Newsletter Updates for the Week of June 19, 2017

Welcome from Haywood Street:

With teary eyes, we said bon voage this week to Haywood Street Story Circle founder, Barbara Bates Smith. She will be leaving the rolling mountains of Asheville and headed for the city lights of Washington DC in the coming month. You can read more about the special Story Circle that honored her, here.

On Wednesday, Haywood Street companion and photographer, Maureen Simon, shared the inspiring story of how she transformed her own grief and fear into her love of photography.

Find more pictures and stories from our congregation here.

Updates:

> Click HERE for Haywood Street Congregation parking options.

>  If you haven’t done so yet, jump over to Instagram and hit “follow” to keep up with daily Haywood Street happenings.

> The clothing closet is in need of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes as well as hygeine prducts. Drop off options are Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The clothing closet is also in need of companions, espescially Sundays, 2:00 – 5:30. Please contact Emily Bentley for more information. 

> “The Beggar Jesus” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 6/21/17

A Haywood Reflection from Hannah:

Hello Haywood Street! I am a summer intern from Duke Divinity School. I am originally from the mountains of Northern Idaho, but most recently I live in Durham. Many of you have probably met my outgoing and friendly husband Patrick, we have been married for a year and a half, and we are excited to be in Asheville for the summer! I have been here about three weeks now, and though I am still learning so much every single day, I can say that I already feel comfortable and right at home. That feeling of comfortability is truly because of each person I have met, and the love that buzzes around Haywood Street. I had something completely different planned to write about, but my encounters with people at Journey Group, Downtown Welcome Table and Worship sent me down a different path for this reflection.

In worship, we discussed the parable of Lazarus and the Rich man. This parable caused me to think really seriously about both the Lazarus’ and the Rich in my own life. How often, in the hustle and bustle of life do we walk past the same people, over and over again. Walking by them, refusing to make “today” different, refusing to acknowledge the humanity within the person(s) we pass by time and time again. Or maybe, it’s the opposite. Maybe, we are experiencing what Lazarus did, rejection. Rejection every time someone refuses eye contact, or a simple hello. Many of us experience rejection from our family, past friends, through lost jobs, or “missed” opportunities. Whether we are like Lazarus, or like the rich man, or even for some maybe at different points in our life we have experienced life as both.

Haywood Street Congregation is a place where the rich learn that they are indeed needy, and the poor experience acceptance. A place where rich and poor alike cultivate a culture of radical hospitality. This parable, unlike any other, reminds us that God hears the cry of the needy and that IT MATTERS HOW WE TREAT EACH OTHER. God sees us, as we haven’t been seen before. Whether that means stripping us of our fine linens, and revealing our finite being, or illuminating God’s favor over us, especially in our brokenness.

What a beautiful place to be broken.

 For more stories and pictures from our congregation, click here.

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