March 10, 2018

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Greetings Family,

Over this past week, the words of the book of Proverbs and Isaiah have been sitting in my heart. Both books have much to say about many things, but one significant thing that they both speak to is God’s heart for the poor and oppressed. It is not an optional thing that He suggests, a possible addition to our walk with Him. It is central. Let me list just a few verses for you to meditate on:

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Proverbs 14:31

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Proverbs 28:27

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Proverbs 18:17

And then in Isaiah:

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter — when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:6-11

And so even as we journey through our own financial challenges, we must still choose to be generous, to help others. That is why we have chosen to dedicate proceeds from this coming Saturday night’s Social, our much looked forward to “Let Them Eat Cake Auction,” to Portland City Mission. This is a mission that our own Family Resource Committee has interviewed and toured to ensure their credibility, and who serves our own local communities in ways that we are not equipped to. And so I look forward to spending the evening with you, laughing, sharing good food, making memories and also leaning a little closer in to the heart of our God.

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 Milton Charles Theodore Mackett, MD, FACS! He’s the 2018 Loma Linda University School of Medicine Alumnus of the Year.


A heartfelt thank you from the Hospitality Team to everybody who brought additional food to our big potluck last week.

Another shout out to all those who assisted in making our hospitality for the WWU students successful. Thank you!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am, presented by the Pathfinders. The topic is  “God of Wonders.

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

Tonight, 6:00 pm. Let them eat cake! This is a social event with lots of fun and a fundraiser. A haystack supper will be served at 6:00 pm and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm. We look forward to seeing all the creative cakes which will be sold to the highest bidder.

Church Announcements

Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm, The Oregon Sinfonietta will be present a concert here at Sunnyside.

A memorial service for Sharron Iverson will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church, Sunday, March 25, 11:00 am. She passed away December 6.

Our database has changed! If you have been using the “My Church” app, it no longer is available. You may now access our Church Directory by going to our website: and clicking on “Church Directory,” then “Sign up.” and follow the directions. Your email must match what we have in the database for you. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to call the church office.

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 need: Sofa and living room set (tables, etc.)

Thank you to Lloyd Wescott for the beautiful flowers at the entrances of our building. He presented these to us in celebration of his 89th birthday this past week! Thank you and happy birthday, Lloyd!

Life at Sunnyside

WWU Brass Choir directed by Brandon Beck

Pastor Juan Fresse

Pastor Juan, Dave Thomas

Jim Newell

Larry Ramey

Paul Dragulin

Isaac Nziacharo

Dave Thomas, PhD

Walla Walla University Brass Choir

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Academy

Area Events and Announcements

March 4-11: ABC Sale:  Stop by and sample delicious Taco Soup, BBQ Vegetarian Meat Balls, and other great tasting recipes (FREE recipe cards) on March 4. Flyer available at

March 19-24, 2018, 7:00 pm. Stone Tower Week of Prayer.
The Closing Crisis, Stone Tower Adventist Church’s Week of Prayer, will be presented by Emanuel Baek. Baek comes from Oklahoma Conference where he serves as a conference evangelist. Emanuel Baek has traveled to more than 40 countries spanning five continents, preaching the gospel to thousands of people and helping them find hope, courage, and a greater understanding of the Bible, especially in the area of prophecy.
Event Location: Stone Tower Adventist Church.

March 25-28: Big Lake Family Snow Camp.
Come spend quality time with your family in the great snowy outdoors. For more information or to register, visit

March 30, 7:00 pm. Vancouver Community Seder and Lord’s Supper.
Beit Shalom Balevav will host its 5th annual community seder Beit Shalom Balevav, a Jewish-Adventist congregation within the Oregon Conference will host this event without any admission charge. However, it is helpful when guests register so we have enough food for the meal. Please visit to register for a free ticket. All are invited to participate in this opportunity to commemorate both the Exodus and what Jesus did for us at Calvary.
Event Location: Luepke Senior Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver, Wash.

March 30-April 1: Oregon Prayer Conference.
This is a weekend prayer event designed to bring you into a closer personal experience with Jesus your Savior. You will hear how others have experienced Jesus in their lives as our speaker shares insights in trusting God in all of life’s adversity. The speaker will be Kevin Wilfley. Pastor Wilfley is the senior pastor of the Kirkland Seventh-day Adventist Church and Prayer Ministry Director for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In addition to his conference and pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Wilfley is a life coach and author. For the past 35 years, he has served various churches in Oregon, Upper Columbia, and Washington conferences. Pastor Wilfley has spoken at ministerial gatherings, revival weekends, prayer conferences and camp meetings all over North America and Scotland on the subjects of prayer, the Holy Spirit, spirituality, and evangelism. Find Out More Here.
Event Location: Twin Rocks Camp, Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

April 21, 2:00 pm Mini Piano concert; 2:30 pm: Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes.
Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes will equip attendees for reaching out to Muslims and helping to fulfill the gospel commission. Presenter Elder Gerald Babanezhad, coordinator of Muslim Outreach at the Pacific Union Conference and board member of NAD Adventist Muslim Relation, will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, the role of the Adventist Church in sharing the Three Angel’s Message with Muslims. Muslim’s understanding of Adventists, practical ways, testimonies, and much more followed with Q&A time. Join us for this fascinating seminar.
Event Location: Sunnyside Adventist Church.

April 22, 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Hands-on Gardening Workshop.
Learn techniques guaranteed to grow a robust garden of healing foods, high in nutrients which are so lacking in today’s produce. Learn how to plant a tree using methods first introduced by Ellen White. Lynn Hoag of has made a lifetime study of these principles and will present a wealth of information so you too can grow your ideal garden! Bring a shovel, garden rake, brown bag lunch, and be prepared for a lot of fun! Kids welcome! Free if you bring a non-Adventist friend! For information and to register by April 8, email or call 360-609-1461. See you there!
Event Location: Vancouver Community Adventist Church.

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


Meadow Glade Adventist Elementary School has a job opening for a maintenance worker for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year. Looking for an individual with prior experience in a large school or other large facilities. This individual must be a self-starter with prior general knowledge of electrical, plumbing, construction, and servicing and maintenance of buildings and fleet equipment. Please send resume and three references to Ric Peinado at, or contact the school at 360-687-5121 for a full job description.

Secretary needed at Gladstone Park Church. To be a good fit you must be supportive of local church leadership, mission, and vision, as well as a supportive member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; have an ability to exhibit clear, prompt, and positive communication; value punctuality, and be dedicated to meet project deadlines in a timely manner; have excellent organizational skills, and a willingness to take direction, and coaching. For a complete job description, contact Pastor Nate Hellman at or by calling 541-391-2543. Applications are available at the church office or at



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