Saturday Service Project
Once a month, usually on a Saturday morning, we partner with local non-profits to join our hands to God’s work in Durham. Through hands-on service, we participate in the life of our community, deepen our relationships with our neighbors, and grow in our awareness of the needs and the resources of Durham. In the past, we have made sandwiches for Meals on Wheels, done yard work for Reality Ministries, gleaned sweet potatoes with the Society of St Andrew, and whatever agencies have asked us to do. And we love the chance to talk, laugh, and connect as we work side by side. Check out our eNews, and the Sunday bulletin (sometimes) for announcements about upcoming service projects. Join us any time!
Back Pew Collections
Each month, we designate the last pew of the Chapel as a place to donate tangible goods to one of our mission partners in Durham. Don’t be surprised if you see bags of books, linens, or clothing piled in the back pew! We have collected packaged food in individual servings for Meals on Wheels to take to hungry neighbors and we have collected bed linens for the homeless shelter at Urban Ministries of Durham. The monthly back pew collections are announced via eNews, and in the bulletin (sometimes). Join us in making the abundant love of God physically present in our community!
Habitat for Humanity
The Congregation has a long-standing commitment to Habitat for Humanity dating from the 1990s. Currently, the Congregation is partnering with Duke Chapel, the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and other university departments to build a Habitat home in Durham each year. We are pleased to work with Habitat for Humanity of Durham in building homes for our neighbors. Please join us as we build another home in the fall!
Urban Ministry Dinners
For over 20 years, the Congregation has provided a monthly lasagna dinner for our neighbors at the Urban Ministries shelter. The menu of lasagna, bread, salad, fruit cocktail and dessert provides a hearty meal to the approximately 150 people who come to eat. We are committed to providing dinner on the 2nd Sunday of the odd-numbered months, and on the 4th Wednesday of the even-numbered months. New volunteers are welcome to join the crew at any time. Please contact the Congregation office for more details.
In 2003, we welcomed Bui Ksor and Tok Siu from the highlands of Vietnam, as part of the refugee resettlement necessitated by the persecution of Christians in Vietnam. We now have four Montagnard families spanning three generations, who are active in the Congregation. We continue to partner with these families who have made Durham their home, and pray that our life together might reflect the life of Christ who was a refugee and welcomed all to join his life.
Lenten Service Trip
The Congregation sponsors a service trip in the season of Lent, during the University's spring break, in an effort to show Christian love and care to our neighbors. On a recent trip, volunteers traveled to South Carolina to repair homes impacted by hurricanes and floods. The work included painting, carpentry and yard work. Their time together included shared meals, devotions, prayer, and laughter. Details on our next trip are being revealed.
Each year, the Congregation participates in the CROP Walk, sponsored by Church World Service (CWS). CWS works in over 80 countries worldwide, partnering with agencies focused on hunger and nutrition, clean water, disaster relief, and refugee support. In addition, 25% of the money raised by the CROP Walk will stay in Durham for local projects, distributed by Durham Congregations in Action (DCIA). Previously Durham has raised as much as $ 200,000, one of the largest walks in the nation! Joining in the Walk is healthy and fun, and a chance to mingle with friends from our congregation and from hundreds of faith communities in Durham. Above all, we walk because marginalized people around the world walk everyday in order to provide food, water, shelter, and a livelihood for their loved ones. Join us for this walk of solidarity and compassion. The Durham CROP Walk is held on a Sunday afternoon in the spring. Contact the Congregation office for more information.