May 5 Communiqué

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Greetings family,

Luke 5:1-11:

Tired. Defeated. There was possibly even a little fear nibbling at the edges of their hearts. These were seasoned fishermen and they had been up all night fishing a lake that they knew well. Yet, they are back on the shore with nothing to show and no guarantee that the next night would be better. There is a preacher just down from them, but they are too tired to listen. The little energy that they have left is focused on getting their nets cleaned — an arduous process at the best of times – and returning home for sleep’s welcome reprieve.

It is into this scenario that Jesus steps in, initially just asking to use their boat, but then suggesting they go back out and throw their nets in again. This is not a nice idea to a group of men who are tired, hungry, and who had just spent the last hour or so cleaning those nets! But suggest He did, and they have a choice: take Him at his word or go to bed. We don’t know what triggered their response – was it something they heard Him say as He was preaching from their boat? Perhaps it was sheer desperation for a break in their financial situation. Whatever the case was, they took Him at His word and were blessed. In such a way that overwhelmed their boats!

The path that He calls us to, is not always easy. Sometimes there does not seem to be a clear path ahead. Sometimes it feels like He is asking us to throw our newly cleaned nets into water that we are certain has no fish, yet we are presented with the same choice. Take Him at his word, or get some sleep. Different stories but the same choice, the same 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 all our volunteers that helped us with our Spring Work Bee this last weekend. Our church is looking amazing. Thank you!


Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will present our Bible message titled “Jonah: Soul from Sheol.”

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.

This afternoon, 2:00, the Sunnyside Adventurers will be having their Investiture. This is a time when you can see what the Adventurer Club has been doing and the progress our kids have made. Please join us for this important event for our kids.

The Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra will present their spring concert tomorrow, Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm. They will be performing Finlandia, Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.

Church Announcements

Norma Satterlee,
one of our members, passed away April 15. There will a memorial service at CherryWood chapel Wednesday, May 9, 3:00 pm.

It’s time to update our directory with current photos. Ben Dalusong will be taking photos in the Narthex the weekends of May 12 and May 19. Please come prepared to have your picture taken. Family portraits are also available.

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.



Sabbath, May 19, 7:00 pm: The Portland Adventist String Orchestra will present their spring concert at Sunnyside Church.

Sunday, May 20, 3:00 pm: The Oregon Sinfonietta will present their final concert of the season.

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.

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

Harold Burden, Paul Dragulin, Lloyd Wescott, Scott LeMert

Tom Kramer

Tom Davis

Virlys Moller

Dianne Glovatsky & Ken Null

Brenda Siaw

Judy & Gene Denis

Pastors Juan & Kara

Fresse Kids

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Academy

This is to notify the constituency of Portland Adventist Academy that the February Constituency Meeting, which was canceled due to the weather, has been rescheduled on Tuesday, May 15, 2018,  7:00 pm at the academy.

Area Events and Announcements

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 15 – May 6: ABC Spring Food and Book Sale. Download flyer at

May 4, 5: Oregon Young Adults Weekend.

Friday, 7:45 pm: “Night of Worship,” for Young adults and high school seniors. Worship Leader: Markis Zarate and Worship Guests: Joel Ortiz, Jr. and Terrell Davy.
Sabbath, 3:00-5:00 pm: “Leadership Mastermind.” Launching and growing successful small groups. Designed for Young adult ministry leaders.
Sabbath, 7:00 pm: “Community Concert” by Terell Davy. The concert is open to the community.
Event Location: Holden Center, Gladstone.

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 Registration is $35.00 and includes Sabbath lunch. Register by May 15.
Event Location:  Holden Convention Center, Gladstone.

July 3-7: Light Bearers Annual Convocation.
The Minor Prophets—Major Salvation Promises in the Minor Prophets. They are called the Minor Prophets because of their size, not their spiritual depth. Hidden in these little books are found sublime pictures of God’s unrelenting love. That’s why we plan to plumb their depths to mine rich nuggets of God’s golden love that promises to keep our love alive in the coming crisis. We warmly invite you to join Light Bearers and our speakers, Ty Gibson, James Rafferty, David Asscherick, Jeffrey Rosario, Fred Bischoff, Nathan Renner, and Risë Rafferty for a Spirit-led journey that promises to build hope, faith, and love at our annual convocation. For more information, go to, or call 541-988-3333.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon.

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.

Save the date! Volunteers Needed!
Portland Impact Your Health PDX is coming back to Portland in August! Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), along with local volunteers, will provide a free medical, dental and vision clinic in Portland connecting people to the resources and services they need and deserve. The clinics will be held at Portland Adventist Academy, 1500 SE 96th Ave., Portland, on Friday, August 10 and Sunday, August 12, from 8 am to 4 pm.
Volunteers needed: Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, registered dental assistants, physicians, NP’s, PA’s, optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians, lifestyle counselors, food service, nurses, EMT’s, PT’s, RN foot care specialists/podiatrists, chiropractors, beauticians/barbers, massage therapists, child care attendants, students, general volunteers. To Volunteer, go to For more information, go to or contact Clinic Coordinator Brenda Duerksen at;;
916-223-3896 or 971-202-9042.


Childcare provider needed: Part-time. Prefer someone who speaks French. Contact the church office for more information: 503-252-8080.

The Oregon Conference Treasury Department is hiring a full-time Assistant Treasurer. For the job description, please visit, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to

Job Opening: Gladstone Park Church is now searching for a quality church secretary. For a job description, contact Pastor Nate Hellman at or by calling 541-391-2543.

Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) is seeking a part-time Assistant Thrift Store Manager. Experience preferred: experience in driving a box truck (no CDL required), lifting furniture, management skills, and customer service. Please send resume to Executive Director Mark Fulop at

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.


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.


House Share available: 2 small bedrooms, large living room, bath, half garage available to rent in a 3 bedroom house in Gresham. Seeking compatible single person or a couple. Available now. For more information please call 503-329-4801.


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