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A Letter from Pastor Mark

 

Dear College Park,

Each year of ministry is a gift from God, and 2018 was a year of amazing kingdom impact.  

I’m excited for you to hear just a few stories of how God has been at work in and through College Park Church in the last year. Your generosity makes ministry possible, and there is much to celebrate: 

  • Our Student Ministries are growing with a contagious excitement – growing by over 40 percent from last year
  • New people are engaging with our DISCOVER class and taking the next step to belong at College Park through membership
  • Our annual Christmas Concert helped us share the gospel with over 7,000 people in one weekend
  • Our latest church plant, One Fellowship Church, is set to launch this spring under the direction of Lead Pastor T.C. Taylor
  • You gave $1.5 million to support Syrian refugees in Lebanon in the 2018 Christmas Offering!

It’s an honor to serve as your pastor! Together with you, I’m joyfully anticipating God’s continued work in 2019. Thank you for being part of igniting a passion to follow Jesus in Indianapolis, the surrounding area, and around the world.

Gratefully,

 

Mark Vroegop

Christmas Concert

Celebrating Christmas in the City

More than any other time of year, Christmas provides the unique opportunity to share the gospel with others. To help you do that this past year, we encouraged you to connect with those around you and invite them to our annual Christmas concert. The response was tremendous. Over three days and four shows, we celebrated “Christmas in the City” with more than 7,400 guests.

Through music, drama, dance, and more, we shared our stories and reflected on the story of Jesus’s birth that brings us together. Yes, we had a life-sized gingerbread village and gave out thousands of cookies. But more importantly, we were able to share Christ with thousands of people. For many, “Christmas in the City” was a turning point in their story. Many heard the gospel for the first time or heard it in a way that finally made sense. And by God’s grace, we were part of that.

Christmas Offering

Bringing Gospel Hope to Syrian Refugees

Since the Syrian civil war officially began in March 2011, millions of Syrians have fled to Lebanon and received aid from the faith-based nonprofit, Heart for Lebanon. After partnering with Heart for Lebanon in 2015, we felt God leading us to do so again in 2018.

Because of your generosity, we gave $1,503,489 toward the completion of Heart for Lebanon's Hope Ministry Center in the Bekaa Valley. Once completed, the Hope Ministry Center will hold a 250-seat chapel, classrooms, administrative area, and additional space for medical screenings and resource distribution. While construction is still underway, the funds are now secured, and the center is already in operation. According to CEO and Founder of Heart for Lebanon, the center was packed full for its first service of 2019. We praise God for how he is working in and through our brothers and sisters in the Middle East; and we're grateful that because you give, we get to be a part of it.

DISCOVER and Membership

Belonging Through Membership

Bekah Capriglione had heard a lot about College Park. Her sister’s family had been members for more than 10 years. So, on their recommendation, Bekah decided to visit in 2018. She was encouraged to attend the one-hour DISCOVER College Park event for newcomers and decided to give it a try. There, she connected with other newcomers, members, and church pastors. She also learned more about our church history and beliefs. Through that, she realized: College Park was home.

Bekah decided to pursue membership and get involved. She attended the New Member’s Retreat, joined a Small Group, and got involved in the Young Adults Ministry. And, since she recently joined the choir, you may be able to spot Bekah in the soprano section on a choir Sunday. “College Park is truly alive with God’s love,” she said. “DISCOVER and membership have given me glimpses of this and I can’t wait to be more involved through serving—to watch the Lord continue working in the lives of myself and others.”

“I truly love this church!”

Student Ministries

Igniting a Passion to Follow Jesus in Students

When our junior high and high school students worship, the whole room shakes. Their voices carry over the instruments and echo throughout the space. Yet, above the noise, there’s a quiet reverence and a deep yearning for the Lord. Yes, God is
moving in our student ministry and the momentum is only growing. Students like Lincoln Strong are catching the vision. They’re sharing the gospel with their friends and bringing them to youth group. Lincoln, a sophomore at Westfield High School, said when it comes to his faith and involvement in student ministries, he can’t help but talk about it. “I am constantly talking about our youth group, even around my unsaved friends at school.”

So far, Lincoln estimates he’s invited more than fifteen friends to Wednesday night youth group. It’s here that some of Lincoln’s friends are hearing the gospel for the first time. “I have already seen seven people come to youth group and be exposed to the gospel there,” Lincoln said. “How many more might be willing to come?” “Students have bought into the vision of being a family to one another,” Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries, Zach Cochran said. “They are growing in community together and students are coming back every week because they know friends who truly love them will be there.”

The Next Door Mission

Launching One Fellowship Church

When we were approached by the YMCA in 2016 about launching a church in the future Pike YMCA, it was an answer to prayer. We knew God was calling us to
continue planting gospel-centered churches, and after much prayer and deliberation, we decided to pursue the partnership with the YMCA. On July 18, 2018, we held the first callout meeting for what is now known as One Fellowship Church. Over the next few months, hundreds of people attended callout meetings and expressed interest in One Fellowship. Under the direction of Lead Pastor T.C. Taylor, the new congregation began making strides towards its mission to love God, love people, and share Jesus. It began meeting as an Incubator in January 2019 and is already averaging more than 130 people on Sunday morning. We praise God that when One Fellowship launches in April, it will be the fourth College Park Next Door Mission church plant. Through God’s provision, we have planted churches in Fishers, Castleton, Greenwood, and Pike. And by his grace, we will continue spreading the hope of Christ wherever he leads us.

College Park Church
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College Park Fishers
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College Park Castleton
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College Park Greenwood
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One Fellowship Church
LAUNCHING in April 2019

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