GPBC Blog

Spain Mission Trip 2018

Posted by Sally Bland on

Have you ever had the opportunity to serve God by going on a mission trip?  I remember how inspiring it was to hear how God worked in the lives of the youth at our church during their mission trip last summer.  As the students and leaders stepped out of their comfort zone to serve the...

Jesus is our Pastor

Posted by Wayne Williams on

At least once a month since last October, I have used this space to comment on the transition of the lead pastor role from myself to Pastor Jay. Are you getting weary of hearing about “The Transition”? I hope not because I still enjoy thinking, talking, and writing about it.The...

The Meaning of the Blog

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

A couple of months ago I encouraged someone in our community to read the blog in our e-newsletter. This person said, “We have a blog?” I was surprised at her answer, but I realized there may be others who don’t know we have a blog. We need to communicate through other medias...

Celebrating the Rest

Posted by Jay Gjurgevich on

If you really think about it, celebrations can be such a hassle sometimes. All the preparation, the invitations and RSVPs, the financial cost, the cleaning and baking and cooking, the hosting, the clean-up, it’s enough to make you wonder, is it really worth it? In our family, we have a...

How's it Going?

Posted by Wayne Williams on

A couple of questions have been coming up very frequently in recent weeks: “How’s the transition going?” and, “When are you leaving?” Two quick answers: “Very well, thank you,” and, “I’m not.” It’s becoming increasingly clear as...

The Environment of Identity

Posted by Sally Bland on

What environments does God use to invite transformation in your life? Throughout the year, our Children’s Ministry program highlights ten environments as we seek to ignite a transforming faith in the families of our community. This month our focus is on the environment of Identity. This...

The Only Constant

Posted by Jay Gjurgevich on

Change comes to all of us in different ways and at different times. Sometimes, change is predictable and we can see it coming. Other times, we can only see change when we are right in the middle of it. Some of us love change, we love the possibilities that it brings, and we relish in the...

Conflict is normal?

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

Do you believe conflicts are normal in relationships? In a marriage? In a family? In a church? If you answered yes to each of these questions, I agree wholeheartedly with you. The next question is how do we handle conflict in these relationships, and is it Biblical? Before my husband, Doug, and...

Following Jesus Together Through Prayer

Posted by Janet Nordlund on

This Sunday, February 25, is Community Sunday and we will be all together remembering and celebrating our Big God as a whole faith community. The theme is, "Following Jesus together through PRAYER!!!" "Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and...

The Next Chapter

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Posted by Wayne Williams on

This week we have turned the page on the next chapter in the life of Greater Portland Bible Church. The next lead pastor, Jay Gjurgevich, is on-site and eagerly engaging the steep learning curve of the culture and structures of our community. After working together for just these first few days...