Category: Bold Moves

Jubilee Heralds: Announcing a New Expression in Support of Refugees

Jubilee Heralds: Announcing a New Expression in Support of Refugees

The Sponsor Circle Program is a community-led resettlement initiative that allows  everyday Americans to take on the responsibility of welcoming an Afghan newcomer to  their communities. An emergency response launched to ensure that all arriving Afghans  receive welcome and support, the Sponsor Circle Program pairs Afghan newcomers with  community groups eager to provide support. As a sponsor circle, you and your neighbors  will take on tasks like finding initial housing, stocking the pantry, connecting children to  school, providing initial income support, and helping adults to find employment. 

• Communities Circle Up – Bring together at least five adults in your neighborhood to  form a sponsor circle. Complete background checks, fundraise, and prepare to submit  your group’s application for certification.  
• Members Make a Plan – Check your knowledge of what is needed to serve as a sponsor circle and prepare a Welcome Plan in advance of being matched with a newcomer.  Support in completing your Welcome Plan is available
• Circles Welcome Newcomers – Once certified, sponsor circles will welcome the new comer directly into the community and provide tailored support through the initial integration process

Sign-Up Form to Join Jubilee Heralds’ Sponsor Circles:

Donate to Support Jubilee Heralds

If you have questions about how to support or be involved with this Portland-based New Expression of Ministry, please contact Daniel Rose ( – 503.257.3175)

Bold Moves Grant Applications | Spring 2022

Bold Moves Grant Applications | Spring 2022

As we begin to move beyond the pandemic existence that has limited so many things, is now the time to begin planning for engaging in some Fresh Expressions of mission in your congregation’s community?  A Bold Moves Grant may be just the boost you need to bring your plans to life.

Applications for grants in the 2022 Spring Cycle are due April 18th.  Check out the Bold Moves page on the GPNW website for the updated Guidelines and Procedures document as well as the Application Form, or contact Steve Pomeroy ( with any questions.



Submitted by Steve Pomeroy, Committee Chairperson

On behalf of the GPNW Mission Center, the Bold Moves Grants Committee is pleased to announce the awarding of two new grants in the Spring cycle of 2021.  Congratulations go to Eugene Congregation  and Bridges To Peace, a non-profit organization being shepherded through Garden Grove Congregation, as they embark on fresh expressions of mission aided by the receiving of these grants.

Eugene’s “Gateways Grab and Go” program will provide an array of healthy breakfast items available to students at Gateways High School and GED Program.  The program will be similar to the highly successful effort previously supported by the congregation at the area’s Springfield High School, which not only provided health benefits to students in need, but helped to improve on-time attendance and academic success.  The same goals are in place for this effort, directed by Jody Barnhart.

Bridges To Peace is a non-profit corporation, organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes.  This corporation’s primary purpose is to promote an environment for children, families and communities, to learn and explore peace through interactive exploration.  Its curriculum meshes nicely with the curriculum currently utilized at Garden Grove Congregation for Young Peacemakers Clubs at church, at Minnehaha Elementary School, and next fall at Truman Elementary School.  Christie Ostendorp will serve as program director.

Both grants are provisional as structural elements of the programs continue to be worked out by the supporting groups.  Prayerful good wishes are extended to both congregations as they work to abolish poverty and end suffering and pursue peace in their communities.

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