News & Events Highlights
A Christmas Carol
Thursday, December 12 • 6:30pm
Enjoy a festive catered dinner followed by a spectacular performance of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $22 and are available at Grand Central and the Church Office. Reservations required. Call Marti Euneman at (765) 642-2000.
December 13-15 • 7:00pm
NEW! Saturday Matinee
December 14 • 2:00pm
Doors to the Main Auditorium open 30 minutes prior.
Indiana’s longest running, live musical production of the Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Admission is free. Open seating. An offering will be received to benefit Dove Harbor women’s shelter.
Advance Reserved Seating: Gold Circle Tickets are available for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances. Enjoy premium reserved seating for $10. Tickets may be purchased in The Commons at Grand Central, at the Church Office or online at iTickets.com. Seating is limited. General Admission seating will be offered at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis at each performance until auditorium capacity is reached.
Unwrapping the Carols of Christmas
December 1 — Away in a Manger [Luke 2:6-7]
Christmas is not the gold and glitter or the wrappings and trappings. It is the story of God humbling himself to become a baby. Born in a very crude manger, yet sent to save a world.
December 8 — Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus [Isaiah 9:6]
Seven hundred years in advance, Isaiah the prophet described the coming Messiah. As Charles and John Wesley took that prophesy and penned the words to the great carol, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, they questioned: “Does this ancient text speak to current life?”
December 15 — I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day [Micah 5:2-5]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, grieving his wife’s death and his son’s crippling war injuries, composed a poem entitled “Christmas Bells,” now put to music as a carol. His words of hope, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep” echo the hope of the prophet Micah who spoke to a weary world waiting for the arrival of the Messiah.
Christmas Eve Service
Tuesday, December 24 at 9:00pm
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.
Christian Center Donations
Sunday, December 22 in The Commons
Missions outreach into our own community seeks to help the ministry at the Anderson Christian Center. A needed donations list is available at Grand Central in The Commons.
Toles Flower Cards Benefit Dove Harbor
Purchase a floral card for $35 and receive a free small floral arrangement each month for one year - a great gift idea! Dove Harbor will receive $20 from each card sold. Cards are available through the end of January at Grand Central in The Commons, Dove Harbor and Toles Flowers, 627 Nichol Avenue in Anderson.
Gifts for India
Now Is a Great Time to Give
The India Gospel League, MPC’s longtime partner in India, offers a gift catalog filled with giving opportunities ranging from $5 to $75,000. Gifts benefit missions efforts in evangelism and church planting, discipleship, children’s ministries, adult education and training, medical ministries, rural development and skills training, animals, and Adopt-a-Village. All gifts are fully tax-deductible. Ask for a Gift Catalog available at Grand Central or visit India Gospel League online.
Gifts for Haiti
Now Is a Great Time to Give
Mission Haiti’s giving catalog contains 40 gifts of hope for a hurting world ranging from $4 to $75,000 providing milk, hot food, vocational training, livestock and building mission hospitals and church buildings. All gifts are fully tax-deductible. Visit their website at MissionHaitiMedical.org.
Men Needed for Handbell Choir
Sunday, January 26 at 9:00am
Eleven men are needed for a one-time-only, all men's handbell choir. Need only a limited knowledge of music, ringing techniques will be taught. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, January 7, 14, and 21. Contact: Tom Evans at (317) 339-2176.
Holiday Break Schedule
All Wednesday Activities suspended at MPC: Wednesday, December 25 and January 1
Church Office (2200 Madison Square) and Worship Site (6607) Providence Drive)
- Closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25
- Open Thursday, December 26
- Closed Wednesday, January 1
- Open Thursday, January 2
Safe Sitter Event
Saturday, February 8 at 8:30am-3:00pm, Room 175/176
Ready to care for children in a safe way? It is a very important job. You need life and safety skills to take care of and protect children. Safe Sitter is the only national not-for-profit solely devoted to preparing sitters age 11 and up, to confidently care for themselves and younger children when adults are not present. Lunch is provided. Registrants will bring home a backpack filled with safety info and supplies. Learn more at SafeSitter.org. egistration deadline is February 1, 2014. Cost $40. Contact: Amber Rodecap.
The Miriam Project, established by Madison Park Church in response to the need for adoptive services in Madison County, provides adoption services to assure that all children within the reach of this ministry are embraced by healthy and loving families within the body of Christ. Become an Adoption Advocate by contributing financially on the new online donation page and sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter. Contact: Thomas Horrocks at (765) 640-1580.
December Wednesdays - 6:30pm
Discover how you can be salt and light as the Missions Team offers opportunities to reach our community and the world. In Rooms 175/177.
A sing-along featuring favorite songs of the season. In The Commons.
Thank You For Your Faithful Giving
Thank you for your faithful giving to the ministries of 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.
Please note to receive 2013 giving credit for financial gifts, all gifts have to be received in the Church Office by closing at 4:30 p.m. on December 31, 2013. If you are mailing contributions, letters must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2013 to receive 2013 giving credit for the contribution. Online contributions will need to be dated on or before December 31, 2013 to receive 2013 giving credit for the contribution.Thanks again, your gifts are making a difference, for Kingdom’s sake.
New 2014 assigned giving envelopes will be available in The Commons for pick-up starting on Sunday, December 29 and throughout the month of January 2014. If you do not currently receive giving envelopes, you may request them here. Contact: Rob Spaulding, Business Administrator or Calvin Pleninger, Bookeeper, at the Church Office.
Divorce Care - Polar Express Christmas Party
Saturday, December 21 from 2:00-5:00 in Room 175/177
All current and former Divorce Care, Divorce Care 4 Kids and Single and Parenting participants are invited to a no-cost, fun-time with treats, Polar Express party. Contact: Jennifer Johnson.
Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic
January 8 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.
- Child Dedication Class
Sunday, December 15 at 9:00am in Room 175
- Children's Programming Canceled
Sunday, December 29 for children ages 4 through grade 5
- Transformed: Series for Elementary Age Children
Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm in the Children's Center
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, January 19, 2014. Sign-up for the class by December 3 by calling the Church Office at (765) 642-2000. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministries Pastor.
Children are invited to attend worship with family and friends.
Childcare is available for children birth through age 3. Contact: Paula Spear, Children's Ministry Pastor.
Jesus - the Ultimate Transformer. Everywhere He went lives were changed. Children will discover that if they allow Jesus to lead and guide their lives, they too will be completely Transformed!
All Youth Events
- International Youth Convention 2014
- Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Registration and deposit of $95 due by Wednesday December 11. The Registration Deadline is extended to January 15. In order to receive this deposit extension contact Eric Reeder and request extension and turn in students registration form by Wednesday December 11.
Christian Center Donations
Sunday, December 22 in The Commons
Missions outreach into our own community seeks to help the ministry at the Anderson Christian Center. A needed donations list is available at Grand Central in The Commons.
Stephen Ministry - Christ Caring for People Through People
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. On November 3 in both worship services persons who have completed training will be commissioned: Heather Imel, Melanie Hendricks, Bradley Duncan, Bob Gilliam. If you are drawn to help people in their time of need, please consider becoming a Stephen Minister. The next training begins in January 2014. If you need a Stephen Minister or information about training, contact Nancy McCafferty at (765) 644-1472.
Support The Troops
Sunday, January 5 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.
Birth Congratulations to
- Bonnie and Nathan Stiers at the birth of their son, Jackson on November 12. Wanetta and Greg Stiers are the paternal grandparents.
In Sympathy with
- Connie Allbaugh at the passing of her brother, Bob Miller on November 12.
- Brian Hampton at the passing of his son, Nicholas on November 14.
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
A Taste of Russian Warmth
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!
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
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
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.
Mickey Foley, recently named as part-time Director of Spiritual Formation at MPC speaks to his development. More.
That’s the POWER of LOVE. . .
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Global X Adventure Opportunities
- The Holy Land: January 3-15, 2014
- The Real Women of the New Testament Greece and Turkey Tour: May 10-22, 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.
Travel with CBH and Dr. Kimberly Majeski through the historic sites of Thessaloniki, Philippi, Corinth and Ephesus. Delve deep into the stories of the prominent women who were at the forefront of the early church, as it spread throughout the region.
Enjoy luxurious accommodations and fine Mediterranean cuisine as you tour the land of ancient Macedonia and cruise through the Greek Isles. Space is limited. Call Allison Suer, CBH Outreach Coordinator, at (765) 648 2161 or (800) 757-8439.