News and Updates

January 20, 2023

Fresco Speaker Series Part 2: January 24th at 1:00 pm

The second part of our Fresco Speaker Series is on January 24th at 1:00 pm!

This time, Central UMC Pastor of Connection and Discipleship, Patrick Neitzey, and Fresco model, Jeanette King, will join us. Together they will discuss how the beatitudes are represented in the Fresco, and how this scripture can help inform our inner and outer life, and our seeking social justice.

For more information on this event, contact April at

Creation Care Meeting February 2nd

Each week at the Downtown Welcome Table we serve 300-500 friends, which means that we are running a large-scale restaurant. Convicted by our faith that calls us to care for the planet on which we live, we long to ensure that the Downtown Welcome Table is sustainable.

Please join us on Thursday, February 2 at 12:00 pm to discuss how we can implement sustainability into the Welcome Table and beyond. Our first meeting will be a brainstorming session. All are welcome!

Downtown Welcome Table

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!
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New Communications and Storytelling Team

The purpose of the Communications and Storytelling Team is to share Haywood Street’s story by using the different gifts present in the community including, but not limited to, photography, graphic design, writing, social media, videography, relationship building, and intentional presence.

This team will model Haywood Street’s core value of including the most excluded by being intentionally present with those who need a friendly, compassionate, and welcoming face. They will provide opportunities for friends to share their stories, written or recorded. Using pictures taken at Haywood Street, they will also show how relationships are built between those who have and those who have not. Because many of our friends and companions have skills in these areas, our hope is that by working together, we will be able to share how God is moving in this ministry in more far-reaching and compelling ways.

Tasks include:

  • Photography that highlights Haywood Street events, friends, and companions
  • Creating flyers, posters, and other signage to share news and updates
  • Writing/ recording compelling stories shared by friends and companions that convey the core value of relationship, above all else
  • Sharing your own stories
  • Assisting with social media posts to share what’s happening at Haywood Street
  • Hosting Welcome visits for new companions and persons interested in Haywood Street
  • Creating videos that effectively communicate Haywood Street’s theology and values

An interest meeting will be held on January 26th at 1:00 pm in Room 1. We will brainstorm and plan how to move forward and develop this team. If you are interested, want more information, or wish to attend, reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee Rizk at

Haywood Street in Photos

Wayne, one of the Mercy League team members, with Pretzel watching over the kitchen prep team.

A couple of our musician friends collaborating in the sanctuary on Wednesday morning.

Part of the dish room crew. This group truly makes doing dishes an enjoyable experience.

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 - 10:00 am 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 of 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. 



The Fresco and the Beatitudes

By Patrick Neitzey

“This is the nicest Birthday gift anyone has ever gotten me." That’s what I told Christopher Holt on September 26th, 2019.  He and the team finished the Fresco on my birthday (And Chris’s Birthday too). I stood there in the sanctuary, the dust from the floorboards rising through the stained-glass sunlight. Faces of my friends looked at me, alive in pigment and plaster, holy chaos of feast and friendship, community and covenant. Rev. Rob Blackburn often describes the Kin-dom of God as a sewing needle constantly spiking through the fabric of our reality, giving us glimpses of what life could look like on earth as it is in heaven.  

The Beatitudes begin the greatest sermon ever written, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount.  Nine verses at the beginning of the fifth Chapter of Matthews's gospel. It can be tempting to look at these verses as a sort of cosmic checklist.  'If I could find a way to fit into one of these nine categories then I can rise in glory.’

It can be tempting to look at the beatitudes as a prescriptive, but I think Jesus is calling us to view the world through his eyes. These nine blessings are not prescriptive, but instead are a descriptive list of what the Kin-dom of God will be like. When all the poor in spirit are blessed, when peacemakers are celebrated more than war-mongers, when those who hunger are fed not only physically but spiritually, a seat at the table for all. 

I hope you will come to the Fresco Speaker Series on January 24th at 1 pm as I talk to Fresco Model, Jeanette, about the Beatitudes and the fresco, and let her illuminate our hearts and minds just as she is depicted in the Fresco--the light bearer illuminating God’s Kin-dom here on Earth.

Faithfully Yours,

Patrick Neitzey

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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.