2018 GRADUATE FORM

Graduate Sunday will be Sunday, May 6, with a lunch after worship. In order for graduates to be recognized, we ask that you please fill out the downloadable form and return it to the church office or put it in the offering plate at communion.  Thank you.

 

Download 2018 Graduation Form

CINCO DE MAYO CARRY-IN FOR 2018

Not that we need an excuse to get together and fellowship, but you are invited to join us on Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. in Cartwright Hall to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (admittedly, a couple of days early)! A taco bar will be provided; you are asked to bring your favorite Mexican dish (or your favorite non-Mexican dish!). Not sure what to bring? We will try to have some authentic (as authentic as we can find) Mexican recipes that you can pick up when you sign up. The sign-up for the dinner will begin on Sunday, April 15, or you can email Marianna Gill at hccmgill@gmail.com with your RSVP.

 

COFFEE HOUR WITH REV. JASON

I really like coffee and I really like spending time with people from church. Ever since I started my ministry here at Hazelwood, I’ve wanted to do a coffee house office hour where I set up shop for a couple hours each week in a place that serves coffee. After kicking it around in my head for a year and a half I told myself, “You just need to do it.” So, I’m going to start spending part of Tuesday afternoons at The Caffeinery (401 South Walnut) in downtown Muncie. I’ll be there on Tuesdays, as long as I’m in town and not pulled into an emergency, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. If you’d like to come and share a cup of coffee with me and talk about things of significance or insignificance (I love talking about sports), stop on by the Caffeinery and have a chat with me. If no one shows I’ll just be working on a sermon. If you’d like to share a conversation around cups of coffee or tea, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello early on Tuesday afternoons. — Rev. Jason

 

RENT-A-YOUTH FUNDRAISER

Spring is here and that can mean a LOT of house cleaning and yard work. The chores seem like they never end, and there are ever enough helping hands to get them all done!

Never Fear… Our Youth Are Here!

Whether you need an extra set of hands or simply have some chores you just don’t want to do yourself, you can now Rent-a-Youth to help you out! Here are just a few of the many tasks they are eager to help with:

Indoors: laundry, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing floors, washing dishes, cleaning windows, cleaning bathrooms, organizing, and washing woodwork

Outdoors: planting, weeding, washing vehicles, cleaning patio furniture, yard clean-up, and watering plants

Pets: walking dogs, bathing pets, and (the ever-dreaded) poop pick-up of your yard

Kids: tutoring and babysitting

There are a few things we ask from you:

  • Please expect to have at least 2 youth helping out. Safety and transparency are important, especially so when youth are involved!
  • We provide the elbow grease, but ask that you provide whatever supplies are necessary for the task you have.
  • We’ve listed quite a few tasks our youth are able to help with, but if you need help with a task not on the list, contact Rev. James. Odds are we can help with that, too!
  • How much you pay is up to you, but we suggest $10 per hour per youth (this is a fundraiser, after all!) All funds raised will go toward the youth missions trip to Give Kids the World in June.

If you are interested in some help with your to-do list this spring, contact Andy Rees at (765) 702-0667, or Rev. James in the church office. Let us know what you need done, and we will get youth lined up to help!

 

YOUTH NEWS 4-12-18

CAMP REGISTRATION DUE

Just like last year, 2018 summer camp registration is done entirely online. Camp dates and locations, as well as links to register, can be found at indianadisciples.org/commissions/commission-on-faith-formation. After you register, please print a copy for our church records.

Early registration deadline is April 29. As in years past, the church will cover half of the camp registration tuition. Please contact Rev. James in the church office for more information or if you have any questions.

Geneva Center — Rochester, Indiana

June 11-16  CROSS Camp (Grade 6-12)

June 11-16  Explorer Camp (Grade 4–5)

June 18-20  You & Me (Grade K-3 w/adult)

June 18-23  MAD Camp (Grade 6-12)

June 25-27  You & Me #2 (Grade K-3 w/adult)

June 25-27  New Beginnings (Grade 2-3)

July 9-14     Middle School (Grade 6-8)

July 9-14     High School (Grade 9-12)

Bedford Christian Camp — Bedford, Indiana

June 25-27  New Beginnings (Grade 2-3)

June 28-30  You & Me (Grade K-3 w/adult)

July 2-7       High School (Grade 9-12)

July 9-14     Explorer camp (Grade 4–5)

July 16-21   Middle School (Grade 6-8)

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 4-12-18

WINNIE’S KIDS

A note from Winnie:

“Here is a brief history of the Kenya project, specifically with regards to the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group:

The church has been supporting the Shivembe Primary School and Mama Ni Mama women’s group since 2009. During that time we have been able to do the following:

  • We buy school uniforms for the students every year (students are required to have a school uniform in order to attend school). We started by providing uniforms to only 44 students. Last summer we provided uniforms to 225 students – all the kids that needed a uniform got one!
  • We provide school supplies yearly (pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and crayons).
  • We provide pain medication yearly.
  • We provide sanitary pads for the older girls (since 2015).
  • We have also been able to help the school build 10 latrines (outhouses/toilets), a kitchen, 2 additional classrooms, start a lunch program, and buy a farm to plant their own corn and beans for lunch. This year, we plan to help them build a library since the kids have become very motivated in reading but have no space for it.
  • We have also been supporting the Mama Ni Mama women’s group to take care of their 55 children. For the women’s group, we usually provide school supplies, medicine, sanitary pads, and cash money to help them with their small business. At the moment, each woman has a cow as a result of this support.”

During the month of April, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ place it in either a red-bordered or pew envelope, and add it to the offering plate during Sunday morning worship (if writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering). We will present Winnie with our offering on ‘Kenya Day,’ Sunday,  May 6 (this is a change to the date printed in the previous newsletter). There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’

 

HAZELWOOD BOOK CLUB

Attention all book lovers!

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in Sulanke Commons.

We will be discussing All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It was published by Scribner on May 6, 2014 and won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Stephanie Farra at safarra18@gmail.com.

 

SUMMER YOUTH MISSIONS TRIP

It’s hard to believe we are only 4 months away from our Summer Missions Trip to Give Kids the World. A trip of this magnitude requires a lot of planning, and I am happy to say the plans are moving forward on schedule! Plane tickets have been purchased, rental vehicles have been reserved, and the house we will be staying at has been rented.

Though the experience at Give Kids the World is invaluable to our youth and youth sponsors, there is, unfortunately, a significant cost involved in a trip like this. In anticipation of this, the youth have been hard at work raising the funds needed. I am very proud of their efforts, and I am happy to report that they have already raised $6,000 for this trip through events like our Fall Bazaar, Taters ‘n Talent, and a disbursement from our Permanent Fund. We have some exciting new fundraisers planned over the next few months, so keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for details!

Participating in fundraisers is only a part of how our youth are financing their trip. Missions work and helping others starts at home, and our youth will be earning money towards their trip to Give Kids the World through volunteer hours here at Hazelwood and out in the community. They will each receive $5 per service hour worked ($10 per service hour if it is something promoted through our church), up to a total of $400 per person. So far, the youth have turned in over 200 service hours during the last few months! Those hours were spent ringing bells for The Salvation Army, helping out at Hazelwood during All-Church Work Days, running camps for kids, working with the homeless, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. These service hours come from their involvement with Hazelwood and other groups like 4H, sports teams, Student Council, and National Honors Society.

Give Kids the World is an incredible experience for all involved, and our youth know this trip wouldn’t be possible without the support of the congregation. It’s not just your financial help that is appreciated; your prayers, kind words, and listening ears mean so much! Our youth are our future, and we have the privilege of helping shape that future through the faith and values we impart. Please join me in encouraging our youth to keep up the great work!

~James Petty

 

“WINNIE’S KIDS” CAMPAIGN

During the month of April, we will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya. Each donation received will be matched, up to a total of $1,000, from the Missions & Benevolence Sulanke Trust. Please mark all contributions ‘Winnie’s Kids,’ place it in either a red-bordered or pew envelope, and add it to the offering plate during Sunday morning worship (if writing a check, it would greatly help our bookkeeper if you write a separate check from your regular offering). We will present Winnie with our offering on ‘Kenya Day,’ Sunday, May 6. There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 3-29-18

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

Thank you so much for your generous donation of $250 to the Whitely Community Council.

As you know, needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, children and the elderly are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of the residents we serve.

In 2018 we are raising the funds to renovate over 20,000 sq. ft. of building space at 1208 E. Centennial Ave. for the introduction of a space that will provide a location for many new resources for the community. Some of the possibilities for this location include: educational classrooms, health care, a neighborhood gathering space, art installations, festival locations, food pantry, banquet rooms, and more.”

~Ken Hudson, Executive Director, Whitely Community Council

 

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

A Better Way is very grateful for your support of $250. We so highly value the partnership with churches that care for the wounded and abused in our community. Thank you for reaching out to help.”

~Keith Doudt, A Better Way