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With the peace and grace of Christ, hello!

Yesterday I shared in my sermon my definition of what a saint is: A saint is a person who is perfectly imperfect. It is also a good definition of what it means to be human: a person is perfectly imperfect. And, in life, we human beings strive to mend our imperfections and brokenness. One of the ways I do that is through reading the thoughts and words of those who have gone before me into the struggle and survived.

I was asked this week, what is my favorite book on spirituality? Hmmm. I have many favorites. Religious thinkers and authors like Anne Lamott, Richard Rohr, and John S. Dunne challenge and inspire me. I often turn to the mystics throughout the ages; not only of the Christian faith but of other faith traditions as well. I tend to be drawn to the mystical heretics who often preached against tradition and rigidity. Here I am thinking of Meister Eckhart and Giordano Bruno. And, when I get too up in my head, I pull Brother Lawrence off the shelf to remind me of God’s presence even as I wash the dishes. (I am looking forward to reading a new translation of Lawrence’s writings by Carmen Acevedo Butcher titled Practice of the Presence: A Revolutionary Translation. I have heard great things about the book.)

One book, though? Returning to the theme of imperfection, how about The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham. Wonderful anecdotes, stories and commentary across numerous faith traditions on all the big “spiritual” topics: Gratitude, Humility, Tolerance, Forgiveness and more. Here’s a little gem of a story offered at the beginning of the book:

    A disciple once complained, “You tell us stories, but you never reveal their meaning to us.”
    Said the master, “How would you like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up before giving it to you?”

I would be interested in hearing of your favorites - I love to read - so please feel free to share them with me at


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.

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Many thanks to Marianna for planning and arranging a wonderful All Saints’ Sunday worship service. The altar candle arrangement was beautiful! And thank you to John Clark for offering the sound of the trumpet during the service!

Nursing Home Gift Lift

We have another opportunity this year to demonstrate love to those who feel forgotten. There are many people in nursing homes who have no family, friends, or finances. They are alone and dependent on others. If not for the loving generosity of strangers, they would not receive one gift on Christmas. The gift may be small, but it is so much more than the items in the box. Most importantly, it is one of the ways we can show the love of Christ to others.

This year, we have a list of 30 local nursing home residents who need to be "adopted." There will be a distribution table of names in Sulanke Commons after worship on Sunday, November 6, where you will receive the name of the person along with their specific wish list items. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to adopt a nursing home resident, please call Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207 to receive that information.

Please return the gifts you purchase to the church, unwrapped and labeled with the recipient's name, by Sunday, December 4.
~Blessings & Gratitude from the Missions & Benevolence Team

Christian Ministries' Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed for Tuesday, December 6, from 9:45am-12:30pm and for Wednesday, December 7, - Friday, December 9, from 8:45am-12:30pm to help with Christian Ministries' Food Pantry. Two volunteers are needed for each day to bag groceries for the clients.

To volunteer or for more information, call Shirley Bookout at (765) 744-1207.

'Winnie's Kids' Calendar Fundraiser

The Annual 'Winnie's Kids' Calendars are back! The 2023 calendars are $20 each, and all proceeds go towards buying school uniforms for the kids at Shivembe primary school. Stop by Sulanke Commons after worship this Sunday to pick one up!
 These calendars make great gifts!
Our sympathies and prayers go out to the family of Charles Retherford, who passed away on Tuesday, November 1. Charles had been a member of Hazelwood since 1957 ad was a dedicated member of the choir. Service arrangements are still pending.

Our sympathies also go out to Kayla Stephenson and family on the recent passing of her father. Kayla works in the Hazelwood Preschool.
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
  • Charles Retherford
  • Bill Ritchie
  • Leah Ritchie
  • Ron Smith
  • Judy Thomas
  • Mark Wages
  • Molly Wantz
  • Annie Yingst

A New Name for Coffee Time

We are looking to make some updates to our coffee time following worship. As such, we are looking for a new name for this special time of fellowship. We have a list of names that have been suggested, and we would like to know what you think! Click HERE to take a quick survey to let us know what your choice is. If you have a name in mind but don't see it on the survey, there is a place at the bottom to write in your suggestion.

Pastor's Class/Sunday School

Rev. Eric’s Pastor Class, both in-person and on Zoom (If you would like to participate via Zoom, click HERE to receive the link),  will begin this Sunday, November 6. It will be a 6-week class with the hope that it will move into an on-going Sunday School class. The class will meet after worship at 11:15am in Cartwright Hall.

The class will engage in a study by Richard Rohr titled, “Resurrection Now.” A teaser/trailer for the class can be found HERE. Email Rev. Eric at if you would like to receive the curriculum ahead of the first meeting.

If you plan on attending the Pastor’s Class/Sunday school this coming Sunday you may download the PDF of the Study Guide HERE. You may save it to your computer if you so desire. Also, you may watch the first video which will be shown in class: Running_from_Resurrection.mpg.

Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study (both in-person and on Zoom) begins next Wednesday, November 9 at 10am in Cartwright Hall! Rev. Eric will be facilitating. Our first meeting will be organizational, and we will explore how the Bible came to be. There will be no course material needed as we will determine which book of the Bible the group would like to study, and we will begin reading that book from Chapter 1, Verse 1. You may participate every week or as you are able; each week’s study will be independent from the others.

If you would like to participate via Zoom, click HERE to let us know.


Wed., November 2: Elders, 5:30pm, Zoom; Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30pm, Choir Room; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary
Thurs., November 3:  Ministerial Relations, 7pm, Zoom
Sat., November 5: Regional Assembly, Fishers
Sun., November 6: Sunday School, After Worship, Cartwright Hall & Zoom
Wed., November 9: Bible Study, 10am, Cartwright Hall & Zoom; Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30pm, Sanctuary; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary

Click HERE to see events further out on the calendar.
The rainy weather couldn't keep us down! We moved Sunday's Trunk or Treat into Cartwright Hall and had a screaming good time! Thanks to all who came together to make it happen!

Dad's Night Out

The 4-5 class enjoyed Dad’s Night Out with cider and doughnut holes as they carved their pumpkins. Thank you to all the dads and special guests who attended this festive evening.

Breakfast: donuts, coffee, and juice served from 7:30-9:30am, $3

Lunch: homemade sloppy joe or coney dog, chips, coleslaw, dessert, and drink served from 11:30am-1:30pm, $7

Silent Auction: There will be several gift baskets to bid on that will include dinner gift cards, show tickets, etc. 8am-1:30pm.

Forever Young Boutique, Amanda Hughes
Reflections Boutique, Emma Schneider
Nellie Bellie Boutique, Rachel Combs
It’s a Dip, Karen Haskell
Usborne Books, Erin Crandall
Pampered Chef, Andrea Grubbs
Norwex Cleaning Supplies, Melissa Engle
Thirty One Bags, Sandina Short
ALT Candle Company, Christine Whittemore & Ashley Slavin
Opal Moon handcrafted jewelry, Alisha Sue
Beaded items, Kimber May
Cheese balls, baked goods, Hazelwood Preschool
Another Bobbi Creation, cupcakes, Roberta Smith
Devine Delights, candy, Lisa New
The Chocolate Drizzle, Nikki Manor
Wood crafts, Bill Ritchie
Wood furniture and decor, Connie Beaty
Baked goods and crafts, Jess Redford
Shirts, potholders, and crafts, Becky Fulton
Wreaths, jellies, and gnomes, Tiffany Fawley
Wreaths, Sarah Price
Wreaths, gnomes, and crafts, Linda Osorio
Elf on a Shelf Kits, Kelly Heavilon
Hand painted wood ornaments and art, Hannah Thomas
Handmade bracelets, Ally Smith
Handmade ornaments and crafts, Heather Kruger
Crafts, Judy Reffitt
Crafts, Rachel Cox
Author (books), Sacha Burkett
Foster Care, Emily Wilson
The Church Name
When this church was first organized in 1868 it took the name “The Church of Christ, meeting in Muncie.” Soon after the congregation began worshiping in their building on West Jackson and Council Street, the name “First Christian Church of Muncie, Indiana,” was adopted… In 1905 the name “Jackson Street Christian Church” was adopted. The reason for this last change is interesting. In 1892 a congregation from a different brotherhood was organized in the city which also adopted the cognomen, “First Christian-Church.” The anomaly of two congregations of different brotherhoods assuming the same name naturally created much inconvenience and confusion. This embarrassment continued until there began to be a general public demand that some compromise or modification of the trouble be effected.

- from A Brief Treatise on the Jackson Street Christian Church: Giving an Outline of its Beginnings, Growth and Development, June 27, 1868 —- June 27, 1933 by Horace G. Murphy
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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