LINK TO VIDEO FROM WORSHIP SERVICE FROM APRIL 11, ,2021

Click on this YouTube video to see our worship service from Sunday, April 11, 2021.  We welcomed our first (and return) Interim, Rev. Diane Zehr, who will be with us through July. She is starting a 4-week sermon series called “Home Again…for the First Time…Parables for a Time Like This” The message is “Coming Home…for the First Time (to ourselves and to God)” based on Luke 15:11-24 (NRSV).

A MESSAGE FROM REV. DIANE – APRIL 8, 2021

Greetings friends,

I understand you had a wonderful sendoff for Reverend Jason and your first Sunday back to in-person worship went very well. I am sure Reverend Jason and his family appreciate your kindness and your care as they move on to the next place their journey takes them.

It is the Monday after Easter, and I am here in the office ready to begin a new time with Hazelwood as you await the arrival of your new Interim Minister, Reverend Pamela Pettyjohn. I know Pamela and her love for the church and for all God’s people, and I am certain you will enjoy sharing ministry with her. But for the next few months, I will fill in until she can get here!

As I am working half-time, I am in Muncie on Sundays and Mondays and would be glad to welcome you to talk, to catch up, or when you have any need for a pastor. I have a staff meeting at 10 a.m., but the afternoons from 1-4 p.m. are open for whatever is needed. Of course, if I need to be here for other things, I am always prepared to do that.

My cell phone number is (317) 414-1047. Even when I am not in Muncie, please know I am always available by phone or Zoom for meetings.

For the next four weeks our worship services will be using the theme, “Coming Home … for the First Time”. The sermons will be based on some of Jesus’ parables, and the first one will be The Prodigal Son. When I came in Monday morning it felt in many ways like coming home, but it was different as well.

I wonder what it is and/or will be like for you to return to in-person worship at Hazelwood. I know this is a confusing time to know when is the right time to return, but I trust you will make your decisions wisely, and we will be delighted to welcome you as you decide the time is right.

After a year of being distanced from so many and so much, we have a new chance to build a new future. We may even appreciate each other and what God is doing in our midst.

Grateful for you,

Diane

 

 

2021 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WORK DAY

Hazelwood’s mission is “Sharing Christ with our community through service and relationships.” What better way to live out our mission than to help a family achieve safe and stable housing with their own home. Hazelwood is participating in the Interfaith Build this summer, and our work day is Saturday, July 24. Mark it on your calendar, and watch for more information in the coming months.

 

SUNDAY ON-SITE WORSHIP UPDATE

Easter was quite special this year. Thank you to everyone who signed up for our first service back to the sanctuary. We appreciate the masks worn and social distance maintained to help keep us safe while together once more. Please keep posted for updates concerning our procedures. In the meantime, it will be very helpful to call the church office to let us know to expect you on Sundays for worship: (765) 282-5969.

~Ann Wolfe on behalf of the COVID-19 Protection Plan Team

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 4-11-21

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Friends at Hazelwood Christian Church,

It is both in giving and receiving that we experience joy. Survivors of violent relationships find joy as they move toward eventual peace in their lives, without constant struggle for survival. They need outside support to get them through immediate crises, and then to become established in their new lives.

Those who give find joy in knowing they have helped lift others up. They do not have to know those persons, but rather, to know those persons are more at peace due to the support given. As one rises, we all rise. As one finds peace, we are all closer to a peaceful community.

You have given from your heart. We at A Better Way appreciate you, and are thankful for the privilege of connecting donors’ gifts to survivors’ successes.

Thank you so very much. We wish you joy and peace, today and always.”

~Teresa Clemmons, Executive Director, A Better Way

 

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

Thank you for your recent contribution to the camp. Camp Bedford has served people for over a century, and we are dedicated to making sure it continues to do so for another century. Your contribution will help make this possible. Every summer, nearly 1,000 people use our camp and find the solitude its secluded, natural setting provides. We hope to reach out and share the glory of the camp with even more people who can benefit from what it has to offer. We cannot do this without support from congregations like yours.

Thank you again for your support, on behalf of myself, the Camp Revitalization Committee, and the many children who will benefit from using the camp in the future.”

~Chuck Bair, Manager, Bedford Camp and Conference Center

 

“Hazelwood Christian Church,

I so appreciate all that you do to support the community. Thanks very much for your generous donation to Motivate Our Minds in my honor.”

~Nancy Dollison

 

WINNIE’S KIDS

Through May 2, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ and be sure to make your donation separately from your regular offering to help our bookkeeper. We will present Winnie with our offering on Sunday, May 9. There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’

 

 

PRESCHOOL UPDATE AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

FOOD MANAGEMENT POSITION

Do you like to cook? Do you like to plan menus? Do you like children? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Hazelwood Christian Preschool may be the place for you to earn a little extra money.

We are looking for a reliable individual who would be willing to work Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This individual would be in charge of preparing the preschool monthly menu, food preparation, and serving the food to the appropriate classrooms. For more information call Angela Lopez at     (765) 284-2430 or (765) 702-4864.

LOOKING AHEAD

April 9:  Graduation Picture Day, 4-5 Classes
April 12-16:  Week of the Young Child/Spirit Week
April 26:  Preschool Art Show
May 4:  Teddy Bear Tea, 10:45 a.m., 2-3 Tuesday & 3-4 Classes
May 5:  Teddy Bear Tea, 10:45 a.m., 2-3 Wednesday Class

 

LINK TO VIDEO FOR WORSHIP SERVICE ON APRIL 4, 2021 (EASTER)

Click on this YouTube video to see our worship service from Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.  This was also Rev. Jones’ last Sunday with us. We wish him and his family the best.  The message is “He Is Going Ahead of You” based on Mark 16:1-8 (CEB). This was also our first Sunday with congregants in the sanctuary since last year.

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM APRIL 1, 2021 (MAUNDY THURSDAY)

Click on this YouTube video to see our online worship service from Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021. This concludes our worship series for Lent called “Holy Vessels, A Lenten Season of Recovery” from Worship Design Studio.

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM MARCH 28, 2021

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. We continue our worship series for Lent called “Holy Vessels, A Lenten Season of Recovery” from Worship Design Studio. The message is “Holy, Wholly” (focused on integrated health) based on Matthew 9:1-8 (NRSV).

DETAILED COVID-19 PROTECTION PLAN FOR STAGE 3.5

Click below to see the detailed plan for the church for stage 3.5.

>> Protection Plan for Stage 3.5