News and Updates

July 14, 2023

Fresco Speaker Series Tuesday, July 18th

Please join us for the fourth installment of the Fresco Speaker Series. On Tuesday, July 18th at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary, we will be in conversation with McKenzie Dilliingham and Eva Hook. 

Our conversation will be centered around how their experiences at Haywood Street have influenced their desire to advocate for deeply affordable housing.

McKenzie has been a congregant and guest musician with Haywood Street for several years. She also serves as Chair of Haywood Street Community Development, Haywood Street's sister non-profit devoted to building deeply affordable housing in Asheville.

Eva is depicted in the Fresco helping to carry the table. She grew up at Haywood Street, serving as a companion in many areas - most often in the kitchen on Sunday mornings. She just completed her first year as an undergraduate at George Washington University, majoring in Human Services & Social Justice with a minor in Public Policy. 

Buxton Hall BBQ to Support Haywood Street

Buxton Hall BBQ, one of Haywood Street's partner restaurants, is dedicating 10% of all dinner sales to Haywood Street on July 18th. If you're planning on going out to eat, consider some bbq at Buxton Hall and support Haywood Street at the same time!

Golf for Awareness Registration Opens Tomorrow!

Join us for a fun-filled day of "scramble" golf that welcomes all golfers - from novice to scratch!

Proceeds benefit the Downtown Welcome Table, Respite, and other ministries of Haywood Street.

Individuals and teams are welcome!

The registration link will be live on our Events page tomorrow!

Buncombe County Public Health Here Wednesday


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street this Wednesday, July 19th from 10 am-2 pm.


The vaccines included will be COVID, Flu, MPOX, Hep A & B, Tetanus, and Shingles. The team will also work with folks to connect them to other county resources and clinical services. 

Habitat for Humanity Workday July 20th

The next Habitat for Humanity work is Thursday, July 20th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:30 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

This team of young people from Camp Henry in Canton, mowed, weed-whacked, cleaned, and organized our Sabbath House today! Thank you, Camp Henry!!

Construction of the patio is underway! Thank you all for your patience as this project is being worked on.

Respite Manager, Elizabeth, practiced her rollerblading with a little support from Red Dog and Hickory.

We had a full house at our Wednesday worship service! Here, Raven and Nelson are sharing the elements during communion. Worship is fullest when folks share themselves!

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


A Gal Called Gina

by Gina Louise Rathbone

(Gina is currently staying at the Respite as she waits for an upcoming surgery. A gifted writer and all-around artist, Gina has been eager to share pieces of herself with our community, the place where she says she finally feels like she belongs.)

Let me tell you a story ‘bout a gal

toughly bread

She was left in the woods, but the Respite

kept her fed

Not only with food, but with love,

God, and respect.

They were there for her when everybody done and left.

Giving this woman hope and back

good dreams.

You may see her fishing in the

Cherokee streams.

She got abused and hurt in every


But she couldn’t stop praying every

single day.

No holly roller at all but very

down to earth

And waiting on the Lord to bless

her again with birth.

Not with a child, but with goodness

and grace.

For the children given already left love

on her face.

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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.