News & Events Highlights

All-Church Christmas Party

All-Church Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 17
6:30-8:00pm in The Commons

From the youngest to the oldest are invited to enjoy an evening of Christmas activities. Begin with a delicious ham dinner at Lighthouse Café from 5:00-6:30pm followed by a variety of activities everyone will enjoy. Create a gingerbread house, make a Christmas ornament, decorate a Christmas cookie, take an elfie selfie, then complete the evening singing Christmas carols and hear the Christmas story. Contact: Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Pastor or JJ Perry, Junior High Student Ministries Pastor.

Dove Harbor/Texas Roadhouse

Dove Harbor/Texas Roadhouse

Friday, December 19, 11:00am-2:00pm
Texas Roadhouse in Anderson

The annual Texas Roadhouse Tips Day will feature delicious food with staff and friends waiting tables. All tips will be donated to Dove Harbor. Contact: Jennie Griffis at (765) 642-1853.

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Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Wednesday, December 24 at 11:00pm Main Auditorium

Make Christmas Eve at Madison Park a hallmark of your holiday celebration. Invite friends and family to enjoy a festive sing-along, a re-telling of the Christmas story, and a candle lighting ceremony. Holy Communion will be served.

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University

Nine-week Class: January 8 – March 5, 2015 Thursdays, 6:30pm–8:00pm in Room 181

Powerful. Enlightening. Fun. Weekly video lessons and discussion groups. Dave Ramsey has a teaching style that is simple and easy to understand. He will change the way you think about money. Register online at DaveRamsey.com. Instructors: Neal Kirby and Sam Hanna. Contact: Jackie Corn at the Church Office.

End of Year Giving

End of Year Giving

Thank you for your faithful giving to Madison Park Church of God. As the year draws to a close your gifts are needed now more than ever. Please consider Madison Park in your year-end giving.

End of Year Giving - To receive 2014 giving credit for financial gifts, all gifts have to be received in the Church Office by closing at 4:30pm on December 31, 2014. If you are mailing contributions, letters must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2014 to receive 2014 giving credit for the contribution. Online contributions will need to be dated on or before December 31, 2013 to receive 2014 giving credit for the contribution.

Giving Envelopes -  Assigned giving envelopes for 2015 will be available in The Commons for pick-up on Sunday, December 28 through January 2015. If you do not currently receive giving envelopes, you may request them at MadisonParkChurch.org/envelopes. Contact: Calvin Pleninger, Bookeeper, at the Church Office.

Announcements

General Announcements

General Announcements

Spiritual Formation Classes

New and returning classes for all ages will begin on Wednesday, January 7 and Sunday, January 11. A complete listing of all classes can be found on the Ministries page or in the Ministries Guide or at Grand Central in The Commons.



Service of Remembrance

Sunday, January 25 at 3:00pm in The Commons Celebrate the life of loved ones and friends who died during 2014. Please submit a photo of your loved one for the video portion of the service. For details, contact David Reames, Interim Pastoral Care Pastor.



Holidays Schedule Changes

  • Church Office (2200 Madison Square):
    Closed Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 2:00pm
    Closed Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26
    Closed New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31 at 2:00pm
    Closed Thursday, January 1
    Open Friday, January 2 at 8:30am

  • Worship Site (6607 Providence Drive):
    Closed Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 2:00pm
    Open for Christmas Eve Service at 10:00pm
    Closed Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26
    Closed New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31 at 2:00pm
    Closed Thursday, January 1
    Open Friday, January 2 at 8:30am
    If you have an emergency during these times, please call (765) 642-2000 and the pastor on call will be notified.



  • Divorce Care for Kids

    Sundays, beginning January 11 at 10:30am in Room 180
    A 13-week class for kids ages 5-12. Children of divorced parents often feel alone, helpless, scared, sad, and confused. Divorce Care for Kids provides a safe and neutral place to help kids recognize and learn to share their feelings and heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce. The program includes a separate adult Divorce Care at 10:30am in Room 181. Register online. Contact: Diane Seelbach at (765)-278-5029.



    Lighthouse Café

    Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30pm in The Commons
    Enjoy freshly prepared meals including a mini-salad bar. Alternate children's meals are available.
    Costs: Adults $7, Children and Student with ID $5, Family Plan $25 (up to 7 people, $5 per each additional person)

    Menu

    • December 24: Christmas Break - No Activities at Church
    • December 31: Christmas Break - No Activities at Church
    • January 7: Ham & Bean Soup, cornbread & slaw // Kids Mini Corn dogs with mac & cheese
    • January 14: Chicken & Noodles // Kids: Chicken & Noodles
    • January 21: Italian Roast Beef Sandwich // Kids: Pizza & Chips
    • January 28: Baked Potato Soup // Kids: Grilled Cheese



    4 More Announcements

    Blood Pressure Clinic

    Wednesday, January 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)

    The J.O.Y group will not meet during the months of December, January and February. The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 19 at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium. Contact: Esther Crnkovich at (765) 649-3323.



    Children’s Ministry

      December Christmas Schedule

      Wednesdays

    • December 17 - All-Church Christmas Party: From the youngest to the oldest are invited to enjoy an evening of Christmas activities. Begin with a delicious ham dinner at Lighthouse Café from 5:00-6:30pm followed by a variety of activities everyone will enjoy. Create a gingerbread house, make a Christmas ornament, decorate a Christmas cookie, take an elfie selfie, then complete the evening by singing Christmas carols and hearing the Christmas story
    • December 24 at 11:00pm in the Main Auditorium - Christmas Eve Service
    • December 31 - All activities at MPC are cancelled.

      Sundays
    • December 21 - Christmas Sunday. Celebrate Jesus' Birthday in the Children's Center.
    • December 28 - Children ages 3 - grade 5 will attend worship with family in the Main Auditorium Coloring books and crayons will be available in The Commons. Childcare available for children, birth - age 2.

      Contact: Paula Spear, Children Ministries Pastor.



  • Children's Ministry Assistant Training
    Sunday, January 11 at 9:00am in Room 181

      Kids completing grades 3 through 9 are invited to serve as Children's Ministry Assistants (CMA) in preschool classes. Special training will equip CMA's. Contact: Ali Robinson, Early Childhood Coordinator at (765) 642-2000.



  • Student Ministries

    ALL YOUTH EVENTS

      Area Wide Youth Ministry Worship: Wednesday, January 7 from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium.

      JUNIOR HIGH - IMPACT

      • Fall Teaching Focus: Huge Hearts Matthew 5:43-48. Following the teaching of Jesus, students will be challenged to Love All and have Huge Hearts for the Kingdom.

          - Sundays, 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium
          - Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm in Room 176-178

      • Christmas Party: December 17. Multi-generational party in The Commons.

      SENIOR HIGH - IGNITE

      • Fall Teaching Focus: THRIVE: Ephesians 3:14-21
          - Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium.
          - STW OFFERING for video projectors/Church of God India project, each week at Ignite!

        • Bible Studies:

            - Sundays at 9:00am in room 180
            - Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamson's Home

      • Ignite Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 17 from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium.
      • Christmas Caroling: Sunday, December 21 from 4:30-7:30pm. Meet at the Harter House on Main Street in Anderson. A wonderful opportunity to share God's love with the Harter House community.
      • New Year's Party: Saturday, January 3 from 5:00-10:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. Enjoy a five hour "lock-in" event full of fun, energy, friends, food, games and time to reconnect after the holiday season.



    Volunteer / Serving Opportunities

    Park Place Food Pantry

    MPC is joining forces with Park Place Church of God's Food Pantry, located in the community building behind the church on College Drive. The pantry gives food items to those who might otherwise have little to eat. It is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am-7:30pm. Volunteers are needed and appreciated to help in this ministry. Contact: Joe Womack at (765) 620-9342.

    Stephen Ministry Training

    MPC's Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. If you are drawn to help people in their time of need, please consider attending the Training Sessions to begin in January. Contact: Nancy McCafferty at (765) 644-1472.

    Family News

    In Sympathy with

  • >David and Beth French, on the loss of his father, Charles French on Friday, December 5.
  • >Dave King, on the loss of his wife, Carolyn King, on Saturday, December 6.
  • >Dave and Kay DeLong, on the loss of his nephew, Richard VanCleave, on Sunday, December 7.
  • >The family of Ollie Watkins, who passed away on Wednesday, December 10.

  • Community and Ministry Partner News

    Employment Opportunity

    The Christian Center has an immediate opening for a Men's Program Director. This is a full-time position and is an essential part of the ministry. Submit an electronic copy of resume along with a cover letter to [email protected] by December 31,