Our 2018 Fall Bazaar is fast approaching.  Click the link below for more information and to sign up to volunteer!  It takes the whole church for this special and wonderful event to be successful.  There is something for everyone!  Check it out!

2018 bazaar insert



It has long been tradition for members of the Hazelwood congregation to come together to create a devotional booklet for Advent. The result is a unique and personal set of devotions to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Believe it or not, the time has come to get started on our 2018 Advent devotions! The theme this year is The Days to Come. If you would like to contribute to this project, stop by Sulanke Commons after worship. You will find a bulletin board with the bible verses for each day’s devotion. Take a look, see what speaks to your heart, and sign up.

In order to ensure our booklets are ready by the start of Advent, we ask that all devotions be submitted to the church office by Tuesday, October 30.


YOUTH NEWS 10/11/18


Attention all Youth: Join us on Saturday, October 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Cartwright Hall for a Spooktacular Halloween Party. It will be an evening full of Halloween games, food, friends, and (of course) candy! No need to wear a costume– we want everyone to be able to participate in all the fun without worrying about damaging their trick-or-treat gear!

Running out of snacks is a scary thought! Help us plan accordingly by letting us know you’d like to attend. RSVP by Wednesday, October 24 to Rev. James at (765) 730-2512 or by email to hccjpetty@gmail.com



The schedule is out for 2019 Summer Camps! I wanted to get these to you as soon as possible so you can make sure your calendar next summer stays clear for the church camp of your choice. Below are the camp dates. They are still working on the themes for camps, and registration forms will not be ready until some time next year. As always, the church will pay half of the camp cost. Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Rev. James

Geneva Camps:

June 10-15:   You & Me 1 (grades K-3 + an adult)

June 10-15:  Explorer (grades 4-5)

June 17-22:   M.A.D. (grades 6-12)

June 17-22:  New Beginnings (grades 1-3)

June 17-22:   You & Me 2 (grades K-3 + an adult)

June 24-29:  Traditional Camp (grades 6-12)

June 24-29:  C.R.O.S.S. Camp (grades 6-12)

Bedford Camps:

June 24-26:   New Beginnings (grades 1-3)

July 1-6:           High School (grades 9-12)

July 8-13:       Explorer (grades 4-5)

July 15-20:     Middle School (grades 6-8)



October 13  All-Church Picnic, 4 p.m., Bill & Leah Ritchie’s Farm

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

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

October 27  Youth Halloween Party, 6:30 p.m.

October 28  Trunk-or-Treat, 4 p.m.

























“Dear CROP Hunger Walk Friends,

What a wonderful gift we had from God in the perfect weather He gave us on Sunday (September 23)! It was a real pleasure to see all of you, 82 walkers registered from 11 different church groups plus Andrea and Trish, who took over the treasurer’s job this year. Thank you, Hazelwood team, for your hospitality and the cool water for the road. Thank you, Cheryll Crose, for contacting our business friends for the coupons. We already enjoyed our hamburgers after walking on Sunday. Thank you, High Street team, for again bringing the largest group of walkers, 35 counting everyone in the Marshall family joining in. Thank you, each and every person, for coming and caring about hunger!”

~John and Theresa Weakland


Saturday, October 20, 2018

   8 a.m.-Noon

Not only is Hazelwood in a prime location to see the Ball State Homecoming Parade, we are also fortunate to have a large parking lot in an area where public parking is at a premium. To make the most of our situation, Hazelwood will offer parking to the public on the morning of the parade in return for a $3 donation per vehicle.

This event is sponsored by our Hazelwood Youth and Missions & Benevolence Team. The money raised from this project helps support our Christmas Box Project, where we help less fortunate families in Delaware County have some comfort and joy during the Holiday Season.

Mark your calendars now, and sign up in Sulanke Commons after worship to volunteer and support this worthy cause!


Mark your calendar now! We will need volunteers for the Christian Ministries Food Pantry on November 28, 29, & 30. For more information contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.




My family’s journey has been a remarkable one as God has repeatedly called me and opened doors to new opportunities. This last August marked 10 years that my family and I have been worshiping with you. It has been five years since God called me from the organ bench into a deeper commitment in ministry. Doors were opened to pastoral education at Christian Theological Seminary and here at Hazelwood. Together we have celebrated special events, milestones, and many other wonderful accomplishments. We have sat together through great sadness, grief, loss, and pain. I have had an exceptional and diverse experience that I would not trade for anything. When I was in seminary, I often heard other students envy the challenges and experiences I have faced while in a learning environment that has been so loving and nurturing. What my family and I have found is not just a church home, but a wonderful extended family.

I praise God for the journey we have shared, but God has not finished calling me. With much prayer and consideration, I have accepted the call to Mount Summit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mount Summit, Indiana to be their associate pastor overseeing the youth and worship ministry.

I use the word celebration to describe this letter about my calling, though my leaving is bittersweet. It is a celebration of the journey I have been on and of the journey to come. I hesitate to use the word resignation; resignation sounds like I’m giving up or accepting something undesirable but unavoidable. This could not be further from the truth. My work is not done because God’s work is not done. My call is not ending but is instead continuing where God needs me. While my work will not be directly with Hazelwood, we will always work together in the one universal church, which is the body of Christ, to bring glory to God’s name and share the good news of Jesus Christ with all God’s creation. In this I hope you will join me in celebrating my call.

Sunday, November 4, 2018, will be my last Sunday worshiping with you. The good news is Mount Summit is only thirty minutes away from our house, so our family does not have to be uprooted and moved. Logan will continue his education in the Yorktown Community Schools, and Stefanie will continue at Hazelwood as the Office Administrator. We will always carry our Hazelwood family in our hearts, treasure our memories, and remember our stories together.

This is not a farewell forever, for our hope in Christ assures us we will see each other again.

Peace & Blessings,

Rev. James Petty