Marriage and Parenting

Love & Laughter Comedy Night

We enthusiastically pass along to you this upcoming opportunity for an evening of laughter and relational enrichment.

A night on the town may not be in the cards this Valentine’s Day but that doesn’t mean a few hours with your special someone can’t be achieved.

Therefore, we present to you…
Valentine’s Eve
Virtual Comedy Date Night
Saturday, February 13, 7:00pm-8:30pm*

MarriageWell and Every Marriage Matters team up to bring you a top-notch lineup of headliner comedians. This year’s Virtual Valentines Comedy Show will feature five talented clean-comedy acts LIVE via ZOOM. Jason Love hosts and the Pacific Northwest's own Carl Banks closes the show. Don’t miss this memorable night of love & laughter!

Registration is $30/couple. Register here. After registration, you’ll be sent the Zoom link information. Scholarships for half the cost of the event ($15) are available from GPBC to the first ten people in our church who register on their own and email a copy of their event receipt, and their name and mailing address to Joyce. Checks will be mailed after the event. Have fun. Love well!

BONUS EVENT: Prior to the Comedy Show, MarriageWell Founders Al & Leticia Perez will host a virtual cooking show to walk you through making your own romantic dinner TOGETHER. Cooking can be a fun way to connect and work together. Join them as Chefs Brian & Emilee teach us how to make a delicious appetizer, main entrée, side dish, and dessert prior to our show. Once you buy your Comedy show tickets, we’ll send you info and the grocery list to prep for your cooking tutorial. It will be FUN, educational and can be done in under an hour and under $20! ! Questions? Contact Joyce.

Date Nights

Yep, life gets busy, the kids need our attention and one-on-one quality time with our spouse takes the hit. Unintentionally, we find we have neglected the one who means the most to us. One of the best things we can do for our kids is to put our spouse first, cultivating that relationship and making sure it is healthy and strong. Date nights are chances to communicate with your spouse, connect emotionally and hopefully have fun together. If you don't already incorporate date nights into the rhythm of your relationship, consider telling your spouse that you miss dating them.

For some fun, inexpensive date ideas around Portland check out these resources:

28 Mostly Inexpensive Date Ideas Around Portland
10 Only-in-Portland Dates
2017 Portland Cheap Eats

Best Hiking Trails Near Portland

Marriage Mentoring

The purpose of marriage mentoring is to lovingly invest and cultivate relational health and fulfillment in life-long marriages by walking alongside couples at Greater Portland Bible Church and the wider Portland Community. Marriage mentoring provides support for couples who are seriously dating or engaged, marriages that need renewal and marriages experiencing difficult challenges. Marriage Mentors are couples in stable and strong marriages who want to help other couples have healthy marriages.  Mentors are not licensed counselors but have all received marriage mentor training.  The mentoring process is designed for weekly 90-minute sessions for 6-8 weeks but may continue up to 10-12 weeks for marriages that are experiencing difficult challenges.

To begin the process of being matched with a Marriage Mentor couple or for more information, please contact Joyce Wachsmuth.

Application Form – Mentoree (fillable)

Marriage Assessement Tools

Below are resources you can use to assess the health of your marriage.

The Love Dare Test – A free online assessment from the Kendrick Brothers
The Marriage Quiz – A free online assessment from Dr. Nathan Cobb
Do You Truly Know Your Partner? – A free online assessment from the Gottman Institute

Marriage Workshops at GPBC

Once a year a workshop or conference is planned to encourage all marriages in the GPBC community and the community at large. Please check back for information about the next marriage event. 


HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are powerful resources designed to get families talking and experiencing God together! HomeFront Monthly provides opportunities for families to come together and experience storytelling, God’s Word, new family traditions, fun games, recipes, family blessings, prayer, and more. HomeFront Weekly is designed to equip parents and help families be in God’s Word together. HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are available in all children’s departments for free. You can download the HomeFront Weekly here. You can purchase a copy of the current Monthly HomeFront at The Tru HomeFront App is available for free download now in  iTunes and the Google Play store!

Spiritual Parenting

“At its core, Spiritual Parenting is not merely a book on ‘how to parent.’ It’s far more than that. It is a book about how to view your role as a spiritually minded parent. Essentially, it asks the question, ‘What is my end goal in raising each of the children God has entrusted to me, and then how will I parent them with that end in mind?’ With this perspective, I can take my focus off a series of day-to-day events and set it on the bigger picture of passing on my faith. I parent in a way that does not simply spend my hours but also allows me to invest my days toward eternity,” writes the author of this curriculum, Dr. Michelle Anthony.

Find the book on Amazon. The video series is available for free on RightNowMedia. If you are interested in attending a spiritual parenting class at church or want to start one with your small group, please email Sally Bland.