News & Events Highlights

Jesus – Teaching Series

Jesus – Teaching Series

  • March 1 — Jesus: God
    John 1:1-18
  • March 8 — Jesus: Tempted
    Luke 4:1-13, Hebrews 4:14-16
  • March 15 — Jesus: Healer
    Mark 1:40-45
  • March 22 — Jesus: Shepherd
    John 10:1-10
  • March 29 (Palm Sunday) — Jesus: Lord
    Matthew 14:22-33
  • April 5 (Easter) — Jesus: Savior
    Matthew 27:24-54; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 5:6-8
Thanks for all the voices!

Thanks for all the voices!

Sincere thanks, Madison Park, for your participation in our Pastoral Search Survey. We returned a whopping 665 responses! We far exceeded our goal of 500. The Search Committee is so pleased! Thanks for taking time to answer these questions so thoughtfully. You’ve invested in a really important way, in the life of this church and future ministry.

Thanks for letting YOUR voice be heard!

Madison Park Pastoral Search Committee
Lisa Bitar (Chair), Mike Baker, Kim McCardwell, Joel Novak, Ray Poole, Matt Rust, Paula Spear, Jon Trick, and Thomas Wilson.

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General Announcements

General Announcements

MPC Hiking Club - Informational Meeting

Wednesday, March 11 from 5:30-6:30pm in Room 179
Anyone interested in hiking both locally and on extended hiking outings will receive information about upcoming trips and suggested hiking equipment and trip details. Buy dinner at Lighthouse Café to Dine N" Meet in Room 179.
Upcoming MPC Hiking Trips include:

    Saturday, February 28 at 8:30am: Hiking at Mounds State Park. Meet at the front parking lot.
    April 24-25: Knobstone in Southern Indiana
    May 12-17: Appalachian Trail

Sign up for hiking trips on Sundays March 1 and 8 in The Commons. Connect on Facebook: Madison Park Hiking Group. Contact: Clint Short at (765) 208-0870

Clocks Spring Forward

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00am
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night, March 7.

Child Dedication Class - Time Matters

Sunday, April 19 at 9:00am in Room 181
Parents wishing to dedicate their child are invited to participate in this class. Learn more about why Time Matters and connect with other parents. Child Dedication will be held on Sunday, April 26 in the 9:00am and 11:00am worship services. To register for the class contact Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.

Easter Jam! Event Volunteer and Supply Needs

MPC will host a community, family-oriented Easter Jam! on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00-4:00pm . 13,000 pieces of wrapped Easter candy are needed. Please drop off candy in the container in The Commons. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to stuff eggs, bag cookies and prepare craft and activity bags. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to set and clean up, be a roaming greeter, registration, and help with the various stations. Sign up in The Commons beginning March 1 to volunteer or contact Paula Spear, Children's Ministry Pastor or Ali Robinson, Early Childhood Coordinator.

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)


  • March 4: Chili and Baked Potato Bar // Kids: Hot Dogs and Chips
  • March 11: Ham and Cabbage w/cornbread // Kids: Pizza
  • March 18: Baked Potato Soup // Kids: Grilled Cheese
  • March 25: Chicken and Noodles // Kids: Chicken and Noodles

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Blood Pressure Clinic

Wednesday, March 4 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, March 19 at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium
All adults 55 and over are invited to the first meeting of the new year. Special guest speaker, David Reames, will inspire you and and the fellowship will encourage you. Bring a dish of food to share at the buffet table.
Contact: Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation

Camp Challenge

Indiana State Church of God Camp for children and teens.

  • Early Bird Registration:January 1 through March 31 - $199.
  • Regular Registration: April 1 until two weeks from camp start date - $225.
  • Late Registration: within two weeks of camp start date - $265.

Camp Dates:

    Young Explorers: June 11-13 Special Registrations - $99, $110, $150.
    Senior High: June 14-19
    Junior High: June 21-26
    3rd - 4th Grade: June 28-July 3
    5th - 6th Grade : July 5-10 4th
    5th - 6th Grade: July 12-17
    Adventure Camp: July 19-23 Special Registrations - $299, $325, $365.

Children’s Ministry

  • SUPER START - Preteen Event!
    Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 at Trader's Point Christian Church in Indianapolis
    Preteens grades 4 and 5 will experience the nation's biggest Christian Preteen Event! Registration is $80. The price includes all programming and materials, lodging, Friday night pizza, breakfast and lunch plus Sky Zone. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.

  • Passport To Adventure
    Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm in the Children's Center for elementary age children
    An exciting travel adventure through many places that Jesus visited while He was on earth. Learn the stories of the many people He helped. Get ready and earn stamps on your passports.

  • Easter Jam!
    Saturday, April 4 from 1:0-4:00 at MPC

    A special family-focused event with an Easter egg hunt, a variety of Easter-related activities and the Easter Story shared in a fun creative way! Contact:Paula Spear, Children's Ministry Pastor. Easter Sunday Children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to attend worship with their families. Age appropriate activity packets will be available outside the Main Auditorium. Child care will be available for children age 3 and under.

Student Ministries


  • Game Night at the AU Wellness Center: Wednesday, March 18
  • Easter Egg Fundraiser: Take orders February 22-March 22. Earn money for trips and events.


  • Teaching Focus: Obsessing: Relationships

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

  • Senior Adult Donuts and Coffee: Sunday March 8 after first service. Join us for this time with MPC's Senior Adults!
  • BELIEVE: Youth Conference - April 10-12. Cost $60.


  • 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
  • Parents Meeting: February11, 8:15-8:45pm in Crossroads after Ignite
  • Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors Game: February 22
  • MACU Night at Ignite: Wednesday, March11
  • Spring Retreat at Camp Challenge: April 18-19

Volunteer / Serving Opportunities

Bereavement Team Leaders

Two persons are needed to head-up the MPC Bereavement Team. The team plans and implements dinners following a funeral service. This is a vital ministry of MPC, reaching out to families at their time of need. Contact: David Reames, Interim Pastoral Care Pastor.

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.

Family News

Birth Congratulations To

  • Tabitha and Chad File, on the birth of their daughter, Leandra Lin, born on February 13.
  • Lacey and Adam Skaggs, on the birth of their son, Jackson Steven, born on February 17.

  • In Sympathy with

  • Tracy and Bruce Jones, on the loss of her aunt, Gail Elaine Hawkins on Monday, February 2.
  • Gracie and Shelley Criswell, on the loss of their father and grandfather, David A.Criswell on Monday, February 2.
  • Sherry and Terry Minton, on the loss of her aunt, Avanelle Hattery, on Wednesday, February 4.
  • Philip and Debbi Hammel, on the loss of his mother, Verdess Hammel, on Friday, February 6.
  • Janell and Donald Williams, on the loss of her grandmother, Margaret Givens, on Monday, February 9.
  • The family of Noma McClure, who passed away on Monday, February 9.
  • Brooke and Brandon Maves, on the loss of her grandmother, Mary Jo Whitworth, on Saturday, February 14.
  • Cathy, Kylie, Jacob, and Marcia Porter, on the loss of their husband, father and son, Jay Porter, on Wednesday, February 18.
  • Sam and Lois Holmes, on the loss of his mother, Rose Marilyn Holmes, on Thursday, February 19.
  • Community and Ministry Partner News

    Amazing Aging/Aging Amazingly

    Saturday, May 30 from 8:30am-4:30pm at MPC
    Key Note Speaker and other guests include: Andrea Morehead, WTHR Indianapolis news anchor; John Pistole, Anderson University President-elect; Dr. James W. Lewis, Dean of the School of Theology; Kevin Smith, Mayor of Anderson.
    Eight Breakout Sessions to choose from plus an inter-generational service project - children and youth from local churches will pair up with conferees for a hands-on-service project to benefit local ministries.
    Sponsored by the School of Theology, in collaboration with partnering area Church of God congregations. Registration: $10 per person. Send registration to Nichele Washington, Anderson University School of Theology, 1100 East Fifth Street, Anderson, IN 46012. 1-(800-428-6414.

    Madison County Sheriff’s Chapliancy Annual Banquet

    Friday, March 13 at 6:15pm in The Commons
    Guest Speaker: Alphonso Bailey, Founder and ED of Down But Not Out, Inc. The sport of boxing coupled with his intense desire to grow emotionally and spiritually freed him from a life of crime and despair. Proceeds will benefit the chaplaincy program, reaching out to inmates with the gospel of Jesus Christ and providing encouragement and spiritual support to the employees and families of the sheriff's Department. The cost is $20 per person. Make reservations at the table in The Commons on Sundays, February 22 and March 1. Contact; Barb Collier at (765) 617-0506.


    • Tim Hawkins Live Concert with John Branyan
      Friday, March 27 at 7:30pm in the Main Auditorium

      Tim Hawkins has been forging the magical blend between two comedic ideals: A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. His stand-up material is vigorous, well-timed, and honed to perfection. His music stands on its own. Doors will open at 6:45pm. General Admission, Premium Seating Sections available. Tickets available at

    • The BIBLE Tour 2015
      Live in concert: Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath and Danny Gokey

      Thursday, April 9 at 7:00pm in the Main Auditorium

      Your favorite artists bring the Bible to life through live performances of today's biggest songs paired with epic visuals from The Bible Mini-Series. General Admission, VIP, Premium and a limited number of group rate tickets. Tickets available at

    • An Evening with Chonda Pierce
      Sunday, April 12 at 6:00pm in the Main Auditorium

      Tickets available in The Commons and the Church Office. For more information visit

    The BIBLE Tour 2015

    Live in concert: Steven Curtis Chapman, Francesca Battistelli, Brandon Heath and Donny Gokey
    Thursday, April 9 at 7:00pm in the Main Auditorium

    Your favorite artists bring the Bible to life through live performances of today's biggest songs paired with epic visuals from The Bible Mini-Series. General Admission, VIP, Premium and a limited number of group rate tickets. Tickets available at


    First Tuesday of each Month, at 1:00pm at the Pendleton Library, Community Room, 595 E. Water Street in Pendleton
    For individuals coping with chronic illness and pain. Does your condition keep you from enjoying life? Meeting with others who experience chronic pain may be just for you. Family members are also encouraged to attend. You are welcome and encouraged to join this journey of Hope. Facilitator: Linda Teeple at (765) 621-4607.

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    Employment Opportunities

  • Dove Harbor:

      Resource Development Director: Direct fund development and public relations activities to meet the financial, volunteer and material donation needs of Dove Harbor. Prior fundraising and management experience preferred. A 32-hour per week position.

      Resource Manager: Manage volunteers, material donations, physical structure and maintenance needs of the building. A 32 hours per pay period (two weeks). Female applicants only.

    Dove Harbor is a Christian transitional shelter for women and women with children. Submit resume to: Doug Linville, 1400 Broadway Street, Anderson, IN 46012-2535 or email to [email protected] .

  • Employment Opportunities - Anderson University

    • Residence Hall Director, Female Residence Hall: Full-time, live-in position, eligible for full university benefit package.

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