Great article this week in WNC Magazine. Read it here!
And another great write-up coming from our friends at Asheville Lifestyle. Great story and photos!
A big scoop of gratitude for partner restaurants, Cucina 24 and The Bull & Beggar, for such a fantastic Wednesday meal!
Slightly updated viewing hours for the Haywood Street Fresco. Help spread the word!


Our worship services in the coming week (November 3rd and 6th) will focus on this season of All Saints/All Souls. We will honor and remember those who have died and are still cheering us on. Please consider bringing a photo or a symbol or anything that represents a loved one you have lost. We will use them to build a “Cloud of Witnesses” alter during worship. 
– Wednesday, Nov 13th from 12:30 – 1:30 — blessing and celebration of the Haywood Street Fresco 

– Thursday, Nov 14th from 5 pm – 7 pm — open house and celebration of the Haywood Street Fresco

* To allow friends and companions to attend the November 13 celebration, the Welcome Table meal will start and end one sitting early. Sittings on the November 13 will be at: 9:45, 10:30, 11:15 and 12:00.

3. New Haywood Street merchandise. Click here to view.

4.  Code Purple information.

5. Employment opportunity: Associate Pastor — Learn more…


1. Food prep and information sheet

2. Haywood Street’s updated Amazon Wishlist

3. Prepare a meal for Respite! Sign up here.

4. November 13: Companions who plan to help serve please arrive by 9:00-9:15 with the first seating beginning at 9:45. (this is to accommodate the blessing of the Haywood Street Fresco at 12:30)


In Psalm 139, the psalmist proclaims that we “are fearfully and wonderfully made.” The more I walk this journey of life and faith, the more I believe it comes down to which one is taking the lead, is driving the bus, fear or wonder.  No doubt, fear gives us very important information.  It lets us know when things are not okay, when safety is being threatened, when we need additional support.  However, when fear is in charge, when it feels most familiar, when it becomes automatic, it gives us a very limited range of options, often captured in the well known shorthand of “fight, flight or freeze”.  
As Psalm 139 names, fear is and needs to be a part of being fully human. The problem arises when our fear becomes so powerful, so dominant, that there is no room for wonder.  There is no room for mutual trust and connection, for creativity, for collaboration, for beauty, for joy, for thriving and not just surviving. We are made to honor our fear, but not be captive to it, because we are also made for wonder.
Unaddressed trauma gives rise to fear in many forms. In the last few decades, we have discovered remarkable truths about trauma and its destructive impact on the mind, body and spirit. In addition to the faithful work of reversing the concentration of wealth and resources that fuel so much of this suffering, I believe we are simultaneously called to build the collective and personal capacity for wholeness and healing in the face of it.  If we understand trauma, we also understand that those caught in its grip must experience a level of trust with someone before risking the frightening and courageous work of tending to such wounds.  I want to become such a companion within our community.
For three years, you all have given me the honor of being a Pastor in your midst.  It has been a gift full of wonder, and let’s be honest, a little fear too. It is because of the powerful way we have embraced each other that I will be shifting my role at Haywood St. over the coming year.  I also have a counseling degree and am already pursuing the path to become licensed.  While still being committed to Haywood St., including being present on Wednesdays and Sundays, the rest of my week will be devoted to sharing these trauma informed resources with our community. I will be adding a pastoral counseling ministry to the other amazing ministries already in place.  This feels like a holy nudge that I can ignore no longer, though I already feel some sadness about letting go of certain ways I love being with you all.  Such is the nature of change and of faith.
We are posting for the Associate Pastor position today.  Please help us spread the word. The hope is that we find somebody who can begin early in the year.  I will linger until the end of April to support that transition.  The goal is to have the counseling ministry up and running next November.
“What about May to October?”, you might ask.  Well, my younger daughter, who is about to finish High School, wants to take her Dad on a long walk, also called the Appalachian Trail. I just can’t pass that up. Sounds too wonderful, full of wonder, to me. 


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