Monday, November 05, 2007

belly dancing & the restoration house

Yesterday we had belly dancing...with fire...as a part of our worship service.

I don't have anything funny or anecdotal to say about that. It was just really cool.

Delacey and her husband Marc have been a part of Crossings community since July. She is a professional belly dancer/stay-at-home mom (you know...one of those). She performs with a troupe called Gypsy Hands based out of Knoxville. They travel all over performing at clubs and concert venues. They even performed at Bonnaroo.

Basically, she is a rock star.

The only disappointing thing was that I really thought Delacey would be able to convince my wife to dance with her yesterday. Betsy has been taking belly dancing lessons with Delacey for a couple months now. But...she could not be persuaded. Oh well. It was still really stinking awesome.

You can read Mark's blog if you want to understand why we had belly dancing as a part of our worship service.

I want to share with you one more exciting story from yesterday.

Daniel and Mandy Watson, also Crossings people, had an open house for their non-profit organization The Restoration House, which seeks to provide transitional living for "single mothers emerging from public housing and/or referral programs" and partners with "other community organizations to provide counseling, life skills training, parent training, job training, transportation, etc."

It was a very big day for them. It even got local news coverage. Click here to read the story and watch the news report online (the video player is on the right side of the page, scroll down the list of clips til you see the one for The Restoration House).

What Daniel and Mandy are doing is not easy, but it is much needed in Knoxville.

I can't explain what a blessing it is to be in community with such a wide variety of people who have such a wide variety of passions and talents.

4 comments:

greg said...

So I've heard that churches need to do more to get men to come... sing more manly songs and stuff like that... but I think you guys might have hit it out of the park with belly dancing.

and were those chicken wings on the welcome table from hoo.... never mind.

bill said...

ha ha. that is really funny, greg.

luckily, delacey has belly dancing outfits that's are extremely modest. this was one of them. she even wore a head covering. which is good since we require all women who attend our services to wear those.

The Anonymous Human said...

as well you should.

ragamuffinminister said...

so...um...betsy...um...belly dances...like...um...wow...for real...um...oh my.

:)