August 2014 eNews

All church picnic after our 11:00 am gathering. We’ll meet at Roanoke Park around 12:30 pm for food and fun. Come and see corpus groups battle for the Corpus Cup!
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All Church Picnic and the Corpus Cup – This Sunday!

Roanoke ParkJoin all other Jacob’s Wellers for a fun afternoon in the Park for our All Church Picnic. We’ll gather around 12:30pm at Roanoke Park, located about a half mile north of the church at 3601 Roanoke Road. (Click here for a map) Bring your own picnic lunch along with blankets or lawn chairs.

We’ll also be holding the Corpus Cup featuring games of skill. Members of different corpus groups will go head to head for the ultimate prize. Should be a great day to participate or just have fun watching. Hope you can take this opportunity to connect.

15th Anniversary Celebration – September 20

CelebrationMark your calendar and save the date for a celebration of 15 years of Jacob’s Well. We held our first public gatherings in September of 1999 and we want to celebrate the Lord’s favor on our community. We’ll have a block party on 42nd Street and our parking lot including food trucks, live music featuring JW bands, bounce houses and inflatables for the kids, and new T-shirts for sale.

The celebration will take place from 4 – 8pm.

We’d love to get a small army of volunteers (about 40) to put in one-hour shifts for set up, managing the inflateables, and tear down. Would you be willing to serve an hour?


Meet the Class of 2014 Elders

Three new elders are slated to join our elder board this month. Kevin Morris, our current chair, and Ed Marquette will be rolling off after serving their three-year terms. Thanks Kevin and Ed for serving Jacob’s Well! The new elders will join the current elders: Merritt Benz, Ian Davidson, Jannele Mastin, Sarah Magill, John Power, and Jeff Turner. Below you will find short bios of our three new elders.

Kim Larrick

Kim LarrickKim Larrick grew up in the Northland, graduated from Drury University, and immediate launched into a career in non-profit event and campaign fundraising, which has been great adventure spanning over 25 years. As a result, she’s produced fun, crazy events all over the country, and raised millions for solving the mystery behind Multiple Sclerosis and for the past 16 years, helping the March of Dimes ensure all babies are born healthy. Currently, she’s a Regional Director of Fundraising covering 7 states, but she gets to work from home when she’s not off to some far flung place like Albuquerque or Billings, MT. Kim’s a professional Auntie, so the frequent flyer miles allow her to be with family all over the country. When she’s home, she’s always looking for an opportunity to bring people together for great conversation, food and festivities. Jacob’s Well has been her church home since 2003 and sees God’s image in each face every time she walks through the door.

Jeff Onnen

Jeff is a Kansas City native, having attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission East HS and KU. He currently works at Shawnee Mission West HS where he teaches Chemistry and coaches Cross Country and Track. Jeff and his wife of 19 years, Andrea, have been attending Jacob’s Well since the doors opened. They have two daughters, Abby (13) and Aisley (10).  Having been pretty involved in the early days, Jeff is excited to be serving Jacob’s Well by rejoining the elder board.

Stephanie Swanson

Stephanie SwansonStephanie was raised on a hobby farm near Cedar Rapids, IA, went to Iowa State University for Agricultural Engineering, then moved to Kansas City with her husband, Eric, in 2008. She worked for a few years at General Mills before becoming an at-home mom with their two kids, Caleb and Abby. She loves to be involved in community activities and is particularly enjoying the diversity of the city after growing up in farm country. The Jacob’s Well community has been a place where they have felt welcomed, loved, and challenged since the beginning and are so grateful to be a part of it!

Would you like to know more about our Elder teams? Browse our bylaws and a document laying out the Elders Roles and Responsibilities. You can read more here.