News and Updates

November 17, 2023

Asheville Citizen-Times Covers Haywood Street and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

If you haven't seen it yet, check out Asheville Citizen Times' Reporter Sarah Honosky's article that appeared on the cover of Tuesday's newspaper! Covering Haywood Street and the events circulating around Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Sarah did incredible work reporting on us and our mission.

Read her article HERE.

Memorial Service for Brian Gallagher, Sunday November 19th

Please join us this Sunday, November 19th to celebrate the life of our dear friend and companion, Brian Gallagher.

At 10:30, there will be a dedication of the Respite porch in Brian's name. Following the dedication, at 11:00 we'll meet in the sanctuary for the memorial service.

We're hiring!

Haywood Street is hiring an Associate Banquet Steward with culinary training who will support the Banquet Steward in managing the day-to-day operations of the Downtown Welcome Table (DWT). A key focus of the role is helping to maintain a clean and well-organized kitchen, dish room, dining room, and storage areas. 

The application period closes on Friday, November 24th.

Learn more and apply here.

Fresco Speaker Series

On Tuesday we had a special Speaker Series for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring model James, Artist Christopher, and Pastor Brian.

Thank you to everyone who came out to learn about the importance of art and the Fresco. Keep your eyes open for the next installment in January!

Holiday Parade Tomorrow

Come join us at 10 am at the parade lineup at Charlotte Street (from College Street to Martin Luther King Blvd.) Only vehicles riding in the parade are allowed into this area, so please park nearby and walk to this area. If someone is dropping you off, the drop-off spot is at the Stephens Lee Rec. Center. Haywood Street Congregation is entry 50 in the lineup. 

If you'd like to join us for decorating the float, you're welcome to do so at 8 am in our parking lot on Saturday, November 18th. 

Thanksgiving Feast prep and meal

Due to the Holiday Parade on Saturday morning, our regular prep time will be 12:00 pm-3:00 pm on Saturday the 18th. We'll also have two extended preps on Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st from 9:00 am-2:00 pm to prepare for the Thanksgiving Meal. 

And, of course, all are invited to join us for Wednesday's Thanksgiving feast this Wednesday, the 22nd!

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week a Success

We're so grateful to everyone who made an effort to learn more about the challenges around hunger and homelessness and the ways we can all participate to make an impact.

And we're particularly grateful for our partners who walk with us and work together to serve our community!

Haywood Street in Print!

Haywood Street is honored to have been included in Rev. Dr. Luther Smith's new book Hope is Here!: Spiritual Practices for Pursuing Justice and Beloved Community. Find us in chapter two, entitled "Hope's Work and Its Witness." 

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

Council Member Kim Roney reading the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Proclamation at Monday's event on understanding homelessness. Thank you, Council Member Roney, for your support!

Miss Mary was having too much fun letting us celebrate her to tell us we were singing happy birthday to the wrong Miss Mary! We love you, Miss Mary. And here's a special Happy Birthday to our other, dear Miss Mary!

Preparing the layout for the Holiday Float. Make sure to come and see us at the Parade on Saturday!

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 [email protected].


The God Hustle

by Pastor Brian

Jesus is starving, ribs protruding from both sides, face gaunt and hollowed out, shivering in the desert heat, robe dwarfing his wasted-away frame, muscles depleted from the absence of food, his body cannibalizing itself after forty days in the Judean wilderness. When he finally staggers back into civilization, convinced God is asking him to take off the carpenter’s apron and pick up the cross of Christ, Jesus heads for the nearest hummus stand.

Before he can order everything on the menu, his nose seizes at the stench of sulfur, the overwhelming odor of burnt matches clouding the air. Jesus doesn’t need to turn around; he knows who is standing behind him. The devil’s wearing a tailored suit and a pressed tie, accessorized with a diamond-encrusted watch. His blond hair is greased back and perfect. “Let’s take a ride,” the Tempter says, “in my brand-new Cadillac Eldorado.”

The first stop is a field of Limestone boulders. “Sprinkle a little heavenly dust on one of these stones,” the Devil instructs, “and devour a warm loaf of Challah bread.” Next, they drive to a roadside overlook. “See the totalitarian lights of government blinking below,” the devil continues, “with their seats of absolute power. Bow down, and I’ll sign the rights over to you alone.” Finally, they pull up to the Holy City. The devil jerks Jesus out of the backseat and places him on top of the temple steeple. “With everyone watching,” he urges, “jump! Let them see your angelic bodyguards come to the rescue.”

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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.