News and Updates

June 30, 2023

Building Closed On Monday

The building will be closed this Monday, July 3rd in recognition of the 4th of July.

This means that we will be open on Tuesday, July 4th, though!

Happy 4th, everyone!

Updates on the Patio

Construction is beginning on the patio in the garden! We're so excited to be able to offer an outdoor space for folks to eat together. Thank you to everyone who has had a part in planning, designing, and working on this project!

Check back next week to see an after picture!

4th of July Cookout on

Wednesday, July 5th

Join the Downtown Welcome Table next Wednesday for a 4th of July cookout in the ally behind the dining room! We'll be having hamburgers, hotdogs, and ice cream. Stop by between 10-12!

Companion Orientation July 10th

Because of the 4th of July Holiday, the next orientation will be Next Monday, July 10th, at 5:00. 

We'll meet in the sanctuary. Please invite your friends and family to join if they are interested in becoming a companion!

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

Eclair cake--Chef Jinnia never disappoints when it comes to desserts.

Summer at Haywood Street is a revolving door of incredible, thoughtful, and compassionate youth! We're so thankful for each person who contributes their time and energy to this community.

Street Dog Coalition was on campus last Sunday to care for the pets of folks who are experiencing homelessness. This is just another example of how beautiful things happen when we work together as a community!

The beauty of the garden is an everyday reminder of God's presence!

"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;" Acts 17:24

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



by Linda McCraken

 When I hear that word, it used to bring to mind the relationship of one person with another that is not necessarily a friendship or even someone who is intimate with another, but two people who are accompanying one another through a time period or on a journey. Since I came to Haywood Street Congregation, I think of being a companion in a totally new context though not far from my original thinking of fellow travelers through space and time.

Now being a companion is best represented to me by the story of three men on the road to Emmaus:

Two men discuss the loss of their Rabbi on Friday and the rumor that his grave was empty when the women went to prepare the body two days later. A third man who seems not to know what they are so excited about joins them. As they tell their fellow traveler about Jesus’ crucifixion, His empty tomb, their hope that He really is alive, and their devastation over His death on Friday, the third man explains to them the significance of what has happened through his understanding of Scripture. The men are so heartened by the conversation they want the man to join them for dinner at an inn and continue to share his thoughts. As they break bread together, they recognize the man is their Rabbi, Jesus. They are overjoyed, but even as they acknowledge who this man is, he disappears from their sight.

How is it that I feel this is what being a companion at Haywood is like? 

In every broken body, in every creased and worn face, I see Jesus. Often He remains hidden until He says something kind, loving, generous, or thoughtful. Then though we are companions on this journey, I realize that Jesus is there in other people who are walking the same dusty road I am. He is more than hopeful for something I might expect. No, He is a revelation of what I’d never dream of being there. A man struggling with alcohol addiction, a woman wondering where she will spend the next cold night, and a child clamoring for attention open themselves to me and explain their truth. As we break bread together, I notice that their hands are familiar. I look into their eyes and there He is. 

As Max Lucado says it so well, my “hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed. My hope is the zany, unpredictable God who loves to surprise me out of my socks and be there in the flesh to see my reaction.”

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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.