December 23 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

As Christmas approaches this week, I am drawn to the story of Christ’s birth once again. I think of those young parents, given the awesome and daunting task of protecting the God in the flesh as a babe. A new baby for anyone is a daunting task, let alone a couple away from home, without great resources, and shadowed with the whispers of the strange nature of Jesus’ birth! If that was not enough, throw in the curveball of needing to suddenly flee to a foreign country with a foreign language! That does not sound remotely safe!

Very few of us like change, especially when it is sudden. And so it is inspiring to read about Mary and Joseph’s story. Because God provided. In fact, he had already provided in the most unlikely way; foreign wisemen, people from outside of their own culture, had followed God’s direction in their own lives and traveled long distances to resource the newborn king financially with Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh. We are not given details, but it is my hunch that these resources would have come in very handy as they made their home in Egypt.

I am so thankful to follow a God who provides and who works all things for his glory. Change is not easy, but our God is with us family, and Pastor Juan and I are committed to serving you in the coming months.

Wishing you hope and joy in the coming week,

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 Lloyd Wescott for organizing such an amazing Christmas concert. We have truly enjoyed 36 years of increasingly wonderful Christmas celebrations. Thank you, Lloyd, for all of your dedicated work.


Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship service is at 11:15 am. We are blessed today with the Christmas Festival Choir directed by Pollyanna Moody, and the Sunnyside Chamber Orchestra directed by Matt Mandrones, along with Reflections throughout the program by Pastor Jonathan Russell.

There will not be a guest potluck today.

Church Announcements

Next week, Sabbath, December 30, there will be a farewell potluck for the Russell family. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This will take the place of our normal first of the month potluck in January. Also next Sabbath we will be having only one worship service. Our Bible study classes will begin at 10:00 am, and our worship service will begin at 11:15 am.

Devotional books! Your devotional books are here. Please pick them up in the Narthex or see Lorrie Wescott. Thank you.


Our new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. Please choose a date to share flowers with our Sunnyside family for our worship services and place your name on it. As the date gets closer, we will contact you to see what you would like to place in the bulletin about the flowers.

Friday, January 5, 6:00 pm, Communion Service will take place here at Sunnyside followed with an Agape Supper.

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, dining room table, blankets, and a dresser. Contact: Marie 503-998-3754.

Life At Sunnyside

Sunnyside Handbell Choir

Pastor Juan

Pastor Jonathan, Norman Henry

Rosemayne Thompson

Ivonne Allen

Warren Rushold

Lorraine Jacobs

Pastor Jonathan

Craig King

Advent Candle, Farfan family


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.

First Friday will be held on January 5 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm in the lower level amphitheaters of Adventist Medical Center, Portland. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The January First Friday service will feature praise and worship by Oasis Praise and an inspirational thought from Pam Strachan-Proudfit. Registration for the free January 5 First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on December 22 and will run through Wednesday, January 3.  Be sure to reserve your spot!  Remember that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and each dinner guest must register separately.  Soup and salad will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday, January 5.

PACS’ New Executive Director – Mark Fulop
PACS welcomes Mark Fulop as the new Executive Director as of December 1, 2017, as Paul L. Cole retires after nine years of service. Prior to Mark coming to PACS, he has been a consultant for many nonprofits leading strategic planning, board development, and leadership training projects. Mark is no stranger to PACS because in 2012 he was a volunteer in the Food Pantry and worked as a consultant with PACS helping to plan for the new medical and dental clinic. He believes in PACS’ mission and values and can’t wait to start building on PACS’ rich history. You can reach Mark at 503-252-8500 ext 113 or by email at Come by PACS to meet and greet Mark!

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


Merry Christmas!





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