09 Aug

Update Email 8.9.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

We will NOT hold service at Dexter McCarty this coming Sunday (8/13). Instead, our weekly gathering will be held at Promontory Parkon Saturday (8/12) at 6:15pm. If you are unable to camp with us this weekend, we would love to have you join us for service on Saturday followed by our talent show.

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 the Lord would use our camp out to continue to strengthen the bond of unity in our church. Pray for the deepening of Christ-centered relationships and for the germination of new friendships.

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

  • Community Care Day, Saturday, 8/268-10am
    Our work day for Dexter McCarty is an opportunity to serve our community in a practical way by beautifying the school campus before students return to school. Our work day is also a way of tangibly blessing the city in Jesus’ name. So let’s make the most of this opportunity to bear witness of Christ by showing up in force and working hard. Please plan to join us on Saturday, 8/26 8-10am.

  • Robinson Good-Bye  
    Roger and Kristin Robinson are moving to Colorado to be closer to family and enjoy a slower pace of life. For several years Roger and Kristin have been faithful members of Gresham Bible Church. We will send them off warmly during our upcoming gathering.

  • Student Ministries
    High School – No group this coming Sunday due to the camp out.
    JR. High – This Wednesday, August 9th, BBQ at the Biggerstaff’s 6:30-8:30pm

  • Camp Out Information
    Please remember to bring a camp chair for service.
    If you would like to participate in the talent show, please contact Nicole Chase.
    Click HERE to view the camp out schedule and instructions about check-in on Friday.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 78. 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.

11 Jul

Update Email 7.11.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

The youth group went on an epic hike over the weekend. Many thanks to Dave and all of the youth leaders who pulled off such a meaningful day.

    
  
 

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 a growing culture of prayer in GBC. Pray that we all would develop the habit of bringing our requests and offering our praise to God above.

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

  • You’re Invited to meet the Shannons
    Our sister Steph Gerards has coordinated an event (next Monday, July 17th in the lower office, Suite 110) with Jerry and Christy Shannon, missionaries in Ethiopia. The Shannons are doing a wonderful work serving families and children. Click HERE for details. Follow this LINK for more information about their ministry.

  • GBC 101
    If you are new to GBC or newer to GBC or even if you’ve been a part of the church for some time, you are invited to attend our next GBC 101 class. This Thursday, July 13th 6:30-8:30pm in suite 110. The class is like a church orientation and a key connection point. Simply reply to this email if you would like to attend.

  • Student Ministries
    Jr. High group at the Raz Ranch this Wednesday6:30-8:30pm. Burgers and hot dogs provided. If you can, bring a side dish to share. Please wear your swimsuits, bring a towel and change of clothes. Also, life jackets are required to go in the water and we are in need of some extras. So if you have any you could contribute for the night we would greatly appreciate it!

    NO High School group this coming Sunday (7/16) and NO Jr. High group next Wednesday (7/19).

  • Sunday’s Prayer
    Some of you appreciated the beauty and depth of our corporate prayer on Sunday

    . The prayer is from The Valley of Vision, a collection of puritan prayers. The collection is available online, HERE.

  • Save the Date: 
    Community Care Day for Dexter McCarty
    August 26th 8-10 am

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 142. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

05 Jul

Update Email 7.5.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Dave Berry led two great events last week for student ministries: a hello/good-bye event for the middle school group at Noel Corcoran’s and a similar event at his house for the high school group.
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

  • After what was for many a hectic fall-spring, pray that the slower pace of summer will provide rest. Not in the worldly sense of taking it easy, but rather pray that a schedule with fewer demands would lend itself to more communion with the Lord. May we all find refreshment in Jesus.

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

  • Student Ministries
    • This coming Saturday July 8th is our summer hike. As always, please bring a friend! RSVP required as seat belts are limited. Here are the details:
      When – 9:30am-2:30pm(ish), Sat July 8th. [Students will contact their families as we leave Cascade Locks for the office.]
      What – Meet at church office for drop off and pick up. We have rented 15 passenger vans and will drive and hike to Beacon Rock at Beacon Rock State Park in WA. Following the hike we will stop in Cascade Locks to visit Eastwind Drive-In for Ice cream.
      Cost – $10 person. Students are on their own for purchasing ice cream (about $3-5) and/ or burgers and fries.
    • Wednesday, July 12th – Summer BBQ and boating competition at the Rasmussen’s. 6:30-8:30pm. Food is provided. Bring a swimsuit and towel for the boat race!
  • Women’s Ministry
    Ladies, please join Women’s Ministry after church on Sunday July 16th, 3:30pm at Ang Stump’s for a relaxing summer afternoon filled with fellowship, snacks and cold brew coffee! We’ll get to hear some more testimonies from several GBC women and just enjoy each other’s company. I can’t wait to have you all over, so please don’t miss it if you can possibly come.  Let us know if you’re coming so we have enough food and drinks! (For you non-coffee drinkers we’ll have iced tea as well. But seriously…cold brew.)
  • GBC 101
    If you are new to GBC or newer to GBC or even if you’ve been a part of the church for some time, you are invited to attend our next GBC 101 class. Thursday, July 13th 6:30-8:30pm in suite 110. The class is like a church orientation and a key connection point. Simply reply to this email if you would like to attend.
  • Baptism Class
    July 9th after the service in the choir room (greenhouse). If you are eager to be baptized or would simply like to learn more about baptism, this class is for you.


Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, I will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Dan Stump will preach 1 Timothy 2. If you missed last week’s excellent message, you can find it HERE. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

28 Jun

Update Email 6.28.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Many thanks to everyone who made the picnic a success.

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 new Bible translation project. Pray that God would move on our hearts to generously support the translation of Mark’s gospel. And pray that the Lord would cause his word to have a tremendous impact on the Mazateca de Tenango people.

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

  • GBC 101
    If you are new to GBC or newer to GBC or even if you’ve been a part of the church for some time, you are invited to attend our next GBC 101 class. Thursday, July 13th 6:30-8:30pm in suite 110. The class is like a church orientation and a key connection point. Simply reply to this email if you would like to attend.
  • Baptism Class
    July 9th after the service in the choir room (greenhouse). If you are eager to be baptized or would simply like to learn more about baptism, this class is for you.
  • Children’s Ministries
    Lisa and Megan have put together a very helpful list of summer resources for GBC families. Click HERE to view the summer resource card.
  • Student Ministries
    Jr. High Group, Wed June 28th “Hello / Goodbye” BBQ at the Corcoran’s. Families are welcome. Burgers and hot dogs provided. Please bring a side dish to share.
  • Personal Note
    This coming Sunday I will be serving Powell Valley Church. I look forward to the opportunity to encourage the body of Christ. Your prayers are appreciated.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Dan Stump will preach 1 Timothy 1. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

20 Jun

Update Email 6.20.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I am looking forward to our annual church picnic. Once again we will meet at Red Sunset Park immediately following the service. The picnic is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the bond of unity in our church and to practically build relationships.

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

  • By God’s grace we have a number of adoptive and foster families in our church. The mission is beautiful but the work is hard. Please pray for spiritual strength and patience and wisdom for our foster/adoptive families. May God equip them with everything good so that they may do his will, working in them that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

  • New Additions!
    The Lord has blessed Dan and Summer Hermann with three awesome kids: Caleb, Eli, and Layla. We are so thankful for God’s grace. And, if you haven’t seen it already, HERE is the piece the Outlook did on the Hermann’s and their wonderful ministry to orphans.
  • Seed Company Update
    Through verse memorization, our kids have earned a total of $223 or 6 verses translated so far! Parents, continue encouraging your kids to commit their Sunday School verses to memory. Click HERE to see July’s verse card.
  • Church Picnic
    Please remember to keep all potluck items peanut and tree nut free. Dish suggestions correspond with last name:

    A-H please bring a dessert
    J-R  please bring a side dish
    S-Z  please bring a Salad/fruit

  • Children’s Ministries
    Lisa and Megan have put together a very helpful list of summer resources for GBC families. Click HERE to view the summer resource card.
  • Student Ministries
    High School Group:
    Laser Tag Sunday June 25th. Meeting at Wunderland at 6:30pm. Pickup at Flying Pie at 8:30pm. Cost is $20/student.

    Jr. High Group:

    • Laser Tag Wednesday June 21st. Meeting at Wunderland at 6:30pm. Pickup at Flying Pie at 8:30pm. Cost is $20/student.
    • “Hello / Goodbye” BBQ Wednesday June 28th at the Corcoran’s at 6:30pm. Burgers and hot dogs provided. Please bring a side dish to share.
  • Campout
    There are just a few RV/Tent sites remaining. Cabins and Yomes are now sold out. Feel free to invite your friends to the campout. It could be a great way for them to experience the love of Christ in community. Follow this LINK to register.
  • Operations
    Beginning this coming Sunday, we are able to leave the classrooms and commons area set up for church.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, I will lead our service, Thomas will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will preach a message from Hebrews chapter 6, and we will say good bye to our dear friends David and Olivia Stallcop. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

15 Jun

Update Email 6.15.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

To follow up on Sunday’s sermon about our devotional life, here is the link to The Bible Project website. The thematic and overview videos are an excellent equipping resource. They make complex biblical themes accessible. And their videos also provide a good framework for understanding the Scripture. This is the best bible reading resource I have come across. Also, if you are just getting started with your bible reading, check out the “how to read the bible” videos.

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 number of people are suffering in our fellowship. Please pray for God’s peace and comfort. Pray also for their perseverance through trials. Lastly, pray that their faith would be strengthened as they hope in God.

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

  • Seed Company
    GBC has joined in the effort of translating Mark’s Gospel into the Mazateco de Tenango language for a large people group in southern Mexico. Verse sign-up boards will be on the back stage this coming Sunday and for many Sundays to come. The cost for translating each verse is $35. With the sign up boards you will be able to personally select the verse or passage that you want to sponsor for translation. Remember to mark the memo line of your gifts “seed company”, and put them in the offering box located on the resource table.
  • Camp Scholarship Update from Emily Prodan
    This coming Sunday is the LAST day to get your camp scholarship done! I’ll be at the back table before church, during fellowship time and after church to listen to any verses and check over all your documents. You can also email me your reports at prodan02@gmail.com. Please bring your entire packets on Sunday with all your signatures and your applications filled out! Checks cannot be sent without that! I’m so proud of the work I have seen so far! If you have any questions please email me! Thank you for your participation!
  • Student Ministries
    1. NO High School Group this coming Sunday, June 18th due to Father’s Day.

    2. Jr. High Group will be doing Laser Tag, this Wednesday, June 21st. Meeting at Wunderland at 630pm. Pickup at Flying Pie at 8:30pm. The cost is $20/student. Click here to fill out a waiver. We will be purchasing tickets before, so please RSVP either on our GBC Student Ministries facebook page, or email Dave. Incoming 6th graders are welcome!!

    3. Join us for our Hello/Goodbye BBQ on June 28th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Corcoran’s. This is for all incoming 6th graders, outgoing 9th graders and their families. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share.

  • Church Picnic
    The church picnic is Sunday, June 25th. Nicole Chase is still in need of volunteers to help set up the morning of the picnic at Red Sunset Park from 9-10am. Please contact her at Nill.chase@gmail.com. Dish suggestions below correspond with last name:

    A-H please bring a dessert
    J-R  please bring a side dish
    S-Z  please bring a Salad/fruit

  • Women’s Ministry
    Ladies, please mark your calendars for a time of summer fellowship with Women’s Ministry! Join us Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm at Cristy Slawson’s house (4180 SE Hillyard Rd, Gresham). We’ll provide snacks, and several GBC women will share their testimonies. Come connect with each other and be encouraged by hearing what God has been doing in the hearts of your sisters in Christ!
  • GBC Spotify Playlist
    Marc Peter has curated a “GBC Worship” playlist on Spotify. In the playlist you will find the majority of the songs we sing as a church. It’s free to sign up for Spotify.
  • Take a gander
    Many of you inquired about the ribs I mentioned on Sunday.

    And they were just as good as they look!

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Dave Martin will share a message about our oneness in Christ. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

08 Jun

Update Email 6.8.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

This coming Sunday I will preach Psalm 1 and talk about our devotional life. I am praying that God will use this message to prompt more regular times of personal devotion with the Lord.

Also, as a help I want to recommend two excellent resources about the devotional life of believers. The first is an article by Francis Chan and the second is a message by Jen Wilkin. Both are inspiring.

Below is a not so 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 Psalm 63 this week. May God cause our souls to be satisfied in Christ. Pray that our delight in God will cause our hearts to rejoice and our lips to praise. Pray that our minds will be fixed on the Lord and that we would meditate on Him and His word. May our souls cling to Jesus.

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

  • GBC Spotify Playlist
    Marc Peter has curated a “GBC Worship” playlist on Spotify. In the playlist you will find the majority of the songs we sing as a church. We hope that you will be encouraged throughout the week by listening to and singing the songs that we sing together on Sundays. And in preparation for Sunday, be sure to listen to “Glorious Day” and “Death Was Arrested” before our Sunday gathering.

  • Fishing Derby
    There are 5 spots remaining for the Father & Child fishing derby on June 18th. Email Dave Raz if you would like to participate. It will be a very fun afternoon.

  • 5th Grade Graduation!
    Lisa Perez and Megan Wood, our fearless children’s ministry leaders, have decided to launch a formal promotion for outgoing 5th graders (from their Harvest classroom into the regular gathering). This coming Sunday we will publicly recognize the 5th graders who will become a regular part of our worship gatherings.

  • Small Group Leaders Meeting
    This Sunday, June 11th, there will be a meeting for current and prospective small group leaders at GBC Suite 110. Please contact Mike Dahl with any questions.

  • Camp Out
    During our elders’ meeting last night we learned that Rob Strickland has not yet signed up for the church camp out. Don’t be like Rob. Click Here to register for the camp out!

  • 4 Things From Student Ministries
    #1 The June 14th BBQ has been moved to Wed June 28th. June 14th will be a regular youth group night in Suite 110.
    #2 Click Here to see the summer youth group schedule and forms.
    #3 For regular communication, consider joining the private GBC student ministry Facebook page. Click here to join.
    #4 Parents of 5th graders meeting this Sunday, June 11th in the Harvest room directly after service.

  • Church Picnic
    The church picnic is Sunday, June 25th. Nicole Chase needs someone to lead the setup team at Red Sunset Park before church. Please contact her if you want more details and would consider filling this role. nill.chase@gmail.com or (503) 729-6985

  • Deacon Interest Meeting #2
    This coming Sunday we will have another deacon interest meeting after the service in the choir room. This meeting is for anyone who is intrigued and for folks who strongly aspire.

  • Women’s Ministry
    Cristy Slawson is hosting a women’s ministry prayer gathering on June 14th at 7:20pm at her house. Contact Cristy at theslawsons@gmail.com for more details.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Psalm 1. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.