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With the peace and grace of Christ, hello!

This past weekend I attended the 2022 Indiana Regional Assembly. It was a delightful gathering of colleagues, lay leaders, and friends. (Thank you to Marianna and Tony Gill for also coming to Fishers for the event!)

Our plenary speaker was Disciples of Christ clergy person, Rev. Sandhya Jha. Because of the proximity of the event to All Saints’ Day, Rev. Jha focused on the role of ancestors in shaping who we are today. Her talk centered around four questions regarding those ancestors in our lives. They are worth sharing with all of you for reflection. They are:
  • Which ancestors (familial or otherwise) formatively shaped you?
  • Who are your “spiritual” ancestors?
  • Which ancestors have been withheld from you, i.e. not talked about?
  • Which ancestor do you need to hold accountable?
I delighted in exploring my spiritual ancestors with those at my table and hearing moving stories about other’s ancestors. One of my own bubbled up and surprised me. Let me name John Webster as one of my spiritual ancestors. Over the course of my sophomore year in high school John “watched over me” and mentored me. I have a rock that John gifted to me on a retreat during that year. He painted “Eric Beach Walk Talk John” on that rock 42 years ago this month. One of my life’s treasures.

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: http://www.hazelwoodchurch.org/worship-songs-this-week/
To read last Sunday's Pastoral Prayer and Sermon, click HERE.
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To see just the scripture and sermons from each week, click
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'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!

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 40 local nursing home residents who need to be "adopted." There will be a distribution table of names in Sulanke Commons after worship on Sunday moring 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
On Sunday, November 20, we will celebrate our many blessings during Gratitude Sunday. There will be a special time in our worship service for you to bring forward non-perishable food items for delivery to Christian Ministries’ Food Pantry.

Thanksgiving Offering

On November 13 and 20, we will collect your gifts to the Thanksgiving Offering, which helps to support the fifteen colleges and universities and the seven theological institutions in covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as they work diligently to ensure safe and healthy learning environments.

While there is much to be thankful for as our schools continue to meet the needs of students, there is also much work still to be done to ensure they remain financially viable. It is vitally important that the work of these institutions continue as they encourage students in their intellectual pursuits and nurture them as leaders to transform church, society, and the world.

Your generous gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps support these efforts in education and leadership formation, which also benefits the future health of our Disciples congregations and their future ministerial and lay leadership.

Click HERE to read more about the Thanksgiving Offering or to donate directly to this worthwhile cause.

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.
Prayers requested for these Hazelwood participants (alphabetical by last name):
  • David Cartwright
  • Jeff Clary
  • 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

2022 Annual Congregational Meeting

Our annual business meeting will be held on Sunday, November 20, following the worship service, in the Sanctuary as well as on Zoom for those who prefer. Important issues that will affect Hazelwood's future will be presented for the congregation's consideration. If you would like to participate via Zoom, please click HERE to let us know. Those participating via Zoom will receive an email with the information needed to attend the meeting on Friday, November 18.

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, will continue on Sunday, November 13. The class will meet after worship at 11:15am in Cartwright Hall. The class is engaging in a 6-week study by Richard Rohr titled, “Resurrection Now.” All are welcome and you may attend any or all of the sessions.

If you would like to participate via Zoom, click HERE to receive the link.

Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study (both in-person and on Zoom) begins today, 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.

A Note from Lori Rhoden

Hello Hazelwood family,
I have a new recording of Christmas piano music that will be available around Thanksgiving. A limited number of hard copy CDs will be available for $10, and digital downloads are also going to be available for approximately the same price (digital partners make their own price, usually close to this fee I give them.) 
 
Please contact me at LoriEllenRhoden@gmail.com to reserve your CD in advance. I also still have available hard copies and digital downloads of my previous hymn/spiritual songs CD, Shall We Gather, if you might be interested in this.

Calendar

Wed., November 9: Bible Study, 10am, Cartwright Hall & Zoom; Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30pm, Sanctuary; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary
Fri., November 11: Praise Band Rehearsal, 5pm, Sanctuary
Sat., November 12: Fall Bazaar, 8am-2pm, Cartwright Hall & Sulanke Commons
Sun., November 13: Sunday School, After Worship, Cartwright Hall & Zoom
Tues., November 15: Trustees, 5:30pm, Zoom
Wed., November 16: Bible Study, 10am, Cartwright Hall & Zoom; Preschool Team, 3pm, Room 108 & Zoom; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary

Click HERE to see events further out on the calendar.
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.

If you signed up to provide baked goods, please bring those to the kitchen in Cartwright Hall on Friday morning.

Vendors:
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
Why are there four gospels?

During the period when the Christian canon of scripture was being formed, Bishop Irenaeus argued for four gospels in his text Against Heresies (about 180 c.e.), writing:

“It is not possible that the gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are. For, since there are four-quarters of the earth in which we live, and four universal winds, while the church is scattered throughout all the world, and the 'pillar and ground' of the church is the gospel and the spirit of life, it is fitting that she should have four pillars breathing out immortality on every side, and vivifying men afresh ... Therefore the gospels are in accord with these things ... For the living creatures are quadriform and the gospel is quadriform ... These things being so, all who destroy the form of the gospel are vain, unlearned, and also audacious; those [I mean] who represent the aspects of the gospel as being either more in number than as aforesaid, or, on the other hand, fewer.”
2023 Offering Envelopes
 
If you would like to receive 2023 Offering Envelopes, click HERE to fill out a Offering Envelope Request form.

Requested envelopes will be ready to pick up on December 11.
YTD Receipts through October 2022: $230,765.85
YTD Expenses through October 2022: $
235,055.76


YTD Outreach Disbursements through October 2022: $49,500.63
   New Church Development: $571.15
   Easter Offering: $905
   Reconciliation Offering:  $1,282
   Christian Ministries' Food Pantry: $189.56
   Sleeping Room Project: $590
   Winnie's Kids: $24,570
   Week of Compassion: $2,456.16
   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:
https://giv.li/cv3bky
 
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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