September 30 Communiqué

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Dear Church Family,

As I sit here this morning, I can see Mt St Helen’s in the distance, a beautiful snow-capped mountain, so solid; a familiar site that I have seen most mornings since arriving in this stunning country. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we took a drive up her grand foothills, stopping to take a tour through the visitor’s center. There we were able to watch the dramatic explosion that rocked this area of the world well over thirty years ago. It’s hard to imagine that kind of event happening as I look at it now; it seems to calm, so present, so strong.

I am reminded of David’s counsel in Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalms 121:1-2

We all have mountains in our lives, things or people that we can be tempted to place our trust in, to rely on for help. They seem so strong, so visible, so present. But like Mt. St. Helen’s they are part of God’s creation, not God himself. They are blessings in our lives but cannot carry the weight of being God – our source of strength and help.

Father, thank you for being our ever-present help in trouble, a God who does not slumber, who holds us by the hand, so that even when we stumble, we don’t fall. As we come to the end of another week, we again take time to remember that you are truly God, that we can rest in you. (Psalm 46, 121, 37)

Pastor Kara Johnsson


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This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Welcome to the Table.”

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.

Wellington Manullang who passed away September 17. A memorial service will be conducted for him here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, October 15, 11:00 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.

Life at Sunnyside

Isaac Nzicharo, Lilly Baraka

Deaconess Dedication

Katerina Ruland, Pastor Jonathan

Tom Stafford

Barbara Plubell

Ted Mackett

Wilfred Geschke

Kathy Rosenquist, Andre Wang, Jim Newell

Pastor Jonathan

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA’s Farm-to-Table Goals Grow a Community.
In just one year, Stephanie Torgerson and her growing group of volunteers have established gardens, compost bins, fruit shrubs, and, most importantly, an appreciation for healthy lunches.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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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