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This past week I was reading through the story of the woman caught in adultery, found in the 8th chapter of John. It is a story that I have read and heard many times over the years. This past week though, it was the voices that stood out to me. There were many voices speaking. Voices of people we do not know much about; many were leaders, others perhaps were just along for the excitement and drama, perhaps others just needed someone else to throw stones at in order to mask their own failings. Very few, if any, would have truly known her. We know that their main purpose was to trap Jesus; she was collateral. And then there was the lack of voice in regards to her. She was standing there at the mercy of those myriad of voices. She was one who had no voice in the situation, and most likely none within the community in general. And despite the attack against him, He provides her a voice. In this story, we see a God who gives voice to the voiceless, who stands up for someone on the margins.
And I am challenged as His follower, as one who belongs to His body; how am I using my voice? Am I speaking for those who have none?
Father, in the everyday demands of life, help me see, and give me the courage to speak.
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 all those who participated in the Living Last Supper and a special thank you to Kimberly Goodwin-Helton, Matt Mandrones, Karl Helton, and the Video and Audio teams for sharing their abilities so well.
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Portland Adventist Academy will be presenting our worship services.
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.
Immediately following our potluck, there will be a Medical Alert Awareness meeting for the elders, deacons, and deaconesses in the Youth Room.
Sabbath at 5:00 pm Encounters With God features Vasile Gramada.
Betty Wicklund passed away March 15. A memorial service will be conducted for her at Sunnyside Church Sunday, April 15, 2:00 pm.
The Youth Sabbath School class is heading out to help the community by handing out personal care kits to the homeless. You can help by donating any of the following travel-sized items by Saturday, April 21: Men’s socks, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hand lotion, deodorant, trail mix/granola bars. If you have questions, please text Josh Miller at 503-509-1029. 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.
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. This event will be live-streamed, if for some reason you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still tune in and have the opportunity to both watch and participate via chat. Tune in via the Oregon Conference Facebook page or the Oregon Conference homepage at 7:00 pm this coming Thursday, April 12. See you there!
Event Location: Sunnyside Adventist Church.
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.
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.)
New Adventist Giving Mobile App.
The North American Division (NAD) has released a new app for online giving. The mobile app allows you to give tithe and offering and is available on both Apple and Android devices. Search the Apple App Store or Android Play Store for “Adventist Giving.” iTunes Play Store
SunnyCity Sunday July 1 on the Portland Adventist Academy campus. Interactive booths will be open from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by a lawn concert. Sponsors are needed to help cover costs of additional canopies and bottled water. Please send your gift by May 5 and mark it for “SunnyCity”. Contact Elise Holcombe with questions.
Life at Sunnyside
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: http://paasda.org/news/education-survives-snow-storm/
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.
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 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 www.oamc.org 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 SunCountryGardens.com 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 Marilyn.Puccinelli@gmail.com or call 360-609-1461. See you there!
Event Location: Vancouver Community Adventist Church.
April 26-29: Alumni and friends of WWU are invited to Homecoming Weekend. We’ve planned more than 50 events especially for you, including a banquet celebrating our core theme of generosity in service, educational seminars, a special PRISM concert, a Bowers Hall open house, and an Alleluias and Meditations concert Sabbath evening. A full list of events and registration information is available at wallawalla.edu/homecoming or by calling (800) 377-2586.
April 28, 3:00 pm: International Children’s Care Anniversary.
International Children’s Care cordially invites you to attend a special 40th-year-anniversary program. This inspirational program will feature testimonies from ICC children, a special video presentation of ICC founders, Ken and Alcyon Fleck, as well as music and much more.
Event Location: Meadow Glade Church.
May 7-11, 7:00 pm: Stones That Cry Out. Speaker: Daegeuk Nam, professor of Old Testament and Biblical Archaeology.
Event Location: Stone Tower 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 http://volunteers.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Opening: Gladstone Park Church is now searching for a quality church secretary. For a job description, contact Pastor Nate Hellman at email@example.com or by calling 541-391-2543.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or by calling 541-391-2543. Applications are available at the church office or at https://orgchr.netadvent.org/uploaded_assets/297467.
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 pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.