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Sermon Series: April 27 – June 29

“It is amazing how the Bible gives us practical, historical examples for many of today’s diverse relational issues. Together we’ll examine critical relationship principles through the lives of some functional, and quite dysfunctional scriptural families. No matter what your family situation, prepare for improved relationships in the upcoming sermon series.” – Rev. Rolland Daniels

Gershwin! By George!

Gershwin! By George!

Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm
The Commons

The Heartland Big Band brings the swinging music of George and Ira Gershwin to Madison Park. Enjoy an evening filled with memorable songs featuring Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, Strike Up the Band, I Got Rhythm and many more including a swinging arrangement of the famous Rhapsody in Blue as only the Heartland Band Band can perform it!

Advance Tickets - $10.
Outlets: The Commons and Church Office.
Tickets at the Door are $12.

Explore Madison Park

Explore Madison Park

Wednesday, May 21 at 6:00pm
Hospitality Room

Explore Madison Park provides the essential information you need to know before calling Madison Park Church your church home. The class answers questions such as who we are, what we believe, and our church membership process in a relaxed, fun, and interactive format.

Everyone is welcome! Pre-registration is not required. Contact Shelly Stottlemyer, Pastor of Connections.

Festival of Tables

Festival of Tables

Saturday, May 31 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
The Commons

Enjoy stunning décor and amazing tablescapes, delicious tea and treats, and a fashion show!  Invite women who have inspired, encouraged, mentored, and walked beside you on your life journey. Come connect with other women and make new fabulous friends.

The theme is “Celebrating What Matters.” Guest speaker and author Donna Cronk will share on God’s faithfulness in all seasons of life.

Tickets are $15. Registration opens on Sunday, May 11. Details to come. Proceeds will benefit Dove Harbor, a safe haven for women and children in crisis.

If you are interested in becoming a Table Hostess, contact Deanna Zimmer at (765) 642-1853.

BE BOLD

BE BOLD

Church of God Convention
June 23-26, Oklahoma City

The Church of God Convention in 2014 will be a pivot point in the history of the Church of God, re-framing for the future and a new generation our purpose and opportunities. A live stream will be broadcast live from Madison Park Church.

Speakers:
Michael Thigpen, Dave Stone, Anne Graham Lotz, Diana Swoope, Marty Grubbs, Reggie McNeal and Jim Lyon.

Worship Artists:
Sidewalk Prophets, Ashmont Hill, Sandi Patty, Alanna Story and Jay Rouse.

More at chogconvention.org.

Announcements

General Announcements

General Announcements

Attention Graduates!

Madison Park Church extends hearty congratulations to all our graduates.
• High school graduates will be recognized at services on Sunday, June 1.
• High school graduates' photos and graduation information will be published on the MPC website and in the June 4 issue of threads.
By May 28, please submit photos along with graduates name, parents name, school, plans following graduation and open house information. Submit information on the MPC website, News & Events Page, Submit an Announcement on the right hand side of the page. Fill in the information and attach a photo.



Love and Respect Study

Wednesdays, June 4 - July 23 from 6:30-8:00pm in Room 180
Experience marriage with God's design. Develop peace, closeness and value. Instructors; Tyler and Jenn Barker. Contact; Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.

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Landscape Workday at MPC

Saturday, May 17 at 9:00am
Many hands make light work at the annual cleanup and mulching of all landscape beds at MPC. Bring rakes, flat shovels and brooms. Contact: Rick Sprague at (765) 631-9550.



Miriam Project - Change for Children

Sundays, May 4-June 16
Fill empty baby bottles with money to support the Miriam Project Adoption Services’ annual Change for Children fundraiser. Pick up an empty baby bottle in The Commons on Sunday, May 4, fill it with money and return it on Sunday, June 1.Volunteers are needed to help manage returned bottles after the event. Contact: Brooke LeMay at (765) 640-1580.



MPC Day Care Openings for Employment

Madison Park Day Care programs, Northkids and Kids's Learning Station, have openings for a classroom teacher, a teacher aide and substitute workers. Send resume to Melanie Denniston or call (765) 622-6379.



Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling Class

Two-day class: Friday, May 30 6:00-9:30pm and Saturday, May 31, 9:00am-12:30pm
Linville Services at Broadway Ministry Center

Getting Married? Newly Married? Give your marriage a strong start. Cost: $141 per couple. Includes computerized assessment of your relationship, class fee and materials. Instructors: Doug and April Linville. Registration deadline is May 27. To enroll, contact Robin Gerhart at (765) 642-1853.



Spiritual Parenting Class

Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Room 182, beginning June 4
Learn how parents can shape children's hearts and souls in vibrant faith and love for God and others. Spiritual Parenting is a six-week study that empowers parents to be the primary nurturers of their children's lives and faith. Cost: $10. Contact: Shaunthea Callahan at (765) 631-0501.



Building Single Relationships

Saturday, June 7 from 3:00-7:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium
Mental Health therapist Doug Linville, LCSW and April Linville, LCSW will lead the conference helping singles develop healthy friendships with other single adults, dating relationships and moving toward marriage relationships. Cost: $20 per person. Register at the table in The Commons on Sundays, May 18 and 25. Contact: Wanda Anderson at (765) 620-4607.



Class Instructors and Small Group Facilitators Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, April 27, 10:15-10:45am at Grand Central in The Commons.
Share teaching updates, teaching tips and concerns. Facilitators: Andy and LuAnne Klepfer.



Child Dedication Class

Sunday, April 27 at 9:00am in Room 178
Dedicating your child at Madison Park during a worship service is so much more than five minutes on the stage, it's a journey that lasts a lifetime! Parents are invited to attend this Child Dedication Preparation Class to learn more about the what it means to dedicate your child. The next Baby/Child Dedication Service is scheduled for Sunday, May 18. Sign-up for the class by calling the Church Office at (765) 642-2000. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.



Blood Pressure Clinic

Wednesday, May 7 from 5:30-6:30pm in The Commons
MPC Parish Nurses conduct a free blood pressure screening for MPC-goers and community friends. Contact: Sonia Smythe or Lynn Simpson.



J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth)

Thursday, April 24 at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium
Special Guests: Nyle Kardatzke, author of A Widow-Man's Journal and Donna Thomas, author of Hope for Today and Tomorrow. Having experienced the death of a spouse these guests and books can help persons through the trauma and disorientation of losing a spouse. Invite your friends and bring a dish of food to share. Van Service from the parking lot is available before and after the meeting. Contact: Esther Crnkovich at (765) 649-3323.



Summer Youth Camps

Indiana State Church of God Youth Camps hosts hundreds of children and teens each summer. Camp dates and registrations are available online for all camps:

  • Camp Challenge gocampchallenge.com is located near Bedford, Indiana

      June 8-13: Missions Experience Camp (NEW!)
      June 15-20: Senior High
      June 22-27: Junior High
      June 29-July 1: Young Explorers
      July 6-11: 5th - 6th Grades
      July 13-18: 4th- 6th Grades
      July 20-25: 3rd - 4th Grades

  • Yellow Creek Lake Camp yclministries.org. is located in Silver Lake, Indiana near Warsaw.

      June 13-14: Tadpole Camp - K-2nd Grades
      June 16-20: Senior High Camp - 9th-12th Grades
      June 30-July 3: 2nd-4th Grades
      July 14-18: Camp Blast, 4th-6th Grades
      July 21-25: 6th-8th Grades
      July 25-27: Family Camp and Campmeeting

    Contact: Rhonda Hollingsworth, Administrative Assistant, Student and Children's Ministries.



Children’s Ministry

  • Baptism Class
    Four Sessions: Sundays, May 4 through 25 at 10:45am in Room 180
    For Children in grades 3-5 who have made a personal decision to follow Christ. Parents are asked to attend the final session. Baptism will be on Sunday, June 1. For more information and to R.S.V.P. contact Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.

  • Kindergarten Graduate Party
    Sunday, May 4 from 12:30-3:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium
    All Kindergarten students are invited to this fun picnic lunch and party. Enjoy food, games and prizes! Dress in play clothes. R.S.V.P. to Becky Rosenberg at (765) 642-8560.



Student Ministries

ALL YOUTH EVENTS

  • International Youth Convention: July 5-8 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee
    - Trip Team Meetings: April 14 - May 18 - June 30

JUNIOR HIGH

  • Spring Focus: ROAD SIGNS: No matter where you hope to end up, the road you choose matters!
    - Sundays at 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium
    - Wednesday Small Groups from 6:30-7:45pm in Room 176-178


SENIOR HIGH

  • Spring Focus: Worth It - Luke 9:23-25: Freedom, Mission, Purity, Purpose
    - Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 in Crossroads Auditorium
  • IYC Spread The Word Project: Bring offerings each Wednesday night.
  • Bible Studies:
    - Sundays at 9:00am in room 180
    - Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamson's Home
  • Spring Retreat: April 26-27 at Camp Challenge - $50



A Look Ahead:

  • Future Baptismal Dates:
    Sundays, June 1, September 14 and November 16.
    Contact Pastoral Care for more information.

  • October 19-22: Retreat To The Cove/CBH Viewpoint
    Asheville, North Carolina. Featured guest, Buddy Greene.
    Registration details at CBHviewpoint.org.

Volunteer / Serving Opportunities

Library Volunteers

The MPC Library Team provides opportunities to work independently restocking returned books and updating the database. Volunteers are welcomed and needed. Contact: Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation.

Support The Troops

Sunday, May 4 in The Commons
Ministers to those serving in the armed forces and their families. Register troops, families and volunteer. Contact: Linda Eaton at (765) 552-0447.

Family News

In Sympathy with

    • Maxine Priddy on the loss of her husband and Susan and Robert Pensec on the loss of her father, Louis "Lou" Priddy on April 11.
    • Sandy Hahn on the loss of her husband, Jim Hahn, Jr. on April 15.

Feature Articles

In the Steps of Abraham

It was the first week of October and the third week of a 21 day fast from any distractions that would keep me from communing with God. I was at a place of total surrender. Lord, do You want me to give up hunting? Fishing? Sell my firearms and archery equipment? Is there anything I am holding on to too tightly that it hinders my relationship with you? Show me God and I will surrender it into Your hands..."I want you to go on an Abraham journey of faith" I heard go through my mind. What does that mean? I continued to join a group of faithful prayer warriors each Wednesday morning seeking transformation for Madison County. Praying for more than a revival, but true and lasting spiritual transformation in our homes, our neighborhoods, schools, government, and businesses. Severe weather caused us to cancel the first two prayer meetings in January. More.

Greeters are Blossoming at MPC

While we adhere firmly to the belief that church is a group of people, and not merely a building, Madison Park Church is intent on creating physical spaces that are warm and inviting. Places that encourage and support community, conversation and connection. Welcoming people into the space is the first step. You could say that the trees, shrubs and flowers at MPC serves as the church’s first greeters. More.

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Madison Park Church Sponsors Easter Midway at Anderson Speedway

Madison Park Church Sponsors Easter Midway at Anderson Speedway MPC will reach out into the fast-pace of McGunegill Late Models, Nash Fm Thunder Cars and Front Wheel Drive Ovals, to host the Easter Midway, with a special invitation to Celebrate Easter at MPC. On Saturday, April 19, Madison Park Church partners with Madison County Storm Water Quality to provide an Easter Mid-way extravaganza. The mid-way will open at 4:00pm with fun activities for kids: face painting, Easter crafts and a paper egg decorating contest, photos with the Easter bunny, ending with an Easter Egg hunt at 6:30pm. More.

Miriam Project: Strong and Running

Follow that bus! Have you seen the large signs covering the back of the CATS buses around Anderson, they are a bright, cheerful, positive sight to follow! They are also inside the buses on the CATS bus stop shelters.The Miriam Project signs offer a cheerful invitation for couples to provide a loving forever home to children and reaching out to women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy situation and supporting them through the journey. More.

Dove Harbor Nominated Non-Profit of the Year

Dove Harbor, Anderson shelter for women and children in transition, was nominated for the Non-Profit of the Year Award at the Madison County Chamber 2014 Annual Awards Gala, held at Madison Park Church of God on Thursday, March 6.The award, developed with guidance and criteria established by the United Way of Madison County, honors a non-profit agency that excels in making a strong, positive contribution to the community. Dove Harbor was recognized for having 1) a positive community impact, 2) demonstrating accountable business practices and having an engaged board of directors with strong leadership, and 3) putting into action partnership and collaboration. More.

3 Ministries That Need You NOW!

Building a core of energetic and compassionate volunteers is no simple task! Each week hundreds of volunteers serve at MPC using their gifts, talents, passions and abilities to accomplish the mission of the church. These areas could use your help now. More.


Behind the Scenes

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The advancement of technology has had an enormous impact on the world and has become significantly important in worship and communication. Technology is another way of reaching into our community and the world to communicate, build community, evangelize and effectively fulfill our mission as a church. A variety of technology is used behind the scenes of MPC to inform, educate and reinforce faith principles and provide a welcoming environment for worshipers and those new to the church both in the building and the MPC website. Communication is a key thread in the fabric of life and the church. More.

Church of God Convention

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The Church of God Convention and General Assembly in 2014 will be a pivot point in the history of the Church of God, re-framing for the future and a new generation our purpose and opportunities. The leadership of this Movement will challenge the church to earn the right to speak to a hurting world about the transformational power of the gospel, in the same way that Jesus proved his right to speak by the way he changed the world with every step he took. More.


Why Givers Give

alt textThreads recently talked with several generous givers to find out what motivates them towards tithing and giving. Their spirits are encouraging and motivating. Read a compilation and be blessed!

What does giving to the church look like through your eyes?
When we were saved the church taught us immediately that tithing is in obedience to God’s command. More.

MPC Students are Serving Well

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They’re everywhere! You know they are in Crossroads Auditorium, gathering in Main Street or in the Kid’s wing but they can also be found in classrooms, working in mission camps at home and around the world, making delicious goodies in Holy Grounds, leading worship, singing or playing instruments, praying, mentoring, helping at Dove Harbor projects, the Christian Center and various other areas of need in the community.

Who are they? More.

2013 In Pictures

MPC Valets: That’s a Fine “How-You-Do?”

alt text The first impression of MPC is found at the front door and catching immediate attention are people running around in bright neon colored vests, eager to make people welcome and comfortable. In rain or shine, hot or cold, they take their place, with hands outstretched to open the car door, help with a wheelchair, and park their car.

The Valet Crew started on the first Sunday at Madison Park. Steve Gaar was on that first crew and continues to feel excitement about the team’s ministry as he serves in the leadership role. “It allows me to get to know lots of people in this church. I may not know everyone by name, but I know their keys and their car!” More.

Caring for the Family During the Holidays

MPC missions encompasses needs in a world away through support to work in Haiti, Russia, India and other global areas as well as the mission field in our own community. The MPC Missions Team works closely with local agencies to provide physical and monetary support to their ministries. Neal Kirby, Executive Director the The Christian Center shares about his heart burden and ministry, especially at the holiday season.

If you are like my wife and I, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season is an extremely busy time of year. Planning and preparing our home for family visits and even traveling for visits with others are at the top of our “To Do List”. Some days it just seems like there are never enough hours to get it all done. More.

Philippines Disaster Relief

The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to exceed 10,000. Church of God Disaster Relief is partnering with World Relief and the Wesleyan Church for an immediate response, including distribution of food and water, and possible staging of work camps.

We are in contact with Eddie Viray and other Church of God national leaders in the Philippines who are continuing to meet the needs of thousands already devastated by the November 11 typhoon. More.

Explore Madison Park

alt textAccording to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word “explore” means to “look at something in a careful way to learn more about it; to study or analyze something; to talk or think about something in a thoughtful and detailed way; to learn about something by trying it.” For those of you new to Madison Park Church here’s your opportunity to explore, investigate, and learn more. More.


A Taste of Russian Warmth

alt textOn October 6-14, twenty-five people, including a number of MPC-goers traveled to Chelyabinsk, Russia to help the Church of God there dedicate their new church building. Madison Park Church began a partnership with the new church over twenty ago and celebrate with them the fulfillment of a dream to have a church building.

This was the first trip to Russia for Steve Williamson, MPC Worship Arts Pastor. “We were very excited about going to share in this historic moment for the Chelyabinsk church. I have appreciated MPC’s missions approach to support very specific ministries with the commitment to long-term involvement. It certainly yields fruit over time!” More.

It’s a Celebration!

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As the holiday season approaches—yes, ready-or-not, it IS coming—many of us are looking forward to all the celebrations that will be taking place. But did you know there’s a group of folks who will be celebrating together in a very different way. These people aren’t anticipating the celebration that comes with the holiday season; they anticipate the celebration that comes with recovery. More.

From the Board of Elders

by Dr. David Sebastian, Chair of the Board of Elders
Some of the people in our congregation have expressed confusion and concern regarding Jim and Maureen's departure from Madison Park. On behalf of the Board of Elders I want to offer some clarifying information regarding the Board’s request that Jim accept an extended period of separation from the church. More.

Checking out the MPC Stacks

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A well hidden secret is a library that contains a wide variety of books, with no check-out limit, no due date, no overdue fines, and is well maintained by a group of volunteer ladies. Housed in the Cross Street MPC Office Building, the open and inviting library offers a space to browse through the stacks, and a welcoming porch overlooking the lake on which to relax and read. More.

Fall Offers New Focus and New Face

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New Focus
Finding the disciplines to form and develop faith, gain new and expanded knowledge of trust in Him, and experience a changed life, takes intentional planning, time and effort. Spiritual disciplines help form and transform a person from the inside-out, a renewal of thoughts, feelings and character which become who you are and how you act – and react in daily living. Thus, Spiritual Formation develops a more intimate and personal relationship with God and a stronger faith for every aspect of life.
MPC offers many Spiritual Formation classes and small groups such as Fresh Start, which offers a ten-step new believers journey that introduces the basic tenants of the faith in an interactive way, as well as Bible and topic studies to meet the needs and minds of people wherever they are in their Christian journey or issues they may face in their lives, families, jobs and involvements.
New Face
Mickey Foley, recently named as part-time Director of Spiritual Formation at MPC speaks to his development. More.

That’s the POWER of LOVE. . .

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Mysterious, warm, hopeful, tragic, confusing, fun, strange, transforming….”That’s the Power of Love”…and that’s what this year’s Retro Live Concert is all about! Saturday, September 7 is a night you won’t want to miss! This year’s concert promises to be a fun-filled evening that will make you glad you came…even more…it is a perfect night to invite your friends and family members who do not have a church home to be your guest.

Each year the phenomenal Madison Park musicians rally to pull dormant clothing from storage boxes, manipulate their hair and make-up, and train their voices to re-create some of the great classic pop songs of years gone by. More.

The Great Give collects thousands for the Harbor!

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SisterFitness founders Hillary Novak and Natalie Farmer had been praying about how their Zumba class could have an impact on their community. God answered in the form of a crazy idea called “The Great Give.”

They went to the bank and withdrew $700—every $5 bill the bank had. Then they held a “Great Give” class that nearly doubled their average attendance: exactly 140 people… 140 people x $5 = exactly $700. Amazing! More.

BOHO Delivers Light to Darkness

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Recently, Threads sat down with Kimberly Majeski for a brief Q & A about the Butterflies Of Hope Outreach (BOHO), a ministry to the employees of Anderson strip clubs.
How long has BOHO been active?
In early 2010, the BOHO team began praying, sharing our vision, training with similar ministries in our region and securing team members. On October 13, 2010 the BOHO ministry made our first visit to a local strip club.
What exactly does the team do when they visit? More.

MPC Students Set an Example

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Last week 17 Madison Park students attended the Church of God Leadership Summit held at Mid-American Christian University in Oklahoma City. Every two years, high school and college-aged students gather for an intensive, experiential, hands-on leadership development program geared towards young adults with aspirations of becoming future leaders.
“Leadership Redefined” was held July 9-13th. According to Eric Reeder, Senior High Youth Pastor, "Leadership Summit has truly redefined leadership for so many this week. It’s such a humbling experience to journey with other emerging leaders as we learn, grow and connect with each other. One of the most powerful moments of the week was on the first night at Shartel Church of God. More.

Global X - God at Work

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Exciting updates on God at work in Russia, India and Christians Broadcasting Hope. Through missionary support to these ministries, Madison Park Church reaches beyond its borders to advance the Kingdom of Christ.

• Russia: The Chelyabinsk Church of God celebrated Easter in their new church building, a divine answer to their prayers and a dream come true. More.

“Play Ball!”

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Are you looking for a way to meet new people, hang out with friends, have fun, and get some exercise doing it? Then look no further because Madison Park’s co-ed, fast-pitch softball teams offer all those things and more!

For those of you softball aficionados out there, here’s a question for you. From what sport did the game of softball originate: A) Baseball; B) Football; C) Polo; D) Tennis? If your answer was “A,” Baseball, pick again. More.

SALT: Helping Heal and Preserve

From the r12 study, to a growing fellowship over ice cream at Good’s, a ministry has evolved that adds revitalizing flavor, preservation for life and energy to the members and those they serve.
S.A.L.T.: an acronym for Single: never married, divorced, widow/widow; Adult: 30 and older, Living: spiritual growth and building relationships, Truth: transforming to be Christ-like, began with the r12 study in 2012 and has grown in size and purpose during the past year. More.

Answering Prayers with a Toolbox

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MPJ1:27, a powerful men’s ministry at MPC, reaches out to widows, widowers, single mothers and others in distress, seeking to model the Biblical principles set forth in James 1:27. Thirteen teams of three or four men each provide handy-man services to those who need simple help around the house to do maintenance they are no longer capable of, and build a relationship of friendship and spiritual support.
Nondas' Story
Andrew Lyon shares his excitement and deep commitment to this ministry. More.

Out on the Open Road

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People from all walks of life, with different stories and different struggles in life come together sharing two great passions, the redeeming mercy and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ and motorcycles.
From May through October, MPC’s Open Road riders head out on the highways and byways on all makes and models of motorcycles to feel the wind in their faces and enjoy some encouraging and refreshing fellowship as they ride some of the most scenic roads in Indiana. More.

India Gospel League: Building the Church One Village at a Time

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MPC has partnered with India Gospel League for over twenty years to help bring the message of Christ to unreached people. From Barefoot Pastors to digging wells, IGL exists to bring the gospel and the love of Jesus to the unreached people of India.
MPC-goers, Bruce and Karen Roberts have been connected with IGL for over eighteen years. Bruce served as Interim Director of the United States part of IGL and currently serves as a Board member of IGL North America and Treasurer of the Board.
Threads recently enjoyed hearing their electrifying excitement about the ministry and their involvement. More.

MPC-Goers Grow Deep by Serving Others

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Life is not meant to be lived as a vacuum – taking in God's love and blessings and placing it in a bag. God intends for us to be as an open-ended tube that His love can flow through into all the world. God opens the door to countless opportunities to serve others and make a real difference by sharing His love. Often God’s love is shown through the little things, the simplest actions can have impacts far beyond our imaginations and are contagious. The simplest actions are powerful when God flows into and out of our lives. More.

Divorce Care Helps Ease the Pain

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Divorce is painful. Difficult. Frightening. And very, very lonely. But those going through it don’t have to do so alone. MPC offers a Divorce Care class for those needing special support. Read how it has helped some from among us:
“Going through my second divorce, I had some decisions to make. Do I rely on God and his ways? How do I heal and move forward? DivorceCare was my answer for learning to rely on God and move forward. More.

CBH Makes Deep Impact

Since the 1990’s MPC has intentionally focused her international missions efforts in key areas around the world, India being one.
Home to the largest concentration of unchurched people in the world—only a fraction of their 1.3 billion population has been reached with the gospel—India has a small but flourishing church.
Christians Broadcasting Hope (CBH), an international radio ministry sponsored by the Church of God, is carried in India. Through the broadcast, Satya Jyoti –True Light, over 800 million people have the opportunity to hear of the love of Jesus Christ in the Odia and Hindi languages. The India ministry also includes retreats, discipleship training, and a variety of other efforts to nurture listeners who have questions or make decisions to follow Christ. A letter received from a listener in India tells the story of the power of God at work: More.

Mending Houses and Hearts

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Madison Park Church men gather for their instructions. After a time of devotion, prayer, organization and training, this band of men are released to enjoy the best two hours of their month. It all started with a seminar at an Iron Sharpens Iron conference that focused on James 1:27—“Pure and genuine religion ... means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” Clark Simpson attended that seminar and brought an idea back to Anderson. Soon after, MPJ1:27 was born. More.

Stephen Ministers Offer Comfort and Hope

alt text“It was a wonderful comfort at one of the lowest times in my life.” That’s how one care receiver of Madison Park Church’s Stephen Ministry describes it. “[My Stephen Minister’s] concern and words lifted me out of the dark misery I was feeling, and she helped me to find new light and hope for me and my children.”
Stephen Ministries (SM) is a group of congregation members who are trained to provide quality, one-to-one Christian care to individuals experiencing a life crisis. More.

From Burger King to Prospere

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Madison Park Church of God continues to respond to the persistent call of needs around the world. Illnesses are treated in hospitals MPC has helped provide and thousands of lives touched and changed in the name of Jesus through ongoing involvement in India, Haiti, Honduras, Africa and Russia.

Threads recently caught up with Dr. Mark Fulton, local dentist and President of Mission Haiti Medical, a medical ministry and clinic in St Ard, Haiti in cooperation with Church of God missionary Phyllis Newby and the leadership of the Haitian church. More.

Kids Need Care Too

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DivorceCare for Kids provides healing and fun
The experience of feeling scared, sad, confused, alone and helpless can be traumatic for children of families going through a divorce. MPC is seeking to provide a ministry through Divorce Care 4 Kids (DC4K) to help children heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce.
DC4K provides children with a safe and neutral place to recognize and learn to share their feelings in a fun and caring group. More.

India Gospel League: touching lives…transforming communities

alt textDear friends at Madison Park Church of God: Warm greetings from Indian Gospel League! As a result of your donation of a Life Center, a matching gift was given by the Patmos Foundation to build an additional Life Center for Pastor T.A. Paul. We thought you might enjoy the dedication report and pictures.
Pastor T. A. Paul shared the following during the dedication service: Today is one of the best days of my ministry. God heard our prayers and enabled us to see this day to glorify Him in this beautiful church. More.

Creative Crafters on a Mission for Christ

alt textAn colorful assortment of 100 handmade hats helped fill the Christmas Shoe boxes with a personal touch. The Creative Christian Crafters (CCC) have found a way to “Do Something” for the community and the world through their talent and passion.
In 2003 Deloris Wolford prayed the prayer of Jabez, “enlarge my territory,” and found a world of opportunities for her passion of knitting. More.

MPC is DOing Something!

alt textEnthusiastic volunteers wearing bright yellow t-shirts can be seen all around Anderson as the second year of DO Something Anderson! is in full swing.

Hundreds of volunteers from MPC and the Anderson community are tackling work projects designated by the City of Anderson. Many of the projects have not been able to be done, due to a shortage of government funds. More.

MPC Gives Great Care for Kids

alt textParades, water fun, good food, a boat, exciting friends. . .sounds like a great place to be! And you can find it all and more at North Kids and the Learning Station, MPC’s two family oriented childcare facilities.
The MPC Learning Station opened early in the spring of 2011 and is growing both in numbers and facilities. The large hole in the back of the MPC campus has drawn both attention and questions. More.

A Delicious Blessing

alt textIn the beckoning corner of The Commons, with the umbrella tables, high stools and bright sunlight streaming through the wall of windows, Holy Grounds offers more than a center of fellowship with a place to congregate, talk, write, read, entertain one another, whether individually or in small groups.
Over $10,000 of HG proceeds and tips in 2010 benefited mission projects at home and around the world. More.

Loving Locally: MPC Local Missions Team Builds Partnerships

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Loving others right here in Madison County, finding practical ways to share the message of hope found in Jesus Christ. That’s how the MPC Local Mission Ministry Team views their work. The Local Mission Ministry Team has teamed up with several local organization/ministries to give both financially and in service to meet specific needs in our community. More.


MPC Teens “Spread The Word”

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From the streets of Anderson to the rubble in Haiti, MPC youth have been the hands and feet of Jesus, reaching out beyond the walls of Madison Park Church to touch the world.
Months of planning and fundraising culminated in 14 days of ministry and mission for 37 Senior High teens and leaders. Groups split up and served different areas, both local and long-distance. More.

More Than Just a Snack in the Box

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“It arrived at just a time I needed encouragement and connection with home… It gets so lonely here and sometimes we wonder if anyone at home cares." These words, recently written in a thank you note from a soldier, are echoed time and time again from those who have received care boxes from Madison Park Church. More.




The Harbor of Lasting Relationships

alt textThe women at Dove Harbor need many things. But their most pressing need isn’t for groceries, transportation, jobs or money— it’s for healthy relationships with other women. “So much of their lives are marked with unhealthy relationships, co-dependency, manipulation, giving out of obligation, being taken advantage of, the extremes of emotional or physical abuse,” comments Cherilyn Horning, Program Manager at Dove Harbor. “They often don’t even know where to start in connecting to someone in a healthy way.” More.

Community and Ministry Partner News

Dan’s Fish Fry

Friday May 2 from 4:00 - 7:30pm at the Wesley Free Methodist Church, 3017 West 8th Street in Anderson
Proceeds will benefit Operation Love Ministries, Caring for those in need in Madison County. All-you-can-eat Fish and Chicken. Adults: $9; Children: 6-12 $5. Tickets available at Operation Love (765) 644-2121 or at the door.

Operation Love Executive Director Position

Operation Love Ministries is seeking a full time Executive Director. A ministries, donor based compassionate ministry with nine areas of programs also includes coordination of staff, over 60 regular volunteers and hundreds of occasional volunteers. Operation Love provides emergency physical and emotional assistance to those in need in Madison County. The candidate should be a positive, team-focused director with a compassionate heart for all people and, extensive experience in developing a wide range of programs in culturally and ethnically diverse environments. Send resume to Operation Love Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 917, Anderson IN 46015 or email to Joy Plummer by April 30.

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Linville Counseling - trained and understanding counselors

Linville Services Professional Counseling provides a kind, non-judgmental and honest atmosphere to develop personal emotional relational and mental potential. For more information, visit linvilleservices.com or call (765) 642-1853 to schedule an appointment.

Employment Opportunities

Anderson University

  • Accounting Assistant: Responsible for auditing and balancing a wide variety of institutional accounts. Part-time position with limited benefit eligibility.

Submit an application to the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Decker Hall Room 10, Anderson University, 1100 East 5th Street, Anderson, IN 46012, kayoung@anderson.edu. Persons with an application on file may call (765) 641-4132 to express an interest in this position.