13 Dec

Update Email 12.13.2017

Admin GBC

We are very much looking forward to our annual Christmas Brunch this coming Sunday. Many thanks to Michelle Waggoner and her team for working hard to coordinate the event. Also, our operations crew will be working overtime to pull off both our regular Sunday gathering and the meal that follows. If you think about it, thank Jason and Brett and everyone who serves to create a welcoming environment for outsiders and a worshipful environment for GBCers.

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

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

  • This week let’s pray for our Christmas brunch. Pray for the remaining preparations. And pray that our time together will be profitable for welcoming new people and that it would serve to further enrich existing relationships.

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

  • Christmas Brunch
    December 17th 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 Ministries
    There is one more night of High School and Jr. High group before our Christmas Break. High School will meet this week 12/17 & Jr. High on 12/18.
    Christmas Break is December 19January 1st
    High School and Jr. High will resume January 7th & 8th

  • The Seed Company Project
    182 verses sponsored thus far
    496 verses left
    26.8% goal reached

  • Financial Peace University
    Led by Rocky and Kathy Rodriguez, starting January 21st from 330-530pm in the study. Contact Noel for more details.

  • Children’s Ministry:
    GBC kids have been practicing a few classic Christmas carols and their verse, Isaiah 9:6, each week in class! They will be sharing these with us on Dec. 24th during our family friendly service, as there are no classes that day. Marc will ask them to come up after communion to join him in leading the last set of worship. Lisa and Megan will have risers available and will be up front to situate them.

Our Upcoming Gathering

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

07 Dec

Update Email 12.7.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

GBC’s fiscal year follows the calendar year. We depend on your generosity all year long and especially at the end of the year to meet our budget and giving target. This Christmas season, as you reflect on all that the Lord has given us in Christ, consider responding with an end-of-year gift to GBC. Also, please keep in mind that all 2017 giving must be postmarked or received by December 31st.

Below is a very full 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 God-given compassion and vision to respond to injustice and suffering in our community. Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom and boldness to effectively minister to the downcast.

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

  • Middle Eastern Bake Sale
    On Sunday, December 10th from 2-4pm, the Refugee and Immigrant Hospitality Organization (RIHO) is hosting a Middle Eastern Bake Sale to benefit some of our local Middle Eastern refugees. Click HERE for details.
  • Financial Peace University
    With Rocky and Kathy Rodriguez every Sunday, starting January 21st from 330-530pm in the study. Cost is $129 for the curriculum. Contact Noel for more details.
  • Children’s Ministries
    GBC kids have been practicing a few classic Christmas carols and their verse, Isaiah 9:6, each week in class! They will be sharing these with us on Dec. 24th during our family friendly service, as there are no classes that day. Marc will ask them to come up after communion to join him in leading the last set of worship. Lisa and Megan will have risers available and will be up front to situate them.
  • Student Ministries
    Our annual Christmas Party is this Sunday December 10th for High School and Monday December 11th for Middle School.
    Please wear your most creative and/or ugliest Christmas outfit (prizes will be awarded to the top male and female).
    Bring a wrapped gift of about $5+ for the white elephant gift exchange.
    We will have a gingerbread house competition with prizes.
    Lots of food.
    Bring friends!
  • Mission 4 Mexico
    The deadline to sign up is December 15th. Please reach out to Bill Kassing with any questions.
  • Mark your calendars: Christmas Brunch, December 17th directly 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.​

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Amy Lyda will lead our service, Anthony Perez will lead us in singing, and I will preach the first of a two-part series on church membership. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

28 Nov

Update Email 11.28.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

This coming Sunday is the beginning of advent. You can follow this LINK to read the vision for our advent focus. During each of the four Sunday gatherings leading up to Christmas, we will begin our service with an advent reading and corresponding Christmas songs.

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 God-given compassion and vision to respond to injustice and suffering in our community. Pray that the Lord would give us wisdom and boldness to effectively minister to the downcast.

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

  • Mark your calendars: Christmas Brunch, December 17th.
    Directly 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. **
  • Day of Fasting – Tomorrow, November 29th
    Prayerfully consider spending tomorrow with us in corporate fasting and prayer. Click HERE to view the day of fasting guide. Additionally, HERE is a link to a message I preached on fasting.
  • Tentative GBC 101, Sunday, December 3rd 4-6pm
    Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, I will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing, two families will participate in our parent-child dedication, and Thomas Slawson will preach Matthew 1:1-17. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

22 Nov

Update Email 11.22.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

This year I am once again tasked with preparing the protein for Thanksgiving. Our guests very much look forward to the annual brine, rubbed, shuttlecocked, smoke roasted bird. But more than the food, I am looking forward to a great day with family. Praying that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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

  • Christians ought to be marked by gratitude. We are commanded to “give thanks in all circumstances.” And we are told to “continue steadfastly in prayer… with thanksgiving.” Our prayer this week is to thank the Lord for the many benefits he has given to us.

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

  • The Chili Feed was a success. Many thanks to all who participated.
  • Student Ministries
    High School – Cancelled for November 26th
    Jr. High – Cancelled for November 27th
  • Day of Fasting – Next Wednesday, November 29th
    Once again our church will spend a day in corporate fasting and prayer. Click HERE to view the day of fasting guide. Additionally, HERE is a link of a message I preached on fasting.
  • Music/Media
    The Sound Team is currently shorthanded and looking for help.The Sound Team is responsible for setup and tear down of the sound system, mixing the overall sound during services, and recording the Sunday morning sermon. It’s a big (and important) behind-the-scenes job, but we’ll provide training. Previous experience is desirable, but not required. A musical ear is necessary. Members of the sound team will serve approximately once a month (after training). If interested, please contact marc@greshambible.org​.
  • GBC 101, Sunday December 3rd 4-6pm
    Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Dan Stump will preach 1 Timothy 6. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

16 Nov

Update Email 11.16.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Thank you for all of your prayers. Our family is on the mend. We were very sorry to miss Sunday’s gathering. However, I am grateful for my brother Dave Berry and the excellent sermon he preached on very short notice.

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 Friendship Corner which ministers to Chinese students training to become pilots in Troutdale. Pray that God would provide more workers for the ripe harvest. And pray that scales will fall off of blind eyes revealing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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

  • Friendship Corner
    We have a lot of Chinese pilots who don’t have friendship families and we’d love to get more of those guys into Christian homes to experience Thanksgiving in a loving and hospitable environment. If anyone is able to welcome a few of these students, please contact Kerry and Josie Sinclair at kerry-josie@juno.com or 503-251-4779. If you are unsure but interested, you can also talk to Dave and Beth Rau or Nicole Chase.
  • Free Online Seminary Classes
    Want to grow your knowledge and understanding of the Scripture? Or, want to sharpen your gifts so that you can better serve the body? Consider investing some time in one of the free online classes provided by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Enjoy!
  • Dexter Chili Feed
    If you signed up to bring food for the Chili Feed please bring it to Elise Peter this Sunday at our morning worship service.
  • Christmas Brunch – Volunteers Needed!!
    Our annual GBC Christmas Brunch is coming up on December 17th. We need 6-7 volunteers to help with decorating, setting out the food, clean up, etc. Please email Michelle Waggoner to sign up to help. There will also be a sign-up sheet on the resource table over the next few weeks.
  • Save the date! Day of Fasting – November 29th.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will wrap up our series in Job (38-42). Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

08 Nov

Update Email 11.8.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Lord willing, this coming Sunday we will conclude our 4-part series in the book of Job. In our final sermon I will preach chapters 38-42, “Job’s God.” In this section the Lord speaks to Job from the whirlwind and reveals his majesty and glory, which leads Job to humbly trust in God’s perfect wisdom. One of Dave Berry’s favorite bands wrote a beautiful and stirring song about the Lord’s response to Job. Definitely worth a listen!

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 community of Sutherland Springs and for the families that have been impacted by Sunday’s shooting. Please pray for their comfort and pray for the healing of their community.

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

  • Pastoral Assistant of Administration
    The elders recently approved a new staff position; pastoral assistant of administration. We initially sought to hire a part-time staff member to fill the administrative needs for GBC. But as time went on, through observation and prayer, we have realized that creating a full-time position is the best direction for GBC. Click HERE for the description and spread the word.

  • Women’s Ministry
    Our monthly Women’s Bible study is next Tuesday 11/14 from 7-9pm in the Study (GBC office, suite 110). We’ll be wrapping up our series Becoming: A Friend Like Jesus. So please join us as we study the life of Jesus and how His example shows us how to love others well.

  • Children’s Ministries
    Attention junior high girls! We have a fun service opportunity for you this coming Thursday from 4-7pm at the Study (suite 110). Come help us assemble Christmas Crafts for Children’s Ministry! We need your help cutting, pasting, and organizing! Pizza will be served. Mamas are welcome to stay and help 🙂 Please RSVP to Megan. Thanks!

  • Dexter Serve – Chili Feed
    We are still in need of some volunteers for our Dexter Serve – Chili Feed coming up on November 20th. Some ways you can help are bringing: cookies, salad, chips, salsa, sour cream etc. There will be a sign up located on the resource table this Sunday. Or you can email Elise Peter.

  • GBC 101- Sunday, November 12th 4-6pm in The Study
    Our next GBC 101 is just around the corner. If you are new to GBC, this class is for you. Bring your questions and come to learn about the life and ministry of the church. Please reply to this email if you are planning to attend.

  • Parent-Child Dedication
    We are working to coordinate our next dedication. If you would like to participate, please email Noel.

  • Save the date! Day of Fasting – November 29th.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Lynsey Bock will lead our service, Chris Gee will lead us in singing and I will wrap up our series in Job. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

01 Nov

Update Email 11.1.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

It’s Daylight Savings this coming Sunday. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before bed on Saturday.

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 launch of our new Orchard class. Offer thanksgivings to the Lord for providing GBC with additional classroom space and for the addition of new teachers and helpers. Also, pray for the success of our new class structure.

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

  • Student Ministries
    The Lord continues to bless our student ministries program. With growth comes the increasing need for more workers. We are looking for new leaders for both High School Ministry on Sunday nights and Jr. High Ministry on Monday nights; especially women. Email Dave if you are interested.

  • Children’s Ministries
    Our new class Orchard for 2nd and 3rd graders begins this coming Sunday! Orchard will meet in the old Harvest room. Harvest (4th and 5th graders) and will meet directly across the hall. We will have signs posted on the doors to help you out! Also, our November Verse Card is ready to go.

  • Dexter Serve – Chili Feed
    GBC will be providing a meal for the Dexter McCarty teachers during their parent/teacher conferences on November 20th. Teachers will be in conferences with parents from 8am-8pm with a dinner break from 4-5pm.  We need volunteers to bring food (chili, cornbread, salad, corn chips, desserts, drinks) and dishes/utensils. We also need 1 or 2 people to help set up/tear down.  Set up will start at 2:30pm and food needs to arrive by 3:30pm. Contact Elise Peter for more information at 503-799-7644 or elisempeter@gmail.com. A Sign-up sheet will be located on the resource table on Sunday mornings for the next several weeks.

  • GBC 101 – Sunday, November 12th 4-6pm in The Study
    Our next GBC 101 is just around the corner. If you are new to GBC, this class is for you. Bring your questions and come to learn about the life and ministry of the church. Please reply to this email if you are planning to attend.

  • Parent-Child Dedication
    We are working to coordinate our next baby dedication. If you would like to participate, please email Noel.

  • Save the date! Day of Fasting – November 29th.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Job chapters 4-37. Please pray for our gathering, read the passage and come ready to worship.

25 Oct

Update Email 10.25.2017

Web Admin

Church Family,

Thank you for responding so generously to this year’s cider press. The dollars you gave will be used to support the precious ministry of orphan care.

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 Ephesians 2:15-16, that God will create in himself one new humanity out of many different ethnicities. Pray that Christ would display his radical and powerful work of reconciliation through GBC by continuing to bring together many different kinds of people into one body.

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

  • Short-term Missions Survey
    If you think you might be interested in going on a short-term missions team with GBC, please follow this link and fill out a short survey. This survey will help our Global Outreach team determine what and where GBC may choose to send future teams.

  • Pressing Needs
    All the cider is gone but there are still pies for purchase. Cristy Slawson is asking for a donation of $25/pie. Email Cristy to order.

  • Mission 4 Mexico
    This last Sunday Bill Kassing and his daughter Julia made an announcement regarding a great opportunity for a short-term missions trip to Mexico. The trip takes place during Spring Break of 2018 (March 23-April1). Follow this link to sign up or get more information. Or email Noel if you are interested.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Job chapter 3. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.

18 Oct

Update Email 10.18.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

We are raising funds to support adoptive families as well the foster care ministry in our church.  We have 5 bins of apples to press this Saturday.  We will be pressings apples from 8AM till finished.  If you would like to help please call David Rasmussen.  We hope to press 450 half gallons of cider!

We will be taking donations this Sunday after church–BRING YOUR $ and take home some cider! $5 is the suggested donation per half gallon, but larger donations are welcomed.  We hope to raise $3,000 with the sale of the cider.  Also, Kristy Slawon will be taking 20 apple pie orders to be delivered after November 1st! So join us this weekend!

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 double our efforts this week by praying for foster and adoptive families. The ministry is beautiful and adorns the gospel, but the work is often hard and wearying. Pray for the spiritual strength of GBC families laboring in the ministry of orphan care. Pray for their joy in Christ. And pray for their perseverance.

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

  • Understanding Job

    Tim Mackie wrote two excellent blog posts on understanding the book of Job. The first, “What’s Going on Here?” clears up some common confusion surrounding the opening chapters of Job. And the companion video does a really good job of surveying Job. The second post, “God Gives Job a Virtual Tour of His Wise World” is equally helpful. In this post Mackie unpacks the big ideas of Job and what they reveal about God. The video link that accompanies this post is also very useful and provides a clear and engaging overview of the book. These resources are well worth your time and will enhance your experience throughout our 4-week series in Job.

  • Tuesday Morning Prayer
    Our morning prayer meeting time has changed to 6-7am.

  • SOTCA Audio
    If you missed the address, you can listen HERE.

  • Children’s Ministry
    Lisa Perez and Megan Wood have created clear objectives for each of our Sunday school classes that promote spiritual maturity and personal growth. Follow this LINK to see the structure of our classes and how we aim to instruct your children.

  • Member Meeting
    Our next meeting is Sunday, October 22nd 4:45-6:45pm @ GBC Study.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Angela Stump will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and I will preach Job chapters 1-2. Please pray for our gathering, read over the passage and come ready to worship.