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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—February 26, 2014

Counting Blessings Rolland Daniels, Senior Associate Pastor During the past seven months without a Senior Pastor at Madison Park, I have had the privilege of assuming additional leadership and pastoral responsiblities while serving as Senior Associate Pastor. Please know I realize the difficulty of Pastor Lyon resigning after 22 years and you finding yourself with a new person in the pulpit each week. However, I want to thank you for the gracious way you have received Ellen and me during this transition time. It is not a role we take lightly and consider it a blessing to walk through this season with you. During our time so far, I have come to understand three important things concerning Madison Park. First, we are blessed with great lay leadership. Your Elders have stepped forward with great leadership during a time of pastoral transition and debt restructuring. In reality, it has been a time with many complicated and critical parts all moving at once. Yet, the Elders have been steady and prayerful as they guided us through these

eventful months and the multiple dynamics at play. Second, there is a great pastoral and support staff that undergirds this congregation. At every turn, I have been impressed with the folks who work in the offices on Cross Street and those who guide and care for our daycare centers and buildings across the city. Each person has a sense of calling to do what she/he does and fulfills that calling with unique gifts. I cherish each one of them and consider it a blessing to share the journey together. Finally, I thank the Lord for an incredible congregation like you. You are a gracious and loving people. So many of you have been, and are becoming, good friends to Ellen and me. We have been the recipients of your kind words, caring hugs and warm smiles. We trust you have received the same from us in return. As we continue in this season of transition, let us not take for granted the powerful presence of our Lord that has engaged us. Truly, we have been blessed with God’s continued on page 4

MPC Behind the Scenes The advancement of technology has had an enormous impact on the world and has become significantly important in worship and communication. Technology is another way of reaching into our community and the world to communicate, build community, evangelize and effectively fulfill our mission as a church. A variety of technology is used behind the scenes of MPC to inform, educate and reinforce faith principles and provide a welcoming environment for worshipers and those new to the church both in the building

and the MPC website. Communication is a key thread in the fabric of life and the church. Behind the scenes of what we take for granted each Sunday is room filled with dozens of mics, cords, stands, speakers and various other technical equipment to the crows nest with computers, wires, cords and cameras and a team of people who create an atmosphere for worship to our ears, eyes and continued on page 4

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 to view the full menu. Sundays, 8:30am-11:30am

MasterCard, Visa and Discover accepted.

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 Grand Central, formerly the Information Center, for a complete listing of all electives or visit MadisonParkChurch. org, Ministries page.

Journey to New Life – Sermon Series Sundays through Easter

March 2—The Towel (John 13) There is a moment during Jesus’ last meal with His disciples that He does the strangest thing. He wraps a towel around His waist and begins to wash the disciple’s feet. It is a role that is seen as beneath Him. His followers feel so strongly some protest his actions, but He is undeterred. The towel for Jesus is the ultimate symbol of servanthood. His actions were more than a kind gesture; it was a demonstration of a lifestyle for those who follow Him. Our lives are called to be filled with those moments. March 9—The Supper (Luke 22:13-20) It is called the Last Supper, but in reality Jesus used it as a teaching tool. First with the washing of feet and then Jesus takes the bread and the wine to illustrate what His crucifixion will mean for those gathered at the table. Today, we too are gathered round the table and this text once again teaches us what the Cross means for us: selfless love, forgiveness, redemption, new life and eternal life. March 16—The Promise (John 14) March 23—The Garden (Luke 22:39-46, John 17:1-5) March 30—The Arrest (John 18:1-11) April 6—The Crucifixion (Mark 15:15-39) April 13—The Thief (Luke 23:39-43) April 20—The Empty Tomb (Mark 16:1-8)

Maundy Thursday Fellowship April 17 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. Following the meal and communion, participants will be invited to follow the Lord’s example in the ordinance of washing feet, if they so choose. This expression of servanthood can be one of the most spiritually powerful moments of the year. Everyone is welcome.

Good Friday Service

April 18 at 7:00pm in The Main Auditorium Worship at the Cross with Alanna Story.

Easter at Madison Park Sunday, April 20 at 9:00am and 10:45am in the Main Auditorium Choose from two service options: • Sunday at 9:00am — Inspirational music with a choir and orchestra • Sunday at 10:45am — Contemporary service with a praise band • Senior Associate Pastor, Rolland Daniels will speak in both 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.

A Look Ahead June 23-26

Church of God Convention and General Assembly Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Registration details at

October 19-22 Retreat To The Cove/CBH Viewpoint

Asheville, North Carolina. Featured guest, Buddy Greene. Registration details at


News You Can Use

MPC Annual Business Meeting Results: At the Madison Park Church Annual Business Meeting held on Sunday, February 9, Kent Kramer and Tom Wilson were ratified as Resident Elders. Wayne Bollenbacher, Director of Human Resources at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, was ratified as non-Resident Elder. The 2014 System-wide Fiscal Year Budget was approved.

Good to Know

Weddings at Madison Park: Interested in getting married at Madison Park? Contact: Shaiya Badgley, Wedding Coordinator at (765) 610-9586 or Facility Rental: Looking for a convenient location for your special event? Madison Park offers a wide range of facility services. Contact: Marti Euneman at the Church Office.

Children’s Ministries

10 For Life: For K-grade 5, Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm The Bible is a guidebook for J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth): Thursday, March living, filled with life-giving, power packed 20 at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium. Special words to give directions for life. 10 scriptures Guest: Pastor Jim Nipp. Invite your friends to memorize and build a foundation of Bible and bring a dish of food to share. Van Service knowledge. Games, action, worship and from the parking lot is available before and Jesus - to change lives forever! Contact: Amber after the meeting. Contact: Esther Crnkovich at Rodecap, Elementary Coordinator. (765) 649-3323. Treasured - SuperStart Pre-Teen Event: March 14-15 at Trader’s Point Christian Email, Social Media & More Church in Indianapolis. For all students in grades Four and Five. Register Email Groups: For the latest MPC now through Sunday, March 2. news and events information Contact: Paula Spear, Student and articles, subscribe to the Children’s Ministries Pastor. Ministries Fund bi-weekly email. Don’t Raiser email? Ask about our regular newsletter Student Sundays through March 9 mailing. Contact in The Commons Ministries the Church Office Purchase something you need at a great ALL-YOUTH or sign up online at savings. Laundry soap, comparable Events: MadisonParkChurch. or similar to most leading brands are org. • Easter Egg available in Regular or High Efficiency. Fundraiser - April Social Media: Five gallon bucket: $45. Two and one half 3,4,5. Several MPC staff gallon bucket: $25. Each bucket comes • International and ministries can with a pump for easy use. Help raise Youth Convention: be found on twitter money for the youth to attend the July 5-8 at Opryland and facebook. Find International Youth Convention in Hotel in Nashville, a comprehensive July and other trips. Contact: Tennessee. Register list of links at Michelle Frasier at through March 18. (765) 228-6175. Trip Parent Meeting: social. Wednesday, March 12 at Text messages: Receive text 8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium updates from various MPC ministries. Trip Team Meetings: April 14 - May 18 To sign-up, text the assocated keyword to June 29. 313131. Standard text message rates apply. IMPACT—Junior High Ministries: MINISTRY KEYWORD • Winter and Spring Focus—ROAD Children’s Ministries mpcTRAKs SIGNS: No matter where you hope to end up, the road you choose matters! Sundays Junior High Students mpcIMPACT at 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium; Senior High Students mpcIGNITE Wednesday Small Groups from 6:307:45pm in Room 176-178. USPS Mailings: Recieve postcard reminders of event calendars from various ministries. • Bowling Invite Night: Wednesday, March Contact the Church Office to request a 12 from 6:30-8:00pm ministry mailing. • BELIEVE: Spring Retreat: April 11-13 Cost: $60. Registration deadline March 2. IGNITE—Senior High Ministries: Lighthouse Café • Winter and Spring Focus—Worth It Series— Luke 9:23-25: Freedom, Mission, Enjoy a freshly prepared meal and mini-salad Purity, Purpose. Wednesdays from 6:00bar in The Commons: Wednesdays from 8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. 5:00pm until 6:30pm. Cost: Adults-$6, Children • IYC Spread The Word Project: Bring and college Students with ID-$4. Maximum of offerings each Wednesday night. $22 per family. • Bible Studies: Sundays at 9:00am in February 26: Hot Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches room 180; Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Kids’ Option: Pizza & Chips Williamson’s Home. March 5: Northern Italian Spaghetti • Basketball Open Gym: Sundays, March Kids’ Option: Pasta and Marinara 16, 23, 30 from 6:00-8:00pm at Liberty March 12: St. Patrick’s Day—Ham, Christian Hillcrest Gym. Cabbage and Cornbread • Winter Jam: Saturday, March 22 at Kids’ Option: Mini Corn Dogs Bankers Life Fieldhouse - $10. with Mac & Cheese • Indiana Pacers Game: Sunday, April 13. March 19: Baked Potato Soup Pacers vs. OKC Thunder - $13.20. Kids’ Option: Grilled Cheese and Chips • Spring Retreat: April 26-27 at Camp Challenge - $50.

Adult Ministries


Opportunities to Serve

Children’s Ministry Special Needs Volunteers: Caring adults are needed to offer support to our exceptional children during Sunday and Wednesday children’s classes. Give physical help, comfort, love and compassion. Contact: Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Pastor.

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

Congratulations to: Natalie and Adam Farmer on the birth of their son, Crew Joseph on February 21. He joins big brothers Gage and Ike. Proud grandparents are Joe and Margo Royer.

In Sympathy With:

Lacey and Jillyan Jackson on the loss of their father, Bobby Jackson on January 29. Kimberly and Kevin Majeski on the loss of her nephew, Logan Watkins on January 30. Sonia Smyth on the loss of her father, Maurice Haase, Sr. in Hartford, Connecticut on February 2. Jerry and Betty Sipe on the loss of his mother Mae Hester in Hickory North Carolina on February 7. Grandmother to Donna Sipe and Becca and Tory Buchan and great-grand mother to Ariel, Alexa, Avery and Ashlynn Buchan. Phyllis Burnett on the loss of her brother, Don Myer on February 8. David and Rise Singer on the loss of his son, Jeffrey Michael Singer on February 15. Dan and Debbie Schoger on the loss of his mother, Pauline Simms on February 18.

Community and Ministry Partner News Annual Sheriff’s Department Chaplains Fundraising Banquet: Friday, March 14 in The Commons. Registration at 5:30, dinner at 6:15. Guest speaker, Anthony L. Hopgood, Sr. from Shelbyville, Tennessee The chaplaincy program ministers to the imprisoned in five facilities in Madison County, the victims, and the employees and families of the Sheriff’s department. Cost $20 per person or sponsor a table of ten for $200. Reservation deadline, March 8. Download reservation at or call (765) 646-4076. Contact: Benjamin Santiago, Senior Chaplain. Linville Counseling - Trained and Understanding Counselors: Linville Services Professional Counseling provides a kind, non-judgmental and honest atmosphere to develop personal emotional relational and mental potential. For more information, visit or call (765) 642-1853 to schedule an appointment. Children of Promise Volunteers Needed: Children of Promise, a Sponsor a child, Change a life ministry of the Church of God is in need of volunteers to help with mailings, continued on page 4

Community and Ministry Partner News Continued from page 3 data entry, etc. Hours at your convenience anytime from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday. Online at Contact: Joyce Reeder at (765) 648-2190. Summer Resident Volunteer Opportunity at Dove Harbor: Provide ministry to the families of Dove Harbor, by providing childcare three evenings each week and on-call coverage one time monthly. This is a non-paid, summer live-in position. Applicants must be female. May-August commitment; specific date of start/end is negotiable. Apply by Friday, March 14 with a resume and letter of interest to Attn: Program Manager, Dove Harbor, 1400 Broadway, Anderson IN 46012. Fax to (765) 642-9466 or email to Cheryl Horning at chorning@doveharbor. org. For more information visit The Brandisa Tour Concert: Friday, April 11, 7:00pm at White River Christian Church in Noblesville. An evening with Brandon Heath and Mandisa. Two unique artists. One amazing live experience. Groups buy 12 or more at one time and get 2 free tickets. Sponsored by Awakening Events, WQME

and Food for the Hungry. Tickets available at or (800) 965-9324. Employment Opportunities at Anderson University: • Assistant Football Coach - beginning immediately. 83% FTE salaried position with full university benefit package. • Admissions Counselor - beginning the summer of 2014. 100% FTE salaried position with full university benefit package. • Office Manager-Business Office: Full-time, hourly position with full university benefit package. Submit an application to the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Decker Hall Room 10, Anderson University, 1100 East 5th Street, Anderson, IN 46012, Persons with an application on file may call (765) 641-4132 to express an interest in these positions. Gaither Family Resources Annual Spring Tea: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00am: See new selections of wind chimes, listening to the running water fountains, browsing through new spring apparel, home decor and all the things to make your home beautiful for spring and summer! Tickets are $45/person. For reservations, call: 1-800-520-4664.

AU SOT Hosts ‘Renew Your Ministry!’ Event The Anderson University School of Theology is offering Renew Your Ministry!, a three day event from March 10-12, 2014. Classes are open to those who register for the event, with lunch provided. On Tuesday, registration includes the annual Harp Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Gary Agee. Renew Your Ministry! was developed as part of the seminary’s desire to build stronger partnerships with the church and the local community. “We love the church and want to be accessible to the women and men who are partners in Kingdom ministry with us,” said John Aukerman, professor of Christian education and director of distance education. The SOT recently received accreditation approval from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to offer the professional ministry degree, the Master of Arts in Christian

Ministry, 100 percent online. The SOT is one of only seven ATS schools approved fora professional degree to be 100 percent online. Following the announcement, online degree students expressed an interest of still having an opportunity for face-to-face learning. Renew Your Ministry! offers students the value of having time in the classroom with other peers in ministry. Aukerman added the class sessions from March 10 – 12 will be open to the whole faith community. “We hope to see several local pastors, lay leaders, and other faithful Christ followers come and enjoy some valuable learning and community.” A full schedule is posted at Registration is open online or contact (765) 641-4530.

Anderson Area Christian Men’s Lenten Breakfast Series Men, of all ages, are invited to attend the Saturday morning breakfast series celebrating God’s grace through fellowship, music, and inspirational Christian speakers. The series, held from 8:00am to 9:30am at various locations. A free-will offering will be taken. Anderson First Presbyterian, 230 W. 9th Street, Anderson

March 8:

March 15:

Lapel Trinity United Methodist, 217 E. 7th Street, Lapel

March 22:

St. Ambrose Catholic, 2801 Lincoln Street, Anderson

March 29:

Cross Roads United Methodist, 2000 N. Scatterfield Road, Anderson

April 5:

April 12:

Park Place Church of God, 502 College Drive, Anderson Anderson First United Methodist, 1215 Jackson Street, Anderson

Questions? Contact the Lenten Breakfast Committee by email at


Counting Blessings Continued from page 1

gracious consideration during this time and totally lean on Him for more. Every day please lift up the Search team and the next person who will come to lead MPC in the days ahead. Madison Park, a great new season is coming. You were blessed for the past 22 years and I believe that blessing will continue! Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at

MPC Behind the Scenes Continued from page 1

senses, to our spirit. Well in advance of each Sunday the weekend worship team meets together to discuss, plans and assignments for guest services, media, production, programming and worship. Worship leaders are contacted; song selections, music arrangements, musician rehearsals, ushers and response stations are planned. Weekly video announcements and pre-service loops are gathered and created by the tech crew. Musical lyrics for the big screens along with sermon notes, videos and other imaging are prepared. Ryan Woolsey, Technical Arts Director, says that, “On any given Sunday morning there are roughly 20 audio/ visual techs working in the Main Auditorium, Crossorads Auditorium and Kids worship. For each area there are people to run the sound, lighting, lyric slides, video camera and a director. A great deal of time is needed to get all the equipment set up and after services to break down and put away all of the equipment.” During each service an audio recording is made, which can be ordered at Grand Central and on Monday volunteers make copies and mail to those who have requested a copy. The video of each service is edited and placed on the MPC website. With computers and internet access being so common in homes, the church has a vital avenue to provide connections with MPC-goers and the community. Access to the MPC website is 24/7, keeping information, worship services and communication available to the world at all times to meet their needs and schedules. For those who cannot attend worship regularly, these podcasts are available for their enrichment. Our website makes it easy for people to access various MPC Sunday worship services as well as finding out what’s going on and when.

Threads - February 26, 2014  
Threads - February 26, 2014  

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