News and Updates

December 16, 2022

Christmas Feast Prep Days

With the Christmas meal coming up this Wednesday, we're looking for more companions to help prepare the meal on the 19th and the 21st. If you think you can make it, reach out to Katlyn, at to let her know.

If you can't help one of those day, we hope you can join us at the Welcome Table on Wednesday for the Feast!

Here's a peak at the menu Chef Jinnia and our companions are preparing: 

Main plate: Turkey, Ham, Bacon and Maple Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato Casserole, Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin, Succotash, Sister Schubert Rolls

You Choose: Chicken and Dumplings, Fish of the day, Vegetarian: No Evil Foods The Pardon


Bundt Cake

Spiced Apple Cobbler 

Benevolent Spirits-Haywood Street Community Development

To see more about this campaign to raise funds for the affordable housing project, go HERE.

Christmas Cards and Gift Bags

On Tuesday and Thursday, a group will be meeting in the dining room from 10-12 pm to help put together 500 Christmas gift bags and cards!

If you would like to help or want more information, reach out to Pastor Jody at

Thank you to Amy Pryor for making all the beautiful cards!

Holiday Hours

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

Thursday 12/22 - BUILDING WILL BE OPEN normal hours

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. 

Need a Gift Idea for Someone?

See what Haywood Street merchandise we have for sale in room 8 at 297 Haywood Street or check it out on our website HERE.

All proceeds, beyond production expenses, go to supporting the Haywood Street ministries and programs.

Waynesville Middle School Comes to Haywood Street

We had a special visit from the Servant Leadership Class at Waynesville Middle School on Wednesday.

The group spent the day learning about the Fresco, hearing from our parters at Homeward Bound and the Community Paramedics, and experiencing the Welcome Table!

We're so grateful to the students and leaders for coming out to learn more about Haywood Street and our friends and companions who make it so special!

Companion Corner


  • Mark your calendars for December 19thThis will be an extra kitchen prep day to get ready for our holiday meal!

  • 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

Pastor Seth with a couple of our visiting students

Andrew with some of the visiting students

Katlyn offering the sermon at Wednesday worship

Jerry and Henry during Wednesday worship

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. 



Cards and Sacred Moments

by Pastor Jody

There is something special about a letter. Handwritten, a glimpse of your personality shared through your handwriting style. Knowing someone took the time to pick out a card, ponder our situation and write a note, address an envelope, stamp it and mail it. Receiving a letter is personal and it makes us feel special. 

We started making cards on Thursdays at Haywood Street about 3 months ago. We are always eager to find and share a place at the table, any table, where we can spend time together and get to know each other. We decided that since we would have cards, we would send them to our friends who find themselves incarcerated in the county jail. We sent a bunch of cards and then about a week later we got them all back. There are some particular guidelines you have to adhere to when sending mail to the jail. So we tried again. This time sticking to the rules, we stamped and signed cards and sent them off not really knowing what to expect.

About 2 weeks later I started receiving letters from some of our friends in the county jail. Many were grateful to be remembered, some wanted us to continue to pray for them, some were asking for assistance or help of some kind. I have had friends come up to me and thank me for the card. Some express gratitude for being remembered or for having something to brighten up an otherwise dreary day. One friend said he was on the verge of losing hope and then he received a card of encouragement. One sticks out in particular though. One of our friends wrote back and shared that in all the times she had been in jail, this was the first time she had received a letter. This was the only time someone had taken the time to share a glimpse of their personality through the handwriting or taken the time to ponder her situation and then send a note of encouragement. It was the first time she had ever received a letter in jail.

Making cards is a fun way to be with one another. We get together and we share our lives, we laugh and we get to be creative. It is a fun table to come to. But the connection that is made is far greater than that table.

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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.