BOOK CLUB FOR FEBRUARY 2020

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. We will be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

 

MUNCIE MISSION’S WALK-A-MILE IN MY SHOES, 2020

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

Check-in: 8 a.m., Opening Ceremony, 9 a.m.

Begins at the Muncie Fieldhouse! Walk from the Fieldhouse to the Muncie Mission at 1725 S. Liberty  (transportation will be provided by MITS back to the Fieldhouse).

Your involvement is vital to helping the Mission build hope for the increasing number of homeless individuals and families in need who are served in our community. Your gift of both time (as a walker) and donations can, and does, make a difference. A donation of $25 provides 12 meals for homeless men    and/or women; $50, 24 meals. If just one walker asks 10 people, whether in person or through social media, to give just $10 each, that’s $100 and 48 meals! If 20 walkers do that… you get the idea. Each step adds up to a huge impact toward the more than 85,400 meals needed to meet the Mission’s needs each year. And that’s only part of what the Mission provides our community’s homeless and needy.

The good news is everyone can take part– you can walk or support a walker with a donation. To sign up to walk, go to walkformunciemission.com. To support a walker, see Shirley Bookout in Sulanke Commons after worship or call her at (765) 744-1207.

 

A LETTER TO ALL DISCIPLES

From the Office of the General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada

The Peaceful Kingdom (Isaiah 11:1-9)

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hut or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

“Dear Disciples-

A new decade dawns and new possibilities are shooting up all over the Church. Like the stump of Jesse in Isaiah 11 above, we are seeing new energy as Disciples find ways to show up in the world.

This passage from the Christmas lectionary is a model for our “movement for wholeness.”1 The Spirit of the Lord is the driver, teaching us not to judge by appearances but rather to live in righteousness. Natural enemies of all stripes will live together. This is not accomplished by human means, but by the Spirit of the Lord.

The idea of showing up in and for the world has been on my mind and heart lately. This past fall I had the opportunity to be in two locations where we Disciples are showing up. The first was Venezuela, where our Global Ministries partners are outward facing. These ecumenical partners were not raising money for church buildings, but instead uniting for justice in housing and jobs. Their people are being negatively impacted by changes in trade embargoes since much of their social safety net is funded by oil revenue. These Christians were not silent. Their willingness to speak up and speak out was inspiring.

I also visited the U.S./Mexico border near San Diego where local Disciples on both sides of the line have been caring for those caught in immigration nightmares for many years. Disciples from the National Benevolent Association’s activist peer group, a group of regional ministers, and Disciples from Obra Hispana and from Global Ministries showed up to give support to those doing the work. We learned about both the humanitarian crisis there, but also the root causes of migration such as drought and violence.

These experiences and many others over the past two and a half years have shown me the importance of turning our eyes to mission for the sake of the world. Showing up FOR the world means we are WITH the world and doing the work, building a movement, not just our own institutions.

In revisiting the history of the Design and Merger Agreement, it is clear that we must return to a deep theological understanding of the covenant, and of the ways in which we are church together. The work of being church together is spiritual work, not just organizational work.

In Isaiah 11, we read about how natural enemies will live in peace the Spirit of the Lord will bring, often interpreted as prophecy of the coming of Christ. If we can truly embrace the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study so that the Spirit can have her way, we will be able to see that differences are not deficiencies. We are called to both the tasks (and tension) of unity and freedom together, walking together when we disagree as only truly spiritual people can.

Disciples, I call you to a season of prayer for our Church. The presidents and leaders of the general ministries are in prayer for you. You can be in prayer for our regions and our general ministries as all three of our expressions of “church” work together to show up in God’s world to fulfill our vision “to be a faithful and growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice.”2

Thank you for the way you make a difference in your communities. Thank you for showing up for God’s children. I am looking forward to another year of ministry with you as we pray our way through 2020.

In Christ’s Service-”

~Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens

General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

1 Identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

2 Vision statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

MISSIONS & BENEVOLENCE UPDATE 1-16-20

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

“Dear friends at Hazelwood,

We at A Better Way wish to thank you for your generosity toward our organization and those we serve. The mission of A Better Way is to reduce domestic abuse, sexual assault, and suicide through shelter services and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, prevention presentations, hotlines, and other programs. Without the support of caring people like you, we could not offer these programs to people in need. We appreciate your gift and promise to be good stewards as we seek to improve the lives of those who come to us. Together we will ease their struggles and bring them closer to peaceful and productive living.

Sincerely,”

~Teresa Clemmons, Executive Director, A Better Way

 

“Dear friends,

Thank you for your recent gift to The Salvation Army. During this busy season, it means so much to know that you have given your time and resources to help the less fortunate in our area. With your support, we are able to meet the basic needs of those who come to us for assistance. Sometimes we provide a nutritious meal and warm clothes. Other times we provide the opportunity for fellowship and the encouragement of God’s love. Whatever need is presented, we are able to help.

Thank you again for making our ministry possible. Our hearts are warmed with the thought of generous friends like you. May God bless you this holiday season.

Sincerely,”

~Major Mark Litherland, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army

 

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES’ FOOD PANTRY

February 5, 6, & 7 are Hazelwood’s days to work at the Food Pantry from     8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to help with a worthy community project. If you are able to help or would like more information, please contact Marica Miller at (765) 730-5552.

 

BOOK CLUB

The next meeting of the Hazelwood Book Club will be in Sulanke Commons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 9. We will be discussing The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett. Childcare will be provided.

From goodreads.com:

One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies’ greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin — code name: “The Needle” — who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory. Only one person stands in his way: a lonely Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life.  All will come to a terrifying conclusion in Ken Follett’s unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.