FUNDRAISER DINNER FOR BURKE FAMILY

I’ve been talking for a few months about ways to help our former Property Manager, John Burke. As many of you know, because of John’s health challenges, he was away from work and is soon to be transitioning to being on disability. We’re going to host a special fundraising meal on Saturday, June 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. This will be a way to not only help out John and his family with their financial needs, but I hope this will also be a fun night. I’m thinking of some ways to make this more than a meal- an event where all leave having had a great time.

If you’d like to help with this evening, please let me know. This is a way we can turn out to show our love for John and to help him out, but it’ll also be a fun way for us to gather as a church community. Mark your calendars, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

SUMMER MUSIC

Do you sing? Play an instrument? We need you!!

As the choir takes a brief break this summer, we would love to hear from other members of our congregation. If you play an instrument or sing, please consider signing up to sing or play on a Sunday this summer. Solos and groups are welcome! We would be honored for you to use your talents in worship this summer.

If you would like to sign up, or have any questions, please contact our Director of Choirs, Sally Kelley, at (615) 796-3321 or smkg07@gmail.com.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 5-23-19

DISBURSEMENTS

  • $200 to John Burke
  • $1,000 to Winnie’s Kids

 

HAZELWOOD ANGELS

Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Clean-Up Day at Christian Ministries on Monday, May 13: Don & Cheryll Crose, Dick & Marcia Miller, and Jim Reece.

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

Dear friends,

Motivate Our Minds, Inc. sincerely thanks you for your generous donation of $250 in support of our Annual Dinner/Luncheon. We truly appreciate your generous and supportive interest in our children. With all the opportunities you have to support local organizations, we thank you for finding our programs worthy of your investment.

The mission statement of Motivate Our Minds is “Educating children and families to grow and flourish,” and your support helps make that possible. You continue to be a vital part of our success, as your contribution goes directly toward the positive work here. We truly welcome your visits anytime.

Thank you again,”

~Jonathan M. Jones, Executive Director, Motivate Our Minds, Inc.

 

BOOK CLUB FOR JUNE

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. We will be discussing The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. We will also be watching the movie based on the novel. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

  1. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Stephanie Farra at safarra18@gmail.com.

 

W.O.W. (WORDS ON WORSHIP)

What the Power of Praise Can Do: 8 Reminders from His Word

(by Debbie McDaniel – blogger for crosswalk.com)

We have so much to praise God for. There’s great power in giving honor to Him. And many of you live that truth out, every single day of your lives. The Bible is filled with examples of praise when we see His power released – life-changing miracles, dramatic stories of the enemy being halted or defeated, hearts being changed and drawn closer to Him. Yet reality is that, way too often, daily struggles or constant life demands can crowd out our praise to God. We might check the worship box at church and somehow think we’re good for the week. And all the while, with souls distant and cold, we sing words, we listen to music, and then we go home.

What the Power of Praise Can Do – 8 Things:

  1. Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God. “Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150:2
  2. Praise brings us to a place of humility.“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:2-3
  3. Praise makes the enemy flee.“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
  4. Praise leaves no room for complaining and negativity.“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Psalm 103:2-4
  5. Praise makes room for God’s blessings over our lives.“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
  6. Praise invites His presence.“He inhabits the praises of His people.” Psalm 22:3
  7. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in His presence.“In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11
  8. It paves the way for God’s power to be displayed, miracles happen. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26

We have a choice every day in this life. To live absorbed in worry and stress, focused only on what surrounds us. Or, we can ask God to help us take our eyes off all that may be swirling around, our problems and mess, or the voices of others. And we can look up…to Him, the One who holds it all together, and who holds us in His hands.

 

HAZELWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN

Congratulations to Don and Cheryll Crose, recipients of the “Golden Cultivator Award” for all the hours devoted to planting, weeding, harvesting, and donating produce from the Hazelwood Community Garden. Well done!

Want to enjoy some fresh air, modest exercise, and convivial conversation while doing a worthwhile task? We are about to start the 3rd year of our Hazelwood Community Garden. We need people to help plant or weed or water or harvest or take produce to non-profit partners that provide food for the hungry. If interested, please see a Garden Team member: Shirley Bookout, Cheryll Crose, Don Crose, Jeff Heavilon, Jason Jones, Glen Sulanke, or Ann Wolfe.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 5-9-19

DISBURSEMENTS

The following organizations each received $250:

  • A Better Way
  • Children’s Clothing Center of Delaware County, Inc.
  • Christian Ministries
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • MOMs (Motivate Our Minds)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Special Olympics
  • Wayside Mission
  • Whitely Community (Boys & Girls Clubs Fundraiser)
  • YWCA

 

MONTH OF MISSIONS: SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Whitely Spring Cleanup

Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m.-Noon

Help clean up the Whitely neighborhood. Volunteers should meet at the Buley Center at  7:30 a.m. for breakfast, then back to the Buley Center at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.

Christian Ministries Cleanup

Monday, May 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Help with apartment cleanup and building shelves for storage. Contact Don Crose at        (765) 759-8655 for more information or to sign up to help.

 

WINNIE’S KIDS

Through May 19, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ place it in either a red-bordered envelope or envelope from the worship chairs in the Sanctuary, and add it to the offering plate during Sunday morning worship (if writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering). We will present Winnie with our offering on Sunday, May 26. There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’

 

HAZELWOOD ANGELS

Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Christian Ministries Food Pantry on either May 8, 9, or 10: Don & Cheryll Crose, Stephanie Farra, Jay & Mary Ann Matchett, and Dick & Marcia Miller.

 

CONGREGATIONAL CIRCLE GATHERING

As I shared with you a month ago, we’re in a discernment process where we’re doing our best to discern what it means to have a preschool as a part of our congregation. We wanted a way we can talk faithfully together as a church about what it means to have a preschool, and so we’re hosting a Congregational Circle Gathering on May 19, after Coffee Fellowship. We’ll gather in Cartwright Hall. This is a chance for us to listen to one another as we continue to discern what it means to have a preschool as a part of our church ministry. We’ll listen openly and lovingly to one another and do our best to hear God’s voice in the midst of our listening. I hope you can come on the 19th for this special gathering.

~Jason Jones

 

EASTER 2019 DVDS AVAILABLE

If you were unable to attend on Easter Sunday, or you know of someone who couldn’t attend, there are DVDs available of the Easter Sunday worship service. Contact Marianna Gill at (765) 282-5969, and she will make sure the DVDs are available to whomever would want one.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 4-25-19

MONTH OF MISSIONS

May is our month of Missions Awareness! Throughout the month we will make a special effort to highlight opportunities to serve, volunteer, and support our community.

 

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES’ FOOD PANTRY

Hazelwood is scheduled to serve at the Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on May 8, 9, & 10. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Shirley Bookout (765) 744-1207 to sign up or for more information.

 

WINNIE’S KIDS

For the remainder of April and continuing through May 19, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ place it in either a red-bordered envelope or envelope from the worship chairs in the Sanctuary, and add it to the offering plate during Sunday morning worship (if writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering). We will present Winnie with our offering on Sunday, May 26. There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’