On Sunday, November 1, during our worship service online, there will be a time of candle lighting in memory of those we have loved and lost. At the appropriate time in worship, you will be invited to light your candle (or candles) for your loved one(s).



The Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, November 15th at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Communion will be celebrated along with other worship elements, and church leadership will be approved.

People needing help accessing via Zoom (video or telephone option) must do a trial run Tuesday, November 10th at 7 p.m. Elders are to find out which of their sheep needs tech help. If you have not yet talked with your Shepherd and need help, please email Marianna at or call the church office 765-282-5969.

Helpful meeting information:

  • Voting approval of the slate of Officers and At-large Board members, Elders, Deacons, and Trustees will be conducted.
  • Voting approval of the 2021 Budget will occur.
  • The Gills have established call-in capabilities for members preferring or needing that option. While video attendees will offer a show of hands to vote, call-in members will give an audible response if they so choose.
  • Only the Treasurer’s report will be broadcast. Tony will provide a visual while Woody reports on the main points. All other reports are to be emailed to Stefanie by November 2nd, and Marianna will post this information on our website by Friday, November 6th.
  • Rationale for 10 a.m. meeting time: We’ve already established a base of participation with “Zoom Church” at that time, and it would let staff and tech crew concentrate on preparing the meeting rather than doing double-duty with a full-fledged service.

COVID-19 Protection Plan Team update:

Hazelwood continues to be cautious due to the vulnerability of many of our members. The possibility of a STAGE 1.5 is pending, due to increased hospital visits (of all types) reported by the Delaware County Health Department as well as an increase of COVID-19 cases in our county and Indiana in general. Hazelwood continues to be cautious due to the vulnerability of many of our members. The possibility of a STAGE 1.5 is pending, due to increased hospital visits (of all types) reported by the Delaware County Health Department as well as an increase of COVID-19 cases in our county and Indiana in general.  Team members: Rev. Jason Jones, Tony Gill, Jeff Heavilon, Bob Weller, Ann Wolfe.

STAGE 1.5 pending:

  • Church gatherings of up to 12 people would be allowed. Social distancing and wearing masks would be mandatory. Participants must be symptom-free, etc. If older than 65, please use your own judgment.
  • There are “singing” masks available now with a cavity area (like the n95 have) that allow choirs and praise bands to sing and be safe doing so if worn properly and still maintaining social distancing. Our two groups could record or livestream from the Sanctuary.
  • These small-group activities could serve as a segue for modified on-site worship.
  • Use of the building by non-Hazelwood groups of 12 people or fewer will be decided on an individual basis.



We’re a week or so away from Halloween. I know it’ll be a different Halloween, with whatever happening being very limited due to COVID-19. I’m sure we’ll still have some trick-or-treaters at our house. We’ll leave the candy in little bags on the porch rather than personally give them out this year. I’ll miss having our Trunk-or-Treat, too, but it was difficult for me to envision having hundreds of kids here at one time and doing it responsibly this year. I love seeing all the kids in costumes. I love decorating our car for Trunk-or-Treat and wearing costumes, too. One year on Halloween I went out to eat with friends after giving out candy, and the Grim Reaper came into the bathroom. I thought, “This is what’s so great about this day—the Grim Reaper is in the bathroom and it’s no big deal!”

If you could become someone else for a day, who would it be? Would it be a race-car driver or a movie-star? Maybe a world-leader or someone from another time? In a way, we do it all the time. It’s tempting to wear a disguise. We’re often tempted to be someone we’re not, projecting a face to the world that isn’t our true self. I heard a story from a pastor, who was asked if he liked ministry. He replied that he enjoyed preaching, and teaching, and other things in it. The follow-up question was, “That’s not what I asked. I asked if you liked being a minister.” He honestly replied, “Well, not really.” The man wisely said, “That’s because God called you to ministry. You’re trying to be someone else, acting a role. God called you to be yourself.”

I believe the greatest gift we can give to the world is our true selves. To be honestly the person God created you and me to be—that is the best gift we can give. So who are you really, and what disguise have you been wearing to cover that up? Halloween will soon be over; maybe we can put those disguises aside.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones



$200 to “A Home for Lizzy”


Volunteers are needed on November 4, 5, & 6 from 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to help with Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. Volunteers will bag groceries for the client– only 2 clients in the pantry at a time, only 2 volunteers at a time to bag groceries. Everyone will need to wear masks, and hand sanitizer will be available. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.




Our annual business meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, November 15, at 10 a.m. Important issues that will affect Hazelwood’s future will be presented for the congregation’s consideration. The following is a list of 2021 candidates which will be presented at the meeting. The Officers will serve one year in these positions, while the Elders, Deacons, and Trustees will serve 3-year terms unless otherwise noted.

Moderator- Tony Gill
Vice-Moderator- Joanna Hahn
Treasurer- Woody Wantz
Secretary- Mary Ann Matchett
At-Large Board Members- Cheryll Crose, Rhea Morgan, Glen Sulanke

Shirley Bookout (1-yr. term)
Kathy Clary
Tony Gill
John Starnes
Ann Wolfe

Cheryll Crose
Jason Hahn
Cheryl McCoy
Felix Muhiga
Glen Sulanke

Dick Miller
Sue Weller






Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from October 18, 2020.


Below is a link to our 2021 slate of officers, elders, deacons, and trustees, that will be voted on during our Sunday, November 15, 10 a.m. annual meeting on Zoom. We will have a combination meeting and worship time with communion. If the church has your email address, you will receive an invitation to the meeting by email the morning of the 15th. If you don’t see it in your Inbox, try your Junk or Spam folder. If you want to “practice” getting into a zoom meeting, there will be a practice session on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Contact Marianna Gill at if you’d like to be be included in the practice session.

Hazelwood leadership thanks you for your understanding and patience as we continue to use caution and not meet in person for our annual meeting.

We hope to see you online on  November 15 at 10 a.m.

Download the 2021 Slate for election


Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from October 11, 2020. This is the last week of our worship series called “God Is Holding Your Life” from Worship Design Studio.


Scammers are relentless. I’m always amazed at the ingenuity of people trying to get a little bit of money from unsuspecting people. Twice over the last few months, scammers have tried to contact our church members while purporting to be me. The first was an email that went out to many, asking people to run an errand for me. Those who replied found the person wanting them to buy gift cards and send the gift card numbers to them. The second was a text message sent to a few asking the recipients to “take care of an errand for me.” As far as I know, luckily, no one fell for the scam.

If you ever get something like this, please double-check the number or the email to see if it’s from me (both of these scams used emails and numbers different from my own). Also, double-check with me on anything like this. And, a rule of thumb is I probably will never send you a random email or text message asking you to “run an errand” for me while not stating immediately what that task would be.

I’ve learned this is a regular scam that is run on churches, and I’m sure whoever is doing this combs the internet, finding contact information and the pastor’s name, and then sends out the scam messages. I’m sure after sending out thousands of these types of messages to many churches they eventually con an unsuspecting recipient. A little bit of skepticism and double-checking whenever we see something like this is a healthy thing for all of us.

Grace & peace,
Jason Jones


“The Muncie Mission has served men now for 90 years with continued generous support from our friends and neighbors. From time to time we run low on supplies that the men need to help them through their time here at the Mission. Now is one of those times. We are in need of men’s underwear (small, medium, and large), and men’s t-shirts (large). Donations can be dropped off at our Administration Office located at 1725 S. Liberty St., Muncie, IN 47302. Due to COVID-19, many of us are limiting our in-store shopping. You can use our Amazon wish-list to purchase items to donate online and have them shipped
directly to us. Add Muncie Mission as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile and we will earn a small cash contribution as well. Thank you for your continued support of the Muncie Mission and those less fortunate in our community!”

~Frank Baldwin, President/CEO, Muncie Mission