September 16 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

In a faith community such as ours, we have many people on many faith journeys. This week, some among us are grieving the loss of cherished loved ones. Others are anticipating loss at any moment. This week, some among us have chosen to join together with Christ through baptism. This week, some among us have traveled more than 12 hours to be at camp with hundreds of other pathfinders from across the North Pacific Union Conference. This week, some among us have defied certain death to climb ladders and change lightbulbs high above the sanctuary floor.  This week, some among us have diligently worked, preparing to serve the Lord by teaching a Sabbath School class on Sabbath. This week, some among us have moved out of their house and into another. This week, some among us have fought physical illness and overcome. This week, some among us have received bad news from their doctor. This week, some among us have announced publicly that they are expecting an addition to their family. This week, some among us have begun preparing for the day they will dedicate their precious little one to the Lord. This week, one among us has been reflecting on her call from God as we prepare to acknowledge it as a community.

So many experiences. All are different. Yet they all have one common thread: they all benefit from fervent prayer. Samuel Chadwick was a Methodist minister in England at the turn of the 20th century.  He said, “Prayer turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.”

Whatever our journey has been this week, God calls us to call on Him in prayer, that He may bring power to bear in our experience. He desires to journey with us, to be present in our world as we walk through the varied seasons of human life.

This weekend, there is so much happening.

  •  Friday, our community gathers to publicly acknowledge Pastor Kara’s call to ministry.
  • The Pathfinders are already in Idaho at a Camporee.
  • Saturday night, nearly 1,000 people will be here to experience Steve Green in concert.
  • Sunday, hundreds of delegates will gather to chart the course for Oregon Conference’s next few years.

I hope that you will join me in praying for all of these events, these moments and milestones in the life of our church. Pray for God’s power. Pray for God’s presence. Pray that this weekend won’t be simply a flurry of activity. Pray that it will be a series of moments in which God reveals Himself to His people and reaffirms His calling and His presence in each of our lives.

May you each individually experience God’s blessing as we approach this Sabbath together.


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:
Erik Nielsen and Ed Betz for replacing light bulbs in our sanctuary. Thank you!

This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Friday evening, 7:00 pm, we will be honored to share in Pastor Kara Johnsson’s commissioning service here at Sunnyside Church. 

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amAt 8:45 am, Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “A Little Piece of the Big Picture,” and at 11:15 am, Bill Johnsson, PhD, will present our Bible message titled “It’s All About Jesus.”

The Steve Green Concert will be Saturday night, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm). Bring your ticket and a generous donation of non-perishable food for Portland Adventist Community Services. Collection barrels will be stationed at the church entrances.

Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Vera Smith who recently passed away in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the Imperial Pavilion at Lincoln Memorial Park at 2:00 pm, Sabbath, September 30. A reception will be at the Kirkwood residence, 16202 Sigs Way, Damascus at 4:00 pm. For more information call 503-572-3998.

Norval Gryte who passed away September 8. A memorial service will be conducted for him at CherryWood Chapel, Sabbath, October 7, 3:00 pm.



Sunnyside’s Life Together Groups are happening again! Sign up and join a group. Check the tables in the Narthex for more information.

Financial Peace University Class will begin on Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 pm, in the Youth Room and will continue for nine weeks. Please pre-register at You will need to have a member kit to attend the class; reduced kits are available through Becky. Please contact her directly if you need one: or 503-804-1863.

Sunnyside’s Nature Walking Group will be taking a walk through the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sabbath, September 23, immediately following our second service. Plan to join us; meet in the Youth Room, and bring a sack lunch. Karen Ulloth will lead the walk. Let us know if you plan to go, 360-936-3373.


Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage class will begin Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm, in the Columbia Room.



Baby Shower, Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pmTasha O’Neill and Jason Chase will be having a baby boy the end of October! Come and celebrate with us in the Fellowship Hall (refreshments). They are registered at Babies R Us and Everyone is welcome.

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: Newborn clothes for a baby boy, dresser, shoes, blankets, and more for a family of six. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.


Sunnyside Choir
by Virlys Moller

I wonder just how many of Sunnyside’s members sang in a choir at one time or another in their life.  I’m only guessing, but I think a guess of at least 50% – I am being conservative – have joined their voices with other singers to make music.  Each week that Sunnyside’s choir members sit in the choir loft, they look out at the congregation and see musical friends sitting on the pews and wish that they were singing with us.

That is what this little message is about.  We want to spread the word and grow our numbers.  Perhaps you have noticed that some weeks the choir is quite small.  While small is good, medium, or large are even better when it comes to singers in Sunnyside’s choir.  Sunnyside choir has a long history with memorable choir directors, singers, soloists, and performances.  This may be a bold statement, but in order to continue Sunnyside’s history, we need to grow our choir.

This final paragraph is more of a list than a paragraph.  Read down the list to learn about the reasons that you are invited to consider joining or rejoining the choir.  The need is great.

  • Choir is worship. Choir is praise. We share the gift of singing as well as the message of the anthems each time we sing at church.
  • Choir is fun! It’s okay for worship to be fun and we certainly laugh and visit and get to know one another in a special way. Director, Karl Helton, knows his stuff, but he also knows that he is directing people.  He is very long-suffering and kind.  No shouting or throwing his music across the room.
  • Choir is Christian fellowship. Regularly members share their prayer requests or stories of how God has worked in various situations in their lives. How affirming that is!
  • Choir is a way to keep your voice in top shape. On some level it is “use it or lose it.” After a practice or two at the start of the choir season in September, things began to sound more mellow and less strained.
  • Choir practice is just once a week on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm and our season ends in the spring – May this year. About practice – Karl encourages members to come regularly but also recognizes that not everyone can do that – work obligations, family travel, etc. may come first at times.

Seek out a choir member to chat with about their experience in Sunnyside’s choir.  Make it a matter of prayer; God may just have something musical in mind for you.  “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” Psalm 40:3.

Life at Sunnyside

Jim Newell

Evelyn & Chloe Hull, Celia & Debbie Stanton

Michael Fresse

Barbara Grignon

Andre Wang, Matt Mandrones

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.

There will be a Constituency Meeting of Portland Adventist Academy Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 pm at the academy.

Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Elementary is currently looking for a part-time preschool/aftercare teacher for 16-20 hours per week. If interested, please contact Mr. O’Neal at Brandon.o’ or call the school at 503-665-4102.

Area Events & Announcements

“Reflections” SDA homeschool choir is looking for SDA students who are homeschooled (or attend a public school), ages 12-19, to join their spiritually uplifting and fun singing group! Practices have started – call ASAP for info.  Brenda Zollbrecht

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.

September 27-December 13, Wednesday, 7-9 pm.
Expand Your Horizons!
Learn reasons for what you do. Build better connections! Finally dump your past! If you can dream it, you can create it! Be happier than you thought possible! Come to Learn! This course is a 10-week course on how rejection sets us up for feelings of worthlessness, fear, anger, sadness or depression. BUT . . .“If You’re Teachable, You’re Fixable.” Not sure if this is for you? Informational Meeting – Sept 27, 7 pm. Unfortunately at this time, we can only offer a women’s group due to lack of a facilitator for men. To register or for more info contact Audrey Woods, 503-957-0809, or by email @
Event Location: Healing Hope SDA Fellowship.

September 30, 6;00 pm. Vesper Concert.
Join us for a vesper concert featuring 300 Watts, Wanda Vaz, Jeanine and Shannon Goodwin, Rebecca Stevenson, and Carl Parker. A free-will offering be taken to help hungry children and families in the Portland Metro area. For more information call 503-893-9022 or visit peopletopeople
Event Location: Stone Tower Church.

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 Opportunities:
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.

You Are Needed By PACS!
Several of our truck drivers and riders are taking time for vacation and a couple are facing surgery. PACS is in need of several drivers and riders.  You do not need a CDL.  Would you be willing to dedicate one morning a week to help?  If so call Kellie Stephens at 503-252-8500 Ext. 120.  We also need volunteers for the Food Pantry.

Housing Available:
Two rooms available to rent in a 3beds/2bath house in Gresham for an adult female(s). Available October 1. For more information call 503-558-6441.



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