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10 Oct

Update Email 10.10.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Student Ministries had a fantastic outing on Sunday at the pumpkin patch. So glad to hear how the Lord is building community and fostering discipleship in the church.

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • A faithful elder of Cornerstone Church, Jim Carl, has gone to be with the Lord. Jim’s health had been in decline in recent years but still his loss is hard. Please pray for our friends at Cornerstone and for the Carl family.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Let’s do lunch!
    Kelsey and I have always enjoyed getting to know GBC’ers better. One way that we do this is by sharing a meal together. So it would be our pleasure and delight to host lunch with you after one of our Sunday morning gatherings. Just reply to this email or shoot Kelsey an email and we will get a date on the calendar.
  • Jesus, I Come
    We introduced a lovely new (to us) song on Sunday. You can find the lyrics HERE.
  • The next Women’s Ministry Night is Tuesday October 17th 7-9pm @ GBC Study
  • Upcoming Member Meeting is Sunday, October 22nd 4:45-6:45pm @ GBC Study

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Amy Lyda will lead our service, Summer and Melissa will lead us in singing, Dan Stump will preach 1 Timothy 5, and I will give our 2017 State of the Church address. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

05 Oct

Update Email 10.5.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

A couple of weeks ago we announced our plan to launch a new Sunday School class for 2nd and 3rd grade students and the need for additional teachers and helpers to fill out the schedule. By God’s grace you responded to our call and we will be launching our new class “Orchard” on Sunday, November 5th. Thank you so much for your eagerness and willingness to serve the body! Beginning in November this will be our new Sunday school class breakdown:

  • Nursery (0-2)
  • Seeds (2s and 3s)
  • Sprouts (preschool and pre-k)
  • Greenhouse (K and 1st grade)
  • Orchard (2nd and 3rd grade)
  • Harvest (4th and 5th grade)

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • We desire to be an effective evangelistic witness of Jesus Christ in our community. Let’s pray this week for spiritually significant encounters with unbelievers. We know that God is drawing sinners to salvation. What a joy it is to be a part of His saving plan.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • SOTCA
    On Sunday, October 15th I will give a State of the Church Address (SOTCA) as a part of our morning service. The address will be recorded and posted online.
  • Member Meeting, October 22nd
    Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for our next member meeting, Sunday the 22nd in the study from 4:45-6:45pm. Follow this link to review the proposed changes to the GBC constitution.
  • Women’s Ministry
    Women’s Prayer Night at Cristy Slawson’s on October 11th @ 7:20pm
    Women’s Ministry Night on October 17th in GBC study from 7-9pm
  • 3 Awesome Small Groups with space for additional people
    The Waggoner’s are hosting a group every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 4-5:30pm.
    The Slawson’s are hosting a group every other Sunday from 4-5:30pm.
    The Lyda’s are hosting a group every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:30-8pm.
    Email Noel to sign up!
  • October Verse Card  Click HERE for the October verse card. This is a such a great resources for families.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc and Chris will lead us in singing and I will preach James 3:1-12. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

28 Sep

Update Email 9.28.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather.

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

 

  • Please continue to pray for the Heywood family as they walk with God through a very challenging battle with cancer. Pray for spiritual strength for Michael and Laura. And pray for our sister’s healing.

 

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Children’s Ministry
    Seeds Project Update: The kids of GBC said 89 more passages of scripture over the summer, bringing our total donation to $322, or 9 verses translated for the Seed Company! We started a new poster this month and hope to be able to pay for 7 more verses soon!  Remember to grab your monthly Scripture card this Sunday!
    New Class!!! Children’s Ministry is brimming full of kids! In order to maintain a solid learning environment, we are planning to launch a new class. If you are interested in serving once a month in Children’s Ministry, please contact us! Also, if you already serve but would like to begin teaching, let us know! We can put you in a class where you feel most comfortable teaching! lisa@greshambible.org OR megan@greshambible.org
  • Women’s Ministry
    Thrive Ladies Bible Study: Psalm 119
    Exodus Study: Podcast and workbook by Jen Wilkins
    Mark Study: Studying Jesus’ ministry through the gospel of Mark. 
    To sign up or for more information, handouts are available on Sunday mornings on the resource table. You can also email Ang Stump.
  • New Addition!
    The Lord blessed John and Rachel Johnson with a wonderful baby girl, Vivian Mae, 6lbs 14 oz 19.25 inches. We praise God for his grace.
  • Church Directory Update
    We’re in the process of updating the church directory. Please visit THIS page to update your information.
  • Small Group Sign-ups Fall 2017
    Sign ups are available on Sunday mornings through October 8th.

 

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will begin a two-part series on our words. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

14 Sep

Update Email 9.14.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

I am very much looking forward to our upcoming Sunday gathering. We will be addressing the subject of sexual brokenness with an emphasis on homosexuality. Drew Berryessa will be our guest speaker for the morning service and we will host a Q & A with him on Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm in the study (suite 110). The purpose of pressing into this issue is to ground the church in the truth, to equip GBC’ers to effectively respond to sexual brokenness, and to present a message of hope in Christ for people who struggle.

In addition to having Drew come, I want to recommend two very helpful articles about sexual brokenness and biblical sexuality. The first is a powerful testimony by Jackie Hill-Perry about her journey from lesbianism to complementarianism. And the second is a conversation about singleness, same-sex attraction, and the church with Christopher Yuan, Rosaria Butterfield, and Sam Allberry.

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s pray this week for the recovery efforts in Florida and the Caribbean. Please pray that this tragedy would present faithful churches with an opportunity to display the love of Christ. Also, pray for the care of those who have been displaced and have suffered great loss.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Church Directory Update
    We’re in the process of updating the church directory. Please visit THIS page to update your information. Or you can fill out a connection card on Sunday morning and put it in the offering box.The church directory helps foster connection, it is a tool for communication, and a guide for prayer.
  • Small Group Sign-ups Fall 2017
    Sign ups for Small Groups will begin this Sunday, September 17th. Sign-up sheets will be available for the next several weekends by the back kids check in table. Or you can email Noel to sign up. Be ready to grow in the Word and in community!
  • Automated Generous Giving
    For about 3 years now Kelsey and I have automated our tithe to GBC. Like many of you we rarely write checks, our culture has shifted towards automated or electronic payments. We use billpay through OnPoint and have our tithe sent to GBC’s office (123 E. Powell BLVD, 97030). We find that this option is still very worshipful and fits our modern lifestyle. This option is open to you as well. You may find that automating your giving makes you a more consistent and generous giver (GBC now receives about 1/3 of or our giving by mail). Of course, the offering box is a very fine option too.
  • Women’s Ministry (from Angela Stump)
    Fall WM Bible study kick off, next Tuesday 9/19 from 7-9pm in suite 110! Girls…you are not going to want to miss this series that Sandy Snavely has prepared for us. I truly believe the amount of prayer and study that has been put into this is going to impact us greatly as we seek to love Jesus and each other more deeply. If you are not receiving the Women’s Ministry email updates, and would like to, please contact Ang.

    Also, there are several opportunities for Women’s bible studies this next year. Please open this link for more information. Or email Ang to sign up.

  • Embrace Oregon Event
    Run Foster 5k for Embrace Oregon September 23rd. For more information or to register go to www.runfosterpdx.org

    Our Upcoming Gathering

    Lord willing, I will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Drew will share a message of hope in Christ. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

08 Sep

Update Email 9.8.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

You’re invited to the Haiti Team recap tonight, September 8th @ 6:30pm in the study (suite 110). This is an opportunity to hear more about the trip, to celebrate God’s goodness, and interact with team members.

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s pray this week for many of the families in our church who are beginning another school year. Please pray for the success of our students and for their witness in their schools. Pray also for increased opportunities for parents to encounter unbelievers.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • We Need Your Help!
    Our meals ministry is looking for new team members and our operations crew is currently short 4-5 workers. If you are able and willing to serve please contact Marissa Springer (meals) and Jason Bock (operations).

  • Special Speaker September 17th
    Drew Berryessa will join us this month to share a message about biblical sexuality and to share his personal testimony of how the Lord rescued him out of a life of brokenness and homosexuality. In conjunction with the Sunday morning message, we will host a Q & A with our speaker that afternoon from 4-6pm in the study (Suite 110). During this time Drew will answer common questions that Christians have about how to respond to people with same-sex attraction and those who struggle with gender confusion. Time permitting, he will also field questions that you have about those issues. Invite a friend to service on the 17th. I expect it to be a powerful and equipping day for GBC.

  • Children’s Ministry
    This coming Sunday, Sept. 10th is Promotion Sunday! New Kindergartners will check into Greenhouse and new 3rd graders will check into Harvest!

  • Jr. High Ministry
    Jr. High changes to Monday nights starting September 11th with a Fall Kick Off at the Riegelmann’s @ 6:30pm. Kids are encouraged to bring a friend!

  • Members’ Meeting
    Our next members’ meeting is Sunday, September 24th 4:30-6:15pm in GBC’s study (Suite 110).

  • GBC 101
    Our next GBC 101 class is on September 13th, in the study (Suite 110), 5-7pm. If you are new to GBC or if you’ve not been formally oriented, this class is for you. During this class I cover the basics about GBC and answer any questions you have about the church. Please email Noel if you plan to attend.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Amy Lyda will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 77. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

01 Sep

Update Email 9.1.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Over 50 GBC’ers turned out to serve Dexter last Saturday. We worked hard and had a great time serving together.

    

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s pray for the recovery efforts taking place in Texas. Pray for the wise administration of resources. Pray for the safety of people trying to escape and pray for the safety of those working to rescue others.

 

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • New Addition: The Lord blessed Brett and Caitlin Hooper with a baby girl on August 17th. Jemma Cait Hooper is a happy and healthy addition to the Hooper family.
  • Haiti Team Recap: You’re invited to the Haiti recap meeting on Friday September 8th @ 6:30pm in the lower office (Suite 110). This is an opportunity to hear more about the trip and interact with team members. There will be 360 virtual viewers available too!
  • High School Ministry: There is NO High School Group this Sunday, September 3rd due to Labor Day weekend. It will resume next Sunday, September 10th.
  • Jr. High Ministry: There is NO Jr. High Ministry this Wednesday, September 6th. Jr. High changes to Monday nights starting September 11th with a Fall Kick Off at the Riegelmann’s @ 6:30pm. Kids are encouraged to bring a friend!
  • Children’s Ministry: Sept. 10th is Promotion Sunday! New Kindergartners will check into Greenhouse and new 3rd graders will check into Harvest!
  • GBC 101: Come and join us for another GBC 101 on September 13th, Suite 110 5-7pm.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Sandy Snavely will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Dave Berry will preach Hebrews 7-8. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text, and come ready to worship.

01 Aug

Update Email 8.1.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Many thanks to you all for giving to support the Haiti team and for generously donating first aid and school supplies for the trip. We are so very proud of the group going and proud of your support in their sending.

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Our Haiti team departs on Friday. Please pray that God will bless their time and service in Haiti. Pray for effective ministry and for the encouragement of Haitian believers.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Children’s Ministries
    There is no Sunday School class for the month of August for Sprouts, Greenhouse, and Harvest. It is an opportunity to give those who serve so faithfully, a break. There will still be classes for Seeds and Nursery. All classes will resume September 3rd.
  • Student Ministries
    Jr. High – Waffle Cone Wednesday ($1) August 2nd
    High School – Sandy River Float, August 6th. Details on the Facebook page and an email will be sent out.
  • Camp Out Next Weekend!
    We will not hold a Sunday service at Dexter McCarty on August 13th.
    Our service will be held at Promontory Park at 6:15pm. If you are not camping, you are welcome to join us for the Saturday service and stay for the talent show that follows. 
    Also, we still have a few campsite remaining. Follow THIS LINK to register.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Sandy Snavely will lead our service, Danny Nedelisky will lead us in singing, we will baptize some new believers and I will preach Psalm 124. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

27 Jul

Update Email 7.27.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

I have enjoyed spending time in the psalms this summer. Along with the teaching and instruction I’ve received, the psalms have been a powerful guide in prayer. If you are curious about how to incorporate the psalms into your prayers, consider this brief article by Don Whitney, “Why You Should Be Praying the Psalms.”

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s pray this week for our Haiti team as they make final preparations for their trip. Pray for spiritual and physical strength in these final days as they complete remaining tasks. And pray that they will be filled with joy in anticipation of serving others in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Help For Haiti
    Our Haiti missions team is collecting supplies for  their upcoming trip. They are in need of first aid supplies and new school supplies. Please bring your donations to our worship service at Dexter McCarty, this coming Sunday, July 30th. Your contributions will be used to help aid the education and recovery efforts in Haiti.
  • Campout
    The church camp out is in less than 3 weeks! There’s still time to sign up for the weekend or just for the day on Saturday. Follow this LINK to register. Update: the only GBC provided meal will be dinner on Saturday evening. Please make plans for all other meals. We hope you will spend that time in fellowship with other families camped near you.
  • Student Ministries
    High Schoolers! This Sun (the 30th) is our “Putt & Pizza” night. Please RSVP to Dave.
    Cost is $16/person for the event.
    Drop off/meet at 6:30pm at Tiki Putt in Gresham (1694 NW Fairview drive)
    Pick up at 8:30 pm at Flying Pie Pizza (same parking lot as Tiki)

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing, we will send off our Haiti team and I will preach Psalm 90. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

17 Jul

Update Email 7.17.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

The youth group continues to build the bond of unity by enjoying fellowship with one another as they grow in Christ. Many thanks to the Rasmussen’s for hosting a great evening.

  

 

Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • As we look ahead to our Community Care Day for Dexter McCarty, let’s pray that our work and generosity will result in praise and honor for the name of Jesus Christ. May others see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Baptism August 6th
    Our next baptism service is just around the corner. If you would like to be baptized, simply reply to this email and we will get you on the list.
  • Student Ministries
    NO Jr. High group this Wednesday (7/19).
    The High School group will be having a BBQ and game night at Tony Thibeau’s home on July 23, 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a bible! Address is 2388 NW Ava Ave., Gresham 97030.
  • Needed: Community Care Day Leader
    We are looking for someone to coordinate our service day for Dexter on Saturday, August 26th, 8-10am. If you would like to fill this important role, please let me know.
  • Church Office Hours 7/18 – 7/21
    Both Dave and myself are out of the office this week.
  • Meet the Shannons
    Our sister Steph Gerards has coordinated an event (TONIGHT in the lower office) with Jerry and Christy Shannon, missionaries in Ethiopia preparing to serve in Turkey. Click HERE for details.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Angela Stump will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 119 (yes, the whole thing). Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.