September 9 Communiqué

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Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NAS).

Dear Family,

One of the many reasons that I love Portland, is our beautiful Willamette River and all the bridges that cross it. Each is quite distinct in its own style but all two things in common; their surfaces are nearly always a hive of busyness with cars, people and bicycles coming and going while their foundations are strong, reaching deep into the water and beyond. It makes me think about our lives, so often a hive of busyness themselves, so many demands, so many responsibilities, so many things we want and need to do. And in all of that, there is the risk of allowing all our focus and energy to be sucked to the “surface,” giving no time for our foundations to reach deep into the water of life.

The Apostle Paul speaks of this in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 as he describes our journey as an intentional race. As someone preparing for a race, there is intentionality in when and where he trains, as well as taking time to be healthy. I think of our own lives of ministry, and it’s tempting to take on everything that comes our way, but as the body of Christ, we are actually called to share in ministry, allowing everyone to do their part. This not only shares the blessing that comes from serving, but also gives us the endurance to make it to the end.

As a family, let us be intentional in growing our roots deep.

In Him, 

Pastor Kara Johnsson



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:
Tom Davis for his unrelenting dedication this past weekend.
Terrill Allen for such effective live streaming of our services!

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday evening, 6:30 pm, Youth, don’t forget to join us for our Friday evening gathering in the Youth Room.

Friday evening, 6:30 pm, a memorial service will be conducted for Doris Williams, mother of Cecily Geschke, who passed away August 5.

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Staring Down Fear.”

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Clara Staples, mother of Lucy Adams Trepanier, and grandmother of Tim Adams, recently passed away. A memorial service will be conducted at Cedar Creek Adventist Church September 9, 3:00 pm.

Vera Smith, mother of Jeanine Linder, who recently passed away in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the home of daughter Colette and Steve Kirkwood, September 30, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, 16202 Siggs Way, Damascus. For more information call 503-572-3998.

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 Timber Park / Estacada Lake 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. 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.

As a church family, we are blessed to worship and serve together as the body of Christ at Sunnyside.  One way the ministry at Sunnyside is made possible is by the generous support of Sunnyside Partners who consistently contribute to our general fund. As part of our Sunnyside Partners campaign, we encourage each person in the Sunnyside family to direct part of their offering toward our general fund. If you have not yet signed a banner to show your support for local ministry, we invite you to find one in the hallway and to do so. With each person investing in local ministry, we will able to continue the ministry to which God calls us.


Life at Sunnyside

Praise Team

300 Watts Trio and Praise Team

300 Watts Trio

Dan Wright

Bobby McGhee

Pastor Kara, Bob Barnes

Dr. Terry Johnsson

Joyce Newmyer

Bobby McGhee

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 & Announcements

Better Life/Redeem International – Volunteers Needed.
As you may have heard, Better Life TV is morphing into Redeem International. As our mandate and scope expands, we are in greater need of volunteers to support us. Currently, we need assistance with audio editing, closed caption, and master control for internet radio. Should you have a willingness to serve and some computer skills, we need you! Please call Gia at 541-474-3089 to learn more about this opportunity to bless and be blessed.

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

Montavilla United Methodist Church is seeking a Sunday School Teacher. Applicants from all denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply. Experience in teaching (and attending) Sunday school is preferred but not required. Compensation is $40 per Sunday worked. Please contact Holly Dolan, Director of Children’s Ministries, at, for a full job description.



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