Friday, August 05, 2005

Farewell to Bayshore

A chapter in our lives has come to a close. This week we had our last Sunday and last work day at Bayshore. We feel a mixture of sadness and excitement: we will miss the people we are leaving behind, but we look forward to what is ahead.

The following is an article I wrote for this week's newsletter at Bayshore:

As many of you know, Sunday July 31 was our last Sunday at Bayshore Baptist Church; a place that has played a huge part in our lives for the past 5 years. On June 3, 2000, we were married here; Gil was ordained as a deacon in 2002, and we were both ordained as ministers here in June. We have both worked at the church either full or part-time in the past 4 years, and we have made friendships that will last a lifetime. We appreciate the opportunities we have had to serve and grow alongside many of you.

We would especially like to thank Nancy Burke for being a mentor to the two of us. She has always been there to encourage and support us. If she didn’t have the answer we were looking for, she helped us find someone who did. She was willing to give us responsibilities that helped us grow as church leaders and learn valuable lessons that will help us throughout our ministry. Entering the ministry can be a very scary experience, and I wish everyone could have someone like Nancy to help guide them along the way.

In the coming weeks, we will be packing and moving to Winston-Salem. At the end of August, Gil will begin studying at The Divinity School at Wake Forest University. Gay has several job prospects at churches in the Winston-Salem area, and will have some final interviews at the end of August. We both appreciate all of your prayers during this time of transition in our lives.

We also would ask for you to continue to pray for us over the next several years, as we try to find where our ministries fit into the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 compares the body of Christ to our own bodies saying: "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." Making the decision to enter the ministry and surrender every part of your life to Christ is only the first step. The second step is discerning where and how he wants us to serve. That means putting our own wishes and desires aside, and saying, as the old hymn does, "Wherever he leads, I’ll go." Finding the right place is essential for the body to function as God intended it to: "so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it, if one part in honored, every part rejoices with it." We will continue to pray that everyone at Bayshore finds their "part" in the body of Christ, and we would ask that you do the same for us.

We plan to visit Bayshore as often as we can. You can keep track of us on Gil’s online weblog at http://revgil.blogspot.com.

Yours in Christ,

Gil and Gay Gulick

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