Hazelwell Church

Hazelwell Weekly Contact March20th 2022

17 Mar 2022 • Weekly Notices

Hazelwell Weekly Contact

20th March 2022

Hazelwell Morning Worship

In Church at 10.00am (and on Zoom)

Led by Local Preacher Margaret Murphy

Please Pray For:-

  • All who have taken refugees into their own homes or who have volunteered to do so
    • It was agreed at our recent JCC meeting that we should put a collection plate near the door to the hub each week for those who wish to give collection and have not made other arrangements to do so. On parade services a traditional collection will be taken (by members of the guides/brownies.)
    • The date for the APCM and also Christian Aid meal will be May 15th
    • Barbara Calvert sends her good wishes to everyone at Hazelwell. Unfortunately, due to miscommunication, she has not been included on the current Methodist rota to be with us for March or April. However she looks forward to being with us thereafter.
  • B30 Foodbank (updated 6th March)

    Urgently needed

    Tinned potatoes, rice, long life fruit juice, instant coffee (not decaffeinated), teabags (40’s or 80’s), sugar 500g (not larger), crisps, gender neutral shampoo, toothpaste, toilet rolls, dog/cat food, strong carrier bags.Low in stock
    Tinned fruit in juice (not prunes or grapefruit), cereal (not greater than 500g), squash, UHT semi-skimmed milk, UHT whole milk, tinned rice pudding, jam/honey, ready-made custard (tinned or carton - not powder), tinned spaghetti, chocolate and snack bars, liquid/bar soap, laundry power/liquid (not family sized).
    Well stocked
    Pasta shapes, dry spaghetti, baked beans, tinned/packet vegetarian meals, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, pasta sauce, tinned meat (ham, corned beef, pork sandwich, pulled pork, chicken), instant hot chocolate (not cocoa powder), tinned/packet soup, tinned vegetables, biscuits, porridge, noodles, instant potato, nappies all sizes, baby food and baby care items, gender neutral shower gel, roll-on deodorants, sanitary pads, baby wipes, washing-up liquid, single or duo wrapped toothbrushesNot needed at all
    Decaffeinated drinks or fruit infusions, bottled water, large bottles of lemonade or coke, any food or toiletries containing alcohol, cooking ingredient or sauces, tinned macaroni cheese, fresh products (including vegetable, meat, eggs and bread), non-dairy items, gluten-free items, coffee beans, loose tea, large boxes of teabags (120’s or more), very large large bags or boxes of porridge and cereal, cocoa power, tampons, make up hair accessories, perfume or aftershave, Christmas items

    Reflection on

    CONFESSION AND THE FIG TREE

    For Sunday, March 20, 2022 (Paraphrase)

    3rd Sunday of Lent

    Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
    1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12
    Luke 13:1-9

    Most of the sins I which I feel I need to acknowledge are sins I committed on the way to approaching Him in the our Sunday service.

    Listen, I’m not proud of this, and I’m not making excuses. But it’s really hard getting a family of five out of their beds and into a church pew on a Sunday morning. Everyone has to be wearing clothes (usually clothes they don’t particularly enjoy). The long hair of little girls needs to be brushed and arranged (cue screaming). The little ones have to be fed and clutching whatever stuffed animal they have decided is The Chosen One this week, the magical talisman they assure me will help them be quiet and not dissolve into a shrieking meltdown just as the rest of the congregation are in silent prayer (and — spoiler alert! — they usually have the shrieking meltdown anyway).

    I say this in jest, partially — of course my sins are far more numerous in quantity, and often more serious in kind, than the orders I bark and the rebukes I hand down from the passenger seat of our van on a Sunday morning. But it’s only partially in jest, because here’s the cold, hard truth: I am consistently at my worst in that seat, in that moment, stressed out and tired and resentful. I’m laser-focused on the failures of the people I love and preoccupied with the weight of the burden I carry.

    I’ve said some pretty terrible things to my husband in those moments, and I’ve snapped so hard at my kids that I’ve wondered if God even wants me to come to church that day. So, I lift it all in confession and I lay it out, and God embraces me and tells me we’ll try again next time.

    But in recent months I’ve been plagued by an aversion to this form of confession — a restless self-consciousness that makes me question the point of dwelling on these matters as we make our confession. A voice was whispering:Why say all the same things, over and over and over again, when you know you’re not strong enough to stop doing the very things you keep confessing? When you know you’re headed right back to the front seat of the van?

    When I spoke to our minister about how I feel he patiently explained to me that the confession is working exactly as it was designed, again and again and again. Because it brings me, before the mercy of God — again and again and again. It is reminding me that I am not better than these temptations. I am not better than these failures. I am not better than these weaknesses.

    I am the fruitless fig tree, slated for the axe. I exhaust the soil of the orchard. But still there is a Gardener who has not given up, who looks at me and says: “Wait — I’m not done with that one yet.”

    Colleen Jurkiewicz Dorman