News and Updates

May 12, 2023

Mother's Day Honor Gift

Happy Mother's Day to all the individuals who mother or help mother. We want to recognize those who have raised children, but also those who have been mother figures to other people, showing them unconditional love, kindness, and acceptance.

If you have or have had someone special in your life like this and want to honor them, consider making an honor gift in their name. Inspired by our very own Miss Mary, the image below adorns the front of the Honor Gift card. Inside, a message lets the recipient know that they are being honored by a gift to Haywood Street, which allows us to love and care for folks in our community in very practical ways.

Find out how to make a donation HERE.

Dayhope on Thursday, May 18th

All are invited to this event to connect friends and service workers. Sponsored by Homeward Bound, Dayhope will be at Haywood Street on May 18th, from 11-2. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served!

It's Garden Season!

The garden companions have been hard at work preparing the garden beds for flowers and vegetables! If you'd like to get your hands in the dirt, we have open garden days Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 9-12. Or you can contact Tiffany at if you'd like to schedule a group garden day.

Church Work Day June 3rd

On Saturday, June 3rd, we're having a church work day at Haywood Street Campus from 10 am to 3 pm. Volunteer opportunities include painting, gardening, deep cleaning, tidying up, and small carpentry projects. 

If you'd like to participate please contact Tiffany, our Community Engagement Coordinator at All are welcome! 

Warren "Popeye" Hill

With heavy hearts, we share with you the passing of our beloved friend, Warren "Popeye" Hill. After complications from a long battle with cancer, Popeye died on Thursday night at Solace Hospice.

Getting involved in the beginning, Popeye was one of Haywood Street's first congregants and was known and loved by staff, friends, and companions. Not only was he thought to be the heart and soul of the dish room, but over the years Popeye also took part in the Wilderness Trail hike, Habitat for Humanity work days, and worship services.

He was known to be a lover of small animals, fast cars, the Rolling Stones, and his partner, Jesse.

Popeye now rests peacefully in the tender arms of the God who created him and gave him the life that we loved.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day Thursday

The next Habitat for Humanity work day is this Thursday, May 18th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:45 and carpool to the work site together.


If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Seth at

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!
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Haywood Street in Photos

We're thankful for our friends who help us to keep the Haywood Street campus looking beautiful.

James shared his gift and passion for music with us at Wednesday's service, singing Precious Lord, Take My Hand.

The hair salon celebrated its 12,000th haircut on Wednesday. The lucky winner, Anton, was given a little gift to mark the moment.

We love having a chance to sing "Happy Birthday" on our friend's birthdays! Happy 39th Birthday, Rachel! We love you and celebrate your presence!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:00 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Thursday Card Making:10:00 am in the dining room. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

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


You Only Have to Die

Pastor Brian

"Court," the bailiff announces, "is in session." In the Chamber of Hewn Stone, a dedicated hall inside Herod's Temple, the Sanhedrin, a 71-member supreme court, await opening statements. The aristocracy from Jerusalem, seated on the left, consider their gold futures; the biblical scholars, seated on the right, review the Law of Moses; the High Priest, elevated above everyone in a gilded cedar bench, reads the list of charges- false witness, slander, treason, blasphemy against God and Country.  


Stephen, a quiet waiter responsible for handing out barley loaves and fig baskets to hungry widows, is escorted into the courtroom. Representing himself, without a briefcase or a defense attorney, he finds his voice by converting the witness stand into a bully pulpit. Rather than grovel for mercy, Stephen stands tall in the longest speech in Acts, citing Torah thirty times over a 51-verse sermon. Flush with the Spirit, he gives a scathing oral history of Israel's disobedience and accuses the High Court of rejecting yet another prophet. 


Gnashing their teeth, the Sanhedrin, enraged by a fellow Jew pronouncing their guilt, join the gathered jurors to incite a mob. Robes tearing and chairs breaking, the crowd stampedes ahead while covering their ears since a man can only be murdered if you first silence his humanity. Beautifully distracted skyward as the heavens unveil, Stephen is dragged through the eastern gate of the city and lynched by stoning.  


While his ministry was brief, appearing only twice in the New Testament, Stephen left far more than just blood on the rocks. When the charter members started organizing themselves, creating committees and offices, they nominated him. Of all the faithful servants, why did the early church choose Stephen, before his death, as the first deacon?  

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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.