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There are no words left to describe what has seemingly become the norm in this country of ours. Another tragic event has grabbed the current headlines and pushed the other recent tragic events to the background. The reality of this is that in many ways words are cheap. It is not enough to speak words of prayer, love, and hope. We must be the answer to prayers, the expression of love and hope. There is a saying that, “even the smallest light can shine bright amidst a sea of darkness.” These tragedies truly are dark moments in our world’s history but they are an opportunity to allow our light to shine bright. It does not matter if we are caught in the midst of the tragedy or simply there to help. We have been able to see people sharing their small light in these dark times.
Having family in Puerto Rico, I was very anxious to see and hear any news I could from the island. I remember watching this video clip that just moved my heart. A reporter had just flown into an isolated town in the interior of the island of Puerto Rico in a helicopter. He and his cameraman got out and begin to film the devastation that was all around them. The reporter began to talk about the needs of the people in this difficult time. At that point in time when they had been there just a few minutes a man came up to them near their helicopter where they were filming. That man carried with him two plates of food and two cups of water. The reporter could not believe the generosity of this man. This man who had limited supplies of food and water was sharing both with those he did not know. He was sharing with those who would have access to plenty of both as soon as they returned to their hotel. The reporter commented on camera about the heart of these people who would share in these conditions. This man allowed his light to shine even in a dark moment.
Reading about the shooting in Las Vegas also brought up moments of “light” amidst the darkness. Like the story of Jonathan Smith who ran back into the crowd at Route 91 where the shooting was occurring to bring others out. It wasn’t until he had saved 30 lives and then realized that he had been shot and injured himself. There were countless other similar stories that to me were reminiscent of our denomination’s own Desmond Doss. Selfless men and women who ran into the line of fire putting themselves in harm’s way because they wanted to make a difference in that moment. The morning after the shooting there were reports of long lines formed at blood donation centers. People were lining up before those centers had even opened to donate blood and help meet the needs of those who have been shot. These stories are all a testament to people not just talking about prayer, love, and hope, but being an answer to prayer, the outpouring of love and a source of hope.
It is important that we do not allow ourselves to believe that darkness has seemingly gained the victory. We are told in John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (NIV). Let us remember that darkness is a defeated foe whose days are numbered. That does not mean that we have seen the last of darkness. As we continue to spiral towards the end of this world’s history we will continue to see tragic catastrophic events and dark moments. Amid all this suffering and pain what can we do? What should we do? What must we do? We must not just talk about prayer, love, and hope. We must be an answer to prayer, an outpouring of love, and a source of hope. We must allow our lights to shine. Because even the smallest light can shine bright amidst a sea of darkness.
Pastor Juan Fresse
Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org 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.
A special shout out to Lacey Betz, who patiently waits for her parents, Erin and Ed, as they lead out in Sunnyside’s Pathfinders, and attends their many events, coupled with assisting in many of the other church’s programs! Thank you, Lacey, for your sweet patience!
(And thank you, Erin and Ed!)
Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Pastor Jonathan will present our Bible message titled “Craving the Fruit of Struggle.”
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.
Encounters With God featuring Brooke Stafford, will meet this afternoon, 5:00 pm, in the Youth Room.
“Parables of Rabbi Jesus” begins tonight (Saturday night) at 7:00 pm, and explores the context of ancient stories and their application to modern life. Join Dr. Alexander Bolotnikov every night this week, 7:00 pm, as he leads us through an experience of mind and heart: understanding the stories of the Master Rabbi. A light supper will be provided at 6:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.
Pray for the families of . . .
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.
Sunnyside’s Reformation Festival, October 28, 6:00 pm, features Greg Dodds, PhD, Chair of History at Walla Walla University. He will deliver a pre-concert lecture titled “500 Years of Reformation,” regarding the historical setting of the Reformation. Immediately following, at 7:00 pm, the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus and guest singers will present a festival of hymns and anthems celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
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
Portland Adventist Elementary School
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Riverside Elementary School
The 27th annual Apple Festival will be held on Sunday, October 8, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year and this year’s funds will go towards the new outdoor education area, summer camp, technology, and programs that enrich student learning in the classrooms. The festival is famous for its homemade apple pies, dumplings, and low prices on apples sold by the pound. Games and activities provide safe fun for the whole family. If you wish to purchase pies or dumplings before the actual Apple Festival day, the following times are available for purchase and pick-up at Riverside. Pies – $10/each; Dumplings – $5 pack of two: Wed-Friday 7:45-8:30 am, Wed-Thursday 3:10-4:00 pm, Friday 12:15-2:00 pm. For more information about Riverside Christian School, visit www.riversidesch.com.
Walla Walla University
October 18, 7:00 pm, How to Pay for College—Workshop.
Walla Walla University will visit Portland Adventist Academy to provide a free workshop for prospective students and their parents titled “How to Pay for College” in the PAA library. This 40-minute presentation will be led by experts from WWU Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Enrollment Services. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to ask
Area Events & Announcements
October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.
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.
October 8, 4:00 pm: UCA Get-together.
Upper Columbia Academy’s FoundationONE is hosting a “Circle of Friends” reception for alumni and friends of Upper Columbia Academy. The event will be held in the Board Room at CherryWood Village Retirement Community, 1417 SE 107th Avenue, Portland. All former faculty and students are invited, as well as parents, grandparents, and friends. Come connect with your UCA family, enjoy a complimentary Italian meal, and hear current miracle stories from Upper Columbia Academy. RSVP to 509-939-1716 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
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 https://orgcwomen.netadvent.org for more information.
Event Location: Eagle Crest Resort.
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.
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