Hi! I am Patrick Neitzey the Intern from Duke Divinity serving at Haw Creek Commons/Bethesda this summer. It has been a joy and an honor to be serving alongside, and living within, such a unique and beautiful community! When I was placed here by the Field Education Department they told me that I would have a slow summer with minimal action…boy were they wrong! I am so thankful they were wrong, every day is an adventure at HCC/Bethesda, you never know who God is going to put in our midst to surprise us with their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Somedays it is as simple as the neighbors lending a helping hand with chores, or the joyous sounds of girl scouts gearing up for summer camp, and other days it’s a theological youth camp, and all of these groups moving in and out for the commons lift up a joyful noise to the Lord.
This community is unlike any other I have ever been a part of, for the first time in a long time I can again feel the Holy Spirit moving in my daily life and interactions. I am thankful for the way that this community opened their arms and accepted my wife and me. I hope that I can be as much a blessing to this community as you have already been to me!
Peace and Blessings,