I remember having to explain to someone that when I was saying “Maundy Thursday,” I wasn’t saying “Monday Thursday.” His brain interpreted the “Maundy” as “Monday.” Then the follow-up question was, “What does Maundy mean?” I explained that Maundy comes from the Latin version of “mandate.” When Jesus, in John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give you: love one another,” some translations say, “A new mandate I give you.” John 13, where Jesus washes feet, is usually the scripture reading for that date, so the name Maundy Thursday has stuck.

So, you’re thinking, what happens at Maundy Thursday worship? It’s the day when we remember Jesus gathered with his disciples in the upper room for a Passover feast. We remember that night with a celebration of communion. The Gospel of John tells us Jesus washed his disciples’ feet on that night, so some churches share in the ritual of foot washing (we have a handwashing). Many times this service ends with a Tenebrae service, where candles are extinguished as we hear the story of Jesus’ arrest and death.

Maundy Thursday worship is one of the most beautiful and solemn worship services we have, and I’ve found people experience the power of that night in Jesus’ life as we share in the service. I know you’ll be blessed by attending, and our Maundy Thursday Worship happens this year on March 29 at 7 p.m., and we have a dinner before the worship at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there for this special worship.

~Jason Jones



Attention all book lovers: A new book club is starting at Hazelwood! Join us for the first meeting today, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Sulanke Commons. During the meeting, we will determine book selections, decide when to meet, and discuss ideas for the club. Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions or are interested but unable to make this first meeting, contact Stephanie Farra at safarra18@gmail.com.



A six-week adult grief group is being offered through Indiana University Health. Anyone experiencing grief due to a death is welcome to attend. The group will meet at the IU Health Ball Memorial Cancer Center (2401 W. University Ave., Conference Room C) from 6-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening beginning April 11 and ending May 16. The cost is $10 per family unit. Scholarships are available, just ask when you call to register for the group.

To register, please call IU Health Ball Memorial Hospice at (765) 747-4273 or      1-800-458-2255 on or before April 9.


Abbie Guthrie, Hospice Chaplain, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospice

Anurita Sarin, Mental Health Counselor, IU Health Cancer Center



Many youth and parents may be wondering, “Why is AYF important?” Simply put, AYF is important because when we share a meal and play games together, we are building relationships with God, with each other, and with the members of the church who so generously provide the meals. These relationships keep our youth connected to the church and provide a network of support they can rely on when life gets tough, not only as youth, but later in their lives as adults.

During AYF, we start our time together by sharing a meal. Afterward, we break down into smaller groups for our Bible study time. This enables us to have lessons that are relevant to the lives of the youth in each age group.

Our Kindergarten through 5th Graders are at a time in their lives when their abilities to learn and absorb information is at a peak. We believe this is an important time for them because the things they learn now form the foundations of their characters and life choices. Our lessons are designed to help them lay those foundations through fun activities and interactive discussion.

Our older youth, in middle and high school, are at an age where they are forming their own unique identities in relationship to all that is around them. We believe it is important to equip our youth to understand how to live their best, without compromising their characters, values, or beliefs as they deal with the culture and pressures around them each day. The topics for these groups are driven by the youth, not the leaders. In fact, we encourage our youth to find their voice by bringing relevant topics to the table and leading the discussions.

Regardless of whether you are a youth, a parent, or simply a member of the congregation, if you would like to be involved with AYF see Rev. James after worship or contact him in the church office. There is always room at the table!




$250 was donated to each of the following organizations:

  • Southside Middle School, Panther Pantry
  • Whitely Community Council for the Community Gathering Place
  • A Better Way
  • Christian Ministries


Thanks to the following people who helped with Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry on either February 28, March 1, or March 2: Stephanie Farra, Rev. Jason Jones, Mary Ann Matchett, Dick Miller, Jim Reece, Nancy Reece, and Jim Warrner.