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With the peace and grace of Christ, hello!
This past week I found my way down to the lower level room where all things related to the history of Hazelwood Christian Church are stored. There I found a small tract titled “A Brief Treatise on the Jackson Street Christian Church: Giving an Outline of its Beginnings, Growth and Development - June 27, 1868 to June 27, 1933” by Horace G. Murphy.
I delighted in reading that church 100 and more years ago was not much different than church today. Evident concern is shown for how the church and its people engage with the Muncie community and the larger world. One line from the words about the church’s current preacher in 1933, Dr. Edgar Fay Daugherty, struck me. The line reads, “Brother Daugherty is a preacher of the modern type.” Hmm. I find myself wondering if, 90 years later, I am a preacher of a more modern type? Am I post-modern or, using the latest sociological language, am I post post-modern? There are other terms for today’s age as well: digi-modern, pseudo-modern, meta-modern, trans-postmodern?
Whatever the label (more on labels in this coming Sunday’s sermon!), I find myself standing on the shoulders of all those who have gone before me and also standing on the promises of God.
In Christ,
Rev. Eric
Sunday Worship begins each week at 10am, in-person and online, streaming via Facebook. Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.

For those of you worshiping online, click HERE after Friday to find the upcoming Bulletin.
To help Rev. Eric Brotheridge and Elizabeth Weaver learn our names, please wear your name tag on Sundays. You'll find them on a table in the rotunda and instructions how to get one made for you if you don't have one yet.
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Compassus Hospice: Looking for Volunteers

Compassus Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of adults with life-limiting illnesses. Volunteers provide companionship and emotional and practical support to the patient and their caregivers in their home. Training will be provided prior to placement. For more information, please contact Maci Stearns at 765-405-9641 or by email at
Our sympathies to Mark Wages and family on the passing of his mother, Carolyn Wages, on August 30 in Alexandria.

Rhea Morgan's friend JoEllen was life-lined to St. Francis Hospital on September 8. Please be in prayer for JoEllen and her medical team as they figure out what is going on.
Prayers requested for these Hazelwood participants (alphabetical by last name):
  • Earl Bruning
  • David Cartwright
  • Jeff Clary
  • Ruthanne Devroy
  • Jeane Garrett
  • Mariangella Glaze
  • Lois Gross
  • Louise Maley
  • Marcia Miller
  • Pat Patterson
  • Rev. Pamela
  • Jairen Rees
  • Bill Ritchie
  • Leah Ritchie
  • Ron Smith
  • Judy Thomas
  • Mark Wages
  • Molly Wantz
  • Annie Yingst
Prayers requested for these friends and family of Hazelwood participants:
  • Rev. Pamela’s father
Note, the friends and family list will re-set at the first of every month. At that time, we request confirmation that the one being named has given permission to continue to be listed on this newsletter prayer list, in order to honor their personal agency and privacy. Thank you for understanding the importance of this in the digital age.
Last Sunday, we officially welcomed Rev. Eric into the Hazelwood family with Coffee Fellowship after the service. Thank you to the following people who made this special time possible: Tony Gill, Kelly Heavilon, Mary Ann Matchett, Jason Ratts, Bethany Ratts, Landon Ratts, Maggie Ratts, and Ann Wolfe.

Study Opportunities

Rev. Eric is looking at the possibility of starting a Bible Study and/or a Sunday School/Pastor's Class via Zoom.  If this is something you are interested in, please click HERE to fill out a brief survey to help us gauge interest in these opportunities and identify a preferred day/time.

September 25: Church-Wide Field Trip!

Join our new Youth Ministry Assistant, the Epiphany Action Team, and other Hazelwood Friends on an outing to the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Museum in Fountain City on Sunday, September 25! This historic site has been named one of the TOP 25 HISTORIC SITES in the US! It serves as both an important piece of our nation's history and a valuable tool for Christians today to reflect on Christ's call to action on behalf of others.

Joanna Hahn will serve as one of our guides, and we are planning to provide group transportation from the church. We will also offer the chance to be part of a group order from Jimmy John's to be delivered to the church for a quick lunch after worship before we head out no later than 11:30am. We expect to return to the church no later than 3:30pm, possibly sooner. Plan now to join in the fun and fellowship of this learning opportunity.

Click HERE by Sunday, September 18, to sign up to take part in this exciting opportunity!

Rev. Eric's Installation at Hazelwood

Please join us after the service on October 2nd to celebrate Rev. Eric Brotheridge's installation as Hazelwood's Senior Minister. Our Associate Regional Minister, Rev. Carolyn Reed, will preside. Please join the Search and Call Team in expressing our appreciation for her guidance during this process and to extend a Hazelwood welcome to Rev. Eric.

Thank you to the Elders for hosting this special Coffee Fellowship.


Wed., September 14: Worship Team, 7pm, Zoom
Tues., September 20: Trustees, 5:30pm, Zoom; Board, 7pm, Zoom
Wed., September 21: Preschool Team, 3pm, Room 108 & Zoom
Sun., September 25: Church-wide lunch & trip to Levi & Catherine Coffin House, After Worship (see article above for details and to sign up)
YTD Receipts through August 2022: $181,143.60
YTD Expenses through August 2022: $

YTD Outreach Disbursements through August 2022: $42,487.97
   New Church Development: $571.15
   Easter Offering: $905
   Christian Ministries' Food Pantry: $110.66
   Sleeping Room Project: $590
   Winnie's Kids: $19,000
   Week of Compassion: $2,406.16
   Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement Committee: $13,170
   Sulanke Trust Outreach: $5,735
      -Christian Ministries of Delaware County: $400
      -A Better Way: $400
      -YWCA: $400
      -Second Harvest Food Bank: $400
      -Motivate Our Minds: $400
      -Children's Clothing Center: $400
      -Muncie Mission: $1,635

      -Habitat for Humanity: $400
      -First Choice: $400
      -Muncie Soup Kitchen: $400
      -Special Olympics: $200
      -Love Gift: $300
To make a financial gift online via Givelify, click here:
After you are in the Givelify site, to designate a gift to something other than the general fund, choose "Other" and then type in the message box to let us know to which fund you are donating.
Please submit items for the newsletter by Monday at noon each week.
Rev. Eric Brotheridge, Senior Minister
Stefanie Petty, Office Administrator
Rhea Morgan, Bookkeeper
Marianna Gill, Worship Coordinator
Lori Rhoden, Organist
Angie Lopez, Director of Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Center
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