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Kris Carlson plays live music for local nonprofit coffee shop

It felt like a big sing along with a bunch of friends.” – Angela Bride


January 22nd, 2016 – Kris Carlson is the worship leader at First Christian Church in Greeneville, Tennessee. Carlson said, “…I kind of ran from ministry, but in the end, God reached into my heart. I decided to use my gifts for worship ministry.” He was recently inspired to create an event where people from the community could come together to fellowship and enjoy live music. His mission for the event was to create an atmosphere where people would enjoy their Friday evening with friends and family. Attendees would also have the opportunity to indulge in freshly brewed coffee and scrumptious deserts provided by the nonprofit establishment started by First Christian Church, Catalyst Coffee Company. Attendees were invited to put in their own musical requests.


Catalyst Coffee Company is where Carlson performed his live musical appearance. He has done multiple performances at Catalyst. This time, he took requests from the people who came to listen, which built an atmosphere of connectivity between Carlson and his audience. An attendee, Angela Bride said, “A lot of the songs he had never performed before. He performed them on the spot. He is a musical genius when it comes to that kind of stuff.” In total, which Carlson blames mostly on the snowy conditions, 14 people were in attendance to see his performance. “I’ve been to a lot of concerts before at Catalyst but this one was very different because of the snow… We didn’t have a lot of people, but we eventually ended up with quite a few people there.” Carlson said, “The thing about Catalyst is that it is a ministry of our church, and the reason I did that [performance] the other night is because I knew there wasn’t a lot going on in town, people were snowed in… So, I took requests for two hours.” Not only did his performance distract people from the snowy weather, his music also boosted business for the café.


“All of it was cotemporary. He sang Billy Joel, James Taylor, basically anything anybody requested… He did a Michael Buble song. We would just come up with artists,” said Bride.

Photos by: Kris Carlson

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Make It Your Mission

Rachel Brathen, a world traveling yoga instructor, author, and spiritual mentor, is on a mission to raise money and spread awareness about what can be done to aid in the water crisis in the Playa Gigante community of Nicaragua. Right now a third of the population lives without the ability to have safe water to drink. She is making it her mission to breathe life into the relief effort that will bring clean drinking water to the region. She has invited people from around the world to join in on her mission and to make it their own.

Throughout the mission trip, there will be time to explore and connect with people who have come together for the same purpose. Time will be spent meditating, practicing yoga, and working towards bringing clean water to the community. This memorable experience will lead to networking and broadening horizons for those who are leading a hand to the cause.

Rachel Brathen and 109 World are partners in bringing this mission trip into existence. April 2, 2016 – April 7, 2016 will be the dates for the trip to Nicaragua. A cost of $2,950 includes daily meals and activities, housing, and round trip tickets. The experiences that come with this mission are priceless and will drive your passion to seek out ways to help mankind.

“We believe that you have the power to change the world… The 109-day campaign peaks with a social mission trip where we bring people to the area in need to explore the culture, get insight into the problem the community is facing and also do hands-on work to actively make a change.” – Rachel Brathen

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