HEARTS & HANDS UNITED GIVEAWAY 2019

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairgrounds Memorial Building

This event is for children that live and attend school in Delaware County. Goals are to provide school supplies and a NEW pair of shoes for students who are not able to afford them. Each organization that helps has one size, one gender– that way there will be enough shoes in each size to meet the needs of the Back to School Distribution on Saturday, July 27.

Hazelwood has been asked to provide 50 NEW pairs of BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. We will be collecting now through Sunday, July 21. There will be a tote in Sulanke Commons for the donated NEW BOY’S/MEN’S SIZE 5 ATHLETIC SHOES. Please remove shoes from boxes, tie laces together, and place in the tote. Thanks!

For more information, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2019

Christmas in July is back! Starting July 7 and continuing every Sunday through the end of July, we will be collecting non-perishable items for Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry. Please bring items to place under the Christmas Tree in Sulanke Commons.

Items needed include:

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

*Canned fruit and boxed dinners are especially needed!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 6-6-19

DISBURSEMENTS

$200 to Muncie Mission

WINNIE’S KIDS

On Sunday, May 26, Rev. Jason presented Winnie with a check for $10,800 for her annual trip to Kenya. Winnie came forward with her thanks and deep appreciation for such a wonderful gift, reminding us of the many ways this helps the kids in Kenya. This year’s focus is on a much-needed library. Winnie promised to be a good steward with this generous gift.

Friends of Ball State $4,590
Hazelwood Christian Church $4,240
Farmington Hills Church $614
Calendar Sales $546
Redbud Quilt Guild $530
Yorktown Christian Church $280
$10,800

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

We here at YWCA Central Indiana were so honored to receive the $250 contribution you made to our organization.

Every day your contribution helps to provide advocacy and shelter services for women and children throughout Central Indiana. Food, hygiene products, bedding, health and wellness, economic empowerment, and other essential services aid those we serve as they begin the transition from crisis living to self-sufficiency.

YWCA Central Indiana is on a mission to create real change. Thank you for joining us as we endeavor to continue eliminating racism, empowering women, and assisting those without a home to call their own.

Once again, we say thank you. Our staff and residents sincerely appreciate being able to count on your support.

Best,”

~WaTasha Barnes Griffin, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Central Indiana

 

“Dear friends at Hazelwood,

We appreciate your donation of $250. This will be very helpful as we restock for fall. The children are always pleased over new things, and they also receive gently used items. Should you ever have used items, we could use them. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,”

~The Board of Delaware County Children’s Clothing Center

 

“Hazelwood Church Group,

Thanks so much for all your help with cleaning and building.”

~Trish Roark, Christian Ministries

 

“Dear Hazelwood,

The hundreds of children and their parents turning to Second Harvest’s school program for food and resources have you to thank this summer. And so do we!

We are very thankful for your gift of $250. Your support is providing urgently-needed resources to many hungry neighbors. Every dollar brings hope, draws neighborhoods closer together, and strengthens communities across East Central Indiana.

Thank you for sharing in our mission to “shorten the line” by providing help for today and hope for tomorrow!

P.S. Friends, your gift will provide enough resources for a struggling family for 12 months! Thank you!

Most gratefully,”

~Tim Kean, President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank

 

“Dear friends at Hazelwood Christian Church,

We at A Better Way wish to thank you for your generosity toward our organization and those we serve.

The mission of A Better Way is to bring peace to homes, strength to individuals and families, and positive impact to community. We do this by providing shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, prevention presentations, hotlines, and other programs.

Without your support, we could not offer these programs to people in need. We appreciate your gift and promise to be good stewards as we seek to improve the lives of those who come to us. Together we will ease their struggles and bring them closer to peaceful and productive living.

Sincerely,”

~Teresa Clemmons, Executive Director, A Better Way

 

 

YOUTH NEWS 6-6-19

A great way to show our youth support this summer is to send them letters of encouragement and to pray for them during their time at camp. Our campers this year are:

C.R.O.S.S. Camp (Christian Recreation and Outdoor Sports Skills)

June 24-29, Adam Glaze

M.A.D. Camp (Music, Arts, & Drama)

June 17-22,  Aurora Bennett & Jairen Rees

All of our campers will be at the Geneva Center. If you would like to send them a letter, please write the camp they are attending at the bottom of the envelope and mail it to:

Geneva Center

Campers Name Here

5282 N Old US Hwy 31

Rochester, IN 46975

You can also send a note to our campers via email:  cathy@genevacenter.org.

 

“PRAYING FOR OUR COUNTRY” SERVICE & ICE CREAM SOCIAL

This year we will celebrate “Praying for Our Country” Sunday on July 7. We will have our worship service in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. After the service, we will have an Ice Cream Social in Cartwright Hall. It doesn’t get much better than ice cream sundaes on a summer afternoon!

Sign up begins Sunday, June 16, in Sulanke Commons so you can let us know if you would like to help provide some ice cream and toppings.

 

FUNDRAISER DINNER FOR BURKE FAMILY

I’ve been talking for a few months about ways to help our former Property Manager, John Burke. As many of you know, because of John’s health challenges, he was away from work and is soon to be transitioning to being on disability. We’re going to host a special fundraising meal on Saturday, June 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. This will be a way to not only help out John and his family with their financial needs, but I hope this will also be a fun night. I’m thinking of some ways to make this more than a meal- an event where all leave having had a great time.

If you’d like to help with this evening, please let me know. This is a way we can turn out to show our love for John and to help him out, but it’ll also be a fun way for us to gather as a church community. Mark your calendars, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on the 15th!

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

SUMMER MUSIC

Do you sing? Play an instrument? We need you!!

As the choir takes a brief break this summer, we would love to hear from other members of our congregation. If you play an instrument or sing, please consider signing up to sing or play on a Sunday this summer. Solos and groups are welcome! We would be honored for you to use your talents in worship this summer.

If you would like to sign up, or have any questions, please contact our Director of Choirs, Sally Kelley, at (615) 796-3321 or smkg07@gmail.com.

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE 5-23-19

DISBURSEMENTS

  • $200 to John Burke
  • $1,000 to Winnie’s Kids

 

HAZELWOOD ANGELS

Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Clean-Up Day at Christian Ministries on Monday, May 13: Don & Cheryll Crose, Dick & Marcia Miller, and Jim Reece.

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

Dear friends,

Motivate Our Minds, Inc. sincerely thanks you for your generous donation of $250 in support of our Annual Dinner/Luncheon. We truly appreciate your generous and supportive interest in our children. With all the opportunities you have to support local organizations, we thank you for finding our programs worthy of your investment.

The mission statement of Motivate Our Minds is “Educating children and families to grow and flourish,” and your support helps make that possible. You continue to be a vital part of our success, as your contribution goes directly toward the positive work here. We truly welcome your visits anytime.

Thank you again,”

~Jonathan M. Jones, Executive Director, Motivate Our Minds, Inc.

 

BOOK CLUB FOR JUNE

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. We will be discussing The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. We will also be watching the movie based on the novel. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

  1. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written debut novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

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

 

W.O.W. (WORDS ON WORSHIP)

What the Power of Praise Can Do: 8 Reminders from His Word

(by Debbie McDaniel – blogger for crosswalk.com)

We have so much to praise God for. There’s great power in giving honor to Him. And many of you live that truth out, every single day of your lives. The Bible is filled with examples of praise when we see His power released – life-changing miracles, dramatic stories of the enemy being halted or defeated, hearts being changed and drawn closer to Him. Yet reality is that, way too often, daily struggles or constant life demands can crowd out our praise to God. We might check the worship box at church and somehow think we’re good for the week. And all the while, with souls distant and cold, we sing words, we listen to music, and then we go home.

What the Power of Praise Can Do – 8 Things:

  1. Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God. “Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150:2
  2. Praise brings us to a place of humility.“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:2-3
  3. Praise makes the enemy flee.“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
  4. Praise leaves no room for complaining and negativity.“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Psalm 103:2-4
  5. Praise makes room for God’s blessings over our lives.“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
  6. Praise invites His presence.“He inhabits the praises of His people.” Psalm 22:3
  7. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in His presence.“In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” Psalm 16:11
  8. It paves the way for God’s power to be displayed, miracles happen. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Acts 16:25-26

We have a choice every day in this life. To live absorbed in worry and stress, focused only on what surrounds us. Or, we can ask God to help us take our eyes off all that may be swirling around, our problems and mess, or the voices of others. And we can look up…to Him, the One who holds it all together, and who holds us in His hands.