LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP FROM AUGUST 2, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from August 2, 2020. This is the 3rd week of our worship series called “Roll Down, Justice!” from Worship Design Studio.

JASON’S JOURNAL 7-30-20

Whenever I have a chance to talk with you, there’s a question that keeps popping up: “When are we going to have church services in our building?” Early in March our church transitioned to online worship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since then, the question on all our minds has been, “When will we be back?” I realize you miss your church when you ask that question, and I told my family that whenever I walk through the church building I feel a little sad knowing it’s not regularly inhabited by our congregation. I know we miss seeing one another, and we miss regularly being together to worship God.

Here’s the challenging news: the answer to if we are going to be back together in our sanctuary for worship soon is, “Not yet.” Rather than lessening, the virus is strengthening and spreading across our country. Our reopening plan is built around the virus’s threat decreasing, and that’s not the scenario we are in right now. Until we can say with clarity that the threat of the virus is decreasing, we will have to use caution. And, too, I am very proud of the online worship we are able to offer, and I appreciate so much all of you who regularly tune in for it. A big thanks goes to Tony, Marianna, Lori, Sally, the Praise Band, the Elders, and others for helping make it possible. So while the answer to in-person worship is “not yet,” I can still say with confidence we are gathering in an online forum to worship and be together.

One thing we can do, though, is host small fellowship gatherings. At our most recent board meeting, one idea that emerged was hosting small fellowship gatherings. These could be done outside, if weather permits, with a limited number (approximately 12 people), with physical distancing. This may be a way for us to visit and see one another while also being responsible. This idea is still taking shape, so look for more news, soon, about these gatherings.

While the answer to when we’ll all be back together is “not yet,” I think we have lots of ways to be church. This time has taught us that the church is not the building, but it is the people who gather in faith and mission, and you’ve shown me you are still very much a church. The gifts, the participation, the prayers, and our constant faith continue, and that means our church continues. Let’s keep doing that–let’s keep being church–even as we are apart.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE

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 situation in Muncie and Delaware County, and will progress to Stage 2 when it seems appropriate.

If you need to contact the church staff, you can do so by calling the church office, sending an email to hazelwoodchurch@gmail.com, or sending an email directly to any of the office staff:

Rev. Jason: hccjjones@gmail.com

Stefanie: hccspetty@gmail.com

Marianna: hccmgill@gmail.com

Rhea: hccrmorgan@gmail.com

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 contact Stefanie by phone or email..

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 7-30-20

DISBURSEMENT

$450 to Motivate Our Minds ($225 from Sulanke Trust, $225 from Hazelwood donations)

 

HEARTS AND HANDS UNITED

Thanks to all who generously responded, we were able to provide 865 glue sticks for the Hearts & Hands United back-to-school giveaway!

 

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES FOOD PANTRY

Volunteers are needed on August 26, 27, & 28 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 Marcia Miller at (765) 730-5552.

 

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR 2020

The 2020 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 Tuesday, July 21, and are: Shirley Bookout and Marcia Miller (they will serve as Co-Chair),  Cheryl McCoy, Jim Reece, and Amy Stucky.

Open nominations will begin September 20 and go through October 4. 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.

 

PRESCHOOL UPDATE 7-30-20

SUMMER CAMP

Wow! Our first week back to school went so fast. It was so good to see the children and enjoy some of the activities we had planned for the summer. We have been very busy this summer learning about how to be healthy and safe, that I is for ice cream, and going on nature walks.

We still have a few spots left, so don’t delay register today!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

August 17 – Teacher Work Day

August 19 – Orientation, 2-3 & 4-5 Year-Old Classes

August 20 – Orientation, 3-4 Year-Old Classes

September 7 – Labor Day – No School

September 8 – First Day, 2-3 Tuesday & 3-4 Year-Old Classes

September 9 – First Day, 2-3 Wednesday & 4-5 Year-Old Classes

 

 

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM JULY 26, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from July 26, 2020. This is the 2nd week of our worship series called “Roll Down, Justice!” from Worship Design Studio.

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM JULY 19, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from July 19, 2020. This is the 1st week of our worship series called “Roll Down, Justice!” from Worship Design Studio.

PASTOR JASON’S JOURNAL 7-16-20

What do you need to do that scares you? I talked in a sermon a few weeks ago about, as a child, jumping off the high-dive at the city pool. It scared me as much as anything, but once I did it, I could do it again without any fear. There’s a quote that’s often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt that says, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  What she actually said was a little longer and not as easy to quote: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Many times the Bible says, “Do not be afraid.” Some have said it’s the most repeated command in the Bible, being mentioned 365 times. Of all the things the Bible tells us, we hear this, “Be not afraid” more than anything.

I realize fear can be a positive, if it keeps you safe. If you’re afraid of jumping off the roof, that fear is probably keeping you from breaking a leg. Fear, though, can confine us, keeping us from being who we could fully be. What are you afraid of? How might you face that fear and grow?

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE

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 situation in Muncie and Delaware, and will progress to Stage 2 when it seems appropriate.

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.