“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

Our Youth Summer Missions have begun! This year, our focus is right here in our own community. Here are some highlights of our service projects:

JUNE 7: We were at Muncie Mission, handing out bags of healthy trail mix we had put together that morning. We also donated hygiene kits we made to give to the men as they arrive at the Mission. The kits are in a nylon bag with a pull string that can be closed up and carried as a backpack. Inside each bag is shampoo, body wash, a comb, shaving gel & a razor, toothpaste & a toothbrush, and deodorant.

JUNE 8: We are working with ARF. In addition to cleaning, we are helping to plant a memorial garden. Several flowers have been donated in memory of a 6-month-old child of one of the volunteers who recently passed away. We are clearing the ground, tilling the soil, planting the flowers, and mulching. We also brought donations of Pine-Sol, hotdogs, canned dog food, and other much-needed items.

JUNE 9: We will head over to the YWCA women’s shelter, where we will be cleaning, sorting, and organizing their donation store. Many women and their children come to the shelter with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This donation store is where these women and children can pick up items they need. We will also be bringing donations of box fans, twin sheet sets, hair dye, and hair styling products.

Our Summer Missions will conclude on Saturday as we team up with the Hoosier Environmental Council for their White River Cleanup. We have a huge task ahead of us with the 50-acre natural area behind River Ridge Plaza in Anderson.

In addition to these community projects, we will also be working on Blessing Bags and various service projects here at Hazelwood. We will have time each day for devotions and fellowship together. We will even have a chance to spend a little time pool-side!

It is such a blessing to be helping the men, women, children, and animals of our own community. If you would like more information on our service projects, the organizations we are working with, or a complete list of donation requests for each organization, contact Rev. James in the church office, or send an email to him at