A call for prayer!

April 4, 2013

Our time under the Steel Bridge last Easter Sunday was a time in which God brought us back full-circle. Many of the friends who we met when we first began Church Under the Bridge almost six years ago were with us, many of whom we had not seen in some time so it was such a blessing to reconnect.  We believe their presence with us was sovereignly directed by God.
 
Upon arriving under the Steel Bridge on Sunday, we were met by two Portland Park Rangers who informed us that this would be the last time we would be allowed to gather in this location for Church Under the Bridge.  We do not see this as a threat to what God is desiring to accomplish through CUB, but more of a shifting and restructuring by His Spirit in how He wants to accomplish His purposes through us and in us.
 
Please join us in prayer as we follow God in this process. We will be meeting with Portland city officials soon to discus further what our options may be and we certainly are petitioning God as we look to Him and Him alone as our teacher and guide.
 
Thank you to ALL who have been an active part in Church Under the Bridge through fellowship, service, prayer, and financial support during the past six years.  God’s love and mercy have been demonstrated and many we have met under the Steel Bridge have been touched by Christ’s passionate love for them; that we know will remain.  
 
What we know remains for us is our all-knowing, all-sufficient, all-powerful God and it is His faithfulness that we stand on now.  Our desire is to bear much fruit for Christ’s glory.  Where and how this is accomplished we leave in God’s faithful hands, being fully convinced that He will show us His way as we seek Him first.    We give thanks to our Father who has lavished us with His gracious loving provision, which has allowed us to abundantly pour Him out on those He has brought to Church Under the Bridge.   God is unchanging.  
 
John 15:16
 
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
 

With Hearts Full of Hope and Thanksgiving Because of Jesus –

Dean and Shelly Mallon
Mike and Cindi Gerkman

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, March 31:

Date: Sunday, March 31 , 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, please contact Cindi Gerkman at cindi@gerkman.com or Shelly Mallon at shellymedtrans@msn.com.  You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, February 24:

Date: Sunday, February 24 , 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, please contact Cindi Gerkman at cindi@gerkman.com or Shelly Mallon at shellymedtrans@msn.com.  You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3,4

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, January 27:

Date: Sunday, January 27 , 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, please contact Cindi Gerkman at cindi@gerkman.com or Shelly Mallon at shellymedtrans@msn.com.  You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” Psalm 107:1

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, November 25:

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, please contact Cindi Gerkman at cindi@gerkman.com or Shelly Mallon at shellymedtrans@msn.com.  You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” Psalm 107:1

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, October 28:

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, please contact Cindi Gerkman at cindi@gerkman.com or Shelly Mallon at shellymedtrans@msn.com.  You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, September 30:

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10

Please join us next weekend as we gather downtown to serve and fellowship.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, August 26:

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the August link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”  1 Peter 2.24

It’s July already? Wait, July is almost over? Where is this summer going? Hope you all are enjoying the sunshine and adventures that summer brings. This coming Sunday, we’ll be meeting under the Steel Bridge to serve again. If you can, please sign up and bring some baked goodies with you if you plan to come. If you can’t make it, you can still participate by bringing your baked goodies to New Life’s Info desk at any weekend service.

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, July 29:

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Water and Coffee

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“‘I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…’

‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.’”

Matthew 25.35-40

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, June 24:

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“‘I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…’

‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.'”

Matthew 25.35-40

 

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, May 27:

Date: Sunday, May 27, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs.

A couple of things to remember:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! The ladies from New Life’s Women’s Connection have been providing upwards of 20 dozen goodies for us, but they are now done meeting for the summer. So let’s pick up the slack! Here’s the link to sign up to bring your goodies:

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 

It’s time again to meet under the Steel Bridge. The weather is finally cooperating, and it’s supposed to be nice on Sunday! For those of you who plan to join us, here are a couple of items to note:

1. If you’re not one who has a car full of supplies to unload, then please try to find parking apart from directly under the bridge. This will help us to maintain good rapport downtown so that we can continue to gather there!

2. Please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend.

3. If you’re questioning whether or not you should bring some baked goodies, please do! We were short last month, and we would love to see an abundance this month. So check out the link below to sign up!

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, April 29:

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

As always, email us with any questions you may have and hope to see you there!

“‘I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…’

 ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.'”

Matthew 25.35-40

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, March 25:

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL CINDI at cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'” John 8.34-36

 

Immediate need

March 2, 2012

Hey everyone!

We are sending this message out to let you all know one of our brother’s in Christ great need.  Clarence has been a beacon of God’s light to the Church Under the Bridge ministry as well as many we meet and gather with under the Steel Bridge.  As we gathered this past Sunday, we learned that Clarence’s house suffered a fire that took everything.  He is currently securing an appt this weekend, but, with first & last month’s rent and security deposit, he is drained. 

We are looking for donations of good-condition, used furniture and household items for the bedroom to the kitchen.  If you are able to help, please contact Dean and Shelly at 503-936-8082 or email us at underthebridgepdx@gmail.com.  Also, you may go to http://mercymissionaries.com to make a tax-deductible, secured on-line donation.  Click on “Contact” to find rhe following “giving link”:  https://bluefire-secure.com/go/form.php?rid=75b346c686cd#step1.  Please designate the donation as “Clarence” in the comment field so that we know the donation is for him.

It is our prayer that God will use many of us who have been blessed by Clarence, to be vessels of God’s blessing to him in his time of great need.   Please join us in praying for God’s provision and covering for our dear friend.

Blessings –

The Team of Church Under the Bridge

Here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Feb. 26:

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“‘I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…’

‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.'”

Matthew 25.35-40

Hi everyone!

Well after our special December event, we are back to our regular schedule (the last Sunday of every month), and that means Church Under the Bridge is this Sunday! I hope 2012 has started well for you all.

For 2012, my biggest goal is to stop doing things my way, and to start doing things His way. This means abiding in His Spirit. Jesus said in John 15:4-5, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” And if we remain in the Spirit then what fruit can we expect to see in our lives? Galatians 5:22-23 reads: “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Though we try, we can not have the fullness of these attributes apart from the Spirit. 

LOVE. The first and greatest of these fruits is love. The original word for this love in the Greek is “agape.” This means love, charity, a love-feast (a feast of charitably dear love). This is the love that is patient and kind, not envying or boasting, never proud, not rude or self-seeking, not easily angered and keeping no record of wrongs. This is the love that does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. “It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” IT NEVER FAILS (1 Cor. 13:4-8). We can work hard to try to bear fruit and do our best to extend love with our own strength, but it won’t be fruit that will last and it won’t be this Agape love. “If I speak in the tonguesof men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). We can only expect this perfect love to pour out of us through the power of the Holy Spirit.     

With that, here is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Jan. 29:

Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Barbeque Hamburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked goodies
Coffee and Hot chocolate

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

Hey Everyone.   Just wanted to let you all know that we will be joining our friends with Ncompass for the 3rd annual Christmas Festival for the Homeless under the Morrison Bridge on Sunday, December 18th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm!   As in years past, we have chosen to gather with them for this incredible outpouring of God’s love in place of gathering under the Steel Bridge at the end of the month.   THERE WILL BE NO ORGANIZED GATHERING FOR CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE UNDER THE STEEL BRIDGE FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

Please contact Emily at ncompass.ero@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us and volunteering.   We will be emailing to all who are on the CUB distribution list the volunteer positions available to choose from.  Hope to see you on the 18th!    Emily’s message concerning the event follows: 

Hello!
 
It is that time of year again for the 3rd Annual Ncompass Christmas Festival for the Homeless.  We are holding the event on Sunday, December 18th under the West side of the Morrison Bridge.  The event will run from 11 AM – 3 PM.  We are going to ask that all volunteers stay the duration of the event, but we will move you between two different volunteer positions if you desire.
 
Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering at this years event along with the following information:
 
Name of Volunteer(s):
Top 3 Volunteer Positions Desired:
 
Thanks again and please let me know if you have any questions at this point!

Emily Rose-Traylor
Event Director
Ncompass
P.O. Box 1429
Beaverton, Oregon 97075
503-349-1183
WorldNcompass.org

We will be gathering downtown THIS weekend to share a meal with our friends. This week, as always, we consider the things we thank God for. Our families, our homes, food on our tables, a bed to sleep on, cars that run, our jobs, our church family, and God’s grace which is sufficient in every circumstance. For all of this, I am feeling so blessed. I know that not everyone, even in the United States and including many of our friends downtown, can say that they have all of the things I’ve listed. But please take time to consider the following words of Paul from Philippians 4:10-20:

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. 17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Following is our schedule and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Nov. 27:

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Please check out our Cookies for CUB sheet below to sign up and bring baked goodies for Church Under the Bridge. You may bring them downtown or leave them at New Life’s info. desk at any weekend service on the last weekend of the month. 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!” II Corinthians 6:10

Praise Report

October 30, 2011

Just passing along a message we received from a friend we met under the Steel Bridge two years ago.   We thank God for her testimony concerning the healing she has received and the grace she has been extended through Union Gospel Mission and Shepherd’s Door.   We also thank God for allowing those who partner with us under the Steel Bridge to be a part of her story of restoration.  

Hi!
 
My name is Danielle.
 
I just wanted to thank you for providing food and clothing to me when I was homeless about 2 years ago. I was 21, addicted to heroin, homeless, without God and without hope in this world.
Since then, I have been in recovery at the Union Gospel Mission, and more recently transferred to Shepherd’s Door, which is an all women’s facility.
 
I just wanted to encourage you with my story because it is truly a miracle. Thank you for being a part of it.
 
May God bless you!

Danielle’s story is one of victory through Christ and her story is what fuels us to continue to follow Jesus under the Steel Bridge each month.    We join Danielle in giving thanks to God for the healing & restoration she has received!

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Oct. 30:

Date: Sunday, October 30, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

BBQ Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water and Hot Coffee

COOKIES FOR CUB:

 Thanks to the ladies from New Life Women’s Connection, we have enough baked goodies for this upcoming weekend! 

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“You are our Healer, and You know what’s broken. We are not a mystery to You.”   Watermark (Mended)

 

It’s that time again. Time to gather under the Steel Bridge and join together with one purpose: to share the love of God with friends!  In Colossians 3:17, Paul says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” On the last Sunday of every month, all we can do is love and serve in the name of Jesus, giving glory to our Father. As long as we’re doing that, our sovereign God will do the rest!

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, Sept. 25:

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

BBQ Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies (Please click on the Cookies for CUB link to sign-up to bring baked goodies)
Bottled Water and Lemonade

 COOKIES FOR CUB:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fspreadsheets.google.com%2Fspreadsheet%2Fccc%3Fkey%3D0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE%26hl%3Den_US&h=hAQB6Nc7f

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

 

 

“And the Lord,  He is the One who goes before you.  He will be with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:8

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, August 28:

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

BBQ Cheeseburgers and Hot dogs
Potato Salad
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies (Please click on the Cookies for CUB link to sign-up to bring baked goodies)
Bottled Water and Lemonade

 

COOKIES FOR CUB:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fspreadsheets.google.com%2Fspreadsheet%2Fccc%3Fkey%3D0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE%26hl%3Den_US&h=hAQB6Nc7f

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

 

“‘I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…’

‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.'”
Matthew 25.35-40

 

Loaves and Fishes

August 1, 2011

We had a wonderful time downtown this Sunday. The sun was shining, and many people came out for a meal. So many in fact that we were sure we were going to run out of food! After seeing the line of people, one person said to me, “I’m praying for loaves and fishes.” Well we didn’t have 5000 people to feed as Jesus did in Matthew 14:13-21 when He multiplied five loaves and two fishes for the whole crowd, but the result was the same: “They all ate and were satisfied” (Matt. 14:20)! However it worked out, it worked out and we had enough food to serve everyone who came out. Thank you to all who joined us, prayed or helped in any way this month.

A note to all who help out with Church Under the Bridge or who are looking for a small way to become involved: we are in need of baked goods each month. Every month we need about 25 DOZEN baked goods items for Church Under the Bridge. So keep your eyes open for a link to a “Cookies for CUB” online sign-up sheet. Once you sign up, your baked goods can be dropped off at the info. desk at New Life Foursquare Church on the weekend of Church Under the Bridge, or you can bring them downtown with you.

Here is the link for the “Cookies For CUB” sign-ups:

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Akfftn6YyWiRdDRkWkpLRDJpSU5hS2Zha3ozQVdrakE&hl=en_US

It’s time again to gather together under the Bridge. By now, Church Under the Bridge is an established and growing ministry. We believe that every time we meet God will continue the work that He started. Philippians 1.6 reads that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” We trust that God will continue to water, prune and shape this ministry and all who are a part of it. 

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, July 31:

Date: Sunday, July 31, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Cheeseburgers and hot dogs
Potato Salad
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN NEED OF LIGHTLY USED MEN AND WOMEN’S CLOTHING.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1.6

You’ve read the Bible. So you know about Jesus and the kind of life He lived on this earth. You’ve read about how He overcame temptation and was without sin. You’ve read about His teachings. You’ve read about His miracles: how He turned water to wine, how He healed a woman who bled for 12 years with just a touch of His garment, how He healed a man who was crippled for 38 years, how He multiplied food to provide, and even forgave sins. But do you keep in mind that THIS is the same Jesus who lives in YOU? Paul writes in Hebrews 13.8 that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The God we serve today is the same God we read about. He still teaches, He still heals, He still forgives.

So as we plan to gather downtown next weekend, let’s remember that this God lives inside of us. Some situations we face in our own lives or in the lives of people we meet downtown seem impossible. In Mark 10.27 Jesus said, “‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'”  In our own strength, we can do nothing. In our own strength we can bring nothing of value downtown. In our own strength we won’t make any real impact. Indeed we face situations that are hopeless and impossible with MAN. “But not with God; ALL things are possible with God!” 

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, June 26:

Date: Sunday, June 26, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Chili Dogs
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. We are always in need of clean sleeping bags and tarps.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“Did you know that the voice that brings the dead to life is the very same voice that calls you now to rise?” -Phil Wickham (Safe)

With the April date change and five Sundays in May, it’s been SIX weeks in between gatherings! But we’re ready and excited to head downtown this Sunday, and we hope to see you there.

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, May 29:

Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

The Meal:

Cheeseburgers
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com. You may also click on our “General Needs” section for a list of ongoing needs. We are always in need of clean sleeping bags and tarps.

If you are planning to join us downtown, please bring along TWO lawn chairs, one for you and one for a friend. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7.12

 We had a great gathering last month.  Thank you to all who joined us, including the youth and parents from Three Sisters Fellowship in Sisters, Oregon. Here we are ready to head downtown again.  This month, we celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection–His sacrifice which saved us from what we ourselves and the law could not. We rejoice in our salvation through Christ. What a perfect month to be headed out into the world to share Christ’s love!

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, April 17:

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

 The Meal 

Cheeseburgers                                                                                              
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. WE ARE IN NEED OF CLEAN WARM BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, AND TARPS.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there! 

“He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.”  
-Matthew 28:6

Please note we will meet for Church Under the Bridge this month on the THIRD Sunday, April 17. After April, we will resume meeting on the last Sunday of each month, as always. There will be a new post with meal information coming very soon! See you April 17!

As we prepare to go downtown this Sunday, let’s follow the example of the apostles in Acts 4:32-35:

32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”

“There were no needy persons among them!”  That’s the goal!  May we make a dent in that goal this Sunday as we sacrifice our time and our resources for others.  God bless you.

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, March 27:

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

 The Meal 

BBQ cheeseburgers                                                                                              
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. WE ARE IN NEED OF CLEAN WARM BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, AND TARPS.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there! 

“Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood. But everyone has something to give.”  
-Barbara Bush

Moved with Compassion

March 13, 2011

We were blessed to be able to share about Church under the Bridge at New Life Foursquare again this weekend.  We were able to give an update about the overwhelming response we’ve had with the bin system, and how the church’s generosity has allowed us to give backpacks, sleeping bags, tarps, water, food, and much more each month under the bridge.  We had a great response this weekend, with many stopping by the table for information.  We hope to see some of those faces downtown with us soon!

In Mark 1:40-41, it says that “a man with leprosy came to [Jesus] and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing, be cleansed.’” This image of Jesus stretching his hand out to touch one life is also a wonderful picture of what this ministry is: individuals being moved with compassion for people who are in need of Jesus’ touch.

We will be posting again this week with detailed information about our next gathering on Sunday, March 27.  You can find the event page also on Facebook where you can rsvp here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=161590657227651

Also, check out the “pictures & video” link above where we have posted many new photos from our February gathering!

God bless you,
Mark and Kristen

As we prepare to go downtown this Sunday, let us keep with the Valentine theme and remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 22: 37-39:

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'”  

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, February 27:

Date: Sunday, February 27, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

 The Meal 

BBQ cheeseburgers                                                                                              
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. WE ARE IN NEED OF CLEAN WARM BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, AND TARPS.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Hope to see you there! 

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

Stand up, step forward

February 1, 2011

There was a word that was spoken over me a few years ago that when it happened Shelly and I looked at each other and wondered, “what does that mean?”  We had heard the word used and certainly had seen it in others, but how does one apply for it for his or her life?  That word is “valor”.  Valor in Webster’s means : Strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery.”  As we looked it up, it was one of those wow moments, then we wondered; how does it apply?  As God does so many times, he starts something in motion and then slowly puts the pieces together, ever so methodically, purposefully and also sometimes behind the scenes and very quietly.  You see it has been over 8 or 9 years since that word was spoken and received.  As God’s perfect timing is always apparent. He has begun to reveal what is to be a spoken testimony in my life, but just as I have a testimony…a story to be told, we all have a testimony that God desires for us to shout from the hill tops and step forward (more on step forward in a moment).  That is based on the authority that our Lord in Heaven has given to each of us.  So it is a word that is to be received, lived  and given which is why I write this.  I love the quote by Carl Sandberg; Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes”.  So when I find myself question that, as Carl quoted, then God brings my eyes back to Him in faith to trust Him in each moment. I love it as God puts these pieces together and when He uses Shelly to come along side and put in another piece of the puzzle, it is that spiritual oneness I am thankful for in my precious wife.  In her words. here is what was received as she spent time with the Lord one morning.

    What I saw was a large military installment …. a sea of people in military uniform … more than I could ever have the chance even trying to count.  My gaze suddenly changed and I knew I was seeing through Jesus’ eyes.  No longer did I see the sea of people, but now I was seeing individual soldiers and as my eyes hit them, I saw the Lord point at them as if to call them out.  Some stepped forward, separating themselves from the larger group and they began to form a smaller group in front.  The interesting thing is not all stepped forward but some did.  The vision stopped there.  As I prayed about what I had been shown, God said, “I am calling you out and all I ask for you is to step forward when I do.  If it is health that is holding you back, step forward and see how I will heal you.  If it is mental battles that are holding you back, step forward and see how your enemies will fall at my feet.  Whatever is holding you back … just step forward and no longer will those things be a hindrance.” 

It is such an encouraging vision to receive and also one that calls upon valor, courage and the authority in Christ that He has given to each of us. Jesus has given authority to each of  His followers.

Luke 9:1, 2 says, Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. … And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:15, 17, 18.

Clearly, Jesus has promised His authority to those who are His own.  The problem is that we do not believe it often enough, and therefore do not exercise it often enough.  It is time for us as believers to “stand up, step forward and claim the God given authority He desires for us to claim”.

Remember whose authority it is in which we operate. We have no authority to come against the powers of darkness in our own strength. We come against them in the Name of Jesus. It is His authority, not ours and attempting to execute authority for anything other than His plans, His will, His desires is presumption. It will most certainly fail. Stand up, step forward and be counted.

Here are the words from the apostle Paul and his sole desire in life, may it be yours and mine.

          If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24

Hi everyone!  Are you ready to head downtown on Sunday, January 30? We encourage you to pray with us for Church Under the Bridge this month—that this event would be for His glory, that each of us would have the wisdom and direction of the Holy Spirit for what to do and say, that God would prepare hearts, and that He would do MIGHTY works (even if they don’t appear mighty by our standards).

As we prepare our hearts for Sunday, let us be encouraged by the words of Christ in Matthew 25:35-40:

“’For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me.’”

Know that what you do, even the slightest gestures, do not go unnoticed to Christ. He considers that everything you have done for His people, you have done for Him!  So thank you for all who have prayed, who have donated, and who have served downtown.  And let’s remember this month that everything we do for the least of God’s people, we do for Him. 

Following is our schedule, planned meal, and information regarding general needs for Sunday, January 30:

Date: Sunday, January 30, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

 The Meal 

Split Pea & Ham Soup
Deli Sandwiches                                                                                               
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. WE ARE IN NEED OF CLEAN WARM BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, AND TARPS.

We hope to see many of you on Sunday, the 30th as we purpose to show God’s love to our friends downtown. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. See you there! 

“For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the One who was crucified.” II Corinthians 2:2

Abundant

January 4, 2011

Abundant: Present in great quantity; abounding; richly supplied.

Hey Everyone. We pray that your holidays held many blessings as you considered the wonder of Jesus with family and friends. As 2010 has closed and 2011 is before us, we wanted to send out a message concerning some of the awesome moments Jesus gave us to share with our friends downtown during the holiday season. When I think back on these moments, “abundant” comes to my mind.

N-Compass Christmas Festival
What a gift it was to again share in the NCompass Christmas Festival under the Morrison Bridge on the 19th of December! I have not heard the exact numbers served from Emily yet, but I know the group who gathered with us was just as big if not bigger than last year. Through the generosity of many, God provided an abundance of clothing, food, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, and personal items. Two of our “little ones” passed out homemade Christmas cookies and blankets that a group of wonderful 4-H kids had prepared and many who received these items actually thought the two little girls handing out the items had made them! It was a great “joy” exchange to witness. There are so many tiers of blessing that make an outreach of this size even possible … all being equal in the Lord’s eyes. Thank you to the many who sacrified both time and finances on behalf of those who were able to give and receive in abundance.

New Year’s Day Banquet
The Lord gave us such a great day on New Year’s at Mike and Cindi Gerkman’s home. We are filled with such gratitude to all who helped in making this day such a blessing; it was truly a “Body of Christ” effort. As is always the case, the Lord has His own plan and many of those we had planned on picking up downtown were not under the Steel Bridge. Peter was there so he joined Mike, Ian, and Dean on a treasure hunt. God directed them to seven people at Portland Rescue Mission and we had the joy of meeting many of them for the first time. We ate lots of yummy food that was prepared and provided for by many, watched football, played games, and fellowshipped with Justin and Melissa, Christine and Morgan, Scott, Tomas, and Peter. Tomas attended the New Year’s Banquet at Andy and Serenity’s last year so it was awesome to spend time with him again. We are also so thankful for the little ones in our company this year. Many who helped, brought their kids with them and, just as described above, kids produce infectious joy. We are so grateful for all who “sponsored” someone so that we were able to provide a gift bag containing a warm pair of gloves, warm socks, and a $25.00 Fred Meyer gift certificate to each person who attended. When they saw the Fred Meyer gift card, it was like watching a child receive their favorite gift at Christmas. What I so often take for granted was accepted as being a miracle. It is times like these that continually challenge me to look at the Lord’s daily provision in my life as being nothing short of miraculous. We had an abundance of food, an abundance of helpers, an abundance of gift bags to hand out, and an abundance of love filling the Gerkman’s home.

As the New Year begins, I pray that the abundant life that God holds out to each one of us is realized and grasped like never before. His Spirit is present within us in great quantity, his grace abounds in each of our lives to overflowing, and we are richly supplied by our Father in Heaven. We are abundantly loved.

We will be gathering again under the Steel Bridge on Sunday, January 30th. We will be sending out a message concering the meal soon.

With gratitude and abundant joy,

The Gerkmans and The Mallons
Ephesians 2:4 – “But God’s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great.”

New Year’s Day Banquet

December 28, 2010

Hey Everyone. We pray that each of you had a blessed time with family and friends celebrating the birth of Christ. We are working to put together our second annual New Year’s Day Banquet. Mike and Cindi Gerkman have graciously opened their home for New Year’s Day and we are planning on spending the afternoon with about 10 of our friends from downtown.

We are wanting to put together gift bags for those who attend. We would like to include a pair of warm gloves, some warm socks, and a $25.00 gift certificate to Fred Meyer. If you or anyone you know would be willing to “sponsor” one of our friends and provide a gift bag containing some or any of these items for one person, please email Shelly at shellymedtrans@msn.com. We would be available to pick up the gift bags.

Thanks for prayerfully considering being a part of God’s blessing and love to those who will gather with us on New Year’s Day.

Mike and Cindi Gerkman
Dean and Shelly Mallon
for Church Under the Bridge

We received the following message from Emily Rose, who is organizing the NCompass Christmas Festival this year under the Morrison Bridge. We will be bringing the waiver forms Emily mentions for you to fill out once you check in at the registration desk when you get downtown. Hope to see many of you under the Morrison Bridge this Sunday, December 19th. Please arrive downtown by 12:30 pm or as close to 1:00 pm as possible as we will be the second wave of volunteers coming in.

Hello Church Under the Bridge Group!

Thanks again so much for volunteering your time at the Second Annual Christmas Festival for the Homeless on Sunday, December 19th. Your volunteer shift will go from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. We will meet under the West side of the Morrison Bridge. Parking downtown will be limited with no parking under the bridge, so please leave yourself enough time to park and walk over to the bridge. Another option is always riding the MAX – getting off at the Burnside bridge and walking a few blocks over to the Morrison Bridge.

Please check-in at the Registration Table when you arrive to get your name tag, shirt, and turn in your Safety Waiver. If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to E-Mail or call me. We are so incredibly excited for this wonderful opportunity to serve the homeless in our community. Please be praying that a lot of people show up, that they will get what they need at the festival, and we will be able to have awesome interactions with the ones that need it the most.

Thanks again for volunteering, see you on Sunday, the 19th!

Emily Rose-Traylor
Event Director
Ncompass
P.O. Box 1429
Beaverton, Oregon 97075
503-349-1183

WorldNcompass.com

As a reminder, THERE WILL BE NO ORGANIZED GATHERING FOR CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH. Our next planned gathering under the Steel Bridge is scheduled for Sunday, January 30, 2011. More information to follow concerning that gathering in January.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

Hey Everyone … We will be heading back downtown on Sunday, November 28th to carry the love of Jesus to our brothers and sisters in Christ under the Steel Bridge. We ask for your prayers as we seek the Lord. It is our desire to allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in us first so that we may be made ready to carry the message of God’s love to those we will encounter.

Following is our planned meal and information regarding general needs as well as the schedule for the 28th:

The Meal

Burritos
Chips and Salsa
Spanish Rice
Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. WE ARE IN NEED OF CLEAN WARM BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, AND TARPS.

Date: Sunday, November 28th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

We hope to see many of you on Sunday, the 28th! As we head into the Thanksgiving week, we give thanks to God for the many who pray for and support the ministry and work done through Church Under the Bridge. You are helping to cause the light of Jesus to shine brighter under the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland. May the hope of God’s love and peace abide in all of you.

NOTE: We will be joining the NCompass group for their Christmas outreach under the Morrison Bridge on December 19th. Please let us know if you plan on joining us as well so we can give Emily an approximate head count for volunteers. We will be gathering under the Morrison Bridge on the 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. THIS WILL BE OUR PLANNED GATHERING FOR DECEMBER AND WE WON’T BE MEETING FOR CHURCH UNDER THE BRIDGE ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH

“If we want others to become aware of the presence of Jesus, we must be the first ones convinced of His presence.”

Praising God!

November 10, 2010

We are so thankful for the outpouring of love and generosity we have received for our friends downtown through our church body at New Life Foursquare Church. We have had so much help in getting the bin donation system up and running! Thank you Jesus!!

Abiding

November 8, 2010

John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Those of us who gathered to pray and go downtown last Sunday, October 31st, did so with the knowledge that Jesus asks us to take His love to those who many would see with their natural eyes as being unlovable. What we encountered during that time was profound for me and I have been asking God to give me His wisdom, His understanding, and His knowledge in order to communicate a word for both those who partner with us in Church Under the Bridge as well as those for whom we go down to share the love of Jesus. I pray that as I take the step of faith in actually sitting down and typing out what is in my heart that God’s word would be communicated accurately and effectively.

During our time downtown last Sunday, we encountered an opposition from the enemy like we have never encountered before. Maybe it was the fact that it was Halloween, maybe there was something great at stake for the enemy and he showed up fighting, or maybe both of these realities were at play. An evil and disruptive spirit came in like waves on several different occasions. For those of you who were with us, you know what I am speaking of and for those of you who were not the best visual picture I could give you is found in 1 Peter 5:8 where we are reminded that the devil, our adversary, roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. That is what I observed … the devil roaring like a lion in an effort to devour the purposes of God through evil intimidation. There were those in our group who, thank God, immediately took the position of the quiet authority we have in Christ. Some tried to verbally engage the enemy by trying to distract or pursuade the disruptive spirit coming at us through words. The teaching moment for me was my first reaction to what I witnessed. It was not one that comes from the authority we have in remaining hidden in Christ, but instead was one of fear, a clear sign that my flesh was exposed to what was occurring. When we got home that evening and Dean and I spoke about what we encountered, he shared with me how he had felt empowered by God to simply take a stand by positioning himself between the man the enemy was using and the person being roared at. He said he never experienced a spirit of fear when doing so, but instead he knew the authority he is given in Christ. After hearing his testimony, I had to ask myself, “Why is my testimony not the same … why was not all of our testimonies the same.”

Thank God that in the midst of one of the waves, He reminded me of His word in Ephesians 6, where we are told that our fight is not against human beings. It is against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. After being reminded and assurred of the truth of God’s word, I realized that our most effective weapon to push back the enemy, was to cry out to God and claim the authority we are given in Christ. As I did so, Angela, one of our friends downtown came along my side and began agreeing with me in the spirit and taking authority as well! As the word went out amongst our group to continuously pray, we witnessed God’s faithful promise to fight on our behalf. He gave us assurance of His victory by guiding Clarence, a God fearing, Holy spirit filled man who we have had the pure joy of meeting downtown on a couple of occasions. He told me that He felt like God was telling him to walk north along the waterfront, not knowing he would eventually find us. Our time ended under the bridge with Clarence praying for each one of us … those in our group as well as those who face the same evil we encountered on a daily basis as they endure life on the streets. Thank God for His servant, Clarence, as his prayers pushed back fear and ushered in joy.

Back to the question I have been asking myself this week. The Lord has been guiding me not only to the answer to the question, but also to the victory that is promised to us in Jesus. The answer I believe has to do with abiding in Christ, not just on the day we are under the Steel Bridge but, just as importantly, during the days leading up and following our times downtown. I know being sober and vigilent about this truth will result in our ability to bear not some fruit but MUCH fruit for God’s kingdom as we purpose to draw those we gather with under the Steel Bridge to the saving love of Christ. The sobering flip side to this truth is that if we choose not to abide in Christ, we will accomplish nothing for His Kingdom. As well, we are exhorted in Ephesians 6 to put on the full armor of God and to pray in the Spirit at ALL times. It is in our continual abiding that Christ’s Spirit will quicken our spirit to do these necessary things as well.

Please join us as we purpose to pray at all times for the lost. Especially, we ask that you join us in praying for the man who we encountered last Sunday … that he would come to know the love of God and be saved.

For God’s Glory,
Shelly

Hey Everyone! We will be heading back downtown to gather under the Steel Bridge this Sunday, October 31st. We look forward to carrying the love of Jesus down to our brothers and sisters in Christ and sharing all that God has provided on their behalf.

We are sooo thankful for all the donations that have come in since implementing the new bin donation system at New Life and we have already received an outpouring of love in the way of sleeping bags, blankets, and tarps to give to those in need. Thank you Jesus!!!

Following is our planned meal and information regarding general needs as well as the schedule for the 31st:

The Meal

Burritos
Chips and Salsa
Spanish Rice and Black Beans
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Bottled Water
Hot Coffee
Hot Chocolate

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY AT shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI AT cindi@gerkman. com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND.

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs.

Date: Sunday, October 31st, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. For those of you wishing to go directly to the Steel Bridge, plan to arrive there by 2:30.

We hope to see many of you this Sunday! May Christ’s peace, joy, and love abide in you.

“We may not be able to give much, but we can always give the joy that springs from the heart that is in love with God” – Mother Teresa

Praise Report

October 20, 2010

Hey everyone .. Just wanted to send out a quick message letting you know that Dean and I had the privilege of presenting Church Under the Bridge to the whole church body at New Life Foursquare Church in Canby this past weekend. We pray that God was glorified and Jesus’ name was lifted up, drawing each person who heard of what God is doing through Church Under the Bridge to Christ. We were able to share our excitement about teaming up with NCompass and Solid Rock Church in a backpack fundraiser. Pastor Rob at Solid Rock is able to get $140 steel frame backpacks from REI for a $50.00 donation! If anyone is interested in making a donation for a backpack you may contact us @ underthebridgepdx@gmail.com or simply place a “comment” in reply to this post.

We are also very excited about launching our new bin donation system at New Life this past weekend to help collect sleeping bags and tarps in preparation for the big outreach NCompass will be offering under the Morrison Bridge in December.

Praise God that we feel His Spirit propelling and moving us forward in co-laboring with Christ to further His Kingdom. We have been given SOOO much help from others in our church body in getting ready for last week’s presentation and we believe this to all be evidence of God’s continued favor on the ministry of Church Under the Bridge. Would you please join us in praying that we will see a harvest in the way of backpack donations, sleeping bags, and tarps for those we love downtown.

Thank God that He allows us to see those we meet with under the bridge through His eyes … we pray that Christ was seen through our testimony as we shared on their behalf this past weekend.

We will be posting a new video to the blog in the very near future! We will be adding an upcoming post regarding plans for our meal on the 28th of this month in the coming week as well.

In Christ – The Mallons

Answered Prayer!!

October 9, 2010

Wanted to let all of you know who have been praying for Simon about some GREAT news! We got a call from Simon earlier this week to let us know that he has found work as a mechanic in Vancouver and that he has already gotten a place to live!!! He has been so faithful to keep us posted concerning his job/housing search and to hear joy in his voice instead of weariness was such a gift! As he shared his good news, he continued to express his thankfulness to God. Our conversation ended by Simon telling us that he truly felt his circumstances began changing for him the day many months ago when we met him, laid hands on him, and prayed for him under the Steel Bridge. What a gift to hear of his testimony as it served to strengthen Dean and I in the knowledge that it is His people, like Simon, who He call us to touch through Church Under the Bridge. It is our prayer that the good news of Simon’s testimony will serve to encourage all who prayed for him many months ago under the bridge and all who have continued to pray for him … God truly does hear our prayers!

Simon expressed that he will try to meet with us on October 31st as we gather again under the Steel Bridge. We are hopeful to be able to see him and celebrate with him then.

God is GREAT – Dean and Shelly Mallon

Hey Everyone! We are looking foward to our next gathering under the Steel Bridge this Sunday, September 26th. Our time in August was one BIG miracle! When we got to the Grace church office, we discovered that we were only going to have a handful of people helping to serve. We went downtown expecting God to intervene and lend us aid. When we got downtown we discovered that we were only going to have a couple of tables available to serve on and there was already 150+ people in line waiting to receive a meal!! Laying aside the urge to panic and instead gripping onto Jesus as our source, we expected God to multiply our numbers to serve and to give us wisdom on anything and everything we could use to be able to serve and lay out clothing/personal items. Praise God that He hears every prayer and He is faithful to provide! Through the help of those who were with us and the help of those we go down to fellowship with, we were able to serve 300+ people under the Steel Bridge that day!!! God provided tailgates to use as tables and we served part of the meal right out of the back of our vehicles:) When we ask for God’s intervention, He is always faithful to not only hear our requests but also to then move on our behalf. We thank Him for His provision and the abundance of joy that surrounded us all and anticipate Him to do GREAT things under the bridge this Sunday as we yield to Him.

WE NEED HELP

We really need some help this month with the meal we are going to be serving. We need some willing hands to bake pans of lasagna. Costco has already made pans of lasagna that only need to be heated up. We anticipate needing at least 20 pans, each pan serving 12 eight ounce servings. If you are able to purchase and heat up some pans of lasagna, please let either Shelly Mallon @ shellymedtrans@msn.com or Cindi Gerkman @ cindi@gerkman.com know as soon as possible. Just five people offering to purchase and bake 2 pans would help out GREATLY.

The Meal

Lasagna
Soft Rolls with Butter
Fresh Fruit
Soft Baked Goods (no nuts)
Lemonade
Bottled Water
Coffee

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

General Needs
Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs.

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown. If you would like to go directly downtown, plan to meet us under the Steel Bridge @ 2:30 p.m.

Praising God in advance for ALL that He will do through and in His people as we gather under the Steel Bridge for His glory. See you there!!

Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”

Greetings in the name of Jesus! We’ll be heading downtown to gather under the Steel Bridge this Sunday, August 29th, 2010.

Bring your family and friends, grab a lawn chair or two, and join us.

THE MEAL
Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Baked Beans
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Soft Baked Goods (no nuts)
Lemonade
Bottled Water

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

General Needs
Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs.

Date: Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown.

SEE YOU ALL THEN!!

Hey Everyone! We had an awesome time in the Lord with our friends downtown in June. What a blessing it was to have Dwain, Shaylynn, and their youth group join us from Redmond Foursquare Church! To watch them very freely interact with others and join in serving was such a testimony to all they are learning and storing up in their hearts regarding Jesus and how He desires to use us to spread the good news of His Gospel by serving others in love. We are so thankful to have gotten to meet them all and we look forward to serving with them again very soon.

As an update, Tommy and Andy have left Portland. The last time we spoke with them they were in Washington state along the Canadian border. Please continue to pray for their safety and their health. We pray that their faith and dependence in Christ is strengthened and that they continue to fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus. We will sure miss seeing them and hope that their travels will bring them back to Portland soon.

Our next gathering under the Steel Bridge will be Sunday, July 25th. We are planning to join our friends for burritos.

The Meal

Burritos
Chips and Salsa
Fresh Fruit
Baked Goodies
Cold Lemonade
Cold Bottled Water

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND. THANK YOU!

General Needs

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs.

Date: Sunday, July 25th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown.


” Sacrifice, to be real, must cost; it must hurt; it must empty us of self.”

Hello Friends! We’ll be heading downtown to gather under the Steel Bridge this Sunday, June 27th. Won’t you to join us?!

THE MEAL
Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
Karen’s WONDERFUL Potato Salad – becoming a monthly tradition!
Baked Beans
Chips
Fresh Fruit
Soft Baked Goods (no nuts)
Lemonade
Bottled Water

****IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND. THANK YOU!

General Needs
Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs.

Date: Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFULNESS IN SERVING OUR FRIENDS DOWNTOWN!

1 Samuel 2:8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.

Simon

June 14, 2010

We pray this finds everyone enjoying the beginning of the new summer season. Just wanted to send an update out concerning Simon, the gentleman who we met and prayed for on May 30th under the Steel Bridge. Thank you to all who gathered with us to lay hands on Simon and pray for him and thank you to those who helped in purchasing Simon a bus pass.

Upon meeting Simon in May, he shared with us how he was at the end of his rope. He had lost his job a year ago, then his home six months ago, and he had been on the streets since that time being unable to obtain even temporary housing. His name is on the waiting list at TPI, but he has not to date received word that there is a bed open for him. It has been very hard for Simon to seek employment due to his leg injury and difficulties with walking. He told us of how he had prayed and prayed and prayed, but God had not answered his prayers and he felt that this simply meant that he was not important enough to God to even hear his prayers so he had stopped praying. He is living under the Morrison Bridge on the east side of the river and that very morning he said he had seriously thought of jumping off the bridge into the river, hoping to end his life. Ian found Simon and invited him to our BBQ and thank God he came back with Ian to join us. After meeting Simon, we all knew that it was for him that God had led us under the Steel Bridge that day and about 20 people gathered around him to touch him, believing it was Jesus who was touching him through us, and pray for him, believing our prayers were evidence that God had heard Simon’s prayers and that His watchful eye was on him. We then asked him if there was anything we could tangibly do to help him and he told us that having a bus pass would help him in his search for work and his desire to obtain his GED at Mt. Hood Community College.

Dean and I met Simon again on Monday, June 1st under the bridge where we scheduled to meet him and give him a month’s bus pass. As we pulled under the Steel Bridge, we immediately saw Simon sitting and reading his Bible. As we approached him and I saw his face, such gratitude filled my heart in knowing that, in this small way, we were showing Simon the faithfulness of Jesus to keep our word and meet with him as we had told him we would. We handed him the bus pass and he smiled. We asked Simon how he was and he told us how much the bus pass would make things easier on him to get around to apply for jobs and back out to Mt. Hood Community College where he hoped to complete the course work necessary to get his GED. It was about 1:00 when we met Simon so we asked if he had already eaten lunch and he said that he had not and he was waiting to eat when the Blanchet House served dinner that evening. We asked if we could take him to get a sandwich and he agreed to allow us to do so. As we were leaving Simon at Subway, he took my hand and said, “My thoughts have changed in just one day … thank you.” As we left Simon, we invited him to attend Solid Rock Church and told him we would love to take him the next time we were able to go on a Saturday night. He told us he would very much like that. I received a message from Simon last Saturday, asking about church, but I was out of town and did not get his message until early this morning.

I spoke with Simon this morning. His situation remains unchanged as far as housing is concerned. However, he did call me from TPI and he is hopeful that he will be receiving a bed soon. He also asked me again about Solid Rock. He plans to go this Saturday on his own as we will be out of town. I am so encouraged by Simon’s courage to fix his focus back on Jesus, where his hope can be renewed. We will hopefully be joining him at Solid Rock on June 26th.

Please continue to pray for Simon. He is a gentle man who is committed to finding work and getting himself off the streets. We lift him to God’s throne and ask that His Spirit would lead Simon in his search. We thank God that Simon’s search for renewed hope has come full circle back to Jesus and that he is choosing to fix his hope on God. Praise God that He has lifted Simon’s spirt from the pit of despair. He said that he was looking forward to seeing us all again on the 27th under the Steel Bridge.

What a gift it was to hear Simon’s voice today … I just wanted to share that gift with those of you who met him and have been praying for him.

To God Be the Glory – Shelly
For Church Under the Bridge

Greetings! We’ll be gathering under the Steel Bridge on Sunday, May 30th and would like to invite you all to join us. Please feel free to invite your friends and family for a time of service, fellowship and fun!

THE MEAL
Hamburgers
Potato Salad
Chips
Fruit
Soft Baked Goods (no nuts)
Lemonade
Bottled Water

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND. THANK YOU!

General Needs

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. We can always use clean coats, hats, and warm gloves as well as new or used clean blankets. We are running low on warm cotton or wool socks.

Date: Sunday, May 30th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and caravan downtown.

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE SERVE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!

Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Hey Everyone! We will be meeting again to gather in the name of our Lord Jesus under the Steel Bridge on Sunday, April 25th. Below is information concerning the meal we will be serving and the time/place we will be meeting to carvan downtown.

The Meal
Burritos
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans
Chips & Salsa
Fresh Fruit
Soft Baked Goods
Lemonade
Bottled Water

*IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE ANY OF THE ABOVE FOOD ITEMS OR WISH TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBRUTION TO PURCHASE ITEMS, PLEASE EMAIL SHELLY at shellymedtrans@msn.com OR CINDI at cindi@gerkman.com

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO JOIN US DOWNTOWN, PLEASE BRING ONE NEW BLANKET OR TARP (5X7 GREEN OR BROWN) AND/OR ONE CLEAN BLANKET THAT IS IN GOOD CONDITION TO HAND OUT. BRING ALONG TWO LAWN CHAIRS … ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR A FRIEND. THANK YOU.

General Needs

Please click on the “General Needs” link for a list of our ongoing needs. We can always use clean coats. We are running low on men’s clothing that is in clean, good condition and warm cotton or wool socks.

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM
Place: Grace Chapel church office parking lot, 28925 SW Boberg Road, Wilsonville, OR. We will meet to pray and carvan downtown.

1 John 1:5-6 “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.”

Earlier this week, we received a call from Andy, a great guy who we met for the first time at Andy and Serenity Coulombe’s New Year’s Day Jubilee Party. He told us his friend and our’s, Tommy, had been taken to the V.A. Hospital after having had a heart attack early that morning. Praise God that Tommy has been released from the hospital and he is doing well! On Thursday, Dean and I went to see Tommy in the hospital and Andy at TPI and it was after this visit that God spoke to me in a real way about the work He is doing not just in our lives but in the lives of those who follow Jesus to the Steel Bridge and, finally, in Jesus’ corporate bride.

I awoke during the night after we had spent time with Tommy and Andy and I had such a comforting gratitude well up in my heart for the evening God allowed Dean and I to share with our two friends. As I was thanking God for our time, He took me back to my first time under the Burnside Bridge now over three years ago. I remembered how uncomfortable I was, not knowing what to expect on our way downtown and then not knowing what to really say or do once we arrived. Again, such a comforting gratitude came over my heart at the realization of how far God has brought me to where now in some ways I feel most comfortable when I am with our friends downtown. Tommy spoke of how he was so comforted by our visit, telling us, outside of his friend Andy and Jesus, he was alone. Through his words I felt the Holy Spirit reassure me that, in the midst of Tommy’s many needs, all that God asked of Dean and I was to follow Him to Tommy’s room that night to offer him the comfort of fellowship. As we sat on Tommy’s bed, hand-in-hand, and he prayed for us that night, I knew that Heaven was touching earth in that moment. How far we had come with Tommy from the time we first met him at Andy and Serenity’s. A shy, uncomfortable man was now comforting us with his bold prayer on our behalf before God’s throne. The thought “uncomfortable comforter” ran across my mind.

When we got to TPI, Andy came out of the building and he threw his arms around Dean. This hug came from a man who I know has suffered great loss and deep hurts as Andy has always been somewhat guarded in our interaction with him. I have sensed his uncomfortableness when we have reached out to hug him, as if being hugged was something that was very hard for him to receive. When I thought of Andy for the first time greeting us with a hug, I was so grateful to God for His work in Andy’s life. Andy spoke of how excited he was that we would be going to Solid Rock again together for church on Saturday. As we stood on the street in front of TPI with people all around us …. some lying on the sidewalk, some sitting alone, some groups in conversation with a few choice words whirling around us, it was silently loud. This scene a 9:00 at night would have been once so uncomfortable for me that all I would have seen and heard was all that was around me yet, in the midst of all the uncomfortableness that surrounded us, all I saw and all I heard was Andy. Again, I gave God thanks for the fact that Andy is becoming comfortable with Jesus and, again, I felt that I had been the witness and recipient of the uncomfortable comforter.

God then moved my vision out and I thought of something I witnessed under the Steel Bridge a couple of visits ago. During that gathering, my eyes were caught by Lance, a young man from Grace; this was Lance’s first time with us under the bridge. I saw him sitting on the ground with a gentleman, listening intently to him with his hand on his shoulder. I was amazed at the ease Lance had with this man and I knew I was witnessing an encounter with Jesus. I have to believe that what I was witnessing was the uncomfortable comforter at work through Lance. I am thankful that God is moving us out from that which is comfortable. He is transforming Church Under the Bridge from being a group of people serving a group of people, to a group of people who are individually serving our Lord through intimate encounters with those He leads us to.

Lastly, the Lord showed me that what He has allowed me to see is just a small facet of what He is doing in His corporate bride. As is often the case when the Lord opens my eyes to see with my heart, He leaves me with a challenging question … When I ask, are you willing to step into the uncomfortableness of another so that I may bring them comfort? Having nothing to do with us and having everything to do with the Spirit that is at work in us … the same Spirit that empowered Jesus to lay everything down and embrace the cross, that which is incomprehensibly uncomfortable, so that we may receive comfort, our confident answer can be, “Yes, Lord.” As we follow Jesus, an exchange occurs. Really, He hands us the two keys that will unlock any closed door of our heart … we come to know Him more and our love for Him deepens.

The following short YouTube video of Francis Chan, a pastor I was introduced to through Andy and Serenity, leaves each of us with the same challenge from the Lord.


We look forward to the next time we will be following Jesus as he leads us under the Steel Bridge on Sunday, April 25th. To all that hear the Spirit saying, “Come”, we pray that you join us.

Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the Bride say come!”

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