November 25 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and plenty of gratitude. I’m always amazed around this time at the ability of the popular mood of Americans to change so quickly.  Yesterday afternoon, the focus was on gratitude, family connection, and the warm emotions of togetherness. Once the clock struck 5:00, the mood almost instantly shifted as shoppers began gearing up for the Black Friday rush. The shift makes one’s head spin. From gratitude to consumer “lust” in a few seconds.

Even as you read this, there are people around town frantically seeking the best deals on last year’s stuff. Our attention has shifted.  And not for the better.

I hope for a day when God’s people would keep the gratitude rolling past Black Friday and throughout the holiday season. I long for a community of faithful believers that allow their sense of gratitude to move from the provision of the harvest and family relationship to the Provisioner, the One who gave the ultimate gift in the presence of Emmanuel. May we be people that cut across the grain of culture and demonstrate a lifestyle of humble gratitude to the Redeemer throughout the Christmas season.

But before we get too far into Christmas, we have one more week of Thanksgiving at Sunnyside.  Tomorrow we give thanks because we will celebrate baptism with four people who have chosen to make Sunnyside their spiritual home. Music will feature the talented Tsikirai family of young musicians. And I will be preaching a message of gratitude based on Ephesians 2.

Hope to see you there!


 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 leaders of the Pathfinders and Adventurers for mentoring our youth in gathering food for Thanksgiving baskets. What an amazing job you have done. Thank you!


Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are 8:45 am and 11:15 amPastor Jonathan Russell will be presenting our Bible message titled “Thank God, I’m Not Enough.”

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 Romanian Sabbath School Class will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

Church Announcements

Wes Renk passed away November 15. There will be a memorial service/open house at the Hood View SDA Church fellowship hall November 25, from 3:00-5:00 pm., with a special sharing time at 4:00 pm.

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 are collecting newspapers to complete a paper-mâché honor. If you have some to spare, please drop them by the church office. Thank you.

Sunnyside Church has partnered with Cherry Park School for its annual Toy Drive. Each year Sunnyside Church members donate toys for our neighborhood school. Please donate an unwrapped toy from November 25 through December 9th, and place your donation in the box located in the foyer. Feel free to contact Jackee Duvall with any questions. 503-309-9400.

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

Sunday, December 3, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra, directed by Travis Hatton, will present their Christmas concert here at Sunnyside Church.

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

Friday, December 23, 7:00 pm, we will celebrate Christmas with our annual Family Christmas musical program. Invite your friends and enjoy an evening of Christmas music presented by some of Portland’s finest musicians. Bring your musical score and participate in the finale – Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from “Messiah.” An offering will be received to support feeding Portland’s homeless each Sunday morning in O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland. Refreshments will be served after the program.

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.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Academy

Area Events and Announcements

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.

Volunteer Positions Available:

Looking for a way to engage your heart, mind, and spirit? If so, please consider volunteering with Adventist Health Hospice. Adventist Health Hospice is looking for individuals who are willing to share just a little of their time visiting patients who are facing a life-limiting illness. No experience required – 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 one’s presence and spending just a little of one’s time to sit with those who are facing the end of their lives. Sometimes, it’s just to talk or read or share stories and laughter…at other times…you could help record a life history, play music and sing, or play cards and board games. It’s as individual as you are.  A volunteer’s presence helps to lessen a patient’s loneliness by providing them with companionship. Our volunteers work in the field – in patient’s homes, adult family homes, or nursing homes, wherever a patient might call home. Volunteers determine when and how much time they can provide – some a few hours a week, others just a few hours a month. For more information, please contact Debby Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator by phone at 503-251-6192, ext. 56420 or 503-730-8378 or by email at







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