November 4 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

 Last Sabbath I got to spend the day with our Pathfinders exploring Mt. St. Helens. Throughout the day, we explored the devastating effects of the 1980 eruption. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory, pathfinders learned of landslides, blast zones, and mudflows. They saw the effects on the landscape, the trees, the wildlife. They saw pictures of the monochrome moonscape that was the result of the disaster.

Around the campfire that night, I asked the kids what their study had taught them about who God is. One noted, “I was amazed at how God made nature to recover so beautifully.” They had noticed that where there used to be desolation, beauty has sprung again. Through the work of groundhogs churning the soil, the migration of elk and the power of their scat, and many other natural processes, the beauty of Mt. St. Helens is slowly being restored.

It’s true: out of the desolate tragedy of explosive destruction, something beautiful is emerging. It’s such an important lesson for us to remember. Our God is a God of grace.  e’s a God of re-creation. God sees the broken pieces, the hidden trials, the profound challenges of human life. Then in the soil of that pain, he plants the seeds of hope that will mature into beauty.

Today, I’m thankful that our God is one who revels in re-creation. Because that means there’s still hope for me.

May God grant each of us a beautiful Sabbath blessing as we seek his presence this weekend.


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 our translators who every week diligently translate our service into Romanian and Kiswahili. Thank you for doing such a great job.


This Weekend
Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Our monthly fellowship potluck will immediately follow our second service. Please join us for some great food, good fellowship and to make new acquaintances.

This afternoon at 2:00 pm, the Pathfinders will have their IA, and at 3:00 pm, the Adventurers will have their Induction and Blessing. You are all invited to come and join us in celebration of our young members.

At 5:00 pm, Encounters With God will meet in the Youth Room. Brooke Stafford will be our featured speaker.

Church Announcements

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 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7.

If you would like to sing in a Christmas choir on Sabbath, December 23, contact Pollyanna Moody, 503-502-1376 or Rehearsals will begin Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm.

 November 18, 4:00 pm, we will enjoy Evensong, with the spoken word. “Reflections on Thanksgiving” will feature Robert Schmidt at the organ and James Robertson with the spoken word. Plan now to attend this spiritually enriching event.

During the month of December, we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study will be at 10:00 am and our worship service will begin at 11:15 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 Needs: washer and dryer, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

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 ( 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, 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 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 Thank you for supporting PAA and our wonderful students.

PAASS Auction Donations Needed – Portland Adventist Academy is eagerly accepting donated items and services for our upcoming auction to support student scholarships. From airline miles, season tickets, time-share weekends, photography, massage and more, your donations make a big difference. Contact Dawn for more information: or 503.255.8372.

PAA Fall Open House –
An Open House information night is happening at Portland Adventist Academy for families not already attending Adventist elementary schools. Join us on November 16, 6:30 pm for a campus tour, and Q&A time with teachers and administrators. Enjoy food from our Farm-to-Table kitchen and learn more about scholarships, sports, music, mission trips and more. If you know someone who would benefit from a Christ-centered and character-driven education, please let them know! Find out more at or call us at 503.255.8372.

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

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
  • 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

Area Events & Announcements

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

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 or contact Jonathan and Janelle Kasabasic at
Event Location: Bend First Presbyterian Church.



Child Development Center DiscoveryLand.
Now hiring qualified infant/toddler and preschool teachers. For more information or to apply call 503-209-1984. Email resume to
Location: Mt. Tabor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Rose City Park Presbyterian Church needs a lead child care attendant staring in November. The attendant will supervise the assistant attendant and volunteers. Must be at least 21 years of age. Hours: Sunday mornings, 9:15 to 12:15. Send cover letter and resume to Attention: Gail Black by November 14.





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