Stuff that’s too good to ignore…Gillian Marchenko

Gillian MarchenkoGillian Marchenko is a writer, speaker and advocate for kids with special needs and their families who, together with her husband Sergei, serves a church in Chicago (Christian Fellowship Church) where families of kids with disabilities are welcome. She leads a ministry (The King’s Table) offering weekly respite care to families of children with special needs, and an inclusive ministry for weekend worship.

Gillian has written very authentically and poignantly about her experiences as the mother  of four children… one (Polly) with an extra chromosome who has had a stroke, two brain surgeries and a diagnosis of Moyamoya Disease, and another (Evangeline) who came to their family through Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that helps kids with Down Syndrome from around the world find loving families. For this year’s Inclusion Fusion, she spoke on the topic…Loss and Grief in Parenting Children With Special Needs.

One of our blog readers searched for Inclusion Fusion after coming across a blurb on the Internet about Gillian’s presentation following the conclusion of the Web Summit, saddened that she had missed out on Gillian’s talk. “Zeemaid“…this is for you!

Again…We’re asking our leaders to forward the links to this post/video to pastors, church staff members or families interested in Gillian’s discussion of loss and grief in parenting children with special needs, along with other Inclusion Fusion presentations in the Stuff That’s Too Good to Ignore series.

Here’s Gillian…

Thanks to the generosity of our partners at Pajama Conference, Inclusion Fusion is going to be available online through TODAY… Sunday, December 2nd. Feel free to go back onto the site and check out any presentations you weren’t able to view this past week. Invite your friends to register so they might check out all of this year’s presentations. If you were registered for Inclusion Fusion, your existing password will continue to work for the site. New registrants will get their own unique password.


Pajama Conference is making available for sale a boxed set of DVDs containing all of the video presentations and downloads from Inclusion Fusion 2012. The complete set of conference videos is available for $49.99. The boxed set is a great gift for churches desirous of a resource for training staff and volunteers, as well as for families caring for a child or adult with special needs. Pajama Conference uses the proceeds from the video sale to fund free ministry training, including the Children’s Ministry Web Summit and Inclusion Fusion. Click here to order

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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