunteer in the narthex.

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. Thank you for filling our need for a car. A car has been received and our need is again satisfied thanks to your generosity.



Life At Sunnyside






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
Event Location: ABC in Gladstone.

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.

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