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With the peace and grace of Christ, I greet you!

Elizabeth and I want to thank you all for the warm and generous welcome we have received. It is a delight to be in your midst and to begin my ministry at Hazelwood Christian Church in service to the realm of God.

I am looking forward to getting to know each of you… over a cup of coffee, with a meal, in an office visit or a pastoral call at your home, in worship, in meetings, and in the community. I cherish conversations and know that God is in our midst always; especially when two or three are gathered in the name of Christ.

The poet Muriel Rukeyser writes, “Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.” Holy Scripture, the Word of God, begins with the words, “In the beginning…” The resurrected Christ tells his followers to return to Galilee where it all began and, in essence, to begin the story again. Every moment is a new beginning. And, together, we begin something new and precious.
 
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.
Sunday, September 11
Scripture:
Matthew 28:1-9
To help Rev. Eric Brotheridge and Elizabeth Weaver learn our names, please wear your name tag on Sundays. You'll find them on a table in the rotunda and instructions how to get one made for you if you don't have one yet.
To see information about the songs we will be singing this Sunday, click here: http://www.hazelwoodchurch.org/worship-songs-this-week/

To watch past services, you may go to Youtube by clicking HERE.
To see just the scripture and sermons from each week, click HERE.

Soup Kitchen of Muncie

Dear Hazelwood,
Your support is appreciated, and the Soup Kitchen of Muncie is hosting several fundraising events throughout the remainder of the year to supplement your generosity as we strive to continue providing basic needs for individuals and families while defending their human dignity despite whatever challenging circumstances they may be facing.

Consider joining us in support or help spread the news of our upcoming events:
  • Suff-a-bus on Saturday, September 17, from 9am-4pm at Payless on Tillotson Ave.
  • Sips for Soup on Saturday, October 15, at Tonne Winery
  • Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 19
More details will be posted to the website as each event approaches.
Yours Sincerely,
Adam Keever, Secretary
Soup Kitchen of Muncie, Inc.

*For more information or to volunteer, contact Shirley Bookout at 765-744-1207.

Muncie Mission Food Pantry

Dear Friends,    
The summer has been a challenging time for many people in our community. Neighbors struggling to make ends meet can’t afford to feed their families each month. Folks who were getting by have to cut things from their budget. Meals are often the first thing to go. As we prepare hundreds of meals every day for a growing number of neighbors—including children—our pantry is running low on essentials.

Right now, Muncie Mission Ministries needs to fill our pantry shelves to have plenty of healthy food on hand to serve neighbors in need. Can you give generously right now to nourish our community physically and spiritually? Your gift will be used to provide emergency meals for overnight guests, feed men and women in our recovery programs, and help us prepare for the busy fall season ahead. Muncie Mission Ministries relies on the donations of neighbors, businesses, churches and organizations to provide meals for every person God leads to our doors every day. Your generosity serves as a lifeline to neighbors at a time they desperately need it.

Since everything we do is in the name of Christ, neighbors will see the kindness and generosity of a loving Savior who meets our needs in miraculous ways … oftentimes through caring friends like you. Please, will you help us fill our pantry shelves? (Click HERE to donate.)

May God be glorified through the meals we serve in the weeks and months to come!
Gratefully,
Frank Baldwin, President/CEO
Muncie Mission
Update from Marianna Gill on her mother, Kitty Tilton: "My family is praising God for the report Mom received that she is in remission from her cancer. God is good. We are so grateful for all your prayers and support."

Cheryll Crose is undergoing knee replacement surgery today.
Prayers requested for these Hazelwood participants (alphabetical by last name):
  • Earl Bruning
  • David Cartwright
  • Jeff Clary
  • Ruthanne Devroy
  • Jeane Garrett
  • Mariangella Glaze
  • Lois Gross
  • Louise Maley
  • Marcia Miller
  • Pat Patterson
  • Rev. Pamela
  • 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:
  • Rhea Morgan's sister, Joyce
  • Rev. Pamela’s father
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.

September 25: Church-Wide Field Trip!


Join our new Youth Ministry Assistant, the Epiphany Action Team, and other Hazelwood Friends on an outing to the Levi & Catharine Coffin State Museum in Fountain City on Sunday, September 25! This historic site has been named one of the TOP 25 HISTORIC SITES in the US! It serves as both an important piece of our nation's history and a valuable tool for Christians today to reflect on Christ's call to action on behalf of others.

Joanna Hahn will serve as one of our guides, and we are planning to provide group transportation from the church. We will also offer the chance to be part of a group order from Jimmy John's to be delivered to the church for a quick lunch after worship before we head out no later than 11:30am. We expect to return to the church no later than 3:30pm, possibly sooner. Plan now to join in the fun and fellowship of this learning opportunity.

Click HERE by Sunday, September 18, to sign up to take part in this exciting opportunity!

Rev. Eric's Installation at Hazelwood

Please join us on Sunday, October 2 as Regional Associate Minister Carolyn Reed will preside in leading the congregation in officially sanctioning Rev. Eric James Brotheridge as Senior Minister for Hazelwood. Be sure to stick around after the service for coffee fellowship in Sulanke Commons to officially welcome Rev. Eric to the Hazelwood family.

Calendar

Wed., September 7: Elders, 5:30pm, Zoom
Tues., September 20: Trustees, 5:30pm, Zoom; Board, 7pm, Zoom
Sun., September 25: Church-wide lunch & trip to Levi & Catherine Coffin House, After Worship (see article above for details and to sign up)
YTD Receipts through August 2022: $181,143.60
YTD Expenses through August 2022: $
183,521.82


YTD Outreach Disbursements through August 2022: $42,487.97
   New Church Development: $571.15
   Easter Offering: $905
   Christian Ministries' Food Pantry: $110.66
   Sleeping Room Project: $590
   Winnie's Kids: $19,000
   Week of Compassion: $2,406.16
   Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement Committee: $13,170
   Sulanke Trust Outreach: $5,735
      -Christian Ministries of Delaware County: $400
      -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
Angie Lopez, Director of Weekday Preschool and Early Learning Center
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