Hazelwood youth will kick off the new school year with our Back to School Pool Party & Cook Out at Shirley Bookout’s on Sunday, August 14 from noon until 3 p.m. Please bring a snack to share. Drinks and hotdogs will be provided. In between all the fun, we will handout a fall schedule and talk about some of the upcoming youth events.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Rev. James in the church office, or by email at


As many of you know, we had an amazing experience at Give Kids the World in Orlando, FL this summer. There is no doubt that God was with us throughout our time there, and I want to thank everyone who played a part in helping to make this wonderful trip happen. From the initial planning to welcoming us home, the entire congregation has been incredibly supportive. Thanks to your prayers and the wonderful leadership of our youth sponsors, we felt God’s hand guiding and protecting us every step of the way. In fact, this trip was so moving for our youth group, we plan to return in a few years and invite all the members of our congregation to join us on this life-changing experience!!

We were incredibly fortunate to have many opportunities to raise funds for this trip, and our youth and sponsors all worked hard to do their part. Now that there has been time to sit down and do a final accounting of all expenses, I am happy to report our trip came in UNDER budget! Our fundraising efforts, combined with donations from several Hazelwood members, money-saving choices such as renting a house rather than hotel rooms and cooking our own food instead of eating out, resulted in a positive balance when all has been accounted for. That is absolutely amazing for a trip of this magnitude!

We can’t wait to share some special moments of this inspiring mission trip with you during the worship service on Sunday, August 14!