Thursday, March 18, 2010

leaving trunk

In September of 2007, 4 friends moved into 49 York Street in Kingston, Ontario. Without much of a clue as to what we were doing, we wanted to live our faith in the way we had dreamed about. We wanted to show hospitality to the poor, we wanted to take Jesus at his word, we wanted to grow in the knowledge of ourselves, each other, and God. We wanted to see the Word come to life. We wanted our faith to influence everything we said and did. We wanted to put our money where our mouths were.

Now it is 2 and a half years later. People have come and gone. We've had fights, we've partied, we've prayed, we've tried our best. And now the The House Famous as we have known it will be coming to an end. This was not a decision we came to easily, or without any regrets. But things have changed, and this is simply the direction things are going. We have all changed and grown in many ways and it seems that we are being called to move on.

I'm not sure what to say here, or how to sum up everything we've done and accomplished. I know for sure that this blog can only explain so much, and it doesn't seem fair at all to try and do this community justice with just a few paragraphs. But in light of that...

Thank you to everyone who has supported us and followed this blog. Thanks to everyone who visited us, who slept on our couches and ate with us. Thanks for challenging us and for putting up with us. Thanks to Chris, Ian, Ben, Taylor, and Liz for committing to this wacky community and for believing in what we tried to do.

We will miss this place and what has been to us and done for us. But now is the time to face what's next, and wait for the next part of the journey God has planned for us.

Much love,

The House Famous
(Brendan, Andrew, Shannon, Todd, Chelsea, Noah, Jason, Victoria)


Isaiah said...

I'm sad to hear that. Certainly visiting you guys was a great experience for me and a great for our community from what we learned for you guys.

God bless as you move forward with everything!


Marty said...

Wow!!! I am sorry to hear this also.
But our God is alive and is always moving us onto more "experience" that will enable us to Love Him more and each other.

God bless all your future choices as you lean and walk in His ways.
Your Friend Marty

Anonymous said...

I understand that God is calling you to leave and I fully think you should follow God's path. But my earthly idea's cant help but think - for a community with equal partnership, how come because Todd and Chelsea got a house, does the whole House Famous come to an end? How come the other members don't continue the legacy? Im just an outsider looking in, and Im sad to see you go........

The House Famous said...

Good question, anonymous. In addition to Todd and Chelsea getting a house, the rest of us have new phases of life taking place too. We discussed continuing this house into the future but came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be possible to keep going this way with less people and consequently less activity, money, etc.

charn said...

Best of luck to everyone! What an amazing experience this must have been!

Tom Waits said...

You folks were the best raggedy bunch of brawlers, bawlers and bastards that Kingston ever knew. Best of luck in the future!

Philip said...

Hi Andrew heaard you were engad congratsE!~ Hope you move on to a wonderful life Phil F