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The First Month is Down!

February 2, 2010

General:
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!!
Facilities:
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.
Finances:
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.

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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…….

Good week.

November 21, 2009

Friends.

I have been able to connect and reconnect with people from various seasons of my life. I met with pastors, church planters and old friends. Just talking with them all, sharing our story, has been confirming to our call to start a church in New England.  People have been so supportive and encouraging, this is so necessary.

Circumstances.

We had to pull our house off of the market this week. I have learned that the lending world is only set up for delinquency not for those who want to have integrity. For example I had a bank manager tell me that we should use the rest of our HELOC and then default on the loan. Sketchy. Because the bank will not release us from our existing equity loan and draw up another loan , we cannot sell our house out right. The options: short sell (default on loan, no thanks), rent or wait on God. We have decided to wait until 12/15 and see what the Lord does.  We also need to sell our boat and believe that the Lord will take care of this as well.

Participation.

I have the opportunity to go to a surf video premiere on Thursday. On in Jupiter, Florida! So cool to see more than 200 people at a beachside civic center watch this epic premiere. Calvary Jupiter was asked to participate in this event by providing the audio and video hardware. It was our honor. One of cool Florida things I will miss when we leave for the northeast.

Happy Anniversary!

January 8, 2009

10 years ago today Penny and I tied the knot. I am so greatful for my wife. She makes my life better. She understands me. She is a servant. She a great mother. She is an amazing wife. She loves Jesus. Ilove you honey!

cp-wed

Thanksgiving week

November 29, 2008

I have been with the family in the mountains of North Carolina all week just chillin’ and enjoying down time. We have reconnected with Penny’s family, old friends and have explored a lot. The weather has been pretty perfect and the views from our cabin are amazing. How was your Thanksgiving?

running

Time out!

November 20, 2008

Penny, I and the boys are meeting the family in western North Carolina for a little Thanksgiving getaway. Penny’s family lives up there so it will be a sort of family reunion. we are really looking forward to this as it will be our first family vacation with our sons. Roman is so excited to go climb a mountain with Daddy and Jadon doesn’t really know what to think. We leave Sunday after church and return the following Sunday. I must admit, I’m ready. we have been hitting Jupiter hard since school began in August. It’s time for a much needed break.

Another busy week, Another cool front.

November 16, 2008

Today will close out (or begin, depending how you determine your weeks beginning or end) another crazy photo-356busy week in my life. From going to our summer camp location to shoot a promo video or taking a bunch of students to a music fest or wrestling with my boys on the floor of their room, this week has been another busy chapter in my life. Today I have another ridiculously full day (church, post-dedication celebration at a family friends house and then an ordination installment at another local church). With all of the busy-ness and lack of family quality time I look forward to enjoying some crisp south Florida fall weather for a few days. Highs in the 60’s lows in the 50’s. Nice.

Johnny and Chachi sing “The Don’t Song”

October 9, 2008

ht: bob.blog

A needed day away

September 26, 2008

Life has been so hectic. Actually the past month has been one of the most intense periods of ministry in my life. So this morning after a campus visit, Penny and I packed the boys up for the 2 hour trip north to Orlando. We went to Sea World¬† for the day and enjoyed all the crazy sea life. Here are some pictures of our little trip away. One of the perks to living in Florida….