As you are aware, the May 20 congregational meeting resulted in a vote to explore re-location, with the general church board being responsible for the process. The board normally meets every other month, but has made the decision to begin monthly meetings effective with the June board meeting.  The board met on June 19 to begin the process of exploration; to explore re-location and to explore remaining in our current location with necessary changes. 

Two focus groups were formed during this meeting, with Jenny Grove accepting the responsibility to lead the group which will explore re-location options.  So far, eight others have volunteered to participate in this focus group.  The other focus group will be lead by Steve Cartwright, who will have the charge of exploring ways to remain at our current location.  To date, three others have agreed to serve with this group. 

As has been stated in past articles and meetings, we need the engagement of the entire congregation in this most important process in the life of Hazelwood Christian Church.  Please prayerfully consider joining one of these focus groups.  We especially need others to join the group to explore remaining at our current location.  Contact Jenny Grove (jlgrove@gmail.com), 759-2261, or Steve Cartwright (scartwright2@yahoo.com), 759-5911, if you are willing to be part of the solution. 

Also, two other groups will work on exploring worship options, and constitution/by-law revision.  If you have an interest in these areas, please contact John Starnes (jcstarnes@comcast.net), 289-0334. 

Finally, the entire congregation needs to be in prayer for this process, for our minister, staff, leaders, and each other, as we continue to seek God’s direction for re-making Hazelwood Christian Church into an effective witness for Christ in this community. 

The next board meeting is scheduled for July 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sulanke Fellowship House.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

John Starnes, Moderator