August 12 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

The warm humidity this week reminds me of my years growing up in Missouri. Back in those days, the long humid summer evenings would be embraced by my family as we’d spend time on the lake in bright red Larson runabout boat. Even before I turned ten, my brothers and I could have the boat prepared and the trailer connected, awaiting my dad’s arrival from work so we could enjoy the waning moments of daylight on the water. But some nights, the anticipation would give way to disappointment when we knew that the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. On those nights, there was a certain stiffness to the breeze, a different smell in the air that signaled trouble was ahead. A glance to the horizon would reveal the dark clouds gathering themselves in towering arrays, preparing themselves to unleash their fury. On those nights we knew there’d be no boating. Instead, we’d experience the sounds of rushing winds, the flash of lighting reflecting through the windows, the sharp crack and slow roll of thunder echoing across the sky. Yet before the storm, a moment came when the wind would stop. The birds would settle.  It was as if Mother Nature herself was taking a long, slow inward breath, marshaling all of her strength for the moments ahead. It was the calm before the storm.

This weekend, we experience that calm; the long slow breath before the action starts. It’s only a few days before over 400 people, including many Sunnysiders, will descend on PAA to serve the dental, medical, and vision needs of the most underserved in our community. Through our time, energy and resources, we are praying that God will reveal Himself in tangible ways to our guests, just as Jesus revealed Himself in the flesh so many centuries ago.

The following weekend August 25-27, we will participate in our Vacation Bible School pilot program.  For the first time in Sunnyside history, our VBS program will run from Friday night through Sunday.  That means every one of us will participate in part of VBS, just by showing up for worship Sabbath morning.  That day, we will have close to 100 non-Adventist guests in our building, during worship, to experience God’s love through children’s ministry.

The first weekend of September, we will fling open the doors once again to invite many people from Sunnyside’s past to come and worship with us once again.  Bobby McGhee will lead the program.  Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the preacher. It will be a full house as we embrace old friends and get acquainted with new.

Three weekends.  Three intentionally designed programs that will open our arms and hearts toward our community, inviting them into the presence of God.  I hope that you’ll join me in praying that these endeavors will fulfill God’s desire and purpose for these events. I hope that you’ll join me in being the hands and feet of Jesus as we warmly interact with those we don’t know, doing our part to make sure they feel welcomed, belonging to the body of Christ.

It’s the calm before the storm. Let’s breathe deeply the fragrance of God’s grace. Let’s pray passionately for God’s Spirit to be among us as we serve and connect. Then let’s work together as one body, participating in worship, interacting with guests, and using our influence and energy for God’s glory.

By the way, if God has been laying someone on your heart, prompting you to invite them to check out this faith community, these three weeks will be three great opportunities to do so.

This week in the calm, we continue our Partners series. Also, you won’t want to miss our guest musician. She’s phenomenal!

Sabbath Blessings,

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 Canisius Gafishi! He has diligently and relentlessly been working on our grounds with a commitment to beautify our church for his Creator. Thank you, Canisius, for your commitment to such hard work through the heat of the day for our church.

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

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

This afternoon, 12:45 pm, join the Sunnyside Nature Walking Group for a walk in the Hoyt Arboretum. Meet in the Adventurers Room right after the second service for a potluck lunch, then we’ll carpool.

Church Announcements

Impact Your Health Free Clinic, will be held Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, on the Portland Adventist Academy campus, serving medical, dental, and vision needs of those that need help.

Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive August 19-27.  The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: or 503-309-9400.

Vacation Bible School will be August 25-27. Volunteers are needed! Please see Cris Marin in the Narthex to sign up. Bring your children (ages 3-11), your neighbors’ children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren for a VBS weekend of learning about God. All are welcome.

Our annual corn feed and classic car show will immediately follow the last session of VBS, at 3:00 pm. Sunday, August 27. Mark the date, and plan to attend. It is a potluck with roasted corn on the cob and watermelon provided, along with a classic car show for entertainment. For more information or to enter your vehicle contact Lloyd Wescott  503-252-0165.

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. Current Need: Wheelchair, walker, and newborn clothes for a baby boy. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Handbells for everyone – yes, for you, too! In September we will begin two handbell/handchime choirs: a 3-octave team for those fairly new to handbells and handchimes, and the 5-octave team for the more experienced ringers. We have 18 ringers who have made the commitment so far. We still need 1 or 2 more for the 3-octave team, and only 1 more for the 5-octave team. Explore the possibilities by calling Rosemayne at 503-730-5317.

The Eighth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be here at Sunnyside Church September 2, 6:00 pm. Dr. Terry Johnsson will be the guest speaker for our church services that day.

Steve Green, the Christian recording artist who has spread the gospel through music in almost 50 countries worldwide, will be presenting a concert at Sunnyside Adventist Church in Portland on September 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm. (Doors open at 6:00 pm.) Free tickets are required, available at

If you would like to be a part of Steve Green’s “backup choir,” contact Pollyanna Moody at 503-502-1376 to join. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, August 29, September 5, and 12.
Dress rehearsal is September 16, 5:30-6:00 pm.
Concert: September 16 at 7:00 pm.
There will be a plucking notes rehearsal for those who want it on Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm.
All rehearsals are at Sunnyside Adventist Church.

Life at Sunnyside

Ruby Hohensee

Allison Cheng


Elizabeth Fresse

Elders’ Ordination

Prayer for Elders

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

Breaking News! The Portland Adventist Academy board made the decision to name Jason Bibb as acting principal while the search for PAA’s next principal continues.

Portland Adventist Academy is looking to fill 3 part-time positions for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Teacher for Music Performance and Production class – covering music theory, performance, and recording. Must have experience in all three areas. One class, three days per week.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 28 hours/week. Duties include supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task, closing library.
  • Library Supervisor/Independent Study Instructor, 18 hours/week. Duties include opening library, supervising students, tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

August 10-13 and October 19-22. Family Get-away.
Get-away-to-Connect before your school year starts. Project Patch hosts a great weekend experience that will guide families through activities and lessons that help the entire family understand one another, communicate better, have productive conflict, teach through mistakes, and most importantly, stop the family crazy cycle. These are fun, active weekends with great food, fun challenges and best of all, away from distractions that make it hard to connect. Book your get-away at
Event Location: Project Patch, Goldendale, Washington.

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.

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 for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.

Job Opportunity:
The Oregon Conference Administration Department is hiring an executive assistant. For more information, please visit, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to

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