Newsletter Updates for the Week of: May 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome from Haywood Street:

Squash and zucchini and lettuce, oh my! The garden

continues to flourish…

It has been a wonderful few
days of the ‘Ministry With’
workshop. So much gratitude
for our visitors
and everyone involved.

 

 

Find more pictures and stories from our congregation here.

Updates:

> Click HERE for Haywood Street Congregation parking options.

> Haywood Street is in need of some drywall/plaster repair work. Please contact Dave Holland if interested (dave@haywoodstreet.org).

> “The Haywood Street MATters” continue to make sleeping mats for homeless individuals on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 10 am – Noon in the Fellowship Hall. All are invited to participate!

“Left Behind”– Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs; May 24, 2017

A Haywood Reflection from Brook:

As I was leaving Wednesday worship, headed to my car, I heard, “Hey! Excuse me Ma’am!” I turned around to find a Haywood Street friend beckoning me back towards him. “What can I help you with?,” I asked. “I just want to make sure I’m correct. You’re a minister, right?” I looked at him waiting for the punchline and then realizing there wasn’t one, burst out in laughter anyways. “No, no I’m not a minister. Not even close.” “Well, we all think you are.” “I’m definitely not,” I said. “But, you have the ‘minister walk’,” he went on. “What’s the ‘minister walk’?,” “You know, it’s just how you move around this place. Yea, everyone here thinks you’re a minister.”

I stared at our friend, realizing he still wasn’t 100 percent convinced of my non-minister status. “Alright, here’s the deal,” I told him. “I’m going to let you in on a secret. I don’t really know much of anything about Christianity. I didn’t grow up ‘in the church.’ I’ve tried to read the Bible a dozen times and every time I fall asleep. I don’t know who was related to who, I have no concept of Biblical geography or timelines. I didn’t even know what the word ‘Sacrament’ meant before I came to Haywood Street. Come to think of it, I still don’t really know what it means. So…. do you believe me now?” “Ok,” he said. “But, I don’t really know all that stuff either.”

Pastor Brian has described the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, or core of Christianity, to me. He has told me it is comprised of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. He has suggested that my faith appears to reside heavily in the ‘experience’ portion–that I find my Christianity most strongly in the divine I experience in the people around me. I would agree.

The beauty of Haywood Street is that someone like me is welcomed. The beauty of Haywood Street is that someone not like me is welcomed. The beauty of Haywood Street is that we all come as we are–believers, non-believers, kickers and screamers–all falling into the equality of God’s love.

 

 

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