Newsletter Updates for the Week of June 3, 2017

Welcome from Haywood Street:

Thank you to Robert and the visiting youth who made some beautiful stone pathways through the front gardens!

Find more pictures and stories from our congregation here.


> Click HERE for Haywood Street Congregation parking options.

> Our next Companion Reflection will be held on Monday, July 17th. Join us this time for a de-escalation training, dinner, and a short reflection. Below is the schedule for the evening. We will meet in the Welcome Table dining room. Please join in for any or all of it and let Emily know if you plan on attending. (
3:00 – 5:00 PM – We will offer a training, led by two local leaders in the field, where you will learn practical de-escalation strategies and skills that we can use in our community.
5:15 – 6:30 PM – Dinner and a short reflection time.

> Kevin Mahoney of Sunrise Community is now leading a recovery support group at Haywood Street. This group is called Sunrise: Connections to Community Group and meets Wednesdays in room 4B from 11:00 – 11:45.

> On August 21 there will be an eclipse of the sun (for the first time in nearly 100 years, the sun’s shadow will cross the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina!) Haywood Street is planning a day trip to Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville to experience this spectacle. You may contact Doug Combs for more information.

> A reminder that the Haywood Street Story Circle meets every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in room 4B. Come see what this amazing group is all about!

> “Thrown Overboard” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 7/5/17

A Haywood Reflection from Steve:

Truth. This is more than a word. It is a crucial value. Without it how can a civil society function?

Lying has shades.  It is really not a black and white issue. Is it wrong to prop up your friend’s spirits when he or she is still pale from an operation or hospital stay by telling them that they are looking good when they clearly aren’t at their best? This is a far cry from lying that can cause significant harm. These are mean and evil lies that seem to be becoming more prevalent and even acceptable today. The “alternative facts”. These are destabilizing and demoralizing. They damage the fabric of our social systems. Truth is fundamental to genuine, intentional relationships, personal and international.

I think Haywood Street represents pure truth. The mission is clear. There are no hidden agendas or egos. There is no deal-making.

Companions who come to Haywood face the truth of the lives that our friends live. We can’t pretend to fully understand all that they are going through, but we can at least give them some comfort, dignity, nutritious food and honest companionship.

At Haywood your educational accomplishments or professional standing means nothing. Here we are all at the same level. It is what you are as a person that counts. You cannot be deceitful and still sincerely serve other people.  If you have false pretensions you will be exposed. That is the plain honest truth!


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