April 21 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

 This morning I was reading of Paul’s ministry in Acts 18. You find him working in Corinth as a tent maker, spending his Sabbaths in the synagogue trying to share the hope of Jesus with those worshiping. Life is hard; they do not appreciate his presence and in the end, he gives them what they are asking for — his departure, and devotes his time to reaching the gentiles in that same city. He has a bit of a mountain-top experience, receiving a vision from God, affirming his call and promising to be with Him. And so he continues, but not without hardship. The Jews rise up again in accusation and bring him before governor Gallio, who in the end throws them all out of the court for wasting his time. Through all of this Paul shows incredible endurance; he knows his purpose and sticks to it.

Our walk with God can have similar ups and downs; life is challenging. There are times when we hear God affirming His call on our lives and there are times when we feel like we’re attacked on all sides. Like Paul, we need to know our purpose, remember God’s call on our lives and assurance of His faithfulness. He has a way of working things out and can provide help in the most unlikeliest of ways. Family, if you find yourself identifying with Paul’s story more than you would like, hang in there. Take time to remember the calling God placed on your heart and the purpose that you have been called to. God is faithful.

I will be away this Sabbath at a family funeral and so will miss you, but I wish you God’s blessings as you take time to encourage each other and worship together.

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 Dr. Arnold Petersen for all he does to help keep the church organized and flowing smoothly. Thank you, Dr. Petersen, for all the visible and non-visible work you do!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Gerald Babanezhad from A Sure Harvest Ministry of the Pacific Union Conference and board member of NAD Adventist Muslim Relations will present our Bible message titled “His Other Sheep.” 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.

Encounters with God features Ewert Brown at 5:00 this afternoon in the Youth Room.

Church Announcements


Lois Rockwell passed away April 10. There will be a memorial service conducted for her at CherryWood Chapel, this afternoon, April 21, 3:00 pm.

Family Day at Sunnyside! 
We invite you to join us for a fun family experience on Sunday, April 22 from 4-7 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is included but RSVP is needed to ensure we have enough food. RSVP to Debbie (503) 703-3070 or Evelyn (503) 560-9608. Please bring your favorite board game. Everyone is invited

Family Day at Sunnyside! We invite you to join us for a fun family experience on Sunday, April 22 from 4-7 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is included but RSVP will be needed by April 15 to ensure we have enough food. RSVP to Debbie (503) 703-3070 or Evelyn (503) 560-9608. Please bring your favorite board game. Everyone is invited!

Bell Ringers – 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.

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.)

Save the date! May 12, 7:00 pm, The Heritage Singers, live in concert! The Heritage Singers are a group of professional Christian musicians who have dedicated themselves to using their talents in service for Christ. Known and loved all over the world, these singers will thrill your hearts with their powerful testimony and unique vocal sound. Take this opportunity to invite your friends and family to join you in an unforgettable time of inspiration and praise. This is a free concert and takes place at Sunnyside Church.



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.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

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 krista.lott@paes.com 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.

Lillian Ringering passed away April 11. A memorial service will be conducted for her Monday, May 28, 11:00 am at Woodburn SDA Church, 1253 5th Street, Woodburn.

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.

May 19, 9:30 am: Singles One-Day Event with Karl Haffner.  Singles Emphasis Sabbath, May 19, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.Karl will be speaking on the theme of “Created in Jesus to do Good Works.” Karl teaches, preaches, writes, and is crazy about his wife Cherié, and his daughters. He also loves good stories, frequent flier miles, and ice cream (he even orders broccoli, a la mode!) He serves as senior pastor of the Kettering Adventist Church and is an award-winning author of fourteen books. To register for this event go to: https://orgcfamily.netadvent.org/singles. Registration is $35.00 and includes Sabbath lunch. Register by May 15.
Event Location:  Holden Convention Center, Gladstone.

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.org 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 robertstevenglass@aol.com.


The Oregon Conference Treasury Department is hiring a full-time Assistant Treasurer. 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.

International Children’s Care is looking for someone who has experience in fundraising and public relations work. We currently have an opening in our development department for the right person who could fill this full-time, salaried position. Please contact Doug Congleton at our ICC office at 360-573-0429 for a possible interview.

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 rpeinado@mgaes.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 pastorhellman@gmail.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.




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