National Day of Prayer – Sunday March 15

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President Trump declares March 15 to be a National Day of Prayer for healing from the Coronavirus

On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump said, “It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these. No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!”

Throughout our history there have been many times when national crisis prompted a call for a day of prayer.  In 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress called for a Day of Prayer asking for divine guidance in the quest for liberty and justice.  In the midst of the civil war, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of prayer and fasting, asking that God would heal our land from the ravages of war.  President Ronald Reagan instituted the annual observance of a National Day of Prayer.

In Scripture, God said “If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Will you join us in prayer for America?  Pray for our President and national leaders. Pray for our governors and other state and local officials. Pray for wisdom for those who are working to solve the Coronavirus issues and those who are working to stem its spread. Pray for those who have been infected with the Coronavirus and the families of the victims who have died from its ravages.  Pray that God will stem the spread of the virus and give healing.  Pray for one another.

“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” – Dr. A.J.Gordon

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Dear Church Family…(An Important Coronavirus Update from our Pastor)

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Dear Members and Friends of Greater Portland Baptist Church,

At Greater Portland Baptist Church our passion for the past thirty-eight years has been “making a difference in Portland – Jude :22.”  We constantly strive to make Greater Portland a place “where the lost hear the Gospel and are saved, and the Christian can grow to their full potential in Christ, thus exalting and glorifying Christ in all that we do.” 

Additionally, we constantly work to make Greater Portland a safe and secure environment for all our services and activities.

On Thursday, March 12, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, issued a four week long, statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 250 people.  This ban is an effort to slow the spread of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Oregon.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued some specific recommendations for helping limit exposure and spread of the Coronavirus. 

In the past several weeks, we have already implemented many of these recommendations, and have taken a proactive position on limiting exposure on our campus.  We have installed hand sanitation stations throughout the entire campus and encouraged frequent hand washing.  This week we changed the way we greet one another from handshakes and hugs to fist bumps, elbow bumps, bowing, and air high fives, etc.

We recognize that God has blessed Greater Portland numerically in that our Sunday services are above the 250 person threshold that is now required during this health crisis, so a plan needed to be implemented.

This weekend, Sunday, March 15, 2020, Greater Portland Baptist Church will be closed for in-person church services. (We will re-evaluate week by week going forward.)

On Sunday morning, we will broadcast an online service at our regular service time starting at 11 am. This experience will be a service including worship, messages and announcements. Our pastoral staff will be online during each Sunday service to offer encouragement and to respond to prayer requests and/or questions in real time. This is the first time that we have done this but believe that we are ready to move forward. You can join us this Sunday online at https://www.youtube.com/user/gpbcvideos.

Based on your own risk factors, this may be a season for you to consider inviting another GPBC family and/or unsaved friend or neighbor to join you to watch the service online and discuss it together in person.

We are also greatly reducing or adapting our ministry programs through the week.

Our Christian School, Greater Portland Christian Academy, will not be operating for the next two weeks.

Our Bus / Van Ministry will not be operating until further notice.

Our office and staff will be on duty during the regular weekly schedule and may be reached if needed.

At this time, it is our plan to hold our Wednesday Evening Services at 7:00PM as normal. All adults will meet for prayer and Bible study in the auditorium.  Children will meet for Joy Club, and Ignite Teens will meet for Wednesday Nite Live.

The LIFT Ladies Bible Study and Men of Integrity will continue to meet as scheduled.

This may change at the discretion of leadership and the status of the coronavirus epidemic.

During this time, we want to look at our lives and the world in which we live with spiritual eyes – and above all, take God at His word. Jesus has some good advice about worry in Luke 12 and John 14. Paul also wrote in:

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

THANK YOU for praying for our church family and our community. We are monitoring the situation and the recommendations of health officials. We will send emails and texts with updated plans for as long as necessary. We willl also update our website https://www.greaterportlandbaptist.org should circumstances change.

We believe God is in control, even when things appear uncertain to us. If we can pray for you or answer any questions, please let us know. Our hope is that you continue to walk by faith as we continue this journey together with our Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

As much as we are able, we will continue to operate our ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ during this health crisis.

We encourage the elderly and those feeling ill to stay home and live stream the services during this time.  All of our services will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/gpbcvideos.

It is essential that the GPBC family be faithful stewards during this time. Please take advantage of Online Giving with your Tithe, Missions Offering, and Dream Offering.  You can give online at https://www.greaterportlandbaptist.org/onlinegiving.html or through the Church APP (search “Greater Portland Baptist” in Google Play or the APP Store to download the church APP).

While we know that this can be a frightening time for many, please remember that God has called us to be Christ’s hands extended to our community.  Let’s not “hunker down”, horde our resources, or hide in fear.  Jesus said that a cup of water makes a difference when someone is thirsty, and some food makes a difference to a person who is hungry, so visiting the sick is being Christ in our community (Matthew 25:36).  Check on your neighbors, help pick up groceries or medicine for them, show them that Christ’s love overcomes fear.

Remember that we are “Ambassadors for Christ. “ 2 Cor 5:20 so “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. “

If you have additional questions, or if you need assistance during this time, please contact us at (503)761-1136.

God Bless You!

Pastor Rick Adams

Pastor Rick Adams
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Coronavirus Update

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“Will we have church services on Sunday?”

This morning, Governor Kate Brown announced that for the next four weeks (through April 8), all large gatherings of 250+ are suspended in an effort to slow the infection rate of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

The leadership of Greater Portland Baptist Church is working hard to map out how we will coordinate our services so that we can still have church services this weekend.

We will have a more detailed update on Friday, March 13, after plans are finalized. Please check back with us for details about the schedule for this weekend and upcoming weeks as our community navigates through this health crisis. 

We call on God’s people to pray that our nation will turn to God during this crisis, that God will give mercy, grace and wisdom through this time.

(updated Thursday, March 12 at 3:30pm)

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Coronavirus Precautions

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GPBC takes very serious the threats of the COVID-19 outbreak.

* We will continue to be friendly and greet one another; however, we are recommending restraining from shaking hands. Fist Bumps, bowing, elbow bumps are all good ways to greet one another. (updated 3/11)

Please:

* Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
* Cover your cough with your sleeves or a tissue.
* If you are sick with flu/cold symptoms avoid crowds and please stay home.
* Take care of yourself and try to stay healthy.
* Pray for those that have lost loved ones or are affected by this virus.
* Remember, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

We’ll see you on church on Sunday!

Preacher

Pastor Rick Adams
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