News and Updates

May 24, 2024

Building Closed Monday, May 27th

Guns-to-Garden Safe Surrender Event June 8th

In recognition that June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month, you are invited to support a growing number of faith communities who are hosting a Guns to Garden Event on June 8th at First Baptist Church of Asheville at 5 Oak St.

A Guns to Gardens event is an occasion when a church uses chop saws and performs a service for gun owners by dismantling their unwanted guns. This gives gun owners an alternative to the market and the assurance their guns will not be used for future harm. RAWtools South, a local nonprofit, has been contracted to provide all the equipment and train volunteers in each process. The dismantled guns are transformed into garden tools and art, according to the prophecy in Isaiah and Micah: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3).

You can support this venture by a donation, which will help fund gift cards that will be given in token of donated guns, and it will help support the costs of the event. For a $50 donation made by May 31, you can receive a card suitable for Father’s Day, indicating that you’ve helped take an unwanted gun out of circulation. 

Donations can be made online HERE or by check to Land of The Sky UCC, memo: gun surrender event; mailed to Land of the Sky, ATTN: Gun Surrender Event, 15 Overbrook Place, 28805.

Companion Orientation

The next Companion Orientation is Monday, June 3rd, at 5:00 pm! Join us in the Sanctuary and invite your friends to share about being in relationship all together at Haywood Street Congregation!

Haywood Street Merch!

If you've considered adding Haywood Street merchandise to your closet, now's the time! Our t-shirt stock is full, and a new box of the popular "St" trucker caps are ready to go!

Go to the merchandise page of our website to see what we have and to make a purchase!

Want to be a part of our Haywood Street Beautification Club?

Like any other building, ours always needs some TLC. We have many ongoing projects that require skill and attention. If you would like to help on Tuesdays or Thursdays in this way, find your skillset category and sign up on our Google Sheet. Please contact Tiffany if you have any questions and she can get you started!

Haywood Street Highlights

Norma celebrated ONE YEAR in recovery last Saturday! “Nothing but God,” she replied after receiving congratulations. “I wouldn’t be clean today if it wasn’t for God!”


Witnessing the transformation that has unfolded and continues to unfold in Norma is to see how the hand of God has cradled her in love and grace and lifted her out of a well of untruths she had believed about herself for too long.

These days, Norma stands taller. With eyes fixed ahead and ears tuned to a different voice, she is learning how to see herself in a different light—as a child of God who is worthy of love, dignity, lavishness, and all the beauty the world has to offer.


We’re so proud of you, Norma. You continue to be the image of Jesus revealed to us and a palpable hope that keeps us moving. We love you so much!

This week we’ve had 3 different groups from Walnut Cove join us helping with the Welcome Table and multiple projects around campus. On Wednesday, Sky, one of our community members, shared his garden wisdom with folks from Community Care of NC . They gave some much needed love and attention in our Loaves and Fishes Garden and they also joined us for lunch at the Welcome Table. We’re grateful for these opportunities to connect and strengthen relationships as well as making new ones. 

After her owner and dear friend of Haywood Street, Ed, passed away from an illness, Hope was briefly separated from the people she knew—including Ed’s close friend, James, who helped to care for her while Ed was sick. Determined to find her and bring her home, James was finally able to track her down. Having been together for three weeks now, both James and Hope are happier than ever! 

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.

Weekly Sermons

Read the weekly sermons on our website here.

~Preaching Schedule~

May 29th:

Pastor Seth

June 5th:

Pastor Brian

June 12:

Guest Speaker, Rev. Rob Blackburn

June 19th:

Pastor Jody

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.


Leaning into the Mystery

By Pastor Jody

The disciples were once again gathered in a room.  But this time they were not hiding. They were doing exactly what Jesus had told them to do, they were waiting.Jesus told them to stay put in Jerusalem. He told them to wait.  

Wait for the Spirit to come upon you and THEN....then Jesus told them you will go and be my witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.   Jesus said you will be my witness, you will tell them all about me and show them who I am in Jerusalem, here at home, in this town and Judea, all among your own countrymen and in Samaria, among your enemies and to the end so the earth, to all creation.  

That is what you are going to do.....then he disappeared, lifted up into heaven. And so the disciples were doing what Jesus told them to, they are waiting, anxiously, Waiting for something not quite sure knowing what.

Jerusalem was overly crowded, teaming with pilgrims, Jews from all over the place who had come to observe Shavuot- Pentecost in Greek. A festival that takes place on the 50th day after passover.  It is a festival to commemorate the giving of the Mosaic law, the Torah.

Acts 2 begins:

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Imagine the scene: strangers, friends, travelers, locals, filling the streets of the city when suddenly this one particular house is overflowing with noise and light and people talking. Talking and talking and every word they said was understood by every person present.  

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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.