HELP THE ARTRIPS ADOPT….AGAIN!

We are asking anyone who wants to invest in us as a family to donate to our adoption fund. Our goal is to raise $10,000 (of the $21,000 total) as soon as possible so that we can be matched with a baby this fall. If every Facebook friend gives $5 we will meet our goal.

STORY

4 years ago we wrote this blog entry outlining our heart for adoption and our plan to start the process. We believe that God has a HEART FOR ADOPTION and we want our family to express His heart. With the help of our friends, family, and network of people we were gifted $7,000 that helped us adopt Mercy.

Here is the entry of Mercy’s adoption story and how God brought that day together. You can also read Kristin’s account of the finances and details here. If you haven’t seen a picture of Mercy yet, you clearly don’t follow me on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram.

I always believed we would adopt again but we wanted to be patient and take it one child at a time and make sure we had clarity as our family changed. In the last two years we have moved, changed jobs, and planted a church. As life has settled down and Mercy has gotten older we have started to have the conversations and pray about this and seek the counsel of close friends and mentors. We know that God wants to add to our family one more time through adoption.

THE PROCESS

We will again be working with the same organization – Adoption Link. We have already sent in our money and initiated the first phase of background checks and being re-approved. This will take a few months while our books are simultaneously shown to birth moms.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Please pray for us. We knew this before the last time and we know it even more now, adoption is a road with many twists and turns and we want to trust God as he writes this story.

The second major way our friends and family can be involved is in the fundraising process. Even after the thousands of dollars we have already invested this year, the remaining costs are estimated around $19,000.

We thought it would be neat to again leverage our personal network in the most common way it exists: Social Media. Our idea is to ask all of our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram friends to personally donate $5 to our adoption fund. We are also continuing to save our own money and put into this account every month. You may be reading this and not have Facebook, or you may want to give more than $5 and that’s ok too. We just think it will be great to see God use our friends and family who want to invest in a very practical, tangible way.

We are collecting the money through a gofundme page that we have set up. You can access the site here and even donate with a credit card.

THANKS

Thanks for taking the time to read this and hear our dream. Thank you to those who walked with us as our family grew through adoption last time. If you have any other questions, or want to contact us personally, we would love to talk more and share our hearts.

Blessings,

Mark, Kristin, Malachi, Canaan, and Mercy Artrip

markartrip(at)gmail.com

HAITI 2014 @CPR3MOVEMENT TRIP MIND DUMP

(This is a blog post to sum up my thoughts and excitement from my Haiti trip last week. This post is written for my Mom and Dad because they made my trip happen and I want to honor them with a recap of events. You can read it if you want, but just know that if your name isn’t Ron or Jeanne you are merely my secondary audience. Thanks Mom and Dad!)

BUCKET LIST

Up until a week ago the only time I had ever left the United States was to venture to an IGA super market slightly into Quebec Canada north of Vermont to buy groceries for the Operation Barnabas team I led in 2005. I know what you’re thinking and I don’t count that either, so basically I was 31 and had never left the USA and that is not ok.  Lucky for me Movement Church just started a church-to-church partnership with CPR-3 so I finally had a good reason to get a passport and cross leaving the country off of my bucket list.

CPR-3 PARTNERSHIP

I love the concept of partnership. We are partnering with a pastor in Haiti who will plant a church and bring relief to his area.  I wrote a blog entry here about why I was excited about this partnership and why it was a fit philosophically for us as a church. I love this concept because we aren’t just putting a Band-Aid on problems but we are strategically taking the gospel (spiritual relief) and physical relief to an area through a church.  The local church is God’s plan to redeem the world so we want to always have our efforts anchored there.

PASTOR PATRICK ALEXIS

A personal highlight of the trip for me was getting meet our partner pastor Patrick Alexis.  We had received a profile of him and connected on Facebook before we got there, but its always magic to meet someone in person. I felt like I was meeting a long lost brother.  As a church planter I know what it going through his mind. It was so cool to talk about our own insecurity, the way Satan attacks us and God’s faithfulness and provision.  Patrick has a great story of how God has saved him and called him to ministry and our team loved spending time with him. Most of the time we used a translator, but his English is not terrible so we had some great one on one moments connecting and hanging out. I got to attend his Sunday prayer (launch team) meeting that he has started for his church. It was only there 3rd meeting ever but the meeting I got to go to and speak at had 35 people in attendance. I had never spoke through a translator but it was so powerful to be with believers outside the United States and see the scope of the universal church.

TRIP LOGISTICS (FACILITIES)

During our trip we stayed at the CPR-3 facility in Bercy.  It’s a brand new facility with sleeping rooms, a group meeting room, dining room, huge kitchen, and new shower facilities. It wasn’t a Hilton hotel, and I wasn’t expecting that, but it was very nice way above what I expected. I can recommend that everyone from our church go on a trip knowing they won’t be sleeping on a dirt floor or sleeping in a mosquito infested field….not that those things should effect our commitment to Haiti but you know what I mean. You will be cared for on your trip and from the scheduling of tap taps (Haitian Taxi) to traveling with translators, every aspect of your trip has been planned to perfection long before you step off the plane. I love having that piece of mind as I recommend this trip.

CPR-3 STAFF

Another personal highlight for our team was connecting with the staff at CPR-3.  The highest compliment I can pay them is that 1) I want to be their friends 2) I loved spending time with them and learning from them 3) I would love to hire them.

On a personal note, one staff member, Amanda Damon was a student on the OB team that Kristin and I lead in 2005. It was great to see someone that we spent a summer pouring into doing such great ministry.  She committed to go into full-time ministry that summer and it was a blessing to see the fruition of that not only effecting my church but having an impact around the world.

NEXT CHAPTER

This was our first visit to Haiti and as Patrick plants a church and we come alongside him I am excited to send back other groups of people to encourage him and support his efforts. We want to send a medical group next. God has put us very close to a clinic that CPR-3 has partnered with that would make it very easy to do a top notch clinic right in Total.  We also have several medical professionals in our church from nurses, nurse practioners, dentists, and doctors that I think God has positioned us for great impact.  We are also looking to send down our band as music is a huge part of Haitian culture and the church and they would be able to do some great things by way of large events to help gather for the church.

 

It was a blessing to leave the country for the first time.
It was a blessing to travel with our team of 10 and pioneer what this partnership will look like.

It was a blessing to meet Patrick and find friendship with someone in another country.

I am greatly looking forward to the impact Movement Church can have in Haiti in the future. 

MOVEMENT CHURCH HAS A NEW LOCATION (FAQ ABOUT OUR MOVE)

On Sunday Movement Church announced that starting February 2nd our worship experiences are moving to the Hilliard/Ray Patch Family YMCA.  As a young church, we are excited for this move and the way God has opened the doors to make it happen.  This move will provide great exposure to our community and allow us to grow and accomplish our vision in some new exciting ways. Our vision is to be “a movement of people finding their way back to God.” This happens through people knowing Jesus and we want this move to be about that.

Not everyone was at church Sunday and we also have many friends and supporters who might have questions, so I thought I would take a second and answer some Frequently asked questions about the new location of our Movement Church worship experience.

Why move?

When Movement Church got to Hilliard, we looked into meeting in many places and God seemed to shut many of those doors. We were blessed to get a space in a town that isn’t always overflowing with portable space for church plants. This fall we have felt that space maximized as we have run out of parking many times and have a need to offer childcare beyond the two classes and ages (0-6ish) that we presently do. This move allows us to gather more people, have more parking, grow Movement Kids and offer more classes, and also have a well-known space that the community is more aware of.

Why the YMCA?

Anyone who knows Movement Church knows that we have always had a great relationship with the Y.  We have multiple people who are members on the board and as a church believe in what they do.  Their staff has been great cheerleaders of ours since day one. Our Movement groups have served there, we partnered for Trunk or Treat, and we helped sponsor the Ridestrong cancer fundraiser this past fall. The Y has been a wonderful partner in impacting families and this is another extension of that partnership.

When will this happen?

Our first Sunday at the Y will be Sunday February 2nd.  We want to be there in time for the series we will start that day called RelationsLips (love, dating, singleness, marriage, sex) and also to be ready to grow into the space in time for Palm Sunday and Easter (April 20th).

How will this work?

As of right now the plan is that we are going to have some on-site storage in the YMCA’s closet that we are re-organizing and building shelves in, as well as possibly a trailer like many other portable churches. Our sending church Encounter Church has a trailer they no longer use.

The plan is still coming together as our team for Creative Arts (tech), First impressions, and Movement Kids is putting together lists of needs for this new space.  Many things will translate (chairs, tables, sound) while other things will get simpler (We almost zero nursery and toddler setup as the Y already has dedicated rooms for this). We are looking at buying some new things like signs, cables and cords, and even new curtains, etc.  This move will take the work of many, but we believe in it and are excited to make it happen this month.

What to expect?

We are living proof that the church is not a building but the people who make it up. We have never owned a building or been in one for more than 90 minutes a week so in that sense not much changes. We are still intentional and contagious like our name, and will still be the same church.  We use buildings as a place to get together and celebrate who God is and what He is doing in us.

Our vision is still the same for Sundays to have a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all ages as well as teaching and music that are Biblically based, applicable, engaging, relevant, innovative, and also to feature stories of life change.

We still want people to feel welcome from the minute they get out of their car, walk inside, and check their kids into Movement Kids. As they worship we want them to know who we are and how they can get involved. We know that people are in many different places in their spiritual journey, that is why our goal is that people who have never heard the name of Jesus, people who have never been to church, people who have grown up in church, people who think they are too messed up, and people who don’t think God has a place for them, will find their way back to God through Jesus.

What is changing?

We will pay less per month for this space, so more money can be put toward ministry and establishing Movement Church.

Our worship experience will be in a bigger space so you can invite everyone you know.

Movement Kids will add a third class for ages 7-10 and have room to expand to more later.

You won’t have to fight for a parking spot now. In fact there is so much parking we are going to have spots for guests so those of us who call Movement home can park farther away and create an atmosphere of serving others.

What are the needs at this point?

Prayer – please pray for wisdom as we transition. We are going to be planning, ordering, and want to get it right. Also pray that this move gives us visibility in the community and that we will be able to see people find their way back to God because of this move.

Volunteers – We have some new needs in setup and first impressions (parking) that didn’t exist before. This is similar to moving in to a house from an apartment and realizing that you have to mow the yard now. We are hoping this will create a vacuum for many to serve and use their gifts and take ownership of their church.

Purchases - We also have some needs for things like furnishing the new kids room. I have had people ask if they can donate or give money toward this. The answer is yes and we will try to make needs knows as they are decided upon.

Can we use the hot tub or baptize people in the Pool?

As long as we pay to staff a lifeguard that day, we can do whatever we want.  I hope to start a baptism tradition that people get in the water by going down the slide. I’m just kidding….sort of.

CELEBRITY LOOK-A-LIKES THAT I KNOW PART 4

If you hang out with me for more than one hour I will probably tell you that you or someone close by remind me of someone. It might be someone famous, or it might just be another friend of mine.

Through the years this has lead me to do a few different “people I know who look like celebrities” (or not so famous people too) posts on the ole blog here.   So here goes the fourth edition. Check out these links to the first, second, and third edition.

Don’t be offended, just humor me.

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MOVEMENT GRAND OPENING WEEKEND/EGG DROP/EASTER SUNDAY RECAP

Many people have asked via text, email, and Facebook, so I thought I would give a recap of all that God did on our opening weekend.

  • Saturday at 830am we got to Spindler Park and began setting up for our Easter Egg Drop.
  • We had a team of around 50 people very organized by our outreach coach Ashton Rank so the work went quick and we were ready to go by 10am.
  • All we really did was set up sound, have an information table, mark 3 soccer fields with stakes and caution tape, and spread 37,000 eggs out evenly.
  • We didn’t know how many people would show up but we took around 12,000 flyers door to door and also put another 3,000 in area businesses. We also got on some family activity websites.
  • Once people arrived we had a parking team that got everyone in the lot in an organized way. We had around 800 spots in the parking lots and filled all but 10 or so.
  • We also had a greeting team that passed out flyers explaining the flow of the morning and helped parents find the age specific field they were looking for.
  • We estimate that we had between 2,000 and 2,500 people show up which is exactly what we asked people to pray for so that was cool to see God provide.
  • The helicopter arrived around 11:15 and dropped the remaining 3,000 eggs (1 large garbage bag on each field). It’s funny to hear the ooo’s and ahh’s in this vine my wife put up. There is something special about a helicopter to little kids.
  • The day was a great success and we made some great connections and were convinced that people knew who our church was, knew that we loved them and their family and wanted to serve them, and many would be at church the next day. Thank you Jesus.
  • We sent our team home around 12:30 because we got permission to set our facility up on Saturday night so everyone could bring a friend and not have to come early and be distracted with details on Sunday.
  • We met at Harmony at 5pm and set up the lobby/VIP and Movement Kids areas first while the team prepped tech stuff.
  • Setup was different because we had to include a baptism tank for the first time and also use all 200 of the chairs we owned so we could handle the anticipated crowd. Our room is not big so this required a little thought.
  • Eventually it was all setup and ready to go so we took advantage of having two large screens and watched the Buckeyes Elite 8 game…too bad they lost L
  • Sunday I did my usual routine and stopped at our PO Box to pick up any support that comes through the mail. I prayed and thanked God as I drove and actually started crying. It was an emotional day to have known this was what God has wanted for so long and to just thank him in order for all the ways he has already answered prayers, opened doors. And been faithful.
  • Our team came in at 8 instead of our usual 7 and go to sound check and relax a little more. We topped off the baptism tank and tried to make it warm (fail).
  • We had extra greeters, extra ushers, an extra VIP table and were ready to go when the crowd started rolling in.
  • As with any church plant launch that is close to home or your sending church(es) for many we saw some family and familiar faces who wanted to come support us and that is ok because it helped give us a crowd.
  • It was so awesome to roam the lobby and say to people “I saw you at the Egg Drop yesterday right?” and know that God had brought them that day.
  • The service started with our new bumper video that Chris Guyot hooked us up with.  I have known him since he was 15 and got to be his student pastor. It was an absolute blessing to have him want to give his gifts to our church and to bless us.
  • Next we cut to this video http://vimeo.com/63017692 which was something I dreamed up and Josh Howard just made happen. We are so blessed to have him and I try not to gush too much, but this video was just him showing his commitment to excellence and talent and eye for all things creative. Josh thanks for being on our team, thanks for your heart and passion and for giving yourself far beyond what we can pay you…..for now.
  • We had some songs after that and as they were playing seats started becoming a hot commodity which was awesome to see. I took some quick iphone pics because I could.
  • We did our usual welcome and invite for VIP’s to fill out the connect card for a T-shirt. We had 59 VIPs so I am sure a good portion of my week will be spent on the phone which is the problem we want.
  • We showed this video from Fellowship Creative http://vimeo.com/40297738 to begin focusing our minds on Easter and the resurrection and new life.
  • Speaking of new life after the video our band played Overcome and in the middle we had the 4 people being baptized come forward and share their story and why they wanted to be baptized. As the band played we had a party and it was one of the most powerful moments of the day watching them come up out of the water.
  • Our theme for the day was Jesus changes everything and we used Titus 2:11-14.  We had one guy indicate that he wants Jesus in his life so I am very excited to follow up with him this week and talk about that.
  • We closed with some worship and its official that our band/Jeremy Noland’s version of “All the poor and powerless” is better than the All Sons and Daughters version…in my humble opinion. They not only have a great backing track that borders at electronic at times, but they also had him play a tom drum from the set , and they even switch up the temp in the 2nd verse and it had a Mumford vibe for just a second. Truly excellent. Thank you to our band for working so hard and building a great atmosphere. By the final song you could hear the crowd singing back and it was a very worshipful moment and I loved that they got to lead in that.
  • All things said and done it was a great day. We had 199 people at our service.
  • I am sure we will put some pics up from the weekend. We had 3 photographers going nuts all weekend to document it.
  • I FORGOT TO MENTION SOME DETAILS OR SOMETHING I BET, BUT THE MAIN POINT IS……………. Thank you Jesus!

MARCH 11TH, 2013 MIND DUMP

What is one to do when there is just too much to say in a post that would stay on topic, be cohesive, or make sense in any way?…You write a mind dump of course.

  • I have been waiting since high school to be a church planter….I love it.
  • Often when people describe a phase of life to you it isn’t true. We all got marriage or parenting suggestions from someone we were convinced had no idea what they are talking about. Most people told me that in the church planters the highs would be higher and the lows would be lower…..that is exactly true.
  • Today was our 9th Sunday since we started public services at the Harmony Artistic Center.
  • I think this next week will be the one where all the kinks are gone. After that I will just blame mistakes on other people and their imperfections.
  • I have always gone to churches that announced and cared about the time change keeping people from church, this was my first time on the other side.
  • I love my team. Whenever I am stressed I just start picturing names and faces of people and what God is doing in them.  We are blessed to have some great people who are gifted and so committed. I cannot imagine doing this without them.
  • I just bought a bunch of new worship music. I am just trying to keep up with Josh Howard.
  • Today starts a Daniel Fast that many on our team are doing from now until our grand opening. You won’t hear me talk about it again, but I am excited for our team to see God in these 21 days.
  • We have a team from Grace Fellowship in Pickerington coming next week to help us get the word out about the Egg Drop. That church bleeds for us and is in full partnership and it is super refreshing.
  • Speaking of The Egg Drop I bought hilliardeggdrop.com to promote it. That is where the link goes.
  • I own a lot of Movement Church related dot coms. Its what I get for letting people like Ben Arment and Brandon Rike influence me. I think they own like 100 each.
  • Today I got all the Movement Church stuff out of my basement and finally put it in the storage locker (minus the 40k eggs). Its like I gained a while new room at my house.
  • I got the stuff out of the basement because I could, but also because I think between now and Memorial Day I will be slowly finishing our basement. I hope to someday house some interns or a resident there if it helps us multiply churches.
  • We have our teaching calendar planned out for the next year. We will do a relationships, love, sex series next February. I got some back issues of 614 magazine that have a Columbus specific survey about sex and related topics this week. It is fascinating to say the least and for better or worse good to know our demographic.
  • I thought about putting some thoughts up here about love/marriage/sex and all that stuff since its one of my favorite things to teach on.
  • Its funny how 7 years after you start as a student pastor the floodgates open for doing weddings and pre-marital weddings. I am busy right now connecting with former students and it is great to see what God is doing and where he has taken them.
  • Tomorrow night I am going to the Encounter Church elder’s meeting. Still so grateful for the vision they have to multiply in us and give us financing too.
  • In the last few months I have been contacted by so many closet church planters and closet parents of adoption. I love getting to share our stories and hopefully get them a little closer to the edge and jumping.

2013 GRAMMY RECAP/MIND DUMP

I tried to stay away and not tweet or blog abut the Grammy’s. I figured there were enough experts out there offering their opinion.  I tried, you gotta believe my I really did. I just couldn’t’ take it, when I saw people saying things like this……

“What ever happened to Nirvana?” (This guy wasn’t joking)

“I didn’t know Adele was British.”

“What band does Travis Barker drum for?”

At some point I got worked up and started keeping mental notes knowing that I had a good ole fashioned Grammy recap brewing inside of me for the markartrip.com audience. Its feels like 2005 around these parts, but I want to keep my blog light at times and a shallow post about pop culture should be just the trick.

  • My wife told me before the show that CBS made rules about the dresses women could wear this year. They wanted the show to be appropriate and stay classy. Having watched, its clear no one listened and the only thing that made it better than last year was that Lady Gaga wasn’t around.
  • I almost can’t handle the way CBS and the Grammy’s “partner” together. Its one thing for them to pretend the people’s choice awards are a real show and than just give awards to all of their shows, but they are getting too involved in the Grammys. I mean we all know that LL Cool J is a terrible host and comes across like a bad Tracy Morgan character.
  • Faith Hill has braces? She is now going to be skinnier (because she can’t eat normal) and prettier than ever. We are fans of her around our house so no disrespect. She may take over the world now.
  • Rihanna looked rough. She’s talented but I honestly worry about her. She is the one from this generation I am afraid will end of up on a bad episode of Behind the Music.
  • If you didn’t notice, Justin Bieber wasn’t there. According to his team he got “snubbed”. I think he is the one who snubbed us after he promised a “Justin Timberlake level” album.  That is a promise you shouldn’t make. He tried to pull viewers away and did a live stream chat tonight at the same time.
  • Speaking of Justin Timberlake, he was perfection. I know I’m a fan-boy, but he owned the night and the psychology of stepping away just long enough to do some acting and create demand around himself is brilliant.
  • I got like 10 texts as he was performing. People acting like I was the only one liking it…you liked it too, just admit it.
  • Carrie Underwood was on point too. She didn’t do anything special she just did a good performance that showcased her vocals. She didn’t do some weird medley that took away from things and didn’t over think the fact that she can impress with her voice. Its not rocket science but most don’t do that.
  • Frank Ocean, was not that smart. He has some great songs, but he is always performing them weird and not making them accessible to the mass that watched this show. That is why sometimes other people do his songs better than him. Look up “thinking about you” covers on YouTube. He was this years Nicki Minaj, who was given the platform last year and wasted it.
  • Fun…..meh? I know the songs are catchy, but I am over them. I feel like they are a slightly better version of Train.
  • Zac Brown Band country album of the year. I can live with that. Every song on that album is good. Josh Howard proved that to me and he is right.
  • Kelly Clarkson finally won an award. I was starting to think she wouldn’t get up there. Her speech was even entertaining….or maybe drunk?
  • The dream, Frank Ocean, Kanye, and Jay won an award….and Jay Z and the Dream had no business on stage together dressed different so Jay through his own artist under the bus saying “he’d like to thank the swap meet for the Dream’s hat”…..I’m ok with that.
  • The Maroon 5/Alicia Keys mash-up was actually great. I didn’t know these forced collaborations were allowed to work and sound good. Someone should tell the Grammy’s or the other artists that. Someone should definitely tell Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley. They thought you were supposed to make it looked forced and more boring than normal. Respect.
  • Its cool to see the Black Keys get love. They have been taking Grammy’s for 3 years not but I when Lebron tweets about you, you are officially cool.
  • Before I forget, Taylor Swift opened the show….and didn’t deliver. You got to stay in your lane and wearing a top hat while a circus goes on behind you, without a guitar in your hand didn’t make you look like the world power that you have become. She wasn’t bad but when you are that big an 8 out of 10 is a letdown.
  • The thing that is funny about the Grammy’s is how some of us are oblivious to certain genres even though people are already famous and making good money and being successful. I learn about someone new every year (usually folk/rock) and apparently I should have told my wife about Miguel sooner.
  • What do you have to do to overcome the term “Ginger” and its stereotypes? Just be as awesome as Ed Shereen. No one even knows he is a redhead. That guy is on top of the world.
  • Didn’t see Mumford winning album of the year. Mostly because I expected to see Fun be the hands down darlings of the night, but that was a good win. No problem seeing them get some love, and they seemed to be humbled.
  • The closing song with Chuck D, LL and the rest was incredibly bad. It always is and usually has like 10 artists on stage all pretending to play acoustic while singing in mics that aren’t even on, so I shouldn’t expect much….but wow it was painful.
  • I love music, I love the Grammy’s, it was a great night, super entertaining, and was the best show in at least 4-5 years I would say.
  • What did you think?