“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.


YOUTH NEWS 8-15-19


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:

August 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, and November 3 & 24



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 over the next couple of Sundays 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.




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.



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 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



The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. We will be discussing Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Childcare will be provided.


For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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



Many thanks to Jeff Heavilon, Glen Sulanke, and Ann Wolfe for helping with some much-needed weeding and hedge trimming at the front of our property! It’s great to see things freshened up as we get ready to welcome back those who have been away for the summer.

If you would like to help with being good stewards of the beautiful property we are blessed with, contact Stefanie in the church office. All help is welcome!

Photo: “Hazelwood Gothic”
courtesy of Ann Wolfe




$87.62 to purchase shoes for Hearts & Hands United Back-to-School Giveaway

We reached our goal of 50 pairs of new, size 5 boy’s/men’s athletic shoes. The congregation donated 42 pair, and 8 pair were purchased from the Sulanke Trust account. Thanks to all who participated and helped to put smiles on many faces as they prepare to begin a new school year.

Note of appreciation from Al Holdren, Hearts & Hands United:
“Thanks so much for the shoes. Next year, let’s look to boy’s/men’s size 6. We have, because of you and your team, a nice abundance of 5’s for next year. Please tell everyone a huge thanks.”

Thanks to all who participated in bringing non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. A total of over 440 items were donated and included:

  • 134 Rolls of Toilet Tissue
  • 56 Cans of Fruit
  • 51 Boxes of Cereal
  • 32 Misc. Travel-size Hygiene Products
  • 25 Boxed Dinners
  • 24 Misc. Canned Items
  • 18 Tubes of Toothpaste
  • 17 Misc. Food Items
  • 16 Toothbrushes
  • 15 Rice Sides
  • 12 Boxes of Macaroni & Cheese
  • 12 Ramen Noodle Packs
  • 10 Cans of Meat
  • 9 Jars of Peanut Butter
  • 8 Bars of Soap
  • 8 Complete Meal Kits


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.





The Muncie Mission is looking to fill several employment positions. If you are interested in any of these positions, please call Anna Baldwin, Human Resource Director, (765) 288-9122, ext. 102; email:, or stop at the Mission business office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and request an employment application.

Full-time: Muncie Mission Administrative Office

The Community Relations Coordinator (CRC) is responsible for volunteer coordination, event planning, office reception, and administrative tasks as assigned. The qualified candidate must have a passion for ministry, great organizational skills, and enjoy interacting with others.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: sorting, organizing, and cleaning donated merchandise in preparation for sale in the Attic Window thrift stores; loading and unloading trucks; running baler and tow motor.

Full-Time: Afternoon/Evening Shift

The main function of this position is to greet and welcome all guests to the Mission. The Front Desk Coordinator is the first point of contact for all Mission guests checking into our facility or inquiring about our programs. The coordinator must be able to answer and screen phone calls, process paperwork for residential guests, maintain log books and records, encourage and maintain structure for guests in addictions recovery and emergency shelter from homelessness, and monitor and enforce security of Mission campus facilities. Must be able to work independently and perform other duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree is desirable with 1-3 years experience in a therapeutic residential setting along with a desire to work in human services.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is important.

Part-Time: New Castle & Winchester

General duties include, but are not limited to: assisting the store manager in all phases of retailing; operating cash register on a daily basis; pricing and stocking of merchandise; assisting Attic Window store manager to provide a pleasant shopping experience for all customers.

Experience in retail is required along with great customer service skills.



The 2019 Nominating Committee has been formed and is ready to start the task of finding candidates among the active participants in the Hazelwood congregation to serve as Officers, Elders, and Deacons to our church. The members of the committee were approved by the Hazelwood Board on Sunday, July 28, and are: Shirley Bookout and Marcia Miller (they will serve as Co-Chair), Mary France, Cheryl McCoy, and Jim Reece.

Open nominations will begin September 22 and go through October 6. If you have any questions, or would like to nominate someone from the congregation for a position, you can contact any member of the Nominating Committee.



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