28 Mar

Update Email 3.28.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I hope this email finds you well (for many of you that means resting from the daily demands of a school week). Below is a brief update on the life and ministry of Gresham Bible Church.

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

  • Let’s be praying for our upcoming Easter service (4/16). The holiday usually gives us an open door for the gospel. Please pray for your unbelieving friends, neighbors and family members. And prayerfully extend the invitation to join us for our Resurrection celebration.

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

  • Administrative Assistant Search: We are looking for a servant-leader to fill the newly expanded role of our church admin.And feel free to pass this opening along to anyone who might be a good fit. Also, if you are willing and available to help cover some of our admin needs during the interim period, please let me know. Job description attached.
  • Attention Parents of Harvest Students: Amy Lyda made a great video (Link HERE) of the song your children will be performing on April 9th for the Tenth Anniversary celebration service. Please have your Harvest students watch and practice a few times a week.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Dave Berry will lead our service, Dave Martin will tell us about a new diversity task force, Marc will lead us in singing and I will wrap up our series in 1 Thessalonians (5:12-28). Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

Vergil

18 Mar

Update Email 3.18.2017

Admin GBC

GBC,

Just a brief update this week.
  • New Small Group: Bill Kassing is starting a new small group! The group will begin on March 20th, meeting every other Monday night at 6pm @ the Kassing’s home in Gresham, children are welcome. Email Bill or Mike Dahl if you have any questions. If you are new to GBC or if you’re not yet plugged into a group, consider joining this one.
  • This Coming Sunday: We will baptize some new believers, Dave Berry will preach from Hebrews, Marc will lead music (we are trying something new by including kids worship in the opening set) and I will lead our service. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.
The Lord bless your day.
07 Mar

Update Email 3.07.2017

Admin GBC
Church Family,
Please remember to spring forward on Saturday night and set your clocks ahead by one hour. Below is a very full update on the ministry and life of GBC. All really good information worthy of your time.Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world
  • Please join us in praying for a new church administrative assistant. The Lord blessed our sister Shannon with a fantastic job that is perfectly suitable for her gifts. Pray for God’s provision and pray for wisdom and discernment as we begin our search.
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
  • Administrative Assistant Search: We are looking for a servant-leader to fill the newly expanded role of our church admin. Click Here to read the job description. And feel free to pass this opening along to anyone who might be a good fit. Also, if you are willing and available to help cover some of our admin needs during the interim period, please let me know.
  • New Small Group: Bill Kassing is starting a new small group! The group will begin on March 20th, meeting every other Monday night at 6pm @ the Kassing’s home in Gresham, children are welcome. Email Bill or Mike Dahl if you have any questions. If you are new to GBC or if you’re not yet plugged into a group, consider joining this one.
  • Attention Parents of Harvest Students: Amy Lyda made a great video (Link HERE) of the song your children will be performing on April 9th for the Tenth Anniversary celebration service. Please have your Harvest students watch and practice a few times a week.
  • Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families: Thrive Ministries (Dan and Summer Herman) would like to introduce you to an “adopt a family” project. This project is a way for us to wrap around adoptive/foster families in our church. Click Here to read up on the details.
  • Anniversary Slide Show: Lynsey Bock is putting together a slide show for GBC’s tenth-anniversary celebration on April 9th. She needs your pictures! GBCers are encouraged to submit quality images that showcase the church’s different ministries and the various special events and service projects GBC has done over the years. Please e-mail Lynsey  to submit your photos or to ask any questions. Photos must be received no later than March 20th to be considered for use in the slide show.
  • 9marks Conference: Hinson Church is hosting a 9marks conference on March 31-April 1. This is going to be a really fruitful time. For more info, Click Here.
  • GBC 101 This Thursday: This class is like a church orientation for new and existing GBCers. Reply to this email to register.
  • Baptism Class This Coming Sunday: If you are planning to be baptized or thinking about baptism, this class is for you. It’s a 30 minute class that covers the basics of baptism. Following the service in the choir room (greenhouse).
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Dan and Summer Herman will open our service, Dave Berry will lead our service, Lisa Perez will update us on The Seed Company project, Marc will lead us in singing and I will continue our series in 1 Thessalonians (4:13-5:11). Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.
28 Feb

Update Email 2.28.2017

Admin GBC
Church Family,
This coming Sunday our text (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12) will focus on holiness/sanctification. To gain a broader biblical understanding of the subject, I recommend watching this Bible Project Video on holiness. This 6 minute video is excellent and does a great job communicating a biblical overview of holiness.

Also, if you would like to commit a bit more time to the topic, consider listening to or reading John Piper’s “The Chief Design of My Life: Mortification and Universal Holiness” reflections on the life and thought of John Owen. It’s money! 1.5 hours well spent.

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

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

  • May the Lord make us increase and abound in love for one another and for all…so that he may establish our hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13).
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
  • GBC 101 Next Thursday:  Reply to this email to register.
  • Reminder: Campout registration is open online. Click HERE to sign up and reserve your spot. We had a blast last year and my whole family is looking forward to August 11-13.
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service, we will participate in a parent-child dedication and I will continue our series in 1 Thessalonians. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.
21 Feb

Update Email 2.21.2017

Admin GBC
Church Family,
Social media can be a blessing (sharing updates with family, catching up with friends, etc). But like all good things social media can be perverted and its innocence lost. Our sister Angela Stump had an excellent post published on the Verity Fellowship blog about “How To Survive Social Media” Part 1 and Part 2. It is well worth the read.

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

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

  • Jobs is our prayer focus this week. Pray for people who are unemployed and under-employed; that they would find suitable and gainful work and that in the interim they would continue trusting in God for their provision. Pray that GBCers in the marketplace would honor Christ by excelling in their work and living out the gospel among unbelievers. Pray for mothers working in the home; may they be diligent and patient and delight in their work.
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
  • Harvest Class: We will not have Harvest class this coming Sunday; however, during fellowship time, Teacher Amy would like to meet  with all Harvest kids in their classroom to introduce their new song for our 10th Anniversary Sunday.
  • GBC 10 Year Anniversary: It’s hard to believe that on Sunday, April 9th we will celebrate ten years of God’s faithfulness and ten years of your steadfast devotion to GBC. Many people are working to pull off a wonderful celebration that morning. If you would like to participate, please email Shannon.
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach 1 Thessalonians chapters 2-3. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.
14 Feb

Update Email 2.14.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,
This coming Sunday we will begin our series in 1 Thessalonians. To whet your appetite and frame up the content of the book, consider watching THIS VIDEO produced by The Bible Project. It is a short overview of 1 Thessalonians that I highly recommend.

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

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

  • In ten days about forty five of our women will travel to Camp Cascade for their annual women’s retreat. Let’s pray that their time away will be replenishing, that their souls will be revived, that deeper bonds will form, and that the fathers left behind will joyfully manage the home and serve their children well.

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

  • Church Camp Out: Our online registration for our summer camp out is now open! Follow THIS LINK to request accommodations and reserve your spot. Cabins and yomes will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
  • Baptism Class: We are having our next baptism class on Sunday, March 12th, following the service in the choir room. If you would like to be baptized or if you simply want to learn more about baptism, this class is for you.
  • GBC 101: Our next GBC 101 class is scheduled for Thursday, March 9th, 6:30-8:30pm at the church office (suite 110). If you are new to GBC or if you’ve been around for a while but aren’t acquainted with the core values and direction of the church, this class is for you. Shoot me an email if you plan to attend (you can just reply to this update).

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will open our series in 1 Thessalonians. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text and come ready to worship.

07 Feb

Update Email 2.7.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,
Are you evangelizing? We would love to hear about your efforts in evangelism. As we consider how to spur one another on to love and good works, we want to begin having GBCers share public testimonies about current opportunities in evangelism. Simply reply to this email (or email me anytime) if you have an encouraging story to share.
Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

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

  • Let’s be in prayer for the confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS. Pray for wisdom and discernment for our senate and their staffs as they prepare to vet and potentially confirm our next justice. May the Lord work in the process to achieve his purposes.

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

  • Women’s Ministry Staff Position: After years of faithfully serving the women of GBC, we have decided to bring Angela Stump on staff as our director of women’s ministry. She has labored (along with her team) to build a vibrant ministry that continues to bear much fruit. We are delighted to have Ang on our staff team. I will have more to say about Ang’s hire this coming Sunday.  In the meantime, you can click HERE to view the job description.
  • 1 Thessalonians Series: We will kick off a new 5-week sermon series in 1 Thessalonians on February 19th. Click HERE for a the link to the series outline. Also, I would greatly appreciate your prayers for the ministry of the word.
  • Parent-Child Dedication: We have scheduled our next parent-child dedication for March 5th. Please email Shannon if you would like to participate.
  • Baptism: We have planned our next baptism for March 19th. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, the way you go public with your faith is through baptism. Send me an email if you would like to participate.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach about the complementing roles of men and women in ministry. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

02 Feb

Update Email 2.2.2017

Admin GBC
Church Family,
Grace to you and God’s peace be with you.
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

  • Roger Buskers’ dear wife, Barbara, went to be with the Lord last weekend. Please pray for Roger and those close to the Buskers as they mourn. Pray for God’s comfort and for renewed hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
  • Barbara Buskers Memorial Service: 1pm on Saturday at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. Reception to follow.
  • Haiti Meeting Recap: A number of you had conflicts on Sunday and you were not able to attend the      informational meeting for the summer Haiti missions trip. But you can get up to speed by clicking HERE for Sunday’s meeting minutes.
  • Membership: Some of you may want to respond to Sunday’s sermon by signing our membership covenant. Click HERE for the online form. Once a membership covenant is signed, an elder will follow up with you to help guide you through the membership process.
  • Women’s Retreat: This coming Sunday is the final day to register.
    To fill out the online form follow this LINK.
  • February Verse Card: Click HERE for the Children’s Ministry Verse card for the month of February. You can find this on the GBC website on the Children’s page.
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, I will lead our service, Mike Riegelmann will lead us to the Lord’s Table and Dave Berry will preach from Hebrews chapter one. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.