After having donated 500 handmade plates just months ago,
East Fork Pottery supported the Welcome Table again by preparing an
incredible Sunday meal — creme brûlée and all. We give thanks to their
huge crew who put lots of love into this offering.
The gifts continued on Wednesday when partner restaurant, Green Sage,
served up delicious meatloaf, yummy sides and some warm berry cobbler.
We give our gratitude for this establishment and their continued support
of the Welcome Table.

A special General Conference of The United Methodist Church will take
place Feb 23-26 in St. Louis, to set policy around issues concerning the
participation of LGBTQ individuals. As a Reconciling Congregation, our
hope is that the UMC will modify its policies to allow for the full participation
of ALL people, in EVERY aspect of church life. Immediately following General
Conference there will likely be many questions and a waiting period to see
how things get hammered out, no matter which plan is passed
(or if no plan passes!). Our Friends at Green Street UMC in Winston-Salem
are making plans to host a worship service with time for follow-up discussion
and planning on Saturday March 2nd.


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

2. Community Residency position still available. Help spread the word!

3. Mark your calendars for the next Art Talk! Thursday, February 28 / 8:30 – 10:00 am / Haywood Street sanctuary — Meet the artists, learn about the process, see the sketches & more. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


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

Can you help clean after the Welcome Table meal? We could especially use help on the following, upcoming dates: Wednesday, February 20 (3:00 pm) and Wednesday, February 27 (3:00 pm)

Clothing Closet:
Prep: 10-noon Tuesday and Thursdays
Current needs: Coats, cold weather gear, new underwear, feminine hygiene products

Commodity Runs: We are looking for one or two more folks to join the Thursday morning and Saturday evening Trader Joe’s runs. Please contact Hannah if you are interested.

Make a gift to Haywood St.


In 2018, Jay Weatherly initiated the Welcome Table Coffee Collective. Enjoy his reflections on a year’s worth of donations and many quality cups of coffee.


Once again, when I sit and take a moment to reflect upon the generosity of all contributors throughout this last year, I am struck by how fortunate I am to live in such a heart filled and generous community.  Thanks to the help of local establishments and a number of private contributors, we ended 2018 with 500 pounds of donated coffee to the Welcome Table/Respite center at Haywood St. Congregation!

I can’t begin to stress how big of an accomplishment this is in the first year of organizing the collective.  But more to the point, how much the collective has offset the cost of goods for Haywood St. and delighted the community it serves.  Just to give a perspective,  if all of the coffee given was the cheapest coffee available it would still top around $3,750 in savings for the year.  But based on the value of what was given, we have easily collected over $7,000 in delicious, quality coffee.   This is the magic of what happens when businesses join together in light of helping their community.  The savings is only part of the picture.  There is so much more that happens when someone walks away with an experience of delight in something as simple as a cup of coffee.  The thing that is typically just viewed as morning fuel is enjoyed in a way that we all wish for everyone.  The Coffee Collective has provided that experience for countless people, countless times throughout this past year.

This means we have 2019 to look forward to and beating that mark!  Spread the word about the Coffee Collective to colleagues in the coffee community and let’s continue to serve warmth and love to our friends at Haywood Street!



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