For eight weeks during summer beginning June 18th – August 6th, GI Free will step away from the normal rhythm of Sunday Mornings and into a rhythm of Sabbath where we will collectively: STOP>>REST>>CONNECT


What is a Sabbath?

The word Sabbath is a pretty religious sounding word. What does it mean, and how does it apply to us today? Sabbath literally means abstinence from the tyranny of the urgent that dominates our life. Exodus 20.8-11 gives us an introduction to Sabbath:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

To experience Sabbath, we must first STOP.

Our tendency is to always work and always build, believing that our constant busyness is gaining something stillness would not. Sabbath is an invitation from God to stop on purpose, understanding that everything we are and everything we have comes from Him. Because he is the Giver, we can STOP.

Sabbath is a chance to rest, eat, celebrate, play and worship. It’s a season to purposefully listen to God and reflect. Collectively, it’s a chance to reexamine our vision, priorities, and perspective, so that we can continue to advance the kingdom of God by transforming the person, the community, and the world.  Because summer offers a different rhythm both inside and outside the church, God invites us to holy reflection.

So, let’s STOP. Let’s put down the struggle, busyness and interrupt our own rhythm so we can experience God’s rhythm.


REST is the next part of Sabbath. “Why am I so exhausted? I need a break!”

We’re all too familiar with this. We work hard, we run at a high pace for too long. We need to REST. We need a change of pace.  Interestingly, mankind was built for this rest, for this change of pace.  We find this account in Genesis 2:2-3:

By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested (Sabbath) from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested (Sabbath) from all the work of creating that He had done.


While we REST, we’ll have plenty of time to CONNECT.

At GI Free, we believe that life is best lived in the context of community. Serving and being CONNECTED within a group of committed Christians is something we feel is an essential component of living the Jesus-centered life.

Summer Sabbath will provide us a unique opportunity to CONNECT.  For eight consecutive weeks, we will worship together in one gathering.  This will give us an occasion to connect with those that gather at different worship times throughout the year.

There are a lot of exciting possibilities for us in the days to come and we will be announcing some of the direction and plans that our staff, elders, and teams have been pursuing.


It’s OK to STOP>>REST>>CONNECT

Ultimately, we believe that God is the Giver, He is in control, and we are mere recipients of his gifts.  Because of that great truth, we can STOP>>REST>>CONNECT without feeling guilty or losing a step.

 What will Summer Sabbath look like?

  • We will come together for One Worship Gathering at 10 AM
  • Pastor Dan will continue the series, “Freedom,” A Study of Galatians
  • Sunday School for Children & Students will not be offered
  • Nursery and Gathering Point will be available during the one Worship Gathering
  • ABF’s will have the freedom to meet if they desire to; please be sure to check with your Leader regarding your group.
  • Donuts & Coffee will not be available

What should I do during this season?

STOP>> Spend time intentionally connecting with and listening to God. Reflect on what he might be saying to you or your family.

REST>> What energizes you? Is it being with people or do you prefer time alone or with your family? Do you like being out and about or would you rather nap, read, or sit on the porch? What things help you rest and relax? Spend time doing them.

CONNECT>> Spend time with other believers, unpack the things God may be saying to you and to them.  Talk about how those things impact your lives.  Look for ways to be together with your ABF or Small Group outside of the walls of GI Free.

Other Sabbath Suggestions:

  • CONNECT with a few friends or have neighbors over for breakfast and then invite them to worship during our 10 AM Worship Gathering
  • CONNECT with a group outside of GI Free Church; even though we are on Sabbath as a church, rhythms of life and family don’t STOP, so look for ways to be together
  • SERVE one weekend within the Children’s Ministry or First Impression Team
  • Whatever you do, STOP>>REST>>>CONNECT

What will the Staff and Elders do throughout Summer Sabbath?

These eight weeks of Sabbath Summer will go by fast.  And we don’t want to waste them.  We will be behind the scenes thinking through our plans for what’s on the horizon. We will also observe Summer Sabbath ourselves and model that within our families. Yes, some of us will take a trip or schedule a much needed vacation during our Sabbath. Maybe we will have the extra time to invite friends over. Whatever it is, we will be good stewards of our time and resources.

 >>Summer Sabbath Schedule<<

May 28 | Memorial Day Weekend
10 A.M. Worship Gathering Only

June 4
Deacons Fund, Canned Food Collection, Communion

June 12 – 16
VBS Week

June 18 | VBS Sunday & Father’s Day
10 A.M. Worship Gathering Only

June 25 – July 30
10 A.M. Worship Gathering Only

August 6 | Sunday Celebration with Baptism
10 A.M. Worship Gathering Only

 August 13 | Back to School Sunday {Normal Schedule Resumes}
8:15 A.M. & 11:00 A.M


>>On The Horizon<<

June 11
Rosebud & DR Mission Trip Commissioning

July 2
Germany Mission Trip Commissioning

September 2
Free Them Run

September 3
10 A.M. Worship Gathering Only

September 6
Rock Solid Kids Club Kick-Off