News and Updates

May 19, 2023

Church Work Day June 3rd

On Saturday, June 3rd, we're having a church work day at Haywood Street Campus from 10 am to 3 pm. Volunteer opportunities include painting, gardening, deep cleaning, tidying up, and small carpentry projects. 

If you'd like to participate please contact Tiffany, our Community Engagement Coordinator at All are welcome! 

Weekly Schedule Updated

We've updated our weekly calendar of events! Check it out below or on our website here.

Join us in the garden!

The garden companions have been hard at work preparing the garden beds for flowers and vegetables! If you'd like to get your hands in the dirt, we have open garden days Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 9-12. Or you can contact Tiffany at if you'd like to schedule a group garden day.

Wear Orange Campaign - June 4th

A community that gathers to honor victims and survivors of gun violence, the "Wear Orange" campaign invites the Asheville community to join them in wearing orange on Sunday, June 4th at the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 133 Livingston St., Asheville.

The event will take place from 3:00-5:00 and will include Pastor Brian Combs as one of the speakers.

"See you later"

A Goodbye Letter to Mississippi

by Laura Bernhein

Dear Mississippi,

You were one of the first people I met in my early days as a companion. Apple juice, oatmeal, pancakes, eggs, and bacon: one plate, two plates, and a little extra. You needed a lot to sustain your enormous humanity.


"Mississippi, we don't have any apple juice left." Of course, some would settle for its more famous sister, orange juice, but your loyalty to apple juice was remarkable! I should have saved you a couple of glasses of apple juice every time ( I'll be doing this in the future to honor some other friends' favorite things).

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On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Madeleine and her companions Bella and little Lazarus at Dayhope on Thursday.

To honor Mississippi's memory, we saved his seat Wednesday at the Welcome Table.

At Wednesday's service, the alter was set up in memory and celebration of our friend, Popeye.

It's always amazing to see how flowers can brighten someone's day.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:00 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Thursday Card Making:10:00 am in the dining room. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the stories and sermons page of the website.

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:

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at


Eulogy for Popeye

By Pastor Brian

Sometime between felling Goliath and ascending to the throne, King David reclined under the Mediterranean sky to write poetry. His muse was God. Scribbling down verse and rhyme, he wondered how to describe the Almighty: potter hunched over a muddy kick wheel, gardener nourishing a tender seedling, mighty fortress shielding all from the storm. Or sheepherder. David settled on the latter, writing, “The Lord is my shepherd.” 


Under a southern sky, Warren Arthur Hill was born on Sept. 7, 1959, at Fort Campbell, an army base straddling the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Soon after, his dad, a military man, deployed to Korea. Like so many soldiers, he returned stateside as a haunted man. Disinterested in being a dad, he walked on the family, leaving Wanda behind as shepherdess of the house.  


Of all livestock, sheep require the most mothering. They are nearly blind, needing constant redirection to keep from getting lost. They are fainthearted, unable to protect themselves from marauders or their stubborn instincts. They can’t flip back over, rendering them paralyzed with hooves pointing skyward. And they can’t gather provisions, destitute until someone else leads them to green pastures and still waters.   


Wanda provided by working two jobs in Clarksville, TN. By day at the telephone company, by night at the movies. Life was lean, but she made just enough to purchase the newest Hot Wheels collection and keep her son’s bedroom dresser stocked with Levi’s off the shelf and pressed shirts off the rack. When young Warren heard professional wrestlers were coming to town, he got to go because mom emptied her purse.     


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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.