Mark your calendars! Registration opens June 15, 2019.
It is with heavy hearts that we formally announce the passing of our
dear friend, Charles “Charlie” Burns. Charlie was a friend to many and an
integral part of the creation of Haywood Street. His presence will continue
to be felt on campus, in the pews, and forever in our hearts. Charlie was
the first character to be sketched for the Haywood Street Fresco, and soon,
his larger-than-life portrait will be a daily reminder of his tender heart and
fierce spirit. We extend our prayers for peace and comfort to Charlie’s
family, Emma the Wonder Dog, and all who continue to love this beautiful
child of God.


1. The Asheville Street Feet Project foot clinics are now held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 11-2 in room 1.2. Gentle yoga in the sanctuary, Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30.

3. Tickets are going quick for “Imagine!” Click here to learn more and reserve your spot today.

4. Haywood Street is hiring! Haywood Street Respite, Assistant to the Program Manager job description can be found here. 

5. Haywood Street Respite will be closed June 17-June 27 while new floors are being installed.

6. Just a handful of Wednesdays left in this round of the Peace Education Program! All are welcome to attend. More…


For more information about any of the following, please contact Hannah, Haywood St. Companion Coordinator, at hannah@haywoodstreet.org or 828.575.2477 [ext. 106].

Clothing Closet:

– Prep: 10-noon Tuesday and Thursdays
– In need of summer items, water proof/resistant shoes, shorts, t-shirts, shorts, tanks, men’s and women’s underwear
– Vegetable gardening with Joan: Wednesday 10-12 & Sunday 1-3
– Flower gardening with Robert Thursday 9-12
– Wishlist: flats of Merigolds

Click here to prepare a meal for friends at Respite!

Please sign up to help with this event!

Campus Maintenance: 
– Come anytime on Mondays 6:00 am – 3:00 pm.

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The Promise of Hope

 Hope.  What is it and how do we get it? That question has been on my mind often in the last few weeks.  Our Haywood Street Community has experienced much loss in a very short period of time recently.  The death of friends, family members and partners. Empty spaces where those we love and cherish previously dwelled.   We could see them. Touch them. Hold them and be held by them.  Now, that empty space feels
strange, unfamiliar and wounds us beyond words.  Beyond the telling.  The pain of the loss lays our emotions bare, raw and exposed, or perhaps buried deep inside, leaving us unable to feel or function.

We know that the Dark Night of the Soul comes to each of us, in some way, during our lifetimes, often like an unexpected whirlwind, fast and disorienting. So, how can we move through this pain that overwhelms and overtakes us and leaves us in our own void?

May I offer a thought for our beloved community? I claim no special wisdom or knowledge for healing the broken heart or spirit, but I do know One who does.  It is to that One we turn for the living of each day. For the survival of each day.  For the hope of each day.

Hope. Perhaps this word holds some answers for us.

Definitions of hope:
*  “to cherish a desire with anticipation”  (Wikipedia)
*  “to want something to happen or be true”
*  “a strong and confident expectation” (bible.org)

Do any of these hold meaning or value for you? Sometimes this is the only kind of hope that we can see or grasp.  Sometimes we see no hope at all. Sometimes we must wait for hope to find us. Often we hold hope for each other, as we hold space for our friends who are unable to receive the hope that God gives.  The hope that is Jesus himself.(1Timothy 1:1) The hope that is defined by the promise of God that we will never be separated from the One who created us. (Romans 8:38-39) and loves us beyond words.

How can we experience this hope that is based on who God is and not on who we are or what we do? (Romans 5:2.)  We find it in the touch, the tears and the prayers of those who hold us.  We find it in worship and praise of our merciful God. We find it as we journey together, giving and receiving comfort, and sharing our own wounds with each other. We receive hope by simply being with one another. Not doing. Just being.

We cling to the hope that one day, all the empty spaces left by our loved ones will be filled by all of us, as we join those gone before, held in eternity by God’s own self. Until we gather as one, may we hold each other in the Peace and Hope that is Christ himself.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”   (Romans 15:13)

Hope. God’s promise. So be it.

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