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Greetings church family,
This past week my wife was able to attend the North American teacher’s convention held in Chicago, Illinois. It was interesting to have her sending us text messages with pictures of those people that she ran into who our family knew. There was also a barrage of pictures being put up on different social media accounts of people running into old friends. The one thing that all these pictures had in common was that the people were so joyous at being together.
Looking at those pictures I could not help but think about what a celebration and reunion we will have in heaven. When we will get to see and be together with those who are close to us who we have not seen in a while. It will be nice to see those who live far away from us, but I think particularly about those loved ones who have gone to rest in Jesus. Those who we can no longer speak to on the phone, see on social media, or even visit on vacation. Most of us have experienced the loss of someone near and dear to our heart. We had several church members and family of church members who fell asleep in Jesus this past week. It makes me think of a great promise found in the book of Isaiah. “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.” (Isaiah 26:19; ESV)
I want to encourage you today. Continue to walk with Jesus, continue to allow Him to be the guide of your life, so that when He returns in the clouds of glory we will be able to hear those words from Matthew 25. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:23; NLT) It will be a great and joyous day when we will not only celebrate with Jesus, but with all our loved ones who have fallen asleep in Jesus. Oh, what of day of rejoicing that will be. It will be a day of celebration and reunion. I’m looking forward to that day and I know that you are too.
Blessings to you and yours,
Pastor Juan Fresse
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 Dr. Wilfred Geschke for stepping in as interim Landscape Chair while Scott LeMert is taking an interim position at the Scappoose Church. Thank you, Dr. Geschke.
Today’s services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Juan Fresse presenting our Bible message titled “The Life of a Joe.”
Sunday August 12, 12:00 pm, you are invited to witness the reaffirmation of the wedding vows of Tiya Regassa and Deffo Mebrat, at Sunnyside Adventist Church.
Sunday, August 12, “Impact Your Health” continues. This is a free clinic in Portland conducted on the Portland Adventist Academy campus, providing health, dental, and vision services for the City of Portland. It will connect people to the resources and services they need and deserve.
Pray for the family of Arlene Thompson who passed away August 5. A memorial service is not being planned.
A dear friend of Sunnyside, and sister of Lorene Beaulieu, Irene Hendricks, passed away July 29, in Sun City, Arizona. A memorial service is being planned for her on September 8, in Arizona.
The memorial service for Betty Sorensen, who passed away August 2, will be conducted at Walla Walla University’s Paul Heubach Chapel, at 3:00 pm, September 15. There will, also, be a memorial service here at Sunnyside Church, Sabbath, September 22, 3:00 pm.
We need more Children’s Sabbath School teachers! With more volunteers, we will not be required to combine some of the children’s classes. Our deadline is September 5. Please contact us as soon as possible if you can help. Call the church office at
Pathfinder fun adventures! All kids in 5th grade to 12th grade come join the Pathfinders! Sunnyside Pathfinder registration is Monday, August 13, 6:00 pm, in the basement. Also, sign up for our first campout the weekend of August 18.
Back to School! Children’s Ministries will be having a school supply drive. The donated supplies will benefit Sunnyside families. Suggested donations: backpacks, pencils, pens, paper, glue, scissors, binders, etc. There will be a box in the foyer marked “School Supply Donations.” Please contact Jackee Duvall with any questions: email@example.com or 503-309-9400.
The Bobby McGhee and Friends weekend will be here September 1. Dr. David Taylor will be our guest speaker for the church services.
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.
Child Car Seats. We purchased quite a few of these awhile back and find we are no longer in need of them. If you are interested in an inexpensive child car seat, contact the church office, 503-252-8080.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
At the North American Division Teachers Convention, Pastor Stephen Lundquist, our Bible teacher and head of Religion Department, was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alumni Awards Foundation (AAF). Pastor Stephen is one of 110 other NAD teachers who have received this award since the AAF was founded in 1995. Among the winners are PAA teachers Mark Smith (2011) and Mechelle Peinado (2014). Read and share the full story here: http://paasda.org/news/stephen-lundquist-teaching-award/
Area Events and Announcements
August 26-30, 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm: Stone Tower SDA Church VBS!
Come and join us for Vacation Bible School learning more about “Daniels Courage in Captivity!”
Event Location: Stone Tower SDA Church.
October 12-14 Women’s Retreat: “Up From the Ordinary.”
Oregon’s 32nd Annual Women’s Retreat will be at the beautiful Eagle Crest Resort with Jean Boonstra, associate speaker from the Voice of Prophecy. Breakout speakers are Dr. Joyce Choe, MD, MPH, Pastor Jana Lee, and Deborah Turner. Special musical guests: Gary and Shelly Parks, and Katrina Koch. Teen speaker: Erica Jones, associate director of Women’s Ministries, NAD. Teens coming with a mom or mentor is priced at only $55.00. Register by going to AdventSource.org or by calling 800-732-7587.
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.
The Oregon Conference Risk Management Department is hiring a part time Referencing Support Staff. 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.