News and Updates

April 5, 2024

Companion Orientation, Monday, April 8th

The next companion orientation is this Monday, April 8th, at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends and family to learn more about Haywood Street and how to get involved!

Contact interim Companion Coordinator Laura for more information.

Foot Clinic on April 10th

The foot clinic will start again twice a month, the next being on April 10th. It will now be located in the old art room outside of the Haynes Dining Hall.

Downtown Welcome Table Support

We could use help at the Welcome Table on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to finish serving the meals and clean up!

If that's not the place for you, we have Greeter, Reservation Attendant, and Server spots available in Hayne's Hall.

Reach out to Laura B. for more information and to sign up.

Seek Healing Listening Training at Haywood Street

Seek Healing Listening Training, April 12th and 19th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Haywood Street

Please join us for this two day Listening  Training that teaches participants a new way of relating with each other in a world where authentic relationships are scarce. This is open for all companions. Please provide your own lunch. 

Click here to sign up and learn more.

Companion Training on Tuesday, April 9th

Companion Training will be available on Tuesday, April 9th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Main Dining Room.

Join Robert and Kim to discuss the Realities of Substances in our Community and how to build relationships.

Haywood Street Highlights

Respite renovations are complete! Our friends in Respite now have a back porch overlooking the mountains and the screen porch to themselves without the traffic of folks coming in and out. Our hope is always that those staying in Respite have an opportunity to rest and recover both physically and spiritually. These renovations give us more of an opportunity to offer that.

Kevin was leaving the dining room after lunch when he saw the camera. "Are you gonna take a picture of me?!"


The author of the book, How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, David Brooks, discovered during his research that “human beings need recognition as much as they need food and water.” He says, “No crueler punishment can be devised than to not see someone, to render them unimportant or invisible.”


Haywood Street believes this to be critically true. When snapping a picture of someone, we want to send the message, "We see you, we want to know you, and you belong here." This is what each of us wants and needs to know indisputably.

Haywood Street celebrated Easter this Wednesday. At the end of the service, Pastor Jody invited everyone to be in a family photo around the flower cross.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers: 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. 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 10th:

Pastor Jody

April 17th:

Pastor Brian

April 24th:

Pastor Jody


Guest Speaker Tim Underwood

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.


Scary Good News

By Pastor Seth

As the male disciples run for their lives to Galilee, fearful of their fate by association, the women stay behind to tend to the body of an enemy of the state. Mark’s Gospel prioritizes women in the resurrection narrative, the ones societally deemed as mere supporting roles taking center stage in the revelation of the Divine. Used to being told to stick to the background, to stay out of the way, to keep quiet, Mary, Mary, and Salome dare to be seen with and deemed unclean by the corpse of their beloved Christ, likely familiar with anointing and wrapping body after body before, familiar with the sight of death and smell of decay intermixed with incense and the salty taste of tears. It is these three women who receive the Good News first. While the men hide, the women show up in full knowledge that their mere presence might mean meeting a similar end as their Lord. If that’s not courage, I don’t know what is.

Expecting to greet death under the shadow of grief, these women are met with an announcement of life — charged with preaching the first sermon of the Good News by an unnamed man in a white robe. Yet, they flee in terror and don’t say a word before the original ending of the Gospel comes to a close. Unlike the other Gospel accounts, complete with a Christ-cooked breakfast on the beach and a loose end-tying ascension, Mark’s Gospel ends with a pregnant pause and deafening silence as the women run in fear.

As we read the account of the resurrection as told by the Gospel of Mark, I invite us to consider the question: what is so scary about the Good News?

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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.