an answered prayer??

20 07 2009

And, one last post about our experience at church yesterday.

Last week, frustrated by the futility of my job search, I decided to change tactics and set up the foundation for a freelance music business (see my recently updated site at calliedean.wordpress.com!)  I was accepted as a part-time violin teacher at a local music school (YAY!) but will still need to find my own students, and possibly another lesson venue, to fill up the rest of my time.  In my head, I had thought it would be ideal if I could find a church that would let me give lessons there, and I would be more than happy to work in arts ministry and service in exchange!

So, here is a recap of a conversation from church yesterday:

Guy sitting in front of us: Hi! I’m Matt.

Me: I’m Callie.

Jordan: I’m Jordan.

Matt: Is this your first time here?

Jordan: It’s our second time.  We actually were here last week, too. We just moved to the area.

Matt: Oh, are you a student at Tech?

Jordan: Yeah. (they converse about materials science, engineering, PhDs, etc.)

Matt (turning to me): So what will you be doing while he’s working on his PhD?

Me: I’m not sure yet. (I fumble for words and sound like an idiot for a few seconds before I remember that I do in fact have a plan!)  I’m going to be teaching violin lessons.

Matt: Oh, really?  We’re actually hoping to start offering art and music lessons here at the church…

What were the odds?  We ended up sitting behind the very people who are starting a new arts ministry at this church, which will be affiliated with the international arts mission/ministry that they founded!  It was just a few seconds of conversation, and who knows what will come of it…but there was definitely a seed planted!

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IF…

18 07 2009

your beauty
is so great
it defies
words on a
piece of paper.

a pen cannot
capture
what my eyes
have seen.

– mikel k

This poem is framed and posted at the drinks bar at IF Coffeehouse, a little hole-in-the-wall venue in Little Five Points, Atlanta. We went there tonight to watch a concert by the students at local music school Eclectic Music. Every Saturday night, apparently, they host a free coffeehouse featuring local musicians. It was clearly an artists’ haven: there were colorful paintings adorning all of the walls (We forgot our camera, but I’ll try to post pics the next time we go). The food and drinks are cheap (I think the most expensive thing on the menu was $2), but as it is a non-profit organization, it runs on tips and donations.

IF

From the brochure:
“IF stands for Intown Fellowship, a not-for-profit serving ministry supported by individual Christians from Atlanta. Our goals include providing a comfortable environment for music, being a resource to those in need, and to promote discussion and conversation about God and reality … Intown Fellowship began as a church in 1986. In 1992 the church group decided to change direction and begin the coffeehouse.”

What a neat ministry! I’ll definitely be back soon!