Newsletter Updates for the Week of: May 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome from Haywood Street:

Last Sunday we were gifted with the arrival of the Weslyan Youth Choir. Hailing from First United Methodist Church in Athens, Georgia, the group is on their “Mystery Destination Tour 2017.” We thank them for their visit and their beautiful songs and we wish them well on their adventures to come!

Find more pictures and stories from our congregation here.

Updates:

> Click HERE for Haywood Street Congregation parking options.

> You may have noticed that The Steady Collective has an office on our campus, offering syringe services including the distribution of Narcan to reverse opioid overdose. To learn more about Steady and their work at Haywood, a free information session for Companions is being offered on Monday June 5th at 5 pm in the dining room.

> A reminder that the Haywood Street Story Circle meets every Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. Feel free to contact Brook if you have any questions (brook@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!

A Haywood Reflection from Robert:

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

Philippianes 2:3-53 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus

Haywood Street Congregation, The Home of Holy Chaos. Wow! What a place. No matter what the chaos is, I think the way you handle it can help you form wonderful relationships with a variety of people.

One Sunday evening, as I strolled around the campus, I ran into a group of visitng youth. I was able to show them around and when we ran into Laura (Haywood Street Executive Director), she was able to explain our primary focus to them–building relationships.

Pastor Brian once said that we’re not here to fix anyone, but we need to show them kindness and love. He said that we are all broken in one way or another. With this in mind, I’ve come to believe that when we show people love and kindness, they actually become able to mend themselves.

Over the years, I’ve built a number of different relationships at Haywood Street–from those at Respite, to those in the sanctuary and at the Downtown Welcome Table. One of my many valued relationship is my friendship with Dell. When We’re not at church, we often call eachother and he calls me calls me when he is out of town. Several people drive two or more hours just to spend the day with me, or to make sure I have clothes and shoes to wear.

A few weeks ago, I was sick and had to be away form the church for a few days. I was overwhelmed at the number of people who reached out to see if I was alright or if I needed anything.

In the next week or so, CCC staff and campers will be spending time at Haywood Street. This not only means new relationships, but new family as well.

None of this would be possible without Haywood Street Congregation and Christ Our Savior.

Thanks be,

Robert

 

For more stories and pictures from our congregation, click here.

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