January 13 Communiqué


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Dear Family,

Just wanted to say thank you again for coming together for such a great start to the new year this past Sabbath. It is such a privilege and joy to be a part of our Sunnyside Family and to share worship together. I love that we are diverse; so many different backgrounds, so many different outlooks. It makes me think of the disciples; a more diverse group would have been hard to find! In fact, as I reflect on their different characters, occupations, political outlooks, and status, my hunch is that if given the choice, they would not have naturally chosen to hang out! There were times when they even had sharp disagreements. But they found their unity in their relationship with Jesus. That is church – real church. And I am thankful for the maturity and love that I see at work in our family at Sunnyside.

Looking forward to seeing you this Sabbath as we continue our series “Heroes of Faith.”

 In Him,

Pastor Kara Johnsson



Send your “shout-outs” to info@SunnysideAdventist.org 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 Pauline and Tom Davis, and Judy and Gene Denis for their help with all of our extra programs. Thank you for a job well done!


Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara will present our Bible message titled “Heroes of Faith: Joshua.”

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 Gingrich and Round Table Sabbath School Classes will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 14, 11:00 am, there will be a baby shower for Laura and Gabe Pinto. They are expecting a baby girl in March. Come and celebrate with us in the fellowship hall. Brunch will be served. They are registered at Target and Amazon.com. Everyone is welcome!

Church Announcements

Sunnyside Church Business meeting will be Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 pm. Our agenda consists of: 1) Fiscal Year Financial Review 2) Membership Review, 3) Pastoral Search Committee. Please take time to attend, your input is vital to our church operations.

Sabbath January 20, 3:00 pm, His Praise Men’s Chorus will present a concert. You will not want to miss this inspiring service.

Sunday, January 21, 3:00 pm, the Oregon Sinfonietta, directed by Donald Appert will be in concert here at Sunnyside Church.

There will be a memorial service for Verna Mae Dixon January 25, 2018, 1:00 pm, at the Cherrywood Village chapel. Sunnyside members who wish to attend are welcome. Earlier that day there will be a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery. Verna passed to her rest on Thanksgiving day 2017; she lived 98 years full of love for her blessed Jesus.

Our new flower calendar is now posted in the hallway. There are still a lot of blank dates available. 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.

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

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Academy

PAA’s Lunch Revolution Needs You
Last Sabbath, Portland Adventist Academy’s Stephanie Torgerson (or “Chef Stef” as she’s known) did a short presentation about the school’s lunch revolution. “Healthy eating is part of our heritage as Adventists,” says Torgerson. “With urban farms cropping up all over our city, and vegan and vegetarian lifestyles trending, why shouldn’t we be leaders in this movement?” It is for this reason, PAA’s cafeteria provides students with non-processed lunches, with plenty of vegan choices, a bountiful colorful salad bar, and the invitation to return for vegetables and fruit as often as one wishes.

And there’s more!  PAA students can now harvest organic produce at school. New garden beds, brimming with vegetables in the fall and spring, give students the satisfaction of knowing they helped grow some of the food they get to eat at lunch.

Chef Stef is leading the way and there are many more goals to accomplish. If you are an avid gardener, a carpenter, or someone who simply loves food and cooking healthy meals, you could be a part of making a difference for current and future students. We would love to hear from you! Contact Chef Stef directly at 703.338.5747 or storgerson@paasda.org.

Jason Bibb Named Principal:
God is so good! We’ve been praying for the right man for the right time and our answer was clear. God brought Mr. Bibb to PAA four years ago to prepare for this new role as principal. We are blessed. And we thank you for the ongoing prayers and support you’ve shown PAA. Read and share the full news story here: http://paasda.org/news/paa-board-unanimously-votes-mr-bibb-principal/

PAA Day & Parent Night is February 6:
This is such a great way to encourage any of your public school or homeschool families to seek out Adventist education for those tender high school years. If taking a full day to attend isn’t possible, we offer personal tours and shadow days. http://paasda.org/news/february-6-paa-day-parent-night/

International Food Day: Home Cooks Wanted!
Share a favorite recipe and hang out in the kitchen for a day! Being a Guest Chef at PAA is a fun and rewarding way to get to know our school family and share your talent. Guest chefs are needed for February through May. Learn more here: http://paasda.org/news/international-food-day/

Area Events and Announcements

January 14-February 4: ABC January Clearance.
Download flyer at ABCflyer.com.

October 15-26, 2018. Bible Exploration Tour – Israel and Jordan.
Explore Israel and Jordan with Alexander (Sasha) Bolotnikov, who has been leading Bible Exploration tours for 20 years. Born in Communist USSR Dr. Bolotnikov is a specialist in the Old Testament and Judaic studies. His tours have a unique flavor. You will be immersed not only in the world of the Old and New Testament but will also have a first-hand experience in reaching the Jewish and Middle Eastern culture and heritage. The tour starts on October 14 and ends October 26,  2018. The price is $1950 (excluding airfare). For the brochure, please contact Bob Glass at 541-261-2381 or robertstevenglass@aol.com.


The Oregon Conference Legal, Planned Giving and Trust Services Department is hiring a full-time administrative assistant. For the job description, please visit oregonconference.org, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to oregonconference.org/employment-home

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