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

06 Sep

Gresham Bible Church Update

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There are lots of opportunities for growth in community this fall.

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

  • 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 that won't have a physical meeting place) so there is an option for every schedule! Contact Ang Stump for more details or refer to the email update she sent earlier this week. If you don't receive the Women's Ministry emails or need to update your contact info, please email Ang at angstump@gmail.com.    

  • Small Groups sign ups are this Sunday 9/9

  • Exploring the Great Commission Discipleship Class
    If you claim the name of Jesus, you have been given a royal commission that, if accepted, will lead to a life more demanding and more rewarding than any other. In this 8-week journey we will engage such questions as:

    • What is the Gospel?

    • What is the difference between a Christian and a disciple?

    • What is the Kingdom of God, and why did Jesus talk so much about it?

    • If the Gospel is supernatural, what about the gap I see between my normal life and the Christian life portrayed in the Bible?

    • What are spiritual disciplines, and is it possible to see them more as a delight than a duty?

    • How can I become more effective in reaching lost people with the Good News of Jesus?

      The class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights starting October 2nd 730-9pm. It will end with a Friday evening and Saturday day-long evangelism training workshop. You will also be given the opportunity to continue in a discipleship "micro-group," being transformed and equipped by God's Word and God's Spirit to be a reproducing disciple-maker in obedience to Jesus' Commission. See Dave Martin for more details.

  • Student Ministries
    Sunday, Sept 9th is our combined Fall kick off for both MS & HS ministries at the Riegelmann’s, 6:30-8:30pm.  

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will open our series in Ephesians and preach 1:1-14. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

30 Aug

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Many of our children will begin their school year next week. Pray that homeschooling moms will be endowed with strength and joy in their teaching, pray that all parents will have wisdom to nurture and shape a biblical worldview for their children, pray that our families will have abundant opportunities to be salt and light in their school communities, and pray that our children will grow in their intellectual stewardship.

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

  • Children's Ministry
    Promotion Sunday is September 2nd: This means new kindergartner's move into Greenhouse, new 2nd graders move to Orchard, and new 4th graders move to Harvest. Our teachers are excited to welcome your students into their new classes!

  • Student Ministries
    Sun, Sept 9th is our combined Fall kick off for both MS & HS ministries at the Riegelmann’s, 6:30-8:30pm. We will provide BBQ, drinks and snacks. Please feel free to bring a dessert to share. We will have a devotional time followed by swimming, basketball, volleyball, and more. Please RSVP to Dave on the Student Ministries Facebook page to ensure we have enough food.  

  • Ephesians
    We will begin a new study in the New Testament book of Ephesians on Sunday, 9/9. Please pray for me as I work to prepare for this series and pray that the word of God will increase in and through GBC.

  • GBC 101
    September 9th, 12:30-2:30pm in the Study. Lunch is provided. Children are welcome. This class is a great way to become oriented with the life and ministry of GBC. Please email Noel if you plan to attend.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, I will lead our service and Thomas will preach James 1:1-18. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

23 Aug

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Our Community Care Day was fantastic! Working side-by-side to beautify Dexter McCarty's campus was a delight and the event was a good opportunity to display Christ's love for our community.

    

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

  • "Don't be a Pharisee"
    The Pharisees are the bad guys of the gospels, but maybe not for the reason you think. I read a superb article in Christianity Today about the real reason Jesus confronted the Pharisees. Definitely worth a read. You can find it here.

  • Small Groups
    Group sign-ups will start Sunday, September 9th. If you are interested in leading a group, co-leading a group, or being a host home; please contact Anthony Perez.

  • Encourage a Teacher
    We could use your help writing words of encouragement to Dexter McCarty teachers. Each year we give DMMS faculty a $50 gift card to Office Depot along with a note from GBC. Practically, the gift helps provide for classroom needs. Relationally, we hope that our generosity will have an eternal impact for the kingdom of God. Thank you cards will be available on the back stage this Sunday.

  • Deacon Installation!
    This coming Sunday we will be installing 5 new deacons; praise God! We will lay hands on: Bryan and Chris McClelland, Jason and Lynsey Bock, and Brett Hooper.

  • SAFETY UPDATE
    The backstage will NO longer be available for seating. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Children's Ministry
    GBC is blessed with LOTS of kids! In order to serve them well, we are in need of 3 nursery helpers to properly fill our fall schedule. This is a once per month commitment. Please contact Lisa or Megan this week if you would like to join the team! 
    Also, this is the final week of kids in service! We have coloring sheets and clip boards available at the back table!  

  • GBC 101 
    September 9th, 12:30-2:30pm in the Study. Lunch is provided. Children are welcome. RSVP to Noel Rodman to attend.

  • Student Ministries
    Both Jr. High and High School will kick off on Sunday September 9th at the Riegelmann's. Also, in case you missed it, here is Dave's announcement about candidating for senior pastor with Flagstaff Christian Fellowship. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Thomas will lead us in music, Preston Knifong will lead our service and I will preach Proverbs 1:1-7 "Get Wisdom." Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

16 Aug

Gresham Bible Church Update

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We had an outstanding church campout. Thank you for giving us your weekend and many thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the campout a huge success.  

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

  • Small Groups
    Sign-ups will start Sunday, September 9th. If you are interested in leading a group, co-leading a group, or being a host home; please contact Anthony Perez.

  • Community Care Day This Saturday!
    Please join us this Saturday from 8am-10am to serve Dexter McCarty. Be sure to bring your gloves and garden tools. Email Noel to sign up.

  • Women's Ministry
    Campfire Worship and S'mores August 22nd, 7:30pm at Raz Ranch

  • Student Ministries
    Both Jr. High and High School will be taking a break for the rest of August. They will resume September 9th & 10th.

Personal Update from Dave Berry

Dear GBC,

I wanted to take a moment to share a personal update. Through a unique turn of providences, and with the elders’ blessing, I have been in conversation with a church in Flagstaff, Arizona searching for a Senior Pastor.

By all accounts, this is an amazing opportunity for the Gospel. Not only in fostering greater health in a local church, but also uniquely discipling and sending out both seasonal residents and college students.

Flagstaff Christian Fellowship, has selected me as their top candidate and is flying my family out Aug 15. The purpose of the visit is to take the final steps in getting to know one another and see if the Lord is truly leading the Berry’s to this new ministry assignment.

The Lord has filled my heart with great joy and satisfaction while serving our students. My family continues to be abundantly blessed by GBC and we have grown in so many ways. Should the Lord lead us to FCF, we are eager to “transplant” those blessings to others.

To be clear, an official position has not been offered to me. The congregation will vote on Sun, September 9th at which point I will be notified of their decision. But, it seems the Lord is in this and things will move forward.

There are many moving parts and hearts involved in this process. It is bittersweet to be sure. Please pray for all and for wisdom, discernment, courage, and unity. Most importantly, for the Lord to be glorified and His will to be done. – Dave Berry

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music, Lynsey Bock will lead our service and Dan Stump will preach Matthew 6:25-34. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

07 Aug

Gresham Bible Church Update

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My kids have been looking forward to our church campout since the conclusion of the last campout. Kelsey and I are also eagerly anticipating a rich time of fellowship with new and established GBC’ers. Additionally, we are upping our camping game this year: we got a griddle and descent chairs. No tent yet but we have moved from a cabin to a yome (progress).

Campout Details

  • Click HERE to view our GBC Campout Schedule. It contains pertinent information about check-in/out and details about weekend activities.

  • Bee Allergies! Promontory is experiencing an increase in bees this year. While they are taking measures to combat this problem, please make sure you are prepared if you or a family member has a bee allergy.

  • Keep an eye on the forecast as the day approaches! There is currently an expectation of rain on Saturday morning. Come prepared! – From PGE Parks

  • Promontory Park is situated next to a beautiful reservoir that provides opportunities for swimming and boating and other water activities. Please be advised that there are no lifeguards on duty and GBC does not provide water monitors or lifeguards.

  • There are still a couple of sites left if you are interested in attending. Contact Noel.

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

  • No Sunday morning service on August 12th at Dexter McCarty
    Instead, join us on August 11th, Saturday evening at Promontory Park in Estacada at 6pm for our worship gathering, which will be followed by the annual talent/no talent show.

  • Community Care Day
    August 18th 8am-10am
    Volunteers Needed!
    Email Noel to sign up

  • Women's Ministry
    Campfire Worship and S'mores August 22nd, 7:30pm at Raz Ranch

  • Student Ministries
    No high school group this coming Sunday 8/12

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in music and I will wrap up our series in John with a message from chapter 21. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text

02 Aug

Gresham Bible Church Update

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Each year we have the opportunity to serve our community by beautifying the Dexter McCarty campus. This year, as in the past, we will be pulling weeds, trimming bushes, edging walkways and spreading bark. Our Community Care Day is Saturday, August 18th 8-10am. This is great way to display the love of Christ for our community. Please save the date and plan to attend. Sign up sheets will be available on Sunday, or sign up with Noel Rodman.

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

  • Campout 
    No Sunday morning service on August 12th at Dexter McCarty. Instead, join us on August 11th, Saturday evening at Promontory Park, (40600 OR-224, Estacada, OR 97023) for our worship gathering starting with a pizza dinner at 5pm.

  • Global Outreach
    Come meet pastor Stas Efimov from the Russian region of Yakutia, Sunday, August 19th from 6pm-8pm at the Slawsons' home, 4180 SE Hillyard Rd, Gresham. Pastor Efimov will be sharing in English about his ministry in this vast remote part of Siberia where winter temperatures can drop to -65˚F and even lower. We'll also be enjoying some authentic Russian desserts along with coffee, tea and other refreshments. Email Thomas Slawson to R.S.V.P.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Preston Knifong will lead our service, Jenn Hudson will lead us in singing and I will preach John 20. Please pray for our gathering, read over the text