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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—October 23, 2013

Seeing God Simply

by Melanie Denniston Director, Kids Learning Station, North Kids and School Age Care As Director of North Kids and Kids Learning Station, I am often referred to as “The Principal” and I suppose that I kind of am. I over see staff and overall programming, call in substitute teachers, assist where needed, attend meetings, etc. And just like in school, both adults and children are in and out of my office.

I would like to say something lofty, new or mind blowing about God, but the truth is that I see him in simple ways in the children that I work with daily. It isn’t always pretty (snotty noses and dirty diapers are a part of the day care world), but God is there. Sometimes the children come to my office loudly and with much enthusiasm to tell me continued on page 4

A Taste of Russian Warmth On October 6-14, twenty-five people, including a number of MPC-goers traveled to Chelyabinsk, Russia to help the Church of God there dedicate their new church building. Madison Park Church began a partnership with the new church over twenty years ago and celebrates with them the fulfillment of a dream to have a church building. 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!” A remarkable church with a remarkable beginning in an isolated Siberian city, Chelyabinsk had been a closed Communist military city that was known for splitting the atom and manufacturing military tanks. The church began meeting in 1992 in a rented public Cultural Center with wooden theater seats. They had a continued on page 4

Photos from top: Part of week-end celebration outdoors, the next generation of the Chelyabinsk Church of God, the new church building, Andrew Lyon and the worship team

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.

Purple Tie Preferred Gala Thursday, October 24 at Reardon Auditorium Silent Auction - 6:30-7:00pm / Dinner - 7:00pm

Dove Harbor is celebrating 20 years of ministry! Come enjoy an evening of reflection, honor, gratitude, and giving thanks. Guest speaker is Dorica Young-Watson, Community Circles Coordinator with Teamwork for Quality Living. Tickets: $35 per person, $60 per couple. Contact: Deanna Zimmer, (765) 642-1853.

Clocks Fall Back

Sunday, November 3 at 2:00am Remember to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night, November 2.

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. Tickets on sale November 3 at the Information Center and the Church Office. 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.

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.

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News You Can Use

Student Ministries

S.A.L.T. (Single Adult Living Truth)—Fall Specials: • Fresh Start Series: Sundays at 6:00pm in Room 175 • Walks at Mounds Park. Sundays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and 17. Meet at MPC to carpool and combine entrance fees. Contact: Wanda Anderson at anderson.wanda@yahoo.com. Monthly Blood Pressure Clinic: Wednesday, November 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 at sonia.smythe@community.com or Lynn Simpson. Celebrate Recovery: Fridays at 6:30pm in Crossroads Auditorium. Eight principles based on the teaching of Jesus help bring real life changes and provide healing from hurts accumulated over a lifetime and freedom from destructive behaviors. Child care available. RefresHer Women’s Bible Study: Tuesdays from 9:00-11:30am in Crossroads Auditorium. The focus of the fall study will be women’s design and purpose, giftings and spiritual warfare. Childcare is free. Contact: Lisa Bitar at lisabitar@hotmail.com.

ALL-YOUTH EVENTS: • Fall Ball: Wednesday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. • Indiana State Youth Convention: November 1-3 in Indianapolis. • Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 18 from 6:00-8:00pm. IMPACT—Junior High Ministries: • Testimonies from Galatians: Sundays at 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium; Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm in Room 176-178. • No Impact Service: Sunday, November 3 (Indiana State Youth Convention), or Wednesday, November 27 (Thanksgiving). IGNITE—Senior High Ministries: • Worth It Series— Luke 9:23-25: Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium.

Opportunities to Serve

School Uniform Collection: October 27 – November 10. New or gently used (freshly laundered) clothing is being collected to help families needing assistance with student uniforms. All donations will be taken to community clothes closets for Children’s distribution. Items needed are: Ministries long sleeve polo or oxford shirts. Pants (child sizes 10-18) Employment Transformed Series in black, brown, khaki, gray Opportunities at MPC for Elementary or navy, and belts (all sizes). Age Children Administrative Assistant Drop items at the collection : Wednesday Pastoral Care. Full-time, Mondaystation in The Commons. 6:30-8:00pm in Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Send resumes Contact: Paula Spear, the Children’s by October 25 to Jennifer Eviston. Children’s Ministries Pastor. Center. Jesus— Custodian for Children’s Wing the Ultimate Stephen Ministry 25-30 hours per week. Housekeeping Transformer. Christ Caring for experience preferred. Send resume to Every where He People Through People: Rob Spaulding. went lives were MPC’s Stephen Ministry changed. Children is a program that equips Madison Park Church, P.O. Box will discover that lay persons to provide 2479, Anderson, IN 46018. if they allow Jesus to distinctively Christian onelead and guide their to-one care to those who are lives, they too will be experiencing all kinds of life completely Transformed! needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community. On November Harvest Night: Wednesday, October 30 from 3 in both worship services persons who have 6:30-8:00pm for K-5th graders. Come dressed completed training will be commissioned: in creative costumes to enjoy a harvest action Heather Imel, Melanie Hendricks, Bradley filled adventure. Games, crafts, caramel apple Duncan, Bob Gilliam. If you are drawn to help bar and power lesson based on Luke 10:2. people in their time of need, please consider Connect Time for Parents: Sunday, becoming a Stephen Minister. The next November 10 from 12:30-2:30 in Crossroads training begins in January 2014. If you need a Auditorium. Discover more about kids Stephen Minister or information about training, TRAKS programming, enjoy lunch and contact Nancy McCafferty at (765) 644-1472. connect with staff and other parents. R.S.V.P. Support The Troops: Sunday, November 3 in by November 3 to Paula Spear, Children’s The Commons. Ministers to those serving in Ministries Pastor. the armed forces and their families. Register troops, families and volunteer. Contact: Linda Eaton at (765) 552-0447.

Wednesday, November 20 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 MadisonParkChurch.org. Contact: Shelly Stottlemyer, Pastor of Front Door Ministries.

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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. Oct. 23: Sesame Pork Loin Kids’ Option: Pizza Oct. 30: Chili, Baked Potato Bar Kids’ Option: Hot Dogs & Chips Nov. 6: Northern Italian Spaghetti Kids’ Option: Pasta & Marinara

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

Congratulations to:

Leah and Troy Robertson, on the birth of their son, Oliver Scott on October 2. Claire and Elliot welcome their new brother. Congratulations to grandparents Scott and Marita Wilkins.

In sympathy with:

Gerald Farris on the loss of his father, Robert Cecil Farris on September 28. Mary Carter and Kevin Carter on the loss their husband and father, Roosevelt Carter on October 3.

Community and Ministry Partner News

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 event. A Benefit for Riley Children’s Hospital and UBPN, the annual event in Anderson brings together hot air balloons with rides, carnival rides, food, live music and car show. Don’t miss the “balloon glow” each evening at sunset. More information at balloonsoverkillbuck.com. Contact: Mark Schatzer at theschatz@live.com. Youth For Christ Annual Appreciation Banquet: Friday, November 8 at 6: 30pm in The Commons. Keynote Speaker will be Curt Smith, President of the Indiana Family Institute. Celebrate the year of club ministries and prayer rallies in Madison County schools by attending the Annual Support Appreciation Banquet. For ticket information, contact Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation. 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. Globalx Adventures: • 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 continued on page 4


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all about something they are doing (memorized Bible verses and stories), to tell me about someone’s birthday, or things they have accomplished like wearing underwear for the first time (Potty Parties are a big deal here!). Sometimes they come in reluctantly because they have been sent in and they know they are in trouble. And then the worse thing happens! They have to tell me what they did. After they do (which can take quite a bit of time before the truth comes out), there is usually a consequence to pay, but then there is such a sense of relief when it is over. Amends are made and smiles and joy return. At other times, I am the person whose lap children crawl up in when frightened or sick. Snuggling and comfort are a part of the time we spend together. A soft song is often sung. Precious time, that’s for sure! I love it when the children walk by my office window and tap, tap, tap, to get my attention just so they can wave at me. A shouted “Miss Melanie” will bring a smile to my face and a child running to get a hug can bring joy to my spirit that lasts for hours. I like to keep small treats in my office so the children can stop by and get one on their way home or when they have done something well. I also keep a few toys around my office just in case someone needs a little “time away” from other children. (The happy face magnets on my cabinets are very popular!) God Fixes Things Several years ago I had a child who broke a toy at home. When his mom offered to have Daddy fix it, he told her, “No. Miss Melanie will fix it. She fixes everything!” Oh how I wish that was true. But unlike me, God can and does work all things for good. (Romans 8:28) He can fix anything that happens in our life and we, like that little boy, need to come to him in childlike faith and trust him to work good for us. Psalm 116 says that God comes to the rescue of those with childlike faith.

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large active youth group that met in one of the classrooms. From the beginning, the congregation was active in reaching out into the difficult areas of their society; to the orphans, the widows and to the university students and staff in the city. They talked and planned how they could have their own building where they would be free to meet at any time—a place where they could invite friends and neighbors to services and fellowship. Just

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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. Concerts: • Alleluia! A Praise Gathering for Believers: Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm in Reardon Auditorium. Bill and Gloria Gaither will introduce the 40th Anniversary celebration and performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

We as Christians need to approach God in the same way. Why do we walk into His presence with our heads bent down, the weight of our own sin making it hard to look him in the face, when confessing our sin to him, sin that he already knows, will be lovingly and quickly forgiven? Why do we put it off until we can hardly stand ourselves? Or what about crawling up in God’s mighty arms to be sheltered and held when confronted by something that is so hard to bear? Snuggling right in and telling Him all our fears and how we are so scared, but that we trust him to make it right? Or telling him that we don’t understand, but want to trust him anyway? Do we take the time to tap, tap, tap in some way to get God’s attention just to tell him we love him and are glad he is our friend? Do we spend time with him, just wanting to be with him? To learn about him? Do we take time to tell him how awesome he is? over twenty years later, on October 12 and 13 their dream is completed and celebrated. The group traveling from the United States spent several days in Moscow taking in the culture and acclimating to the climate (and they did see snow). But as MPC-goer Ryan Woolsey tweeted; “Moscow was great but the real party is in Chelyabinsk! Can’t wait!” The group stayed the homes of the people in the church and celebrated for two days with them in their new church building.

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Featuring the AU Chorale and area church choirs, the concert is part of Anderson University’s Homecoming festivities. • 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.

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Jesus told the disciples not to turn the children away. They were important to him and that they could learn things from a child. “Let the children come to me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 18:16 I know that I was called to be here in the job I am doing. I didn’t know I would learn so much about God and his kingdom as I have here in this place, at this time. Faith, love, and trust in a God who has promised to work on my behalf at all times and to love me no matter what I do. That’s what I see in the faces around me every day. Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little one to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at MadisonParkChurch.org.

Steve Williamson concludes, “We were so blessed to experience the warmth of the Chelyabinsk congregation(s), as well as the many international guests who joined us in the celebration. It gave us a glimpse of heaven and the unity and joy of the redeemed!” Want to experience the Body of Christ worldwide? Travel with Globalx Adventures—see upcoming trips on page 3-4.


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