News and Updates

May 3, 2024

Companion Orientation Monday, May 6th

The next Companion Orientation is this Monday, May 6th, at 5:00 pm. Make sure to invite your friends and family to join us!

A Good Bye and Celebration Time for Katlyn

We'll have a goodbye celebration for Katlyn this Monday, May 6th from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the main dining room with light refreshments.

The Haywood Street community is invited to gather and spend time with Katlyn and her family. We will gather starting at 4 p.m., and around 4:30 p.m., Kaltyn will address everyone. The community will also publicly share their gratitude and well wishes for Katlyn.  

All are invited to write cards and letters to give to Katlyn.  

You can email Bryan Delaney if you have any questions:

Monday Dinner at Respite with Pastor Jody

Pastor Jody is inviting folks to join her in Respite on Monday evenings while she prepares dinner for our Respite family.

If you are interested in joining a small group that helps prepare the meal or shares the meal and visits with folks, contact Pastor Jody for more information.

Support our community at Create Fest!

Haywood Street Highlights

Staff shared communion at their meeting on Monday. Without these folks who are committed to the mission of "Relationship, above all else," Haywood Street's ministry would be fruitless and unremarkable. Instead, we have a group that knows that creating a community built on unity, dignity, and affirmation starts at the core.

There are seats saved for you on the patio!

It was great to see our friend David Troy Francis on Wednesday. It was a homecoming in front of the Fresco as David’s passion for art and community, along with so many others, helped bring the Fresco to life.

Lunch was brought to us by 12 Bones on Wednesday! Complete with pulled pork, pulled chicken, slaw, green beans, corn pudding, salad, and chocolate chip cookies, our plates were full. Thank you, 12 Bones, for your generosity and incredible meal!

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.

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~

May 8th:

Pastor Seth

May 15th:

Pastor Brian

May 22nd:

Pastor Jody

May 29th

Pastor Seth

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.

Remembering the Saints

Jason Swain

November 15, 1974 ~ April 26, 2023

Son, brother, friend, and beloved Child of God


Who Do We Grieve?

By Lead Storyteller Melanee R.

Folded inside my grandmother’s old family album is a collection of newspaper cutouts of obituaries remembering great-grandparents, great-aunts, uncles, and cousins. Along with memorial service information, each obituary highlights each person’s greatest achievements, the people they left behind, or who preceded them in death. The longer the list, I suppose the more reason to grieve.

But what if there’s no one to pen the obituary or to orchestrate the celebration of life service? What would that mean?

Not long ago, a staff member at Haywood Street asked a congregant about the death of a community member, commenting, “I didn’t see anything in the obituaries.” The congregant replied matter-of-factly, “People like us don’t make it to the obituaries.”

In her book The Precarious Life, Judith Butler suggests that grief is not just a personal experience, but a political expression that reflects how we perceive humanity, what composes humanity, and how we respond to what is human or what is not human. She argues that when we deny the room for grief, we lose our sense of mutual interdependence. We simply pass over the loss, identifying some humans as ungrievable and, in turn, unlovable (32).

Such a profound act of love it is to grieve another person, then! To have seen someone for who they are as a child of God and as a human being, lovable and worthy.

Remembering the saints among us, celebrating lives, and holding space to grieve what’s been lost—regardless of how “grievable” the world labels us—is how we recognize our common humanity and how we confess our interdependence with one another. And it’s the opportunity we have to put our hope in what Christ tells us is yet to come. 

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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.