Greetings church family,
During the past week, there have been celebrations at many schools and institutions. They have celebrated the accomplishments of those who have completed a course of study or attained a certain degree. It has been great to see the accomplishments of these young people celebrated. I don’t think we celebrate the good that people have done enough. While we celebrate, it is also important to remember that all these things would not have been possible without God. The Bible tells us, “He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21, New International Version).
At the various ceremonies that I have attended there has also been an effort to extol the graduates on their continued journey. The reality is that even though they have reached a certain level there is always more to attain. Most of the people celebrating the graduates (and even the graduates themselves) recognize that the graduation is just a step along the journey. There are further steps to come in the continued journey of life. Sometimes when it comes to our spiritual journey we have lost sight of this same fact.
I ask that you ponder your spiritual journey. As you think about that journey, do you feel that you have continued to attain to more in your walk with Christ? Do you feel that at some point you reached a graduation and stalled? I would suggest that (as the graduates have been extolled) we must all remember to continue to grow and learn on our journey. Let us celebrate what God has helped the graduates and us accomplish. Let us remember to continue to attain more in our spiritual walk with Christ. Let these be our words, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14, New International Version).
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 all those who assisted in getting our air conditioners replaced and working during this very hot season! Also, a shout out to those who worked so diligently to get our water system in good working order to keep our grounds green! Thank you to all of you!
Heartfelt “thank yous” come to us from the Walla Walla University nurses for the members of Sunnyside Church taking the time and effort to feed them a marvelous home-cooked meal every Monday night at the nurses’ dorm, and sharing good fellowship. They have sent us many, many notes of gratitude. Special shout out to the “Bread Night” team.
This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor David Schwinghammer, VP of Administration of the Oregon Conference will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Guest Potluck – If you are new to Sunnyside or visiting from out of town, we would like to invite you to get to know our church better over lunch which will be held in the Willamette room following our second service.
This evening at 7:00, our annual Strawberry Vespers will take place! Take time to come and enjoy this rich musical with a variety of musicians in the area. You will be blessed. Immediately following, we will enjoy a feast of strawberry shortcake!
Please pray for the families and friends of the following:
Roger Van Tassell who passed away May 11. A memorial service will be conducted here at Sunnyside Church Tuesday, June 18, 11:00 am.
Lynn Drury, a former member, who passed away May 9. A memorial service will be conducted at The Village Church June 22, 3:00 pm.
There will be a Business Meeting June 26, 7:00 pm. The agenda is as follows:
1) Financial Review 2) Membership 3) ReNew Project 4) Facilities Project
5) Administration Policy Changes 6) Church Vision. Please take time to attend; your input is vital to our church operations.
We are actively seeking volunteers to join our Audio and Video teams. Experience is not required. If you would like to join one of these teams, please contact the church office, 503-252-8080, or email info@SunnysideAdventist.org.
We are also looking for volunteers to join our “Sanctuary Clean Up” team. Each week volunteers check the sanctuary to make sure it is clean, organized, and ready for the next Sabbath. It doesn’t take very long. If you feel you can help with this task, we’d love to add you to the team. Please call the church office at 503-252-8080, or note this on a Communication Card and drop it in the offering plate.
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. Applications are due in the office by June 24.
One of our church family members has a walker for loan if you or you know of someone that needs one. It is a rolling walker with a seat. There is no cost for its use. Contact the church office if this is something you can use: 503-252-8080.
SunnyCity Children’s Fair with Ben Roy, the science guy, will be on Sunday, June 23, 1:00-4:00 pm, on the campus of Portland Adventist Academy. This is Sunnyside’s outreach to the local neighborhood, and we need your help. Volunteers … lots of volunteers are needed. A table will be set up in the lobby with volunteer sign-up sheets. We are collecting glue sticks to give out and you can drop them off at the table when you sign up!
Vacation Bible School will be conducted June 28-30. Register at https://urlzs.com/PRac. On June 22, 12:45 pm, there will be a potluck meeting of all volunteers in the Fellowship Hall. If you are a volunteer, please plan to attend and bring food for the potluck.
Sunnyside Church and Cherry Park School are partnering together to help their 500 students, many of whom live in below-poverty conditions. Donations of toiletries, underwear, and socks for children ages preschool through 5th grade are being accepted. You may place them in the baskets in the Narthex.
The Family Support Network Committee has voted to partner with the nearby Cherry Park School in giving support to their 500 students, from preschool through the 5th grade. A large number of these children live below the poverty level.
The principal, Kate Barker, thanks all of you for the recent donations and has let us know they have enough travel-sized containers of shampoo, lotion, soap, etc., but they could use some full sizes of each. They still need underwear and socks and when school starts in September there will be a big need for sweat pants and sweat shirts (especially zip up) and especially sizes 8 and 10.
If we continue donating supplies throughout the summer, the needs will be filled by fall. Thank you for all of your wonderful participation. Baskets will be available in the lobby to place your donations in.
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. Immediate needs are: Living room/dining room set, kitchen items, and blankets — any house furnishings will help.
Portland Adventist Elementary School
Portland Adventist Academy
Portland Adventist Academy’s $2,000 Enrollment Promotion
Every PAA enrollment application will be included in a drawing for a $1,000 voucher to be used towards tuition in the 2019-2020 school year. There will be one drawing for new students and a second drawing for returning students. All applicants must be completed by midnight on June 15 to be included in the drawing. Learn more and apply at www.paasda.org.
We’re so excited to share that a Vice Principal has been found, right here at home! Drechelle McCray, current English teacher, has accepted the invitation and will begin her new role this summer. Read all about the special announcement here: https://paasda.org/news/paa-announces-drechelle-mccray-as-vice-principal-of-administration/
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support of PAA.
Area Events and Announcements
Oregon Conference children’s ministry director, Shirley Allen, has been awarded the first annual“Leonard Bierlein Reach the Word for Jesus” award, by Ultimate Mission. Shirley was chosen for her creative leadership in inspiring children to be involved in worldwide missions. Read more.
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 hard working 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 11-13) and Gladstone Camp Meeting (July 16-20) in a variety of areas including hospitality, shuttle service, safety, and security. We will also need licensed RNs, 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.OregonAdventist.org or contact Lisa Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-850-3350.
Children in the Primary Tent at Oregon Camp Meeting this year will have a special service project opportunity to help pack a gift box for a child going into the foster system. We need your help! We are collecting donations of kids toiletries, small toys, puzzles, books, socks, and more. We will be accepting donations until Camp Meeting for our organizing event! Please drop off your donations at the conference office or call the Oregon Conference Children’s Ministries 503-850-3538 with questions.
Filipinos of the Oregon Conference…You are invited to Gladstone Camp Meeting, July 16-20, at Gladstone Park Conference Center! Please plan to have lunch, potluck style, with us following the Sabbath morning service, on July 20. We have reserved an area on the campground, at the corner of Main and Plaza, across from the Locations building. Bring your own chairs. If it rains, we will meet at the Rivergate Adventist School, 1505 Rivergate School Road, next to Gladstone Park Adventist Church.
Veterans we want to honor you this year at Gladstone Camp Meeting by holding a special reception July 20th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Board Room in the Conference Office. To register for this special event please email us a jpg.file picture of yourself in uniform with your name, branch, dates of service, and email. Send to: email@example.com
June 17-19: 2019 Level 5 Advanced Swift Water Rescue Tech ACA American Canoe Association) Course.
This 3-day river rescue training course will be located at Big Lake Youth Camp in Sisters, Oregon, and will be instructed by Nate Otstis with Wilderness Rescue International. Training takes place on the Mackenzie River. Registration fee $400. Register at http://biglake.org/specialty-training-certifications. Flyers are available on the Narthex table.
June 21-July 4: 2019 Great Controversy Tour.
Dr. Gerard Damsteegt, a specialist in church history and development of prophetic interpretation, will lead this tour. See the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation come alive. Visit Rome and the Reformation sites in the Waldensian Valleys, Switzerland, France, and Germany. These tours give you a new vision of how to inspire church members for Jesus’ coming and future challenges. A most exciting experience! Call 269-815-8624, or email GCTours@mac.com.
June 23, 10:00 am-Noon. Free estate planning workshop co-sponsored by the Hood View Church’s Care Ministry and Senior Ministry.
Part 3 – June 23 Learn the options for long-term care. A representative from a long-term care facility will be available to answer questions and what the costs of care look like.
Presenter: Corrine Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, medical social worker
Event Location: Hood View Church.
June 26-30, FaithCamp West, Hayden Idaho.
Jesus for Asia is hosting Faith Camp West at Hayden Lake Adventist church in Hayden, Idaho. Register now at faithcamponline.org to attend. Lodging and meal information is available on the website. Come have your faith encouraged by people who are trusting God’s word to the extreme. Plan now to attend! Bring your friends and family! We look forward to seeing you there! Contact us at 423-413-7321 with any questions.
July 2-6: 2019: Light Bearers Convocation.
Genesis is a book of beginnings—the beginning of the world as God made it to be, the beginning of all human misery, the beginning of God’s plan to set things right, the beginning of God’s covenant plan, to be enacted in history through a covenant people to bring forth a covenant Savior. Genesis takes us back to the beginning so we can understand the present and the future from the vantage point of the beginning. Please join us in Jasper, Oregon for the 2019 Light Bearers Convocation as we explore the book of Genesis. For more information, go to www.lightbearers.org.
Event Location: Jasper, Oregon.
September 6-7: Adventist Single Adult Ministries Convention.
Single adults 18 years and older join us for the annual convention titled “This is US” featuring Pastor James and Rise Rafferty. Special Breakout Session with Gary and Shelly Parks. Registration fee is $65 and includes two meals on Sabbath. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Follow our Facebook page to register: https://www.facebook.com/singlesoregon/notifications/
Or Oregon Conference Singles Website https://www.oregonadventist.org/ministries/relational#other-ministries
For more information contact Angelica Dull (360) 600-9212 or email@example.com.
September 22-26: Deaf Christian Women’s Retreat.
In 2002, a group of deaf women decided to start a Women’s Retreat for deaf women in the Pacific Northwest. The deaf women are members of a completely different people group with their own rich language and culture. There is an average of 20 women attending the Deaf Women’s Retreat, and the deaf women who attend come from as far as the east coast. They enjoy gathering together – it’s like a family reunion. This year they are hoping to rent a bus to take the women to the coast for the day; however, they do not yet have the funds for this to happen. Also, this year, for the first time, they will be selling shirts with their logo on them to help raise funds for future events. They are hoping and praying they will be able to earn enough money so they can pay the expense for the weekend, and bring in a speaker from another state. If you would like to help sponsor the retreat, you can send a check made payable to “Tabernacle Adventist Church” and mark it for “Deaf Christian Women’s Ministries,” 26 SW Condor Way, Portland, OR 97239.
Event Location: Camp Tilikum, 15321 NE North Valley Rd, Newberg.
Help someone by volunteering: PACS (Portland Adventist Community Services) has volunteer opportunities available. Apply online at pacsonline.org or call 503-252-8500 and ask for Kellie for more information.
PACS Thrift Store Is Hiring
Part-time, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wed -Fri, Thrift Store Donation Receiving Supervisor – receive donations, pricing, and various other duties. For more information contact and/or send resume to Tim Zollbrecht, Thrift Store Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACS DENTAL CLINIC GETTING CLOSE TO OPENING!
We are ready to hire our staff! We are looking for:
*Dental Front Office 3-4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $15-$18/hr DOE. Some dental front office experience is preferred.
*Dental Hygienist 4 days per week, 28-32 hours/wk, $32-$40/hr DOE. New grads welcome.
For more information, contact Carol James, Dental Clinic Coordinator, at email@example.com or 503/758-1892 (call or text).