June 29 Communiqué

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

John 1:5


Dear Family,

It has been another full and blessed week at Sunnyside, complete with SunnyCity on Sunday, preparations for VBS this weekend, a Business Meeting and phenomenal Chamber music by 21st Century Initiative (who will be playing again Saturday evening for those that missed out Thursday night), along with many other things squeezed in between! As I reflect on this week, the Business Meeting stands out, not only because of the way people stayed on to chat with each other (I love that about our church family), but also, because of the incredible storm that we experienced that evening! I have to confess, that I am quite a fan of storms – I could sit out on a veranda and watch them for ages! As a child in PNG, I used to really enjoy running out into the warm tropical rain. On the flip side, those same storms can also do a great deal damage.

It really came down Wednesday evening, more than I have experienced here in Portland. Yesterday, it threatened to do the same again. The clouds were building, the sky darkening, but as I looked out from my deck, a stunning rainbow could be seen over the city. It stopped me in my tracks, reminding me of God’s sovereignty in our lives, and close presence in the stormy darkness that we experience in our journeys. May it be of encouragement to you this weekend – the darkness will not prevail.

In Him,

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.

Check out our church today! Our VBS volunteers have done an amazing job in transforming it into their Vacation Bible School theme! Many hours this week have gone into making this a very special experience.

Church Announcements
Adventist Education
Area Events

This Weekend

This Sabbath our worship services are at 8:45 and 11:15 am. Pastor Juan Fresse will be presenting the Bible message for our worship services titled “Hungry?”

Tonight, June 29, at 7:00, the 21st Century Initiative Orchestra will be here at Sunnyside Church in concert. Please take time to enjoy this concert; you will not be disappointed. A light reception will follow.

Vacation Bible School continues tomorrow, Sunday, June 30 beginning at 8:45 am.



Our monthly fellowship potluck will be next week. Plan to attend and bring enough food for your family as well as extra to serve our guests. This is a great time to visit with friends and make new acquaintances.

July 5, First Friday will be held beginning at 7:15 pm in the AMC lower level amphitheaters. First Fridays are a time of music and spiritual fellowship. June’s First Friday event will feature music by the Oasis Praise Band and an inspirational thought from Kirk and Joni Bovill. Registration for the free soup and salad dinner is open until July 3. Be sure to reserve your spot!  Remember that registration is on a first-come, first served basis and each dinner guest must register separately. Dinner will be served from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Friday, July 5.  Registration link: https://bit.ly/2TcSjad.

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.

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.

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

We, as a church are partnering 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.

Thank you!

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 sweatshirts (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.

Adventist Education

Portland Adventist Elementary School

http://www.paes.com: Check out our new website! And our Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/PAESPanthers/ or use the QR code.

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.
Link:  https://paasda.org/news/how-to-win-1000-off-tuition-at-paa/

Area Events and Announcements

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 lisa.rodriguez@oc.npuc.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:  terrie.griebel@oc.npuc.org

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.

August 3, 7:00 pm: An Evening of Hymns & Praise.
Join us for An Evening of Hymns and Praise featuring Fernanda Rinza with special guest John Danilich and John Carter on August 3 at the Gladstone Park Adventist Church at 7:00 pm. This free concert is brought to you by Ultimate Mission, a Christian life empowerment group.
Event Location: Gladstone Park Church.

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 terrie.greibel@oc.npuc.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 angela.whitbeck@gmail.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.


 One of our new teachers at PAA is looking for a house to rent with 2 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, and a garage. If you have one or know of one, please contact the church office at 503-252-8080.


 Starting in August 2019, International Children’s Care–Church Outreach & Donor Relations Associate is needed, located in Vancouver, Washington. Passionate about God and children, able to travel, good public speaker, and fundraiser, can move to SW Washington. ICC is prayerfully expanding its reach to minister to more children around the world. Contact William Hurtado at 800-422-7729 or email wah@forhiskids.org. Learn more at https://www.forhiskids.org/.

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, tim.zollbrecht@pacsonline.org.

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 carol.james@pacsonline.org or 503/758-1892 (call or text).





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