Every year, Hazelwood holds a Maundy Thursday service to remember the night in which Jesus was betrayed and handed over to the authorities, which eventually led to his crucifixion on the cross for our sins. This year’s Maundy Thursday service will be quite different from ones in the past. Our service will include “The Journey to the Cross,” based on the “Stations of the Cross.”

Wikipedia has this to say about the “Stations of the Cross”:

“The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The object of the stations is to help Christians to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions, and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches, including AnglicanLutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic ones. Commonly, a series of 14 images will be arranged in numbered order along a path, and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each station to say the selected prayers and reflections. This is done in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during his passion.”

We will have 5 “stations”. There will be some walking from station to station, but all stations will be in the Sanctuary. There will be chairs at each station for those who need them. It is our hope that through this experience, you may feel more connected to what Jesus endured during those final days of his ministry. Please join us on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m., in the Sanctuary.



High School and College graduates will be recognized during worship on Sunday, May 5. If you are a graduate, or if you have a Hazelwood graduate in the family, let us know!

Please stop by the sign up table in Sulanke Commons and fill out a Graduation Information Sheet with the name of the graduate and their school information. You may also download the form below. Be sure to turn in your graduation information sheet no later than Sunday, April 28 to be recognized.

Download the 2019 Graduate Form



Not that we need an excuse to get together and fellowship, but you are invited to join us on Sunday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Cartwright Hall to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! 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 14, or you can email Marianna Gill at hccmgill@gmail.com with your RSVP.




Hazelwood is scheduled to serve at the Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on May 8, 9, & 10. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Shirley Bookout (765)744-1207 to sign up or for more information.



We will be accepting donations to help ‘Winnie’s Kids’ in Kenya on April 28, May 5, 12, and 19. 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 Sunday, May 26. There are great needs in Kenya, so please prayerfully consider how you can help ‘Winnie’s Kids.’



Children through 5th grade are invited to join us on Saturday, April 20 for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! We will gather in Sulanke Commons at 10 a.m. before beginning the hunt for the elusive eggs on the lawn (if the weather isn’t cooperating, the eggs will be hidden inside).

There are many ways you can help us get ready for the Egg Hunt:

1) Donate wrapped candy to fill the plastic eggs. Keep in mind the candy will need to fit in the regular size plastic eggs, so nothing too large please.

2) Help stuff eggs on Sunday, April 14 after the worship service, or stuff eggs at home. If you stuff them at home, please indicate the type of candy or appropriate age group (we want to avoid hard candy for the 0-3 year-olds).

3) Help hide the eggs before or help supervise the hunting grounds during the big event! We will meet in Sulanke Commons at 9 a.m. to begin hiding eggs.

If you would like to help, or have any questions, contact Rev. Jason in the church office.



The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11. We will be discussing The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors. After Keiko and her family were evacuated to the internment camps, she and Henry could only hope that their promise to each other would be kept. Now, forty years later, Henry explores the hotel’s basement for the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot even begin to measure. His search will take him on a journey to revisit the sacrifices he has made for family, for love, for country.

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



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“Dear Hazelwood,

Financially speaking, A Better Way has been going through some difficult times. We are always dependent upon generous, caring people, who make us able to serve people whose lives are in turmoil.

Due to delays in payment from governmental grants, we have been more in need than usual. We have been blessed to have been heard by people like you, who are providing the support we need to stay operational. Our hearts are full…full with the knowledge that you care. You want to help and have done so quickly and kindly with your gift of $100.

It has made our work all that much more rewarding. We know you believe in us and the work we do, and you want to see us continue to do it. More importantly, many people in need of safe, supportive service will receive it without the slightest implication that there is a cash shortage.

I am sincerely grateful,”

~Theresa Clemmons, Executive Director, A Better Way



It’s been a while since we’ve had an article for Words on Worship (WOW). I thought Lent would be a good topic to cover. “Just as we set aside time to spiritually prepare for Christmas Day, it makes sense to set aside time to prepare for two of the most important days of the Christian year, Good Friday and Easter. Unlike the childlike joy associated with the season of Advent, with its eager anticipation of the precious baby Jesus, Lent is an intensely penitential time as we examine our sinful natures and return to the God we have, through our own rebelliousness, hurt time and again. Lent is also an opportunity to contemplate what our Lord really did for us on the cross – and it wasn’t pretty. But ultimately, the purpose of Lent does not stop at sadness and despair – it points us to the hope of the Resurrection and the day when every tear will be dried (Revelation 21:3). Lent offers us a time to open our hearts a little wider and understand our Lord a little deeper, so that when Good Friday and eventually Easter comes, it is not just another day at church but an opportunity to receive the overflowing of graces God has to offer.” (written by Sarah Phillips – Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer)

What does that mean for us at Hazelwood? We began Lent with our Ash Wednesday service, which focused on our mortality and the need for penitence. You may notice there is a lot of purple around the church now. Purple is the liturgical color for the season of Lent. In regards to our music, we try to avoid any songs or hymns that refer to the Lord’s resurrection or that use ‘Hallelujah’. Sarah Phillips mentions the joy that’s associated with Advent. Lent is the opposite when it comes to mood. Lent is more somber, almost melancholy, because the Lenten journey ultimately ends at the cross with the death of Christ. But we must push through the darkness of Black Friday to glimpse the Son rising on Easter Sunday.

~Marianna Gill, Worship Coordinator



Hazelwood is blessed with such a beautiful property, and it takes all of us to keep it at its best! Join us Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-Noon, for the first Property Work Day of 2019. We’ll meet in Sulanke Commons before we start assigning tasks.

ALL are encouraged to participate as we shake off winter in anticipation of the spring season and all of the wonderful activities it brings to Hazelwood: Palm Sunday, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Sunday, Preschool Sunday, and so much more! Sign up in Sulanke Commons after worship to let us know you’d like to help.

Everybody is needed! There are many things to be accomplished to get our church and grounds ready to welcome all during these exciting upcoming church and community events!