Update Email 9.14.2017
I am very much looking forward to our upcoming Sunday gathering. We will be addressing the subject of sexual brokenness with an emphasis on homosexuality. Drew Berryessa will be our guest speaker for the morning service and we will host a Q & A with him on Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm in the study (suite 110). The purpose of pressing into this issue is to ground the church in the truth, to equip GBC’ers to effectively respond to sexual brokenness, and to present a message of hope in Christ for people who struggle.
In addition to having Drew come, I want to recommend two very helpful articles about sexual brokenness and biblical sexuality. The first is a powerful testimony by Jackie Hill-Perry about her journey from lesbianism to complementarianism. And the second is a conversation about singleness, same-sex attraction, and the church with Christopher Yuan, Rosaria Butterfield, and Sam Allberry.
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 recovery efforts in Florida and the Caribbean. Please pray that this tragedy would present faithful churches with an opportunity to display the love of Christ. Also, pray for the care of those who have been displaced and have suffered great loss.
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
- Church Directory Update
We’re in the process of updating the church directory. Please visit THIS page to update your information. Or you can fill out a connection card on Sunday morning and put it in the offering box.The church directory helps foster connection, it is a tool for communication, and a guide for prayer.
- Small Group Sign-ups Fall 2017
Sign ups for Small Groups will begin this Sunday, September 17th. Sign-up sheets will be available for the next several weekends by the back kids check in table. Or you can email Noel to sign up. Be ready to grow in the Word and in community!
- Automated Generous Giving
For about 3 years now Kelsey and I have automated our tithe to GBC. Like many of you we rarely write checks, our culture has shifted towards automated or electronic payments. We use billpay through OnPoint and have our tithe sent to GBC’s office (123 E. Powell BLVD, 97030). We find that this option is still very worshipful and fits our modern lifestyle. This option is open to you as well. You may find that automating your giving makes you a more consistent and generous giver (GBC now receives about 1/3 of or our giving by mail). Of course, the offering box is a very fine option too.
- Women’s Ministry (from Angela Stump)
Fall WM Bible study kick off, next Tuesday 9/19 from 7-9pm in suite 110! Girls…you are not going to want to miss this series that Sandy Snavely has prepared for us. I truly believe the amount of prayer and study that has been put into this is going to impact us greatly as we seek to love Jesus and each other more deeply. If you are not receiving the Women’s Ministry email updates, and would like to, please contact Ang.
- Embrace Oregon Event
Run Foster 5k for Embrace Oregon September 23rd. For more information or to register go to www.runfosterpdx.org
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, I will lead our service, Marc will lead us in singing and Drew will share a message of hope in Christ. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.