The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in Sulanke Commons. We will be discussing Origin by Dan Brown.


Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough… one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself… and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery… and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Childcare will be provided. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Stephanie Farra at



We are looking for individuals, families, or groups interested in providing meals for Youth Fellowship. It doesn’t have to be fancy, simple is best! In the past, the youth have enjoyed sloppy joes prepared at home, cold cut sandwiches picked up at the store, pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches prepared in the church kitchen, and meals catered from restaurants like Fazoli’s. Regardless of what was served, the youth have always been appreciative for the meal and those who provided it. There will be a sign-up sheet in Sulanke Commons over the next couple of Sundays if you are interested in providing a meal. Please contact Rev. James in the church office for more information or if you have any questions.


YOUTH NEWS 8-16-18


On behalf of those who participated on our Summer Missions Trip, I want to thank our stockholders for being a vital part of our experience. Through your generous purchase of Youth Stock, we were able to raise $945. The words “Thank You” fall short of how truly appreciative we are of you and Hazelwood Christian Church. Your thoughts, prayers, and investments help shape our youth into disciples for Christ. Our youth were stretched and challenged in their own faith and abilities during our time at Give Kids the World. Through your support and other fundraisers, the lives of eleven of our youth, four youth sponsors, and countless families were forever transformed.

Thank you for allowing us to share our stories and experiences with you during our Stockholders’ Dinner. Your presence showed our youth how much you truly care about them and what they are doing in the name of God and Hazelwood. I know several were not able to attend the presentation, but my hope is you will find time to ask the youth about their experiences. — Rev. James Petty


All-Youth Fellowship is off to a great start! We had a blast at our Back-to-School Pool Party on August 12 as we ate, swam, and started planning some of our upcoming Youth events. AYF will continue to meet every other Sunday through November 19, then meet on the first 3 Sundays in December as we work on our Annual Christmas Box Project.

All youth, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, are invited to join us for AYF as we take a look at how our faith impacts our lives and our community through Bible study, movies, and service projects. For each meeting, we’ll start by gathering in Cartwright Hall for lunch at 11:30 a.m. After we’ve had our fill, we’ll continue in fellowship with Bible Study and activities until 1 p.m. We will meet as one big group for some activities and will break up into separate groups for elementary, middle school, and high school when appropriate. If you have any questions about AYF, contact Rev. James in the church office.

*Keep on eye on the Youth News section of future newsletters for details on upcoming Youth events!



Getting involved in church beyond Sunday morning worship helps you grow closer to your church family and closer to God. Have you been looking for new ways to get involved here at Hazelwood? Here are just a few of the many opportunities currently available:

Bell & Vocal Choirs: All are invited to join the Hazelwood Bell Choir or Vocal Choir. Bells meet every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and Vocal Choir meets every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m., beginning August 22. If you would like more information, contact our Director of Choirs, Sally Geib, at

Church School Teachers: We are looking for teachers, helpers, and substitutes for Church School on Sunday mornings during part of the worship service. Teachers rotate monthly and are provided curriculum. If you would like to volunteer to help teach, contact Rev. James in the church office.

CWF (Christian Women’s Fellowship): This group of women is hosted by Jeane Garrett at Morrison Woods, Room #101, on the 4th Monday of the month at 2 p.m. If you are interested in joining them or have any questions, contact Mary Dobson at (765) 281-9132.

Meal Coordinator: Often times after a funeral service, family and friends will gather in Cartwright Hall for a light meal. We are looking for someone who is willing to coordinate these meals. This person would be in charge of finding volunteers to come in and help prepare the meal, serve, and clean up afterwards. This is a great opportunity to be a blessing to others at a time when they need the support of their church family the most. Contact Stefanie in the church office for more information or if you would like to volunteer.

Men’s Lunch: This group of men meets in Cartwright Hall on the 3rd Friday of the month at Noon for lunch and fellowship. The group takes turns hosting and preparing the meal. If you are interested in joining them or have any questions, contact Gene Dobson at (765) 281-9132.

Receptionists: We are in need of a receptionist to help answer phones and greet visitors on Friday mornings from 9 a.m.-Noon. If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Stefanie in the church office.

Youth Sponsors: We are looking for individuals interested in being part of the leadership of our elementary, middle, and high school youth. Youth Sponsors in the past have helped with anything from teaching during All-Youth Fellowship to planning or chaperoning various events. Contact Rev. James in the church office to learn more about this opportunity.

There are many other opportunities throughout the year to get involved here at Hazelwood. If you would like to know more, contact Stefanie in the church office or send an email to




Volunteers are needed for August 29, 30, & 31 to work at Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact Marcia Miller at (765) 730-5552.


Hunger and poverty are rampant in our world and escalating in the current economic conditions. Something can, and must, be done about them. Our local CROP Hunger Walk is a great place to start. For a few hours and a few miles, friends and neighbors will come together to, in the words of John 3:18, “love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”

When:  Sunday, September 23

Time: Walk begins at 2 p.m.

Where:  Hazelwood Christian Church

As the host church this year, our goal is to get everyone involved in this annual walk. We will begin recruiting walkers on Sunday, September 2.


Every July, Hazelwood collects 50 pair of new, size 5 boy’s/men’s athletic shoes for the Hearts & Hands United Back-to-School Giveaway. This yearly event is a huge deal to many children who live and attend school here in Delaware County, and enables them to start off each school year equipped for success.

We are responsible for the same size/gender shoes every year, so keep your eyes open and watch for sales throughout the year. You never know when you’ll find a great deal on a pair of shoes for a child in need!