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 Dom 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 and registration is HERE. 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)

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


Serving Opportunities at Missio

A fantastic way to get plugged into the Missio Community is to serve! Here are a few ways to share your giftings, talents and time:

MISSIO KIDS
Missio Kids exists to partner with parents in discipling their children toward knowing Jesus and making Him fully known in the world. We have four different classes where we serve kids ages birth through 5th grade and volunteers serve once a month on a regular rotation. As a weekly team, we pray together before each Expression, work together to set up and tear down all our classrooms, and get to know one another as we serve kids and parents each month.
Current needs:
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1 Nursery Volunteer
- 3 2s & 3s Volunteers
- 2 Pre-K/Kindergarten Teachers
- 1 Check-in Volunteer
- Subs for any of the above roles
Contact: XengYen@missioportland.org // (952) 207-6325

WORSHIP
The vision of our worship ministry is to become authentic worshipers of Jesus in our every day lives and allow that identity to shape our communal worship gatherings. We serve on Sundays by leading worship through song, prayer, and readings from the stage. We also serve by performing behind the scenes tasks, such as running sound, slides, and organizing the different people serving on a given Sunday.
Current needs:
- Worship team (both vocalists and instrumentalists)
- Media
- Sound
Contact: Kelly@missioportland.org // (503) 550-1950

SETUP & BREAKDOWN
The vision of the Missio Setup & Breakdown Team is to create a space where people can enter with minimal distractions and engage worship fully. We serve on Sundays by transforming the gym and other classrooms into spaces of worship as well as setting the rooms back in order so that the school can continue the work of educating and caring for the community.
Current Needs: 4-6 Volunteers
Contact: Kelly@missioportland.org // (503) 550-1950

GREETING & CONNECTIONS TEAM
Greeters are some of the first people guests and the Missio family see and interact with at a Sunday Expression. We serve by greeting people as they come through the door, answering questions they may have about Missio, introducing and connecting people to one another, and helping people navigate Sunday Expressions.
Current Needs: 4 Greeters
Contact: Joel@missioportland.org // (503) 307-3949