Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A Break From Your Regularly Scheduled Reading

I feel the need to break from the norm of shiny happy posts about the pregnancy and baby, and be real about what's going on underneath the surface of what seems like a blissfully perfect life. Life is still good, just complicated. I don't know why I didn't post about it before. I guess I was trying to sugarcoat a bad situation, so I just glossed over it as if it never happened. And then things went back to normal, so I just didn't feel the need to dredge it up and put it out there in the blogisphere.

But- Right after the new year, Gregg was basically forced out of his position as Technical Director at King Street Church. It's a long story that doesn't necessitate all the details being rehashed at this point, but suffice it to say that we both felt pretty betrayed by what happened. We stopped attending church there, and Gregg quickly found another job elsewhere with a small marketing company. We've been looking for a church to go to since the middle of January. With Chambersburg located in, essentially, the Bible belt of the Mid-Atlantic, we thought we'd have very little trouble finding a new church home. We were wrong.

Every Sunday, we ventured out to try almost every different type of congregation imaginable. But something wasn't clicking. It was either too liberal, or too conservative, or too... something. I thought maybe at one point we were just being too picky! With a baby coming, we know we want to be connected to a church family and find spiritual encouragement. It seems like the more we look, the more discouraged we become. I feel lost, like we had been a part of something and then were kicked out. We had after all, moved from Florida just for Gregg's job at King Street. We don't even really like the town of Chambersburg, nor the surrounding area.

But it's our home, sort of. The whole church search and everything makes me wonder sometimes why we came here. And if we could have avoided uprooting the life we had down in FL. So many questions that are unanswered. We seemed to be heading in one direction, then got thrown off the track. I really want to get back on track again, and create some sort of stability for the family we're growing. If it at all felt like home to us once, it certainly doesn't anymore.


erin said...

Oh sweetie! I truly don't know what to say.

First, I'm glad that Gregg has found another job quickly--what a blessing!

I am so, so, sorry that this happened to you both and that there hasn't been a church you've felt connected with. I know how discouraging and disappointing that can be (we did the same "dance" when we moved here).

I am so glad you shared with us what's going on and how you're feeling, because it will help me to pray very specifically for you. :) I will be praying for you and Gregg that you find a church home to worship in and be fed in--especially as you welcome BabyBoy. God does have a plan for you and Gregg--and though it may seem at times that there isn't a reason for you to be where you are, there is. (easier said than done, I know)

I pray that the Lord will continue to lead you in His direction and will and that He will continue to fill you and Gregg with His peace and comfort during this time.

Let me know if you need anything--I'm an email away. :) (it's too bad we're so far apart--I'd say a Starbucks girls' night is just what is needed here!)


cdsbutterfly said...

I really don't how too much to say. I just hope you find what you are looking for.

audreybreier said...

I'm so sorry that you guys had to deal with that at your church. Being a preacher's daughter, I know what it can be like sometimes in churches. It can be hard! I will pray you guys are able to find a great church soon where you feel comfortable and know that's where you belong! I'm glad Gregg was able to find a job quickly!! Let me know if you need anything!

Angelarae said...

I am so sorry that things have turned out this way for you and Gregg. I know too well how difficult it is to find a good welcoming church - and I pray that you and Gregg are able to find a church that welcomes you.