biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—October 9, 2013
Increasing Our Perspective by Stephen West, Worship Ministry Co-Director Perspective is an amazing thing. It breaks down walls and unites enemies, and for Christ followers it means something even more. It is a calling to shift our perspective from the momentary to the eternal. Our current series’ “One by One” is really aiming to shift our focus away from things of this world and back to the foundational
truths of our faith, back to the building blocks of a passionate relationship with Jesus. “One by One” is a rediscovery of our passion as Christ followers. In each service we have featured a video of an individual’s story of redemption. Some of these people are on staff at Madison Park and others are not. These stories are an amazing testament to the faithfulness of our God. Ben Hodge and I have had the privilege of filming continued on page 4
DO Something Anderson! From the ivy-invested overgrowth to trash laden lots, volunteers put words into action during the 2013 DO Something Anderson Blitz Week, September 29-October 4. Sweat and sore muscles met laughter and prayers to help make our community a safer, more beautiful and productive city in which to live. Work sites included: Derby Downs, Pulaski Park, Shadyside Memorial Park, Grandview Golf Course, the list goes on and on. Many thanks to the tireless volunteer project managers and workers serving on site, and also to the Hospitality Team for providing snacks and refreshments.
October–December Beneficiary: Dove Harbor Make a purchase at Holy Grounds and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Dove Harbor Women’s Shelter 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
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Worship Services 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 MadisonParkChurch.org, Ministries page.
One By One
Current Sermon Series and Small Group Experience One by One is a 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 through 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.
Night of Worship with Alanna Story Sunday, October 20 at 6:30pm in the Main Auditorium
Join Alanna Story for an evening of praise and worship. Everyone is welcome!
October is Pastor Appreciation Month October is Pastor Appreciation Month— a special time set aside to honor pastors and pastoral families for the hard work, sacrificial dedication and many blessings they provide throughout the year. If you’d like to encourage MPC’s Pastoral and Ministry Staff by sending a note, feel free to drop off your card or letter at the Information Center or at the Church Office, now through October 31. Cards will be collected and delivered to the staff members’ mail box at the Church Office.
Tim Hawkins Comedy Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm Madison Park Church, Main Auditorium
Tim Hawkins forges the magical blend between two comedic ideals:A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. With over 100 million views on YouTube, 120+ sold out shows every year, and 200K+ Facebook fans, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets available at timhawkins.net.
A Christmas Carol
Dinner Theatre • Thursday, December 12 at 6:30pm Enjoy a festive catered dinner followed by a spectacular performance of A Christmas Carol. Reservations required. Call Marti Euneman at (765) 642-2000.
Evening Performances • December 13-15 at 7:00pm NEW! Saturday Matinee • December 14 at 2:00pm Indiana’s longest running, live musical production of the Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Admission is free. Open seating. Doors to the Main Auditorium open 30 minutes prior. An offering will be received to benefit Dove Harbor women’s shelter.
Fall Ministries Guide 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. FALL 2013
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The guide is available at the Information Center and at MadisonParkChurch.org.
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ALL-YOUTH EVENTS: S.A.L.T. (Single Adult Living Truth)—Fall Enjoy a freshly prepared meal and mini-salad Specials: • Madison County Youth Bonfire Bash!: bar in The Commons: Wednesdays from Wednesday, October 16 from 6:00-9:00pm. • Fresh Start Series: Sundays at 6:00pm in 5:00pm until 6:30pm. Cost: Adults-$6, Children Hang out with other church youth groups. Room 175 and college Students with ID-$4. Maximum of • Fall Ball: Wednesday, October 30 from • Walks at Mounds Park. Sundays, Oct. $22 per family. 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. 13 and 27, Nov. 3 and 17. Meet at MPC Oct. 9: Loaded Baked Potato Soup to carpool and combine entrance fees. • Indiana State Youth Convention: Kids’ Option: Grilled Cheese & Contact: Wanda Anderson at anderson. November 1-3 in Indianapolis. Register Chips firstname.lastname@example.org. with a deposit of $60 by October 20. Oct. 16: Beef & Noodles • Christmas Party: Wednesday, December J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth): Thursday, Kids’ Option: Beef & Noodles 18 from 6:00-8:00pm. October 17 at Noon in Crossroads Oct. 23: Sesame Pork Loin Auditorium. Enjoy laughter and music IMPACT—Junior High Ministries: Kids’ Option: Pizza with Garri George. Bring a dish of • Foundations - Building food to share. Contact: Esther a Strong Faith. Sundays at Crnkovich at (765) 649-3323. Eric, Marsha, Daniel and Dallas Reeder on the 10:45am in Crossroads loss of Eric’s uncle, Jerry Reeder on September Prepare-Enrich Premarital Auditorium; Wednesdays 13 in Parkersburgh, West Virginia. Counseling Class: from 6:30-7:45pm in Student Ministry Two-day class. Friday, Room 176-178. Mark and Carmen Sokol on the loss of his Carmel Apple Fundraiser October 18, 6:00pm• No Impact mother, Barbara J. Sokol on September 10. 9:30pm and Saturday, October 13 and 20 in The Commons Service: Sunday, October 9:00am-12:30pm November 3 (Indiana Large apples hand-made in four at Linville Services at State Youth Convention), options: caramel only, caramel with Broadway Ministry or Wednesday, nuts, caramel with chocolate, caramel Center. Getting Married? November 27 with chocolate and nuts. $5 each. Newly Married? Community Services Council Annual (Thanksgiving). Proceeds will support student Give your marriage a Workshop: Wednesday, October 9 from trips and events. Contact: Eric IGNITE—Senior High strong start. Cost: $141 8:30am - Noon at the Toscana Event Centre, Reeder or JJ Perry, Student Ministries: per couple. Includes 1314 Broadway in Anderson. Does my Ministries Pastors computerized assessment Opinion matter? Communication tools to • Worth It Series— of your relationship, help you be understood at work. Presenters: Luke 9:23-25: Wednesdays class fee and materials. Doug Linville, LCSW and April Linville, from 6:00-8:00pm in Instructors: Doug and April LCSW of Linville Services. Continental Crossroads Auditorium. Linville. To enroll, contact Robin Gerhart at breakfast provided by United Faith Housing • Sunday, October 13 from 5:00-7:00pm: (765) 642-1853. Corporation. Cost $10 for CSC 2013 members, Man Meeting - Chili Bowl at Cross Street $15 for non-members. Contact: Cherilyn Gym. Girls Meeting at Panara Bread. Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic: Wednesday, Horning at (765) 642-1853. November 3 from 5:30-6:30pm in The Commons. MPC Parish Nurses conduct a free Retreat to The Cove with Christians blood pressure screening for MPC-goers and Broadcasting Hope: October 20-23 at The community friends. Contact: Sonia Smythe at To submit a threads announcement regarding a Cove in North Carolina. Enjoy the spectacular birth or death, please contact the Pastoral Care email@example.com or Lynn Simpson. scenery and inspiring retreat with Jim Lyon office at (765) 642-2000. and featured guest Kathy Troccoli. Ride Celebrate Recovery: Fridays at 6:30pm in the round trip charter bus leaving Crossroads Auditorium. Eight principles Congratulations to: from the MPC parking lot. based on the teaching of Jesus help bring real Registration packages are life changes and provide healing from hurts Jeremy and Kathy Morris on the available by calling CBH accumulated over a lifetime and freedom birth of Audrey and Charlotte at (800) 757-8439 or by Adult from destructive behaviors. Child care Morris at a gestational age of 29 email to viewpoint@ Baptism Class available. weeks on September 6. chog.org. Sunday October 13 or 20 at RefresHer Women’s Bible Study: Tuesdays Ben and Carly Lozowski on Alleluia! A Praise 9:00am in Room 175 from 9:00-11:30am in Crossroads Auditorium. the birth of their daughter, Gathering for The focus of the fall study will be women’s Ella Rose on September 7. Persons who would like to follow Believers: Friday, design and purpose, giftings and spiritual Proud grandparents are the Lord in baptism are invited to October 25 at warfare. Childcare is free. Contact: Lisa Bitar at Linda Shively, Jim and meet with Mike Schwartz, Pastoral 7:30pm in Reardon firstname.lastname@example.org. Hallie Lozowski and big Care Pastor, for information and Auditorium. Bill sister Oliva. instruction. Those planning to share and Gloria Gaither Student Ministries in the baptismal service on Sunday, will introduce the In sympathy with: October 27, please attend one of 40th Anniversary Transformed Series for Elementary Age these classes. Call the Church The family of H. LaVaughn celebration and Children : Wednesday 6:30-8:00pm in the Office for sign-up details. Robinson who passed on performance.The Children’s Center. Jesus—the Ultimate September 18. concert is free and open to Transformer. Every where He went lives were the public. Featuring the AU changed. Children will discover that if they Lowell and Carolyn Gold on the loss Chorale and area church choirs, allow Jesus to lead and guide their lives, they of their daughter, Kathy Lee Feider on the concert is part of Anderson too will be completely Transformed! September 9. University’s Homecoming festivities. Balloons Over Killbuck: October 25-27 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Anderson Municipal Airport. Mass ascensions of dozens of hot air balloons will compete in the BFA sanctioned Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00pm event. A Benefit for Riley Children’s Hospital and UBPN, the annual event in Anderson in the Hospitality Room brings together hot air balloons with rides, Explore Madison Park provides the essential information you need to know before carnival rides, food, live music and car calling Madison Park Church your church home. The class answers questions such as show. Don’t miss the “balloon glow” each 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 continued on page 4 process of getting connected. Find details or sign-up in the Hospitality Room or online at MadisonParkChurch.org. Contact: Shelly Stottlemyer, Pastor of Front Door Ministries.
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Increasing our Perspective Continued from page 1 and editing each of these stories, and needless to say each person has astounded us. Each story just tugged on my heart, and so I began to ask the Lord, “What are you trying to say through these stories, what are you trying to say to me personally through these people?” The more I thought about it, the more it eluded me. Later that week at staff meeting someone commented that it’s amazing how many different stories there are at Madison Park and that each one is an incredible testament to God’s grace and love. It hit me; maybe God is trying to remind me through this series how important our individual stories are in the grand picture of His love. Satisfied that I had found the answer, I tried to move on to the next thing, but I couldn’t–something just didn’t sit right. I mentally went back and revisited each story we had filmed — one began with mourning, another with discouragement, and so on. At that moment God quietly reminded me of Matthew 5, Blessed are the poor in spirit….blessed are the meek…. blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. God wasn’t trying to remind me of His Grace or extravagant love in the individual stories of people but was reminding me as a Christ follower that perspective matters. Knowing all of these stories and those of so many others I couldn’t help but think, “Wow they went though a terrible time and God overcame so much” or “God worked a miracle” or “He had it so bad,” and never considering the fact that I am called in Ephesians to be an imitator of Christ, not only in deed but in nature and perspective. Jesus didn’t look at the mourning family and say “that really stinks and they had bad luck,” instead he said “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” He looked at their mourning and said you will be blessed through your suffering; God will provide comfort and refuge for you. Personal Perspective The point of this article isn’t for you to look at painful and difficult situations of others with greater compassion and understanding, but to look at your own life with new and greater perspective. Here’s an example, before I met my wife I had several serious dating relationships which brought a tremendous amount of insecurity and pain. For so many years I had anger, regret, and remorse for those situations. The moment I met Ally, things were different. She was compassionate, engaging, witty, and charming. (Side note: She was also the most beautiful girl I had ever seen) It was then that I realized I was grateful for all the previous relationships because they made me appreciate Ally so much more. Those relationships gave me valuable skills about how to treat and how not to treat someone. They taught me to be responsive and attentive to her, even when I didn’t feel like it. No matter how much pain, regret, or fear that I had in those other relationships it was worth it when I met Ally. Once I knew her,
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evening at sunset. More information at balloonsoverkillbuck.com. Contact: Mark Schatzer at email@example.com. Global X Adventures: • 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 at www.andrewwlyon.com/ 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. • The Real Women of the New Testament Greece and Turkey Tour: May 10-22, 2014: 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.
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 linvilleservices.com or call (765) 642-1853 to schedule an appointment. Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular: A Wheeler Mission Benefit: Saturday, November 30 at 6:00pm at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Enjoy an incredible evening of Christmas music with the Gaither Vocal Band, Charlotte Ritchie, The Isaacs, Angela Primm, The Martins, Buddy Greene, Kevin Williams and a 1,000 voice mass choir representing churches and universities across Central Indiana. Order tickets by phone at (800)-745-3000. Group tickets available at (800) 965-9324. For additional information call (317) 917-2727. Employment Opportunities • Madison Park Church: Custodian for Children’s Wing. 25-30 hours per week. Housekeeping experience preferred. Send resume to Madison Park Church, Attention: Rob Spaulding, PO. Box 2479, Anderson, IN 46018. • Church of God Ministries: Full Time Property Services Assistant. Provide primary janitorial and maintenance support. Additional information at chog. org. Mail resume to P.O. Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018-2420. Contact Connie Fisher at (765) 642-0256.
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I felt blessed to have experienced everything prior because it let me understand her value. Here’s another example, before I met the Lord I was a mess. I was insecure, angry, and regretful. I was covered in shame and sin, but when I met the Lord my life changed. I experienced freedom and love like I had not known before. It wasn’t until this series that I realized how thankful I am for my sinful and messy past because it allowed me to fully experience and understand the grace and the love that our God lavishes on us. My sinful past and then redemption showed me the power and love of God. Matthew 5, if rewritten for my life before the Lord would say, Blessed are the sinful and shameful for they will experience uncontainable grace. Church Perspective So what does this have to do with me, and what does it have to do with “One by One.” Church I know that without a “lead pastor” and with new staff that our tendency is to hold back or to just maintain. My fear is that if we don’t change this perspective we may miss what God is planning to do in THIS
time. If I could rewrite Matthew 5 for our church at this specific time it would say something like this: Blessed is the church in transition for God will be their Rock and Foundation, Blessed is the church in uncertainty for God will reignite their passion and bring vision, and Blessed is the church who longs for revival for God will unite them and He will do amazing things among them for His Glory.” As we rediscover the passion and foundation of our faith, allow your vision and perspective to become more like Christ, expectant that God is going before us and will be with us every step. Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at MadisonParkChurch.org.