May 19 Communiqué

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Dear Family,

I confess that today as I write to you, I do so with a sense of anticipation and excitement because in just over a week’s time, I am flying to Australia. I will be doing a week of speaking at Sydney Adventist Hospital for their Week of Spiritual Emphasis and then spending a week with my Mom in Melbourne. It has been nearly two years since I touched Australian soil, ate Weetbix and hung out with the Kangaroos and Koalas! But when Terry asked me last night what I was looking forward to the most, I reflected that it was really the people that I was most excited about. To be able to sit down face to face with my Mom, to be able to hug and laugh with old friends; people are the treasure of life.

And as I reflect on our church here at Sunnyside, there are lots of things that keep us busy, that need our time and attention, that sometimes even give us stress! But in all of that, the real treasure of our church are its people – you. The building is amazing, the programs are lovely, but it is our people that makes it church, that makes it family. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our church family, for choosing to show up and encourage each other, for choosing to care and support each other.

Looking forward to seeing you this Sabbath as we reflect on the last chapter of Jonah.

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 Dr. Rick Westermeyer for the beautiful landscape, especially the newly finished front Northwest corner of our parking lot. Nice job! 

Shout out to Cris Marin for being the unsung hero of our Children’s Ministries! He is always planning, checking, and filling in where needed. Thank you, Cris.


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 Reluctant Messenger.”

This evening, May 12, 7:00, the Portland Adventist String Orchestra will present a concert. Invite a friend and enjoy a special blessing tonight here 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. Please take time to stop by and have your picture taken. Family portraits are also available.

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

Please pray for the family of Raylene Sturges who passed away Thursday, May 17. A memorial service is being planned. 

We have an updated website! Take a look at We also have a new database app. There are links on our website as to where to download the app. We are using Elexio Community. The old app will not work with the updated information. You will need to go to your app store and look for Elexio Community with the big “E” on it. This app also has easy access for the children’s Sabbath School check-in.

▪ Summer is almost here! The Youth Group that meets on Friday night will discontinue meeting until fall. Have a happy summer! We’ll see you on Friday nights in the fall.

▪ Graduation time! We would like to give our congratulations to the graduates of 2018. If you have someone that is graduating or know of someone that is, please send their information to the church office: or call 503-252-8080. We would like to know their name, school, and if applicable, the degree they will be receiving.

Student Aid applications – It’s that time of year again! If you are in need of financial aid to attend one of our schools, please fill out an application which is available from the table in the Narthex or the church office 503-252-8080. Please return your application to the church office as soon as possible.

Sabbath, May 26, 12:45 pmJoin the Sunnyside Nature Walking Group for a walk up Beacon Rock, Washington. Meet in the Clackamas Room I 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;

Sabbath June 16, 7:00 pm, we will enjoy the 37th annual Strawberry Vespers. Come and bring your friends to enjoy some of Portland’s finest musicians performing great religious music. After the program, please stay and enjoy some of Oregon’s finest strawberry shortcake!


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

The annual Portland Adventist Elementary School Constituency Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm, in the PAES music room.

Portland Adventist 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.

Rivergate Adventist Elementary School
June 2, 2018, at 6:00 pm, there will be a special Farewell Vespers in the Rivergate School gym to celebrate Gary Blackwood and his 18 years of dedicated service to Rivergate Adventist Elementary School. Please join us to honor Mr. Blackwood, and help spread the word by inviting your friends and family.

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.

Friday, June 1, 7:15 pm: First Friday, a time of music and spiritual fellowship and we would like to encourage you to join us.  The June First Friday program will feature praise and worship by the RoC Fellowship praise band and an inspirational thought from Dr. Ken Pak. Registration for the free June First Friday soup and salad dinner will open on May 21 and will run through Wednesday, May 30.  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 pm on Friday, June 1.
Event Location: AMC Lower level Amphitheaters.

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.

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.

Our neighbor, the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, is looking for someone for nursery care for infants, and small children during Sunday worship, Vacation Bible School, possible additional hours as needed for other meetings or special events. This is a paid position. Contact or call 503-256-1835.


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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