Because Anderson Matters, Life Hacks 101

Mark Barth presenting.

There’s something about hometown. It’s been the setting for so many experiences—your first day of school, your first little league game, your first crush, and your first day behind the wheel. Perhaps it saw your high school graduation and your first job. It’s the same way with churches. Anderson, Indiana, has been home to the Main Street Church of God (formerly Jackson Park) congregation for one hundred years. Hometown is extremely important to the church. Simply put, Anderson matters to Main Street Church of God! That’s just one reason the church’s new Life Hacks 101 ministry was launched. On Saturday, April 29, Life Hacks 101 held its first-ever workshop on building winning résumé, free to the community and designed to help residents on the path to gainful and meaningful employment.

Life Hacks=practical ways to utilize life skills to make life better. “101”=the basics! Amanda Closser and Carl Stagner of Main Street Church of God have been at the helm of the Life Hacks 101 ministry, and look forward to the opportunities these free community workshops provide approximately every third month going forward.

Anna Rayis leading a presentation.

“My motivation was a desire to bring to Anderson a source of education regarding everyday life skills that aren’t necessarily taught elsewhere, that aren’t being passed down from generation to generation anymore,” Amanda Closser explains. “My hope is that God uses this ministry, and me, to show everyone who attends that there is Someone who loves them unconditionally and who cares what happens to them.”

Anna and Mark offer résumé assistance.

This wasn’t just the case of a church pretending to be experts on a subject totally outside of their realm of experience. They brought in the experts. Anna Rayis, specialist for the Center for Career and Calling at Anderson University, offered practical tips and insider insight on strengthening existing résumés and enhancing one’s personal brand. Mark Barth, career specialist for The Excel Center, brought tips and tricks for building an attention-grabbing résumé from the ground up. Following their multimedia presentations, Anna and Mark took questions and were available to review any résumé that workshop attendees brought with them.

The next Life Hacks 101 event is scheduled for Saturday, August 5. The time has yet to be determined, but the topic is basic auto maintenance. You don’t have to be in the dark any longer! Know the fundamentals of checking your oil, replacing wiper blades, balancing your tires, and more! Whether a lifelong driver wanting to hone his or her skills, or behind the wheels for the first time as a teenager, you’ll discover information you can use.

Exciting new things are happening at Main Street Church of God. See for yourself! For more information, contact the church at, visit, or call 765-644-6555.


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