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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—March 27, 2013

Pastor’s Column:

The Awkward Third Truth by Jim Lyon, Senior Pastor Okay, let’s just get it out on the table: it can be an awkward, strange, almost surreal kind of experience, the kind of thing most people think waytoo-over-the-top, at best an anachronism from another age, at worst, a creeped-out oddity. Who needs it, anyway? I’m talk about the ancient observation of foot-washing, of course. John’s Gospel (chapter 17:1-17) The story is told of Jesus kneeling before His disciples and washing their feet. The New Testament age was one of dusty roads, open sandals, and dirty feet. It was customary to provide guests with a basin with which to rinse their feet as

they entered the house—or, better yet, offer a servant to wash their feet for them. It was considered lowly, humbling, menial work, this washing-the-feet-of-others-deal. The followers of Christ, who called Him, “Lord,” and “Master,” were, at first, repelled by the thought of Jesus bowing before them in this way. In fact, Peter brushed Him away with an essential, “No way!” as Jesus knelt before him. Jesus famously rebuked Peter for this and reminded everyone in the room that they must allow Him to wash their feet, to serve them and meet this need. And then He told them, “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15) continued on page 4

Borum Shares Cookies— and Jesus—with “The Baddest of the Bad”

January—March Beneficiary: Haiti Make a purchase at Holy Grounds and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MPC’s ongoing ministry in Haiti. Come early or linger after the Sunday worship services to enjoy conversation and refreshments. Visit MadisonParkChurch.org to view the full menu. Sundays, 8:30am-11:30am

MasterCard, Visa and Discover accepted.

Worship Services

Mission, one of MPC’s core values, propels 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. Engaged inside and outside of prisons, many MPC-goers are sharing the Gospel, offering encouragement, hope and support to persons incarcerated and to their families through weekly and seasonal contact. Brian Borum has been a MPC-goer for about twelve years. His courage in diving in and the transformational change it has had in his own sense of the Lord’s calling and his own spiritual development is a wonderful part of reaching out into the world beyond. continued on page 4

SUNDAYS All Sunday Worship Services will be held in the Main Auditorium. 9:00am - A blend of traditional and contemporary music, prayer, and teaching from God’s Word. 10:45am - Features a praise band with distinctively modern edge and teaching from God’s Word. Classes are offered for all ages at 9:00am and 10:45am. Visit the Information Center for a complete listing of all electives or visit MadisonParkChurch.org, Ministries page. SATURDAYS 6:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium A casual, contemporary service with teaching from God’s Word and an opportunity to connect with friends. Children’s programs and Nursery services are provided.


Maundy Thursday Fellowship

March 28 All-Church Pitch-in Dinner at 6:00pm in The Commons

Enjoy an all-church family pitch-in dinner followed by an evening of worship and observing communion. Bring a dish of food to place on the buffet tables. All are welcome. Contact: Marti Euneman, Volunteer Coordinator.

Footwashing Service Following Dinner Participants are invited to follow the Lord’s example in the practice of washing feet. This sacred demonstration of servanthood promises to be a powerful experience for all who attend. All are welcome to participate or simply observe.

Good Friday Service

March 29 at 6:00pm in the Main Auditorium Join recording artist and worship leader, Sarah McLaughlin for an inspiring Good Friday Service. Experience Sarah’s jazz-inspired sounds and soulful songwriting as she creates an eclectic tapestry of Christ’s love and compassion. Be reminded of Christ’s sacrifice and our common need for His grace and forgiveness.

Easter Services

Saturday, March 30 at 6:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium Sunday, March 31 at 9:00am and 10:45am in the Main Auditorium Choose from three service options, each celebrating Christ’s resurrection. • Saturday at 6:00pm — Contemporary service with a praise band • Sunday at 9:00am — Inspirational music with a choir and orchestra • Sunday at 10:45am — Contemporary service with a praise band • Pastor Jim Lyon will speak in all services. • During each service, children ages 2 through 5th grade will be treated to a special live drama and music, crafts and a snack. • The nursery will be open for children birth up to age 2.

Out Live Your Life—

Sermon Series & Small Group Experience Four Weeks in April

Out Live Your Life is a month-long teaching series that parallels a churchwide small group study of the same name. Drawn from biblical principles outlined in the book authored by Max Lucado, Out Live Your Life emphasizes how believers should live with an eye to the future and the footprints they leave behind. In the Out Live Your Life small group experience, four video sessions present the real-life stories of people who are making their lives count. Each session shows not just why but how to live intentionally so that everything in your life adds up to something bigger than you. Scan the QR code to sign up for a small group. Sign-up also available online at MadisonParkChurch.org and at the Information Center.

Annual Bazaar/Auction/Rummage Sale Donations accepted through April; Sale on Saturday, May 11 at MPC

Save items stored in your closet or garage for this annual event. Donations can be dropped off Saturdays in April from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Scatterfield site (2604 N. Scatterfield Road). All donations (except adult clothing) are greatly appreciated. Appropriate tax forms available for tax deductible donations. Proceeds will benefit the MPC building program. The event will be held Saturday, May 11 from 7:00am-1:00pm at Madison Park Church. The annual sale features a great selection of perennial plants, books, collectibles, children’s clothing, homemade baked goods, household items, tools, sports equipment, and much more. A live auction of furniture and other donated valuables will also be held. Contact: Marti Euneman, Volunteer Coordinator.

Blood donations also accepted!

During the Bazaar, the MPC Blood Drive will provide another way to give to your community. For a quicker experience, sign up online at MadisonParkChurch.org or in The Commons on Wednesday, April 24, May 1 or Sunday May 5. Drop ins are also welcome!

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News You Can Use

care requests must be submitted 24 hours in advance. Email requests to jamiew@holyyoga.net. Holy Yoga meets Monday and Thursday from 6:30pm–7:30pm in Room 175.

Holy Week Schedule Changes: All Wednesday Activities are suspended on March 27. On Easter morning, March 31, all Student Ministries adult classes will be suspended. The Church Junior High Students – Save The Dates Office (2200 Madison Square) will be closed • Believe Conference: April 12-13, 2013 on Good Friday, March 29, opening again • Summer Missions Trip: June 17-21, 2013 on Monday, April 1 at 8:30am. If you have an emergency during these times, please call Ignite (Senior High) Student Ministries (765) 642-2000 and the pastor on call will be Easter Worship and Service Project: notified. Wednesday, March 27 from 5:00-8:00pm at GO Choir Rehearsals: All singers are invited! Celebration Church at Arrow Heights (1120 Arrow Avenue in Anderson). Partnering Rehearsal on March 30 at 4:00pm at Church Upon the Rock, 303 E 29th Street in Anderson. with Mike Thigpen’s church to serve the community and worship God together. Learn more about GO Choir at GoChoir.org. Contact: Kevin Majeski at kevin@gochoir.org or Children’s Ministries Jackie Raymore at (765) 609-0263. Children’s Ministry Assistants Max Lucado at MPC: Max Training: Sunday, April 21 at Lucado’s best selling book 10:45am in Room 180. Kids Easter Weekend Outlive Your Life: You Were completing grades 3 through Volunteers Needed Made To Make a Difference 9 are invited to serve is now available The Children’s Ministry will as Children’s Ministry for purchase at the provide full programming for Assistants (CMA) in Information Center. all children ages birth through 5th preschool classes. Special Pastor Lyon will refer grade for our Saturday evening and Training will equip to concepts in the book Sunday morning worship services. CMA’s. Contact: Ali in his April sermon Last year we ministered to more Robinson, Early Childhood series by the same title. than 450 children. Volunteers Coordinator. needed as classroom assistants, Final Open House Fifth Grade Celebration: guest services and roaming at the Lyons: Sunday, Friday, May 17 from greeters. Contact: Paula Spear, April 7 at 6:00pm. 6:00-9:00pm at the Family Children’s Ministries With gratitude for the Entertainment Center in Pastor. support and prayers they Greenfield, Indiana. Movin’ have received during their on up celebration for all fifth devastating house fire and home graders who will be moving up to rebuild, Pastor Jim and Maureen the MPC Junior High Student Ministries. Lyon invite the congregation to attend an Enjoy pizza, attraction passes and tokens for Open House. Enjoy home-made treats and backlight golf, laser tag, three-story indoor great company with Madison Park friends. playground, bumper cars and more. Meet at Everyone is welcome! Please R.S.V.P. to Becky MPC at 5:45pm. R.S.V.P. by May 12 to Amber Arthur, Administrative Assistant to Senior Rodecap, Elementary Coordinator or Paula Spear, Pastor. Children’s Ministries Pastor.

Senior Adults Ministries

Senior Adult and Student Ministries Brunch: Saturday, April 20 from 10:00amNoon in Crossroads Auditorium. Student Ministries invites all senior adults to enjoy a memorable inter-generational time of food and fun. R.S.V.P. by April 14 to Rhonda Hollingsworth, Administrative Assistant, Student and Children’s Ministries at the Church Office.

Athletics and Fitness:

Child Care for Holy Yoga Class: Free child care is available, upon request, for participants of the Holy Yoga classes. Child

Lighthouse Café Enjoy a freshly prepared meal and mini-salad bar in The Commons: Wednesdays from 5:00pm until 6:30pm. Cost: Adults-$6, Children and college Students with ID-$4. Maximum of $22 per family. March 27: Closed due to Holy Week events April 3: Chicken and Noodles Kids’ Option: Chicken and Noodles April 10: Hot Italian Roast Beef Sandwich Kids’ Option: Pizza April 17: Sesame Pork Loin Kids’ Option: Hog Dogs and Chips

Family News To submit a threads announcement regarding a birth or death, please contact Shari Lawyer in the Pastoral Care office at (765) 642-2000.

Congratulations to:

Jonathan and Sarah Trick on the birth of their daughter, Hadassah Jane on March 4.

In sympathy with:

Greg and Teresa Graham on the loss of her father, Ralph Carter on March 2. Burnah Young and Judi Tirpen on the loss of Burnah’s son and Judi’s brother, Frank Young on March 3.

Ministry Partner News Linville Counseling—New Sliding Fee Scale: Linville Services Professional Counseling has a new sliding fee scale for clients to qualify for discounted rates. More affordable services will allow clients to put in the counseling time it takes to achieve set goals. For more information go to linvilleservices. com or call (765) 642-1853 to schedule an appointment.

April 24: Parmesan Chicken Kids’ Option: Chicken Fingers & Fries

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Annual Spring Fling: Wednesday, April 17 from 12:00-2:00pm at the Harter House 600 Main Street in Anderson. Enjoy a box lunch, style show, raffle tickets and door prizes. Tickets: $15, available at the Harter House. Sponsored by the Isabel Society and United Faith Housing. Contact: Harter House (765) 642-7600. Concerts in 2013: Mark your calendar for these and more upcoming events: • 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. • 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. Employment Opportunity: United Home Health Care: A home health care agency serving Anderson and much of central Indiana is seeking Home Health Aids and Certified Nursing Assistants. Competitive pay, supportive work environment and career growth. Apply online at unitedhhc.com. Contact Ron May, Manager at (317) 842-7840.

Contact Us MAILING ADDRESS PO Box 2479 • Anderson, IN 46018 MADISON PARK WORSHIP SITE 6607 Providence Dr. • Anderson, IN 46013 CHURCH OFFICES 2200 Madison Square • Anderson, IN 46011 24-hour line: (765) 642-2000 • Fax: (765) 643-0976 Hours: M - F / 8:30am to 4:30pm

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The Awkward Third Truth Continued from page 1

I’m guessing the room was spellbound. Everyone present must have stared silently as Jesus moved from one pair of grimy feet to another, kneeling, rinsing, drying, bowing. Awkward? Strange? Almost surreal? You betcha. Remembering our Lord’s Humility and Grace And that’s why this re-enactment of our Lord’s gift of servanthood comes round to the Madison Park Church every year, on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, the night that marks this most famous Last Supper (this year on March 28). We not only vividly remember our Lord’s humility and grace as we see others (and ourselves) humbly kneeling to wash feet, we also practice following Him. Precisely. Dramatically. Powerfully. Three Pillars of the Gospel Jesus, the Master Teacher, excelled at capturing important truth with object lessons. The three pillars of the Gospel are captured in this way, as Jesus showed us the Way. In Holy Communion (also given to us at this same Last Supper), Jesus broke the bread and shared the cup and created the astonishing image of His broken body and shed blood. Communion unmistakably reminds us of the Cross, the sacrifice of Jesus, and the wonder of His amazing love. In baptism, Jesus gave us the picture of forgiveness and new life. As we are immersed, we literally feel the truth of being cleansed from sin, our old selves “dead and buried,” and being raised to new life with Him. Baptism is about a new start, a fresh beginning, a clean page, made possible because of His sacrifice on the Cross.

And, in the same way, the third great truth of Kingdom life is unforgettably embedded as we wash feet. Servanthood, humility, deferring to others—these are the marks of the true follower of Jesus. The Lord brilliantly left us this unusual—and at the same time oh-so-simple—moment when we are invited to wash one another’s feet, just as He modeled for us so long ago. Retreat to be Blessed This Maundy Thursday, after our Dinnerwith-Jesus all-church supper in The Commons ends, you’ll have a chance, if you take the dare, to retreat with others in your church family for the washing of feet and the remembering of Jesus’ call to serve. The women will find space in our Crossroads Auditorium; the men will move down the Main Street hallway to Rooms 175-177. In each space, you will find a leader who will help break the ice, make you feel comfortable, and facilitate the process. You write your name as you come in, drop your name in a basket, and then draw a name. You wash the feet of the one whose name you drew; someone else will draw your name and wash your feet. The basins, towels, and water will be waiting for you. A blessing will be waiting for you, too. “Now that you know these things,” Jesus told His disciples, as he stood after washing their feet, “God will bless you for doing them.” (John 13:17) I will be with the guys this Thursday night for the foot-washing, as I have always been for these last 22 years. My wife will be with the women. Join us. Jesus will be there, too. Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at MadisonParkChurch.org.

Winter Ministries Guide The Winter Ministries Guide helps newcomers and MPC-goers alike find a place to jump in. The guide presents opportunities for adults, students and children to join small groups, attend a class, or learn about ongoing volunteer and ministry opportunities. The guide is available at the Information Center and at MadisonParkChurch.org.

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00pm in the Hospitality Room Explore Madison Park provides the essential information you need to know before calling Madison Park Church your church home. The class answers questions such as who we are, what we believe, and our church membership process in a relaxed, fun, and interactive format. Sign-up online at MadisonParkChurch.org or call the Church Office. Contact: Shelly Stottlemyer, Pastor of Front Door Ministries.

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Borum Shares Cookies... Continued from page 1

Brian says,” I have been a part of the Kairos prison ministry for about four years, serving on teams into both the Plainfield and New Castle prisons.” Kairos is a world-wide prison ministry that goes into a prison twice a year for a 72-hour weekend that is all about God’s love and how He cares about them in spite of their wrong choices.” Their care and concern doesn’t stop after a weekend event. They also go into the prison on Monday and Thursday for prayer and sharing – helping inmates with their day-to-day struggles of prison life and to hold them accountable. Many other MPC-goers are involved in this ministry by providing thousands of cookies for the guys behind bars. Brian’s gratitude is overwhelming, “Last time we took 4,076 dozen cookies with us. Our goal was 4,000! God is awesome! It just amazes me how a small cookie can bring love into a place where there is no love, how it can bring light into a very dark place. Jesus is light and every inmate in New Castle prison can see a glimpse of Jesus through the love and caring of a cookie!” As Brian and the team go into the prisons to listen, love and share God’s love, to gang leaders, gangs within the prison—the baddest of the bad, they are also sharing that there are people on the outside that love them too. “At open mic sharing times at the conclusion of an intense weekend, most men say growing up they were taught that real men don’t cry, but through learning of the love and forgiveness of Christ, real men can cry and let go of the past.” Seeing lives changed has the greatest impact on Brian and why he continues in this ministry. “Deep inside everyone is the need to be loved, no matter how tough they think they are. Most inmates don’t know what real love is. To take the love of Jesus behind the walls and show them that not only God loves them, but there are also people on the outside that love them too is an experience that can’t be described. Often it is the first time they have experienced any kind of love. The love of God that they see and feel changes their hearts and lives. It’s about being God’s hands and feet and planting the seed.”


Threads - March 27, 2013