News & Events Highlights
Celebrating Pastor Jim and Maureen
Sunday, June 30 at 10:00am
One Combined Service in the Main Auditorium
Don’t miss this historic service honoring Pastor Jim and Maureen Lyon and commemorating twenty-two years of ministry at Madison Park Church.
Child care provided for children through age two in the Children’s Center. Ages two through grade five will attend the celebration in the Main Auditorium.
Share a Note or Photo
Share a note of congratulation, appreciation, or encouragement for inclusion in a book of letters to be presented to the Lyons. Photos may be submitted for a retrospective video.
Drop-off notes, letters and photos at the Information Center. Photos must include name of person submitting and return address on back of photo, if return is requested. Deadline is Sunday, June 2. Photos may be submitted online. To mail items, send to: Commemorative Book/Video, Madison Park Church, P.O. Box 2479, Anderson, IN 46018.
Gas up the Corvette and travel with Pastor Jim Lyon as he leads us across the U.S. on Historic Route 66. In this weekend sermon series, there will be stories from the past, scenic vistas that inspire, and a glimpse of the road opening up on the horizon. Heaven’s handbook will be our guide. There’s never been a better time to journey together!
Festival of Tables
Saturday, June 1 from 2:00-4:00pm
Enjoy stunning decor and inspiring tablescapes, delicious tea and tasty treats catered by M&N Catering, and a fabulous fashion show.
Guest Speaker, Misty Novak, shares about her faith in Jesus and her own healing journey. A retired educator, Misty shares about perseverance in her book, See You in a Minute: A Mother’s Journey Through the First Year of Grief.
Invite the women in your life who inspire you. Come make new friends at this event to remember! Tickets: $15. Proceeds benefit Miriam Project Adoption Services. Sign up in The Commons through May 11-19 or online.
Celebrating Students in Transition
All Weekend Services, June 1-2
All Children Kindergarten through grade 5 will join their family in the worship services for a celebration of students and transitions. Graduating seniors will be honored in this Rite of Passage Celebration. Programming will be available for children birth through Tiger Pre-K class in the Children’s Center. Contact: Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Pastor.
Miriam Project’s Change for Children
Now through Father’s Day, June 16
Fill empty baby bottles with money to support the Miriam Project Adoption Services’ annual Change for Children fundraiser. Bottles are available at the Miriam Project. Collection Day is Father’s Day, June 16. Contact: Brooke LeMay at (765) 640-1580.
Global Gathering 2013
June 22–25 • Anderson University campus
The Global Gathering is an international meeting of the Church of God (Anderson, IN). The 2013 gathering will serve as the North American Convention offering a full slate of worship services and opportunities to connect.
Five Things You’ll Love about the Global Gathering:
- Fun and fellowship with the global church family
- Dynamic international speakers
- Worship in many languages, uniting many cultures
- Opportunities to meet world needs like hunger and clean water
- Testimonies of what God is doing around the world
More at Church of God Ministries website.
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Saturday, July 20 at 6:00pm
The award-winning quartet bring a contagious energy and a message of hope that will inspire and entertain generations of Southern Gospel Music lovers. Tickets available at itickets.com.
Thank You For Your Faithful Giving
- Give during the offering during the service.
- Give online at MadisonParkChurch.org.
- Drop-off your check at the Church Office.
- Place your check in the secure drop box in The Commons.
See Information Center for assistance.
- Mail your check to: Madison Park Church of God, P.O. Box 2479, Anderson, IN 46018-2479
- Direct withdrawal. Available at no charge. Contact Calvin Pleninger
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving of your resources to the ministries of Madison Park Church of God. As summer approaches MPC needs your support - even when you're on vacation. Madison Park Church operates on the generous contributions of churchgoers. Thinking about giving? There are several ways to do so:
Special Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30pm in the Main Auditorium
A special called business meeting to (1) Consider a proposal to update Madison Park Church Articles of Incorporation to be in-line with current Indiana Not-for-Profit Act. Copies of the proposed amended Articles will be available May 22 at the Information Center. (2) Update on Debt Restructure progress. This meeting is for voting members of Madison Park Church. All those who have declared that they are believers and that Madison Park Church is their church home may vote.
There’s More! Dig Deeper for Summer
Plan to attend any of the new or returning classes coming to Madison Park Church!
- Route 66: A study and discussion on the current teaching series, I and II Peter. All ages are welcome. 9:00am in Room176/178
- May 29 in Room 179 - Divorce Care: A weekly support for people separated or divorced. This is a place to be around people who understand and to gain valuable ways to heal. Register online at DivorceCare.org, or sign up in The Commons. Facilitators: Don Wilson and Kimberly Ritchhart.
- May 22, 29 in Room 175-177 - Greatness in Obedience: A character study in glorifying God through faith. Facilitator: Jon Schwartz.
- June 5 and June 12 in The Commons - God's Mission: Walk through the Bible to focus on the mission of God in human history. Bring your Bible. Facilitator: Don Taylor.
- June 19 in the Main Auditorium - Creating A Culture of Prayer: Leaders: Mike Schwartz, Pastoral Care Pastor and Leroy Quashie, Prayer Ministry Coordinator.
- July 3 in the Main Auditorium - Independence Day? Leader: Mike Schwartz, Pastoral Care Pastor
WEDNESDAY at 6:30pm
Madison Park Church extends hearty congratulations to all our graduates. Senior High graduates will be recognized at all services on the weekend of June 1-2.
Fast Pitch Softball Schedule
All Games are played at 38th Street Pulaski Park
- MPC Team A
- MPC Team B
Contact: Adam Farmer ( 765) 621-3037
Tuesday, May 24 - 7:30pm – MPC A vs. East Side 4
Tuesday, June 4 - 6:00pm – MPC A vs. New Life Nazarene B
Friday, June 7 - 7:30pm – MPC A vs. Parkview Wesleyan A
Contact: Tyler Barker at (765) 606-5193
Tuesday, May 28 - 6:00pm - First Baptist B vs. MPC B
Friday, May 31 - 7:30pm - The Bridge C vs. MPC B
Tuesday, June 4 - 7:30pm - MPC B vs. West Cross St. Alliance
Monday, June 10 - 9:00pm - MPC B vs. First Baptist C
Friday, June 14 - 7:30pm - MPC B vs. East Side A
Check out the complete Softball Teams Schedule.
Open Road Motorcycle Rides
- Saturday, May 21 at 7:00pm: Surprise ice cream ride.
- Saturday/Sunday, June 8-9 at 10:00am: Overnight stay in Middlebury, Indiana. Visit Keith Stork's church in South Bend.
- Saturday, June 11 at 7:00pm: Surprise ice cream ride.
- Saturday, June 22 at 10:00am: Ride to Nashville, Indiana.
All motorcyclists are invited to enjoy the 2013 rides. The next ride times and destinations are:
All dates subject to weather conditions. Unless changed, all rides begin from Madison Park Church on 67th Street in Anderson. Open Road recommends (not requires) all riders wear helmets. Check out the complete 2013 Open Road Schedule. Contact: Tim Covert at (765) 606-8575 or Tyler Barker at (765) 606-5193.
Summer Youth Camps
- Camp Challenge, located near Bedford, Indiana:
- Yellow Creek Lake Camp
Indiana State Church of God Youth Camps hosts hundreds of children and teens from grades 3-12 each summer.
June 17-21, Senior High Camp
June 24-28, Junior High Camp
June 30-July 2, Young Explorers
July 3-6, Family Camp (NEW!)
July 8-12, 5th & 6th Grade Camp
July 15-19, 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Camp (NEW!)
July 22-26, 3rd & 4th Grade Camp
To register or for more information, visit: GoCampChallenge.com or call (812) 834-5159.
June 7-8, Tadpole Camp: K-1st Grade
June10-4, Sr. High Camp: 9th-12th Grade
June 17-21, Jr. High Camp: 6th-8th Grade
July 8-12, Siblings Camp: 2nd-6th Grade
July 15-19, Kids Zone Camp: 2nd-5th Grade
August 9-12, Family Camp
To register or for more information, visit yclministries.org or call (574) 491-3075.
- Invite Night 2 - Game Night: Friday, May 31 from 6:30-9:30pm at Terry & Sherry Mintons, 510 S 300 E in Anderson. Capture the Flag, volleyball and more big games. Bonfire with weiners and s'mores. Bring a friend! R.S.V.P. by May 30 to JJ Perry, Junior High Ministries Pastor.
- Engage-Summer Mission Trip: June 17-21 to Cincinnati, Ohio. For current students grades 6 and 7. Cost: $325. $50 non-refundable deposit due by May 5. Cost includes: registration, all meals, lodging, transportation, work materials, t-shirt, King's Island admission and food.
Required Training Dates: Training will include light snacks, team building exercises, discipleship and servant lessons.
• Sunday, May 5 from 10:15-10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium. Students and parents meeting.
• Sunday, May 26 from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium.
• Sunday, June 9 from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. Student training and final parent meeting.
• Prayer for students and leaders in the 9:00am and 10:45am services.
Contact: JJ Perry, Junior High Ministries Pastor.
Impact Junior High Ministries
- Summer Recruitment
- Move UP Day!
Sunday June 9 in the 9:00am and 10:45am class times
Kids entering Kindergarten through grade 6 will transition to their next age level class. Incoming sixth graders will go to the IMPACT at 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium.
- Family Mechanics - Elementary Age Classes
Beginning May 22 in the Children's Wing
Build strong families through learning to influence parents attitudes by loving, honoring and obeying them. Discover that the Heavenly Father will never ever leave us. Dress in play clothes and plan to get messy!
• May 22 - Contagious Night: What are people catching from you? Come dressed with chicken pox, measles, or band aids galore. Prizes for best dressed!
• May 29 - Bright Light Night: Make a GloBottle and talk about shining the light of Jesus for all to see.
• June 5 - Backwards Bash: Do your clothes fit backwards? Sometimes doing what feels wrong is the right thing in Jesus' eyes! Dress accordingly!
• June 12 - Mysteries of Nature/Earth Day: Dress in camo or as your favorite superhero!
- Celebrating Pastor Jim and Maureen Lyon
One Service • Sunday, June 30 at 10:00am in the Main Auditorium
Child Care provided for children through age two in the Children's Center. Ages two through grade five will attend the celebration in the Main Auditorium. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.
Summer recruitments are needed to help love on babies, care for pre-schoolers, lead worship or a small group of elementary kids. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.
Gordon Food Service to Benefit MPC
Shop at Gordon Food Service (GFS), show your Loyalty card, and Madison Park will receive a rebate of up to ten percent of your total purchase. Pick up a Loyalty card at the Resource Center in The Commons or at the service desk at the GFS store. Contact: Marti Euneman, Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteers Needed for Global Gathering
June 21 - 25 on the Anderson University Campus
Many people from around the world will be attending the Global Gathering and the task of making them feel welcome, comfortable and safe is vital. Volunteers will be crucial. Multiple volunteers are need for a minimum of four-hour slots from 8:00am-10:00pm daily. Various needs include: Under the Umbrella: volunteers in varions outside locations visible to guests to answer questions, offer directions, etc., registrars, plenary point persons and airport hosts. Contact: Becky Fauntleroy at (765) 620-3120.
Celebrate with Gerald Sheets
Open House: Saturday, May 25 from 2:00-5:00pm in The Commons. Friends and family are invited to celebrate the 80th birthday of Gerald Sheets. Cards are welcomed, no gifts. Contact: Ginger Bullis at 1-800-552-6550
Birth Congratulations to
- Adam and Karalee Peercy on the birth of their daughter, Dianna Layne on April 26. She joins big brother, Luke, age 4.
In Sympathy with
- Dr. Mark and Kathy Fulton on the loss of his father, Billie Fulton on April 24.
- Mark and Sarah Asnicar on the loss of his mother, Leona Asnicar on April 28.
- Dawn Canaday on the loss of her mother, Virginia Douglas on May 1.
- Jerry and Betty Schildmeier on the loss of their son-in-law, Terry M. Kelly who passed away unexpectedly on May 4.
Congratulations to our Grads!
Madison Park Church extends hearty congratulations to all our graduates. High School graduates will be recognized in services the weekend of June 1-2. Below are several MPC-goers who will be "turning the tassel" this summer.
Meg Fields, graduating from Lapel High School. Meg is the daughter of Bobby and Rhonda Fields. She plans to attend Anderson University to major in Communications and Public relations. Open House; Saturday, June 8 from 10:00am-1:00pm at 1017 S 500 W in Anderson.
Rachel A. Jackson, graduating from Pendleton Heights High School. Rachel is the daughter of Dwaine and Regina Jackson. She plans to attend Huntington University to major in Digital Media Arts, specializing in animation and visual illustration. Open House: Sunday, June 2 from 5:00-8:00pm at 7932 West 920 South in Pendleton.
Peyton McCardwell, graduating from Pendleton Heights High School. Peyton is the son of Terry and Kimmi McCardwell. He plans to attend Indiana University to major in Business. Open House: Sunday, June 2 from 5:00-8:00pm at 6025 Red Fox Road in Pendleton.
Andrew Vaughn Norton, graduating from Lapel High School. Drew is the son of Michael and Joy Norton. He plans to attend Lake Forest College to study Business and play basketball. Open House: Sunday June 9 from 2:00-5:00pm at 6124 Lemming Court in Pendleton.
Philip Swank, graduating from Pendleton heights High School. Philip is the son of Sheldon and Christine Swank. He plans to attend Ivy Tech.
Answering Prayers with a Toolbox
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.
Andrew Lyon shares his excitement and deep commitment to this ministry. More.
Walk through the Park (and a Bike Ride, Too)
It’s been a long winter, but spring has finallyarrived. To celebrate, MPC is headed south...to Brown County!
Indiana’s most popular state park located just one hour south of Indianapolis, Brown County State Park hosts millions of visitors each year. Mountain biking, camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and sightseeing are among the favorite activities at the park.
Longtime MPC-goer Tim Stottlemyer is ready to hit the mountain bike trails. “I’m an avid outdoor athletics fan, and recently I’ve become ‘addicted’ to mountain biking,” he explains. More.“
Out on the Open Road
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.
Borum Shares Cookies - and Jesus - with “The Baddest of the Bad”
Mission, one of MPC’s core values, propel members to reach beyond themselves and influence the world. As we experience God’s love in worship and fellowship, we are compelled to reach beyond ourselves and influence the world around us. We become people of mission, change agents for Heaven’s sake. It’s a natural outgrowth of a healthy spiritual journey and the call of Christ. We are encouraged to identify one place of service inside MPC and one place outside the church, intentionally working for the redemption of a broken and suffering world. Some venture to exciting destinations right in our own area. More.
India Gospel League: Building the Church One Village at a Time
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
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.
Bringing Healing and Hope to Haiti
“Honestly, it was hard being there – in the clinic and orphanage. I felt like I was in a world of no hope and no opportunity.” MPC-goer, Allison Suer was on her first trip to Haiti with MPC-goers Dr. Mark Fulton of the Mission Haiti Medical team and John Walters of Christians Broadcasting Hope. They were there for a double purpose with a single focus, to bring a message of hope to the people of Haiti. More.
Bereavement team brings great comfort
Grief is a life changing experience. As Christians, we celebrate and give thanks for the promise of eternal life but grief is sometimes overwhelming. MPC provides a variety of ministries of support, prayer, resources and encouragement to families at the time of loss and sadness and also seek to journey alongside the family in the weeks and months to follow.
Small Group Serves Large Crowds
Whether you are new to MPC or have been a Christ follower for years, going deeper through small group Bible study and discussion groups helps apply Christlike character to daily living and real life circumstances.
Small groups are designed to take you deeper in faith development and move you forward on your spiritual journey. Many outreach ministries are a result of a small group’s going deeper and seeking ways to minister to others. More.
Scrooge does it again
In a likely turn of events, Scrooge and his 2012 special guest, the Grinch, discovered anew the true meaning of Christmas. Thousands in attendance found it, too... and so did the hundreds who gave of their time, money, talents, inspiration and joy at this year’s production of A Christmas
• The Carol By The Numbers
• Winner, Winner, Theater and Dinner!
The Healing Harbor
As if taking care of your own family and children doesn't keep one busy - especially this time of the year, the staff at Dove Harbor (DH) are dedicated to seeing that women and children are cared for in the Christmas season and all year. Although the holiday season is especially busy with a variety of big benefit events, Threads recently caught up with Deanna Zimmer, Director of Resource Development at Dove Harbor and asked her some personal questions. More.
On Track to Make Music
“I sought out the leadership track because I knew that I needed to be out of my comfort zone so that God could continue to bring about change in my life,” expresses Logan Ritchhart, as his year long involvement in the MPC Leadership Track comes to a musical conclusion.
Logan continues, “I knew I needed to develop leadership skills in order to be prepared for whatever God has for me next.” More.
Holy Yoga Stretches Muscles and Faith
Connecting body, mind and spirit with God; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is the focus of entire fitness through Holy Yoga and is now offered at MPC three times a week.
Jamie Wilkerson, MPC-goer has enjoyed the discipline and received certified training in Holy Yoga; a spiritual discipline, much like prayer, fasting and meditation on scripture. More.
On Wednesday night, October 31, MPC will open the church campus and facilities to one of the most attended community events of the year. Hundreds of neighborhood friends will be welcomed by MPC-goers and provide a save, exciting opportunity for families.
“Twenty years ago I came to MPC and was delighted in the outreach MPC has – into our families, our community, and truly around the world,” expresses Russ Miller who has been actively involved in Trunk-n-Treat for the past eight years. “ More.
Churches team up to DO Something!
Hundreds of volunteers from MPC and the Anderson community will tackle work projects around the city of Anderson during DO Something Anderson! Blitz week. An initiative designed to make a positive difference in our community, DO Something! helps the community come together to address needs that the city has been unable to accomplish due to economic down turn and a shortage of government funding.
Co-Chairs, Jerry Breeck and Mike Truman have been busy coordinating with city leaders, community sponsors, participating churches and site managers to pull together projects, needed equipment and resources for Blitz week.
Pictured left to right: DO Something! site manager Richard Prather with co-chairs Mike Truman and Jerry Breeck.
Divorce Care Helps Ease the Pain
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.
RETRO Helps MPC “Welcome In”
Retro 2012: Music from the 60”s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that everyone will know!!
This year’s Retro concert is a night of great music that will feature all MPC people. As we planned this year's event, we wanted to return it to a format that was produced and delivered by our own Madison Park people. We want to be able to say to everyone there that evening, that "this is us." The people you see and hear are our band members, choir people, pastors, board members, congregation people, youth workers....a cast of over 40 people…all people that are faithful contributors to the very life of Madison Park Church. More.
Running for Forever Families
The start-gun will sound and runners and walkers will head out into the beautiful trails of Shadyside Park for the annual 5K and 10K race; a benefit for the Miriam Project adoption agency. Threads caught up with race coordinator, Brooke Mathis, for a little Q & A as she dashes to finish up last minute details leading up to event. More.
Finding Joy in Jesus
On Saturday night at MPC a powerful worship experience draws people into an intimate setting in Crossroads Auditorium with a band and a distinctively modern edge. Kelli Murphy has found a spiritual home in Crossroads worship. Working in management at Eli Lily, her life journey had led on the path of frustration and searching. On Saturday, July 7 at the baptism in the lake, Kelli shared this moving testimony:
"For every setback God has a major comeback. More.
Linvilles Help Others Heal Beyond Broken
What happens in life when dreams are shattered? How does one move back to hope again and what part does God play?
The current sermon series is touching close to the heart of MPC-goers, Doug and April Linville who minister to families as they work through difficult experiences caused by loss or family crises. More.
GO Choir seeks to do just that: GO
Kevin Majeski, Madison Park Church communications director, serves as founder, accompanist and self-proclaimed (tongue-in-cheek) “eye-candy.”
While the choir itself is just months old, it’s beginnings started decades ago. “The churches I grew up in, while not black churches, always seemed to have a little bit of the black gospel genre in the worship mixed in with everything else,” Kevin remembers. “And there was something about that genre that always resonated with me. It encompasses jazz, soul, classical and contemporary styles. There’s a passion to the music—a freedom and authenticity—that’s apparent.” More.
Bags Packed for Music / Ministry
She may be found singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, with symphonic orchestras, in MPC’s Voices of Praise Choir or leading the children in a roaring song in Crossroads Auditorium. She is equally at home with and enjoys singing diverse genres of music such as opera, classical, jazz standards, contemporary and musical theater. Lisa Fauntleroy Dawson has "packed her bags" to perform on stages across the country and internationally, but her heart remains centered on the fundamental values in her life – God, family and church.
An ordained Church of God minister, her roots grow deep in her love of music and the church. A heritage of ministry, from great- grandparents, grandparents and parents, she cultivates a deep relationship with people and ministry wherever God places her. “My love of music began as an infant in hearing lullabies and I began singing as a child, standing on a chair beside my mother at church – including North Anderson (MPC's previous name) when my parents were pastors here. It’s made full circle!” More.
Victors on the Playground
A year long project culminated on a sunny morning, Wednesday, May 16, as workers and children gathered for the dedication and ribbon cutting of the new MPC playground. What began as Rick Sprague’s project to complete his participation in the 2011 Leadership Training Track, turned into a band of brothers who gave over 200 man hours to complete the project.
Often battling extreme heat and cold, and obstacles that sometimes seemed insurmountable, 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.
MPC Students Plan to LIVE at IYC
The International Youth Convention of the Church of God is a conference for high school students designed to create a moment for life change and to be a launching pad for young people to change their communities. Typically around 5,000-6,800 students and their leaders gather every two years. IYC2012 will be held July 4-7, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
“IYC is all about Life Change. Everyone wants to LIVE, which is the theme of IYC 2012 this summer,” shares Eric Reeder, Senior High Ministries Pastor. MPC students will leave on a chartered bus leaving on Wednesday, June 27 and returning home on Monday, July 9. More.
Mending Houses and Hearts
MPJ1:27 builds more than projects
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
“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
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
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
Dear 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.
Counting the Christmas Blessings
MPC reached beyond its walls with a wide range of opportunities to impact the community with the spirit of giving and love at Christmas. The events require hundreds of hours in planning and preparation by volunteers and staff. Holiday Giving Opportunities are offered by MPC beginning in October and the response and results are powerful! Although too many to list, check out some of the highlights: More.
Creative Crafters on a Mission for Christ
An 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.
Helping at the Harbor
Ways to get involved in Dove Harbor are as unique and varied as the people and organization that connect. From providing birthday parties and gifts, hosting a pool party, spending time playing with the children, and mentoring to providing skills, etiquette, or around the building maintenance and repairs, meals and monetary donations, Dove Harbor needs connect to individual’s talents, skills and circumstances. More.
MPC is DOing Something!
Enthusiastic 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.
Not the Typical Essay…
If MPC students are faced with the “What did you do on summer break?” essay prompt this fall, several will have answers that will surprise their teachers. Students were offered more summer ministry experiences than ever, spanning the world from Indiana to Russia. They have served in ministry and mission, learning and growing, giving and receiving. Details and stories would fill pages and pages of a theme book; here are just a few highlights: More.
MPC Gives Great Care for Kids
Parades, 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.
MPC Students Spread the Word
by Eric Reeder, Senior High Student Ministries Pastor
On June 30, thirty-three students and leaders from Madison Park and East Side Church of God will be traveling together to Chelyabinsk, Russia for a life-changing mission trip experience! The group of thirty-three will be joined by seven more youth leaders from our National Youth Ministry Team and will visit Chelyabinsk to conduct an English camp, see the dedication of the youth center café, and continue to plant seeds of the gospel in this city. More.
Maundy Thursday Demystified
Each year during Holy Week, Madison Park
observes Maundy Thursday, a special service
to celebrate the Last Supper. This year, the
service will be held on Thursday, April 21 at
6:30pm in The Commons and will consist of
music, a message from Pastor Jim Lyon, and
communion at the tables. After the gathering,
participants will be dismissed with the option
of staying for a footwashing service.
But why wash feet? More.
A Haitian Adventure
MPC-goer Rob Fox just returned from a mission trip to the earthquake torn country of Haiti, now ravished with the outbreak of Cholera. On January 12, the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake, many people and families are still without homes, living in unsanitary conditions. Rob shares his passion and love for missions and Haiti. More.
A Delicious Blessing
In 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
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 Appreciated Internationally
"Koph und Herz, Hand in Hand" (Head and Heart, Hand in Hand) describes the theme and the intent of the conference for Church of God delegates from ten European countries who gathered at the Church of God Bible College in Fritzlar, Germany the third week of September.
Pastor Jim Lyon was invited to address the Theological Conference of the Church of God in Europe which takes place only in even-numbered years, biennially. More
Earning the “Seal of Approval”
Diligent. Credible. Sound. And now, thanks to the United Way, certified.
It’s a descriptor that Dove Harbor director Doug Linville has sought for quite some time.
“We met with the United Way three years ago to discuss the possibility of applying for certification,” he explains. A rigorous process that is only made available periodically, United Way certification involves submitting a 10-page application, compiling supporting documents, and participating in an interview with the United Way leadership. In the end, the Madison County United Way enthusiastically gave its certification to Dove Harbor. href="http://threads.madisonparkchurch.org/2010/09/13/2nd-story-5/?preview=true&preview_id=4412&preview_nonce=4cdc437403 title="rel="external"> More
Living at 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains with groups of students studying altitude physiology. Leading canoe and backpacking trips in the Canadian wilderness. Climbing 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. Sound exciting and adventurous? More
MPC Teens “Spread The Word”
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
“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.
Worldwide Hope One Listener at a Time
A worldwide audience, filled with individual impact. That’s the target of Christians Broadcasting Hope (CBH). “The dream of CBH is to reach as many people as possible with the hope of Christ,” shares Andrew Lyon, MPC-goer and CBH Constituent and Support Development Specialist.
CBH, an initiative of the Church of God, is heard each week around the globe in 8 different languages on 5 continents. ViewPoint, the weekly English broadcast hosted by Pastor Jim Lyon, faces the real experiences of everyday living through inspiring and informative interviews, biblical insights, personal stories, fresh music and innovative methods of bringing the message of Jesus to a hurting world. More.
The Harbor of Lasting Relationships
The 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.
Central Indiana Job Fair
Thursday, June 6 from 10:00am-3:00pm in The Commons
Open to all individuals seeking employment and individuals seeking different or better employment opportunities. Fifty area employers with a wide variety of jobs. Get prepared now, WorkOne offers help with: Resumes, Basic computer skills, Interviewing workshops, Strategies to Achieve Employment, Veterans Job Club, Career Exploration, Indiana Career Connect. Contact: Ed Miller at (765) 641-6511.
Women of Faith - Believe God Can Do Anything
August 23-24 at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
You’re invited to be part of a very special celebration. Music that moves. Stories that strengthen, Teaching that transforms. Unstoppable inspiration, and a few surprises combine for an experience like no other. God loves you! And that means there is always a reason to celebrate. Details at womenoffaith.com. Contacts: Evie Jacobs or Dana Porter.
Journey to the Holy Land
January 3-15, 2014
Join with Christians Broadcasting Hope (CBH) and host Jim Lyon for thirteen breathtaking days of Biblical understanding as you sail across the Sea of Galilee, stand on the banks of the Jordan, wander the ancient streets of Capernaum, and marvel at the ancient walled city of Jerusalem. Plan now. Pray now. Save now. Register online. Contact: Christians Broadcasting Hope at (765) 648-2161.
Mark your calendar for these and more upcoming events:
- C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters: Saturday, June 1 at 4:00pm and 8:00pm at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, 4602 Sunset Avenue in Indianapolis. This theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' brilliant novel about spiritual warfare will change the way you think about how demons and angels influence your life. Discount group tickets available. Contact Andrew at (866) 476-8707. More information at ScrewtapeOnStage.com.
- The Punches Family: Saturday, June 22 at 6:00pm at Parkview Church of the Nazarene on Rangeline Road and 10th Street in Anderson. Enjoy a unique blend of Blue Grass Gospel music that appeals to a variety of audiences. The family group has won numerous awards including SPBGMA Entertaining Group of the Year in 2010 and 2011. A love offering will be received. Contact: Dale wilson at (765) 606-7062 or (765) 643-5851.
- Tim Hawkins Comedy: Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm in the Madison Park Church, Main Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets available at timhawkins.net.