LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM JUNE 21, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from June 21, 2020. This is week 3 of our worship series called “Beguiled by Beauty” from Worship Design Studio. This is a 6-week series. (We apologize, but due to technical difficulties, the words to the first hymn were not available.)

PASTOR JASON’S JOURNAL 6-18-20

you don’t need to tell me this has been a rough time for our country and world. Even in this challenging time, I’ve been so overwhelmed with the beauty of the world, too. Maybe the hardness of this moment has broken us all open in ways that make us receptive to good moments. I’ve had several times in the last few weeks where I’ve been overwhelmed by the beauty of the natural world. I’ve stepped out on the porch and seen the moon and fireflies and sunsets, and it all seemed so good and blessed.

The worship series we are in, titled Beguiled by Beauty, seems just right for me now. We can’t forget, as difficult as this time is, there is so much beauty all around us. If you’re needing a little encouragement right now, you might just go outside, and find a place where you can take in some beauty. You don’t have to go far; the porch works just fine for me. Look at a sunset, or the night sky, or something growing, and you might find your faith encouraged by knowing God isn’t far from us.

On a different note, one thing I’m going to do over the next few weeks is try to share one thing we all can do to resist racism. The last few weeks have shown us we have some work to do in dealing with racism. I want to share one thing, as I communicate with you, that we all can do. The first is to say something. All of us probably occasionally hear a racist comment or joke. It’s sometimes awkward, because we’re not sure how to respond. We need to be able to say that type of talk is not ok. There’s no need to be sanctimonious about it. Just a simple reply of, “Hey, words like that might be hurtful to others,” sends a simple signal that racist speech is not ok. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Let’s all resolve not to take the do-nothing path. Let’s say something.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE

For the time-being, we remain in Stage 1 of our Covid-19 Protection Plan and continue to worship online. We are keeping tabs on the projected spikes due to Memorial Day weekend, the demonstrations, and opened venues where lots of people have gathered but many did not social distance or wear masks. If Muncie and Delaware County show little repercussions, we can be more confident progressing to Stage 2.

If you have not received a copy of the multi-step Protection Plan and would like to, you can find it on our website (look for the news post) or let Stefanie know either with an email to hazelwoodchurch@gmail.com, or a call to the church office at (765) 282-5969.

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July is back! Starting July 5 and continuing through the end of July, we will be collecting non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. There will be a tub in the entrance off the circle drive to place your items. The outer doors will be unlocked Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon for drop-off.

Items needed include:

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

*Canned fruit and boxed dinners are especially needed!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 6-18-20

DISBURSEMENTS

The following organizations each received $225 from the Sulanke Trust:

  • Muncie Mission
  • Christian Ministries
  • A Better Way
  • YWCA
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Second Harvest Food Bank

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

“Hello, Everyone!

I am sorry to be so late getting my “thank you” out, but I just want to say thank you very much for your donations and time you shared with the men at the shelter. We really appreciate all you do.

So let us continue to pray for the ones less fortunate than us and continue to share.

Thanks again!”

~Betty Robertson, Christian Ministries

 

HEARTS AND HANDS UNITED

This year Hearts & Hands United are concentrating on school supplies. We have the challenge of providing 2,400 GLUE STICKS by July 10. There will be a container marked “Glue Sticks” in the entrance off the circle drive. The outer doors will be unlocked Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-noon for drop-off. If you have already purchased shoes, keep them for 2021, I’m sure they will need them then!

 

MOTIVATE OUR MINDS

Motivate Our Minds, Inc. (MOM) is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round education enrichment for kindergarten through 8th grade. MOM is committed to helping children/youth build character and establish transformative relationships through the experiences they offer. When students know that others care about their personal development and outcomes, they begin to recognize their own potential.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MOM has continued to help children with online services, calling homes weekly to assist parents with e-learning and school packet challenges. MOM also established a weekly food distribution to help with food insecurity in the Whitely Neighborhood. Individual help has been given to students in the building utilizing mask and distancing. Students will be able to learn by helping in the garden. Individual assistance will be given to students whose parents call and request individual help. A Free Home School Summer Plan is available for families who request one. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist in the garden or with online tutoring by calling MOM at (765) 289-1990.

They are in great need of a van to transport the children. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Hazelwood. Mark the memo line “MOM.” If writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering. Please prayerfully consider helping this worthy community project.

— Blessings from the Missions and Benevolence Team

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM JUNE 14, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from June 14, 2020. This is week 2 of our new worship series called “Beguiled by Beauty” from Worship Design Studio. This is a 6-week series.

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM JUNE 7, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from June 7, 2020. With this service we begin a new worship series called “Beguiled by Beauty” from Worship Design Studio. This is a 6-week series.

“BEGUILED BY BEAUTY” WORSHIP SERIES BEGINS JUNE 7, 2020

One thing I ask of you, [Divine Goodness], one thing I seek: that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life, to gaze on your beauty and to meditate in your Temple.

– Psalm 27:4 (Inclusive Bible) 

An early 6th century theologian described God as “beguiled by beauty.” The Creator was lured by a longing for beauty and so set in motion a world of immense diversity and goodness. We were made for this Divine Goodness. We were made inherently worthy, not by our “doing,” but by our simply being. Practices of contemplation help us train our gaze to these deeper truths. In this worship series, which will begin Sunday, June 7, we will dwell with the God of Divine Goodness, deeply in love with us, and practice ways to return that love as we fall more deeply in love with creation and with one another.

Divina is of Latin and Italian origin, meaning “divine or heavenly.” It is also a variant of Davina (Hebrew), meaning ”loved one.” In this series we will encounter the Divine Loved One through “Lectio Divina,” a reading of scripture in a contemplative way—through “Sermo Divina,” the Latin origin of the word “sermon”—and through “Visio Divina,” with images, music, and poetry. All of these are portals into a sensate experience of the holy. Some forms will pique your cognitive mind, but you can also allow some to simply wash over you, infusing your psyche and soul with a mysterious sense of wonder. Our anchor image for this series is wind chimes: simple, beautiful music makers that make gentle music in the breeze. This image represents the call to awaken more intentionally to beauty, to life. Chimes are moved by wind that we cannot see, just as we humans are inspired and called to expression by the Spirit moving through our lives.

Here is the worship synopsis for week 1, June 7: All things are beautiful–not by a standard of “pretty” as seen by our eyes, but by an essence of sacred worth that is sensed by the spirit. This is the root and heart of compassion and justice. Beauty is the threshold to Divine Goodness and a door into radical compassion. “The difficulty and crisis of the world is overwhelming. It is virtually impossible to bear it without very deep resources. A life of prayer does not take us out of life but deeper into it.” We pursue a contemplative life to intensify spiritual capacities so that we might live as Beloveds of God who extend Goodness in the world.

To fully experience this series, you may wish to have some wind chimes in your worship area at home. The children will be doing a scavenger hunt each week during the Children’s Moment. Here is a list of items they will be searching for:

  • Week 1 (June 7) – a plant (they will need a cup of water, also)
  • Week 2 (June 14) – a blanket
  • Week 3 (June 21) – something with a crack in it or something imperfect
  • Week 4 (June 28) – a star
  • Week 5 (July 5) – a mirror
  • Week 6 (July 12) – a megaphone (you can easily create one by rolling up a piece of paper)

Join us as we seek to dwell with the God of Divine Goodness, deeply in love with us, and practice ways to return that love as we fall more deeply in love with creation and with one another.

 

HAZELWOOD’S COVID-19 PROTECTION PLAN

Click below to download Hazelwood’s Covid-19 Protection Plan.

Hazelwood’s Covid-19 Protection Plan