September 23 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

This past weekend I had the privilege of participating in the North Pacific Union’s “Pray Like Daniel” Pathfinder Camporee.  Like most camping trips there were some unplanned setbacks that made our trip more interesting.  We already knew the trip would take longer than usual because of the closure of Interstate 84 due the Eagle Creek Fire.  What we did not know and could not plan for was the two flat tires on two separate vehicles that happened on the way to the camporee site in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Also in typical Pathfinder spirit, we stopped along the way to help another Pathfinder Club whose truck had experienced a mechanical failure.  After all the delays were dealt with, we finally arrived safely at the campsite five hours after originally planned.  This did not dampen the spirits of the Pathfinder staff or members.  Once they arrived they quickly proceeded to get everything set up to hunker down for the chilly nights ahead.

The weekend was filled with time spent admiring God’s wonderful creation and in spiritual worships.  We had opportunities to see the Hagerman Fossil Beds, Shoshone Falls and visit a national hatchery.  It was also a blessing to sit around and watch as the Pathfinders themselves brought up Biblical and spiritual issues for discussion.  At the final group worship meeting Dr. Bill Kilgore (the featured speaker from Southwestern Adventist University) made an appeal.  The appeal consisted of three options, which were accepting Jesus as best friend / Savior, wanting to prepare for baptism and wanting to rededicate to Jesus.  Praise be to the, Lord we had five Pathfinders from our club come down for one of those three options.  There were not enough setbacks in the world to stop so many other kids as well from coming down and making decision for Jesus.   After a great fun and spiritual weekend, we set out to come back home.  Thankfully the trip back was a lot less eventful and we got back without any incidents.  Even though we all enjoyed our time together there were many who couldn’t wait to be back home.  It hit me as I pondered that feeling, that as Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, “there’s no place like home.”

Though a great time was had by all there is just something special about home.  The reality is that no place on this world is our “real” home.  The Bible says, “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.” (Hebrews 13:14; TLB)  It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with setbacks and incidents that are slowing you down these are just small things on your journey.  The other side of the coin is that no matter how much you are enjoying the things going on around you or in your life right now this world is not your home.  In essence, you are on a big “trip” awaiting your final destination and real home which is heaven.  We should all be looking forward to going to our heavenly home as much as we are to get home after a long trip.  Enjoy what God has blessed you with just as the Pathfinders did last weekend but remember this place is not your home and there is no place like home.

Pastor Juan Fresse


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 the team of volunteers who worked so diligently and gave of their time to make the Steve Green concert such an awesome event. Thank you to each one of 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 am. Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Instead of Fear.”

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.

At 4:00 pm, Encounters With God features Marlan Glovatsky.

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.


Church Announcements

Pray for the families of . . .

Alvina Preston, mother of Judy Denis, who passed away Monday, September 18. A memorial service is not planned.

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.

Wellington Manullang who passed away September 17. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, October 15, 10:00 am.

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.

The 58th Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Constituency Session took place September 17, 2017, at Portland Adventist Academy Gymnasium. The administration voted in for the next quinquennium of the Oregon Conference Dan Linrud as president, Dave Allen as vice president for administration, Brian Gosney as vice president for finance, and Gale Crosby as vice president for education. The delegates also voted to hold the constituency session every five years now instead of every four. So the next Oregon Conference Constituency Session will be in 2022.
      Special congratulations to our own Dave Allen and Brian Gosney!

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara’s Commissioning

Pastor Kara and Terry Johnsson

Bill Johnsson, PhD

Dave Allen and Pastor Kara

Bob Allen, Pastor Kara and Terry Johnsson, Stan Beerman, Chuck Burkeen

Emilie Butler, Janis Dove & Jaclyn Russell

Pastor Kara

Troy Scholz

Megan, Emma & Beau Snyder

Sam Heiser

Pastor Jonathan

Reinette Wildman

Bill Johnsson, PhD

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.

Save the date, Sunday, November 12!  PAA’s Annual Student Scholarship Silent Auction will begin at 4:30 pm, and will be followed by dinner at 6:00 pm.  This fun event has supported many students who have or are attending PAA.  Tickets are $30 per person or $200 to host a table of 8. For tickets or information contact Dawn Johnson at
503-255-8372 ext 210, or Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.

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.

Rivergate Elementary School
Our Fall festival will be on Sunday, October 8. Tickets available in advance or day of event. This year we are excited to add Scholastic’s Wild West Book Fair to our fantastic community event.

Walla Walla University
A busy school year is underway at Walla Walla University, and we would love for you to visit sometime. We’ve planned a variety of events throughout the year, including musical performances, special lectures, sporting events, Family Weekend, alumni events, and more! Find details about these events, read the latest WWU news, and see our online calendar at You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Area Events & Announcements

Used prescription, reading, and sunglasses are being collected for an upcoming mission trip to Cuba with Quiet Hour. If you have glasses to share, please bring them to Sunnyside Church office by October 10. Thank you.

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.

Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 pm, Southwestern Adventist University is hosting an Alumni & Friends Reunion and dinner is on us! Please join us for an opportunity to reconnect with friends, classmates, and Southwestern Adventist University’s Vice-President of Advancement, Tami Condon,  at Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft Street, Portland, OR 97239. Don’t miss this great opportunity and RSVP today! Contact Director of Alumni Relations Vonda Seals at 817-202-6232, or email Hope to see you there!

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.

Needed! If anyone took a video of Bobby McGhee’s evening concert, we have someone who would like to have a copy. Please call the office for more information at




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