03 Feb

Update Email 02.03.2016

Admin GBC

 

Church Family,

Your elders and ministry team leaders have recently begun a study of “What is a Healthy Church” by Mark Dever. All are welcome to meet with the elders on 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings, from 6-7pm @ the church office to discuss our reading. If you’d like to be a part of our study, just let me know and we will get you a copy of the book. Here is the reading schedule.

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

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

  • 1 Thessalonians 4 tells us that it is God’s will that we be sanctified and live a holy life. Pray this week that God would keep us from temptations that would overwhelm us and that we would walk in the newness of life that is ours in Christ Jesus.

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

  • We are updating the church directory. If you would like to be added to the directory or update your information, please follow this link. If you want to add a photo or update your photo, please email your picture to Naomi.
  • You still have time to register for the women’s retreat! Here is a link to the info.
  • We still have several free Redbox promo codes to giveaway. If you haven’t seen “War Room” please allow us to treat you to a movie night. Contact Us.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday I will preach 1 Samuel 8, Dave Berry will lead our service, Chris Gee will lead us to the Lord’s table and the Brumbelow family will lead our music. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

26 Jan

Update Email 01.26.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I don’t normally recommend movies, but I had to tell you about this one. Kelsey and I recently watched the movie “War Room.” It has a powerful message about prayer and depending on the Lord. It was such a delight that we want you to share in our joy. We purchased quite a few Red Box promo codes to giveaway to anyone would like to see the movie. Contact us.

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

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

  • Next week, 4 members of our music team will be travelling to Franklin, Tennessee for the “Worship Together” conference. Please pray that God would use this time to refresh, equip, and inspire our music leaders.

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

  • We will be accepting missional grants applications through the end of February. Consider spending some time brainstorming with others about ways that you might work together to serve our community and spread the gospel.
  • Many thanks for your generous support of Gresham Bible Church. 2015 was our strongest financial year. Here is a link to our 2015 end-of-year financial report. Feel free to reach out to our finance team if you have any questions.
  • We value your input and feedback. So periodically, we like to ask you to share your opinions with us about the life of the church and our ministry. Here is the link to our “I wish the elders knew….” online form.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday Joe Bryant will lead our service and Dave Berry will preach a sermon from Philippians 1. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

20 Jan

Update Email 01.20.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Lately, I’ve had some really good conversations with folks about what it means to be merciful. Hopefully, you’ve continued to ponder what being a minister of mercy looks like for you or your family. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to share your input.

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

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

  • Having focused on the ministry of mercy that last two weeks, it would be good to pray for wisdom and for opportunities to use our gifts and resources to meet felt needs. Let’s ask the Lord to provide us with all we need to lovingly care for our families, church body and community.

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

  • We are now accepting missional grant applications. You can find hard copies of the grant application on the resource table or you can download a copy HERE.  My small group will be praying and brainstorming about ways that we can work together on a project.
  • This coming Sunday, Thomas Slawson will introduce a ‘new to us’ (but very old) discipleship practice–the catechism. A catechism is a summary of principles of the Christian faith taught in the form of questions and answers. Here is a link to the Heidelberg Catechism that Thomas will tell us about on Sunday (note: we are editing the section on the sacraments).

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday Dave Martin will lead our service, Kristina Schell will lead us in singing and I will preach 1 Samuel 7.

19 Jan

Missional Grants 2016

Admin GBC

Gresham Bible Church is looking to support Local Outreach and Global Outreach initiatives from its members. With the surplus from our worship offerings, we are hoping to award a total of $25,000 in missional grants to empower people in our midst to initiate specific visions of how we can declare the Gospel in both word and deed.

Would you like to apply for a missional grant? Download the form Missional Grant Application 2016.

Mail or drop off completed application by February 28th to:
Gresham Bible Church
Missional Grant
123 E. Powell BLVD #207
Gresham, OR 97030

 

12 Jan

Update Email 01.12.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

If you’re starting a bible read through or if you’re just interested in gaining a better handle on Scripture, I want to commend to you an excellent resource from the folks at The Bible Project. It’s called the “Read Scripture Reading Plan.” Check it out and let me know what you think.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC. Be sure to read the Children’s Ministry update in the bottom left column.

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

  • Jesus said, “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.” May the Lord raise up more workers to reap the harvest of souls being drawn to Christ.

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

  • On 1/5, Ben and Kimberly Bogert gave birth to a beautiful 7lbs 2oz baby boy; James Elroy. Praise the Lord for his grace.
  • Mike and Carrie Dahl would like to invite you to an adoption celebration for their son, Isaiah. Details: January 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Mountain View Christian Church. Please text Julie Rasmussen at (503)312-2313 for more information.
  • Please mark your calendars for our church camp outJuly 22nd-24th. I am looking forward to it!

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday we will celebrate the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday with a parent-child dedication. 6 families and 7 children will participate in our dedication.

Also, I will wrap up a two-part series on the ministries of mercy. Sunday’s sermon focused on the call to be merciful and the concluding sermon will focus on the ‘how-to’ of showing mercy. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY UPDATE:
Teaching our Kids the Word

From Seeds through Harvest, our Children’s Ministry teachers study and share God’s Word with our GBC kids; they are learning the same story and truth about God each week as their sibling in another class.  Additionally, each month all classes learn parts of the same scripture passage to make it easy to study at home together as a family.  We tailor the length of the verses and stories to be appropriate for each age group.

To further aid the Word taking root in our kids’ lives, we’ve adjusted our monthly handout. It is now very easy to tell which verse is for each class!

When you flip the card to the back, you can see the themes, scripture passages, and some family discussion questions. We hope that we can effectively come along side your families in helping God’s Word take root in our kids’ hearts. Please take a handout home with you to use! These handouts were sent home last Sunday and are available next to each sign in sheet as well.

06 Jan

Update Email 01.06.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Well, someone started a petition to move our church service to Saturday night because the Hawks play the 10am game this coming Sunday and hopefully the following Sunday too. Hmmmmmm…

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

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

  • Justin and Shannon Bolt depart for the Basque Country this Thursday. Their trip has many purposes, but one of the main reasons is for the Bolts to gain clarity and wisdom regarding a long-term missionary position in the Basque Country. Please pray for discernment and a profitable missions trip.

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

  • Today at 5:30pm @ Liberated Baking in Gresham, Justin and Shannon will be meeting with a crew of supporters to pray for their Basque Missions trip.
  • Ladies, it’s time to register for GBC’s annual women’s retreat! Here are the details & registration.
  • Once again, we are having a parent-child dedication onJanuary 17th. If you would like to participate, please contactNaomi.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday I will begin a two-part series on the ministries of mercy and preach Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship (record the game).

29 Dec

Update Email 12.29.2015

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.'”

As we look ahead to 2016, let’s do so with confidence in the Lord’s steadfast love and unending mercy. Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

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

  • The annual women’s ministry retreat is just around the corner. Please pray for all of the final preparations and pray for an enriching and strengthening time with the Lord and with each other.

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

  •  We are having a parent-child dedication on January 17th. If you would like to participate, please contact Naomi.
  • Also, I wanted to remind you that each Tuesday morning at 6am the elders gather for prayer at the church office. All are welcome to attend.
  • Once again, missional grants are set to launch early next year! Use your sanctified imagination to dream up ways to utilize grant dollars to spread the gospel in word and deed. I am excited to see how the Lord will work.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday I will begin a two-part series on the ministries of mercy and preach Luke 10:25-37, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

In His service,

Vergil

14 Dec

Update Email 12.14.2015

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I thought the children’s Christmas program was wonderful. Thank you teachers and helpers. And a special thanks to Summer Herman for coordinating the program.

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

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

  • As you may know there are many CEO church goers (Christmas and Easter Only). Please pray that the Lord would use their openness and religious sentimentality for gospel impact. Pray for the many visitors who will gather with us and with churches in our community over the next few days.

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

  • Our annual Christmas breakfast is this coming Sunday. The breakfast potluck will start at 9:30am. This is a great time of fellowship. Suggested dishes to bring: if your last name starts with A-D bring pastry/bread/muffin dish, E-L bring fruit dish, M-R bring egg dish, S-Z bring potato dish. GBC will provide the meat and drink.
  • Ladies, you don’t want to miss the women’s ministry Christmas party tomorrow evening. Here are the details.
  • Please remember that we will not have youth group for the next two Sundays (20th and 27th). Youth group will resume on January 3rd.
  • Here is a link to our new pastoral residency (internship) program. We are excited to invest in raising up future church leaders. Also, please spread the word about our program.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, I will preach 1 Samuel 7:3-17. I am looking forward to our Christmas service. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship!

11 Dec

Update Email 12.11.2015

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers and support for us over the last couple of weeks. Your kindnesses really lifted our spirits. I am happy to say that we are on the mend and improving each day. Also, I am quite a bit behind on email. But I am working to get caught up. Thank you for your patience.

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

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

  • We have been promoting prayer in the church. But we know that a culture of prayerfulness is the product of prayer. It may seem odd to pray about prayer, but your prayers about prayer are essential. Please pray that God would move us toward greater prayerfulness.

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

  •  In just a couple of days our Children’s ministry will be performing their Christmas songs! If your child is in Sprouts, Greenhouse, or the Harvest ensemble, feel free to have them in their Christmas outfits and be ready to take pics!
  • GBC’s annual Christmas Breakfast is right around the corner. The potluck will start at 9:30am before the regular10:30am service on December 20th. This is a great time of fellowship. Suggested dishes to bring if your last name starts with A-D bring pastry/bread/muffin dish, E-L bring fruit dish, M-R bring egg dish, S-Z bring potato dish. GBC will provide meat and drink.
  • Of course, we could use your help to get ready for the breakfast. If you’re able to help set up on Friday, or cook a ham, or clear dishes after, please email Nicole Chase.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday our brother Mike Dahl will preach Psalm 32. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship!

01 Dec

Update Email 12.01.2015

Admin GBC

Church Family,

This week our advent focus is hope. Our family will be using our evening devotional times to reflect on the hope of Christmas. Here is one more advent guide to consider.

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

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

  • Please pray that the Lord will use this advent season to help us grow in our worshipful appreciation of all that Christ Jesus has achieved for us.

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

  • On 11/30, the Lord blessed Josh and Jessica Atkins with a beautiful 7lbs 9oz baby girl; Imani Jade. Praise the Lord for his grace.
  • Regarding the building… The 15 member UCC board will be meeting this Saturday. We should hear something by Monday of next week. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s will.
  • Our lost & found will be emptied on December 14th. Be sure to take the next 2 Sundays to check the box on the back stage (Bibles, Coats, etc…).

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, this coming Sunday Dan Stump will complete a two-part series on Mark’s gospel, I will lead our service, and Ian Courter will lead us to the Lord’s table.

Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship!