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Gipe Sabbatical Summary (“deep thoughts by Marshall”)

General Stats:

This summer marks the following family “milestones”:

24th anniversary for Marshall and Becky (August)

9th year at Greenville Grace (on April 16th)

Rhett is in his first year of travel with the Northwood University baseball team

Halli graduates from High School in May

 

Sabbatical Dates:

March 3 – April 26 (8 weeks)

 

Is there any significance to the timing this year? Is this some sort of emergency?

[from Marshall] The short answer is “no”. The longer (and more vulnerable) answer is, “not yet”. While we aren’t in crisis, given the transitions the church and our family have gone through both recently and over the last eight to ten years, I (and the elders) feel I’d benefit from some preventative time to “search the contours of my soul” a bit more intentionally, so that burnout is avoided. The elders are not concerned and neither is Becky, or even me. In Danny’s words (that I feel are accurate), some dash-lights are flickering and it would be good to get some time to discern through which ones are on and how the Gospel can be applied to them! I am not broken, but rather need some space. My personality type plus my position of being over much of the daily and weekly administration at Grace have me in a place that makes it difficult for me to dive too deeply into heavier soul matters for very long. This break from the day-to-day will serve myself and Becky by giving us time and space to simply abide in Christ. John 15 makes it clear that unless our doing for Christ flows from our abiding in Christ, we are wasting our time, robbing ourselves of joy, and actually working destruction in our souls. It will be good for me to step away for a time….to just take time. To take some time to process through the last eight years of the goodness of ministry here at this amazing church called Grace that shepherds me more than I shepherd her.

 

Are you leaving?

Yes. But only for 8 weeks. Some of you know that I have recently begun to sub-contract design hours back to the landscape company I was once a part of, and that just this new year took a few hours away from my week at Grace to do more in that arena. Please know, the addition of those hours in design is not part-one of me stepping away, and this sabbatical part-two. When Becky and I prayed through the decision to pull back a bit at Grace and take on more design time, the Lord made it very, very clear to us that we are called to serve here at Grace…first. To step away, at this juncture, would feel like disobedience to Him. These feelings from the Lord simultaneously thrill and settle us as we love serving at Grace and we love her people more than we ever thought we could. We are as excited about the returning in 8 weeks as we are about the leaving.

 

Why are you excited to be on sabbatical?

[from Marshall] A few reasons.

First, we won’t be unsupervised and walking through the time alone. Jim Cofield (of CrossPoint Ministries) will be helping Becky and I make the most of our time and encouraging us to keep our expectations realistic. Jim has helped us a church in the past and he and I get along very well…it will be a joy to have him as a source of wisdom, counsel and perspective during the eight weeks!

Second, my own soul. I plan to dig into the book of Isaiah. The Lord has repeatedly brought the book to mind and across my path recently and I am excited to have the time to see what the Lord has for me in it. I hope to see more of God’s faithfulness to His people, faithfulness to His Word, and faithfulness to His character…even when His people are not faithful to Him, His Word, nor His character. I am looking forward to time. Time alone…with God…not for a study, not for a sermon, not for a class, not for a counseling appointment, but for my own soul. I have begun praying that the Lord would use the 8 weeks to foster a deeper hunger for His Word, His people, and His character in my soul, my home, and my future ministry. I pray that I can see His goodness more clearly and apply it to my own story more clearly…and carry that freshness, patience, and hope onward into what the Lord has for us. Join me in praying to those ends.

Third, we are stepping into a new phase of parenting. It’s trite and I often hated hearing it, but they do “grow up so fast”. Parenting for us has (nearly and fully) transitioned from relationships of control and indoctrination to relationships of influence and investment. This is both exciting and…well, a little intimidating. This time away will allow for us to more intentionally seek the Lord in how best to adjust to our new phase in ways that allow us to be more effective ambassadors for Christ to our children. Pray for us as we take time to consider these things in our souls, in our schedules, and in our home. Halli heads off to Wright State in the fall (she will commute but may stay with grandparents in Clayton through the week some) and Rhett (if his college/baseball schedule holds) may only be ‘home’ for 2 months in 2019. Absolute.Craziness. Becky and I hope to use the time to begin to set new rhythms of “normal life” that mesh her (and my) full-time work schedules together to the end of capitalizing on our days together in more intentional ways that can set new patterns for us going forward. I plan to design (some) of the days she works and we will use the other days to just enjoy each other, be it in travel or folding laundry.

And lastly, travel. The break will allow us to travel to watch Rhett play baseball in Florida (our happy place) during his first season as a college athlete. We plan to head out west to CA to attend a nephew’s wedding in April and while there reconnect with many friends there that I’ve not seen in over 10 years. We have a quiet place arranged to stay at while in Florida, as well as in California (through some very, very gracious friends) that will allow for extended periods of quiet…and when in town, plan to conduct our days at a much slower pace…which we also hope to carry on into future ministry and life. All of this, even though we will miss you terribly, thrill us and make us excited for how the Lord will bless the time you’ve given us. Thank you.

We praise God for you when He brings you to mind…which is often.

 

What is Grace going to do during the sabbatical?

Adjust: Lori Palmer will take on much of what Marshall currently does in the week-to-week, and use the time of him being gone to plan ways to keep it off his plate when he returns. Lori was hired with the intention of her being more “executive” in role rather than “administrative”. She has proven very capable and we are excited to see how the Lord will use the sabbatical period to grow her in the ability to transition from “leading herself” in admin to “leading others” in it. Danny has invited other elders and local pastors to preach so that he is a bit more freed up to minister to those that need it. He plans to preach about 50% of the Sundays instead of the more normal 75%. This gap will allow him to be more present with the ministry needs that come up along the way.

 

How can we pray during the Sabbatical?

Marshall and Becky: Pray that their schedule (and their souls) allow for rhythmic periods of intentional rest for the purposes of understanding themselves and knowing their God more deeply. Pray for safety as they travel. Pray for the ability to “be all there” where they are, and when they return, to “be all here”.

Grace Church: Pray that we feel the difference of the Gipes being gone, and respond in life-giving ways when things feel different. Pray for discernment and energy for Danny and Lori as they work together as a “skeleton staff” during the weeks of sabbatical.

 

Announcements for January 20

<small><em>The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!</em></small>

Today’s Text: Hebrews 1:7-9 Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

PORTERBROOK | Join us for our next discussion! The February topic is Living the Cross and Resurrection. We will be meeting to discuss the unit Saturday, February 9th @ 7am in the back big classroom at the church. Childcare will be available. To get more info or for instructions on how to download the material ($30/unit) go to www.greenvillegrace.org and click on the Porterbrook banner image at the top of the page.

VISION NIGHT | Join us next Sunday, January 27th at 6pm for our annual Vision Night. This year we will be celebrating what God has been doing here at Grace. We will be taking a look at some past, present, and future blessings. You won’t want to miss it!

GIVING STATEMENTS | Be watching your email inbox for your yearly giving statement. They will be emailed to you beginning in early to mid January.

LADIES’ STUDY | Beginning February 11, we will offer an 8-week ladies’ study on Jen Wilkins’ books “None Like Him” and “In His Image”. The study will meet on Monday evenings (7-8:30) and Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11). Childcare is provided for both times. Cost for the books is $20. Sign up at the Welcome Center or at www.greenvillegrace.org  through February 3rd. For more information or questions contact Charity Wright 937.423.4771

MEN’S STUDY | Beginning February 11-April 15th, we will offer an 10– week men’s study on Heath Lambert’s book “Finally Free”. The is study is open to men of all ages from Jr. High to adult. The study will meet on Monday evenings from 7-8:15. Cost for the book is $20. Sign up at the Welcome Center or at www.greenvillegrace.org through February 3rd. For more information or questions contact the office at 937-547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

WINTER WEATHER POLICY | During the winter weather we will plan to have service unless we are under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Please make the decision to attend based on your location and what is best for your family during Snow Emergencies.

OLD STORY NEW | This week’s lesson: Lesson 59 (Abraham: Father to All by Faith) Your child’s Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Old Story New (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Soup Beans & Rice
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 1/13/2019— $5905| 2019 wkly need — $8060

Gipe Family Sabbatical Update

The Gipes will be on sabbatical the months of March and April. Plans are coming together for their time “away”. They will officially be on sabbatical from all day-to-day ministry responsibilities from March 3 to April 26. They plan to spend some time in Florida (their happy place) and perhaps California to be with family, rest, recalibrate, and then re-enter ministry with a renewed energy in May. Keep watch here for more thoughts from Marshall and Becky on what they plan to do, how they plan to intentionally “unwind” and how the Lord is leading them to search their souls in an intentional way during the 8 weeks.

Come to Vision Night…(there will be cake!)

Our 2019 Vision Night is on Sunday, January 27 @ 6p. Please bring a dessert and join us for a night of celebration! To get you prepped, grab a copy of the (new and improved) Grace Report from the Welcome Center or the tables at the back of the auditorium.  We will have the Associate Director of the Sojourn Network (Dave Owens) here as well as some elders from Gospel Community Church (our recent church plant in Troy, OH). We want to celebrate what the Lord did through your generous giving in 2018 and allow time for you to connect with the visitors and each other. Please bring a dessert and come!

Come and Meet the Akers Family!

We are getting closer to a hire! We have a (second) candidate (and his wife and infant daughter) joining us this weekend! If you’d like to meet Ben and Amanda Akers, they will be available at the church on Saturday, January 19 from 2-5p. (yes, that’s different than previously announced…we decided to start a bit earlier to serve you and them). Ben will be sharing his story and his heart for student ministry at 4p. Please come and meet Ben and Amanda! Let us know your impressions when you meet him! We value your feedback and want you to be a part of the hiring process as much as possible.

Spring Studies are Coming!

The Men and Women’s Ministries of Grace Church are hosting spring studies again this year. The men will be walking through Heath Lambert’s book “Finally Free” for 10 weeks on Monday evenings @ 7p while the women will take 8 weeks to work through a couple resources from Jen Wilkin on the attributes of God on Monday evenings at 7p and Tuesday mornings @ 9:30a. You can sign up for the studies at the Welcome Center on online. Click here to sign up for the Mens Study. Click here for the Monday evening Womens Study. Click here for the Tuesday morning Womens Study. Questions? Call the church office at (937)547-0065 and ask for Lori.

Announcements for January 13

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Hebrews 1:4-6 Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

PORTERBROOK | Join us for our next discussion! The February topic is Living the Cross and Resurrection. We will be meeting to discuss the unit Saturday, February 9 @ 7am in the back big classroom at the church. Childcare will be available. To get more info or for instructions on how to download the material ($30/unit) go to www.greenvillegrace.org and click on the Porterbrook banner image at the top of the page.

AKERS’ FAMILY MEET & GREET | This Saturday, January 19th from 3-5p, Ben and Amanda Akers will be here to meet people from Grace and share their heart for ministry. Ben is a candidate for our Student Ministries Director position. The elders would love to have you meet and visit with Ben and his family. While we would highly recommend any students & their parents attend, this is open to anyone who attends Grace. Please give us any feedback as we seek to make decisions on future ministry needs.

VISION NIGHT | Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 6pm for our annual Vision Night. This year we will be celebrating what God has been doing here at Grace. We will be taking a look at some past, present, and future blessings. You won’t want to miss it!

GIVING STATEMENTS | Be watching your email inbox for your yearly giving statement. They will be emailed to you beginning in early to mid January.

LADIES’ STUDY | Beginning February 11, we will offer an 8-week ladies’ study on Jen Wilkins’ books “None Like Him” and “In His Image”. The study will meet on Monday evenings (7-8:30) and Tuesday Mornings (9:30-11). Childcare is provided for both times. Cost for the books is $20. Sign up at the Welcome Center or at www.greenvillegrace.org today through February 3rd. For more information or questions contact Charity Wright 937.423.4771

MEN’S STUDY | Beginning February 11-April 15th, we will offer an 10– week men’s study on Heath Lambert’s book “Finally Free”. The is study is open to men of all ages from Jr. High to adult. The study will meet on Monday evenings from 7-8:15. Cost for the book is $20. Sign up at the Welcome Center or at www.greenvillegrace.org today through February 3rd. For more information or questions contact the office at 937-547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

WINTER WEATHER POLICY | During the winter weather we will plan to have service unless we are under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Please make the decision to attend based on your location and what is best for your family during Snow Emergencies.

OLD STORY NEW | This week’s lesson: Lesson 58 (A Gift of Righteousness) Your child’s Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Old Story New (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Soup Beans & Rice
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 1/06/2019— $8651| 2019 wkly need — $8060

Announcements for January 6

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Hebrews 1:1-3 Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

PORTERBROOK | It’s Back!!! Join us for our next discussion! The January topic is Engaging with Context. We will be meeting to discuss the unit this Saturday, January 12 @ 7am in the back big classroom at the church. Childcare will be available. To get more info or for instructions on how to download the material ($30/unit) go to www. greenvillegrace.org and click on the Porterbrook banner image at the top of the page.

GRACE MOMS | Mom of kids ages 6 & under? Want to connect with other moms in the area? Need a break from your kids to learn more about Jesus? Come join our Grace Moms group that meets the first Wednesday morning of every month. Their next meeting is this Wednesday, January 9th at 9:30a. The next topic: What does the Bible say about Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine? Questions or just want to know more about Moms Group contact Rachel Wooten 937.621.2989, Kellie Eikenberry 937.621.2057, or Autumn Perkins 765.305.2277.

AKERS’ FAMILY MEET & GREET | On January 19th from 3-5p, Ben and Amanda Akers will be here to meet people from Grace and share their heart for ministry. Ben is a candidate for our Student Ministries Director position. The elders would love to have you meet and visit with Ben and his family. While we would highly recommend any students & their parents attend, this is open to anyone who attends Grace. Please give us any feedback as we seek to make decisions on future ministry needs.

VISION NIGHT | Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 6pm for our annual Vision Night. This year we will be celebrating what God has been doing here at Grace. We will be taking a look at some past, present, and future blessings. You won’t want to miss it!

GIVING STATEMENTS | Be watching your email inbox for your yearly giving statement. They will be emailed to you beginning in early to mid January.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSION TRIP WITH SCORE INTERNATIONAL | March 1-8, 2019, Grace Church will be sending a medical/dental/construction team to the Dominican Republic. If you are interested in more information please pick up a packet at the Welcome Center or Contact Mike & Linda Fourman at lfourman@woh.rr.com.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY | During the winter weather we will plan to have service unless we are under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Please make the decision to attend based on your location and what is best for your family during Snow Emergencies.

OLD STORY NEW | This week’s lesson: Lesson 57 (God Loves a Cheerful Giver) Your child’s Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Old Story New (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Soup Beans & Rice
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/30/2018— $7896| 2018 wkly need — $7596

Announcements for December 30

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Jeremiah 52 Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

PORTERBROOK | It’s Back!!! Join us for our next discussion! The January topic is Engaging with Context. We will be meeting to discuss the unit Saturday, January 12 @ 7am in the back big classroom at the church. Childcare will be available. To get more info or for instructions on how to download the material ($30/unit) go to www.greenvillegrace.org and click on the Porterbrook banner image at the top of the page.

HEBREWS SERIES | Starting January 6, 2019, we will be working through the book of Hebrews for our sermons and through the book of Psalms for our liturgy. While we will cover one Psalm per week (meaning we are on a nearly 3 year journey in the Psalms for liturgy), we will be covering much smaller portions of Hebrews for the sermons. Be sure to check for LIFEgroup questions online to see the passage breakdowns. If you are interested, the Welcome Center has some commentaries that are available for you to review and then buy online. The commentaries are not a requirement for the series, but they can help enhance your time in Hebrews.

GRACE MOMS | Mom of kids ages 6 & under? Want to connect with other moms in the area? Need a break from your kids to learn more about Jesus? Come join our Grace Moms group that meets the first Wednesday morning of every month. Their next meeting is Wednesday, January 9th at 9:30a. The next topic is What does the Bible have to say on: Evaluating Complementary and Alternative Medicine? Questions or just want to know more contact Rachel Wooten 937.621.2989, Kellie Eikenberry 937.621.2057, or Autumn Perkins 765.305.2277.

AKERS’ FAMILY MEET & GREET | On January 19th from 3-5p, Ben and Amanda Akers will be here to meet people from Grace and share their heart for ministry. Ben is a candidate for our Student Ministries Director position. The elders would love to have you meet and visit with Ben and his family. While we would highly recommend any students & their parents attend, this is open to anyone who attends Grace. Please give us any feedback as we seek to make decisions on future ministry needs.

VISION NIGHT | Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 6pm for our annual Vision Night. This year we will be celebrating what God has been doing here at Grace. We will be taking a look at some past, present, and future blessings. You won’t want to miss it!

GIVING STATEMENTS | Be watching your email inbox for your yearly giving statement. They will be emailed to you beginning in early to mid January.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY | During the winter weather we will plan to have service unless we are under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Please make the decision to attend based on your location and what is best for your family during Snow Emergencies.

OLD STORY NEW | This week’s lesson: Lesson 56 (A New Creation) Your child’s Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Old Story New (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & Canned Broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/23/2018— $7825| 2018 wkly need — $7596

Announcements for December 23

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: John 12:35-50 Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

PORTERBROOK | It’s Back!!! Join us for our next discussion! The January topic is Engaging with Context. We will be meeting to discuss the unit on Saturday, January 12 @ 7am in the back big classroom at the church. Childcare will be available. To get more info or for instructions on how to download the material ($30/unit) go to www.greenvillegrace.org and click on the Porterbrook banner image at the top of the page.

HOLIDAY SERVICES | We will have one service Next Sunday, 30th at 10 am. We will have nursery and Children’s Church. Looking forward to worshiping with you!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE | We will have our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24th at 7pm. Bring your families and join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord & Savior!

VISION NIGHT | Join us on Sunday, January 27th at 6pm for our annual Vision Night. This year we will be celebrating what God has been doing here at Grace. We will be taking a look at some past, present, and future blessings. You won’t want to miss it!

HEBREWS SERIES | Starting January 6, 2019, we will be working through the book of Hebrews for our sermons and through the book of Psalms for our liturgy. While we will cover one Psalm per week (meaning we are on a nearly 3 year journey in the Psalms for liturgy), we will be covering much smaller portions of Hebrews for the sermons. Be sure to check for LIFEGroup questions online to see the passage breakdowns. If you are interested, the Welcome Center has some commentaries that are available for you to review and then buy online. The commentaries are not a requirement for the series, but they can help enhance your time in Hebrews.

GIVING STATEMENTS | Be watching your email inbox for your yearly giving statement. They will be mailed beginning to middle of January.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSION TRIP WITH SCORE INTERNATIONAL | March 1-8, 2019, Grace Church will be sending a medical/dental/construction team to the Dominican Republic. If you are interested in more information please pick up a packet at the Welcome Center or Contact Mike & Linda Fourman at lfourman@woh.rr.com.

WINTER WEATHER POLICY | During the winter weather we will plan to have service unless we are under a Level 3 Snow Emergency. Please make the decision to attend based on your location and what is best for your family during Snow Emergencies.

KIDS ADVENT LESSONS | This week’s lesson: Advent week 4 of 4. The Advent lessons are stand alone lessons. Spend these weeks interacting with your children about what they have learned in Children’s Church.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & Canned Broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/16/2018— $7860| 2018 wkly need — $7596