LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM DECEMBER 20, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from December 20, 2020, the fourth week of Advent. This is the 4th week of our worship series called “I Believe Even When” from Worship Design Studio.

LINK TO VIDEO FROM ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE FROM DECEMBER 13, 2020

Click on this YouTube video to see our live online worship service from December 13, 2020, the third week of Advent. This is the 3rd week of our worship series called “I Believe Even When” from Worship Design Studio.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP & CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING 2020

The good news of Christ’s birth cannot be stopped by anything, including a pandemic. On December 24, at 7 p.m., on Facebook (HazelwoodCC), we will have our Christmas Eve worship service. This will conclude our worship series “I Believe Even When” by Worship Design Studio. While this won’t be our traditional service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary, you will find it is similar in many ways and just as meaningful. Here is some information to help make your online worship that night move smoothly. As we have been lighting our own Advent candles in our home these last few weeks, we will light our Christ candle in this service. The Christ candle is white, signifying the purity of Jesus as a substitution for us on the cross. We will light the Christ candle after the threshold moment. We will be partaking in communion. You will also need another candle to light at the end of our service, to hold while we sing together Silent Night, Holy Night. You will ignite that candle from the flame on the Christ candle. Let us fill the night with music and light.

The pandemic will also not stop us from giving out of our blessings from God to help the ministries of our Disciples of Christ region. We will be collecting a special Christmas Eve offering. You may bring in, or mail, a check to the church office. Please write “Christmas Eve Offering” on the memo line. You may also go online using this link which will take you to the Disciples of Christ Indiana website: https://disciplesmissionfund.org/give/ .

 

PASTOR JASON’S JOURNAL 12-17-20

This is our last newsletter of the year, and I’m thinking about the fact that I haven’t seen most of you since early March. We had no idea, back in early March, the COVID-19 pandemic would be so serious and would require us to be apart for so long. There are so many things we couldn’t have predicted, but here we are looking back at probably the strangest and most challenging year of our lives. As I’m writing this, the virus vaccine is beginning to be released, and we can look to the next year with hope that we might gain back some normalcy and be able to look back on this crazy year as something we made it through.

Even with hope on the horizon, we still have a way to go, and the news of the daily death count from the virus should give us all some grief and a sense of caution. Robert Frost said in one of his most famous poems he had “miles to go until I sleep.” We have some miles to go before we get to a place of rest. I know you’re discouraged; we all are. I know your heart longs for a normal Christmas. I long for the day we’re all back in our sanctuary without a worry. In the meantime, maybe words from Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh might be good news to all of us: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

And know at Christmas Christ wasn’t born into an easy or simple time. Yet, there in that place, Jesus came among us as a savior and as God with us. What we celebrate back then is true in this challenging time, too, and so may the light of Christ among us light our way in this dark time and into, hopefully, a better next year.

Grace & peace,

Jason Jones

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 12-17-20

DISBURSEMENTS

  • $250 to Feed My Sheep
  • $250 to The Salvation Army
  • $200 to The Hazelwood Christmas Box Project
  • $175.88 to Nursing Home Gifts

 

HAZELWOOD ANGELS

Thanks to everyone who participated through buying gifts or making a monetary donation to the Nursing Home Gift List. We were able to provide gifts for 25 nursing home residents who otherwise may not have received anything for Christmas. A true blessing. Thanks again!

 

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES’ MEN’S SLEEPING ROOM

The Missions & Benevolence Team each year sponsors a week of meals for the Men’s Sleeping Room of Christian Ministries. The week of January 10-16, 2021 is our week this year. Due to COVID-19, instead of going to the shelter, we are asking for donations to provide for enough food for 14 meals, breakfast and supper, for the entire 7 days. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to Hazelwood. Please write a check separate from your regular offering, and be sure to mark “Sleeping Room” on the memo line.