16 Jan

Gresham Bible Church Update

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We are commanded to pray for our government. We ought to pray for our leaders because Romans 13:1 tells us that the authorities that exist have been established by God. God brings order to our world by establishing authority structures. Also, we should pray for our leaders because 1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells us that the good success of our rulers blesses our lives. Desiring to see a leader fail is like boarding a plane and hoping it crashes. Lastly, we should pray for our leaders because 1 Peter 2:17 tells us to honor the emperor. It is socially acceptable to bash authority. Commonly, the target of our contempt is the person in authority over us. But Christians should not live like the world. There is a place for speaking truth to power but that is the exception and not the rule. Believers should be marked by an appreciation for and submission to authority; knowing that ultimately God stands behind it. I have my share of grievances with our current president; but I pray for him and desire to see his good plans succeed. My speech about him and others in authority over me is mostly directed to God and about their good. I find that doing so helps me give appropriate honor to our rulers.

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

  • Our next GBC 101 class is Sunday, February 17th 12:30-2:30pm
    GBC 101 is a 2 hour overview of the history, theology, mission, vision and direction of GBC. It is the on-ramp into membership in the church. During this time we cover lots of ground about the life and ministry of GBC. There is also plenty of space along the way to answer your questions about GBC. Lunch is provided and children are welcome. Please rsvp by emailing Noel.

  • Women's Ministry News
    Next WM Gathering

    Join us on January 29th from 7-9pm at the Study for a time of worship and testimonies! This is a great opportunity to get together with other women in our church community and continue to build authentic relationships with each other. 
    WM Jen Wilkin Study
    Women's Ministry is starting another Jen Wilkin Bible Study, this time studying the book of Joshua. There will be information fliers on the resource table this Sunday or you can follow this link to see the email with all the info. Groups are starting soon! There is an option available for every schedule—even a flexible online group—so please join the one that works for you.

  • Financial Peace University begins February 17th
    Financial Peace begins February 17th and will be on Sunday's from 3:30-5:30pm in the GBC study. The cost is $129. Contact Rocky and Kathy Rodriguez to sign up.

  • Children's Ministry Announcement
    Parents, please remember to take your children to the restroom before class. Older kids, please remember to use the restroom before class. Fewer restroom breaks helps our teachers better steward their class time.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc Peter will lead us in music, Preston will lead our service and Mike Dahl will preach part 2 of Psalm 115. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

09 Jan

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I pray that this email finds you rejoicing in the hope of your calling.  Just a brief update this week.

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

  • Financial Peace University begins February 17th
    We are excited to once again offer FPU. Rocky and Kathy Rodriguez will lead this 9-week course that specializes in helping people manage God's money wisely. For families, I have learned that paying down debt and building up savings is secondary to creating unity in marriage. There are lots of practical benefits to FPU but I think the biggest takeaway from the course is unifying the family around a common vision which is aided by giving money a purpose. Email Noel to sign up.

  • 2018 Giving Statements
    Noel is hard at work preparing your 2018 giving statements. Your statements will be sent through postage mail and should be received by the end of the month.   

  • Student Ministries
    Next week, we will resume our regular schedule with High School group meeting Sunday January 13th, 630-8pm and Middle School meeting on Monday January 14th, 630-8pm.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc Peter will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and Mike Dahl will preach Psalm 115. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

03 Jan

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Happy New Year! I pray that this calendar year will be marked by God's faithfulness and your continued growth and joy in Jesus Christ. Charles Spurgeon's devotional from 1 Samuel 7:12 "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us" is one that I often return to at the start of a new year. Be encouraged that God is with you and will be your help in 2019.

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

  • Benevolence
    The GBC Benevolence Ministry has become aware of some significant practical needs for a family new to our church:
    1.  A working generator, theirs is broken. They live in an old trailer.
    2.  A working refrigerator, theirs is broken. They are using a cooler.
    3.  Housing rental for lower rent. Both parents are employed but they qualify for no assistance and have a prior eviction due to unsustainable rise in rent.
    If you are in the position of helping out with any of the above needs, please contact Kathy Rodriguez.

  • Condolences for the Rau's
    Dave Rau's father, Jay, is now in the presence of his Savior. Please pray for Dave and Beth's comfort. Also, you are invited to show your support for the Rau's at Jay's memorial service next Friday, January 11th at 1:30pm @ Good Shepherd Community Church.

  • Women's Ministry News
    Save the date for our first bible study of 2019, January 29th, 7-9pm in the Study.
    Our women's retreat is February 22-24, sign-up online here.

  • Student Ministries Winter Break
    High School will resume January 13th, 630-8pm and Jr. High will resume January 14th, 630-8pm.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Danny Nedelisky will lead us in music, Thomas Slawson will lead our service and I will preach Luke 11:1-13. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

27 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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I trust that your hearts were filled with the joy of Jesus Christ on Christmas day. Our family travelled to Tucson, AZ to be with my parents and my brother's family for the holiday. Along with enjoying family, we plan to be with Dave and Rachael Berry at Flagstaff Christian Fellowship this coming Sunday.

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

  • End-of-year giving
    Thank you for your faithful support of GBC throughout the year. Once again we rejoice in the Lord's good provision through your generosity. As 2018 comes to a close and as you reflect on God's kindness, consider making an investment in GBC. Please remember that 2018 giving must received or postmarked by December 31st.

  • Thank you Bethany Nedelisky!!
    A huge shout out to Bethany Nedelisky and all our GBC kids for a wonderful Christmas program!! It was a delight to watch!

  • Student Ministries Winter Break
    High School will resume January 13th, 630-8pm and Jr. High will resume January 14th, 630-8pm.

  • New Addition
    The Lord blessed Bryan and Crystal Wright with a beautiful baby boy, Thaddaeus James   Wright born on December 7th. Also, Dayne and Christine Takara welcomed a baby girl, Naomi Yumiko Takara, born on December 19th.

  • The church office is closed this week. Regular hours resume January 2nd.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Angie Stump will lead our service and Eric Wood will preach 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

20 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Once again Michelle Waggoner and a wonderful team of volunteers did a superb job of coordinating our annual Christmas Brunch. Many thanks to everyone who helped. And thank you all for bringing a great spread.
                   

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

  • The Persecution of Chinese Christians
    I wept and rejoiced as I read Pastor Wang Yi's powerful response to the ongoing persecution of Christians in China. This man's faith is a gift to us all. His declaration is a great example of what it means to live in the kingdom of this world while serving and waiting for the kingdom of heaven.

  • Student Ministry Christmas Outreach
    Last weekend, twenty-eight students with 6 leaders personally extended an invitation to 56 homes in the neighboring Dexter McCarty area to join us for our Christmas service this coming Sunday. These invites were both strategically and lovingly accompanied with a box of home baked cookies to ensure the recipient of our sincerity. Now here is where you come in! Be on the lookout for new faces on Sunday, they might just be our neighbors!  ~ Clare Biggerstaff

  • Children's Ministry Christmas Program this Sunday!
    Greenhouse, Orchard, and Harvest will be singing this Sunday. Please have your children line up in the Orchard hallway as soon as you arrive.
    There are only classes for Seeds and Nursery on Sunday, so children’s ministry has a gift for all the kids who will be sitting in service! Please see Lisa and Megan in the back during fellowship break.

  • Student Ministry Winter Break
    Our leaders are now on a much needed winter break. Preston Knifong, Joe Bryant, Thomas Slawson, Megan Wood, Joe Rodman, RaeAnn Heath, Bryan Hardin, Sue Coons, Holly Riegelmann, Elise Peter, and Kerri Bryant have all stepped up in a big way to lead student ministries during a season of transition. We so appreciate all the work they've done. High School will resume January 13th, 630-8pm and Jr. High will resume January 14th, 630-8pm.

  • The church office will be closed December 24th-28th

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, our kids will perform their Christmas program, Thomas will lead our service and I will preach Mark 10:32-45. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

13 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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It was great to work alongside GBC’ers and others serving during last weekend’s Compassion mini clinic. 60 volunteers from 5 churches came together to serve 69 guests. The clinic provided: medical care, dental care, vision care, chiropractic, haircuts, and health plan assistance. Thank you for praying and for serving!

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

  • NEW PA OF STUDENT MINISTRY!!
    I am very happy to announce that Jordan Bradley will be our next Student Ministry leader. After a lot of prayer and careful consideration, the student ministries search committee was delighted to recommend Jordan for the job. I made the offer this week and Jordan and his lovely wife Taylor excitedly accepted. Click HERE to view his resume. Jordan will start early March.

  • CHRISTMAS BRUNCH THIS SUNDAY
    Oh man, it’s almost brunch Sunday. The Christmas brunch is an annual highlight. Please remember that our kids have big appetites after church and that we invite visitors to stay for the brunch following the service. All that to say, please bring bountiful dishes to share. Below are dish suggestions by last name.
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We are in need of volunteers for set up and clean up. Email Michelle Waggoner to sign up.

  • END-OF-YEAR GIVING
    As 2018 comes to a close, I want to ask you to consider giving a generous gift to Gresham Bible Church. Your generosity funds God’s purposes in and through GBC and stores up treasure in our eternal 401(k). All gifts must be received or postmarked by December 31st.

  • OPERATIONS
    The vision of our operations ministry is to create a welcoming environment for outsiders and a worshipful environment for insiders. Each week guys in our church show up early and stay late, setting up and tearing down. This is not a spotlight ministry so it’s easy to forget just how essential operations is to the overall ministry of the church. Please join me in showing appreciation for the men who serve us all each Sunday.

  • CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
    Due to shortened class time in Greenhouse on up, memory verses can be said to Lisa or Megan immediately after service this week!
    Also, our GBC kids who are in Greenhouse on up will be singing Dec 23rd! Only Nursery & Seeds will have class that day.

  • STUDENT MINISTRY
    Outreach Event

    This Saturday, December 15th 1-3pm in the Study. Every student needs to bring 2 dozen cookies for our invitation boxes. We will assemble the boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand them out. Students will be back to the study by 3pm for pickup.

    Christmas Parties
    High School – December 16th, 630-8pm. Wear your fun Christmas favorites like hats, socks, scarves or sweaters. Bring a $5 wrapped gift to exchange, white elephant style (a fun gift someone would enjoy). There will be Christmas treats and pizza! Feel free to bring a peanut/tree nut free cookie or treat to share too!

    Jr. High – December 17th, 630-8pm. There will be pizza and a white elephant gift exchange (value not to exceed $5). Prizes will be given to the most festive/creative Christmas outfits. Parents and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities – an RSVP helps us plan for food/food allergies. Please RSVP on the Facebook page. And don't forget to bring a friend!! 

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Preston Knifong will lead our service and I will preach an advent sermon from Luke 1:26-38. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

06 Dec

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Angela Stump is doing a fantastic job leading our women's ministry. Lots of our ladies are growing in Christ and growing in relationship with one another. Here are few photos from the WM Christmas party.

           

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

  • STUDENT MINISTRY NEWS
    Student Ministry Christmas Cookie Outreach
    When: December 15th 1-3pm in the study
    What to bring: Each student should bring 2 dozen cookies to the event. (Preferably homemade.)
    The Details: We will be assembling cookie boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand them out. Students will be back to the study by 3pm for pickup.

    Jr. High Christmas Party
    December 17th 630-8pm. There will be pizza and a white elephant gift exchange (value not to exceed $10). Prizes will be given to the most festive/creative Christmas outfits. Parents and families are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities – an RSVP helps us plan for food/food allergies. Please RSVP on the Facebook page. And don't forget to bring a friend!!

    High School Christmas Party
    December 16th 630-8pm. Wear your fun Christmas favorites like hats, socks, scarves or sweaters. Bring a $5 wrapped gift to exchange, white elephant style (a fun gift someone would enjoy). There will be Christmas treats and pizza! Feel free to bring a peanut/tree nut free cookie or treat to share too!

    Student Ministry Winter Break – December 23rd – January 7th
    High School will resume January 13th, 630-8pm
    Jr. High will resume January 14th, 630-8pm

  • CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
    Please plan to join us for our Christmas Brunch on December 16th directly following our morning service. Dish suggestions are below by last name:
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We need volunteers for set up and clean up. Email to sign up. Michelle Waggoner
  • CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
    Please help your children prepare for our Christmas program on December 23rd. You can find the videos on Facebook or follow the links below to listen to the songs.
    Silent Night
    Angels We Have Heard On High

  • GBC DIRECTORY
    Emial Noel to receive a copy of the latest church directory.

Our Up Coming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Amy Lyda will lead our service and I will conclude our series in Ephesians and preach 6:10-24. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

28 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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This coming Sunday marks the beginning of advent. In advent, we look forward to our Savior’s second coming even as we prepare to celebrate his first coming at Christmas. In this season we keep in mind both “advents” of Christ, the first in Bethlehem and the second yet to come. Follow this LINK to read why and how we practice advent.

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

  • GBC Directory!
    Email Noel to receive a copy of the latest church directory. There are 345 souls to lift up in prayer and to become more familiar with.

  • Compassion Clinic
    Please be praying for the December 8th Compassion Clinic in Gresham. This is a sweet opportunity to show Christ's love for our neighbors. Pray that along with alleviating basic needs, that the hearts of those served will be warmed toward God. There is still space if you would like to volunteer. Email Jenn Hudson if you are interested.

  • Jr. High Community Outreach Event
    Event: Jr. High Christmas Invitation Outreach
    When: December 15th, 1-3pm in the Study
    Who: All Jr High students and parents if they would like to volunteer. (We need more parent drivers and chaperones. Please RSVP to Noel if you can be a driver or a chaperone.)
    What to bring: Each student should bring 2 dozen cookies to the event (preferably homemade).
    What we'll be doing: We will assemble the outreach boxes at 1pm with cookies and a flyer invitation to our Christmas service on December 23rd. The students will then be driven by a GBC adult to the neighborhood around Dexter to hand out the baskets/invitations.
    Parent Consent Form: If you will be dropping your student off, please fill out this form and send it with your student. We will also have extra forms available at the event.
    Pick Up: We will be back by 3pm in the Study for parent pick up.

  • Christmas Brunch
    Mark your calendars: Christmas Brunch, December 16th following our morning service.
    A-H – Egg Dish
    J-R – Potato Dish
    S-Z – Fruit/Pastry Dish
    Please do not bring any items containing nuts or nutmeg.
    **We need volunteers for set up and clean up. Please email Michelle Waggoner to sign up.

  • Women's Ministry
    Hey GBC ladies!
    Our Women's Ministry Christmas party is only a few days away! Join us Saturday December 1 at 6:30pm at Courtney Willard's house (18945 SE Wenmot Ln, Eagle Creek) It's an ornament exchange and a cookie exchange (NO nuts/nutmeg please!) Because who doesn't love ornaments and cookies? Neither exchange is mandatory, so even if you can't–or don't want to–participate, please come anyway! There will be lots of appetizers, a coffee and hot chocolate bar and lots of great fellowship so please don't miss it. RSVP and read the details on the Evite.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Warren Kinser will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 6:5-9. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

21 Nov

Gresham Bible Church Update

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About 1/3 of the Psalms are songs/prayers of lament. There is a book of the Bible called Lamentations. God expects and encourages us to cast our burdens upon him because he cares for us. The Lord also expects that even in difficult times that we will have grateful hearts. I recently read an excellent article from our friends at Eternal Perspective Ministries on "The Blessing of Gratitude, the Curse of Complaining." As we approach Thanksgiving, consider this 12 point cure for complaining. Because of God's goodness we have many reasons to give thanks.

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

  • Children's Ministry News
    Christmas Performance! Come hear our GBC kids sing on December 23rd! This will include our students in Greenhouse, Orchard, and Harvest. (Sprouts will join in the Easter performance.)
    Advent! Our resource table will have sample Advent resources for you to review this week! Click here to see a list of Advent Resources!
    Dreaming! Children’s ministry is praying for some small group leaders to serve once a month! We also would love to add a teacher to our team! Interested? Email Lisa or Megan OR talk to us Sunday!

  • Women's Ministry News
    Christmas party! Join us for our Christmas party on Saturday December 1st at 6:30pm at Courtney Willard's house. Please RSVP and read the details on Evite, because it's an ornament AND a cookie exchange! (Remember, NO NUTS or NUTMEG in your cookies) Even if you're unable or don't want to bring anything, come anyway 🙂
    Abide Study Celebration! Over 50 of us are nearing the end of our 123 John study, "Abide" and I want all of our groups to celebrate together when we're done! Join us for breakfast on Saturday December 15, from 8:30-10am in The Study (GBC office, suite 110). I'll provide the food and coffee.

  • Christmas Brunch
    December 16th 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 Ministry
    NO High School Group this Sunday Nov. 25th. Will resume Dec 2nd.
    Student Ministry Christmas Outreach – placeholder

  • GBC 101 December 9th 12:30-2:30pm in the study. RSVP to Noel

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Lynsey Bock will lead our service and I will preach Ephesians 6:1-9. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

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