March 17 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:7-11.

It’s amazing the power of simple words and actions. I was introduced to a great man yesterday – via the New York Times! Bob Fletcher. He died at the age of 101, but that was not why he was featured. When World War II broke out here in the USA, there was much fear and suspicion Stateside. Part of the fallout of this was the internment of thousands and thousands of Japanese for the duration of the war, many who had called the United States home since the 1800s. For the majority, all was lost. But not those living near Bob. He was in his early thirties, an agricultural inspector, who, ignoring the resentment of neighbors, quit his job in order to manage the fruit farms of the surrounding Japanese families. He maintained their farms for the duration of the war, keeping their place alive so that when the war ended, they were able to return.

It is an inspiring story. It made me think about the importance of the place and power of words and deeds during challenging times within community. Thank you for being the sort of family that steps up like Bob – you are a blessing to serve. I am looking forward to sharing with you this Sabbath.

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 Marti Wofford and Dianne Glovatsky for taking time to straighten the hymnals, Bibles, and more in the sanctuary before our Sabbath services. Thank you, ladies!


Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am.

Pastor Kara Johnsson  will be presenting our Bible message titled “Blood Is Thicker Than Water.

The floral tribute today is presented by Viorel and Viorica Gramada in celebration of Viorica’s birthday. Happy birthday, Viorica!

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 Indian group will be hosting today’s lunch in the Willamette room following our second service.

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


Church Announcements

Betty Wicklund passed away March 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her at Sunnyside Church Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm.

Our Pathfinders are working on a Paper Maché honor and need newspapers. There is a barrel in the Narthex where you may deposit any extra newspaper you have. Thank you.

We would welcome one or two more ringers for this 3-octave handchime choir. Ringing experience is not required, although an ability to read music at a beginning level is needed. The 5-octave choir needs another ringer for the smaller handbells. Someone with either experience or a willingness to learn to ring 4-in-hand is our current need. Please call Rosemayne at 503-730-5317 and share your interest. Let’s discuss the possibilities.


Sabbath March 31, our worship services will be the Living Last Supper coupled with our Communion Service. This is a service you will not want to miss. Join us for this inspiring service.

Sabbath, April 21, our worship service will be presented by Gerald Babanezhad, coordinator of Muslim Outreach at the Pacific Union Conference and board member of NAD Adventist Muslim Relations. He will share the historical setting and perspective of Islam, and the role of the Adventist church in sharing the Three Angel’s Message with Muslims. At 2:00 pm, there will be a mini piano concert by Gerald Babanezhad. At 2:30 pm, Gerald Babanezhad will present a seminar titled “Seeing Jesus Through Muslim Eyes.” Mark your calendar.

Dr. Eric and Sandi Swiridoff are Sunnyside members. Read all the latest news a

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.)

Life at Sunnyside

Pastor Kara

Elise Holcombe

Edson Simon

Phyllis Woods

Martha Natiuk, Levis Dragulin

Marya & Naeema Nziacharo, Meadow Gregory, Raechel Stuart

Isaac Nziacharo

Ron Blehm, Lydia Krueger-Blehm

Ross Eichele

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

April 19, 5:30 pm: PAES would like to invite all of our church families to “STEAM NIGHT” on Thursday, April 19 starting with dinner in the Gym from 5:30-6:30, Book Fair opens at 5:30 in the Round, K-8 Classrooms open 6-7:15, Preschool is open 6-7.  Come Create-Explore-Build-Play.

April 27, 1-2:30 pm: PAES would like to invite all prospective Kindergarteners and First Graders to “K/1st VISITATION.” Everyone attending needs to call 503-665-4102 or e-mail Krista at by 2:00 on Friday, April 13.  We look forward to seeing you!

Portland Adventist Academy

Snow Days are eLearning Days at PAA
Last year’s record number of weather-related school-closures prompted Oregon Conference educators to solve the problem of lost learning through a modern solution. Snow days are now eLearning days and PAA got to experience them officially for the first time last month. Read more here:

Area Events and Announcements

Renee Geppert passed away March 13. A memorial service will be conducted for her, Sunday, April 22, 4:00 pm, in the Lents Church sanctuary. A light supper reception will follow in the Lents Activity Center.

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 6, 7:15 pm:  First Friday.
First Friday will be held on April 6 from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm.  First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us. The April First Friday program will feature praise and worship by the Adventist Health praise band as well as a mini-concert from the Portland Adventist Academy Gospel Choir and a Story of Hope from Dr. Terry Johnsson. Registration for the free April First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on March 26 and will run through Wednesday, April 4.  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 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Registration link:
Event Location: Adventist Medical Center Amphitheaters

April 7, 6:00 pm: Reflections Choir in Concert.
Reflections is a choir of Adventist homeschooled students who love to sing for the glory of God and directed by Calvin Knipschild. Join us!
Event Location: The Village Retirement Center in Gresham

April 12, 7:00 pm: Oregon Conference Connect.
All Oregon Conference members are invited to participate in our annual “Conference Connect” town hall series this April. The Conference administrators and ministry leaders will be on hand to dialogue with members and share pertinent information from around our area. Attendees can expect to give feedback on administrative reports and to explore ways to optimize the blessings of the Gladstone Park campus.
Event Location: Sunnyside Adventist Church.

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 21, 5:00 pm: OAMC in Concert.Come and enjoy our 24th annual spring concert of the Oregon Adventist Men’s Chorus. Free tickets are now available at or by calling 503-970-1693. Limited seating. Event Location: Adventist Community Church, Vancouver.

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.

July 12-14 and July 17-21: Gladstone Camp Meeting.
Come be part of the team! Do you want to have a great time helping others and being part of a team that feels like family? If so, consider volunteering during camp meeting this year! We’re looking for hardworking individuals who want to serve God through service to others… and who want to have fun doing it! We need volunteers for Hispanic Camp Meeting (July 12-14) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 17-21) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNs and EMTs/paramedics. Whether you can work one day or all week, we’d love to have you on our team! To volunteer, visit  or contact Lisa Rodriguez at or at 503-850-3350.

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

Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities in the Food Pantry and Thrift Stores. We are currently in need of morning drivers/riders, cashiers, and goods processing. Apply online at or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.




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