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With the peace and grace of Christ, hello!

I recently finished Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. A wonderful read and a worthy recipient of being nominated for last year’s National Book Award for Fiction. The book tells how a fictional and mythical story, Cloud Cuckoo Land, weaves together the lives of five characters across eight hundred years. Each character encounters the story and, not only finds their own salvation, but through his or her interaction with the text they then act as a saving agent for the other characters. A beautiful web about the power of reading.

As Christians we have a salvation story to tell as well. We also each have our own salvation stories. How do you tell yours? How do you share the salvation story of Jesus Christ? 

Can you tell there is a theme for the end of 2022? Beginning on Sunday, November 6, I will facilitate a class called, “Resurrection Now,” (more info below) where we explore various interpretations of resurrection and salvation. In addition, for the four Sundays in Advent I plan on using the lectionary scripture readings from the Book of Isaiah to explore different understandings of salvation.

Come and be saved!

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

Thanksgiving at the Muncie Mission

Dear Friend,
I can’t wait for Thanksgiving this year. Feeling normal will feel quite special. I can already hear grandchildren giggling around the table … family sharing treasured memories … all of us expressing our gratitude for God’s goodness.

The reality is Thanksgiving will be anything but normal for our guests. Their holidays will be marked by homelessness and financial hardship, hunger and personal setbacks. But we can do our very best to ensure everyone in need can sit down for a fulfilling holiday-worthy meal.

Thanksgiving can be special for all. And that special meal can begin with you! Thanks to your generosity and bulk food purchases, one Thanksgiving meal at Muncie Mission Ministries costs just $2.15 to prepare and serve.

More than ever, I want the men, women, and children staying at Muncie Mission Ministries to have a special Thanksgiving, too. Can you help?

Frank Baldwin, President/CEO

If you would like to donate towards Muncie Mission's Thanksgiving meal, click HERE.
Charles Retherford is at Yorktown Manor following a recent hospital stay.
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

Pastor's Class/Sunday School

Rev. Eric’s Pastor Class (both in-person and on Zoom) will begin on 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 would like to participate via Zoom, click HERE to let us know.

Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study (both in-person and on Zoom) begins on Wednesday, November 9 at 10am! 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.

Note of Appreciation

Dear church friends,
Thank you for your recovery prayers after my knee replacement. I'm still working on therapy but improving each day and feeling well. I received your lovely cards also. Thank you.
Cheryll Crose
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!
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.


Thurs., October 27: Worship Team, 7pm, Zoom
Fri., October 28: Governance Guidelines Team, 2pm, Cartwright Hall; Praise Band Rehearsal, 5pm, Sanctuary
Sun., October 30:  Trunk or Treat, 4pm, Hazelwood Parking Lot (see article above for more information)
Wed., November 2: Elders, 5:30pm, Zoom
Thurs., November 3:  Ministerial Relations, 7pm, Zoom

Trunk or Treat

Be sure to stop by the church for a bit of Halloween fun this Sunday, October 30 from 4-5:30pm. You're sure to have a hauntingly good time!

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, November 11.

Sign up sheets will also be available in Sulanke Commons on Sunday mornings for those who are unable to use the links above.

Making an Impact

A recent publication from Ball State University featured Samantha Frantz, who credits her time as a volunteer with our preschool as a pivotal moment in her life. Click HERE to read more.
Early in the year 1868, the membership of the group [the early Disciples meeting in Muncie homes] had increased to the point where they felt able to support a minister, and Dr. George W. Thompson, a physician, as well as a minister, was called as their first, though part time preacher. On June 27th of that year the church was formally organized as “The Church of Christ, meeting in Muncie.”

- 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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