June 3 Communiqué

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Greetings Family,

There are moments in life when you catch a glimpse of God, sometimes its almost expected, like hiking Mt Hood on a sunny afternoon, at other times, He catches you unexpectedly.

Wednesday night as I was tending my community garden, I met a women whose appearance marked her as someone on the fringe of society, one who was used to rejection, perhaps often placed in a category of fear/suspicion.

After saying “Hi” as I walked past, I didn’t push for more conversation; in many ways I was in my own thoughts that evening anyway. As I picked my harvest of three (!!!) slightly slug eaten strawberries, she came over and commented on them, asking me if they were the first I had picked. As I joked that the slugs were having more success in harvesting than myself, she hesitated, looking down at her bag of 15 or so freshly picked berries, and then slowly pulled out a handful, extending it to me. It’s hard to describe the moment, other than to say that it was more than strawberries that she was giving me. I sensed God touching humanity as she extended her hand, it felt holy. I carefully carried the strawberries home, and with me, a reminder that His grace is everywhere. 

Pastor Kara Johnsson


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.

To our church family who quickly responded to a medical emergency last Sabbath. Thank you!

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan Russell will present our Bible message titled “Indescribable: Father.”

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.

Encounters With God this afternoon, 5:00 pm, features Terry Johnsson.

Church Announcements

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

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

Mark O’Neal who passed away last weekend. Mark is a member of the family of Catherine Strobehn, and Richard and Donna Evanado. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Friday, June 9, 10:00 am.

David Petersen, brother of Dr. Arnold Petersen, who passed away May 26. An outdoor memorial service will be conducted for him June 25, 2:00 pm, at 10899 S. Wildcat Road, Molalla.

Ricky Best, father of four children, who was killed on the Max train last week. He and his family were friends and neighbors of Don and Trish Hall. If you would like to help the family, contact Trish Hall at trish.llh@gmail.com or

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 Amazon.com. Everyone is welcome!

Wedding Shower! There will be a wedding shower for Megan Pritchard and Jeremy Gates Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited. They are registered at Target and Amazon.com. If you have any questions contact Cassie Van Barriger at cjmiller264@gmail.com or 503-761-8483.

June 14, 7:00 pm, Sunnyside Church Business Meeting will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Our agenda is: 1) 2017-2018 Budget, 2) ReNew Sunnyside.

VBS Volunteer sign-up party, June 17, 1:00 pm, in the Youth room. Food provided. For more details please contact Shannon at 503-367-0036 or studio@shannonchristensen.com.

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.

With the SunnyCity event rapidly approaching, we have a few very specific needs that we could use assistance with:
1. Generators – we need one or two generators to help keep the bouncy house up and running for the kids.
2. Trucks – on Sunday morning we need 2-3 pickups to haul canopies, tables, chairs, and music stands from the church to the venue.
3. Canopies – big enough to provide shade over at least one 8-foot table. We’re looking for at least 10 of these to borrow for the day.
If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Lorraine Jacobs at 503-490-7506 or jacololaw@gmail.com.

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

Young Adults scouting for a location for church on the mountain.


Dean Browning


David Duffield

Francie Davidson

Duane Bietz

Town Hall

Adventist Education

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

Rivergate School
June 10, 6:00 pm: Farewell Vespers.
It is with sadness in our hearts that we will be bidding “farewell” to two beloved teachers who are retiring this year. Mrs. Hamstra has been teaching Kindergarten at Rivergate for 17 years, and Mr. Smith has been teaching 1st & 2nd grade for 31 years. Please plan to join us for this occasion.

Congratulations Graduates!

Southern Adventist University
Carina Ivonne Allen
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Cum Laude

Walla Walla University
Ashley Bynum
Bachelor of Science, Nursing

Haley Howard
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Accounting and Management

High School
Portland Adventist Academy
Madison Boskind
Jared Evans
Nate Gren

Portland Adventist Elementary School
Jenine Dalusong
Annika Geschke
Janna Lian
Kort Petersen

Hood View Junior Academy
Kyler Kramer

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
Jonathan Caministeanu
Kalani Kramer


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.

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 karentait50@yahoo.com.

May 15-June 4: ABC Spring Food and Book Sale.
Download a flyer at abcflyer.com.
Event Location: ABC in Gladstone.

June, Tuesdays and Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: Self-defense Class.
Beginning June 6, 7-8:30 pm, there will be free beginners self-defense classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages 5+ (minors must be accompanied by an adult). RSVP at the doors, or call 503-655-2614. Visit www.gladstonepark.org for more information.Event Location: Gladstone Park 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.

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

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