W.O.W. (WORDS ON WORSHIP)

As a part of my job as Worship Coordinator, I attend worship conferences to learn things that apply to my ministry. Something that’s always been lifted up in almost every conference is that the job of the Praise Team/Band is to be as invisible as possible while leading their congregation in worship. In other words, we try to lead people to God, and then get out of the way.

When we blended our two worship services together into one service in 2015, there was some discussion as to where to put the Praise Team. One idea was putting them on the chancel, but sometimes too much change all at once can be detrimental to the purpose of the change. Four years later, we’ve changed the whole look of the Sanctuary by refreshing the seating. Again, the question was asked by some congregation members about putting the Praise Team on the chancel. And, once again, the thought was it would be too much change at one time.

We’re now in summertime, which is often viewed as a time to try new things. In that regard, starting this Sunday, the Praise Team will be up on the chancel in the corner. By moving them, it will make the Sanctuary floor less crowded during communion, and hopefully the Praise Team will be more effective in leading by being up higher.

I encourage your thoughts and comments as we try this for a few weeks. It may not be a permanent change. It will be evaluated, and then a decision will be made as to the next step to take. Henry Seeley, a worship leader from Nashville, Tennessee, once said that “praise is not a style—praise is an expression of the heart.” Let us come together Sunday morning and give our praise as an expression of our heart. God bless.

~Marianna Gill, Worship Coordinator

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL POOL PARTY

This summer has gone by so fast! With the start of the new school year approaching, plans for our regular All-Youth Fellowship meetings are in the works, and what better way to kick things off than a pool party!

Shirley Bookout has graciously invited the Hazelwood Youth to her home for All-Youth Fellowship and a Pool Party! So mark your calendars for August 11 from Noon-3 p.m. We will talk about upcoming AYF events and plans, then it’s all about the food and fun! Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Please bring a snack to share and anything you need for swimming (don’t forget the sunscreen!). RSVP to Rev. Jason if you are planning on attending, so he can be sure there is plenty of food to go around!

 

BOOK CLUB RESUMES IN AUGUST, 2019

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. We will be discussing Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 7-18-19

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

During the month of July, we are collecting non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. Please bring items to place under the Christmas Tree in Sulanke Commons.

Some of the most-needed items: Toilet Tissue, Canned Fruit, Cereal, and Boxed Complete Dinners.

 

HEARTS & HANDS GIVEAWAY

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairgrounds Memorial Building

This Sunday, July 21, is the last day to bring shoe donations- NEW BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES– for the Back-to-School Distribution on Saturday, July 27. Our goal is 50 pair and we have 42 pair now!! Please prayerfully consider helping in this worthwhile community project. Thanks!

For more information, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

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 August 28, 29, & 30. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207 to sign up or for more information.

 

PRESCHOOL NEWS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Would you like to make a real difference in a child’s life? Do you have an hour or two to spend this summer helping in a classroom, holding a baby, or planning a fun summer-time activity for the children in the preschool? If so, consider volunteering for Hazelwood Christian Preschool! If you are interested in this opportunity or would like more information, contact director Angie Lopez at (765) 284-2430.

NEW PLAYGROUND

To help accommodate the youngest children attending Hazelwood’s preschool, director Angie Lopez secured a grant to fund age-appropriate equipment and a safety fence. This new playground is situated near the pine trees of our front lawn. Visible from University Avenue, it will be a great way to show that Hazelwood cares for our community’s children.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 6-20-19

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear friends,

Thank you for your recent gift– it couldn’t have come at a better time! A group of compassionate friends has offered us a tremendous Matching Challenge to raise $25,000 for emergency food, shelter, and life-changing services through the month of May. What a blessing– your gift has been doubled! Your compassion and support truly make a difference for the men, women, and children who turn to the Muncie Mission all year-round. But this month, your caring has stretched even further to touch more lives. Thanks so much for sharing with those in need!”

~Frank Baldwin, Executive Director, Muncie Mission

 

“Dear Hazelwood,

Thank you so much for your generous gift of $250 to Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity. Your gift helps to create family legacies of homeownership. Since our inception in 1986, Muncie Habitat has served more than 200 families in Muncie and Delaware County through new construction homes, house rehabilitations, and home repairs. Thank you for helping us to continue to strive toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

~Lindsey Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July is back! Starting July 7 and continuing every Sunday through the end of July, we will be collecting non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. Please bring items to place under the Christmas Tree in Sulanke Commons.

Items needed include:

  • Boxed Pasta Dinners
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Tuna Helper
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Fruit
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath Soap
  • Diapers

*Canned fruit and boxed dinners are especially needed!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

HEARTS & HANDS UNITED GIVEAWAY

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairgrounds Memorial Building

This event is for children who live and attend school in Delaware County. Goals are to provide school supplies and a NEW pair of shoes for students who are not able to afford them. Each organization that helps has one size, one gender– that way there will be enough shoes in each size to meet the needs of the Back to School Distribution on Saturday, July 27.

Hazelwood has been asked to provide 50 NEW pairs of BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. We will be collecting now through Sunday, July 21. There will be a tote in Sulanke Commons for the donated NEW BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. Please remove shoes from boxes, tie laces together, and place in the tote. Thanks!

For more information, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

PRESCHOOL NEWS 6-20-19

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Would you like to work with children full-time? Would you like to be part of a great team of co-workers? Would you like to be able to share the wonderful love of Jesus with children? If so, we have the job for you! We are looking for an energetic, full-time toddler teacher to begin on July 15. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the Preschool Director, Angie Lopez, at (765) 284-2430.

 

SUMMER CAMP

Wow! Our first session of summer camp is going so fast! As always, God is so good, bringing just the right amount of children for just the right amount of staff! We have been very busy this summer learning about dinosaurs, camping adventures, and what it means to celebrate the 4th of July.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

July 15 – August 30:  Summer Camp Session 2

August 19:  Teacher Work Day

August 21:  Orientation, 2-3 Year-Old Classes & 4-5 Year-Old Classes

August 22:  Orientation, 3-4 Year-Old Classes

 

HEARTS & HANDS UNITED GIVEAWAY 2019

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairgrounds Memorial Building

This event is for children that live and attend school in Delaware County. Goals are to provide school supplies and a NEW pair of shoes for students who are not able to afford them. Each organization that helps has one size, one gender– that way there will be enough shoes in each size to meet the needs of the Back to School Distribution on Saturday, July 27.

Hazelwood has been asked to provide 50 NEW pairs of BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. We will be collecting now through Sunday, July 21. There will be a tote in Sulanke Commons for the donated NEW BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. Please remove shoes from boxes, tie laces together, and place in the tote. Thanks!

For more information, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2019

Christmas in July is back! Starting July 7 and continuing every Sunday through the end of July, we will be collecting non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. Please bring items to place under the Christmas Tree in Sulanke Commons.

Items needed include:

  • Boxed Pasta Dinners
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Tuna Helper
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Canned Fruit
  • Toilet Tissue
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath Soap
  • Diapers

*Canned fruit and boxed dinners are especially needed!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 6-6-19

DISBURSEMENTS

$200 to Muncie Mission

WINNIE’S KIDS

On Sunday, May 26, Rev. Jason presented Winnie with a check for $10,800 for her annual trip to Kenya. Winnie came forward with her thanks and deep appreciation for such a wonderful gift, reminding us of the many ways this helps the kids in Kenya. This year’s focus is on a much-needed library. Winnie promised to be a good steward with this generous gift.

Friends of Ball State $4,590
Hazelwood Christian Church $4,240
Farmington Hills Church $614
Calendar Sales $546
Redbud Quilt Guild $530
Yorktown Christian Church $280
$10,800

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

We here at YWCA Central Indiana were so honored to receive the $250 contribution you made to our organization.

Every day your contribution helps to provide advocacy and shelter services for women and children throughout Central Indiana. Food, hygiene products, bedding, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and other essential services aid those we serve as they begin the transition from crisis living to self-sufficiency.

YWCA Central Indiana is on a mission to create real change. Thank you for joining us as we endeavor to continue eliminating racism, empowering women, and assisting those without a home to call their own.

Once again, we say thank you. Our staff and residents sincerely appreciate being able to count on your support.

Best,”

~WaTasha Barnes Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Central Indiana

 

“Dear friends at Hazelwood,

We appreciate your donation of $250. This will be very helpful as we restock for fall. The children are always pleased over new things, and they also receive gently used items. Should you ever have used items, we could use them. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,”

~The Board of Delaware County Children’s Clothing Center

 

“Hazelwood Church Group,

Thanks so much for all your help with cleaning and building.”

~Trish Roark, Christian Ministries

 

“Dear Hazelwood,

The hundreds of children and their parents turning to Second Harvest’s school program for food and resources have you to thank this summer. And so do we!

We are very thankful for your gift of $250. Your support is providing urgently-needed resources to many hungry neighbors. Every dollar brings hope, draws neighborhoods closer together, and strengthens communities across East Central Indiana.

Thank you for sharing in our mission to “shorten the line” by providing help for today and hope for tomorrow!

P.S. Friends, your gift will provide enough resources for a struggling family for 12 months! Thank you!

Most gratefully,”

~Tim Kean, President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank

 

“Dear friends at Hazelwood Christian Church,

We at A Better Way wish to thank you for your generosity toward our organization and those we serve.

The mission of A Better Way is to bring peace to homes, strength to individuals and families, and positive impact to community. We do this by providing shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, prevention presentations, hotlines, and other programs.

Without your support, we could not offer these programs to people in need. We appreciate your gift and promise to be good stewards as we seek to improve the lives of those who come to us. Together we will ease their struggles and bring them closer to peaceful and productive living.

Sincerely,”

~Teresa Clemmons, Executive Director, A Better Way