Newsletter Updates for the Week of March 13, 2017

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Welcome from Haywood Street:

We are so thrilled to be partnering with Amplified Media in an effort to share what makes The Downtown Welcome Table and Respite such valuable parts of our community.

Click on the Welcome Table logo to view the most recent video featuring Keith and Dave.


> We are now offering Saturday lunch in Respite for Friends who have stayed with us to come back and share a meal with the community.  If you are willing to prepare lunch for this group one Saturday a month, please contact Michael at

> Full details including agenda have been published for our upcoming “Ministry WITH” training workshop, May 24-27.  Learn more 

>  “The Long Way Home” Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 3/15/17

A Haywood Reflection from Maggie:

After speaking of my revelation from God
at our Wednesday morning circle of companions (volunteers) a couple of weeks ago, I was asked to write a reflection of this special download I received.

For the past 3 or so years, I stepped into the role of serving (known as a companion) food to our friends at the Wednesday Welcome Table. Before that, I was holding the door at the adjoining room until it was time to serve our delicious food to about 100 of our friends per seating.

Our Wednesdays have been affectionately known as Holy Chaos Day since there are a lot of different types of activities going on in both rooms, the kitchen and dish room where lots of our friends and companions are participating. Each of us companions bring food to our assigned table, where we serve about 7-9 of our friends per seating. I always felt rushed to get the food on the table, bus the table and set up for the next seating of 7-9 of our friends.

One day, I got this revelation that a deeper connection was needed on my behalf to really feel that I was engaging in service with our friends. So here is what came through to me that day.

I initially introduced myself and showed my name tag to my friends and then asked them if they would be willing to share their names with me and others at the table. When I came back to my table with the food after the prayers, I saw that my friends were engaging in conversation with each other. Some of them were strangers to them too! I saw that some were lingering with good connections and conversations with each other. After everyone left, except one man, I asked him if I could sit down next to him and break bread with him. He said sure. His first words were, “After all the years I have been coming coming here to eat, no one has ever asked my name. Thank you for doing that today.” I found myself getting teary eyed and apologetic for getting all caught up in the tasks and not realizing until that moment how important human connection is; especially one’s name. The next thing he said was, “I understand that the tables have to be cleared for the next group, but I thank you for taking time to notice me and talk with me today.” At that point, I felt like I was being nurtured, seen, heard, supported and understood by God and my new friend at our Welcome Table and I was left with a fresh new way of serving our friends that felt just right for me.

Maggie Purnell









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