November 18 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

We had a great time at Children’s Church.  It would not have been possible without the help of all the people who volunteered and helped.  Thank you to all who participated and made it a success.  It was great to see all of those children worshiping God with all their little hearts and energy.  There we were after they had been through four different rotations and had been there for several hours but all the kids sang with all their energy.  They were tired but the minute we began to sing songs the atmosphere totally changed.  The kids were very excited to worship and sing praises to God.

It is amazing that regardless of what else has been going on in their lives all these kids were ready to worship.  We must learn to be more like children.  It is important to learn how to put things aside and worship.  Sometimes as adults we allow events in our lives to affect our desire to worship.  When we least feel like worshiping God is when we should do it most.  When we worship God we are drawn closer to him.  The Bible tells us in Psalm 22:3, that God inhabits the praises of His children.  When we praise God, He inhabits that praise and is in the midst of that praise.  So when the children were praising God it brought God into our very presence.  When we praise God it does the very same thing.  That is exactly why when we feel least like praise, it is a time when we should do our best to try and praise Him.  Many times when we don’t feel like praising it’s because we are distant from God and thus we should do what we can to get closer to Him.

So let’s take the advice of Jesus.  He said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:3-5.  Let’s change and become more like the little children.  Let us come into the house of the Lord and leave everything that has happened to us throughout the day, week or month, and worship God with all our hearts and energy.  As we do this we will be drawn closer to God and He will be in our very midst.

Blessings to you and yours,

 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 Debbie Stanton and our Children’s Church team. And thank you to the adult Sabbath School class leaders who moved their classes to make room for Children’s Church to take place.

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 Kara Johnsson will be presenting our Bible message titled “Economy of God.”

Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch. The Geschke and Johnson Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

This afternoon at 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. You won’t want to miss this spiritually enriching event.

Church Announcements

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.

Sunnyside Pathfinders and Adventurers are doing a food drive to collect non-perishable foods for their annual Thanksgiving baskets. They plan on giving out 55 food baskets this year. Your help is appreciated. You may leave your food donations on the table in the Narthex. Cash donations may be put in a tithe envelope and marked “Family Resource Network.” Our specific needs are:

Turkey/Tofurkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, mushroom soup, fried onions, cranberries, pumpkin pie, whipped cream, sparkling cider, rolls, sweet potatoes/yams, apples, oranges, pears, carrots and other root vegetables, onions, celery, eggs, butter, dried beans, rice, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and any nonperishable food items.

During the first four Sabbaths 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.

December 2 weekend, Walla Walla University’s Center for Bible, Faith and Mission will present “Christians in a Polarized Public Square.” The schedule and speakers are as follows:

  7:00 pm, Friday: “Family, Church, Politics: The Same Model for  All Three?”
– Alden Thompson
2:00 pm, Sabbath, “Daring to be a Daniel: The Lion’s Den of   American Politics”
– Andre Wang
3:15 pm: “Religious Liberty: The Adventist Dilemma”
– Dave Thomas
4:45 pm: Book sale in the Narthex

Friday, December 8, 7:00 pm, Portland Adventist Academy will present their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside.

Investment Labels! Remember when you collected and turned in labels from Worthington and Loma Linda cans for missions? The label collecting idea is not just a thing of the past. It is still alive and well and has increased in rewards for missions. Labels (including UPC code) from Worthington, Loma Linda, and Caroline’s will pay $.25 each. Cedar Lake, Heritage, Worthington frozen, Kim’s Simple Meals, are .05 each and Norpac Foods, Flav-R-Pac, Santiam, and Westpac are .05 each. Take the time now to save these labels and help build funds for missions. Bring them in, turn them in at children’s Sabbath School, or directly to the Sabbath School secretaries. Every nickel counts!

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.

Life at Sunnyside

Praise Team

Diana Ogaz

Jaclyn Russell

Andre Wang

Laurel Jessop

Alex Sidorenko, Sr.

Doug Tilstra, PhD

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Please mark your calendars for the following event:

Annual Harvest Festival – 11/18, 6:30 pm  PAES Gym
Games, food fun! Come enjoy a night at PAES. One can of food for entrance. Tickets for sale inside.

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


November 18, 4:00 pm. His Praise Men’s Chorus Concert.
is Praise is a group of about 30 men drawn from the Portland and Vancouver areas and from all walks of life, directed by Charlie Drury, who have one thing in common, they love to sing gospel music.
Event Location: Rockwood Church.

November 20, 6:30 pm: Struggling with Grief?
Come join a community of support with:

  • Guest speakers offering ways to lessen holiday pain
  • Other people who are also grieving
  • Live music of comfort
  • Helpful resource available to you
  • Light refreshments

Guest speakers, Chaplain Pam, Sue Nelson, and Terry Camdige.
Please RSVP by November 9, 503-251-6105.
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center, Amphitheaters C & D

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.






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