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Festival of Tables

Festival of Tables

Celebrating What’s Inside
Saturday, May 16, 2:00- 4:00pm |The Common

Enjoy a luncheon with stunning décor, amazing tablescapes and fabulous fellowship. New this year: A purse auction! Invite ladies who have inspired, encouraged, mentored, and walked beside you on your life journey. Come connect with other women, making new friends and re-connecting with other.

Theme is “Celebrating What’s Inside” Keynote Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kimberly Majeski. Kimberly will share on recognizing the power of the Divine inside all people and how we can call forth, in all women, the beauty that is Divine.

  • Registration is $15 per person. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
  • Includes lunch (provided by The Big Easy LLC, owner Leah Green).
  • A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Stripped Love, a ministry to women in the sex trade.
  • Register by calling Brenda Dillmon at the Church Office, (765) 642-2000.

Table Hostess’ Needed
Invite your friends, family and/or co-workers to join you at your decorated table! Choose a favorite theme and have fun creating a tablescape that reflects your style: classic and inspiring or adventurous and exotic, it’s your choice! Contact: Brenda Dillmon at the Church Office for details.

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General Announcements

General Announcements

Single & Parenting Co-Facilitator

Single & Parenting, a seminar support group for single parents, will re-launching in the Fall. Single parents face many unique challenges. Practical help and hope is offered in each session through dynamic video sessions featuring single-parenting experts, stories of single parents, instructional parenting demonstrations and small group discussion. Individuals who can partner to provide prayer support and serve as a co-facilitator are needed. Contact: Kelli McCord.

MOPS Coming to MPC

First and Third Fridays of the Month beginning in September from 9:00-11:30am at MPC
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. MOPS groups rally women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find identity by journeying along side one another. Summer activities will reach out to moms who are interested in being a part of MOPS meetings beginning in September. Contact: Annie Nichols and follow on

Attention Graduates!

Madison Park Church extends hearty congratulations to all our graduates.
• High school graduates will be recognized at services on Sunday, May 31.
• High school graduates' photos and graduation information will be published on the MPC website and in the May 20 issue of threads.
By May 11 please submit photos along with graduates name, parents name, school, plans following graduation and open house information. Submit information on the MPC website, News & Events Page, Submit an Announcement on the right hand side of the page. Fill in the information and attach a photo.

Amazing Aging/Aging Amazingly

Saturday, May 30 from 8:30am-4:30pm in the Main Auditorium

  • 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.
  • 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, includes a continental breakfast, a "Chick-fil-A" lunch, materials and a "goody" bag. Registration forms and Brochure available at Grand Central. Register online. Deadline for registration is May 20.
Contact: Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation.

Madison Park Players Informational Meeting

Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Hospitality Room
Madison Park Players seek to help people see and feel by forming a mental picture through the art of drama. Uae your gift of creative communication in this exciting, new ministry. Contact: Marta Johnson, Creative Consultant, Children’s Ministries, at the Church Office, (765) 642-2000.

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Employment at MPC

MPC Wedding Coordinator Position: The position of Wedding Coordinator for weddings scheduled at MPC sites is open. Coordinator must have organizational and coordinating skills and ability to relate and work well with people. Contact: Jennifer Eviston, Administrative Assistant to Interim Senior & Senior Associate Pastors at the Church Office.

Upcoming Mission Trips

An opportunity to witness firsthand what God is doing in areas where Madison Park Church is invested with her finances and her friends on the field.

    Honduras: October 10-17 led by John Collier
    Haiti: October 24 thru 31 led by John Walters. Trip cost is $600 plus airfare. Limited to 15 persons.
    Travel with CBH: Journey to the Holy Land - Israel and Jordan. January 4-16, 2016. Sign up at

For more information contact: Jennifer Eviston, Administrative Assistant to Interim Senior & Senior Associate Pastors and Missions.

MPC Hiking Club

Enjoy the great doors, fellowship and better health - join a hike locally or special hiking adventures. Four hiking groups to choose from: Advanced, Intermediate, Weekday and Beginners. Upcoming MPC Hiking Trips include:

  • Saturday, April 18 at 9:00am, meet at 8th Street and Raible to hike the Anderson River Trail
    For Beginners to advanced. The final hiking destination is Rangeline Nature Preserve with three pick-up locations: Madison Avenue and Derby Downs 1.8 miles;Liberty Christian School, 5 miles; or Rangeline Nature Preserve, 8 miles and approximately two and one half hours. Bring, small back-pack or sports waist pack, snack. walking stick, good hiking or walking shoes and good socks. Beautiful scenery so bring a camera and plan to have fun!
  • April 24-25: Knobstone in Southern Indiana - An overnight men's trip. $20. Please R.S.V.P.
  • May 12-17: Appalachian Trail: For intermediate to advanced hikers. Registration required by May 1 to Clint Short at (765) 208-0870
    June 22-25: Hike and attend the Church of God Convention 2015 Be Bold. Reclaim. in Oklahoma City, OK. Hike at Bluff Creek Park and Martin Park Oklahoma.

Connect on Facebook: Madison Park Hiking Group. Contact: Clint Short at (765) 208-0870

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.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Wednesday, May 6 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.

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)


  • April 22: Parmesan Chicken // Kids: Chicken Legs & Fries
  • April 29: Cinco de Mayo: Shredded Beef Enchiladas // Kids: Nachos


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.

J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth)

Thursday, May 21 at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium
All adults 55 and over are invited to an enjoyable time of food and fellowship. Special speakers will be Gene and Becky Fauntleroy. 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

  • 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.

Student Ministries



  • Teaching Focus: Obsessing: Relationships

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

  • BELIEVE: Youth Conference - April 10-12. Cost $60.
  • engage Jr. High Summer Mission Trip
    June 29 - July 3
    St. Louis, MO - Staying at Harris Stowe State University
      Cost: $325. Includes all meals, lodging, T-shirt, transportation, work materials, emergency fund.
      Adult to student ratio: 1 adult to 5 youth.
    Required Training Dates:
      Sunday, May 3 - 10:15-10:45am Crossroads: Student Training and parent Meeting
      Sunday, May 17 - 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads: Student Training
      Sunday, June 14 - 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads: Student Training and final Parent Meeting
      Sunday, June 28: Prayer in all services
    Training will include light snacks, team building exercises, discipleship and servant lessons.


  • 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
  • Spring Retreat at Camp Challenge: April 18-19

Volunteer / Serving Opportunities

Divorce Care 4 Kids Leaders Training

Saturday, June 13 from 9:00-am-12:00pm
MPC's Divorce Care 4 Kids leadership team is looking for people who love the Lord and have a passion for helping hurting children heal. DC4K is a 13-week class for kids ages 5-12. Children of divorced parents often feel alone, helpless, scared, sad and confused. Divorce Care 4 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. If you are interested in being a part of the DC4K team, contact Diann Seelbach at (765) 278-5029.

Volunteer at Dove Harbor

Dove Harbor is looking for volunteers to join the Donation Team, which exists to help provide resources to the women and children at Dove Harbor. Team members volunteer regularly between 2:30-4:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Join the team, at to download a volunteer ministry application. For more information, contact Jennie Griffis, Resource Development Coordinator.

Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers

Saturday, May 9: Meet at the Anderson Post Office on Raible :
Two Opportunities: 8:30 am to pick up food on routes or from 10:00am-5:00 to load pantry vehicles

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana is in need of volunteers to drive the postal routes and pick up the bags of food. There must be two persons in the car. Volunteers are also needed for the monthly tailgate program on the fourth Friday of each month from Noon-2:00pm at the Old Kmart on Nichol Avenue. Contact: Samantha Brilbry.

Digital Photographer for Baptisms

A person is needed to help take pictures at baptismal services at MPC. The pictures are made available on the MPC website Photo Album. Contact: Ron Woolsey, Administrative Assistant, Pastoral Care.

Peanut Butter for Haiti

Help feed children and families in Haiti by donating jars of smooth peanut butter - a good source of protein. Donation tubs are available in The Commons and the Children's Center April 12 through April 30. Contact: Rob Fox, (765) 606-5191.

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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

In Sympathy with

  • Sandy and Dave Beaty, on the loss of her mother, Myrtle Davis-Yoder, on Thursday, March 19.
  • Cheryl and Jerry Considine, on the loss of her father, Richard Mendes, on Tuesday, March 24.
  • Ray and Ruth Ann Seal, on the loss of his sister, Arthenia “Artie” Zile, on Friday, March 27
  • David and Kay DeLong, on the loss of his brother, Frank DeLong, Jr., on Friday, April 3.
  • Nickole Regala, on the loss of her grandmother, Faye E. Arnold, on Tuesday, April 7.
  • Community and Ministry Partner News

    MPC Boys Minor Baseball Schedule

    Brooklyn Little League Field on Main Street between 38th and 53rd streets - the Middle Field
    MPC has sponsored a boys minor league baseball team, the Rockies, managed by Christopher Meijer. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors and cheer and encourage the boys.

      Thursday, April 23 at 5:30pm
      Saturday, April 25 at 4:00pm
      Thursday, April 30 at 5:30pm
      Saturday, May 2 at 10:00am
      Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30pm

    Miriam Project Logo Contest

    Do you have a niche for creativity? If so, entries are being accepted for the annual Miriam Project 5k & 10k Walk/Run logo! The winner will receive a $150 cash prize, two t-shirts & mugs with the design and two entries for the run/walk. See the rules here and stay connect with us via Facebook and Twitter and visit our website for updates.

    Haiti Fundraising Gala

    Saturday, April 18 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Anderson Fine Arts Centre
    Enjoy light hors d'oerves, an auction and special Haitian Guest Speaker, Jean Marie Louis Jean and his wife. The Haitian Pastor was raised in a family who practiced voodoo and became a Christian. Tickets: $20 pre-reserved. Contact the Anderson Fine Arts Centre at (765) 649-1248.

    Scott Lutterman and the Heartland Big Band

    Saturday, May 2 at 7:00pm in The Commons (Doors open at 6:15pm)
    The Music of Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael - The Indiana Boys
    Indiana has a rich tradition of musical composers. The two Hoosier composers featured on this concert penned some of the most memorable music under the Hoosier sky! Songs include It's De-lovely, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Anything Goes, The Nearness of You, Stardust, Georgia on My Mind, Two Sleepy People, Night and Day...the list goes on! Join us for a great evening of vocal and swing classics featuring special guest national artist Freddie Mendoza on trombone. Refreshments and light desserts provided by The Edge catering. Tickets available online at

    Be Bold. Reclaim. |  Church of God Convention 2015

    June 22-25, 2015 • Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City
    More than ever before, the world needs Christ. Jesus is the subject. The convention will awaken and inspire our passion for doing amazing things in His name—freeing the captives, seeking the lost, loving the brokenhearted. Together, we will take back all that Hell has stolen. Special Guests include: Author Francis Chan. Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris. Recording artists Shane & Shane. Comedienne Anita Renfroe. Award-winning recording artists Selah, Steve Rennick, Steve Southards, and Gillian Grannum. Registration: April 1 - June 14: $125, June 15 or after: $150. For more information and to register visit

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    Women of Faith - Loved: The Farewell Tour

    July 31-August 1 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne Indiana
    Celebrating 20 years of laughter and life-changing messages. In 2015 the Farewell Tour brings long-time friends and exciting new additions together for an event focused on the message shared from the beginning: you are seen, you are known, you are free, you are loved. Register at or call

    Special Enrollment Period for Insurance

    March 15 - April 30 at Madison County Community Health Centers
    If you do not have health insurance or have paid a tax penalty you may be eligible for an Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Get covered, avoid the 2015 penalty! Contact the Madison County Community Health Center at 1547 Ohio Avenue in Anderson (765) 641-7499 of 1518 Main Street in Elwood (765) 552-0841.


    • 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

    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.

    • Dove Harbor: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

    • Payroll and Benefit Specialist: Responsible for processing by-weekly payroll, coordinating benefit enrollment and eligibility for university faculty and staff, and reconciling and processing monthly benefit payments. Full-time benefit eligible position.

    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.