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The First Month is Down!

February 2, 2010

On January 3rd we landed in the Upper Valley and have enjoyed getting accustomed to our new home and community. Amazingly enough, the weather has been mild (for northern New England) and the people are very welcoming and receptive to our family. As we have made the area home it has become easier to have conversations with neighbors, coffee shoppers and service people (banks, city workers). God is opening doors for us continually and we are so blessed to have had a relatively easy first month. A cool bit of news, Craig and Zoe Skirvin will be joining us up here around the first of month. They have sensed the call to be a part of Riverbank Church and we are thrilled to have them join us!!
Unfortunately we have one bit of concern, we have been unable to secure our meeting place. We thought we had secured the gym and class rooms at one of the local schools but the district came back to us late in the game and upped the price and told us we would not have access to any rooms. Please pray that Lord will reveal our meeting place very soon as we have several potential places in the hopper.
As a new church launch finances are always needed. The Lord has provided up to this point yet there are always more potential needs. Please pray for Riverbank Church finances that all of our initial needs will be provided for and that we will be the best stewards possible with the provided resources. We are still $1,300 under our projected monthly income. Pray the Lord provides.


Week 1 is down!

January 11, 2010

Just a few notes reviewing our first week in northern New England.

Monday January 4 – We just unpacked our boxes and tried to get the “smoke stank” out of our master bathroom. It was real nice having our living room set up, it was kind of an oasis as we unpacked and continued to purge. We had a huge yard sale in December trying to get rid of a lot junk. It wasn’t enough, we had much more junk than we originally thought.

Tuesday January 5 – Took the family around our new town and even went sledding in Hanover. The boys loved it and we enjoyed some great hot chocolate from the Dirt Cowboy. By this time we were starting to settle in a bit. Empty boxes were a-plenty and more space in the new apartment felt great. I must say , apartment life will be an adjustment.

Wednesday January 6 – Bethany (my sis) has been such a huge help and her son Ben, has been amazing keeping the 2 Goeppner boys busy. Their room is pretty close to completion, as is ours. There is light at the end of the tunnel! We went to Hanover again for sledding. This will be a winter staple for us! On a different note, we made our first big purchase for Riverbank Church, a new laser printer extreme. It’s a sweet machine and will be used much! Beth and I put the finishing touches on the boys room late that evening.

Thursday January 7 – We awoke early to take my sister and nephew to Manchester airport. It was a dreaded day for us as we have been so blessed to have them help us get moved in and settled. After dropping them off at the airport we drove down to the seacoast area and visited with my aunt Judy and uncle Chet. ¬†We sipped some tea and caught up after about 10 months of spotty communication. From there we drove to Hampton, NH to meet my other aunts and uncles for lunch at THIS PLACE. Good stuff. We stopped at Target on the way home, the closest is an hour away ūüė¶

Friday January 9 – Growing more and more comfortable in our new apartment we took to the streets of the Upper Valley and explored a bit. We went to Norwich, VT to the King Arthur Flour Bakery and ate some tasty pastries and hot tea. What a cool place, check their site here. Of course, we drove around a bit more, learning new roads and neighborhoods. It was our anniversary this day, but we didn’t celebrate due to the circumstances.

Saturday January 10 – I decided to take the crew out again to another town in the region,

Woodstock, VT. This is the quintessential New England town without a doubt. We walked around a bit and enjoyed a real cool general store. On the way there we saw the east coast Grand Canyon, Quechee Gorge, it’s quite beautiful! ¬†Later our friends Dylan and Aimee Nicholas stopped by to watch the boys while we went out to eat to celebrate our 11th anniversary. There aren’t many restaurants in the area, but there are some very good ones. We ended up going to a Japanese place.¬†Good stuff.

Sunday January 11 – Our first church experience in our

new hometown was at Wellspring Worship Center. We met some great people and I was able to chat with my friend, Pastor Craig Morton. What a great guy! After church we drove north to Fairlee, VT. for the annual Lake Morey Winterfest. It was very wintery day (high of 15 degrees today) and we decided to do as the Romans. There was snowshoe volleyball, ice skating and trails (on the lake), hay rides, dog sleds, snowmobiling….you get the point. So cool was the hospitality area where we were able to warm up with hot chocolate and banana bread. The craziest of all was the fact that Roman taught himself to ice skate today. The kid is a natural.

Tomorrow – Day one on the job at Riverbank Church.

I know, it’s been a while.

December 31, 2009

The past few weeks have been crazy. From raising funds for the church launch to saying good byes to packing up our life, it’s literally been a very difficult time. We leave in 34 hours for our new home in northern New England. I can’t believe this chapter of our life is coming to a close. As soon as we know it life will begin in the Upper Valley. Here is a breakdown of the next 4-5 days:

Friday – we leave south Florida at 6am. Our whole family and driving team will eat Cracker Barrell and then off…..we plan on stopping in Staunton, Va. for a nights sleep, thats a 15 hour drive for those interested.

Saturday – we will leave Virginia to drive straight up to NH. This is about another 10 hour drive. We will spend the night in White River, VT.

Sunday – we will go to our apartment to begin unloading our life “stuff”. My prayer is that we will have a team to help in this mass unloading.

Monday РBethany (my sis) and Ben (my nephew) will be traveling with us so we plan on treating them to the best of the Upper Valley. Possibly a day in the snow or ice skating.

Stay tuned…….

Heroes: Bryon Mondok

April 30, 2007

I will never forget the first time I met Bryon. We met at a local deli for breakfast. My first impression was “this guy is a mans man”. He drove up on a motorcycle and a few minutes into our meeting I noticed he was pretty built and he talked with confidence. Forward 7 years later. Bryon has become one of the most influential ministry mentors in my life. He has challenged me in many areas from stepping up my personal relationship with Christ or having a forward mentality in my music listening, movie watching or politics. I really could go on and on but here are three words I have to describe the blog-star:
Available – Bryon is a true friend who is always there. I have called him early, late when ever. He is always there for me.
Honest – He is one of the most honest, genuine people I have ever met and he has taught me to never fever honesty, even when I make you vulnerable. If you read Mondok Blog you know this. As a friend and mentor I have learned so much from this, thank you Bryon.
Brilliant – A deep thinker is very often mis-identified. Bryon doesn’t fit the stereotypical genius. He looks like, acts like and plays like a regular dude, with tats. What you don’t know until you engage in a conversation is that this man is a freakin’ genius. He reads, studies and thinks. I love it. He has pushed me to be a smarter guy. To challenge myself and to think outside of the box.
As you see, Bryon has been an incredible mentor to me. I am forever grateful that the Lord has brought him into my life. I have learned to be available, honest and strive to be smarter because of his influence on my life.

Heroes: Andrew Oates

April 17, 2007

When I was told that a guy younger than myself was going to come and oversee the ministries that I was involved with, I thought I could teach him some things. I mean, I have been serving in different capacities of ministry for several years at that time. Little did I know my world was about to be rocked. Andrew became the student and young adults pastor at my church and we instantly hit it off. In a very short period of time I realized that he would become the mentor and I the mentee because of the spiritual maturity and surrender displayed in his life. I will never forget the time Andrew spent with me reading valuable Christian classics, sharing his method and philosophy of ministry and most importantly his teaching of the Word. Andrew was very dedicated to reproducing himself in me, making a disciple. To this day I still communicate pretty often with him. It’s so cool to see that the Lord has blessed Andrew with an amazing family and now a future work in the metro Orlando area as a church planter. Andrew taught me the importance of vision, clarity and total surrender. He is one of the most committed Christ followers I have known and I thank the Lord that he has been a part of my life.