The dynamic duo was back this week and served up another beautiful,
collaborative meal. Thank you Gan Shan Station and Table for being
such devoted partners of the Downtown Welcome Table.
Did you know that Sunrise Community now operates out of Haywood
Street? Among the many groups and programs they offer, is Story
Circle — a weekly gathering of folks who utilize personal narrative as a
tool for connection and community building. Many lasting friendships
form from these roundtable talks — come check it out!
Another wonderful “Art Talk” this Thursday morning! Thanks to all who
came out and to Old Europe Pastries for providing truly decadent treats.
Mark your calendar for the next event — Friday March 29, 8:30-10:00 AM,
Haywood Street sanctuary.
Big thanks goes out to the owners of Spicewalla for their generous donation
of spices to the Downtown Welcome Table. Dave and the entire kitchen crew
can’t wait to start working these flavors into the weekly meals!
A letter from Rev. Brian Combs. More…


1. Interested in helping with maintenance / Haywood Street campus care? Contact Hannah.

2. This Saturday–The Next Step. Learn more…

3. I Am Home art Project has some upcoming shows! More…

4. “Responding in Relationship” — sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 2/24/2019


For more information about any of the following, please contact Hannah, Haywood Street Companion Coordinator, at hannah@haywoodstreet.org or 828.575.2477 [ext. 106].
Welcome Table:
Food prep & information sheet

Clothing Closet:
Prep: 10-noon Tuesday and Thursdays

We are in search of companions that feel called to help wash a load of laundry each week for the clothing closet. Please email Hannah for details or show up at noon on Tuesday/Thursday to pick up a bag!

Make a gift to Haywood St.


A few days ago I found myself in the dining room at Haywood Street with a mop in my hand.  I looked up and in the kitchen was Donna Anderson cleaning up after another big Wednesday meal.  We had a moment of smiles and reflection on what has happened at Haywood Street in the last 10 years.

Donna and her husband Burt were long time members of Haywood Street United Methodist Church which is our mother ship.  They and a few folks were holding it all together for a small congregation that decided that they could no longer continue. It was a painful time for this group of folks who loved their church very much.  They had courage and forethought about what they hoped could happen there after they left and they reached out to Central UMC and others for help. Their decisions and actions opened the door for Haywood Street Congregation!

I have been along for the ride for the last 10 years as a Co-Board Chair with Laura Kirby in the early years and as a Board member since.  It has been one of the most amazing adventures of my life to be a part of this.  As of Feb 4, I am in a new role as Co-Director with Laura Kirby (on an interim basis).  I‘ll be involved with key staff development and facility issues.  We have grown quite a bit since my first conversations with Donna, Burt, Elsie, Joe, and the loyal and generous folks at Haywood Street United Methodist 11 years ago.  I know that HSC, as it is now, would have been hard to picture then.  However, I know that that group of folks wanted new life and people serving God in their Church.  I think they got their wish!

For more faces & stories from our Congregation, click here.