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The Path - An Interview with Tim Keel

Why did you use the title “The Path" for this series?
The most obvious reason is because in the gospels, Jesus is regularly inviting people to follow him. Jesus went from place to place, teaching, preaching, and doing various signs. The disciples followed him on his path as he announced and inaugurated the kingdom of God. That path was certainly transformational for his followers and, in fact, transformational for the world. And we are still being invited to follow, to learn the ways of Jesus, to participate with him as he transforms and renews all creation. We are called on to the same path as those first disciples!

Can you share a specific example of how "the path" operated in your life?
That’s a great question. Looking back at it, I think the path is mostly discernible after you’ve walked a ways along it. When I was growing in my faith (I hope I still am!), the steps on the path were less obvious. What was obvious were the people I met who guided me and helped me to know, love, and submit to God at critical junctures along the way.


June Institutes
Tuesdays & Thursdays in June

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InstitutesInstitutes are 4-6 week formation classes that allow you to dig into some content and also to connect with others at Jacob's Well! Signups are taking place now through June 1st. You won't want to miss this round! There are classes on prayer, yoga, the Enneagram, basic faith principles, and even a Parent's Night Out offering.

Click here to see the full list of classes and register before it's too late!

Evening Gathering now at 5pm

Spend your Sunday morning in Sabbath, then give the Evening Gathering a try! We will now be offering childcare for ages birth through 5.  Come join as we practice ending our sabbath and starting the week ahead in worship and fellowship with one another!

Men’s Outing | Saturday 6.20

SM ParkJacob's Well Men - Join us for an excursion to Shawnee Mission Park on Saturday, June 20th at 9am. We'll be hiking and conversing, as well as engaging in the spiritual disciplines of prayer and presence. This will be a great way to get to know other men in our community and/or find some space to do "solitude together" outdoors.

Sign up online HERE.

Community Dinners | July 6th - 12th.

Community DinnerCommunity Dinners are one time gatherings that provide a great opportunity for participants to get to know others across the Jacob’s Well community by gathering in homes around the Kansas City area. Watch for signups beginning June 21st.

Vacation Bible School | July 13-17

Don't miss the opportunity to join other Jacob's Well families for Vacation Bible School. Sign ups for VBS are now open. In addition, we're looking for a group of people to volunteer to help make the week exceptional!

Registration for VBS

Volunteer Sign Up for VBS

Youthfront for grades 3-5 | June 25-27

YouthfrontJW 3rd-5th Graders are heading to Youthfront West June 25-27. Join us in praying for safety, fun, and faith formation for our kids! 

Volunteer Opportunities in Sunday Gatherings

Are you looking for ways to get involved at Jacob's Well? JW is in need of communion servers, front door greeters, and people to run media (slides)...and we need you! Serving entails a one Sunday per month commitment subject to your availability. Also, running media does not take prior experience; on the spot training provided! Looking for a few more chalkboard artists as well.

If you are interested in joining one or multiple of our serving teams, please contact Kaitlin Mullinix.

Calling All Bakers!

Do you enjoy baking? If so, would you be interested in volunteering once a month to bake 1-2 dozen of your favorite treats to share with other Jacob's Well volunteers? If so, please e-mail Aubree Hendershot. The schedule is flexible, so you decide your availability! 

2nd Sundays in Loose Park | June 14

PicnicCome join the summertime fun! Beginning June 14th, we will have 2nd Sundays in Loose Park starting around 12:30pm. We will gather just south of the tennis courts. Bring a sack lunch, blankets and whatever else you want to have some fun in the park. Throw a frisbee, bring your wiffle ball, yard games or just hang out. We'll gather monthly out at Loose Park for a perfect opportunity for fellowship!

Loose Park is located between 51st and 55th Street, bordering Wornall Road to the east and Summit to the west. The tennis courts are located just east of 53rd and Summit. Click HERE for a map.

Foster & Adoptive Families Get-Together

June 7th, 10:15am in the Prayer Chapel

Adoption | FosterJoin other families who are fostering children or who have adopted/are in the process of adopting. They will be meeting in the Prayer Chapel at 10:15 to have some coffee and connect with one another on June 7th. Please RSVP to Jessi Marcus so there is enough coffee! 

The Nightingale Orchestra | June 7, 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Nightingale Orchestra is a collection of friends that, not unlike its namesake bird, tend to make music exclusively during the nighttime hours. Layers of strings, keys, and voices bring forth songs of sadness, hope, love, and purpose. The orchestra is a longtime dream of composer Micah Thomas and it will present its songs to the world at Jacob's Well Church on June 7, 2015 at 8 PM. The event is free of charge and features many members of the Jacob's Well Worship team.

The orchestra features Ali Ebright, Sarah Magill, Mike Crawford, Alan Fogleman, Alan Keller, Suzanne Wessel, Joanna Davis, Erin Risner, Daniel Musgrave, and Riley Taylor. Support from Jake Masters, Cameron Wiley, Chase Castor & others. 

VERGE 2015 leaves Sunday at 8AM

Verge 2015Our high school group leave Sunday morning for our annual trip to Colorado called VERGE. We spend three days serving in downtown Denver followed by three days of whitewater rafting and rock climbing in Buena Vista, CO. This year's group consists of 13 students and 5 leaders. Pray for safe travels and that God would work in and through us in transformative ways.

Summer Interns - Daniel, Macyann, Dalton, Brennan

Interns 2015We're excited to introduce our new youth ministry summer interns: Daniel Gum, Dalton Farr, Brennan Flanagan and Macyann Crawford. These four are all products of our youth ministry and we're excited to see how God works in and through them this summer with our middle school and high school students. 

Youth Ministry Kickoff Week | June 7

New middle schoolers move up on June 7 and our mid-week middle school and high school events begin the following week on June 9 and 11, respectively.

Download the summer youth ministry brochure for details. 

Update on Rosedale Ridge

Rosedale RidgeRecently, both The Kansas City Star and KCUR's Central Standard cast a spotlight on the situation unfolding at Rosedale Ridge Apartments, where Jacob's Well has been involved the last couple years. JW's own Kara Bollinger wrote for the Star about her experience volunteering with children at the Rosedale after-school program. This month will likely be JW's last month to offer programming on site, as residents begin to relocate to other housing facilities in the KC metro and beyond. To read more about all that's transpired at Rosedale in the last many months, visit JW's Justice blog

June Calendar of Events

Verge | High School Trip | May 31 - June 6

Institutes | Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 2 | 6:30 pm

Second Sunday at Loose Park | Sunday, June 14 | 12:30 pm

Youthfront | 3rd-5th Grade | June 25-27

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What do you think hinders people from moving forward on the path?
Well, there is always the constraints of time and competing priorities. Discipleship is not an add-on to an otherwise good life. It is life. We prioritize what we value and we value what we think will make us happy. God operates along a different continuum of value. We are invited to life—real life—and becoming oriented to God’s ways means an investment and even some divestment! Connected to that is sin. Sin will certainly hinder us on the path. But the great news is that God’s love and faithfulness is greater than our sin. If we invite God to work and stay open to his movement in our lives, we are forgiven and our hearts are slowly transformed. We even begin to desire new and life-giving realities. Finally, not knowing what the next step is, or even better, who can help you take the next step can hinder our movement on the path.

What do could next steps on the path look like?
As I mentioned, sometimes what’s needed is to know the next step. But often, it’s knowing the next “who”—connecting to a guide who can walk alongside us as we navigate the path. You know, there are some very practical things happening in June at Jacob’s Well that can help to connect us with some such people and steps. Pastor Shayne Wessel will be leading a men’s discipleship group and together they are going to journey through Mark’s gospel. Pastor Jessi Marcus is going to be leading an Institute class on prayer that should be great. Additionally, in worship through the summer, we will be following the lectionary, using the gospel passage each week to frame the sermon. We’ve created a summer Bible reading guide so that people who want to be in the scriptures during the week can interact with the same texts we will be preaching from on that coming Sunday. 

Why do you feel JW needs this encouragement at this time?
I think it is always important to talk about the invitation to follow Jesus and the practical ways that gets worked out in our lives. But The Path series has also been about leadership. It’s my conviction that discipleship always moves us toward leadership, which is to say, responsibility, influence, and service in the name of Jesus. How do we continue to invite people along the path that we’ve been describing? Becoming members of God’s family? Growing as disciples, servants, and friends of God? Deacons? Elders? These are all steps that not only cause us to mature in our personal discipleship but also make us companions and co-workers with God in the larger work of the gospel in the world around us. I am super excited to invite more people into that work and to recognize and support those who are already fully engaged. 

Tim Keel
Senior Pastor

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