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Faces & Stories

Nick
I can count on Nick for all the latest fashion finds from the Haywood Street clothing closet. Today, he is excited about this purple pullover and he’s telling me about all of his other recent finds. Nick is also excited about his new tennis racket and the boxing skills he is learning from his personal...
Emmanuel
Today, Emmanuel is all about the Parable of the Good Samaritan. I struggle to follow along, as I often do with Bible stories, but he is patient with me; breaking the story into its parts and its meanings and its parallels to our own lives. “Did you grow up in the Church?,” I ask him....
Rusty
It’s a rainy day and we’re all feeling grateful to take refuge within the walls of Haywood Street. Rusty has found a good spot in a rocking chair and is enjoying a hot cup of coffee as we all wait  for the first seating to begin. I think weather like this makes the stories come...
Robert
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. The word of God for the people of God…Thanks be to God. If you are a United Methodist, you have probably heard this phrase in church nearly every week. It’s one I think about alot. Me being a person that...
Robbie’s ‘Riginals
Robert finds me as I’m headed to the garden. He wants to let me know that his Haywood Street bouquets have a new name, “Robbie’s ‘Riginals.” Every week, Robert pulls together the arrangements that grace the meal tables and the Sanctuary. They are always very ‘riginal and very beautiful. We thank yo...
Barbara Bates Smith
This Wednesday, a diverse group of folks came together for a very special Story Circle. In light of recent life events, Story Circle founder and facilitator, Barbara Bates Smith, has decided to make the big move to Washington DC — to be with her son and set sail on some new adventures. Terry Beamer led...
Fish
He says I can call him “Fish.” Says, “I didn’t even know this garden was here. I would take these vegetables home, but the thing is Haywood is ho...
Derrick Baker
Derrick wants to talk about the offering. It’s been on his mind. He tells me about his old Friday night routine; how he would take long walks downtown, collecting other’s lost pennies along the way. Come Sunday, whatever he had collected, he’d offer it to the collection. “It felt so good to give, I eventually changed the...
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