On Wednesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary, we will have a contemplative worship service with worship stations. The focus of this service is prayer and practice. You will have the opportunity to lift up prayer through a variety of means, as well as participate in Lenten spiritual practices. There will be a time in the service for you to move freely through the worship stations at your own pace. The communion and ashes station will be the center of all the stations. God desires to draw us back into his embrace. Just as we know spring is waiting deep in the ground beneath us, so we know that what seems lost will be found and will be restored.


Ash Wednesday words written in ash


Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches. Fat Tuesday is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. In the past, people would fast from all meat and food that came from animals throughout the season of Lent. Therefore, the last night before the fast, they would try to use up all those foods they couldn’t eat during Lent. And that’s where the term “Fat Tuesday” came from, for obvious reasons!

Let us gather for a feast on the night before Lent begins. On Tuesday, February 25, we will feast at IHOP on McGalliard at 6 p.m. Mmmmmm….pancakes! Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in Sulanke Commons or email the church to reserve your seat. We will need to know how many are attending.

stack of pancakes


“Invest in Futures”

Each year in February, congregations across the United States and Canada collect a special offering for Week of Compassion that helps to support the work of this ministry throughout the whole year. Funds received through the offering allow the Church to respond to disaster when it occurs, enabling Week of Compassion to immediately provide grants for urgent needs like emergency supplies, water, and food. Special Offering is a time when congregations come together to lift up and celebrate this important work that we do together.

We will collect our special offering for Week of Compassion during worship on February 16 & 23. For more information on Week of Compassion, visit them online at www.weekofcompassion.org.




“Dear Hazelwood,

As we look forward to 2020, many think of the opportunities to set new goals and resolutions. For more than 65,000 food-insecure individuals in East Central Indiana, however, the start of a new year may mean choosing between different necessities, whether it be food, heat, or medical care. With your help, we can provide our neighbors with help for today and hope for tomorrow.

We are so grateful for your gift of $200 to Second Harvest Food Bank. Your donation will help provide East Central Indiana Hoosiers with food and resources, making their lives less stressful in 2020. Your generosity is not only helping provide immediate food relief but also the development of long-term stability for families in our community.

Thank you again for making a difference in the lives of those we serve.


~Tim Kean, President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank


“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

We here at YWCA Central Indiana were so honored to receive your $200 contribution. Every day your contribution helps to provide advocacy and shelter services for women and children throughout Central Indiana. 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.

YWCA Central Indiana 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, CEO, YWCA Central Indiana


“Dear Hazelwood Church,

Thank you so much for your generous donation of $200 in 2019 to the Whitely Community Council.

On behalf of our residents and the Whitely Association Board of Directors I would like to thank you for your generosity. Your gift will help in the fight against food insecurities, low reading test scores, and other effects of poverty on the families we serve. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, children and the elderly are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of residents we serve.

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity in 2019, but we can guarantee that your gift will be used in the most responsible way. Please consider sending a gift to support our goals in 2020.

Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.


~Ken Hudson, Executive Director, Whiteley Community Council



Breakfast and dinner were provided for Christian Ministries’ Men’s Sleeping Room during the week of January 12-18 by Hazelwood volunteers, including: Shirley Bookout, Tony & Marianna Gill, Jeff & Kelly Heavilon, Jay & Mary Ann Matchett, Dick & Marcia Miller, Rhea Morgan, Bill & Dee Moser, Betsy Peckinbaugh, Glen Sulanke, Jennifer Warrner, and Ann Wolfe.



Saturday, February 8 (inclement weather date: February 15)

Begins at 9 a.m. at the Muncie Central Fieldhouse and goes to the Muncie Mission, 1725 S. Liberty Street.

Please prayerfully consider walking or supporting a Hazelwood Walker with a donation. To sign up to walk, go to munciemission.org/walk. To support a walker, see Shirley Bookout in Sulanke Commons after worship or call her at (765) 744-1207.



Volunteers are needed to work at Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry on February 5, 6, & 7 from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you are able to help or would like more information, please contact Marcia Miller at (765) 730-5552.




I like coffee. Me saying I like coffee is like saying the Pope likes the Catholic church. I love coffee—the taste, the aroma, the experience—it’s a daily joy for me. I have at home a few different means of making coffee. My office is now home to a coffee maker. I even have a roaster to make freshly roasted coffee beans. When I’m in a new city, I usually try to find its best coffee. Our two-year-old even knows how to help me make coffee in the morning, assisting with grinding the beans and preparing the filter (he gets upset, now, if I try to do it without his help).

Coffee has been good to me, though. I met my wife in a coffee shop. One of my best friends, I got to know him at a coffee shop. I’d met him once before, but we saw each other and sat down to talk. We had such a good experience that we kept getting together. There’s something about the experience of two people sharing conversation around cups of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing) that invites connection.

I share all this to say, “I want to share a cup of coffee with you!” I go over to The Caffeinery in downtown Muncie on Tuesday afternoons. I like the coffee and people there, so it’s a place I enjoy visiting. I go there, too, on Tuesdays because I want to give an open place for conversations. I’m there to give an open table for whomever would like to join me. If you’d like to share a cup of coffee (or tea, or water, or pop!) with me and talk about things important or trivial, come down to The Caffeinery on Tuesdays. I’m there from 1- 2:30 p.m. I’d love to share in coffee and conversation with you.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones