September 15 Communiqué

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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ‘Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’”
Matthew 7:7-11 

Dear Family,

Last Sunday Terry and I spent the day on the coast in celebration of another year of life. It had been a while since we had visited – too long! And we had a fantastic time. There is something incredibly soul-soothing about waking up to the sound of waves breaking over rocks and sand. This trip was particularly special as we took a boat out to watch the whales surfacing at Depoe Bay; I had not seen whales quite that close before and it was pretty amazing to witness their grandeur so close. However, as incredible as those whales were, it was a creature far less grand, that captured our attention that day.

We had stayed over night in Lincoln City, and in the morning, woke to a tapping on the balcony’s sliding door! Getting up to check what was going on, I found an old, but rather large, sea gull standing there, tapping with his beak on the glass. I didn’t have anything with me to give him, and thought he would just go away after a few minutes. No such thing! He kept tapping! So much so, that I was compelled to go all the way up to the office where breakfast was being served, and get him some food!

There is power in the simple and seemingly humble act of asking – more than we often think.

In Him,

Pastor Kara Johnsson


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Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

Today’s services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am with Pastor Juan Fresse presenting our Bible messaged titled “The Life of a Joe.”

There will be a baby shower Sunday, September 16, 2:00 pm: Zawadi Esther Matete had a baby boy, Daniel, the end of June!  Come and celebrate with us in the fellowship hall to welcome sweet little Daniel. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Gift suggestions include warm, winter clothes sizes 6-, 9- and 12-months, and diapers sizes 2, 3, or  4.

Church Announcements

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. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of donating to the Cliff and Betty Memorial Scholarship Fund at Walla Walla University for assistance to needy eligible students.

Please pray for the family of Jim Dixon who passed away August 29. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Sunday, October 7, 2:00 pm.

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.  

Thank you for filling in available dates on our flower calendar. We still have a few more available for this year. Please add your name to provide flowers for our worship services.

Handbells for everyone—yes, and for you, too! Not just listening, but ringing as well. In mid-September rehearsals for two handbell choirs will begin again – a 3-octave team for those fairly new to handbells, and a 5-octave team for more experienced ringers. We still need more ringers for the 3-octave choir.  Working together as a team provides a very rewarding experience making music together to share with others. Invite 2 or 3 of your friends to try something new along with you.  Explore the possibilities by calling Rosemayne at 503-730-5317.

Encounters With God, September 29, 5:00 pm, will feature a young Adventist Frontier Mission couple who will be sharing their inspiring stories of how God is working in Turkey.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

Portland Adventist Elementary School is in need of coaches for the following sports:
      7/8 Co-ed Soccer Assistant Coaches
      5/6 Girls Volleyball Head and Assistant Coach
Church family please support your youth in athletics by providing leadership, guidance, and encouragement during practices and games. If you have any interest, no matter your experience level with the sport or coaching  please contact Kevin McCray, Athletic Director via email or 971-212-1239.

Portland Adventist Academy

Chef Stef of Portland Adventist Academy is looking for volunteers to help with school lunches, Monday – Thursday between 9 am and 1 pm. If you can help any time during those hours, please contact Chef Stef at 703-338-5747.

Area Events and Announcements

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.

September 16-October 7: ABC Open house sale.
Downloand a flyer here 

Mondays, September 17-October 22, 6 pm: Parenting With Love and Logic Classes.
Come, learn positive parenting skills using loving techniques and tools to raise happy and responsible kids. The six classes will be held every Monday from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. The classes will cover various topics designed to help parents with children of all ages. This is an all ages event. The classes are free. Free childcare available as well. Register at Location: Gladstone Park Adventist Church. 

September 23, 6:00 pm: Michael Allen Harrison in concert.
Michael Allen Harrison, pianist and composer, will be in concert at Rockwood Adventist Church. This is a Pathfinder fundraiser. A limited number of reserved seats will be available at $50 each. General Admission seats are available – donations accepted! To get a reserved seat, or for more information, please call Jane Roe at 971-533-4838.
Event Location: Rockwood Adventist Church.

September 29, 5:30 pm. Vespers Program and Fellowship.
You are invited to a vespers program featuring inspirational Christian music with Carl Parker and friends, including testimonies, fellowship, and more.
Event Location: Stone Tower 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 or by calling 800-732-7587.

October 14, 4-7 pm (4-5 pm silent auction). PACS Dinner and Silent Auction.
Mark your calendars and plan on attending this year. Seats are limited. To learn more, download our sponsorship flyer on our website, or contact Mark Fulop, executive director; or 503-252-8500 x113. We are actively seeking in-kind donations for the Silent Auction. Call 503-252-8500 for more information about silent auction donations.
Event Location: Embassy Suites, Airport.

Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities available.Apply online at 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, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to

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

The Oregon Conference is hiring a full-time or possibly 2 part-time Conference Receptionist(s). For the job description, please visit, click the tab Departments, Human Resources, and then click on Employment. Or go directly to

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