News and Updates

September 8, 2023

Companion Orientation On Monday, September 11th

The next companion orientation will be Monday, September 11th at 5:00. We'll meet in the sanctuary. Please invite your friends and family to join if they are interested in becoming a companion!

Men's Bathroom Complete!

This week, we were able to officially reopen the newly renovated men's bathroom! What a difference it makes to have such a beautiful (and, of course, functioning) men's room!

With that said, the women's room is back to where it was previously, and we continue to have the two all-gender, single bathrooms in the dining room.

Follow HSCD on Social Media

Haywood Street Community Development is on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to follow them to see their progress as they develop deeply affordable housing in Downtown Asheville!

To support HSCD or to learn more, click HERE.

Blue Ridge Pride Parade

Please join Haywood Street Congregation staff and community members in the Blue Ridge Pride Parade on Saturday, September 30th. Anyone wanting to participate and walk in the parade as part of Haywood Street is welcome to park at the Haywood Street parking lot.

We plan to leave the HSC parking lot by 9:45 a.m. and walk to the gathering spot at 16 S. French Broad St., the parking lot right next to Summit Church. It's about a 9-minute walk. Or, you can plan to meet us at 16 S. French Broad St. at 10:00 a.m.

Contact Tiffany for more information.

Registered for Golf for Awareness Yet?

Go to our events page on the website to sign up for this year's Golf for Awareness fundraiser coming up on October 6th.

Here are some reasons to sign up:

  • 5 Club Captains Choice
  • Prizes
  • Free lunch
  • Special Hole Play
  • It's FUN!

Still not sure? Hear what our companion, Brent, has to say!

See Us at Chow Chow!

Check out Haywood Street's booth at Chow Chow this weekend. We'll be set up in the public area by the entrance to the festival.

We'll have information about us and our ministries and some merchandise available!

The event will take place in Pack Square!

Learn more about Chow Chow HERE.

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!
Sign Up

Haywood Street in Photos

A cross crocheted by our dear friend Laura as a gift to Haywood Street!

Daniel and Ava.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

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 Card Making: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

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


Thy Kin-dom Come Anyway

By Pastor Seth

A Galilean born on the wrong side of the tracks, Jesus returns to his hometown roots in Nazareth with a Kin-dom bringing agenda. With disciples by his side and a home court advantage, it appears at first glance that favor leans his way for the reception of good news incarnate. As the story goes, Jesus arrives on scene with his posse of followers, assuming authority in the synagogue. He begins teaching and performing miraculous works to which the community of his youth and early adulthood first responds to with astonishment: “What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands!” they shout. But as the narrative continues, it becomes evident that the people’s lingering associations about him begin to overshadow the liberating power of this savior comes home, who is left with the temptation to cease his work in the face of rejection’s sting.

Jesus returns home as the Son of God with divine intentions only to be met by the crowd’s quick estimation of him as somebody that they used to know. In reading Mark 6:1-6, I invite us to consider: How are we called to handle ridicule and rejection?

(Congregational Response)

  • Hurting people hurt people
  • Recognizing that we all suffer, which is not and excuse for harming others but may help us not take it so personally
  • We want to dish it right back sometimes
  • Christ stands in solidarity with the ridiculed and the rejected

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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.