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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—April 9, 2014

Good News from the Elders by David Sebastian, Chair, Board of Elders In their book, Beyond the Ordinary, Cynthia Woolver and Deborah Bruce examined sixteen factors that contribute to strong and healthy congregations. However, only three factors contribute to numerical growth. While numerical growth is not the end all measurement for healthy congregations it is vital for sustainability. One of the three positive predictors of numerical growth is “participating in the congregation.” Madison Park Church of God seeks to excel in empowering people for Kingdom service. Eighteen years ago when I moved to Anderson, Indiana to begin my assignment as the Dean of Anderson University School of Theology I knew I would be looking for a church home. The previous twenty years I

served as a pastor in the Church of God. A friend reminded me that with my move I now needed to find a church home where my soul could be nurtured and where I had opportunity to be involved in service. He was right on target. On our first Sunday in Anderson we chose to attend North Anderson Church of God (Madison Park) and have made this fellowship our church home. I have found this congregation to be a place where a person can grow spiritually and serve faithfully. The opportunities for spiritual growth are many and the occasions for service are numerous. For the past eight years I have been honored to serve on the Board of Elders. These have been eight years of amazing opportunity. We have relocated to a place that offers great continued on page 4

April–June Beneficiary: India Make a purchase at Holy Grounds and a portion of the proceeds will benefit MPC’s ongoing ministry in India. 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

MPC Sponsors Easter Midway at Anderson Speedway MPC is reaching out into the fast-pace of McGunegill Late Models, Nash Fm Thunder Cars and Front Wheel Drive Ovals, to host the Easter Midway, with a special invitation to Easter services at Madison Park. On Saturday, April 19, Madison Park Church partners Anderson Speedway to provide an Easter Mid-way extravaganza. The mid-way will open at 4:00pm with fun activities for kids: face painting, Easter crafts and a paper egg decorating contest, photos with the Easter Bunny, ending with an Easter Egg hunt at 6:30pm. Amy Greenway, Marketing Specialist at the Speedway, expresses “We are so

fortunate to have people from Madison Park help with this event. Anderson Speedway is passionate about providing a fun, family friendly atmosphere.” The Speedway now offers a family section with no alcohol or smoking. Amy shares, “The whole entire straight away is designated as the family section with plenty of area to spread out, sit and enjoy the race.” As MPC exists to expand the Kingdom of God, we also work to be a church without walls; a congregation engaged in our community for the cause of Jesus. For more information go to

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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 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

April 13 —The Thief (Luke 23:39-43) Palm Sunday In all our lives, there have been moments of missed opportunity and moments when opportunity was seized. Truly, the two thieves who shared Golgotha with Jesus are the epitome of both opportunity seized and opportunity missed. Three simple words, “Lord, remember me” led one man to eternity with Christ, while the other suffered the consequences of a life that denied Christ. In truth, this is the decision that faces every human being walking on the face of this earth. April 20—The Empty Tomb (Mark 16:1-8) Easter. Sometimes it is hard to believe even what you have just seen. That was the case for those who found the empty tomb. They were confused and bewildered as they tried to sort through what had just taken place. Just when they thought things could not get more complicated, an angel speaks to them declaring, “He has risen!” It is the declaration of Easter and it is our declaration as believers!

Missions Night

Wednesday, April 9 from 7:15-7:45pm in The Commons Join the Madison Park Missions Team for an informative and interactive time of exploring what it means to “Go into all the world.”

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 in Crossroads Auditorium. • 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. See page 3.

October 19-22 Retreat To The Cove/CBH Viewpoint

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


News You Can Use

Summer Youth Camps: Indiana State Church Lighthouse Café of God Youth Camps hosts hundreds of children and teens each summer. Camp dates Church of God Convention: June 23Enjoy a freshly prepared meal and mini-salad and registrations are available online for all 26, Oklahoma City. The Church of God bar in The Commons: Wednesdays from camps: Convention in 2014 will be a pivot point in 5:00pm until 6:30pm. Cost: Adults-$6, Children the history of the Church of God, re-framing • Camp Challenge ( and college Students with ID-$4. Maximum of for the future and a new generation our is located near Bedford, Indiana $22 per family. purpose and opportunities. A live stream June 8-13: Missions Experience Camp will be broadcast at Madison Park Church. April 9: Parmesan Chicken / Kids’ Option: (NEW!) Chicken Strips and Fries Speakers: Michael Thigpen, Dave Stone, Anne June 15-20: Senior High Graham Lotz, Diana Swoope, Marty Grubbs, June 22-27: Junior High April 16: All activities are cancelled for Reggie McNeal and Jim Lyon. Worship Artists: Holy Week June 29-July 1: Young Explorers Sidewalk Prophets, Ashmont Hill, Sandi Patty, July 6-11: 5th - 6th Grades April 23: Hot Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches Alanna Story and Jay Rouse. Registration and July 13-18: 4th- 6th Grades Kids’ Option: Pizza more information at July 20-25: 3rd - 4th Grades April 30: Taco Salad • Yellow Creek Lake Camp (yclministries. J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth): Thursday, April 24 Kids’ Option: Walking Taco org) is located in Silver Lake, Indiana near at Noon in Crossroads Auditorium. Special May 7: Chicken & Noodles Warsaw Guests: Nyle Kardatzke, author of A WidowKids’ Option: Chicken & Noodles June 13-14: Tadpole Camp - K-2nd Grades Man’s Journal and Donna Thomas, author June 16-20: Senior High Camp - 9th-12th of Hope for Today and Tomorrow. Having Grades experienced the death of a spouse these 3-5 who have made a personal decision to June 30-July 3: 2nd-4th Grades guests and books can help persons through follow Christ. Parents are asked to attend the July 14-18: Camp Blast, 4th-6th Grades the trauma and disorientation of losing a final session. Baptism will be on Sunday, June July 21-25: 6th-8th Grades spouse. Invite your friends and bring a dish 1. For more information and to R.S.V.P. contact July 25-27: Family Camp and of food to share. Van Service from the parking Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Pastor. Campmeeting lot is available before and after the meeting. Kindergarten Graduate Party: Sunday, Contact: Esther Crnkovich at (765) 649-3323. • Special YCL Youth Camp May 4 from 12:30-3:00pm in Night: Friday, May 16. Class Instructors and Small Group Crossroads Auditorium. All A fun opportunity to Facilitators Quarterly Meeting: Sunday, April Kindergarten students are fellowship with youth 27, 10:15-10:45am at Grand Central in The invited to this fun picnic Gershwin! (grades 6-12) from Commons. Share teaching updates, teaching lunch and party. Enjoy By George! other churches, tips and concerns. Facilitators: Andy and food, games and prizes! explore YCL and LuAnne Klepfer. Saturday, May 3 at 7:00pm in The Dress in play clothes. have a crazy Commons. The Heartland Big Band R.S.V.P. to Becky Child Dedication Class: Sunday, April 27 at fun time. Food, brings the swinging music of George and Rosenberg at (765) 9:00am in Room 178. Dedicating your child campfire, Ira Gershwin to MPC. Enjoy an evening 642-8560. at Madison Park during a worship service is games, worship filled with memorable songs featuring so much more than five minutes on the stage, and more! $5 Fascinating Rhythm, Embraceable You, Strike it’s a journey that lasts a lifetime! Parents Student per student. Up the Band, I Got Rhythm and many more are invited to attend this Child Dedication R.S.V.P. by May Ministries including a swinging arrangement of Preparation Class to learn more about what 1 to Jenn Crum, the famous Rhapsody in Blue as only the Chocolate Covered it means to dedicate your child. The next YCL Program Heartland Band Band can perform it! Cream-filled Eggs: Baby/Child Dedication Service is scheduled Director. at (574) Advance tickets $10, available in The Available Sundays in for Sunday, May 18. Sign-up for the class by 491-3075. Commons and at the Church The Commons. Each calling the Church Office at (765) 642-2000. Office. $12 at the door. Contact: Rhonda 3/4 pound egg is handContact: Paula Spear, Children’s Ministries Hollingsworth, dipped in milk chocolate Pastor. Administrative Assistant, and packaged in a beautiful Learning to Pray Like Jesus: Wednesdays Student and Children’s pastel box with green Easter grass. through May 28 at 6:30pm in Room 179. Ministries. Choose from seven flavors. Cost $6.50. Explore the teachings and practice of prayer Proceeds benefit Student Ministries. Contact: in the life of Jesus and experience it in your JJ Perry, Junior High Pastor. Children’s Ministries own life. Dr. Leroy Quashie will cast a vision ALL-YOUTH Events: What A Day! For K-grade 5, Wednesdays of the personal, powerful qualities of prayer through April 16 from 6:30-8:00pm. as we learn to pray like Jesus. Contact: Shelly • International Youth Convention: July 5-8 Experience 24 hours with Jesus, from the Last Short at at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Supper through the garden and crucifixion. Trip Team Meetings: April 14 - May 18 Building Single Relationships: Saturday, Children will learn the significance and June 30. June 7 from 3:00-7:00pm in Crossroads importance of communion, walk through Auditorium. Mental Health therapist Doug IMPACT—Junior High Ministries: the garden where Jesus faced the biggest Linville, LCSW and April Linville, LCSW will • Spring Focus—ROAD SIGNS: No matter test of His life, experience the horror of His lead the conference helping singles develop where you hope to end up, the road you choose crucifixion and glory of His resurrection. A healthy friendships with other single adults, matters! Sundays at 10:45am in Crossroads whirlwind 24-hours, an amazing journey with dating relationships and moving toward Auditorium; Wednesday Small Groups amazing appearances. Contact: Amber Rodecap, marriage relationships. Cost: $20 per person. from 6:30-7:45pm in Room 176-178. Elementary Coordinator. Register online with Wanda Anderson or at (765) • BELIEVE: Spring Retreat: April 11-13 Baptism Class: Sundays, May 4 and 25 at 620-4607. at Anderson University. Packed with 10:45am in Room 180. For children in grades high-energy worship, awesome messages, small group time and tons of fun. Come BELIEVE and grow in God. Cost: $65. IGNITE—Senior High Ministries: • Spring Focus—Worth It Series— Luke 9:23-25: Freedom, Mission, Purity, Purpose. Wednesday, May 21 at 6:00pm Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm in in the Hospitality Room Crossroads Auditorium. Explore Madison Park provides the essential information you need to know before • IYC Spread The Word Project: Bring calling Madison Park Church your church home. The class answers questions such as offerings each Wednesday night. 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 Connection Ministries. continued on page 4


Good News from the Elders Continued from page 1

possibilities for the future. We have faced financial challenges beyond our imagination. We have witnessed pastoral and staff transitions. In the midst of all the change God has been constant and the people of God have been courageous. The Board of Elders welcomes Wayne Bollenbacher and Kent Kramer as our newest members. Mr. Bollenbacher is one of our non-resident Elders who lives in Oklahoma City where he serves as the Director of Finance, Budget and Human Resources for Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Wayne is also a Board Member for Servant Solutions Inc., where he serves with others, “to improve the financial security for servants of the Church of God.” Kent Kramer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc., where he oversees many compassionate community services. Kent and Jamei and their four children (Megan,

Student Ministries Continued from page 3 • Bible Studies: Sundays at 9:00am in Room 180; Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamson’s Home. • Indiana Pacers Game: Sunday, April 13. Pacers vs. OKC Thunder - $13.20. • Spring Retreat: April 26-27 at Camp Challenge - $50.

Opportunities to Serve

Library Volunteers: The MPC Library Team provides opportunities to work independently restocking returned books and updating the database. Volunteers are welcomed and needed. Contact: Jackie Corn, Administrative Assistant, Spiritual Formation. Volunteers Needed at Dove Harbor: Dove Harbor would welcome help in the following areas: • Handyman/Property Maintenance • Landscaping • Childcare: specifically March 17,18,20 5:40-7:40pm • Donation Processing • Group Facilitators on Monday evenings, July - December. Contact: Deanna Zimmer, Director of Resource Development, at

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

In Sympathy With: The family and friends of Bertha Robinson who passed away on Saturday, March 22.

Jak, Gabby and Susie) are deeply committed to Madison Park Church of God. The Board of Elders has some good news to share. David Whitmoyer reports that Mark Waterfill, the President of Madison Park Senior Living, LLC, has offered to purchase 16 acres of land at Madison Park south of 67th street and east of Providence Drive to develop a senior living complex. The proposed $14M dollar development is to include independent living garden homes with garages and a main single story building with up to 74 assisted living units, 34 memory care units and 12 independent living apartments. Amenities will include a full service restaurant that will be open to the public, an ice cream parlor, exercise equipment designed for use by seniors, activity room, beauty and barber shop, theater room and golf green. Madison Park Senior Living is projected to have up to 45 employees, half being nurses and other health care professionals. MPSL is projected to break ground in June 2014 and be completed in early 2015. While the

Community and Ministry Partner News Operation Foundation: April 7 - 12: MondayFriday from 4:00-8:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Join with community members and Anderson University students, coming together to serve, show love and build up the body of Christ. Gathering location is South Meridian Church of God, 2402 South Meridian in Anderson and receive assignments to a designated project. Wavers can be picked up at Grand Central. Contact: Garrett Spear at The Brandisa Tour: Friday, April 11, 7:00pm. 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. Anderson Area Christian Men’s Lenten Breakfast Series: Final breakfast, Saturday April 12 from 8:00-9:30am at Anderson First United Methodist, 1215 Jackson Street, Anderson. Men, of all ages, are invited to attend the breakfast series celebrating God’s grace through fellowship, music, and inspirational Christian speakers. A free-will offering will be taken. For more information go to the Anderson Area Christian Men’s Lenten Breakfast Series website at Employment Opportunities at Anderson University: • Police and Security Services: SemiProfessional Security Officer. Assigned functions and duties of a public safety and security department, 45% FTE and not elibible for university benefits.


name of the facility will be Madison Park Senior Living, LLC, it will have no formal connection to Madison Park Church of God other than sharing the site with us.” Praise God from whom all blessings flow. On March 31, 2014 I conclude my term of service as an Elder. I want to express a special word of thanks to our staff. While the winds of change have blown our staff has harnessed the turbulence and transferred the energy for good. It has been a privilege to serve with Elders who have demonstrated diligence regarding governance with a compassionate spirituality. It has been an honor to serve God and Madison Park Church of God in this capacity. On behalf of the Board of Elders I want to thank you for your constant prayers and consistent stewardship. Without your generosity our mission would falter but with your support our future is bright. Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at

• Career Development Center: Employer Relations Coordinator. 74% FTE with no university medical benefits. • Communications: Web content editor and support specialist. Full-time with eligibility for university benefits. • Physical Plant: General Craftsman (carpentry, painting, windows). Fulltime hourly with full university benefit package. • Advancement Services: Full-time salaried position with full university benefit package. • Library Technology Specialist: Nicholson Library, full-time, with full university benefit package. • Associate Accountant: 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. 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. 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.

Threads - April 9, 2014  

Madison Park Church Newsletter

Threads - April 9, 2014  

Madison Park Church Newsletter