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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—August 28, 2013

Time to Face the Music by Steve Williamson, Worship Arts Pastor Several years ago, our Elder Board Chair and Dean of the Anderson University School of Theology, David Sebastian, invited me to address a graduate class he was teaching on worship. At the conclusion of the class, he distributed an essay on worship renewal by an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary by the name of Russell Yee, Ph.D. His essay, titled Worship

Renewal: Time to Face the Music, resonated so clearly with my own thoughts and convictions about corporate worship, that I have referred to it many times through the years and want to give credit where credit is due here. In it, Dr. Yee, puts forth that, inherent in the Great Commandment to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself,” are two ruling principles for our worship life as a church. continued on page 4

Fall Offers New Focus and New Face New Focus 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, a tenstep new believers journey that introduces the basic tenants of the faith in an interactive way. Other Bible and topic studies are designed to meet the needs of people wherever they are in their Christian journey or issues they may face in their lives, families, jobs and involvements. New Face Mickey Foley, recently named as part-time Director of Spiritual Formation at MPC speaks to his development. “I believe being in church on Sunday is a must, but being involved in small groups, classes and missional activities allows the Gospel to become relevant in our lives! Study and disciplines in the classes and small groups I attend have been instrumental in my growth and call to ministry.” Mickey and his wife, Amanda have been married for eleven years. He has been

teaching for seventeen years, presently in the Alexandria Community School system. They began attending MPC in 2000 and are involved in various aspects of ministry. Mickey has led the Men’s Ministry for three years and during his involvement in the MPC Leadership Training Class felt the initial prompting to full-time ministry. Having journeyed through the two-year ordination process, he will be ordained on October 6 at the Indiana State Ministers Meeting of the Church of God in Indianapolis. In his role as Director of Spiritual Formation, Mickey witnesses to the impact the classes and groups can have on the very nature and core of life. “I think being in settings where you can share life with others and encourage each other as we grow spiritually has a profound impact on our daily lives. I have been blessed to have the support, encouragement and love that the body of Christ has given me at MPC. I am so thankful for the people and the mentors God has placed in my life and want to be the same for others.” With more than 50 small groups from which to choose, MPC has something for everyone! Whether you are looking for a group that is just for men or women, volunteer-minded or Bible study based, there is a small group that will deepen your faith and enrich your spiritual formation and journey. To learn more, stop by the Information Center or contact Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant for Spiritual Formation, at the Church Office.

July—September Proceeds benefit Russia Make a purchase at Holy Grounds and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Madison Park Church’s ongoing missions work in Russia. Come early or linger after the Sunday worship services to enjoy conversation and refreshments. Visit to view the full menu. Sundays, 8:30am-11:30am

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Worship Services SATURDAY 6:00pm - 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. SUNDAY 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, Ministries page.

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Sermon Series & Small Group Experience Weekends this fall

One by One is a ten-week teaching series that parallels a church-wide small group and class study, Fresh Start. The series focuses on taking specific steps to grow in faith and to become more mindful of reaching out to our neighbors, friends and co-workers. Participants will be challenged to see themselves as “sent” by God to reach others for Him—one by one. This “missional” mindset takes the often distant and unreachable concept of being a missionary and brings it home to be applied to daily living. It’s not too late to join a Fresh Start small group or class experience in preparation for the One by One sermon series. Gathering in small groups to discuss the steps is a huge factor in creating a church-wide atmosphere of growth and “missional” impact. Everyone is urged to be a part of a small group or class.

Fresh Start Small Group Facilitator Training Session

Saturday, September 7 at 10:00am in Rooms 176/178. Sign up in The Commons or contact Jackie Corn at the Church Office.

Fall Ministries Guide FALL 2013

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The Fall 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

Calendar Note

Worship services suspended Saturday, September 7 in lieu of the RETRO Live Concert (See below–bring a friend!).

THE POWER OF LOVE [RETRO Live Concert] Saturday, September 7 at 7:30pm, Main Auditorium

Looking for a great end of summer concert event? Check out RETRO: The Power of Love. The live concert features all-time favorite hits from the past five decades, performed by Madison Park talent. Country, R&B, Rock, and Pop... RETRO has it all! Come early (The Commons open at 5:30pm) and enjoy the “classic car” showcase, Culver’s yogurt, Holy Grounds, and more. The Commons will open at 5:30pm to welcome you to step back in time, view some spectacular automobiles, enjoy a beverage at Holy Grounds, a Culver’s sundae, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies or take a photo with a vintage car. Doors open to the Main Auditorium at 7:00pm. Tickets: Adults $8, Students $6. Ticket Outlets: The Commons and at the Church Office. SPECIAL Advance Ticket Promotion: Receive a complimentary guest ticket with every purchased ticket. Share your guest ticket with someone who does not have a church home. All tickets purchased at the door subject to regular price.

Miriam 5K Run/Walk & 10K Run Saturday, September 14 at 8:30am, Broadway Ministry Center

The annual fundraiser for the Miriam Project, begins at the Broadway Ministry Center, 1400 Broadway, and follows the Shadyside Park trails. Registration begins at 7:45am. Register online at Contact: Brooke LeMay at (765) 640-1580.


News You Can Use

Special Called Business Meeting: Wednesday, September 4 at 6:00pm in The Commons. A Special Called Business meeting is being held for the purposes of 1) ratifying a candidate to fill an open Resident Elder position and 2) providing an update from the Search Committee. Absentee ballots may be obtained at the Information Center on Wednesday, August 28; and Sunday, September 1. BOHO (Butterflies of Hope Outreach) Interest Meeting: Wednesday, August 28 at 5:30pm in the Hospitality Suite. Has God placed a passion in your heart to be for and with the most vulnerable in our community? Learn how to serve and share love, light and hope in dark places. BOHO is a ministry into the strip clubs in the Anderson community, where intentional relationships with broken women are formed to love them where they are, just as they are. Volunteers are currently needed for the BOHO Outreach Team, Prayer Team and Event Planning Team. Come learn how you might fit in. Contact: Kimberly Majeski at Parenting Seminar: Beginning Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-8:30pm in Room 186. A seven-week study on the book Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey will be led by Jenny Spencer of Ignite Learning. Focusing on self-control and confidence building for parent and child to help families move from turmoil to tranquility and find new ways of understanding and improving behavior of children and parents. Cost $15, includes book. R.S.V.P. to Amber Rodecap, Elementary Coordinator. Contact: Jenny Spencer at (765) 620-5988. RefresHer Fall Launch—September 10: 17 Tuesday from 9:00-11:30am in Crossroads Auditorium. All ladies are invited to retreat from the demands of life and be nurtured and refreshed through teaching and small group sharing and discussion—growing closer to God and other women. The focus of the fall study will be women’s design and purpose, giftings and spiritual warfare. Childcare is free. Contact: Lisa Bitar at Celebrate Recovery Movie—Home Run: Friday, August 30 at 6:30pm in Crossroads Auditorium. Admission is Free! Move Synopsis: Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Based on thousands of true stories, Home Run is a powerful reminder that with God, it’s never too late... freedom is possible. Contact: Randy Pierce at (765) 639-1656 or Jen Bell at (765) 610-6577. Single and Parenting Classes: Beginning Sunday, September 15 at 9:00am in Room 177. Single parents face unique challenges. Learn tips and parenting wisdom that will help you find rest, hope and encouragement. Solicit advice from other single moms and dads, and pose your own questions about singleparenthood. Register in The Commons or at Contact: Kelli McCord at Divorce Care Class: A 13-Week Class beginning Sunday, September 15 at 9:00am in Room 176. DivorceCare is a seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. A place to be around people who understand what you are feeling and hear

valuable information about ways to heal from the hurt of divorce. Co-Facilitators: Emily Kovacik and Don Wilson. Register in The Commons. Contact: Emily Kovacik at J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth): Thursday, September26 (the fourth Thursday) at Noon at South Meridian Church of God (Enter the back of the church under the portico and go downstairs by elevator or steps. Enjoy food and fellowship with friends of the South Meridian retirees group. They will provide lunch and a special program. Contact: Esther Crnkovich at (765) 649-3323. S.A.L.T. (Single Adult Living Truth)—Fall Specials: All singles, age 30 and over, are invited to enjoy the fun and fellowship at the variety of summer activities. • Saturday, September 7 at 7:00: RETRO at MPC • Sunday, September 8 at 6:00pm in Room 175: Fall Kick Off—Amazing Race to Fresh Start Scavenger Hunt View a complete schedule at Contact: Wanda Anderson at

Special Interests

Bicycling: Tuesdays through October from 6:00pm until dark (weather permitting), starting from the Madison Park parking lot. Bicyclists of all ages, all skill levels and paces are welcome; no bicyclist will be left behind. Contact: Bruce Jones at (765) 278-9243. Open Road Motorcycle Rides: The next ride times and destinations are: • Saturday, September 14 at 10:00am, Coney Island in Fort Wayne, Indiana; • Saturday, September 28 at 10:00am, Wicks in Winchester, Indiana; • Saturday, October 6 at 9:00am, Brown County. More at bikers. Dates subject to weather conditions. Unless changed, rides begin from Madison Park Church on 67th Street in Anderson. Open Road recommends (not requires) riders wear helmets. Contact: Tim Covert at (765) 6068575 or Tyler Barker at (765) 606-5193.

Student Ministries IGNITE—Senior High Ministries: • Sky Zone Event: Sunday, September 15 from 4:00-8:00pm (Meet and pick-up at MPC) Gather for pizza and hangout before heading to Sky Zone. Sign up by September 11 at Ignite with your Sky Zone waiver and OCW. Space is limited! Cost: $10 for MPC Students. $5 for non-MPC students. Invite friends! After September 11 call (765) 642-2000 to sign up.

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. August 28: Fried Chicken Kids’ Option: Fried Chicken Sept. 4: Italian Roast Beef Sandwich Kids’ Option: Pizza Sept. 11: Chicken & Noodles Kids’ Option: Chicken & Noodles

Children’s Ministries

Transformed: Series for Elementary Age Children: Beginning Wednesday, August 28 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Children’s Center. Jesus—the Ultimate Transformer. Children will discover that if they allow Jesus to lead and guide their lives, they too will be completely Transformed! Baptismal Class for Children: Beginning Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30pm in Room 190 of the Children’s Center. What’s a Bath Tub Doing in My Church - Helping Kids prepare for Baptism. All students, grades 2-5 who have made a personal decision to follow Christ are invited to participate in this four-week class. All parents are asked to attend the final session, September 25. Class size is limited to 10. Leaders: Todd and Cindy Faulkner. Sign up is required. Contact: Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Pastor. Divorce Care for Kids: A 13-week class beginning Sunday, September 15 at 10:45am in Room 180 (for kids ages 5-12). Children of divorced parents often feel alone, helpless, scared, sad and confused. Divorce Care for 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.The program includes a separate adult Divorce Care at 9:00am in Room 176. Register in The Commons or online at Contact: Diane Seelbach at (765) 278-5029. The Secret Keeper Girl Live Crazy Hair Tour: Friday, September 27 at 7:00pm at Madison Park Church. Doors open at 6:15pm. Fashion show, fun Bible teaching, crazy game show and some great mom and daughter time! Advance tickets - $15, $20 at door. Purchase at Call (888) 877-9467.

Wednesday, September 18 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. You’ll meet others who are on the same journey as you and begin the process of getting connected. Find details or sign-up in the Hospitality Room or online at Contact: Shelly Stottlemyer, Pastor of Front Door Ministries.


Time to Face the Music Continued from page 1

The first ruling principle he named the “rule of self-offering.” The second, he named the “rule of self-sacrifice.” The Rule of Self-Offering “The rule of self-offering calls us to devote as much of ourselves as possible – mind, body, emotions and spirit – in our offering of praise. This involves giving the fullest possible expression of worship in our own language, culture, and ‘voice.’ One of the fundamental principles of the Reformation was that worship is the work of the people, that it is their offering of their lives in all the particulars of time, place, and custom that have shaped them. The rule of self-offering directs us to take the cultural particularity available to us and make the fullest possible use of it, and so make the fullest possible offering of ourselves to God. It follows that music in worship should be of a style that speaks as directly and fully as possible to and from the hearts of a particular gathering of worshipers... it should fit their personality and cultural manners, and it should engage them as holistically as possible. It should be fully their music.” But here is where the problems begin, because it is a very rare church, indeed, that is not culturally diverse. Dr. Yee writes, “Cultures are not discreet. They overlap in complex, inconsistent ways. Each individual’s experience of culture is even unique and ever-changing, with individual musical attachments. Individuals and

Opportunities to Serve

Support The Troops: Sunday, September 1 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.

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

In sympathy with:

Brian and Erin Hampton on the loss of her father, John W. Gilmore on August 2. JoAnn Gates at the loss of her son, John Anderson, III on August 10. Diana Hummel, Julie Cook and Robert Carr at the loss of their husband and father, MB Hummer on August 11. Gary Laycock at the loss of his father, Marvin Laycock on August 14.

Ministry Partner News

Retreat to The Cove with Christians Broadcasting Hope: October 20-23 at The Cove in North Carolina. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and inspiring retreat with Jim Lyon

churches are also moral agents, faced with unavoidable choices about whether and how to change and grow in response to God and neighbor, whether and how to bring not only the present ‘all’ of ourselves to worship, but also a greater future ‘all’ as well as they (hopefully) develop and mature in both character and skill. While the rule of self-offering calls us to respond to God with as much of ourselves as possible, it turns out that ‘as much as’ and ‘ourselves’ are complex, changing, and conflicted matters.” The Rule of Self-Sacrifice Yee continues, “God’s solution to such complex, changing and conflicted matters is the rule of self sacrifice. We are called to die to ourselves, to put others first, to adapt and defer to others (Matt. 10:39, I Cor. 9:12, 22; 10:24, Phil. 2:3; 3:10). The reigning principle behind so many debates over church music —that everyone has a right to the music they like—is sub-Christian. The Christian principle is to focus not on rights but on responsibilities to edify and evangelize. To be sure, Jesus promises me I will ‘find my life’ in the process (Matt. 10:39), which will include finding a music I can truly call my own. But that comes not by defending my music as something I need and must have (for then it has become an idol for me), but rather precisely by getting myself out of the way as much as possible.” C.S. Lewis wrote many years ago on the subject of church music: “There are two musical situations on which I think we can be confident that a blessing rests. One is where a priest or an organist (today, let’s say a worship leader), a man of trained and delicate taste, humbly and charitably

sacrifices his own, esthetically right, desires and gives the people humbler and coarser fare than he would wish, in a belief that he can thus bring them to God. The other is where the unmusical layman humbly and patiently, and above all silently, listens to music which he cannot, or cannot fully, appreciate, in the belief that it somehow glorifies God, and that if it does not edify him this must be his own defect. Neither such a high brow nor such a low brow can be far out of the way. To both, church music will have been a means of grace; not the music they have liked, but the music they have disliked. They have both offered, sacrificed, their taste in the fullest sense.” At Madison Park Church, we are a diverse family of believers who span the continuum of life and faith and development. In our worship services, we hope that you will offer yourself as fully as possible to God, and will charitably allow that not all the music will be your “cup of tea.” It doesn’t have to be in order for you to express your love for God and for your neighbor. And may I ask something of you? Would you pray for your worship leaders that we might have wisdom and discernment to select music that draws people to God and encourages them to offer themselves more fully to Him? “To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:21). Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at

and featured guest Kathy Troccoli. Ride the round trip charter bus leaving from the MPC parking lot. Registration packages are available by calling CBH at (800) 757-8439 or by email to Global X Adventure Opportunities: • Russia: October 6-14, 2013: Celebrate with the Chelybinsk Church of God on the dedication of their new church building and twenty years of partnership with MPC. Visit the famous sights in Moscow and experience Russian culture. Sponsored by Church of God Ministries and Christians Broadcasting Hope. More information at travelwithandrew Contact: Andrew Lyon, Tour Coordinator or John Walters, Christians Broadcasting Hope at (800) 848-2464. • The Holy Land: January 3-15, 2014: Join with Christians Broadcasting Hope (CBH) and host Jim Lyon for thirteen days of Biblical insight as you sail across the Sea of Galilee, stand on the banks of the Jordan, and marvel at the ancient walled city of Jerusalem. Contact: Christians Broadcasting Hope at (765) 648-2161. Michael Kelly Blanchard in Concert: Sunday, September 8 at 6:00pm at Park Place Church of God, 501 College Drive in Anderson. Tickets: $7 adults; $3 students, 13 years-college; 12 years and under free. Infant childcare available. Contact: Loretta Davy at (765) 642-0216.

Woven Threads Benefit Concert: Sunday, September 22. Two Performances: 4:00pm and 7:00pm at Anderson University York Performance Hall. A musical Legacy of Anderson University featuring live performances by Sandi Patty, Bill Gaither, Gloria Gaither, Jon McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, Alanna Story, Crista Wells and Jeff Owen from Tenth Avenue North. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, visit or call (800) 965-9324. Linville Counseling: Linville Services Professional Counseling provides a kind, non-judgmental and honest atmosphere to develop personal emotional, relational and mental potential. For more information go to or call (765) 642-1853 to schedule an appointment.


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