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VBS at Jacob's Well - July 13-17

Kelly GarrJacob's Well will be offering Vacation Bible School (VBS) this summer for the first time in our history! Kelly Garr is leading a team of volunteers to help make this week the highlight of the summer for kids in our community. Here's what Kelly shared about VBS in 2015. 

Jacob's Well has never really held a VBS before. Why start now?
Well, you can't do everything well and JW has done the kids' institutes in the past. Attendance has dropped for those as it is a tricky time for younger families. We think VBS will be an exciting addition, hopefully fitting into the schedules of our families more conveniently.

Who's serving on the team with you this year? So many people! Really, our leadership team is fantastic. Nikki Schumaker is helping me coordinate. Amy Turner, Kim Prier, and Stephanie Swanson worked tirelessly to find a curriculum and will be in charge of adjusting it for our kids. Katie Kendle is taking on music and drama. Kerry Schieber (and what looks to be the entire youth group) will be heading up recreation. Jess Williams is handling promotion and will be the hospitality lead the week of VBS. Heather Myer is leading a social justice piece. Annie Noonan and Abby Knipp are organizing registration and volunteers. Sam Lewis and Keri Weddle are working on everything creative. BUT we still need YOU! (link below) These ladies are rocking it, but we are going to need a village to pull it off. 


VBS Registration

VBS Volunteer Sign Up

Rosedale Ridge Update from Isaac Anderson

Dear friends,

Rosedale RidgeThis is a difficult note to write. Over the last year, Jacob's Well volunteers and many others have had the joy of spending time with kids at an apartment complex in Kansas City, KS, known as Rosedale Ridge. Through our after-school program at "The Center," we've become friends with these kids and their families. We've goofed around with them and counseled them through difficulty. We've taken field trips to the art museum and the pool. We've learned together about foreign places, and about the love of God for each person. We've gardened and grilled out. And while the activities have been fun, the reward, for so many of us, has been the experience of making a personal connection with individual children who light up when they see their "mentor" walk in the room, and then finding ourselves—students and volunteers alike—changed for the better through those interactions. Each of the Rosedale kids are so obviously worthy of all the time and attention we've invested in them, and we'll be considering over the coming weeks how we might maintain a connection with the Rosedale community moving forward. 


Infant & Young Child Baptism/Dedication

Sunday, May 17th

BaptismSign up HERE if you are interested in having your child baptized or dedicated and Jessi Marcus will contact you with more information. We will hold the infant baptisms and dedications at all three gatherings on May 17th. There will be a mandatory parents meeting on Monday, May 11th from 6:30-7:30pm. Childcare is available during the meeting.

Adult & Older Child Baptism

Sunday, May 24th

Sign up HERE if you are interested in being baptized on May 24th, and Jessi Marcus will contact you with more information. We will be holding baptisms in the Sanctuary at all three gatherings! 

Evening Gathering Potluck - This Sunday

PotluckJoin us before the evening service this Sunday, May 3rd from 5:30 to 6:45pm for a spring potluck celebration! Assuming no rain, we will plan to gather in the “plaza” area at the bottom of the front stairs that lead into the sanctuary (otherwise, Banner Hall). Last names beginning with A-M, bring a main dish; N-Z bring a dessert or side dish.  Hope to see you there!

Men’s Outing (and In-ing)

Wyandotte County LakeJacob’s Well Men – Join us for an excursion to Wyandotte County Lake on Saturday, May 16th from 1pm to around 4pm.  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.  Signup online HERE to join us or for more info. Hope to see you there!

5th Grade BBQ - Tues, May 19

5th Grade BBQCurrent 5th graders (soon to be middle schoolers!) and their parents are invited to a BBQ at the McClain household on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm. This will be a time to socialize, meet the youth ministry team and hear about opportunities for middle school students at Jacob's Well.

Food will be provided and the event is FREE!

Click HERE to RSVP to Youth Director, Adam Cooper.

Chalkboard Calendar Artists Needed

Calling all artists with varying degrees of experience to design the chalkboard calendar. Ever noticed the beautiful chalkboard calendar in the foyer and wished you could design it? Check out this month's design by Seeca Smalley. We need you! Contact Kaitlin Mullinix if you're interested!

Involvement in Sunday Gatherings

VolunteerAre you looking for ways to get involved and meet new people 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. If you are interested in joining one (or multiple!) of our serving teams, please contact Kaitlin Mullinix.

June Institutes - Beginning June 2nd and 4th

Save the DateSave the date for our four to six week formation classes in the month of June. They will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and are a wonderful way to engage in faith formation and also to dig deeper into community at Jacob's Well. Here's a sneak peek at some of the classes: Praying the Psalms, Yoga, Writers' Workshop, Parents Night Out, and several more!

JW Justice Blog 

JW JusticeThe JW Justice Blog is a hub for those who want to know more about the justice work of Jacob's Well Church and a venue to provoke our thinking on a wide range of justice-related topics. Starting this month, we're sending out a summary of our posts from the past month in case you missed visiting the blog along the way! Only ONE email per month--sign up!

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TroostFest: Transforming a Dividing Line into a Gathering Place

TroostfestTroostFest is an annual street festival held every year between Linwood and 31st Street to celebrate the diversity and the community on and around Troost Avenue. The 11th Annual TroostFest will be held on Saturday, May 16th beginning at noon with the last act on stage at 9pm.

The festival itself is broken into two different parts: 
Noon - 5:00pm is when children's activities (including a bounce house) and most of the vendor booths (artists, microbusinesses, schools, etc) will be set up
5:00 - 10:30pm is more of a street party feel -- louder music, slightly older crowd, street dancing, etc.

TroostfestIf you're interested in being a part of this diverse festival -- attending, volunteering, or setting up a booth are some great ways to participate. Come join us and enjoy the celebration, music, kids activities, browse the booths, and grab some food at the food trucks. Volunteer on the day of the event with set-up, tear-down, the children's area, or fill in for various needs throughout the day. Set up a booth -- every year we have enjoyed a mix of businesses, artists, schools, churches, and organizations represented and we love to see the diversity that midtown has to offer!  If you're interested in more information or getting involved, email Stephanie Swanson. Hope to see you there!

Jacob's Well VBS (continued)

Join the RideWhat types of experiences are you hoping for during VBS?
This question just made me tear up. I'm hoping for fun. And for relationship building. Our kids spread out through the week in a host of different schools and parts of the city. I would love for friendships to go deeper than Sunday morning buddies. I would also like our kids to get to know the youth and volunteers. I'm envisioning a lot more "hellos" in the halls after this week. And I'm hoping for life change. These kids are growing so quickly. I hope VBS walks alongside our other kids' programs to deepen and strengthen faith and understanding in the lives of these kids. We will be studying the amazing life of Paul. I pray the kids are wowed by his faith and courage and learn such things come from a very loving and powerful God. 

What are you looking forward to the most? Meeting new people and hearing loads of laughter. Watching as volunteers come together to do something wonderful for our kids. And again, the friendships.

What do folks need to do right now to get involved? Get on the website and sign up! You can be as involved as you like -- whatever your level, there's a role for you.

VBS Registration

VBS Volunteer Sign Up

Rosedale Ridge Update (cont.)

Rosedale RidgeBut first we wanted to inform you of the latest developments at Rosedale Ridge, given that they will have major implications for the work we've been involved with there. Last fall the Yarco company—the company responsible for managing Rosedale Ridge and with whom JW had contracted to provide after-school programming—came under heavy fire for not keeping apartment units up to code. The media got involved, and there was a protracted battle between the KCK inspectors and Yarco, then between Yarco and the property owners—an ownership group located in Florida—not to mention Yarco and the larger Rosedale community, concerning who was to blame for the neglect of the property, and exactly how the manifold code violations would be addressed. Long story short, after much communication between all parties, it's been determined that all current residents at Rosedale Ridge will be provided with Section 8 vouchers and relocated to other housing facilities in KC, beginning as early as the first week of May and concluding by June 29th. Which housing facilities will become home for these families is still TBD, but it appears that current residents will be gone by the end of summer. 

This means, very regrettably, that JW's after-school program will be drawing to a close as well. We do hope to stay connected to some of the current Rosedale kids, even as their families relocate. But, sadly, the Center as we've known it will be coming to an end. 

Given this reality, our Rosedale leadership team has shifted our focus toward two goals. The first is that we, together with our amazing volunteers, would do everything we can to say a "good goodbye"—to wrap up programming at the Center in a way that celebrates all God has done, and allows for a sense of closure related to that part of JW's ministry. 

Our second goal is to prayerfully discern where God might be directing us next. Lindsey Jacobus, the Rosedale program director, and many others of us who belong to JW, continue to feel a sense of commitment to the Rosedale residents specifically, so we hope we'll be able to keep loving them and advocating for them in some capacity. We invite you to join with us as we continue praying for these kids and their families. We'd also be grateful if you would pray for wisdom related to how we handle this transition, and related to where we, as a church community, might direct our energies next. We know we serve a God who makes paths in the desert, and we believe God is at work in this difficult situation, as He is in the lives of our friends at Rosedale, in our city, and in all of us. 

Thank you so much to everyone at JW who has invested in the lives of families at Rosedale this past year, whether by volunteering at the Center, by participating in our Christmas Toy Drive, etc. We will keep you posted as we discover where and how God may be leading us next. 

-Isaac Anderson
Pastor, JW Kerygma Sphere

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