This page provides information about some of the community partners of Grant Park Baptist Church, as well as their combined efforts to make Portland a better place to live.
Grant Park Baptist Church has partnered with the GPNA in a number of ways. The church provides space for the association to hold its regular and special meetings. The association provides us with free ad space in their quarterly newsletter, and our pastor has provided articles for publication in the newsletter. One of our church board members, Stacey Tipp, is also on the board of the neighborhood association. In September, 2015, Grant Park Baptist Church joined with the GPNA as co-sponsors of the "Partners for Portland" event. This was a panel discussion featuring prominent local people from various walks of life and fields of endeavor, who explained some of the ways they are trying to make Portland a better place to live and work. The panel included Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach, Terry Stotts; the Artistic Director of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Scott Yarbrough; and LaShawn Lee, the Principal of Faubion Elementary school.
The Portland Woman's Club (PWC), which was founded in 1895, is a volunteer service and social club for women that has worked consistently to make a difference in the lives of women and children, especially through education. Early club women were instrumental in leading the campaign for voting rights for Oregon women, and for the establishment of free public libraries and public parks. Current service projects include the Click for Babies campaign that educates new parents on the dangers of shaken baby syndrome; donations and events for Candlelighters for children with cancer; and scholarships for women aged 25 and older through Mt. Hood Community College. The partnering efforts of the PWC with Grant Park Baptist Church include: 1) the church hosted the 2015 and 2016 Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs Fine Arts Scholarship Contests; and 2) the church hosted the super-successful November 28, 2015 Giving Fair, designed to solicit donations of warm winter clothing and other much needed items for the Rose Haven Day Shelter for homeless women and children located in NW Portland. PWC members and church members together planned, publicized, and organized volunteers to work at this event.
Grant Park Baptist Church values its partnering efforts with this artistic company. The church has provided space for company first reads of plays, and the company provided its Artistic Director as a panelist for our "Partners for Portland" event. The theater company has provided readers for programs in our worship services, including a dramatic retelling of the Christmas story on December 13, 2015. We look forward to other future cooperative efforts in the arts with this talented and creative group.
LEGACY EMANUEL MEDICAL CENTER
On April 14, 2016, Grant Park Baptist Church hosted guest speaker, Simone Carter, the trauma prevention and outreach education coordinator at Legacy. Ms. Carter spoke to a mixed group of church members and members of the community, about the important and timely issue of preventing falls among older adults. The church is also participating in Legacy Hospital's "Click for Babies" knitting campaign, that educates new parents on the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
LEE OWEN STONE (LOS) PRESCHOOL
This is one of the two preschools housed in the Grant Park Baptist Church building. Each year, church members attend the super-fun LOS auction, and at the last one spent $300 on a pie! In 2016, the church wrote a letter in support of a grant application by the preschool to fund a series of lectures on parenting for families at the school and in the wider community. Also, one of the preschool moms interviewed Pastor Jeremy in order to create a press release announcing his appointment in the local newspaper.