June 17 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

 The FaithLift Bible Study (which is an open study for any ladies who are interested) has been working their way through the book of Isaiah and it has been quite an incredible journey. This morning we were looking at the prophecies that point to Jerusalem being restored and discussing how for many in Jesus’ day this hope was strong in a very literal sense. A liberation from Rome, a physical restoration of the kingdom, perhaps as they had experienced in the past under King Solomon – so much so that they were going to anoint Jesus king by force!

It is so easy for us to expect God to act in certain ways, especially when it comes to anything to do with earthly kingdoms! We can hold so tightly to how He worked in our past that we miss what He may be doing right now, or in our future. The wonder and comfort, is that God holds us, and works, even as we may struggle to see and understand – He is that gracious!

This past week has been one filled with many concerning issues in our world. It makes us long for Jesus’ Second Coming, and it’s tempting to predict its imminent nearness. But we truly do not know when our God will return. In His counsel to the disciples in Matthew 24, He spoke of the importance of not getting alarmed at these things. Instead, we can be a people of hope and peace, a place where God’s light shines even as the darkness gathers (Isaiah 60:1-2). As we walk in the certainty that “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4), we can push back against the temptation of fear and self-preservation. Our God is with us always, even to the end of the age.

 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.

A special thank you to our Cultural Navigation team for your commitment in providing transportation every Sabbath morning.


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 “Infused.”

Church Announcements

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

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.

Shirley and Dave Allen as they mourn the loss of Shirley’s mother, Eva May Giles (nee Wilson) on June 12.

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm, there will be a free piano trio concert here at Sunnyside. The performers are from the 21st Century Artist Initiative and members of the Oregon Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Manhattan Symphony. and are Ron Blessinger, violin, Jonathan Butler, cello, and Daniel Dickson on piano. Take advantage of this free concert and come enjoy some absolutely beautiful music.

July 24, 5:00 pm, in the Youth Room, come and learn about our next 12-day journey to Israel and Jordan in March 2018. Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Bolotnikov is leading a group through Jerusalem, Mount Nebo, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. There is no better way to increase your knowledge of the Bible and to connect with places where events described in Scripture occurred then going and visiting them. It is an unforgettable life-time experience to walk in the footsteps of Moses, David, and Jesus. Note the date and come hear the details of our next trip! Dr. Bolotnikov will fill you in all the details, and answer any questions you might have.


The SunnyCity event is happening on July 2, and we need YOU! We’re looking for 20-30 volunteers to help at the event. We also need to borrow 8-10 canopies and at least one generator for the day. If you can help with any of these items, please contact Elise Holcomb at 503-519-4790 or Lorraine Jacobs at\

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. 

On Wednesday night, our business meeting approved the church budget for next year that would require $570,000, in donations over the next 12 months. As a faith community, we believe that this money is what is necessary for the ministry to which God calls us this year. Yet the decision was difficult because we haven’t met our giving goals for our current budget. If we are to meet the needs of the Sunnyside ministry, it will be because every member participates as a financial partner. By faith, we’ve embraced the ministry challenge before us. By faith, let’s partner financially to sustain and grow ministry through Church Budget.


Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Juan Fresse family with Pastors Jonathan, Kara, Dave and Shirley Allen

Elizabeth Fresse telling children’s story.

Judith Fouts

Erik Nielsen 



Adventist Education

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

Summer Camps for Kids
Portland Adventist Academy has summer camps for Kindergarten through 9th graders. Camps include soccer, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Parents may register on our website at www.paasda.org. Look for a link on our homepage.

ASL Teacher Needed
Portland Adventist Academy is looking for a 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 sparris@paasda.org, or call him at 503-255-8372, ext. 212.

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.

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 in June. 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 21-23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Free Sports Camp.
Join us for three exciting mornings full of sports, games, teamwork, and learning more about God! Ages 7-10. Limited to 50 kids. Register early at bit.ly/first50e. Questions? Call Aileen 503-780-1470. Campers will need to bring socks, closed-toe shoes, and a good attitude! Free snacks, Bible story books, and fun!
Event Location: Portland Adventist Elementary School.

June 23-25: Take Back Your Life weekend.
Dr. Joyce Choe will present Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It is a free event and no registration is needed. She will focus on learning to make simple changes to make huge positive impacts on your life.  See www.beavertonsda.com for more information.
Event Location: Beaverton Adventist 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 12, 11:00 am-2:00 pm: Summer Festival Classic Car Show.
Summer is almost here and we want you! If you have a classic car, specialty car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, tricycle, vintage bicycle, etc., that you would like to enter in the car show for the Summer Festival please contact Audrey at woodsa1@ah.org.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center.

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.

October 20-22—Save the date! Oregon Christian Women’s Retreat.
Pastor Jenniffer Ogden, of Walla Walla University Church will be our main speaker. See https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

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