STEPS FOR HUNGER – CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed one.” ~Mother Teresa

Christian Ministries’ Steps for Hunger

Sunday, October 13 at Hazelwood Christian Church

Registration at 1:30 p.m., Walk begins at 2 p.m.

Christian Ministries has the largest food pantry in Delaware County. Located at 401 E. Main St. in downtown Muncie, the pantry is open four days a week and provides staple items, meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables (when available).

  • Food pantry hours are Tuesday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every week.
  • The food pantry serves an estimated 212 families each month, impacting over 420 individuals.
  • U.S.D.A. Commodities are available to eligible households. Eligibility is based upon the number in the household.
  • The food pantry is limited to one visit per household per month. Picture ID is required.
  • In 2018 the Christian Ministries Food Pantry provided food for 4,450 families and 12,266 individuals. During that time, they received 18,952 donated food items and distributed over 50,000 food items.

There are two ways you can help support the food pantry through Christian Ministries’ Steps for Hunger:

STEP ONE: Sign up to WALK and ask people to sponsor you.

STEP TWO: Sponsor a Hazelwood Walker.

Sign up begins Sunday, September 22 in Sulanke Commons.

Prayerfully consider how you can help.

 

JAZZ IN THE POND

Do you like cookies? Do you like jazz music? How about both at the same time?! Then, be sure to put Sunday afternoon, October 6 at 3 p.m. on your calendar. America’s Hometown Band Jazz Ensemble will be outside “performing in the pond” at Hazelwood. Audience members can gather on the lawn or down in the pond to enjoy hearing the ensemble play classic jazz favorites. Cookies and beverages will be provided. Some folding chairs will be set out, but you might want to bring a beach towel or portable chair along. If the weather is uncooperative, the Sanctuary will provide an indoor venue. Tell your friends, bring a co-worker. Here is a great opportunity to share Hazelwood hospitality and encourage relationships with our neighborhood community!

~Epiphany Action Team

 

BROWN BAG DISCUSSIONS – “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ‘CHURCH?’

I’ve been an ordained minister for more than 20 years now. I was ordained in December of 1998, and since the 20-year mark has passed, I’ve been thinking about the changes in those 20 years. When I was ordained we watched movies at home on VHS players. A few years later DVD players started replacing VHS machines, and now most watch movies and shows through internet streaming services. Back then I had an email address, but the internet was still a clunky thing we accessed through dial-up. A few people had cell phones then; now cell phones are in almost everyone’s hand. Some of the changes feel heavier: back in 1998 the September 11 attacks hadn’t happened yet, and mass shootings were not a regular thing.

Being church was different, too. I often hear pastors and church people say being church is harder these days, but I was curious what the statistics would say. I found a Gallup study that addressed these feelings, and I found the casual observations I hear from others prove to be true. What the study says is church membership in the United States has declined by 20% in the last 20 years, from 70% in 1998 to 50% in 2018. Those numbers will probably continue to decline, too, with only 42% of Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) being a member of a church. When you hear someone lament being church is harder than it used to be, with fewer people and resources today than we had in the past, we can say, statistically, that’s true.

Does all of this just tell us we need to throw up our hands and say we’re doomed? Well, no. If we believe God still calls people together to be church, then we can say God still has something for us to be and do as a church. Can we still do church as though things are the same as they were in previous decades? Well, the answer, again, is no. Faithfulness requires us to ask the question, “What does it mean to be church, a gathering of God’s people, today?” My guess is the answer is different than it was 50 years ago.

If you were a part of the Epiphany Process retreats, then you’ve already been challenged to start to think of these things. To continue the conversation, I’m going to lead four of what I’m calling “Brown Bag Discussions.” If you want to bring a lunch (or just bring yourself), we’ll meet at noon on Wednesdays in Cartwright Hall. We’ll meet the first four Wednesdays of October, starting with October 2. I’ll have something to guide our discussion. We’ll talk about changes in the world and how we’re called to be a church today. My hope is it continues to have us thinking of what God calls us to be as church in this new time in which we’re already living.

Rev. Jason Jones

HURRICANE RELIEF – WEEK OF COMPASSION

On September 1, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. By the time the storm had passed a day later, the destruction was immense. As of September 6, approximately 13,000 homes have been destroyed. An unknown number of lives have been lost, as search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

The need is great, and in the wake of such terrible loss, many feel compelled to help. However, knowing how to help can be difficult. The situation is challenging; and in these early days, much remains uncertain.

Week of Compassion has been in communication and is coordinating with partners, both domestic and international, in the response efforts. Given the close proximity of The Bahamas, several of our U.S. partners through National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are deploying help. For now, damage to ports and airports have limited access to the islands. We remain in communication with these partners, and are preparing to support these efforts when appropriate. As always, the best way to help immediately after a disaster is to “Stay, Pray, and Give.”

Even at this early stage, we know that rebuilding needs in The Bahamas will continue for years to come. Financial gifts are the one type of support that will be helpful throughout the whole process as needs and priorities change. Through our wide network of partners, Week of Compassion can make your financial gifts reach farther– and do more good– than any other type of aid, by enabling those who specialize in immediate response to meet critical needs on the ground.

The majority of gifts, material and financial, come during and immediately after a disaster. But the work of recovery is long-term and ongoing. That’s why Week of Compassion is committed to support through both resources and relationships. Long after a disaster, we remain present in communities as they rebuild life and livelihood. We are already planning with international partners for the extensive recovery work ahead.

Thank you for your continued generosity to those affected by Hurricane Dorian, and other storms like it. Through your gifts to Week of Compassion, we serve and walk alongside those in great need– around the world, around the year.

If you would like to donate to Week of Compassion response efforts, place your donation (separate from your regular offering) in the offering plate on Sunday during worship, or mail it in to the church office. Please make checks payable to Hazelwood Christian Church, and be sure to write ‘Week of Compassion’ in the memo line.

 

AMAZON SMILE FOUNDATION

Did you know Hazelwood Christian Church is registered as a recipient with Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile is an amazing program that has the same products and prices you find on Amazon.com, but with the added benefit of having a portion of all qualifying purchases go toward a non-profit of your choice. Whenever you use smile.amazon.com to do your online purchasing, Hazelwood will receive .5% of the purchase price as a donation, and it doesn’t cost you any more than it would otherwise. What a great way to get what you need and donate to Hazelwood at the same time!

If you would like to help out Hazelwood through the Amazon Smile Foundation, visit the website below and confirm Hazelwood Christian Church as your donation recipient:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-6048217

*If you go straight to the website and use the search function to find Hazelwood, be careful which one you pick! There are multiple listed, but we are the only one in Muncie, IN!

Have any questions as to how this works? You can read all about the program online at smile.amazon.com.

 

YOUTH NEWS 8-29-19

ALL-YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

All youth, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, are invited to join us for AYF as we take a look at how our faith impacts our lives and our community through Bible study, movies, and service projects. For each meeting, we’ll start by gathering in Cartwright Hall for lunch at 11:30 a.m. After we’ve had our fill, we’ll continue in fellowship with Bible Study and activities until 1 p.m. We will meet as one big group for some activities and will break up into separate groups for elementary, middle school, and high school when appropriate. If you have any questions about AYF, contact Rev. Jason in the church office.

Upcoming AYF Dates:

September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, and November 3 & 24

 

YOUTH MEALS

We are looking for individuals, families, or groups interested in providing meals for Youth Fellowship. It doesn’t have to be fancy, simple is best! In the past, the youth have enjoyed sloppy joes prepared at home, cold cut sandwiches picked up at the store, pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches prepared in the church kitchen, and meals catered from restaurants like Fazoli’s. Regardless of what was served, the youth have always been appreciative for the meal and those who provided it. There will be a sign-up sheet in Sulanke Commons if you are interested in providing a meal. Please contact Rev. Jason in the church office for more information or if you have any questions.

 

MEN’S LUNCH

The men of Hazelwood have been gathering for a monthly lunch for many years, going back to the days of Dr. Sulanke. However, as the years have passed the attendance has drastically diminished, to the point that the August lunch had only four attendees. We have decided to cancel the Friday Men’s Lunch for September while we make a decision regarding the future of the group.

With that in mind, any man who has an interest in attending the lunches in the future, would like information about the lunches, or has comments about the group, please call Don Crose at (765) 212-7799 by September 15. If insufficient interest is shown, this long-standing tradition of the men of Hazelwood Christian Church will come to an end. If enough interest is expressed, the next luncheon will be October 18 at noon.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

OLD WASHINGTON STREET FESTIVAL

Each year in September, the Old Washington Street Festival brings a large number of people together for two days of music, demonstrations, food, and shopping in the East Central Neighborhood. The festival would not be possible without the generous donation of time by our board and, most importantly, volunteers from our community.

This year, the festival will be on September 14 and 15. Volunteers can sign up online at oldwashingtonstreetfestival.org/volunteer. If you have any questions or would like more information about what the volunteers do, please send an email to the festival chairperson, Kim Miller: info@oldwashingtonstreetfestival.org.

 

ANNUAL WHITE RIVER CLEANUP

WHEN:      8 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21
WHERE:    Westside Park, Muncie

This annual event happens each September and is a statewide public service event stretching along much of the White River. Many counties including Delaware, Hamilton, Monroe, Madison, and Morgan Counties participate in cleaning up the White River on or near the same date. People come together from all communities to help clean the White River, and thousands of pounds of trash are removed every year, including large amounts of tires.

Volunteers walk the bank, river, and land where possible removing debris from and around the river. When that is not possible, volunteers use canoes to navigate through the water, filling them up along the way with the debris they find.

Volunteers will need to pre-register at beautifulmuncie.org so they have a headcount for lunch and proper volunteer coverage for each site. Lunch will be provided to all volunteers who attend the event and stay until 11 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately by wearing clothes and shoes that can get dirty and wet. Please bring gloves if you have them.

For questions and info, send an email to info@munciebeautiful.org.

 

 

 

 

MISSION & BENEVOLENCE 8-29-19

NOTES OF APPRECIATION:

“Rev. Jason and Hazelwood Congregation,

We just want to take a moment and tell you how so very thankful we are that you let us use Cartwright Hall for our funeral dinner. The cards I’ve received from members of the congregation are so thoughtful! All our love,” ~Misty Burke & Girls

 

“Dear Hazelwood Family,

Thank you so much for the cards, prayers, and visits at the mortuary for Dave’s mom. It meant so much to us. The flowers sent by the church were absolutely beautiful. They brightened our table for a week. Hazelwood is a wonderful place to call home.” ~The Rowe Family

 

“I write on behalf of the School Board of Management, teaching staff, students, and the entire community to thank you for the generous donations to our school through Prof. Winnie Muchera. The school has received the following items, which have enabled the learners to achieve their academic dreams:

  • School uniforms and sweaters for 220 students
  • School supplies
  • Sanitary pads for girls
  • Monetary donations
  • Medicine
  • T-shirts

I am happy to report that last year’s performance in the national examinations was the best ever. All the candidates joined Form One, which was a credit we shared with your church. Thank you, and may God bless you abundantly.” ~Victor Umali Songole, Principal, Shivembe Primary School

 

HAZELWOOD ANGELS

Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry on either August 28, 29, or 30: Don & Cheryll Crose, Dick & Marcia Miller, and Jim & Nancy Reece.

 

MEIJER SIMPLY GIVE CAMPAIGN

“It’s not complicated. Neighbors always help neighbors.”

The fall Simply Give campaign will run through September 28. During each Simply Give campaign, Meijer customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store. Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry will directly benefit from the purchase of donation cards. DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are Friday, August 30 and Friday, September 13. On these two days your donation will be double matched. That means that your $10 will become $30. If you have questions regarding the Simply Give campaign and how it benefits Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry, please call the Christian Ministries office at (765) 288-0601.

 

 

MEIJER “SIMPLY GIVE” CAMPAIGN 2019

“It’s not complicated. Neighbors always help neighbors.”

The fall Simply Give campaign kicks off this Sunday, August 18 and will run through September 28. During each Simply Give campaign, Meijer customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store. Christian Ministries’ food pantry will directly benefit from the purchase of donation cards. DOUBLE MATCH DAYS are Friday, August 30 and Friday, September 13. On these two days your donation will be double matched. That means that your $10 will become $30. If you have questions regarding the Simply Give campaign and how it benefits Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry, please call the office at (765) 288-0601.