The Congregation at Duke University Chapel

Lenten Service Trip

Congregation at Duke University Chapel Hurricane Relief Service Trip During Lent March 8-13, 2020

What: A week of service work and Christian fellowship, aiding those who have suffered from flooding and hurricanes
Where: Whiteville, North Carolina and the surrounding area (located 2.5 hours south of Durham)
Who: Adults, University Students, and Youth, age 16 and up.
When: Depart Sunday, March 8 in early afternoon Return Friday, March 13 in the afternoon
Work: Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome. The service team will be repairing homes damaged by recent hurricanes doing general reconstruction work such as sheet-rock installation/finishing, painting, replacing trim, and flooring. There will be a job for everyone as assistants and leaders are both needed.

The service team will be working with World Renew, a Christian organization with extensive experience in disaster relief. The mission of World Renew is "Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation." For a week in March, the service team will be directly a part of this mission. Individuals of all faith traditions and those with no faith tradition are welcome to participate

Accommodations: The group will be provided housing with beds, kitchen facilities, and shared bathrooms. Participants will bring their own bedding and towels.
Cost: $200 per person. Financial assistance is available.
Important Dates:
  • Informational Meeting: Sunday, January 19 at 12:15 p.m. in the Chapel Kitchen
  • Deadline for Registration: Monday, February 3
Facilitator: Carol Matteson, Member of the Mission and Outreach Committee Congregation at Duke Chapel
For more information: Contact Carol Matteson via [email protected] for more information or to indicate interest in participating.
Forms and Details:
  • Application - Required by Monday, February 3, 2020.  Return to the Congregation office, Room 031, Chapel basement or mail to Congregation, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708.
  • Background Check - Required by Monday, February 3, 2020.  Return to the Congregation office, Room 031, Chapel basement or mail to Congregation, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708.
  • Medical Information - Complete and keep with you during the trip
  • Prayer Journal
  • Preparing to Serve Booklet

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2019 Lenten Service Trip

In March 2019, volunteers from the Congregation headed east to New Bern, N. C. to assist those who suffered as a result of Hurricane Florence, which damaged many homes in the fall of 2018. Working with the Fuller Center in New Bern, the volunteer team spent the week helping a homeowner, whose house needed significant repairs. The work included installing insulation, drywall, kitchen cabinets, and flooring as well as cleaning and painting. There were projects for all skill levels. The hard work during the day led to evenings of dinner, fellowship, laughter, and devotions.

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2018 Hurricane Relief Service Trip

The Congregation’s 2018 Hurricane Relief Service trip was to Summerton, S.C. which suffered significant flooding in October 2015 and more flooding and wind damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Volunteers worked with South Carolina Presbyterian Disaster Assistance staff, who know the area well. Work included painting, carpentry, and yard work. Volunteers worked diligently during the day; each evening they gathered for dinner, reflections, and prayer. Their week together was marked by laughter and good fellowship. group of workers cutting door trim to length