Walgreens will be offering flu shots to our congregation (12 years old and up) here at Hazelwood after worship on Sunday, October 7. If you have insurance, please have your card with you that morning. If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie in the church office.

Sign up begins this Sunday, September 16. Don’t miss out on this great (and convenient!) opportunity to protect yourself from the flu this year!



Maybe we don’t mention enough in church what a blessing our animals are to us. Many of us have dogs, cats, or other types of animals, and these furry friends become important parts of our lives. They are often a unique blessing in our lives and it’s time we celebrate these special animals!

Animals large and small (and their humans!) are invited to come together on the Hazelwood Lawn on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m. for a Blessing of the Animals Service. This date comes just before the feast day for St. Francis, who was a friend to animals and was even reported to preach a sermon to birds. There will be a brief worship service celebrating our animals, and a time when you’ll be welcomed to have your animal receive a small blessing. You’ll need to have your animal leashed or in a carrier for the event (it might be pandemonium without that!). We’ll even have some water bowls out for dogs.

Even if you don’t have a pet, you are more than welcome to join us! This will be a time of joy and fun as we celebrate God’s gift of animals to us.


An All-Church Picnic is a great way to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! Bill & Leah Ritchie have graciously invited the entire church to their farm, 6300 N CR 500 W in Muncie, on Saturday, October 13 from 4-9 p.m. (in the event of rain, the picnic will be held on Saturday, October 20). Everyone in the family is sure to have a blast with games, hayrides, and a bonfire to roast hot dogs!

Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the church. You only need to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and any sides you might want to accompany your hot dog. Sign up begins Sunday, September 23 in Sulanke Commons.

We are looking for a couple of able-bodied volunteers to help with set-up for the cookout half an hour before the festivities start. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know when you sign up.



“Realizing Our Vision for Our Children”

Light a Candle for Children is an advocacy and prayer vigil that begins September 24, five weeks before the National Observance of Children’s Sabbath on October 21, and is sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC. Thousands of congregations from multiple faith groups unite during Children’s Sabbath to simultaneously witness for children through prayer, education, and worship.

The Light a Candle Prayer Vigil uses a different focus scripture each week related to the overall theme in preparation for Children’s Sabbath. The focus scriptures for 2018 are:

Week of September 24: Matthew 18:1-5 Be a Vision of Greatness!

Week of October 1: Galatians 3:25-29 Be a Vision of Faith!

Week of October 8: 1 John 3:18-23 Be a Vision of Truth and Action!

Week of October 15: Jeremiah 29:11-14 Be a Vision That Seeks and Finds!

In a time when our children on the local, regional, and global scale are suffering, we are seeking to help our children, youth, young adults, and families know that we are praying, working, and living faithfully with them.

Connect with others online starting September 24 at lightacandle.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/LightaCandleforChildren.



When:  10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29

Where:  Shaffer Chapel AME Church, 1501 E. Highland Ave., Muncie

  • Meet with CWU’s Outstanding Young Church Women of past years and hear what they are doing today.
  • Elect unit officers, and see them installed. See annual reports, schedule, and plans for the coming year.
  • Hear about the Indiana Church Women United State Assembly plans for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Muncie. The theme will be Diversity and Inclusiveness, one of CWU’s quadrennial priorities.
  • Bring clean plastic bottle caps of any size (no metal parts) for a recycling project started a year ago to get a green bench for Muncie.

Breakfast is free, compliments of the board, but reservations are appreciated as space is limited. Please contact Therese Weakland at (765) 288-2857 or thweakland@comcast.net.



“I write on behalf of the School Board of Management and Shivembe Community to acknowledge the support from your church. This has enabled the learners to enjoy being at school and embrace education as a key to life.

Through Prof. Winnie Mucherah, the school received the following:

  • School supplies
  • School uniforms
  • Sanitary pads for girls
  • Money for the school library
  • T-shirts

Through such help, the school population has shot up from 317 students to 447 in the year 2018. This is a realization of importance of education in our small village.

Thank you, and may God bless America.”

~Victor Songole, Shivembe Primary School Principal


YOUTH NEWS 8-30-18


See You at the Pole began in 1990 as a challenge by a youth group just like ours in Texas. They felt called to set aside one day where all could gather to pray over their school, community, government, and nation. The action of this youth group has become a yearly event on the fourth Wednesday of September at 7 a.m. around flagpoles nationwide. No longer is this event simply one for youth– it has extended to other educational institutions, places of business, government buildings, and communities across the U.S.

There are a variety of things you may see happening at a gathering around the flagpole: worship, music, special guest speakers, bible study, etc. The most important thing is prayer. This can be done individually, in small groups, or with the entire group.

For those unable to gather around the flagpole, you can still be a part of this wonderful phenomenon! Be in prayer for those who are courageous and able to meet. Pray for the testimony they give through their presence and their prayers. Pray for the movement of the Spirit while they meet, and throughout the day, as they encounter others.

For more information on See You at the Pole, please visit their website www.syatp.com.


September 9 – AYF, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall

September 23 – AYF, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall; CROP Walk, 2 p.m.

September 26 – See You at the Pole, 7 a.m.

October 7 – AYF, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall

October 20 – BSU Homecoming Parking Fundraiser, 8 a.m.

October 21 – AYF, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall

October 28 – Trunk-or-Treat, 4 p.m.
























The next NEST Group Study will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11 at Bill & Dee Moser’s home (608 N. Meadow Wood Dr.). This study will use Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio.

From Christianbook.com:

Many of us have giants in our lives–hang-ups and habits, fears and insecurities that keep us from reaching our full potential. Frozen, we lose sight of the promise God has for our lives and settle for far less than best. But there is a better way forward. In Goliath Must Fall, Louie Giglio offers powerful insights from the Biblical story of David that will help you overcome your giants once and for all by fixing your eyes on the size of your God, not the size of your giant.

If you would like to be a part of this group or have any questions, please contact Bill Moser by email at profwmoser@comcast.net.




Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry on either August 29, 30, or 31: Stephanie Farra, Dick & Marcia Miller, Jim & Nancy Reece, Carol Schussler, and Elaine Wulff.



  • Sunday, September 23, 2018
  • Registration at 1:30 p.m.
  • Walk begins at 2 p.m.
  • Hazelwood Christian Church

This is just one of the many stories and needs around the world that the monies from CROP support:

Evaly’s Story

For moms in remote communities in northern Nicaragua, caring for little ones can be a challenge. For example, life here often means that moms give babies solid food too soon. “The reason why we do that is because a lot of us have to leave our children with our neighbors while we go to work in our fields, which are often far away from where the community is. That means that our neighbors aren’t able to give them breast milk,” she says.

A CWS-supported program in the area is partnering with moms to strategize about how to best overcome these challenges and nourish young children. Evaly says that she now has a better understanding of what to do when a child is malnourished and what foods are best for children at each stage of development.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations, raising funds and awareness to combat hunger at home and around the world. Twenty-five percent of all money raised stays here in Delaware County to support Christian Ministries Food Bank.

There are TWO ways you can help:

STEP ONE– Sign up to WALK and ask people to sponsor you.

STEP TWO– Sponsor a Hazelwood walker.

As the host church this year, our goal is to get everyone involved in this annual walk. Mark you calendar now, get your shoes out, and start walking! We will begin recruiting walkers this Sunday, September 2.



Christian Ministries of Delaware County will be a recipient of the Meijer Simply Give Fall Campaign. The campaign started Sunday, August 19 and continues through Saturday, September 15.

Christian Ministries’ Double-Match Day is Friday, September 7. During the Double-Match Day, if you buy a $10 card at the checkout lane, Meijer will double-match it with $20, so your total donation to the Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry will be $30. Meijer will double-match up to a total $10,000, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to donate to this wonderful local ministry and watch your donation grow!