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biweekly weavings of the community at Madison Park Church of God—May 21, 2014

Introduction to Elders by Clark E. Simpson, Chair, Board of Elders I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the newly installed Board of Elders (BoE) and officers of Madison Park Church to you. As the newly elected chair, I had the privilege to lead a retreat meeting of the BoE and officers on May 1-2. I want to tell you how humbled, yet privileged I am to work with this group of spiritually mature leaders who care passionately about seeking God’s best, His will, and always doing what is right for Madison Park. Before introducing these wonderful leaders to you, I would like to provide a little background, and

explanation of the BoE responsibilities as assigned and described in the Bylaws of Madison Park. The Mission of Madison Park Church is to expand the Kingdom—to proclaim, to heal, to free, and to restore. Our mission is supported by four Core Values that guide and steer us in all that we do. These are foundational ideas to be embraced by all who call Madison Park their church home. These Core Values are: Truth, Worship, Community and Mission. The Board of Elders is charged to work with the pastoral and ministry staff to maximize the church’s health and success, fulfilling its mission statement and bringing its Core continued on page 4

A Passion of the Heart Although Dr. Mark Fulton may have been trained to deal with teeth, he and wife Kathy are acutely consumed with a passion of their hearts. Actively involved at MPC and the Anderson community, they are following the call God has placed upon their lives to use their gifts and passion as appointed missionaries to Haiti through Church of God Global Missions. Mark was embraced by Christ and involved in ministry from an early age. He earned his BA in biology from Indiana University (IU), Bloomington, Indiana followed by his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from IU School of Dentistry. After accepting Christ as a teenager, Kathy attended IU and received a BA in quantitative business analysis and later pursued a master’s in speech pathology from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana. They met at IU as they remember, “We were in a musical variety together and began dating. After graduation we married and now, more than thirty years, three adult children and two grandchildren, we are following our heart.”

During the early years of his dental practice, Mark served on a medical missions committee for the Church of God. They share, “It was through this group that we first felt God calling us to go on a weeklong mission trip to Haiti, where some basic dentistry was desperately needed. While in Haiti, God placed the people of Haiti in our hearts, and we knew that the trip was just the first step of an adventure with the Lord in Haiti. In Haiti Mark will oversee and improve business operations at the outpatient clinic in Haiti. He will also coordinate and lead shortterm medical trips to provide medical services not otherwise available in the St. Ard area. Kathy will identify and train Haitian personnel to perform bookkeeping and accounting duties compliant with Haitian and U.S. government standards. She will also provide speech therapy services at English-speaking Haitian schools. Through the years, the Fultons have worked with other missionaries and mission organizations to establish a medical clinic in 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

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. For details, check out the Ministries Guide at or pick up a copy at Grand Central.

RE:fresh / RE:lationships Sermon Series through – June 29

It is amazing how the Bible gives us practical, historical examples for many of today’s diverse relational issues. Together we’ll examine critical relationship principles through the lives of some functional, and quite dysfunctional scriptural families. No matter what your family situation, prepare for improved relationships in the upcoming sermon series. May 25—Re:main Genesis 29 There is an old saying, “Love doesn’t really mean anything til it costs you something.” Jacob found that out regarding his love for Rachel. Fourteen years he worked for the privilege of one day calling her his wife. It is a great love story. Perhaps, a story too few marriages can relate to. It is a love not based on comfort and convenience, but perseverance and commitment. It is a love that’s worth the cost. June 1—Re:write Proverbs 4 A recent survey revealed that one of the most confusing things for students in the church was the inconsistency some witnessed at home regarding what their parents said as compared to what their parents did. Proverbs 4 has a great deal to say about important principles of life that should be modeled with consistency. It is a great passage for parents to utilize on a daily basis in parenting their children.

June 8 – Re:connect June 15 – Re:focus

Festival of Tables

June 22 –Re:frame June 29 – Re:awake

Festival of Tables

Saturday, May 31 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in The Commons Enjoy stunning décor and amazing tablescapes, delicious tea and treats, and a fashion show! The theme is “Celebrating What Matters.” Guest speaker and author Donna Cronk will share on God’s faithfulness in all seasons of life. Proceeds will benefit Dove Harbor, a safe haven for women and children in crisis. Tickets are $15. Registration deadline is Friday, May 23, 2014. To register, contact Deanna Zimmer at (765) 642-1853. Proceeds will benefit Dove Harbor, a safe haven for women and children in crisis.

Baptism Service

Sunday, June 1, 9:00am and 10:45am Worship Services Classes for interested adults - see page 3. Contact the Pastoral Care office for details.

Building Single Relationships

Saturday, June 7 from 3:00-7:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium Doug Linville, LCSW and April Linville, LCSW of Linville Counseling will lead the conference helping singles develop healthy friendships, dating relationships and deeper relationships that may move toward marriage. Cost: $20 per person. Register online at or at the table in The Commons on Sundays, May 18 and 25. Contact: Wanda Anderson at (765) 620-4607.

Church of God Convention June 23-26, Oklahoma City LIVE Stream from Madison Park Church

The Church of God Convention in 2014 will be a pivot point in the history of the Church of God, re-framing for the future and a new generation our purpose and opportunities. Speakers: Michael Thigpen, Dave Stone, Anne Graham Lotz, Diana Swoope, Marty Grubbs, Reggie McNeal and Jim Lyon. Worship Artists: Sidewalk Prophets, Ashmont Hill, Sandi Patty, Alanna Story and Jay Rouse. Registration and single session tickets are available at Grand Central and at


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friends. Contact: Sonia Smythe at SoniaSmythe@ Adult Baptism Class: Wednesday, May 21 at Spiritual Parenting Class: Wednesdays at 6:30pm in Green Room 1 or Sunday, May 25 6:30pm in Room 182, beginning June 4. Learn at 10:45am in Room 179. Persons who would how parents can shape children’s hearts and like to follow the Lord in baptism are invited souls in vibrant faith and love for God and to meet for information and instruction. Those others. Spiritual Parenting is a six-week study planning to share in the baptismal service on that empowers parents to be the primary Sunday, June 1, please attend a class. Contact nurturers of their children’s lives and faith. the Church Office to sign-up. Cost: $10. Contact: Shaunthea Callahan at (765) 631-0501. High school Graduates will be recognized during services on Sunday, June 1. Photos Love and Respect Class: Wednesdays, June and graduation information will be published 4-July 23 from 6:30-8:00pm in Room 180. on the MPC website and in the June 4 issue Experience marriage with God’s design. of threads. Please submit photos Develop peace, closeness and value. along with graduates name, Instructors: Chris and Sharra parents name, school, plans Badgley. Contact: Paula Spear, following graduation and Children’s Ministries Pastor. Prepare-Enrich open house information Summer Youth Camps: Premarital Counseling by May 28 via Indiana State Church Two Day Class MadisonParkChurch. of God Youth Camps org/News, Friday, May 30 6:00-9:30pm and hosts hundreds of see Submit an Saturday, May 31, 9:00am-12:30pm children and teens Announcment at Broadway Ministry Center each summer. right. Contact: Eric Getting married? Newly married? Camp dates and Reeder, Senior High Give your marriage a strong start. registrations are Ministries Pastor. Cost: $141 per couple. available online for Miriam Project— Includes computerized assessment of your all camps: Change for relationship, class fee and materials. • Camp Challenge Children: Sundays Instructors: Doug and April Linville. (gocampchallenge. through June 1. com) is located near Registration deadline is May 27. Fill empty baby Bedford, Indiana bottles with money To enroll, contact Robin Gerhart at NEW! June 8-13: to support the Miriam (765) 642-1853. Missions Experience Camp Project Adoption Services’ June 15-20: Senior High annual Change for Children June 22-27: Junior High fundraiser. Pick up an empty June 29-July 1: Young Explorers baby bottle in The Commons, fill July 6-11: 5th - 6th Grades it with money and return it on Sunday, July 13-18: 4th- 6th Grades June 1. Volunteers are needed to help manage July 20-25: 3rd - 4th Grades returned bottles after the event. Contact: • Yellow Creek Lake Camp (yclministries. Brooke LeMay at (765) 640-1580. org) is located in Silver Lake, Indiana near Learning to Pray Like Jesus: Wednesdays Warsaw through June 4 at 6:30pm in Room 179. June 13-14: Tadpole Camp - K-2nd Grades Explore the teachings and practice of prayer June 16-20: Senior High Camp - 9th-12th in the life of Jesus and experience it in your Grades own life. Dr. Leroy Quashie will cast a vision June 30-July 3: 2nd-4th Grades of the personal, powerful qualities of prayer July 14-18: Camp Blast, 4th-6th Grades as we learn to pray like Jesus. Contact: Shelly July 21-25: 6th-8th Grades Short at July 25-27: Family Camp and Campmeeting Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling Class: Two-day class: Friday, May 30 6:00-9:30pm Contact: Rhonda Hollingsworth, Administrative and Saturday, May 31, 9:00am-12:30pm at Assistant, Student and Children’s Ministries. Linville Services in the Broadway Ministry Center. Getting married? Newly married? Children’s Ministries Give your marriage a strong start. Cost: $141 per couple. Includes computerized Rite of Passage: Sunday, June 1 in the assessment of your relationship, class fee 9:00am and 10:45am Worship Services, Main and materials. Instructors: Doug and April Auditorium. All kids, Kindergarten - 5th Linville. Registration deadline is May 27. To grade, are to attend worship with their family enroll, contact Robin Gerhart at (765) 642-1853. for the Rite of Passage Celebration. Blood Pressure Clinic: Wednesday, June 4 Camp Madison Park: Wednesdays, 6:30– from 5:30-6:30pm in The Commons. MPC 8:00pm, beginning June 4. All children in Parish Nurses conduct a free blood pressure kindergarten through 5th grade are invited screening for MPC-goers and community to Camp Madison Park! Kids will learn about

Wednesday, May 21 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 Connection Ministries.


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. May 21: Memorial Day Celebration: Grilled Burgers/Brats and Homemade Potato Salad Kids’ Option: Hot Dogs and Chips May 28: Italian Spaghetti / Kids’ Option: Pasta with Marinara

the characteristics of God through interactive games, activities and Bible stories. Camp t-shirts will be available for purchase, too! Contact Shaiya Badgely at the Church Office. Move Up!: Wednesday, June 4 and Sunday, June 8. All kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grade will move up to their next age level class. Students entering the 6th grade will go to IMPACT (6th-8th grades) during the 10:45 service in Crossroads Auditorium. For room number and location, please see the First Impressions Team at the Children’s Center check-in desks. Planned Purity Seminar: Saturday, November 1: Planned Purity shows how purity is formed in a life, beginning with the heart and including sexual purity at the appropriate stage. A simple concept called The Five Doors of the Heart can be applied when parenting young children, and also applies to adults pursuing purity themselves. A book resource will be available also. Mark your calendars now! You won’t want to miss this event! Details, including registration costs, to come.

Student Ministries ALL-YOUTH Events: • Rite of Passage: Sunday, June 1 in the 9:00am and 10:45am Services in the Main Auditorium • International Youth Convention: July 5-8 at Opry Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. • Trip Team Meeting: June 30. • J.O.Y. Cookout and Games: Thursday, July 17 at Noon at the Mintons, 510 S 300 E in Anderson. Join with the Just Older Youth of MPC for a great inter generational afternoon of food and games. IMPACT—Junior High Ministries: • Summer Focus—Like Water: Growing in God. Sundays at 10:45am in Crossroads Auditorium; Wednesday Small Groups from 6:30-7:45pm in Room 176-178. • Camp Challenge: Register on line at June 22-27: 7th & 8th Grade July 6-11: 5th & 6th Grade • PROJECT 765: Bringing Hope to My City - June 2-4. Upcoming 7th and 8th graders will team up with youth from East Side Church of God and Bethany Christian Church for a three day-two night mission camp. Cost: $45. • Frozen Fridays - 7:00pm: Come connect and chill out! Friends and family invited! June 20 - Good’s; July 11 - Diggidy’s; July 25 - Frazier’s continued on page 4

Introduction to Elders Continued from page 1

Values to life. In doing so, the Board subscribes to the axiom: “Staff led; Elder supported.” Responsibilities of the BoE include but are not limited to: providing a venue for the resolution of disputes within the corporation; being an accountability forum for the Senior Pastor; serve as the corporation’s Board of Directors to manage the business and affairs of the corporation; encourage Madison Park staff to establish ministry teams as it deems appropriate and necessary to implement ministry objectives and goals; provide oversight and review of the financial and real asset management of the corporation; establish a Personnel Committee to establish, review, and, as appropriate, amend the church’s personnel policies, wage and remuneration assignments, and all other employee benefits; establish interim leadership in the event of a vacancy in the office of Senior Pastor; and act on behalf of the congregation to fulfill its purposes and mission statement. The Board of Elders is composed of twelve members consisting of: the Senior Pastor (a

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• Wednesday Night Pool Parties: July 9 and 16: 6:00-8:00pm - meet at the pool at the Phillips Home - 7692 S CR 25 E in Pendleton. Bring $1 for dinner and your bathing suit and towl. IGNITE—Senior High Ministries: • Spring Focus—Worth It Series— Luke 9:23-25: Freedom, Mission, Purity, Purpose. Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00pm in Crossroads Auditorium. • IYC Spread The Word Project: Bring offerings each Wednesday night. • Bible Studies: Sundays at 9:00am in Room 180; Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm at Williamson’s Home.

Resident Elder); Nine additional Voting Members of the congregation (Resident Elders); Two leaders of other Christian ministries outside of the Madison Park Church of God, preferably (but not necessarily) active clergy and preferably (but not necessarily) affiliated with the Church of God with general offices in Anderson, Indiana (Non-Resident Elders). Elders, with the exception of the Senior Pastor, following nomination by the Selection Committee, are ratified by the congregation for four-year terms. The current BoE, and officers, beginning their term effective April 1, 2014 is as followings: Clark Simpson (Chair/ Resident Elder), Business Consultant, The Clark Group Associates, Inc.; Dave Whitmoyer (Vice Chair/Resident Elder), Business Consultant; Kimmi McCardwell, (Resident Elder), CPA, Private Practice; Natalie Farmer, (Resident Elder), CPA, Stylos Entertainment; Debbie Fox (Resident Elder), Professor, Anderson University; Peggy DeVerter (Resident Elder), Retired Nurse; Doug Seelbach (Resident Elder), Professor, Anderson University; Kent Kramer (Resident Elder), Sr. VP & COO, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana; Tom Wilson (Resident

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: Rebecca and Rob Hoesli on the loss of her grandfather, Carl “Mike” Jackson, on April 26. Carolyn and Bill Hall, on the loss of her sister, Phyllis Jean Harber, on May 2. The family of Rita Jo Yerden, who passed away on May 5.

Opportunities to Serve

Support The Troops: Sunday, June 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.

Make-Up May May is designated as financial make-up month. With record breaking snow and cold of the past winter months, tithes and offerings are well below projected ministry needs. Please prayerfully consider how you can catch-up on giving or give an extra tithe and offering to help on the approximate $80,000 shortfall. The ministries of Madison Park Church of God are made possible because of your generous support. Thank you for your faithfulness in providing financial resources that support kingdom

work both here in Madison County, Indiana and around the world. Place your offerings in the plates on Sundays, drop in the secure box in The Commons, give online at, bring to the Church office or mail to Madison Park Church, P.O. Box 2479, Anderson, IN 460182479. Contact: Rob Spaulding, Business Administrator or Calvin Pleninger, Bookkeeper, at the Church Office.


Elder), Corporate Account Manager, Citrix; Robert N. Marvel (Non-Resident Elder), Senior Pastor, Cornwall Church, WA; Wayne Bollenbacher (Non-Resident Elder), Director of Finance, Budget and Human Resources, Crossings Community Church, OK; Rolland Daniels (Non-Voting Member), Senior Associate Pastor, Madison Park Church; Ken McCarty, Treasurer (Non-Voting Member), Director of Finance, South Madison Schools; Cindy Eggert, Secretary (Non-Voting member), Paralegal. The Board of Elders is prayerfully and diligently seeking God’s will and direction for Madison Park Church of God. The highest priority of this BoE is seeking God’s direction and call of a Senior Pastor, working during this transition time between Senior Pastors, to lay the foundation for successful ministry of God’s next appointed leader, when the call is fulfilled. We ask for your prayers as we shoulder the mantel of leadership, seeking wisdom, discernment and God’s Will. We join with you in praying for God’s anointed leader of our Church Body and His perfect timing. Keep The Faith! Share your thoughts on this article; visit the blog and leave a comment at

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the village of St. Ard, Haiti. In 2005, the 8,000-square-foot clinic officially opened and now employs twenty indigenous personnel who provide medical,Food dental, and basic care toare the Anderson Rescue: Volunteers needed to shuttlepopulation food once ainmonth from underserved that area. restaurants to agencies whodeveloped, help feed the As the clinic was being the community. Contact:that Danielle Fultons realized theyBrossart neededat Anderson Food Rescue, (765) 606-5466. assistance in the management of the Employment Opportunity at Anderson clinic as well as accountability for the University: Systems Haiti Support ministry, Administrative which birthed Mission Technician. Front line support to users of the Medical Inc, a nonprofit organization. university’s central data repository. Full-time MPC’s has long supported Mission with full university benefit package. Contact: Haiti Medical and(765) Christians Anderson University, 641-4132. Broadcasting Hope (CBH) which is working towards the development and launch of a new Creole broadcast in Haiti. The broadcast studio is being constructed in the clinic building. Both ministries are a part of the MPC mission’s budget and many MPC-goers have traveled with CBH and with the Fulton’s and caught their passion as they served in Haiti. The complexity and time commitment to manage the clinic are continuing to grow as services are constantly being added. Mark and Kathy share, “Our call to Haiti has continued to grow stronger, and now with the demands of the clinic becoming greater and greater, God has placed it upon our hearts to move to the country where our call was originally felt.”

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