News and Updates

December 29, 2023

Looking for Prep Companions this Saturday, December 30th!

Come Join the fun in the kitchen and dining room this Saturday to help us prepare for Sunday Morning's Breakfast. You can sign up on the sign-up sheet HERE!

Haywood Street Community Development is Hiring!

As we move forward with permitting and plans to break ground in January/February, we are now ready to hire a full-time Director of Housing.

The Director of Housing provides a critical bridge between Haywood Street Congregation (HSC) and Haywood Street Community Development (HSCD). This person serves as the primary staff liaison for HSCD. They support the HSCD board in performing its core functions and oversee all aspects of the organization’s housing development work. Scope includes providing oversight for current projects while cultivating new opportunities to develop affordable housing designed with dignity and built for belonging.

Learn more and apply HERE.

Patio Update and Training

Recently, a group of students put together the outdoor tables for the Downtown Welcome Table Patio, so we are now ready to put the patio in motion!

On Thursday, January 11, at 12:00 pm, we will have an in-depth training detailing the flow of the patio incorporated into the Downtown Welcome Table. 

We will also announce opening day! Please join whether you are hoping to serve the patio or not, as it will affect the overall flow of the Welcome Table.

Building Closed New Years Day

Thank you all for another great year! The building will be closed on Monday, January 1st, and will reopen on Tuesday.

There's Still Time to Give this Year

As the new year approaches quickly, we want to thank all of you who have supported Haywood Street's work and mission. Each gift makes a difference - sometimes it is a warm meal, other times it is a place to rest, and still others a caring person to listen.

If you haven't made a contribution this year, there's still time! Make your tax-deductible donation by midnight on December 31st HERE.

Companion Orientation January 8th

Our next Companion Orientation will be on January 8th at 5:00 in the sanctuary.

*Moved to second Monday due to 1st being a holiday.

Please invite any friends, family members or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street.

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

Santa with some of our Community Paramedics and First Responders on Christmas Eve.

We had a beautiful Christmas Eve worship service last Sunday!

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 Art Ministry: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and art-making.

Thursday Card Making: 10:00 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 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


Begotten in Us

By Pastor Brian

"But I haven't had my first period," Mary must have muttered to herself just beyond the earshot of her heavenly visitor. "How can a child- I'm only twelve- care for another child?" "What about a debutant preening down in Jerusalem with a long pink dress and an even longer list of superlatives?" "An unplanned pregnancy ruins everything, beginning with our family name." 


She had been going about her day, like every other day, grinding barley seed at the hand mill for dinner rolls, shuttling wool thread on the loom for another winter blanket, hauling ceramic jugs from the well to water the beasts of burden, and daydreaming about a quiet life to come with Joseph. Until her domestic routine was interrupted by a voice, the archangel Gabriel.   


Rechecking page three of his divine assignment, wondering if he had the wrong girl and the wrong town, Gabe finally spoke up, "Mary, fear not. You are highly favored, the one chosen to birth God's Son. This infant, Jesus, will be salvation come to earth wearing diapers if you're willing." Trembling, Mary tried to settle herself by asking a question, forgetting that language can't unveil mystery. 


Lacking an answer, without her parents' counsel, without time to count the costs, she had to decide: get back to her chores or say yes to the impossible. After she responded with "Let it be," the angel vanished, and the world began spinning in a new direction. On this Christmas Eve, according to our text, what makes Mary worthy of our veneration? 


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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.