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.

19 Sep

Update Email 9.19.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Sometime ago a friend recommended that I watch “Woodlawn.” The film is a faith-based drama inspired by true events at a Birmingham, Alabama, high school in 1973. The movie contains a strong message about the power of the gospel to transform a divided community. Highly recommended.

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 Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Pray that God will pour out his Spirit, stir up gifts, and spark imaginations so that we will reap the harvest he has prepared.

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

  • Student Ministries
    All Jr. High/High School students and their families are invited to join us at Liepold Farms on Sunday, October 8th at 2pm. This will be an informal event to spend some fun time together as a church community. You may leave at your own leisure. High School will not meet that evening, but will resume October 15th.
  • Church Directory Update
    We’re in the process of updating the church directory. Please visit THIS page to update your information. 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 began this last Sunday and will continue for the next few weeks. Sign up sheets are available on a table located near the kids check in station. You can also email Noel to sign up or with questions about the different group options.
  • MEMBER MEETING POSTPONED. Rescheduled for October 22nd, 4:45-6:45pm

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Angela Stump will lead our service, Thomas will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 146. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text, 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.

23 Aug

Update Email 8.23.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Principal John George of Dexter McCarty is very appreciative that GBC has once again agreed to serve the school by sprucing up the front exterior in anticipation of a new school year. Here are the details of Saturday’s big work day.

Why: To bless our city and display God’s  goodness

When: Saturday, August 26th 8-10am

Where: Meet in the front parking lot of Dexter McCarty Middle School

Work: Remove weeds from beds, trim bushes, edge lawn, spread beauty bark

Who: Adults and children

What: Please bring wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, trowels, trimmers. and leaf blowers

RSVP: Please let us know you’re coming by emailing Noel

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

  • Please pray for our work day at Dexter McCarty. Pray for cheerful hearts that are eager to serve. Pray for a strong turnout. And pray that Christ would be honored by our work.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, we will get a Basque summer missions update, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach the 23rd Psalm. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

16 Aug

Update Email 8.16.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Our work day for Dexter McCarty is just around the corner (8/26 8-10am). Bring your wheelbarrows, shovels, trimmers, and blowers! Beyond beautifying the campus, our work day is also a way of tangibly blessing the city in Jesus’ name. Please email Noel to sign up!! There will also be a sign up sheet on the resource table this coming Sunday. Below are some pictures from previous years.

    

    

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 pray that God would continue to open doors for evangelism in our community. Pray for evangelistic opportunities in existing relationships and for the formation of new relationships that would yield an evangelistic harvest. Pray also for boldness to tell the good news about Jesus.

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

  • Haiti Update
    Our GBC short term missions team has returned from Haiti safely and wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and support while away.  They completed physical projects involving hauling buckets of concrete at an orphanage and a school, as well as providing a short VBS to three different groups of kids throughout the week.
  • Women’s Ministry
    Women’s prayer meeting at Cristy Slawson’s home, Wednesday August 23rd at 7:20pm.
    Missed Women’s Ministry’s series on spiritual gifts? Or want a refresher on what using your gifts should look like in the church? Contact Ang Stump to get details on taking (or retaking) a spiritual gifts test and join us after church on Sunday August 27th at 12:30 in suite 110 to discuss how to use these gifts to benefit the body of Christ at GBC. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP!
  • Thrive Prayer and Worship Night
    Thrive is sponsoring a prayer and worship night on Saturday, August 26th. Click HERE for details.
  • Student Ministries
    Jr. High Pizza Party tonight at Suite 110. 6:30-8:30pm

    High School Hike in the gorge this Sunday, August 20th. Email Dave with questions. All the details will be on the high school Facebook page.

  • Camp Out Recap
    Many thanks to all who made our camp out a huge success. The Lord answered our prayers and blessed our time. The fellowship was rich, lots of laughs were shared, the kids had a blast, and the bond of unity was strengthened.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Angela Stump will lead our service, we will get a summer missions update, we will send off the Erdahl family (moving to Bend), Marc will lead us in singing and Dan will preach 1 Timothy 4. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.