September 2 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

Vacation Bible School is over for another year!  It took many hours of dedicated preparation.  It took lots of energy from every volunteer that participated.  But the testimony of parents is that it was worth it.  One parent told me that their kids just keep singing and singing the songs about God their Maker. Another told me that at bedtime, their little one kept repeating, “Wow God,” as she drifted off to sleep. Still, another parent said that their children felt incredibly welcomed here and that something like this should happen more often.

Over three days last weekend, many children saw God through new eyes as they experienced Him through Maker Fun Factory. Many of them came from environments where church is not a part of their life. And some of those were so moved by their experience that they plan to be back to Sunnyside soon. Maker Fun Factory made a difference for the Kingdom of God. And it wouldn’t have happened without the dedicated support from the Sunnyside Family: Partners who contribute to the General Fund/Church Expense, Participants who were with us through the Sabbath morning experience, and Volunteers who gave so much time and energy to make sure the kids had a great time learning! And in all of it, we give thanks to God who gives us breath and His Spirit who moves hearts and minds to follow Him.

We follow up a great weekend, with another.  Tomorrow will have the feel of a homecoming as many people return to Sunnyside to see old friends and re-connect with Bobby McGhee.  From the worship service with Terry Johnsson, to the concert in the evening with a bit of everyone, this Sabbath is significant because of our opportunity to reconnect with old church family.  On their return to Sunnyside, may they find a place that is inspiring, and a community of people that are infused with God’s Spirit.  May God do for us and our guests tomorrow what He did for the kids last week: make Himself known through His Spirit.

Happy Sabbath!

Anticipating Great Things,

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 Wendell, Carl, Larry, Lloyd, and Matt for all their preparation and participation in making our annual church picnic amazing. Thank you.

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amDr. Terry Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “A Grandmother’s Prayer.”

 If you play an instrument, bring your instrument to church to play along with our hymns.

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.

The Fifteenth Annual Bobby McGhee and Friends concert will be at 6:00 pm this evening. After vespers we will meet at Stark Street Pizza for pizza together. Plan now to attend this concert and meet up with current and former friends.

Sunday, September 3, 1:00 pm, there will be a Youth party on the patio. Youth, plan now to be here for some fun times!

Church Announcements

Pray for the family of . . .
Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Friday evening, September 8,
6:30 pm.

Adventurers — come join us for Adventurer Open House September 11, 6:00 pm, in the Fellowship Hall as we kick off our exciting new year. There will be a bounce house, snacks,  and all sorts of fun. For more information call or text Evelyn at 503-560-9608.

Pathfinder family picnic at Benson Lake Recreation Area after church on September 9, approximately 1:30 pm. Bring a picnic potluck dish to share for lunch. Activities for the kids provided, including swimming and basic water safety instruction. Please carpool as much as possible as there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Club transportation may be arranged by contacting Erin at 760-217-1778.

Life Together Groups are happening again! Get ready to have some fun and get to know your church family this September. Sign up will take place September 9 and 16. The groups this year are: Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage / Financial Peace University / History Class / FaithLift Women’s Bible Study / Men’s Bible Study / Young Women’s Bible Study / Enjoying the Great Outdoors / Biblical Languages / Card Making / Improving Your Health / Exploring Portland. There will be more information available at the signup tables September 9-16.

Steve Green, a 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

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.

Life at Sunnyside

Andreea Hutuleac

Pastor Jonathan


Emilie Butler

Emilie Butler, Adoniah Simon

Annual Church Picnic

Kettle Corn with Matt Russell

Corn Roaster (Wendell White)

John Kieper with his classic car (Wanda Krein)

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA Seeks Substitute Teachers
Portland Adventist Academy is excited to begin another school year. But great school years depend on a lot of people! Substitute teachers make a big impact on helping our program to run smoothly. It’s a rewarding job in which you can build relationships with staff and students. Can you join our team? Contact Jason Bibb for more information: 503.255.8372 x215 or tutoring students, helping students with organization and staying on task.

Area Events

September 27-October 1. ARME Bible Camp.
Join us for a time of study, prayer, and fellowship for young and old alike! Our camp is devoted to inspire and train attendees to fall in love with studying their Bibles and spending time in meaningful prayer with the Lord. Born out of frustration in not being able to attend a 4-month Bible study training course, a group of friends and one pastor hatched a plan to design a camp that would focus on Bible study training and prayer over the course of an extended weekend. The results have been a tremendous blessing over the last eight years! Visit our website at to learn more, or watch our current promotional video at
Event Location: Sunset Lake Youth Camp, Washington.

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.

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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