Current News and Events
Sharing our Blessings This Holiday Season:
Thanks to the wonderful concert by Steve Warner, Alan Terhaar, and Mary Etta Boesl, the Hedges Chapel Outreach Committee will be assisting 8 to 11 families this Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you were not able to participate, donations of non-perishable food on our menu are still possible.
Food for Christmas will be accepted until Sunday December 17, after Chapel, or you may contact Judy Snyder at email@example.com to arrange another drop-off time. There will be a different food menu for Christmas and all items are listed on this website page.
In conjunction with this holiday food program, we will be continuing with our Christmas Angels project – seeking gifts of warm clothing for the children of these families. Those wishing to participate should contact Kris O’Brien to select from a list of children identified by Starting Points from the Pleasant View Elementary School area and nearby Morgan County.
Contact Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please do not send your message to the Chapel’s email).
We know from talking with the families who have participated in the past that your gifts for their children are so appreciated. Having something new to wear brings such joy in times of family hardship and stress.
As always, the Outreach Committee appreciates your continued support in providing much needed Christmas cheer and warm clothing to these local families. We appreciate being part of such a giving community!
Photos L to R: A typical family's non-perishable items filled a table, each family also got a turkey and a large bag of refrigerated items plus a pie (not shown), part of our bagging team, the distribution team. (Photos courtesy of Kris O'Brien and Sheila Joy. Thanks to all!
Holiday Food Basket Donations Sought:
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Outreach Committee will be supplying food for local families in need. If you wish to donate non-perishable food or cash for Christmas, please see the specific details here. We will also soon announce our Christmas Angels project for children of the area.
Our Next Sunday Service
For our Sunday service on November 26, 2023, our speaker will be Reverend John Cushwa. His sermon will be "Are You a Sheep or a Goat?" with the Scripture reading of Matthew 25:31- 46.
If you are looking for a church home in the area, we encourage you to visit us. You do not have to transfer a membership from your home church to be a member of ours. All are welcome!
The Council of Hedges Chapel continues to monitor health related concerns regarding the COVID virus and its variants. Though not mandated, we recommend wearing a mask while in The Chapel If not vaccinated, or if you prefer to maintain greater social distancing, you may use the adjacent Fellowship Hall which is heated and equipped with an effective audio system. Bibles and Hymnals are available there as well. The use of masks is strongly suggested in the Fellowship Hall. We wish everyone to feel comfortable and welcome while practicing familiar safety protocols.
The speaker schedule for future services may be found on the services page.
Thanks to the efforts of a small army led by Penny and Kenny Allen, these photos show the great work the crew did on Saturday morning keeping the Chapel grounds beautiful and safe. Helping Penny and Kenny in this effort were Dave Cooper, Susan and Larry Morris, Dale Hampton, Marji and Dan McCandless, Walt Lewis, Krista O'Brien, Todd and Atley Wilkinson and Valerie and Chris Shunney.
Thanks to each of you, and blessings!
Annual Congregational Meeting Materials Available:
Kenny Allen and Dan McCandless were elected to the Chapel Council and Dave Gladwell was elected Treasurer. Report materials from the Annual Congregational Meeting will be placed in the members section of the website. The Outreach Committee report may be found in that committee's section. Other materials will follow soon. Following the congregational meeting, the Council elected Dan McCandless as its Chair and, in a follow-up meeting, Sheila Hampton was elected Vice Chair and Secretary.
A Truck Load of School Supplies Delivered to PVES:
Thanks to all who donated supplies for Pleasant View Elementary School students and teachers. We filled the truck! Our Chapel is so proud to be a part of such a caring community. Great work on the part of Krista, Gayle and the rest of the Outreach Committee.
Whom to Call List Created:
if you want to get something done at Hedges Chapel, this Committee Leadership List will help you get the right person. Thanks to all of them plus the many others who pitch in so willingly when called upon. Since personal contact information is included on the list, you will find it in the members only section.
Chapel Food Chain Created:
In keeping with the mission of the Outreach Committee, committee member Jo Ann Abell has created and will coordinate a program to help with meal preparation for individuals or families who are experiencing a serious medical issue or crisis. Something as simple as preparing a meal can be important in reducing stress at a time when someone’s day is filled with doctor appointments, physical therapy, home care, insurance issues, filling prescriptions, and taking or administering medication in addition to their regular household duties. Thank you to those who have volunteered to prepare and deliver a home-cooked meal or provide a carry-out meal when day-to-day help is needed. If warranted, we may ask for more volunteers at a later date. To request assistance, please utilize the Chapel's prayer request system or contact us here.
Birthdays and Anniversaries:
Are your special days included on our chapel calendar of events? if not, please send them to us. We don't want to miss anyone!
Past News and Events
Some Easter Sunrise Service Photos:
Easter Food Baskets Distributed:
Three times a year, members of the Outreach Committee distribute food collected from members of the community and the congregation and fresh meat, produce, dairy and other items which are purchased. This Easter we served eight families (49 individuals) in need. These are the families that have been referred to us by Starting Points of Morgan County this year. Thanks to all who participated by sharing your blessings with these families this Easter. Outreach Committee
Building and Grounds (Maintenance) Spring Cleanup Update:
Day one of the Chapel Spring Cleanup was well attended and highly successful and with each succeeding workday, our grounds look even better! Thanks so much for all who participated so far: Penny and Kenny Allen; JoAnn Abell, Sheila and Dale Hampton, Tom Ketchel, Martha and Walt Lewis, David Main, Margie and Dan McCandless, Krista and David O'Brien, Rev. Nancy Page, Rick Powell, and Dan McCandless.
Their most recent project involved the renovation of the walkway at the entrance to the Chapel. Guided by the design and expertise of Rick Powell and led by Penny and Kenny Allen (committee Chair and vice chair, respectively) volunteers helped replace the loose stones and mismatched pavers with a smooth and attractive surface that is much safer to walk on.
Thanks to all who have stepped up to help keep our historic house of Christian worship beautiful and safe for all to use.
Hedges Chapel Council