We are so grateful for our Madison Park family during these difficult times. You are doing a great job of staying safe and loving one another. Thank you for your continued support, for your participation in online worship, groups, and gatherings, and for reaching out to your neighbors in whatever way you are able. You are proving the blessing of God’s amazing love, and we pray you are experiencing it as well.
We wanted to give you an update on several things that have been happening while we have been quarantined. First, we are grateful to report that Madison Park has received resources through the Payroll Protection Program.These funds will provide payroll and expense support for two months, allowing us to better prepare for the uncertainty of the coming months.
Currently, our weekly income is down 15% for the year and approximately 35% during the quarantine. Considering the situation, we are extremely grateful, and we praise God for His provision. However, we need your faithful giving to continue the ministry and mission of Madison Park. There are many who cannot give right now due to changes in their personal situations. So, for those of us who are able, our tithes and offerings are more important than ever.
Remember, you may give online at www.youareloved.life/give, by texting GIVE to 765.810.0765, through your bank’s online bill payment portal, or by mail to Madison Park Church, P.O. Box 2479, Anderson, IN 46018. Thank you for your generosity!
Second, we are excited to share with you that the Broadway building has been sold. The building was purchased by Grace House and will be reopened as an addiction recovery facility. This will bless not only Madison Park by unifying our ministries at the worship site but also our community as more opportunities are available for rehabilitation and recovery.
Of course, the sale of the Broadway building also signals a transition for the Dove Harbor ministry. This transition had been in process for many months prior to the Covid-19 quarantine. In fact, all current residents had concluded their programs by the end of March. We thank God for preparing the way for this transition and look forward to the ongoing impact of the Dove Harbor ministry. Our vision is to continue serving single women and women with children on an even broader scale by supporting them where they live with coaching and caring communities. While the implementation of this plan has been delayed due to Covid-19, we are extremely excited to help even more families in the future while we create opportunities for you to get involved.
Finally, we want to let you know that we are working intensely on plans and preparations for reopening the church facilities. While we do not yet know when that will be, we are committed to following federal, state, and local guidelines to secure your safety while maximizing our ministry impact.
Reopening our building will begin with the Daycare, Madison Park Learning Place, on May 18. We are pleased to provide this important service to our community and plan to expand our ministry in this area. Pending guidance from the Governor’s office, we hope to reopen the Church office on a limited basis by mid-May as well. Currently, we anticipate that worship gatherings and groups will continue to meet online at least through the month of May and possibly beyond. We are improving our online capabilities, and are committed to supporting your faith journey with meaningful worship experiences and spiritual resources. We encourage you to engage, to get involved in online community, and to continue to grow in your faith.
Following this note, please take a moment to review ways the ministry of Madison Park continues during this season of uncertainty. We are committed to our mission of Loving People Back to God and to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ that proves - You are loved! No matter What!
Debbie Miller-Fox, Chair of the Board of Elders
Paul Strozier, Senior Pastor
Next Generation Ministries:
- MP Kids are sending Mother’s Day Packets this week to help kids and parents connect on this special day
- Live Kids worship Sundays at 10 am on Facebook Live with engaging Bible stories and activities
- Weekly emails to parents helping them through the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Volunteers stay in touch with kids, youth, and families via email and postcards
- MP Youth offers online Zoom gathering every Sunday at 6 pm with Bible lessons and Small Group time
Increased presence of Youth ministry online with increased engagement of volunteers and increase in attendance of area youth
- Instagram Bible devotions for youth and weekly email encouragement
Connections and Congregational Care:
- A team of 25 individuals is making phone contact at least bi-weekly with specific groups from the congregation: widows/widowers, singles, new guests from the last 6 months, persons age 65 and over, persons in nursing homes, healthcare and emergency management workers
- Pastors connect with ministry leaders for prayer and support, and Ministry leaders connect with their teams
- Staff and volunteers are sending cards of encouragement/sympathy/get well as appropriate and calling persons in the hospital
- Administrative staff are cleaning up the congregational database to achieve more accurate listings
- Mailing CD recordings of the worship services to those without internet access
- Initiated new TEXT program to allow service response, prayer, and follow up
Missions and Outreach:
- Two Foster families received Activity Baskets from the Care Community
- 75 care kits will be delivered to families in our community through community partners (Celebrate Recovery, Thrive Network and Stripped Love)
- Cards are being collected to encourage Law Enforcement officers and staff
- 49 families were served through the Pirate Pantry food distribution at Anderson Intermediate School
- Celebrate Recovery is hosting Facebook Live events during their normal time on Friday. They are also having step meetings in private groups through online platforms. Volunteers have been checking in with families via phone
- Thrive Network Coaches continue to provide coaching to individuals in the community
- Social media posts to help equip the congregation for Missional Practices
- Holding 2 volunteer orientation options through Hands of Hope to continue to engage the congregation in getting involved in Care Communities
Worship and Communications:
- Utilizing and improving online streaming and recording technology to capture weekend services
- Creatively thinking of new ways to reach out to our community through social media: Instagram and Facebook Stories, Daily devotionals from staff and congregation, Encouraging scriptures in an eye catching format, Special music from various worship team members
- Planning and creatively thinking through future of online streaming and live services as coronavirus restrictions continue to develop and evolve
- Secured grant from the Center for Congregations to help upgrade our online experience
- Launched new website with simplified access - www.youareloved.life
Discipleship and MP Groups
- Many of our community groups are meeting regularly via zoom or other digital platforms
- We have over 108 people who are a part of the MP Group Facebook page- engaging and responding to each other in the questions from our Sunday messages
- Tuesday evenings- opportunity to be a part of a virtual group experience at 6:30 pm to engage, discuss the message from Sunday, pray and encourage each other