13 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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It was great to work alongside GBC’ers and others serving during last weekend’s Compassion mini clinic. 60 volunteers from 5 churches came together to serve 69 guests. The clinic provided: medical care, dental care, vision care, chiropractic, haircuts, and health plan assistance. Thank you for praying and for serving!

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • NEW PA OF STUDENT MINISTRY!!
    I am very happy to announce that Jordan Bradley will be our next Student Ministry leader. After a lot of prayer and careful consideration, the student ministries search committee was delighted to recommend Jordan for the job. I made the offer this week and Jordan and his lovely wife Taylor excitedly accepted. Click HERE to view his resume. Jordan will start early March.

  • CHRISTMAS BRUNCH THIS SUNDAY
    Oh man, it’s almost brunch Sunday. The Christmas brunch is an annual highlight. Please remember that our kids have big appetites after church and that we invite visitors to stay for the brunch following the service. All that to say, please bring bountiful dishes to share. Below are dish suggestions by last name.
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We are in need of volunteers for set up and clean up. Email Michelle Waggoner to sign up.

  • END-OF-YEAR GIVING
    As 2018 comes to a close, I want to ask you to consider giving a generous gift to Gresham Bible Church. Your generosity funds God’s purposes in and through GBC and stores up treasure in our eternal 401(k). All gifts must be received or postmarked by December 31st.

  • OPERATIONS
    The vision of our operations ministry is to create a welcoming environment for outsiders and a worshipful environment for insiders. Each week guys in our church show up early and stay late, setting up and tearing down. This is not a spotlight ministry so it’s easy to forget just how essential operations is to the overall ministry of the church. Please join me in showing appreciation for the men who serve us all each Sunday.

  • CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
    Due to shortened class time in Greenhouse on up, memory verses can be said to Lisa or Megan immediately after service this week!
    Also, our GBC kids who are in Greenhouse on up will be singing Dec 23rd! Only Nursery & Seeds will have class that day.

  • STUDENT MINISTRY
    Outreach Event

    This Saturday, December 15th 1-3pm in the Study. Every student needs to bring 2 dozen cookies for our invitation boxes. We will assemble the boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand them out. Students will be back to the study by 3pm for pickup.

    Christmas Parties
    High School – December 16th, 630-8pm. Wear your fun Christmas favorites like hats, socks, scarves or sweaters. Bring a $5 wrapped gift to exchange, white elephant style (a fun gift someone would enjoy). There will be Christmas treats and pizza! Feel free to bring a peanut/tree nut free cookie or treat to share too!

    Jr. High – December 17th, 630-8pm. There will be pizza and a white elephant gift exchange (value not to exceed $5). Prizes will be given to the most festive/creative Christmas outfits. Parents and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities – an RSVP helps us plan for food/food allergies. Please RSVP on the Facebook page. And don't forget to bring a friend!! 

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Preston Knifong will lead our service and I will preach an advent sermon from Luke 1:26-38. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

06 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Angela Stump is doing a fantastic job leading our women's ministry. Lots of our ladies are growing in Christ and growing in relationship with one another. Here are few photos from the WM Christmas party.

           

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • STUDENT MINISTRY NEWS
    Student Ministry Christmas Cookie Outreach
    When: December 15th 1-3pm in the study
    What to bring: Each student should bring 2 dozen cookies to the event. (Preferably homemade.)
    The Details: We will be assembling cookie boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand them out. Students will be back to the study by 3pm for pickup.

    Jr. High Christmas Party
    December 17th 630-8pm. There will be pizza and a white elephant gift exchange (value not to exceed $10). Prizes will be given to the most festive/creative Christmas outfits. Parents and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities – an RSVP helps us plan for food/food allergies. Please RSVP on the Facebook page. And don't forget to bring a friend!!

    High School Christmas Party
    December 16th 630-8pm. Wear your fun Christmas favorites like hats, socks, scarves or sweaters. Bring a $5 wrapped gift to exchange, white elephant style (a fun gift someone would enjoy). There will be Christmas treats and pizza! Feel free to bring a peanut/tree nut free cookie or treat to share too!

    Student Ministry Winter Break – December 23rd – January 7th
    High School will resume January 13th, 630-8pm
    Jr. High will resume January 14th, 630-8pm

  • CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
    Please plan to join us for our Christmas Brunch on December 16th directly following our morning service. Dish suggestions are below by last name:
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We need volunteers for set up and clean up. Email to sign up. Michelle Waggoner
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
    Please help your children prepare for our Christmas program on December 23rd. You can find the videos on Facebook or follow the links below to listen to the songs.
    Silent Night
    Angels We Have Heard On High

  • GBC DIRECTORY
    Emial Noel to receive a copy of the latest church directory.

Our Up Coming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and I will conclude our series in Ephesians and preach 6:10-24. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

28 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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This coming Sunday marks the beginning of advent. In advent, we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. In this season we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Follow this LINK to read why and how we practice advent.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • GBC Directory!
    Email Noel to receive a copy of the latest church directory. There are 345 souls to lift up in prayer and to become more familiar with.

  • Compassion Clinic
    Please be praying for the December 8th Compassion Clinic in Gresham. This is a sweet opportunity to show Christ's love for our neighbors. Pray that along with alleviating basic needs, that the hearts of those served will be warmed toward God. There is still space if you would like to volunteer. Email Jenn Hudson if you are interested.

  • Jr. High Community Outreach Event
    Event: Jr. High Christmas Invitation Outreach
    When: December 15th, 1-3pm in the Study
    Who: All Jr High students and parents if they would like to volunteer. (We need more parent drivers and chaperones. Please RSVP to Noel if you can be a driver or a chaperone.)
    What to bring: Each student should bring 2 dozen cookies to the event (preferably homemade).
    What we'll be doing: We will assemble the outreach boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand out the baskets/invitations.
    Parent Consent Form: If you will be dropping your student off, please fill out this form and send it with your student. We will also have extra forms available at the event.
    Pick Up: We will be back by 3pm in the Study for parent pick up.

  • Christmas Brunch
    Mark your calendars: Christmas Brunch, December 16th following our morning service.
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We need volunteers for set up and clean up. Please email Michelle Waggoner to sign up.

  • Women's Ministry
    Hey GBC ladies!
    Our Women's Ministry Christmas party is only a few days away! Join us Saturday December 1 at 6:30pm at Courtney Willard's house (18945 SE Wenmot Ln, Eagle Creek) It's an ornament exchange and a cookie exchange (NO nuts/nutmeg please!) Because who doesn't love ornaments and cookies? Neither exchange is mandatory, so even if you can't–or don't want to–participate, please come anyway! There will be lots of appetizers, a coffee and hot chocolate bar and lots of great fellowship so please don't miss it. RSVP and read the details on the Evite.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Warren Kinser will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 6:5-9. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

21 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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About 1/3 of the Psalms are songs/prayers of lament. There is a book of the Bible called Lamentations. God expects and encourages us to cast our burdens upon him because he cares for us. The Lord also expects that even in difficult times that we will have grateful hearts. I recently read an excellent article from our friends at Eternal Perspective Ministries on "The Blessing of Gratitude, the Curse of Complaining." As we approach Thanksgiving, consider this 12 point cure for complaining. Because of God's goodness we have many reasons to give thanks.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Children's Ministry News
    Christmas Performance! Come hear our GBC kids sing on December 23rd! This will include our students in Greenhouse, Orchard, and Harvest. (Sprouts will join in the Easter performance.)
    Advent! Our resource table will have sample Advent resources for you to review this week! Click here to see a list of Advent Resources!
    Dreaming! Children’s ministry is praying for some small group leaders to serve once a month! We also would love to add a teacher to our team! Interested? Email Lisa or Megan OR talk to us Sunday!

  • Women's Ministry News
    Christmas party! Join us for our Christmas party on Saturday December 1st at 6:30pm at Courtney Willard's house. Please RSVP and read the details on Evite, because it's an ornament AND a cookie exchange! (Remember, NO NUTS or NUTMEG in your cookies) Even if you're unable or don't want to bring anything, come anyway 🙂
    Abide Study Celebration! Over 50 of us are nearing the end of our 123 John study, "Abide" and I want all of our groups to celebrate together when we're done! Join us for breakfast on Saturday December 15, from 8:30-10am in The Study (GBC office, suite 110). I'll provide the food and coffee.

  • Christmas Brunch
    December 16th following the morning service.
    A-H Egg Dish
    J-R Potato Dish
    S-Z Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts.

  • Student Ministry
    NO High School Group this Sunday Nov. 25th. Will resume Dec 2nd.
    Student Ministry Christmas Outreach – placeholder

  • GBC 101 December 9th 12:30-2:30pm in the study. RSVP to Noel

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Lynsey Bock will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 6:1-9. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

14 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I really missed being with you all on Sunday. Thank you for your prayers. Like many of you, I am very grateful for the elders of GBC. They not only serve you faithfully, but they have been a pillar of support for me and my family. What you saw on Sunday during the morning gathering, and the afternoon member meeting, is what I get to have a front row seat to week in and week out. Also, props to Mike Dahl for doing an incredible job moderating the panel.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • GBC 101 on Dec 2nd 12:30-2:30pm in the Study
    GBC 101 is a 2 hour class that serves as an on ramp into the life of the GBC. During the class I talk about the most important aspects of GBC and share the mission and direction of the church. Additionally, there is plenty of space to field your questions. Please RSVP to Noel if you would like to attend.

  • New-ish Addition
    We rejoice with Mike and Carrie Dahl in finalization of their adoption of their daughter Evelyn. The Dahl Family would like to invite their church family to a dessert open house celebrating their adoption of Evelyn Elia. 

    Dec 2nd from 2-5pm at the Dahl’s home.
    32751 SE Bluff Rd, Boring OR 97009
    Please RSVP to Carrie at (503) 484-7732 or carriealynn@yahoo.com
  • Student Ministry – Thanksgiving Break
    No Jr. High on 11/19
    No High School on 11/25

  • Women's Ministry
    Online sign ups are available on the website here.

  • Follow-up on Marriage
    By God's grace we have a number of strong healthy marriages in our church. The Lord has given us lots of good examples to follow. If you are wondering who those people are, I would happy to get you paired up. Also, I wanted to remind you that GBC offers a marriage enrichment program. Sometimes Christian marriages need a tune-up. If you think your marriage would benefit from a 4-6 week individualized program, just reply to this email and we will get you set up.

  • Pressing Needs Cider Press Follow-up
    We had a fantastic adoption fundraiser this year. The cider press event raised $9,550. Thank you GBC for all your hard work!

    Our Upcoming Gathering

    Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Preston will lead our service and Thomas Slawson will preach James 1:19-27. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

08 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I am very much looking forward to our member meeting this coming Sunday. We have a very full agenda. The elders are happy to speak with you before or after the member meeting about any of the agenda items, but we will not be able to allow space for questions during the meeting. Here is the agenda rundown:

  • Why member meetings matter
  • Ministry Updates (Women's Ministry and Children's Ministry)
  • Introduce 20 new members
  • 3rd quarter financial report
  • GBC calendar and scheduling
  • Deacon ministry update
  • Why and how we practice church discipline
  • Pastoral Assistant search update
  • 2018-19 GBC directory
  • Worship and Creed

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Pittsburgh Shooting
    I want to commend a superb article by Russell Moore that was written in response to the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history, If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus. Moore does a great job of showing how the Jewish heritage of Jesus is an important part of our redemption story.

  • Chinese Pilots
    A few GBC families have spent the past few years serving Chinese pilot students in Troutdale. China is becoming increasingly hostile toward the gospel so it is a great opportunity to have them here in America for 1-2 years of training. There are a lot of students who aren't matched up with a volunteer family and we'd love to get those young men into Christian homes to experience Thanksgiving in a loving and hospitable environment. If anyone is able to welcome a few of these students to their holiday gathering, please contact Kerry and Josie Sinclair at kerry-josie@juno.com or 503-251-4779

  • Student Ministry 
    Middle school group is taking the next 2 Mondays off. It will resume Nov 26th. The time will also be changing to 6:30-8pm for the remainder of the school year.

  • Save the date
    Dexter McCarty teacher appreciation meal – November 19th. Follow this link to sign up to bring something.
    Women's Ministry Christmas party – December 1st. Click on the link to see the Evite.
    GBC 101 – Sunday December 2nd, 12:30-2:30pm – Email Noel to RSVP
    Christmas Brunch – Sunday December 16th immediately following the morning service

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Thomas Slawson will lead our service and the elders and our wives will share from God's word on the roles of husbands and wives. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text (Ephesians 5:21-33)

31 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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The next four weeks in our study of Ephesians will center on the Christian home. The first two weeks will focus on marriage. GBC holds a biblical view of marriage and gender. I recommend reading GBC's position paper on Marriage and Homosexuality as a primer.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Church Camp Out Survey
    We are thinking of changing up our annual Camp Out and would like to get your feedback. Do us a favor and follow this link to take a short survey.

  • Reminder
    Daylight savings time ends this coming Sunday – Remember to turn your clocks back on Saturday night.

  • Save The Date
    Member Meeting – Sunday, November 11th 4-6pm, in the Study
    GBC 101 – Sunday December 2nd, 12:30-2:30pm, in the Study
    Christmas Brunch – Sunday December 16th immediately following our morning service

  • Student Ministry
    Beginning this Sunday, High School group will end at 8pm (instead of 830pm). Going forward High School group will be on Sunday's from 630-8pm.

    Student Ministry Team meeting – This Sunday, November 4th 1-3pm in the Study. Pizza is provided.
     

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Ang Stump will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 5:21-33. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

24 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Thank you so much for your hard work and generosity; the Cider Press was a huge success! We made a lot of cider, we raised a lot of money for adoptive families, and we had a great time working alongside each other.  

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Member Meeting – Sunday, November 11th 4-6pm, The Study
    I am very much looking forward to our next member meeting. Lord willing, we will take in about 20 new members, you'll hear ministry updates from staff & leaders, I will share about an exciting opportunity to enlarge our flex space and we will sing together and confess our church creed. For members these meetings are a big deal. Please save the space on your calendar and make plans to attend. I trust that the meeting will be unifying and edifying.

  • Love & Respect DVD series
    We have a lot of resources in the office that you are welcome to borrow, but we do eventually need them back. Presently, we have a small group that would like to use GBC's "Love & Respect" DVD series. If you by chance have it, please return it to Noel at your earliest convenience.

  • Student Ministry Team Meeting
    Sunday, November 4th, 1-3pm in the Study. Pizza will be provided.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Danny Nedelisky will lead us in music, Thomas Slawson will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 4:17-5:20. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

17 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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This coming Sunday at 3pm (in Good Shepherd's summit room) we will gather to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Bud Snavely. Our sister Sandy would of course appreciate your presence.

The bulk of our update this week is about our annual cider press for Pressing Needs.

What is Pressing Needs?

Pressing Needs Cider Press is an annual event of Gresham Bible Church which highlights what God is doing through adoption/foster care in our community and financially supports those in the process of adoption. Since 2012 the event has raised over $50,000 and has helped six children find a forever home!

This Year's Families

Daniel & Karah Busby (from Gresham Bible)

Mike & Katy Johnston (from Pleasant Home Community Church)

Please visit here for their full stories.

Volunteer and Help Us Press Cider!!

When: Thursday and Friday, October 18th & 19th, 9am – 6pm both days
Where: "Raz Ranch" – 33775 SE Brooks Road • Boring, 97009

It's important that we have a strong turnout for both of these days in order for us to be able to press all of the cider. Please use the form below to let us know when you can help out!

Come To The Event!!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 9am – 1pm
Where: East Hill Community Church, 701 N Main Ave, Gresham

Be sure to visit pressingneeds.org to pre-order or sign up to volunteer.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 4:1-16. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

10 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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We have officially begun our search for GBC's next pastoral assistant of student ministries! Please pray that God would give us discernment and that the Lord would provide an excellent match for our ministry needs. Click HERE to view the job description. Also, please spread the word about our search.

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

  • Compassion Gresham Clinic
    Beginning this Fall we will join together with other Gresham area churches to host a free mobile health clinic called Compassion Gresham. These "mini-clinics" are designed to unite churches together to serve their neighbors through health care. Service opportunities are for anyone (no health care background needed), however if you are a health professional then this a perfect opportunity for you! We are seeking at least one person who can serve as a liaison for GBC. If you are interested in learning how you can serve please email Noel.

  • Women's Ministry
    Please join us next week October 16th 7-9pm in the Study for our next Women's Ministry Bible study. We'll enjoy a time of fellowship and encouragement from other women at GBC through worship and testimonies.

  • Baptism Class
    We will be having our next baptism class this coming Sunday directly following our service in the Orchard room (about 30 minutes). This class is for people ready to public with their faith and for folks interested in learning more about baptism.

  • Cider Press
    Please be sure to sign up to volunteer or reserve your cider! Visit the website here. There will also be sign up sheets available this Sunday.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Lynsey Bock will lead our service and Dave Martin will preach John 17. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text