Announcements

Don’t forget to check our events page for what’s happening!

Lead Pastor Candidate Vote

The elders are very pleased to unanimously recommend Greg Lunsford as our next lead pastor. We are being asked to affirm this by casting a ballot today. Please take time to vote. Although we’d like to hear from everyone, our by-laws require that only ballots from those who have completed the membership process may be regarded in the official count. Ballots are in today’s worship folder. Please place filled-in ballots in the marked boxes at the back of the auditorium. Only one ballot per person.

Operation Christmas Child

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.
We have a HUGE goal to send 250 shoeboxes AND to enroll every child who receives one of them in The Greatest Journey discipleship program. However, that goal is only met with your involvement!
Here’s how:
PACK A SHOEBOX—Fill a shoebox with gifts, using new guidelines.
PRAY—Pray that God will touch the heart of the receiving child
GIVE AND FOLLOW—Give $9 to cover shipping and choose if you would like to track your box.
DISCIPLE—An additional $6 gift also gives the child the 12-week discipleship course and a New Testament.
DROP OFF—Bring your shoeboxes to GPBC on November 17 or 24 and leave them in the lobby.
(Complete instructions available on our website or in lobby.)

Community Sunday Potluck

November 24 is Community Sunday where our entire faith community , birth to adult, gathers together in one room for worship. We’ll have a delicious potluck lunch after the worship gathering. Please bring the following to share, according to last name: A—L Main Dish AND Dessert; M—Z Main Dish AND Side Dish. Please put food in disposable containers and take to the kitchen when you arrive.

Decorating the Church

Join us Tuesday, December 3, as we deck our halls for Christmas! The festive work will be broken up into two parts. Part one starts at 8am by grabbing all the decorations from the attic and unfurling the Christmas trees being stored in the basement for the lobby and auditorium. Part two begins at 9:30am and consists of decorating the big tree in the lobby, hanging wreaths, stringing garlands, and adding other beautiful flourishes around the building. Contact John Muirhead with questions at 503.806.4604. Ho ho hope to see you there!

FOCUS Christmas Banquet

You are invited to help FOCUS host a dinner where international students and scholars will hear the Christmas story - some for the very first time. This year’s banquet is Friday, December 13 at 7pm. We need table hosts and hostesses; cooked, sliced turkeys; pies; people to help set up; and people to help clean up. Signups begin in the lobby November 17. Questions? Contact Miriam Won by email or at 971.322.9971.

Candlelight and Carols: A Family Christmas Eve

Theme: What Child Is This? You are warmly invited to spend Christmas Eve with the GPBC church family on December 24 at 2pm or 4pm as we celebrate the Savior and King born to us so long ago. Families of all ages will enjoy this celebration together in the auditorium. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. We’ll see you then!

Manna Ministry

Manna Ministry is part of our Care Ministry and makes meals available to those in crisis. We’d love to have your help. Could you prepare an entrée to be frozen as part of our meal inventory? Could you be on-call to make a meal? If cooking is not what you do, money can be donated for someone to purchase a meal (no amount is too small). please contact Laura McDonald at 503.753.4179 if you can help in any of these ways or with questions.

Marriage Mentors

We at GPBC have a heart to strengthen marriages. Marriage Mentors are couples in stable, strong marriages who want to help other couples have healthy marriages. Although mentors are not licensed counselors, all receive training and provide significant support for couples in any relationship stage. Don't hesitate to reach out if your relationship is experiencing difficult challenges or you just want to experience renewal and refreshment. Fill out this form to start the process.

Fragrance Free Community

We desire for our community to be a safe place for everyone who comes to worship here. In consideration of those who suffer from fragrance allergies, we ask that you refrain from wearing scented products in the church building. Thanks so much!

Do You Need Someone To Walk Alongside You?

We all experience challenging times in life when we could benefit from the support of a caring, one-to-one Christian friend who has been trained to provide confidential emotional and spiritual care. Stephen Ministers are ready to come alongside you. Please let us know if we can help by checking the box on Sunday's welcome card or by .

The Pantry of Greater Portland

Are you or anyone you know in need of food assistance? We invite you to “shop” at our food pantry on Saturdays at 1:30pm. The pantry also accepts non-perishable food donations at any time. Drop donations off at the information booth in the lobby or at the office. Thank you!

Domestic Abuse: Free Faith-Based Class

The Oasis Bible Study is a free faith-based study to help educate and bring healing to women who are victims or survivors of domestic abuse. Any woman is welcome at any time, even if she just wants to learn more about domestic abuse to help others. This class is being held in Washington County. Due to safety issues, please contact Diana at 503.850.8225 for class details. Read more about this important class at LivingWatersOfHope.com.