The Norman Transcript


November 7, 2013

Second Wind Coffee House serving Norman

NORMAN — Josh Hammell never intended to spend most of his day standing behind an industrial-sized coffee maker. His degree is in communication and religious studies.

But sometimes a force bigger than ourselves has a different idea of how we should spend our lives. Nobody knows that more than Hammell, who seems quite at home brewing up those double lattes with nonfat milk.

Hammell has accepted that he is right where he’s supposed to be: the director of Second Wind Coffee House. More than just a barista, Hammell also is a mentor to all who cross his path.

“I really like having a job that is meaningful and helping people,” he said.

A mission of First Presbyterian Church, Second Wind Coffee House has been a Campus Corner staple for many years, and Hammell has been there just as long, brewing up one of the best cups of coffee in town.

“The growth of this place has been happening about a decade,” Hammell said. “About 10 years ago, they (First Presbyterian Church) started using the building as a place for college students to meet for lunches on Sundays, Bible studies and concerts featuring local artists on Fridays. About six, seven years ago, it started developing as a nonprofit coffee house.”

Open during the fall and spring semesters, the coffee shop doesn’t have pricing on its menu. The concept, Hammell said, is that customers will pay what they can. In turn, all the money donated goes back to missions and general operations.

“We are very nontraditional in every aspect. We have these really nice Fair Trade gourmet drinks that are exchanged either for free or 25 cents or a couple of bucks, whatever people can donate. What we do receive in donations, goes back into programming a community,” Hammell said.

“When we first opened, we tried having suggested donations, which we thought would make it a little bit easier for people, but we set the suggestion too low. I think it was encouraging people to only give a certain amount. This is our third year doing a straight donation, and that works a lot better because people who can’t pay, it makes them not feel guilty, and for people who want to give more, they are sure to do that,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Hnsen Luger Kate Hansen still riding the Olympic cloud

    Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22....

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conference set

    Following a diocesan-sponsored national conference on violence, “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace,” the Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s Norman will host an Oklahoma diocesan-wide women’s conference and Bishop’s day on April 25-26....

    April 18, 2014

  • Muslim group urges re-education

    LOS ANGELES — Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and re-educate radicals....

    April 18, 2014

  • This is ... Friday ...

    It’s Good Friday. Good Friday? What could possibly be “good” about Good Friday? Think about it … this is the day in which the Lord Jesus was beaten and crucified. He hung on a cross between two thieves. Abandoned, betrayed and denied, by ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Why do we always test God?

    ‘Do not put the Lord God to the test,’ Jesus said, but don’t we do this all the time? Human nature The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church UCC: It’s human nature: testing the limits of God’s peaceful creation....

    April 17, 2014

  • Girl told not to say prayer

    OVIEDO, Fla. — The 5-year-old who said she was told not to pray over her lunch visited the school Monday and identified the staffer in a line-up, her family’s lawyer said....

    April 11, 2014

  • CrossPointe chooses Butler as lead pastor

    One of Norman’s largest churches has chosen a new lead pastor for its congregation. Mike Butler, 38, was voted lead pastor by the congregation of CrossPointe Church on March 23. Butler succeeds Glenn Quirk, who served as lead pastor for ...

    April 11, 2014

  • A divine drama

    All of us love drama. We experience drama in many ways. We watch a play on a stage or a show on TV. We have lives filled with drama every day through interactions with other people....

    April 11, 2014

  • What should we think of original sin?

    The Rev. Joe Nassal, Precious Blood Center: Watching the evening news recently, there was one disaster story after another, from the Malaysian airline that disappeared to the mudslide where one minute people are going about their daily ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Lenten lunch set

    The next Norman Ministerial Fellowship Lenten lunch will be Wednesday at NorthHaven Church, 4600 36th Ave. NW. Guest pastor will be the Rev. Joseph Summerville, University Lutheran Church. The sermon theme will be “The Thursday of Holy ...

    April 4, 2014