Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yoohoo, Choo Choo!

Huge news everyone... we're moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee!! Yup, just like the "choo choo train" song! Call us crazy (especially since McB is only 6 weeks old) and we're really sad to leave family and friends, but it's an awesome opportunity and very exciting. Most of you have heard the story of why, how and when, but for those of you that haven't here's the Cliff note version...
Tim's played drums with the Evensong band for years and 2 weeks ago our friend Chris (the band leader & pastor extraordinaire) invited us down as part of a team that's starting a church in the heart of downtown. We're hoping to create a place where the urban poor, university students, professionals, families, etc can all worship together. Much like the Brainerd Mission way back in the early 1800's (I'll fill you in on that story another day, it's pretty cool stuff). I'll be "Director of the Creative Arts" (sounds very official, huh?) and my job will be to partner with local artists to make the arts accessible for all, regardless of money or ability. I'm really hoping to encourage the creative spirit in folks through classes and workshops of all sorts - painting, sewing, knitting, screen printing, pottery... oo, and I'll also be the in-house graphic designer. I can't wait! Tim will continue to play with the band and for the first 5 months he'll help overhaul the building. It's located right on restaurant row and will have a coffee shop and arts space downstairs, as well as a state-of-the-art recording studio and sanctuary upstairs.

It's been a quick decision process, but we're thrilled to be a part of it. I've never been to Chattanooga, but I've heard it's quite pretty, very artsy, the people are friendly and there's lots to do outdoors. So if any of you feel like a move or a visit, all are welcome to come say "yoohoo" to the "Choo Choo"!


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