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With the peace and grace of Christ, hello!

I recently just finished the book Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts by Kirsten Powers. Ms. Powers has spent her career in political analysis (with FOX and with CNN). Through much of her career she simply wrote off others who she disagreed with as simply wrong and saw them as a bunch of yahoos. In doing so she found herself miserable and losing her own sense of self in relationships with others. In living an ungraceful life there was no grace.

Enter grace. “Grace is what makes human coexistence possible,” Powers writes. Grace creates the space for meaningful relationship with the other; even with those we strongly disagree with. I believe that all people hunger to believe in, participate in, and have faith in something greater than themselves; we call that something God. Unfortunately, many look at some institutional manifestations (i.e. churches) that seek to put people in relationship with God and see grace lacking. Condemnation comes before welcome. Demonization precedes divinization. Domination before humility.

Enter grace. We Disciples at Hazelwood proclaim Table Fellowship as a way to bring people into relationship with each other and with God. Be sure to send out invitations to people in your lives who may be looking for just such a place.

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 see information about the songs we will be singing this Sunday, click here:
To read last Sunday's Pastoral Prayer and Sermon, click HERE.
To watch past services, you may go to Youtube by clicking HERE.
To see just the scripture and sermons from each week, click

Name tags

Rev. Eric deeply appreciates the wearing of name tags to help him put faces with names. Thank you! Let us continue to do so for the sake of those who may be visiting on a Sunday. It is a wonderful practice of hospitality!

Upcoming Communion Change

The breaking of bread. The pouring out of the cup. A simple act of sharing ritualized in countless ways. The passing of communion trays. Intinction by the tearing off a piece of bread and dipping it into the cup. Disposable peel-away bread and cup. Our current method of bread in one cup with juice in another cup.

This Sunday, October 23, we will return to communion by intinction. Rather than tearing off a piece of bread and dipping it into the cup we will be picking up a small square of bread by the use of a toothpick and dipping the bread into the cup. We will continue to have a roving Deacon serve those who wish to remain seated or are uncomfortable partaking in communion by intinction.

Our thinking is ease of process, fewer number of deacons needed and less wasteful use of plastic cups. Your feedback will be more than appreciated as we live into this change.

Meet Our New Praise Band Members

Our Praise Band has been blessed with three new members! We would like to introduce you to:

Nathan Bales

My name is Nathan Bales. I grew up just south of Muncie in Springport, and attended school at Blue River Valley Schools. I have been involved in music my entire life. My grandfather, a drummer, started giving me lessons at age 7, shortly after my uncle, also a drummer, gave me my first drum set. I also participated in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Blue River’s High School Choir, drama club productions, and worship team at several churches prior to joining here at Hazelwood. My parents are both educators, and I will follow in that profession as well. I am currently a freshman at Ball State majoring in Music Education and hope one day to be a school band director. 

Noah Eckstein


My name is Noah Eckstein, and I am from Reedsville, Wisconsin. I am a master’s student at Ball State studying Music Composition and Percussion. I also teach a few undergraduate music classes at Ball State as well. Some of my hobbies outside of making music include collecting vinyl, reading, and spending time with friends. I am very excited to be a part of this church!

Will Weissert
My name is William Weissert, and I am from a small town in northern Indiana called Bourbon. I am a freshman at Ball State University, and my major is music performance going into music media production. My main instrument is trombone, but I play baritone, guitar, and bass guitar as well. I am excited to be a part of the praise team, and I look forward to getting to work with the other musicians!

Hazelwood Angels

Thanks to the following volunteers who helped with Christian Ministries' Food Pantry on either October 11, 12, 13, or 14: Shirley Bookout, Rev. Eric Brotheridge, Don Crose, Dick Miller, Jim Reece, Glen Sulanke, Sue Weller, and Ann Wolfe.

Garden Update

Many thanks to Andy Rees and Don Crose for transporting a truckload of garden debris to East Central Recycling on Saturday morning where it will be composted and put to good use. Enough cover remains on the garden plot, however, to provide nutrients for next year's produce and to prevent soil from blowing away.
Donations from the Hazelwood Community Garden went to Muncie Mission, the YWCA, Christian Ministries, and the Soup Kitchen. Thank you to all the helpers that tilled, planted, watered, weeded, harvested, donated, and enjoyed!
Molly Wantz is back home after a hospital stay last week.

Pat Patterson is at Morrison Woods for therapy as she recovers from a recent hospital stay.

Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of Carolyn Jones, who passed away on October 10. Though it has been some time since Carolyn was able to be with us, she was a devoted member of Hazelwood for many years.
Prayers requested for these Hazelwood participants (alphabetical by last name):
  • David Cartwright
  • Jeff Clary
  • Cheryll Crose
  • Ruthanne Devroy
  • Jeane Garrett
  • Mariangella Glaze
  • Lois Gross
  • Louise Maley
  • Marcia Miller
  • Pat Patterson
  • Jairen Rees
  • Bill Ritchie
  • Leah Ritchie
  • Ron Smith
  • Judy Thomas
  • Mark Wages
  • Molly Wantz
  • Annie Yingst
Costumes, candy, and tons of fun are just around the corner at Hazelwood’s Trunk or Treat! Park your vehicle in the lot, pop the trunk, decorate it, and hand out candy to all the little ghosts and ghouls that stop by. If the weather doesn’t cooperate with us, we’ll head into Cartwright Hall.

Need some ideas for decorating your trunk? There are tons of inspiring ideas to be found online for all kinds of budgets and abilities. Kids from all around the community stop by, so start thinking now of how you might help welcome these neighbors.

We'd like to know how many vehicles to plan for, so if you'd like to participate in Trunk or Treat, please click HERE or on the image above to let us know!

Ministerial Relations Team

Did you know that Hazelwood Christian Church has a Ministerial Relations Team (MRT)? What does the MRT do? A Ministerial Relations Team is a small group of persons who provide support for Rev. Eric and provide a regular channel of communication between the Rev. Eric and the congregation. The MRT is charged with three things:

        • Build up the body of Christ; the life of the church and its ministry
        • Provide focused, consistent support for the pastor
        • Provide a regular channel of communication for cultivating an open, affirmative and creative relationship between the pastor and congregation

All are encouraged to go directly to Rev. Eric with questions, thoughts, and concerns. This feedback can also be shared with one of the members serving on the MRT who can relay it to Rev. Eric. They are: Tony Gill, Joanna Hahn, Winnie Muhiga, Jason Ratts, and Ann Wolfe.
Are you willing to represent Hazelwood Christian Church at the upcoming Regional Assembly in Fishers, Indiana, on Saturday, November 5? Rev. Eric will be participating as a clergy member of the region but needs some company from the congregation. Count on an informative workshop and an inspiring time of worship. Rev. Eric will also be blessed and installed as the Treasurer for the Indiana Regional Board during this time.

If you are interested, please to get in touch with the office by clicking HERE or calling 765-282-5969 for details.

Masterworks Chorale Concert

Want to enjoy a free concert of choral music? Masterworks Chorale invites you to their upcoming "A Tapestry of Sound: Community Building through Music" on October 29th at 7:00pm in Union Missionary Baptist Church (1100 N. Macedonia Avenue).
The host church's choir and Central High School's choir join Masterworks in this collaborative concert of music that brings us together.
Hazelwood members Don Crose, Jeff Heavilon, and Ann Wolfe will be participating.

Motivate Our Minds (M.O.M.) turns 35!

Happy 35th Birthday to M.O.M.! They are excited to kick off their 35th year with a new board: President Beth Quarles, Vice President Chris Allen, Treasurer Connie Taylor, Secretary Kendra Lowery, and Co-founder Mary Dollison. You are invited to meet the new board at the 35th Anniversary Kick Off Party on Thursday, October 27, from 6-7:30pm at 2023 E. Highland Ave.

Indiana Women's Council

Every two years at the time of the Regional Assembly, the Indiana Women's Council elects new officers. Click HERE to read more about this process and learn about this year's Officer Nominees and how to cast your vote.


Wed., October 19: Preschool Team, 3pm, Room 108 and Zoom
Fri., October 21: Praise Band Rehearsal, 5pm, Sanctuary
Thurs., October 27: Worship Team, 7pm, Zoom

Fall Bazaar - Volunteers and Donations Needed

Our Fall Bazaar will be on Saturday, November 12, from 8am-2pm. We are looking for volunteers to help with ticket sales, greeting, clean up, and lunch. If you would like to volunteer your time, click HERE to let us know which area you would like to volunteer in.

We are also asking for donations of baked goods to sell- cookies, breads, cupcakes, or candies. If you would like to donate baked goods, click HERE. Please bring all donations to the kitchen in Cartwright Hall by noon on Friday, October 11.

Sign up sheets will also be available in Sulanke Commons on Sunday mornings for those who are unable to use the links above.
Did you know… that the earliest roots of Hazelwood Christian Church can be traced to the ministry of the evangelist Elder Benjamin Franklin who came through the area in 1848?,b.htm
YTD Receipts through September 2022: $203,410.42
YTD Expenses through September 2022: $

YTD Outreach Disbursements through September 2022: $48,689.73
   New Church Development: $571.15
   Easter Offering: $905
   Christian Ministries' Food Pantry: $110.66
   Sleeping Room Project: $590
   Winnie's Kids: $25,170
   Week of Compassion: $2,406.16
   Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement Committee: $13,170
   Sulanke Trust Outreach: $5,766.76
      -Christian Ministries of Delaware County: $431.76
      -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
Brooklyn Wolf, Youth Ministry Assistant
Angela Lopez, Director of Weekday Preschool and Extended Learning Center
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