News and Updates

February 2, 2024

Companion Orientation, Monday February 5th


Companion Orientation will be on Monday, February 5th, in the Sanctuary. Please invite any friends, family members, or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street!

Join us Sunday, February 4th


As we grieve the end of the Sunday Downtown Welcome Table and worship, we also excitedly anticipate what's to come! We hope you'll join us at the table for the last breakfast on February 4th and stay for the worship service at 11:00.


This will be a special service as part of National Gun Survivors Week, which is February 3 - 10. John Owens, a survivor of gun violence himself, will share his story during worship.

AVL Black History and Haywood Street


This week, Haywood Street appeared in this word search created by the James V Miller Walking Trail. Check it out and be sure to learn about AVL Black History!

Support for those Newly Housed and Soon-to-be Housed

Gratitude for our Friends at Corner Kitchen!


On Wednesday, some of our friends from Corner Kitchen joined our companions in the kitchen! We're so grateful for this partnership and for all the work they put into preparing a meal for 500+ community members.


Thank you for joining us and thank you for your dedication!

Family Style Prep Days this Month


Each Thursday, beginning February 1st, we will have workdays in the dining room from 9-12 to prepare for the transition to family-style meals.


Before this transition on Wednesday, March 6, there will be a training opportunity for all companions. If you can, join us on February 22nd as we will go over the new logistics and flow of the Welcome Table. Our time together will also include a family-style meal for you all to experience! We'll meet at 5:00 p.m. in the dining room.

Haywood Street Community Development to Break Ground this Month!


We're thrilled to share that the housing project is moving into the construction phase!

On February 21st, in place of our typical Wednesday 12:30 worship, we'll meet together at 339 West Haywood Street for a ground blessing ceremony!


"From the hallowed architecture of Stonehenge to the stacked cairns along the Blue Ridge, people of reverence have marked plots of the earth as sacred. Rather than a golden shovel groundbreaking, Haywood Street Community Development will hold a ground blessing. All are welcome to dedicate the site as holy by building an altar." Pastor Brian


For more information or any questions, please contact April.

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:


  • Have a meal! - Join us on Wednesdays 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 Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00


  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On 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

A group of 30 11th graders from Franklin School of Innovation helped us deep clean the kitchen, organize the art room, and prepare for our last Sunday meal in the dining hall!

During worship this week, we blessed the handmade cards that will be sent to our friends who are incarcerated. If you would like to join the card-making ministry, join us at 10:00 am Thursday mornings in the sanctuary.

There's something profound in drops of oil being poured out and rubbed across our foreheads. Anointing, a holy touch affirming our sacred worth, is an act that bursts with the divine mystery of God’s work and permeating presence in and through us. When we participate in this ritual together, we are simultaneously participating in God’s unfolding plan for creation!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Worship:

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 april@haywoodstreet.org.

SERMON

Bless God and Grieve

By Pastor Seth

Perhaps one of the most controversial books of the Hebrew Scriptures, the book of Job is anything but straightforward. A family man from a foreign land called Uz, we are introduced to Job as “blameless and upright,” steadfast in his devotion to his God and blessed with all manner of wealth and status. That is, until a cosmic wager is placed on his faithfulness. In Job 1:6, we read of a heavenly being called hasatan. Commonly translated in English as satan, this figure is not to be confused with the later Jewish and Christian notion of Satan, the Devil. Rather, hasatan (literally meaning “the accuser”) is presented as a member of a heavenly council whose role

is something of a prosecuting attorney. And it is here in the narrative portion of the book of Job where things start to get interesting, if not wildly problematic.


Upon God’s instigation, hasatan makes a bet with the Creator of the universe: that if all the good in Job’s life was to be taken away from him, Job would discard his faithfulness and curse the Divine. Unbeknownst to Job, God accepts the challenge on his behalf and makes a deal with the devil-ish councilman, who proceeds to manipulate events to kill off Job’s servants and children, destroy his livelihood, and afflict him with bodily misery. Yet, even after all this calamity, Job refuses to utter a curse — at least until the next chapter. In walks Job’s wife. 


Nameless in the biblical narrative, the wife of Job pleas for him to relent, only to be told that she is a foolish woman. Often portrayed as a foil to Job’s righteousness, history has portrayed the wife of Job in a largely critical light as a temptress and blasphemer, a stumbling block to Job’s faith. Augustine in the fourth century goes so far as to call her “the devil’s accomplice” — comparing her to a misogynistic interpretation of Eve in the Garden of Eden, guiltily dangling before her male counterpart the temptation of disobedience. However, there are those theologians who consider the wife of Job in a different light: as a grieving mother, as a wife concerned for her husband, as a woman who has lost everything, as a child of God who might have a point in her pleading.


Opinions on the wife of Job are as varied in perspective as the text itself. So the question I want to consider is: what does the wife of Job teach us about suffering?



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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.