View this email in your browser
Recently I ran across the following statement by the scientist Werner Heisenberg, “What we see is not Nature, but Nature exposed to our method of questioning.” Remember Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle? (I didn’t until I refreshed my memory thanks to Google.) Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that in Quantum Physics you cannot know with precision the location AND the speed of an object. You can only know one or the other.

I’ve been having some fun over the last twenty-four hours thinking about Heisenberg’s statement in light of Advent. Substitute “God” for “Nature” and you get a wonderful Advent statement: “What we see is not God, but God exposed to our method of questioning.” We “see” a baby in a manger and declare, “God-With-Us.” AND ... God is still so much more! 

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

Upcoming Sermons for the Advent Season

December 4: "The Stump" Isaiah 11:1-10
December 11: "The Highway" Isaiah 35:1-10
December 18: "The Child" Isaiah 7:10-16

Advent Season Devotional

I have taken a couple of sneak peeks at our Advent devotional for 2022, I Am Mary. I delight how the author, Carol Howard Merritt, uses the perspective of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to take the reader through this season of preparation. Merritt writes, “As we enter this Advent season together, may we learn to long and love deeply, and may we get a glimpse of what it means to bear God.”

You may request a copy from the office or pick a booklet up at church. A donation of $4 is suggested to cover the cost.

Rev. Eric
Decorating for Advent

We will begin decorating the church for the Advent season after worship this Sunday, December 4! Anyone willing to help is welcome to stay and lend a hand.

Nursing Home Gift Lift: Reminder

For those of you participating in the Nursing Home Gift Lift, please be sure to bring the gifts you purchase to the church, unwrapped and labeled with the recipient's name, by this Sunday, December 4.

'Winnie's Kids' Calendars

Pick up a copy of the 2023 'Winnie's Kids' Calendar in Sulanke Commons after worship. The calendars are $20 each, and all proceeds go towards buying school uniforms for the kids at Shivembe primary school. These calendars make great gifts!

Note of Appreciation

Thanks very much for the donation to Motivate Our Minds. We appreciate Pastor Eric and Shirley Bookout attending the Whitely Neighborhood meeting and the Motivate Our Minds Open House. We love reading the Hazelwood Newsletter. We look forward to learning about events that the community can attend. Again, many thanks and God bless,

~Cornelius and Mary Dollison
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
Prayers requested for these friends and family of Hazelwood participants:
  • Donna's Dye's granddaughter, Heather Kruger
  • Rev. Pamela's spine surgery on Nov. 29 went well.
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.

2023 Offering Envelopes

If you would like offering envelopes for 2023, click HERE to fill out a Offering Envelope Request form. Envelopes will be available to be picked up on December 11 for those who request them.

Welcome to Holy Grounds!

We officially have a new name for our after-worship gathering of friends, family, coffee, and (of course) goodies! We had a fair number of responses to our name survey, and while it was close between a couple of the choices, Holy Grounds edged out the competition!

Lori Rhoden’s Christmas CD Is here!

Physical copies of Lori’s Christmas CD Christmas Joy have arrived and are available on Sundays December 4 and December 11 after church or by contacting her directly at (Copies of her previous hymn CD Shall We Gather are also available as well.) Each CD is $10. Digital downloads should be available soon.

Christmas Card Boxes

If you would like to distribute Christmas cards to your Hazelwood friends without postage, two wooden boxes have been provided for that purpose. You may drop your greeting cards in the box, using the alphabet dividers. The boxes will be in Sulanke Commons on December 4. This is an easy and economical way to share greetings during the Advent season. Our thanks to Bill Ritchie for the creation of these beautiful boxes.

You Are Invited!

Ready for some delightful holiday choral music? Masterworks Chorale performs on December 17th at 7:30pm in High Street United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students and children under 18, and are available at the door and at

Hazelwood members Don Crose, Jeff Heavilon, and Ann Wolfe will be participating.

Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study (both in-person and on Zoom) continues today, November 30 at 10am. Rev. Eric will be facilitating. Our study of the Gospel of Mark will move from the opening of Chapter 3 and into Chapter 4. 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.

Pastor's Class/Sunday School

Our class (both in-person and on Zoom), will continue this Sunday, December 4, after worship 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.


Wed., November 30: Bible Study, 10am, Cartwright Hall & Zoom; Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30pm, Choir Room; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary
Thurs., December 1: Worship Team, 7pm, Zoom
Fri., December 2: Praise Band Rehearsal, 5pm, Sanctuary
Sun., December 4: Decorate the church for the Advent Season after worship; Sunday School, After Worship, Cartwright Hall
Wed., December 7: Bible Study, 10am, Cartwright Hall & Zoom; Elders, 5:30pm, Zoom; Bell Choir Rehearsal, 6:30pm, Sanctuary; Choir Rehearsal, 7pm, Sanctuary
Fri., December 8: Preschool Christmas Program, 6:30pm, Sanctuary

Click HERE to see events further out on the calendar.
The first mention of December 25th as the date for the birth of Jesus is found in the Chronograph of 354, which is “the first known Christian calendar … an almanac of civic and religious feasts.”
- The Oxford History of Christian Worship
YTD Receipts through October 2022: $230,765.85
YTD Expenses through October 2022: $

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:
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
Copyright © 2022 Hazelwood Christian Church, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp