CLOSURE SUMMARY (updated 3/18)
- We will not meet at GPBC for our Sunday morning services until large group gatherings are deemed safe again by the government. Instead, connect with us for worship and sermons via Facebook or our website.
- All Sunday morning classes will not meet.
- All events scheduled at Greater Portland are postponed until further notice.
- The Food Pantry of Greater Portland will be CLOSED for two weeks to clean and sanitize and to establish new health and safety guidelines to ensure that we can continue to meet our community's food needs. The pantry will reopen on April 4.
- Students will not meet in person on Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings.
- For other groups and meetings, please contact your leader for information.
A Letter From Pastor Greg and Our Elders
March 13, 2020
Dear Greater Portland Bible Church,
On Thursday evening, March 12, the elders and I discussed what to do in the midst of the spread of the Coronavirus in our region and in our world. We all agreed that we have never faced something like this. I reached out to numerous other churches to gauge what they were doing as well. The discussions centered around the question of, “How can we best love our community and our neighbors?”
The Elder Team then decided that going forward effective immediately we will not be meeting on Sunday mornings for corporate and larger services through the April 8th date set by Governor Brown.
This would mean our next corporate gathering will be for Good Friday services on April 10th at 7:00pm and then Easter morning on April 12th.
So what does that mean for GPBC in the meantime?
“Helping People”…Our elders and staff are still here to love, care and serve our church and surrounding community. We are currently brainstorming and praying how we can serve our local community during the school and other closures. We want to be the “Church On The Hill” that shines the light of Jesus during this time. This is a time where we can go knock on our neighbors door and ask if we can do any shopping for them or if they need a meal, or to be generous with our rolls of toilet paper.
We also want to help our church community. So if there is anything you need during this time, call us, text us, email us. Do not hesitate to reach out at all. We are here for you. You can find our staff's contact information at https://www.pdxchurch.org/about-us/our-team/ and the email for the elders specifically is .
“Follow Jesus”…Our hope is that Small Groups would gather on Sunday mornings in homes with one another. Our sermons over the next few weeks will be prerecorded and posted on our Social Media platforms and through our website on the “Sermons” page at 10:30 am on Sunday mornings. Come together in your communities, make a fun brunch, watch the sermon and discuss topic themes during the coming Sunday mornings. We will continue to Follow Jesus through His word.
“Together”…Instead of isolation, lean into mission and community. Although we will not meet cooperatively, please meet in communities and in your Small Groups. This is a great time to invite neighbors and friends into your homes. This is a time where we can reach out together to those around us and bring them into community from isolation. Gather regularly and let us have hearts of hospitality.
The verses that come to mind during this time are Philippians 4:4-7.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
My prayer for our church is that even when we cannot make sense of it in our minds, the Peace of God will guard our hearts in Christ Jesus.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay in community. Stay in Christ.
Love you all,