News and Updates

November 10, 2023

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in AVL Today

See AVL Today's write-up about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and ways the public can get involved.

To see participating partners and the list of events, click HERE.

Fresco Speaker Series Tuesday, November 14th

Another event for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is the next Fresco Speaker Series, which will feature fresco model James Blount, Pastor Brian Combs, and principal artist Christopher Holt. Join us for the discussion on Tuesday, November 14th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

For more information, contact Fresco Host, April.

Habitat for Humanity

The next Habitat for Humanity work is next Thursday, November 16th. 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.

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. 

Learn more and apply here.

Kick-off Event with City Council Person and the Asheville Homeless Strategy Division

Council Member Kim Roney will present the official Proclamation for November 13th-18th as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at the kickoff event on Monday, November 13 at 9 am. Debbie Alford, Homeless Strategy Specialist for the City will then present “Understanding Homelessness & Your Personal Response.”

This will take place this Monday, November 13th, from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Following the presentation, representatives from partner organizations will be onsite, sharing information about their programs and how to get involved.

All are welcome to join us for this event.

Public Health Mobile Clinic back Wednesday, November 15th

The Public Health Mobile Team will return to Haywood Street this Wednesday, November 15th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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. 

Call for Blankets and Sleeping Bags

Last winter, we were thrilled to have received such an incredible response to our call for blankets and sleeping bags. We plan to collect blankets again throughout the fall and winter months so we can continue to help our friends stay warm.

If you would like to donate blankets and/or sleeping bags, reach out to Community Engagement Coordinator, Tiffany, for more details.

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

We had 26 people join us at Companion Orientation on Monday evening to learn more about getting involved at Haywood Street. If you missed this one, the next opportunity will be Monday, December 4th at 5:00 pm.

A group from CCC was hard at work assembling the patio tables on Tuesday.

Thanks for all your help!

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


The Presence of Jesus

By Terry B.

“If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the door, you will not find him in the chalice.”

               (Saint John Chrysostom, c. 347-409 Archbishop of Constantinople)


There are many stories at Haywood Street Congregation. As many as there are people. Everyone has a story. Everyone. Our lived beliefs, relationships, and experiences combine to help reflect who we are, who we become, and who people perceive us to be. 


I have a story too. May I share just a bit of it with you? 

Life feels hard for many of us today. Discontent and anger simmer just under the surface or they have already exploded into the air we breathe and the space we occupy. They hang heavy on us and dissipate slowly or not at all. The Blame Game appears to be a popular sport seeking the bad guys so we may assign to them the blame for what has befallen us. There must be Someone to call out. To punish. To hate. Someone very unlike us. It must be those Other People. The people we find hard to see as people. The ones we see camping around town or asking for money. They leave a mess everywhere they go, you know. It might be the fault of the Higher-Ups who allow this to happen. Somebody needs to do something! This is no way to

live! Blaming has become contagious and has yet to fix any problems or help anyone. So, where do we find that Peace, Joy, and Love that Jesus promised us? We look for Jesus, for Jesus himself is all of these things. He provides them to us in each other. In relationship with one another. Jesus among us. 


Most of my life has been a journey to be aware of the nearness of God in Jesus the Christ. To know him, touch him, and grow ever deeper in relationship with him. Not just through study, reformed theology, and faith tradition, but in reality, where I live and breathe, where I exist. 


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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.