May 12 Communiqué

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Greetings church family,

I am thankful for the beautiful weather that we have had lately.  The improvement in the weather has made it a lot easier to be out and about.  It has also inspired me to get back into healthy patterns and habits.  This includes being more active and getting more exercise.  I have noticed that getting back into those habits has not been easy.  Jogging and biking distances that before were not arduous have become a lot more challenging.

There were several days when I couldn’t quite make the distance that I wanted in the time and speed that I wanted to.  After several times of having to stop and restart I remembered something from my previous experiences.  When I simply focused on a smaller or closer goal it allowed me to keep going without having to stop.  Sometimes the longer distance, the higher hill seemed like too big of a bite at once.  When I took smaller bites of the challenge it didn’t seem so big and unattainable.  As I was going through this process I realized that sometimes we struggle with these types of challenges in other areas of our lives.

Sometimes we have challenges at work, in our families, or even at church.  When those challenges get tough we might have the desire to give up and quit.  When we look at the goal it might seem too difficult to attain or reach.  But I want to encourage you to not give up but to continue to run the race.  Paul admonishes us with these words, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (I Corinthians 9:24 NIV).  Running to win means that we continue even when the going gets tough.

Sometimes when those hills got really steep I just needed to focus on taking one stride at a time.  One stride after another was the only focus that I had.  After focusing on taking one stride after another for a few minutes I would notice that I was a lot closer to my goal.  Sometimes in life, we must focus on just continuing to take small steps towards our goal.  One “step” at a time with a continued effort to continue toward the goal.  I hope that no matter what “race” you are running that you will continue to run to win the race.  This is especially true of your own spiritual journey.  Run the race to win so that like Paul you will be able to say, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV)

Blessings to you and yours,

Pastor Juan Fresse

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 Dr. Arnold Petersen for the tireless commitment and work he does as Head Elder. Thank you, Arnold, for all that you do!

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “The Unlikely Ones.”

This evening, May 12, 7:00, 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.


Church Announcements

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

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.

Sabbath, May 26, 12:45 pmJoin the Sunnyside Nature Walking Group for a walk up Beacon Rock, Washington. Meet in the Youth Room after the second worship service and bring a sack lunch. Brochures are on the desk in the narthex. Let the leaders know if you are planning to go: Tom and Brooke Stafford: or 360-936-3373;

SunnyCity is holding a drive to collect school supplies to be handed out at the July 1 event. We need Crayola crayons, broad-line felt tip markers, and glue sticks to share with our SunnyCity guests. Please bring your donations to the bin located in the church lobby.

SunnyCity Kids Fair is also happy to announce that Aaron Meyer, acclaimed concert rock violinist, will be closing the event with a free concert. Aaron is a local artist, internationally known for his mesmerizing performances and cutting-edge arrangements of timeless classics.
SunnyCity takes place on July 1 on the Portland Adventist Academy Campus from 1:00-3:45 pm.  The concert is at 4:00 pm.   Volunteers are needed – please contact Elise Holcombe.

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.)

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.

On May 23, Portland Adventist Academy will hold our 9th Inside Out Service Day to blanket the city of Portland in service and ministry. Parents, pastors, and church members are a vital resource for this event. Here are three ways you can help.

  1. Nominate an organization we can partner with or support in ministry or service. Do you volunteer at a food bank? Do you work for a non-profit organization? How can we help these services and who can we contact?
  2. Help us financially. From T-shirts to sunscreen, water, snacks, work supplies and more, your financial support makes this day a success.
  3. Join the adventure! We begin the day with worship at 8:30. You’ll spend quality time with PAA students and teachers doing work that really makes a difference. We need drivers, supervisors, and sometimes unique skill sets. If you have an expertise, like landscaping, building maintenance, or are just great with people, your skills will help! We’ll be back to campus before 3:30 pm. All volunteers must complete a background check (available on our website:

Please email Pastor Monte ( to volunteer, donate, or nominate an organization.

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.

The Healthy Heart Ministry is looking for retired or practicing medical professionals to take blood pressures at the Gateway Fred Meyer. The BP screening happens on the second Sunday of every month. Please contact Marjorie Schnibbe at 503-875.8311.

May 18, 7:00 pm: The Blackwood Quartet in concert.
This award-winning group is celebrating 85 years of gospel music. Hear songs such as How Great Thou Art, Sweet, Sweet Spirit and other gospel favorites. Music will be available for purchase before the program and a love offering will be taken.
Event Location: Hood View 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

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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