News and Updates

April 26, 2024

Companion Orientation Monday, May 6th

The next Companion Orientation is this Monday, May 6th, at 5:00 pm. Make sure to invite your friends and family to join us!

Churches for Middle East Peace at Warren Wilson Presbyterian

Monday, April 29

7:00 PM

Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church

101 Chapel Ln

Swannanoa, NC 

Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for this "Pilgrimage to Peace" event at Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.

Presentations will give particular attention to the events that have unfolded in the Holy Land since October 7, 2023. Following October 7th, CMEP has continuously called for a permanent bilateral ceasefire, the allowance of humanitarian aid into Gaza, and for the release of all hostages. Recognizing that current events are rapidly changing, speakers will be prepared to discuss the most current news and updates from the ground.

During the presentations, they will discuss the importance of advocating for human rights in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The occupation has impacts on people living on all sides of the conflict including both Israelis and Palestinians. Understanding the geopolitics, social considerations, and other aspects of the conflict demands that we look beyond the headlines into the daily realities of people living on the ground. 

Come and learn what it means to be someone who pursues peace, while also advocating for justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and beyond.

Learn more HERE!

Welcoming Guest Speaker Tim "GA" Underwood Wednesday!

Join us in worship next Wednesday, May 1st, at 12:30 to welcome our guest speaker, Tim "GA" Underwood! Tim is the Minister of Social Enterprize with the local ministry, Deep Time.

"GA is from Atlanta, Georgia, and has lived in Asheville for the past year. He is compassionate and empathetic and has a particular passion for music, exercise, and ministry. He particularly loves working with people. It doesn’t matter where he is at, he can “get in where he can fit in.” He has a passion for building community. In his role as Minister of Social Enterprise, he encourages and motives his peers to be the best version of themselves and assists them in their goals, demonstrates roasting operations for the team, and participates in outreach in the wider community."

Monday Dinner at Respite with Pastor Jody

Pastor Jody is inviting folks to join her in Respite on Monday evenings while she prepares dinner for our Respite family.

If you are interested in joining a small group that helps prepare the meal or shares the meal and visits with folks, contact Pastor Jody for more information.

Support our community at Create Fest!

A Good Bye and Celebration Time for Katlyn

We'll have a goodbye celebration for Katlyn on May 6th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the main dining room with light refreshments.

The Haywood Street community is invited to gather and spend time with Katlyn and her family. We will gather starting at 4 p.m., and around 4:30 p.m., Kaltyn will address everyone. The community will also publicly share their gratitude and well wishes for Katlyn.  

All are invited to write cards and letters to give to Katlyn.  

You can email Bryan Delaney if you have any questions:

Haywood Street Highlights

Will never shies away from a camera. And he always seems to strike the best pose!

Members of St Mary’s Church deliver a meal for our respite friends on Saturday.

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.


Confessing Thomas

by Pastor Brian

The disciples lasted eight days. Abandoning Easter, they huddled behind the dead-bolted door with the curtains drawn and the candles extinguished. In the dim light, some were scribbling out applications for work back on the fishing docks; others were rehearsing alibies in case the authorities came knocking; Peter was cussing himself over the denials. And all of them, despite Mary’s testimony, knew it was over.

Except Thomas, the strange disciple. Months before, after making a wrong turn, he raised his hand and asked for directions. When the teaching involved crucifixion, he didn’t rebuke the Teacher. After Lazarus stumbled out of the grave, Thomas said, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”1 Unlike the rest, he didn’t tremble through life. Instead, Thomas pursued the truth, refusing to settle for secondhand news.

He was likely out combing the streets, interviewing the undertaker, checking the morgue, and chasing the evidence all over Jerusalem when he remembered his terrorized brothers. Circling back, Thomas rejoined the group still locked in the Upper Room. Then, without warning, Jesus, like an apparition, reappeared among them. After offering shalom to his followers hiding under the table, the crucified One laid himself bare.

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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.