News and Updates

April 19, 2024

Companion Coordinator Update

As Katlyn shared, she will be transitioning out of her role as Companion Coordinator. We are now excited to announce that Laura Brown will be coming on as full-time Companion Coordinator! Laura has been a long-time staff member of our community partner, Carolina Cross Connection. She also recently served as a member of the HSC board. We are happy to have her join the team!

With that said, Laura will not join us full-time until August, so Jenny Zimmerman has agreed to fill in as the interim Companion Coordinator.  

Jenny has been working as a hospitality coordinator at Repite for almost a year and was a Companion before that. She is very familiar with the Companion experience, and we are lucky to have her help during this transition. 

Jenny has been training with Laura and will be leading things next week. Jody and several other staff will help support Jenny in this transition.  Please reach out to Jenny and welcome her to this role!

Do you need to update your contact info?

We're doing some spring cleaning in our database. Please email Tiffany if you've updated your mailing address, email or phone number in the last couple of years. Thank you! 

Downtown Welcome Table Support

We could use help at the Welcome Table on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to finish serving the meals and clean up!

If that's not the place for you, we have Greeter, Reservation Attendant, and Server spots available in Hayne's Hall.

Reach out to Laura B. for more information and to sign up.

Support our community at Create Fest!

Haywood Street Highlights

Now that the warm weather is here, we can start using the new patio in the garden. This week, we had our first meals served at the new tables! Make sure to join us at one of the dining times –10:30 or 11:30 (weather permitting).

Joe Rob brought some life to campus on Wednesday morning! Showing up on his motorcycle with '90s hip-hop booming, folks came around to participate in some impromptu dancing and singing! These experiences—the blaring music, people singing out, and leaping around—are the moments of chaos that are truly holy.

Lunch on Wednesday was Miss Mary's community favorite meatloaf with mac n cheese and smashed potatoes.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers: 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot, weather permitting. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 p.m. in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.

Wednesday Downtown Welcome Table: Join us for lunch between 10:00-1:00 or help with kitchen and dining room clean-up from 1:00-3:00. Sign up here!


Wednesday Worship: 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Thursday Card Making: Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Respite Kitchen to make cards for our friends in prison or the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read the weekly sermons on our website here.

~Preaching Schedule~

April 24th:

Pastor Jody

May 1st:

Guest Speaker Tim Underwood

May 8th:

Pastor Seth

May 15th:

Pastor Brian

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm (with the exception of during our worship service, which is 12:30 pm every Wednesday).

Contact April if you would like to make an appointment to see the Fresco outside of those hours.


A Word from Companion Coordinator, Katlyn

By Katlyn M.

Six months ago I didn’t think I would be writing this letter. As someone deeply called to ministry with the folks most deeply struggling in this world, Haywood Street has been a place I see myself working at for a long time. And while that calling is still very much a reality for me, on January 27 at 12:07am, I looked into the eyes of my son Ellison for the first time and realized a new calling on my life. One that has been more clear and easy to say yes to than any other in my life. I believe that we all have a multitude of callings over our lifetime, and they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

That being said, for me right now, I want to lean completely into my calling to be a Mom. I want to ensure that I have the maximum capacity and energy to love and care for Ellison and to invest in our new family of three. Taking all of that into consideration, as I shared last week at the Welcome Table, I have decided to step away from my role as the Companion Coordinator. 

Working at Haywood Street as the Companion Coordinator for the past two and a half years has been so deeply meaningful. I have built relationships that have changed my perspective of the world, my understanding of God and I have acquired a family in all of you. At our baby shower in early January we had over 100 people show up. When folks asked, “who are these people?” I got to proudly say “my companions.” 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for being my family, and for showing up for me and our community. Thank you for allowing me to be in the ministry of Haywood Street with you. And thank you for the genuine joy and support you all have expressed for me as I have shared the news of my transition. I plan to be around often and might even be found in the dish room every now and then (I promised Rob, so reach out if you don’t see me in there!). Again, thank you for the opportunity to do ministry with you all. It will forever be an honor and a privilege I hold closely to my heart.

With deep love and gratitude, 

Katlyn Zulinke Mailman

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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.