2018 YOUTH MISSIONS TRIP UPDATE

The Youth Group and Sponsors would like to thank Hazelwood for helping to make this year’s Missions Trip successful. Despite the rain, humidity, and hot weather, our youth had an awesome time at Give Kids the World serving the families there and helping them make wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

We look forward to sharing our stories and adventures with every one in on August 12 during worship. There will be an extended presentation at our Youth Stockholder’s Dinner on Sunday, August 5. If you would like to be a Youth Stockholder, shares are still available for $10. Look for our Youth during Coffee Fellowship this Sunday or contact the church office to purchase shares. Though our trip is over, we are continuing to raise money to help pay for those last-minute and unexpected expenses, as well as raising funds for our next Missions Trip.

 

(Photo: Hazelwood Youth Group with GKTW Mayor Clayton and wife, Ms. Merry)

VBS 2018 – CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are sad to announce that we will be cancelling our VBS for the week of July 9-12. If you have already registered your child, your registration fee will be refunded.  Please contact Rhea Morgan at the church at (765) 282-5969 to receive your refund.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Christmas in July is back! Starting July 1, 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

*Canned fruit and boxed dinners are especially needed!

Thank you for your generosity!

 

SESQUICENTENNIAL (150TH) CELEBRATION

Our congregation was started in 1868. That means 2018 is our sesquicentennial year, and we are going to celebrate on Sunday, July 8! Rev. Carolyn Reed from the Disciples Regional Office will be joining us. There will be a special lunch for the congregation after worship. We will open the time capsule buried by our congregation years ago, giving us a glimpse into the Hazelwood of the past, and fill a new time capsule to be opened by the Hazelwood of the future. Those are a just a few of the many special ways we will mark this joyous occasion. Please be sure to join us for this momentous day!

 

EPIPHANY PROCESS UPDATE

Our Epiphany process is moving forward! We had our second retreat on June 8 & 9, with a smaller group of eleven church leaders meeting to work with Bill Lawser, our retreat leader. We spent a lot of time looking at the evaluation of our congregation that was created by Hope Partnership. This evaluation looks at where our congregation is and what the needs of our community are. Also, a few in the retreat went out and interviewed community leaders, asking them what they saw the needs of Muncie to be. Participants in the retreat all spent some time writing a future story for the congregation, an example of what the future might be for our church.

These future stories were very hopeful, where we envisioned ministries and opportunities for our congregation. I heard lots of hopes for ministries that reach out to the needs of Muncie in these stories. A smaller group, made of up of Tony Gill, Ann Wolfe, Rev. James, and me, is now at work distilling these stories into one story that we can present to the congregation. We’ll, sometime in the near future, be presenting what we think can be the future story of our church, a direction we’re headed. We’ll also be presenting a capacity plan to go with the story, a nuts and bolts explanation of how we think this story can happen.

I believe Hazelwood Christian Church has a vibrant story ahead of it. I have a friend, Rev. Cynthia Langston Kirk, who says, “Never underestimate the power of a story.” She’s right; a powerful and moving story can motivate us toward a positive future. I’m excited how the Epiphany Process will lead us into that story.

~Jason Jones

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 6-21-18

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Hazelwood,

We here at the YWCA of Muncie were so honored to receive the $300 contribution that you made to our organization. Every day your contribution helps to provide shelter services and advocacy for women and children throughout Central Indiana without a place to call home. 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.

The YWCA of Muncie 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.”

~WaTasha Barnes Griffin, Executive Director, Muncie YWCA

 

HEARTS & HANDS UNITED GIVEAWAY

Saturday, July 28, 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 28.

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 22. There will be a tote in the Rotunda 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.

 

VBS REGISTRATION FORM

Download the 2018 VBS Registration Form here.   VBS will be July 9-12, 5:30-8 p.m.

2018 VBS Registration Form

“PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY” SUNDAY AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

This year we will celebrate “Prayer for Our Country” Sunday on July 1. 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 this Sunday, June 10, in Sulanke Commons so you can let us know if you would like to help provide some ice cream and toppings.

 

MASTER GARDENER’S TOUR

The Muncie Master Gardener’s Tour will be making a stop at Hazelwood on Sunday, June 24, from 2-5 p.m.

HAZELWOOD COMMUNITY GARDEN

The Hazelwood Community Garden is in need of weeding throughout the summer! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools. Also, please bring a bucket or other container to haul away the debris to the dump pile in the northeast corner of the church property.

Come at your own convenience; no formal get-together is planned. Thank you for any help you can provide!