December 2 Communiqué

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Greetings Church Family,

I lift my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1

As a child growing up in the mountains of Papua New Guinea, this was my favorite Bible verse. We were surrounded by mountains and they always seemed to have a strength about them; they towered above everything else and never moved! When life got tough, I would often go outside, sit down on my favorite patch of grass and just gaze out at them, finding comfort in their presence.

Being a young child, I never studied the text – I just read “mountains… God… help.” I didn’t realize that I was really taking from the text the opposite of its intended meaning! But on reflection, even as an adult, I can sometimes fall into a similar pattern. When times are tough, I want to look for something tangible for comfort, I want to look to the “mountains” of life for help, for comfort. These mountains can come in many forms; people, tradition, finances, my own will even. Their commonality is their inability to be God, their fallibility.

This morning as I gaze out at the beauty of Mt Hood, I am reminded of Psalm 121, but I resolve to live the true meaning of it. To seek my help from God rather than the mountains of life. And as it assures me, “He will not let my foot slip, He will watch over my coming and my going out always.”

In Him,

Pastor Kara Johnsson



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 all who helped out with our baptisms last week. Thank you! 

Church Announcements
Life at Sunnyside
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship service is at 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will be presenting our Bible message titled “Follow the Star.” 

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.

This weekend beginning Friday, December 2, 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

Saturday night, 6:30 pm, the Junior High kids will be having a game night in the fellowship hall.

Tomorrow, Sunday, December 3, 4:00 pm, Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra directed by Travis Hatton will present their Christmas concert. All are welcome.

Church Announcements

A special thank you to all who helped the Adventurers and Pathfinders fill the Thanksgiving food boxes. We delivered 65 boxes and had 55 people assisting. We couldn’t have provided food for those in need without our church support. Thank you!

Sunnyside Pathfinders are collecting newspapers to complete a paper-mâché honor. If you have some to spare, please drop them at 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.

Devotional books! It’s time to order your new devotional book for 2018. Check the table in the Narthex to see available books, and sign up for the books you desire. By ordering through the church, you will receive special pricing. These make great Christmas gifts! They will be ready for pick up by December 18. If you have any questions, contact
Lorrie Wescott.

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

Friday, December 22, 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.

A memorial service for Gilbert L Plubell, a long-time leader in Adventist education, will be Hood View Church in Boring on Sabbath, December 9, 2:30 pm.  Gil served as Oregon Conference superintendent of schools and North Pacific Union Conference director of education from 1976 to 1989.  He retired as Director of Education for the North American Division in 1996.  Upon their return to Oregon, he continued in a part-time capacity at the Oregon Conference for another 15 years as special assistant to the superintendent.  He is survived by his wife Winnie, and two sons, Robert, of Fresno, CA, and Dennis and Barbara Plubell, Sunnyside members.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA has much for which we are thankful! Our annual PAASS Auction was a huge success and we thank YOU for helping to spread the word to rally the support. More than $100,000 was raised for student scholarships and that is a record for this event! Here is the enews story we’d love for you to share in your digital communications:

Area Events and Announcements

December 1-30: Adventist Book Center Holiday Sale.
We will be open extended hours during the Follow The Star Program at the Conference Office grounds. Hours Saturday night, December 2 and 9, are 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Hours Sunday, December 3 and 10, are 4:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. For all the sale details, download the sale flyer at
Location: Adventist Book Center, Gladstone.

December 9, 7:00 pm: “Behold the Lamb of God”
will be presented by Matt and Josie Minikus. Join us on a musical journey through the ancient prophecies and genealogies in the unfolding of the true tall tale of the coming of Christ.
Event Location: Hood View Church.

 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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