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Kicking Off Advent

Posted by Janet Nordlund on

By Janet Nordlund-- COMMUNITY SUNDAY is here!!!!!! Four times a year our church family comes together all in one service to remember and celebrate Jesus. It’s one of our favorite Sundays as adults, kids, students, everybody is all in one room together. Most times we enjoy a potluck lunch...

I Am Doing a New Thing!

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Posted by Richard McElroy on

By Richard McElroy-- I’ve been running my pick-up for years now.  It came my way used, with only 18,000 miles on it, some twenty year ago.  The age and dings show, but nothing takes away from the heart of the engine and easy power-wheelbarrow-way it gets things done.  ...

Stephen Ministry: Helping Others

Posted by Steve Muir on

By Steve Muir (Adopted from a Stephen Ministry article)-- Stephen Ministry is an important way we at GPBC carry out our mission: “Helping people follow Jesus together.” We do this by showing the love of Jesus to people who are going through difficult times. Think of all the...

Perhaps Today...Perhaps Tomorrow

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

By Joyce Wachsmuth-- It is 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, November 3rd, and I am waiting for the election results to be declared. My husband, Doug and I have been in prayer for our country, and it was very important that we voted. As a United States citizen we are given the right and privilege...

Kingdom Adjustments

Posted by Sally Bland on

By Sally Bland-- Normally, during this time of year our church would be eagerly running around getting ready for our community fall festival—Family Jam/Pumpkin Slam. However, like so many other planned activities—vacations, sports, school, and church, we had to cancel Family Jam...

Can I Trust God?

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Posted by Lara Lunsford on

By Lara Lunsford-- I’ve never thought of myself as a control freak. Growing up, I was always a people-pleaser, peacemaker, rule-follower. As an adult, I identify with the Enneagram Type 9, described as “the easygoing, self-effacing” type.  But let me tell you, when things...

SW Church Together Again

Posted by Greg Lunsford on

By Greg Lunsford--  This Sunday we are joining our brothers and sisters of Riversgate, Missio and Multnomah Presbyterian for SW Church Together. It will look different than it has in years past, but we still wanted to stay connected as faith communities.   During the COVID-19 season...

Right In Front of Us

Posted by Evangeline Christian on

By Evangeline Christian-- Ever notice how you can be staring something right in the face and still not see it? One of my most embarrassing examples is from adulthood.  I was looking for my eyeglasses. I couldn’t find them anywhere. You see, I normally wear contact lenses, but...

Planting Seeds

Posted by Kirk Petersen on

By Kirk Petersen --  Each spring I step out into my backyard determined to bring forth this year my finest harvest of fresh vegetables from my raised beds. But as we reach the fall, I must admit that my efforts fell far short of my expectations once again – if only I had the green...

Global Partner Emphasis Coming Soon!

Posted by Wayne Williams on

By Wayne Williams-- 2020, The Year of the Interrupted Life. This is the year that people all over the world will be telling the next generations about, about how our lives became unpredictable and about how adapting to new circumstances and new information became an almost daily necessity. The...