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It is good to be back! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes as I travelled – God blessed greatly. It was good to touch home soil, hug family, and enjoy some of Australia’s blessings, but it was also good to return to my home here.
When I first heard about Sunnyside’s need for an additional pastor and the possibility of it being me, I prayed for guidance from God. He gave me Psalm 139:9 “If I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” It was quite a direct message! And He has been so faithful in doing that, in holding me fast here in Portland. He really is a faithful Father.
As we approach another weekend, with this one having an emphasis on fathers, may we take comfort and assurance from the certainty of our heavenly Father’s goodness and faithfulness.
Looking forward to sharing with you all on Sabbath!
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 well, or going beyond expectations.
Shout out to our translators that so diligently translate our services every week. Thank you Graziella Doro and Patrick Shima!
Today’s worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Kara Johnsson will present our Bible message titled “That Family.”
This afternoon at 7:00, 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!
Please pray for the family of Patrick Harkins, one of our members, who passed away Friday, June, 8. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside, Sabbath, June 23, 3:30 pm.
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.
Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm, there will be a Church Business meeting. The agenda is as follows: (1) Devotional (2) Membership (3) Pastoral Search Advisory Committee Report (4) Budget (5) Finance Taskforce Recommendation.
On Wednesday, June 20, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, there will be a free organ seminar here at Sunnyside. It is being presented in conjunction with the Washington and Oregon State Music Teachers yearly conference. Martha Natiuk and Joann Richardson are the presenters for this seminar and you are cordially invited.
Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm, the 21st Century Artist Initiative presents “An Evening of Chamber Music” featuring Jonathan Butler, Jocelyn Zu, Laura Ha, Benjamin Dickson, Charles Noble, and Daniel Dickson. They will be performing works by Beethoven and Brahms.
Sunday, July 1, 7:00 pm, they will be in concert again presenting works by Dvorak and Mendelssohn. Both of these presentations are here at Sunnyside Church.
SunnyCity will be July 1, on the PAA campus. This kid-oriented, family-friendly event is our gift to our neighbors and our only kid-based outreach this year. The free admission Kids’ Fair starts at 1:00 pm, and the event is topped off with a mesmerizing 4:00 pm, concert by Aaron Meyer. See our information and volunteer sign-up booth in the narthex on June 2 and June 9.
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 narthex.
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.)
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
We have three staff departing later this month. But Monte Torkelsen, who has been a valuable part of PAA for five years with a total of 25 years working for OC youth, is leaving us all too soon. He’s taken a job at Kettering University Church. You can share that news here: http://paasda.org/news/thanks-pastor-monte/. We’ll share more about staff changes in next month’s update.
Area Events and Announcements
Bring the culture of China to your home for one month this summer. Summit Academy, a private education LLC, is sponsoring students who come to visit America from July 15-August 13. You will receive $1,000 per child (up to two children per home) to share your culture with a child from China this summer. For more information, contact Kathy Larson at 503-522-0355. Visit www.summitacademy.education to fill out an online application.
PACS needs empty egg cartons – Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) is in need of more clean/empty egg cartons (sizes: dozen or 18-count). If you have any, please bring to PACS’ Food Department or if you know someone who comes to PACS you can ask if they can bring them. We appreciate your help in providing empty egg cartons to help serve our Food Pantry shoppers!
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.
June 17-July 1: Milo Academy Mission Project.
Are you interested in a mission project in your home state that will have a lasting impact on the lives of young people? Come enjoy the opportunity of spending 2 weeks (June 17-July 1) on the beautiful campus of Milo Adventist Academy working on projects, such as painting, Camp Umpqua improvements, and campus security enhancements to name a few. For more information, call Randy Thornton, principal, at 541-915-2950. To register and download an info pack go to https://maranatha.org/projects/tgid2748/.
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 www.lightbearers.org, 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 http://volunteers.oregonconference.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-850-3350.
July 19-20: American Red Cross Blood Drive.
You can sign up now for the Gladstone Camp Meeting blood drive, July 19-20! Our online registration is currently open. It’s quick and easy, just go to www.RedCrossBlood.org enter sponsor code: SDAConference and follow the instructions. For help with online scheduling or for other questions, please call 1-800-RED CROSS, or email Jeanie.Greisser@redcross.org. Eligibility questions? Call 1-866-236-3276. A Red Cross sign-up table will also be available on Tuesday and Wednesday at camp meeting, July 17-18th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, in the Plaza Pavilion.
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 volunteer.ImpactYourHealthPDX.com For more information, go to ImpactYourHealthPDX.com or contact Clinic Coordinator Brenda Duerksen at email@example.com; ImpactHealthPDX@gmail.com;
916-223-3896 or 971-202-9042.
Portland Adventist Elementary School is looking for a
Part-time Art Teacher, and a
Part-time Technology Coordinator
for the 2018/2019 school year.
If interested, please contact Brandon O’Neal at 503-665-4102.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 pacsonline.org 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.