Some of you have had questions about the Haywood Street Fresco
after reading about it in the news. We’ve updated the Fresco tab on our
website and added answers to frequently asked questions. Please email
us with your feedback or additional questions.

Our friends at Johnson Price Sprinkle (JPS) accounting firm publish
regular updates regarding tax reform and tips on year end planning. A
reminder that all gifts to Haywood Street postmarked by December 31
or submitted online by midnight 12/31/17, qualify as charitable
contributions for the 2017 tax year.

There was lots of love in the kitchen this week. Sunday brought a
beautiful meal prepared by Countryside Barbeque and generously
funded by GE Aviation. Wednesday we were blessed with an exquisite
meal provided by UNCA. Thanks to all brought nourishment and shared
in community around the tables.


1. Click HERE for UPDATED Haywood Street Congregation parking options.2. Thyme in the Garden is fundraising for Haywood Street Respite. Click HEREto learn more!

3. The ‘I Am Home’ art show has been re-scheduled for this Saturday, December 16. Click HERE for more info!

4. God Bearer — Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 12/13/17

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There is a lot to be done at Haywood Street. Food to be served, clothes to be hung, dishes to be washed. The sanctuary needs to be set up, we need to make sure we have enough coffee, and the trash needs to be taken out. It’s very easy to lose focus on what is most important at Haywood Street – relationship.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of this. My to-do list feels like it’s a mile long and I’ve got to make sure everything gets done. We’re busy with our heads down and we’re working and we forget that we are in a room full of people who are seeking community. Not just people seeking food, shelter, and clothing, but people seeking relationship and love.

I read recently that “ministry happens in the interruptions.” I hope that we can encourage each other to be interrupted. Stop what you’re doing and just be with someone. Share a cup of coffee, join someone for worship, or eat lunch together.

I love how our companion ministry is described on our website – “It’s a joyful and often chaotic ministry.  One that requires openness, vulnerability, and flexibility.  You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.” You might realize that you were seeking community, too.

I’m thankful to our companions and friends who have chosen to be a part of this ministry, knowing that it’s not about helping and fixing but instead focuses on being with one another. If you want to become a part of our companion ministry and learn what it means to both do for and be with, join us for our next Companion Orientation on Monday, Jan. 8th at 5 PM in the sanctuary.

With love,

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