PASTOR JASON’S JOURNAL 2-25-21

During the season of Lent, I’m asking you to pray, and it’s more than just a general commitment to prayer; I’m asking you to pray during Lent for the First Christian Church in Lafayette, Indiana. Our denominational region, The Christian Church in Indiana, is pairing churches who will pray for one another, and we’ve been paired with FCC in Lafayette. They’re praying for us in this season, and we’re praying for them. Throughout this season I’ll be encouraging you in ways you can pray for them, and in the same way their pastor, Rev. Andrew Guthrie, will be leading them in praying for our congregation. I’m asking that you pray for them in your daily prayers, for their encouragement, their ministry, and their common work in knowing and sharing the gospel.

There is another way we can share our prayers with them, and that is through a prayer video. I’d like to construct a short video of us expressing our prayers for their church. I’d like for you all to make little videos saying, “Dear First Christian Church In Lafayette, I’m praying for …” and then you can share how exactly you’re praying for them. If you have a cell phone or a computer, you most likely have the capability to make a short video like this. If you’re able to do this, please make this little prayer video and send it to me. I’ll make sure they’re all compiled together into one video, which I’ll send to them.

I love this idea of our churches praying for one another. All of us have been so isolated during this time of pandemic, but here is one way we can reach out to our sisters and brothers across the state to remind them we are in connection and covenant with them and to remind them we’re praying for them. Let’s unite our hearts in praying for the good people at First Christian Church in Lafayette as they pray for us, too.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

JONES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE 3/01/21

C. Darrell and Edith Jones Scholarship applications are available on our website. This scholarship is designated for undergraduate study with a limit of 4 years. Applicants, or their parents, must be a church member for at least two years. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2021. For more information, contact Mary Ann Matchett, chair of the Jones Scholarship Committee, at mrsstiky@comcast.net.

 

SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE

Three’s a charm! The Search Committee’s third Interim Candidate interview resulted in a resounding “Yes” from the minister. Before we can officially say we have filled the Interim position, however, we need to finalize the financial aspect and get a “Letter of Call Agreement” signed. The congregation will be kept posted. In the meantime, please thank your Search Committee for their commitment to this task. They’ve been very devoted and have garnered quite a number of Zoom hours in the process: Tony Gill, Joanna Hahn, Winnie Muhiga, Jason Ratts, and Rachel Smith.

~Ann Wolfe, Search Committee facilitator

 

PICTORIAL UPDATE NEEDED – REMINDER

When our Interim Minister arrives, an updated church directory will help match names to faces faster! Stefanie Petty, our office administrator, emailed the current directory to us to determine what needs to be updated: home address, phone number(s), email address(es), and photo. If you did not receive her message, please check your “Spam” folder or call the office: (765) 282-5969. That is also the number to call ahead if you bring anything to the church, to make sure someone is there to meet you. Otherwise, please email her the updated information to hccspetty@gmail.com or mail it to Hazelwood Christian Church, 1400 W. University Avenue, Muncie  IN 47303.

New contact information as well as a photo may be sent up until March 15th. If a photo is mailed or brought to the church, it will be returned once the updated Directory is completed.

Thank you for your help!

~Ann Wolfe, Search Committee facilitator

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 2-25-21

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear Hazelwood Christian Church,

Thank you for your recent gift to The Salvation Army. As we begin the new year, your generosity will enable us to assist our neighbors who are struggling to build new lives.

Many of those who turn to us are victims of circumstances beyond their control. Others have battled poverty for years or even generations.

Knowing someone cares enough to help ease their suffering gives hope to those we serve. Because of friends like you, we can help brighten lives that are dark with despair.  Thank you, once again, for caring. God bless you.

Sincerely,”

~Major Mark Litherland, Corps Officer

 

“Dear Friends of Christian Ministries:

On behalf of the people we serve, we thank you for your generous contributions to the work of Christian Ministries. Your donation helps us to meet the needs of the people who struggle in poverty, those who suffer hunger, and many who are without a home. May God bless you for your continued support.

In His service,”

~Andrea Smith, Executive Director

 

2021 WALK-A-MILE

This year, Hazelwood walkers and supporters raised $1,586.24 to support the Muncie Mission’s many needs; helping the Muncie Mission provide warm shelter, hot meals, and hope for a brighter future. Thanks to all who helped in any way. God Bless.