1st of the Month Fast

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“Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up speedily;
your righteousness shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:6-8

As a we purse greater wholeness this year, we believe we’re not only called to the wholeness of ourselves but of our community. On the first of each month, we invite you to fast and give the money you would have spent of food or drink that day. Choose a physical fast that’s appropriate for your health and stage of life (for example, food, food and drink, coffee, sugar, etc). Give though the Missio app or webpage HERE (be sure to select “1st of the Month Fast” Giving).

On the Sunday following the 1st, as a community we will vote on where we want our collective fast offering to go.

For more information about why we fast and some helpful tips, check out this article.

Pure Desire Conquer Series // Oct 3 - Dec 19

The Pure Desire Conquer Series is designed to help men walk in freedom from unwanted sexual behaviors and addiction. This 11-week course is full of biblical teaching and practical application tools to equip men with a battle plan for experiencing healing and victory through God's grace and a supportive community. We will be meeting 8:30-10:30 p.m on Thursday evenings Oct 3-Dec 19 (no meeting on Thanksgiving Day) in the Greater Portland Bible Church student center (2374 SW Vermont St).

Cost for materials is $45 for new registrants and $19 for those repeating the series. Register HERE.

Contact Kelly with any questions.

Quest Middle School Retreat // Fri. Oct 11 - Sun. Oct 13

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Quest is is an awesome retreat for middle school students! It’s an opportunity to get away from your regular routine of life, to laugh, sing, play and be challenged. Our goal is to get you to stop and listen to God and to have the most fun possible while doing it. Additional information is HERE. To register, fill out the Student Release Form and email it to xengyen@missioportland.org.

Contact Yen with any questions.

When: October 11-13
Where: Black Lake Bible Camp in Olympia, WA
How much: $140 (Aug 1- Sept 23), $160 (Sept 24 - Oct 1)

Enneagram Training // Sat. Oct 26, 9-1

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What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively.- Ian Morgan Cron

The Enneagram represents nine types or ways of being, none of which is better or worse than the other. Each represent a strategy for living, both of control and self-protection and ways that can be redeemed. 

Join us from 9-1 on Saturday, October 26 in the Greater Portland Bible Church Student Center (2374 SW Vermont St.) to explore more of who God made us to be and how to live more fully aware of our strengths and places we have room for growth. Cost is $10/ person and lunch will be provided. Prior to attending, we encourage you to take the $12 Enneagram test at https://tests.enneagraminstitute.com/.

Register HERE by October 16.

Questions? Contact Dominic@missioportland.org

Stepping in for Family - Caring for a Foster Parent

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UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has rallied to be a "circle of support” for Juliette and the sweet girl she has welcomed into her home this summer. We have reached our initial goal of $2100, and Juliette is so grateful.

Juliette and Jordann are committed to opening their home to this sweet girl as long as she needs a home away from her (biological) family, which means she will continue to be with Juliette and Jordann for another month, at least. We want to continue to come together to help financially, and to provide some needed respite care. We have increased our gofundme goal to $2700 to cover August childcare costs and other needs. Please contact Christine (503-348-6770) if you'd like to provide respite care and contribute as you can via the gofundme link below.
https://www.gofundme.com/caring-for-sweet-girl-with-juliette

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Over the last year, Missio has felt called to care for kids and families in the margins. We have begun working with Safe Families for Children, and by extension, the foster care system in Oregon. 

Juliette Cutts is part of our family at Missio and has tremendous love and compassion for kids, particularly those in crisis situations. In June, Juliette and her daughter, Jordann, lovingly welcomed a sweet 18-month old girl into their home, who is temporarily in Juliette's care after being placed in foster care. Juliette and Jordann (and their puppies) have opened their lives and hearts wide open for this sweet girl. 

As a community, we’re called to take care of each other, and as an extension of Juliette's family, we get to help care for sweet girl in whatever ways that we can. Here are two immediate and tangible ways we can help:

1) Provide Respite Care:

We are looking for people to provide occasional care for sweet girl. If you love little kids, and are willing to be background checked by DHS, please reach out to Christine Kan at 503-348-6770 to start the process. Sweet girl is in daycare during the day Monday-Friday, but respite care is needed overnight (pickup from daycare and drop off to daycare next morning), overnights on the weekends, or even pockets of time throughout the weekend. This would allow Juliette to get some rest - she has not been able to sleep and it is impacting her health. Please prayerfully consider this. Bringing a child into your home/life is not a small ask, but this is a beautiful way for us to support Juliette. Sweet girl is adorable and they are having so much fun (if you know Juliette and Jordann, this is no surprise!) - but they need our help to get SLEEP so they can continue to care well.

2) Share the Financial Responsibility:

The state only pays for 25% of childcare costs for children in foster care. This means Juliette has to pay over $1000/month to cover the rest of the necessary care costs. We’ve set up a gofundme to help cover the costs for June and July - we will raise an additional amount as needed in the future. Please contribute what you can to help shoulder the costs - $5, $25, $50, $100 or more. No amount is "too small" or “too large” - we know every amount will be given thoughtfully and lovingly.

Caring for another human is incredible work, and we'd love to support Juliette in these ways while uncertainties lie ahead for this family. We’re calling Missio to stand in the gap and step in together to support this family.

Please contribute as you can. Please also pray for this family - for Juliette and Jordann and sweet girl. 

https://www.gofundme.com/caring-for-sweet-girl-with-juliette