14 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I really missed being with you all on Sunday. Thank you for your prayers. Like many of you, I am very grateful for the elders of GBC. They not only serve you faithfully, but they have been a pillar of support for me and my family. What you saw on Sunday during the morning gathering, and the afternoon member meeting, is what I get to have a front row seat to week in and week out. Also, props to Mike Dahl for doing an incredible job moderating the panel.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • GBC 101 on Dec 2nd 12:30-2:30pm in the Study
    GBC 101 is a 2 hour class that serves as an on ramp into the life of the GBC. During the class I talk about the most important aspects of GBC and share the mission and direction of the church. Additionally, there is plenty of space to field your questions. Please RSVP to Noel if you would like to attend.

  • New-ish Addition
    We rejoice with Mike and Carrie Dahl in finalization of their adoption of their daughter Evelyn. The Dahl Family would like to invite their church family to a dessert open house celebrating their adoption of Evelyn Elia. 

    Dec 2nd from 2-5pm at the Dahl’s home.
    32751 SE Bluff Rd, Boring OR 97009
    Please RSVP to Carrie at (503) 484-7732 or carriealynn@yahoo.com
  • Student Ministry – Thanksgiving Break
    No Jr. High on 11/19
    No High School on 11/25

  • Women's Ministry
    Online sign ups are available on the website here.

  • Follow-up on Marriage
    By God's grace we have a number of strong healthy marriages in our church. The Lord has given us lots of good examples to follow. If you are wondering who those people are, I would happy to get you paired up. Also, I wanted to remind you that GBC offers a marriage enrichment program. Sometimes Christian marriages need a tune-up. If you think your marriage would benefit from a 4-6 week individualized program, just reply to this email and we will get you set up.

  • Pressing Needs Cider Press Follow-up
    We had a fantastic adoption fundraiser this year. The cider press event raised $9,550. Thank you GBC for all your hard work!

    Our Upcoming Gathering

    Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Preston will lead our service and Thomas Slawson will preach James 1:19-27. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

08 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I am very much looking forward to our member meeting this coming Sunday. We have a very full agenda. The elders are happy to speak with you before or after the member meeting about any of the agenda items, but we will not be able to allow space for questions during the meeting. Here is the agenda rundown:

  • Why member meetings matter
  • Ministry Updates (Women's Ministry and Children's Ministry)
  • Introduce 20 new members
  • 3rd quarter financial report
  • GBC calendar and scheduling
  • Deacon ministry update
  • Why and how we practice church discipline
  • Pastoral Assistant search update
  • 2018-19 GBC directory
  • Worship and Creed

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Pittsburgh Shooting
    I want to commend a superb article by Russell Moore that was written in response to the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history, If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus. Moore does a great job of showing how the Jewish heritage of Jesus is an important part of our redemption story.

  • Chinese Pilots
    A few GBC families have spent the past few years serving Chinese pilot students in Troutdale. China is becoming increasingly hostile toward the gospel so it is a great opportunity to have them here in America for 1-2 years of training. There are a lot of students who aren't matched up with a volunteer family and we'd love to get those young men into Christian homes to experience Thanksgiving in a loving and hospitable environment. If anyone is able to welcome a few of these students to their holiday gathering, please contact Kerry and Josie Sinclair at kerry-josie@juno.com or 503-251-4779

  • Student Ministry 
    Middle school group is taking the next 2 Mondays off. It will resume Nov 26th. The time will also be changing to 6:30-8pm for the remainder of the school year.

  • Save the date
    Dexter McCarty teacher appreciation meal – November 19th. Follow this link to sign up to bring something.
    Women's Ministry Christmas party – December 1st. Click on the link to see the Evite.
    GBC 101 – Sunday December 2nd, 12:30-2:30pm – Email Noel to RSVP
    Christmas Brunch – Sunday December 16th immediately following the morning service

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Thomas Slawson will lead our service and the elders and our wives will share from God's word on the roles of husbands and wives. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text (Ephesians 5:21-33)

31 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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The next four weeks in our study of Ephesians will center on the Christian home. The first two weeks will focus on marriage. GBC holds a biblical view of marriage and gender. I recommend reading GBC's position paper on Marriage and Homosexuality as a primer.

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Church Camp Out Survey
    We are thinking of changing up our annual Camp Out and would like to get your feedback. Do us a favor and follow this link to take a short survey.

  • Reminder
    Daylight savings time ends this coming Sunday – Remember to turn your clocks back on Saturday night.

  • Save The Date
    Member Meeting – Sunday, November 11th 4-6pm, in the Study
    GBC 101 – Sunday December 2nd, 12:30-2:30pm, in the Study
    Christmas Brunch – Sunday December 16th immediately following our morning service

  • Student Ministry
    Beginning this Sunday, High School group will end at 8pm (instead of 830pm). Going forward High School group will be on Sunday's from 630-8pm.

    Student Ministry Team meeting – This Sunday, November 4th 1-3pm in the Study. Pizza is provided.
     

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Ang Stump will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 5:21-33. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

24 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Thank you so much for your hard work and generosity; the Cider Press was a huge success! We made a lot of cider, we raised a lot of money for adoptive families, and we had a great time working alongside each other.  

Here is what's happening in the life and ministry of GBC

  • Member Meeting – Sunday, November 11th 4-6pm, The Study
    I am very much looking forward to our next member meeting. Lord willing, we will take in about 20 new members, you'll hear ministry updates from staff & leaders, I will share about an exciting opportunity to enlarge our flex space and we will sing together and confess our church creed. For members these meetings are a big deal. Please save the space on your calendar and make plans to attend. I trust that the meeting will be unifying and edifying.

  • Love & Respect DVD series
    We have a lot of resources in the office that you are welcome to borrow, but we do eventually need them back. Presently, we have a small group that would like to use GBC's "Love & Respect" DVD series. If you by chance have it, please return it to Noel at your earliest convenience.

  • Student Ministry Team Meeting
    Sunday, November 4th, 1-3pm in the Study. Pizza will be provided.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Danny Nedelisky will lead us in music, Thomas Slawson will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 4:17-5:20. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

17 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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This coming Sunday at 3pm (in Good Shepherd's summit room) we will gather to honor, remember and celebrate the life of Bud Snavely. Our sister Sandy would of course appreciate your presence.

The bulk of our update this week is about our annual cider press for Pressing Needs.

What is Pressing Needs?

Pressing Needs Cider Press is an annual event of Gresham Bible Church which highlights what God is doing through adoption/foster care in our community and financially supports those in the process of adoption. Since 2012 the event has raised over $50,000 and has helped six children find a forever home!

This Year's Families

Daniel & Karah Busby (from Gresham Bible)

Mike & Katy Johnston (from Pleasant Home Community Church)

Please visit here for their full stories.

Volunteer and Help Us Press Cider!!

When: Thursday and Friday, October 18th & 19th, 9am – 6pm both days
Where: "Raz Ranch" – 33775 SE Brooks Road • Boring, 97009

It's important that we have a strong turnout for both of these days in order for us to be able to press all of the cider. Please use the form below to let us know when you can help out!

Come To The Event!!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 9am – 1pm
Where: East Hill Community Church, 701 N Main Ave, Gresham

Be sure to visit pressingneeds.org to pre-order or sign up to volunteer.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 4:1-16. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

10 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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We have officially begun our search for GBC's next pastoral assistant of student ministries! Please pray that God would give us discernment and that the Lord would provide an excellent match for our ministry needs. Click HERE to view the job description. Also, please spread the word about our search.

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

  • Compassion Gresham Clinic
    Beginning this Fall we will join together with other Gresham area churches to host a free mobile health clinic called Compassion Gresham. These "mini-clinics" are designed to unite churches together to serve their neighbors through health care. Service opportunities are for anyone (no health care background needed), however if you are a health professional then this a perfect opportunity for you! We are seeking at least one person who can serve as a liaison for GBC. If you are interested in learning how you can serve please email Noel.

  • Women's Ministry
    Please join us next week October 16th 7-9pm in the Study for our next Women's Ministry Bible study. We'll enjoy a time of fellowship and encouragement from other women at GBC through worship and testimonies.

  • Baptism Class
    We will be having our next baptism class this coming Sunday directly following our service in the Orchard room (about 30 minutes). This class is for people ready to public with their faith and for folks interested in learning more about baptism.

  • Cider Press
    Please be sure to sign up to volunteer or reserve your cider! Visit the website here. There will also be sign up sheets available this Sunday.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Lynsey Bock will lead our service and Dave Martin will preach John 17. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

03 Oct

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I pray that this email finds you rejoicing in the hope of your calling. Every fall church life is in full swing. This year is no different. There are lots of opportunities to grow in Christ and serve our community.

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

  • Directory Photos Take Two
    Once again we will be taking directory photos this coming Sunday. Pictures will be taken in Dexter's gym before service (930-1030am) and after service (12-1pm).

  • Compassion Clinic
    We are pumped to begin partnering with Compassion Connection. (check out their website here) We are gearing up for a December pop-up clinic in Gresham. Presently, we are looking for someone to run point for this awesome community service opportunity. Please email Noel to volunteer and for more details.

  • Parent-Child Dedication
    Please email Noel if you would like to participate in our next child dedication.

  • Children's Ministry October Verse Card
    Isaiah 53:4-6

  • Baptism Class
    We will be having our next baptism class on October 14th directly following our service in the Orchard room (about 30 minutes). This class is for people ready to go public with their faith and for folks interested in learning more about baptism.

  • Women's Ministry Gatherings
    Our big push this fall is getting everyone into a Bible study, but we also want to have time to meet together. Please mark your calendars for the following dates where we'll enjoy fellowship and encouragement from other women at GBC with a time of worship and testimonies:

    Tuesday October 16th: 7-9pm in the Study (GBC office, suite 110) 
    Saturday December 1: 6:30pm at Courtney Willard's house (Christmas party, details to come)

  • Cider Press
    Pressing of Apples: October 18th-19th.  9am-6pm each day at Raz Ranch
    Event: October 20th from 9am-1pm at East Hill Community Church in downtown Gresham.  
    Two Ways to Sign up to Volunteer or Purchase cider/baked goods:
    1. Visit the website: http://pressingneeds.org/
    2. Sign up at church this Sunday at the resource table.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Anthony will lead us in music, Preston Knifong will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 3:1-21. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

27 Sep

Gresham Bible Church Update

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We will be taking directory photos this coming Sunday! Pictures will be taken in Dexter's gym before service (930-1030am) and after service (12-1pm). Please plan on getting your families picture taken for our GBC Directory. The church directory is an important tool for community life. We use our directory as a guide for prayer and it also serves to help you become familiar with your fellow GBC'ers.

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

  • An effort to foster community
    Beginning this coming Sunday we are going to delay tear-down by 5 minutes to allow for lingering after the benediction. Once you're dismissed, a timer will begin on the screen with slides running in the background. When time has run out and the music starts, the carts will appear and we will ask for your help putting away the chairs. Your assistance with the chairs is a huge help to the operations team. We hope that over time this small change will have a big impact in the community life of the church. The time could be used for: further reflection on the service, prayer, and conversation.

  • Children's Ministry
    We are having a Jr. Helper meeting 9-10am on Sunday, Sept. 30th. If you are a student and helping in Children’s Ministry, please attend this meeting! We’ll be providing valuable training for some specific ways to help in class. There will be snacks!  

    Also, it is the 5th Sunday so NO Orchard or Harvest this week. There will however be Greenhouse.

  • Student Ministry
    1. There is a Student Ministry Team meeting this Sunday in the Study. 130-330pm. Lunch is provided.
    2. Please text or email Dave Berry your YBL 2k18 summer score by FRIDAY. We are trying to keep scores private until they are officially announced. Awards will be handed out this coming week. I need scores beforehand. No score no prize!
    3. We will have a combined YBL 2k18/Farewell to Dave party this Sunday. Bring sweets (no nuts!) to share. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP to ensure we have enough food

  • Exploring the Great Commission Class
    There’s still time to sign up for the “Exploring the Great Commission” class that begins next Tuesday, October 2nd. If you’re interested, please contact Dave Martin ASAP (503-539-5664, dmartin@hevanet.com) so that your book can be ordered in time.

  • Baptism Class
    We will be having our next baptism class on October 14th directly following our service in the Orchard room.

  • Cider Press
    Pressing of Apples
    :  October 18-19.  9am-6pm each day at Raz Ranch. We need your help. Questions? Contact Jason & Lynsey Bock jdbock@gmail.com.
    Event:  October 20th from 9am-1pm at East Hill Community Church in downtown Gresham.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Angela Stump will lead our service, we will install Preston Knifong into the office of elder (I'm so pumped) and I will preach Ephesians 2:11-22. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

20 Sep

Gresham Bible Church Update

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This coming Sunday, we will say farewell to the Berry's. Dave has served us faithfully and the family has been an absolute joy. We aim to send them off warmly so be sure to express your appreciation for their family and their work in the church before and after our worship gathering.

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

  • Directory Photo Day
    September 30th and October 7th. Before and after service. This is also an opportunity to update your family contact information.

  • Family Life Today has a Weekend to Remember Marriage Conference in Portland from 11/16/2018-11/18/2018 . There is a promo code to register that gets 50% off for each couple from now until 9/24.  

  • Adoption Cider Press
    Pressing of Apples: October 18-19.  9am-6pm each day at Raz Ranch
    Event: October 20th from 9am-1pm at East Hill Community Church in downtown Gresham.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Anthony Perez will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 2:1-10. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

13 Sep

Gresham Bible Church Update

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On Sunday, I presented Preston Knifong to you as an elder candidate for GBC. Preston has been in the elder process for 1 year. During that time Anthony Perez, Thomas Slawson and myself have observed his godly character and his zeal for serving the church. We invite the congregation to be a part of the process of recognizing church elders. Please follow this link to Preston's elder recognition form. There you can learn a bit more about Preston and affirm the biblical traits that mark him as a man qualified to serve as your elder. You can mail that form to the church office or scan and email that form to me. We will also have them available on the resource table on Sunday.

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

  • New Additions
    The Lord blessed Warren and Becca Kinser with a beautiful baby boy, Noah John.
    God also gave the Slawson's a beautiful baby boy, Stephen Wesley Duncan.

  • Save the Date – Directory photos on September 30th
    The church directory is a tool for communication and a guide for prayer. Photographers will be taking pictures before and after service on September 30th. This will also be a time to update any of your family contact information. We will be doing follow up pictures on October 7th. Please contact Noel Rodman with any questions.

  • Dave Berry update
    Our brother Dave Berry has officially received and accepted a call from Flagstaff Christian Fellowship to serve as their next senior pastor! We are thrilled for the Berry's and FCF. Dave's last day as an employee of GBC will be Monday, October 1st. We have scheduled a farewell celebration as a part of our 9/23 Sunday morning worship service.

  • Women's Ministry
    GBC ladies, please join Women's Ministry as we kick off our fall Bible studies! We will be doing an 11 week study of 123 John called "Abide" by Jen Wilkin. There are 6 different groups meeting at various times (including an online group) so there is an option for every schedule! Follow this link for the full schedule.

  • Small Groups
    Sign-ups will be available again this coming Sunday.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 1:15-23. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text