October 21 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

This week I am privileged to write to you from Cannon Beach as I experience a week-long intensive in my doctoral studies. While here I have been reflecting on some of the stories in Luke. In Luke chapter 5, Jesus approaches Simon who was cleaning his nets after a night of fishing and asks him to push back out a bit into the water in order for Jesus to teach. I can imagine how tired Simon must have been – all night fishing. Add to that the fact that very few fish, if any, were caught, and you have the makings of a grumpy man, to say the least! I can imagine that he was pretty keen to get home for some rest. And then Jesus asks to use his boat for a while, delaying the plans for sleep! He agrees, and they push out for a bit. However, when the teaching is done, rather than coming back to shore, Jesus asks him to push out into deeper water and let his nets down again. They had only just finished cleaning the nets – not a quick task to do! And the likelihood of catching anything during the day was almost non-existent. Yet he answers Jesus, “Because you ask, I will.”

There is a time in our journeys with God where He asks to join us in our boats, just a little bit off the shore, as He teaches us. But then there are times in our walk that He asks us to go with Him into deeper water and let down our nets. And it can sometimes seem inconvenient, crazy, or even humanly impossible. But He sees the depths of the waters that He calls us to, and like Simon Peter, the experience is far beyond what we can imagine.

“Because you ask, I will.”

Pastor Kara Johnsson


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 Jackee Duvall, Debbie Stanton, Donna Schmidt, Lorie Ramey, and the FaithLift ladies for their help with the NPUC Children’s Leadership Conference and the strong support from Sunnyside in sending so many leaders.

 Thank you from the deaconesses to Lloyd Wescott for making the soup for the Parables of Jesus suppers.

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 Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “His Kingdom or Mine?”

Sunday, October 22, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Fall concert here at Sunnyside. Plan now to attend this free concert.

Church Announcements

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.

Ladies and gentlemen! If you haven’t had the chance to check out our study groups, wehave a ladies’ Bible study group and a men’s Bible study group that each meet Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Stop by and check them out. We would love to have you join us.


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 Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

A memorial service for Bruce Crosby will be held at City Sanctuary SDA Church, 1640 NW Irving Street, Portland, OR   97209, on Sabbath, October 28, at 3:00 pm Bruce passed away unexpectedly with cancer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to City Sanctuary SDA Church Ministries.

Children’s Church will be November 11, 10:00 am. The children will have their own church service in the fellowship hall. This is a time for singing, praising, and worshiping God with their peers. Be sure to bring your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to join us. If you’d like to register in advance go to www.SunnysideAdventist.org. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

PAES wishes to thank Pastor Fresse for spending time on campus both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We enjoy your visits and appreciate the time you are investing in our students. THANK YOU!!!

Please mark your calendars for the following events:

Home & School Meeting – 11/06
Parent/Teacher Conferences – 11/09
Harvest Festival – 11/18

Visit our website (paes.com) and check out our school’s blog to read about what’s happening at school. Our year is off to a wonderful start!

Portland Adventist Academy

The Portland Adventist Academy book fair happens Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center. You can also participate online at www.barnesandnoble.com, November 5 through 10 (use the PAA code at checkout: 12226049). The book fair will feature music from student musicians, work from art students, and visits with “Norm,” the cougar mascot. Portions of all Barnes & Noble and in-store Café purchases will help our English department fund Project Based Learning materials and events.

Volunteers are needed for the Portland Adventist Academy book fair event on Sunday, November 5 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event happens at the Clackamas Town Center Barnes & Noble store. You may contact Deanne Sparks for more information dsparks@paasda.org or call PAA at 503.255.8372.

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 djohnson@paasda.org. Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.

Rivergate Elementary School
You are invited to join us in the Rivergate gym on November 9, at 10:00 am, for our annual Veterans Day Program. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Terry Johnsson.

Walla Walla University

November 8, 4 pm and 7 pm: How to Pay for College.
Walla Walla University will host a free online webinar for prospective students and their parents. 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 questions.
Register at sfs.wallawalla.edu/webinars.

Walla Walla University alumni are invited to join President John McVay for two events in the Battle Ground, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, areas.

  • Friday, November 10, Vespers (light dinner provided) and WWU news update, Meadow Glade SDA Church, 11011 NE 189th Street, Battle Ground, 6:00 pm. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.
  • Saturday, November 11, Complimentary alumni dinner and a university update at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 12725 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas, 7:30 pm. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by November 6. Call Alumni and Advancement services at 800-377-2586 or send email to alumni@wallawalla.edu.

Area Events & Announcements

October 15 – November 5: Adventist Book Center Fall Case Food & Book Sale.
Download flyer at abcflyer.com.

October 30: Life Line Screening.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit  http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979Event Location: Healing Hope Seventh-Day Adventist Fellowship.

December 9, 7:00 pm: Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Choir.
Fountainview is returning to Bend to enrich, inspire, and remind us that the greatest Gift of the season, of life, is our Redeemer and King. Join us for an unforgettable evening of hope and glory as this prominent young group of musicians present “Come Let Us Adore Him” during their annual Christmas tour. This is a complementary and non-ticketed event. All are welcome and early arrival is highly recommended as seating will be limited. For more information visit http://fountainviewacademy.ca/music/ or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at jonathanandjanelle@hotmail.com.
Event Location: Bend SDA Church.

Volunteer Job Opportunities:
Needed Now • Adventist Health Hospice
Make a difference as a Hospice volunteer!
Needed Now – Throughout the Portland Area Adventist Health Hospice patients need your gift of time as a volunteer! There is no experience needed to be a Patient Companion Volunteer–just a compassionate heart for people and the desire to make a patient’s remaining days as fulfilling as possible. It is about the gift of your presence and spending just a little of your time to sit with those who are facing the end of their lives. Sometimes, it’s just to talk or read to them or share stories and laughter…at other times…you could help record a life history, play music, cards or board games with them, and even share a hobby with them. It’s as individual as you are. Help us match you with a waiting need. Caregivers need the blessing of your time to take care of themselves. This allows them to return “recharged” to tend to their loved one. Hospice patients sometimes have no family and can be greatly moved by your presence. These are momentous gifts. And there are numerous options in how you can help. Volunteers work out in the field – in patient’s homes, adult care homes, or nursing homes, wherever a patient might call home. The hours are flexible, whether you can commit a few hours a week, or just a few hours a month. We provide thorough training. If you feel called, please contact the Adventist Health Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or by email at murphydl@ah.org.

JOB OPENINGS (Immediate) – PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) is seeking two part-time Goods Processing Supervisors to supervise volunteers and oversee processing of goods donated to the thrift store. Must be able to lift 25+ lbs. Please send resume to paul.cole@pacsonline.org or mail to 11020 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220.

PACS also needs volunteers in the following areas:

  • Thrift Store (item sorters and cashiers)
  • Truck drivers (no CDL required)
  • Truck riders
  • Health Clinic (Doctors, LPN, RNs Mas)
  • Food Pantry
  • Translators (all areas, also COW)




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