News and Updates

December 23, 2022

Join us for the Christmas Service Sunday at 11 am!

It's always special when Christmas falls on a Sunday. It's a chance to be together and actively participate in the incarnation event. After a year of so much loss in our Haywood Street community, remembering that God came to us as an infant, (the most vulnerable way possible!) allows us to remember that God is with us in our joy and our grief.

And whether we are grieving or we are joyful this season, the birth of Jesus is also an invitation into the hope of what is true for us now--the hope of knowing we are loved in our human bodies as we are TODAY! That means whether we are sober or in addiction, are housed or unhoused, are sane or experiencing psychosis, or have a clean record or a criminal history. Jesus comes to us as we are now. So, we celebrate together.

Join us this Sunday at 11:00 am to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the hope and truth that he brings for each of us!

Holiday Hours

Listed below are days the building will be closed and open through the holidays:

SUNDAY 12/25 - BUILDING WILL BE OPEN normal hours

Monday 12/26 - BUILDING CLOSED 

Thursday 12/29 - BUILDING CLOSED

Sunday 1/1 - BUILDING WILL BE OPEN normal hours


Tuesday 1/3 - return to normal operating hours. 

Benevolent Spirits

If you're looking for a place to eat out in the next couple of weeks, think about stopping by at one of the restaurants participating in the Benevolent Spirits Campaign. Below is the list of some of the participating businesses.

Or you can go HERE to see more information.

Grant Awarded to Respite!

We are thrilled that Haywood Street Respite has been selected as one of four programs in the US to receive substantial grant awards focused on improving the integration of behavioral health services with medical respite care.

Over the next three years, this new funding will allow us to add staff and better serve individuals experiencing substance use and/or mental health challenges. Access the full press release from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council HERE.

We are currently accepting applications for a Behavioral Health Social Worker and will soon be posting a job description for a Recovery Peer to work in Respite. Check out our Employment Page HERE.

Companion Corner


  • Companion Orientation January 9th. We will meet in the sanctuary at 5:00pm. Invite your friends or family to attend!

  • Companion Care Crew- The Companion Care Crew is made up of Companions at Haywood Street Congregation who have the time, energy, and a sense of call to support Haywood Street’s ministries and Companions. If you'd like to join, let Katlyn know & look out for our next meeting time! 


  • Please make sure to check the sign up sheet each week and update it based on your availability or let Katlyn know if you will not be here. This lets us know if we will have the coverage we need each week.
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Haywood Street in Photos

Thank you to our talented group of companions for preparing a fantastic Christmas meal!

Gift bag stuffing!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 in the sanctuary

Tuesday Prayer Group:12:00 in the sanctuary. Gather for a time of communal prayer 


Thursday Card Making: Group - 10:00am in Room 1 (off the main lobby) - Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Clothing Resources

Click below to see the list the places in the community to donate clothes and to find free clothes.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9-12 

Monday-Thursday 10-2

By appointment, contact April at

Ways to Give

Your gift ensures that there is always enough, and room for everyone, at the many welcoming tables of Haywood Street. 


The Christmas plate

Christmas alter

Santa came for a visit at the Welcome Table this week! Come back on Sunday to see him again!


A Letter from Pastor Brian

Every Advent, the most beautiful word in the vocabulary of Christmas is often the most ignored. While the attention understandably goes to Joseph’s fidelity, the shepherd’s obedience, the magi’s generosity, and the angel’s luminosity, Mother Mary gets overlooked. 

Rather than a meek bystander relegated to a secondary gender role, she is called Theotokos, translated from the New Testament Greek as “God-bearer.” Despite her endless hardships, she consents to use her womb as an indwelling of incarnation.

For God’s love to manifest, human partners are required. Christmas only happens if we, like Mary, offer our bodies for the cause of Christ, and make room for the Messiah to be born through us. Over the past year, I’ve witnessed expectant disciples, pregnant with divine possibility, deliver new life to what God is doing at Haywood St. 

Leveraging flesh and blood, they’ve offered their dutiful hands to arrange the altar in preparation for Sunday worship returning, their attentive ears to listen as a sister laments another overdose, their sturdy backs to build out a dedicated room for the salon, their encircling arms to embrace an ailing brother trying to heal in Respite, their creative hearts to pen homemade cards for congregants enduring incarceration. 

In the year of relationship to come, may we all be reminded of our maternal instincts, our holy calling to be mothers of God.

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.