It’s Thanksgiving week, which means we’ll gather in the sanctuary this Friday, November 29, for the Night of Preparation as we enter the Advent season. This gathering is a time of reflection and preparation for Christmas. It starts at 7pm and childcare is provided for ages 0-5. Be counter cultural and join us at church that night.
JW Christmas Family Partnership
This Christmas, Jacob’s Well is again partnering with families in the West Bluffs housing complex to forge new friendships and assist in providing Christmas gifts. Corpus Groups and JW families who sign up will be partnered with a West Bluffs family and provided a wish list to use to provide gifts for that family.
Additionally, we are excited about the beginning of a new relationship with the Rosedale Ridge neighborhood. Each year, Rosedale Ridge hosts a Toy Shop, where families come select a gift for their child(ren) at no cost. Toys are needed to stock the Toy Shop — you can bring a new, unwrapped toy and drop it off in the foyer anytime during Sunday gatherings through Dec. 8.
Marriage Retreat – Jan. 24-25, 2014
Early bird sign-up open now!
We’re planning the 2nd annual JW Marriage Retreat for January 24-25 at the Embassy Suites located between Westport and the Country Club Plaza. With two sessions led by Grant and Emma Wood of Resonate Clinic, the retreat will include time for socializing, relaxing and learning. This year’s retreat will offer new content from Grant and Emma, so you will have a fresh learning experience as well as a more relaxed, retreat-like schedule!
Also coming in January, Marriage Immersion! Stay tuned for sign-ups coinciding with the Winter Institutes session.
Advent Season and Christmas Eve Gatherings – 4pm, 6pm and 11pm
Here’s a Kids Community note from Mimi Keel, our Kids Community Director:
Our first through eighth graders will join in corporate worship with their families in celebration of Advent throughout the month of December. This begins THIS SUNDAY with the first week of Advent.
Additionally, pre-school and kindergarteners will join in worship in the sanctuary on December 22nd.
We’ll once again have our Candlelight Christmas Eve gatherings at 4pm, 6pm and 11pm on December 24th. Hope you can join us.
Avenues of Generosity
We have created more channels for people at Jacob’s Well to give to their church. Your gifts will go to support our OneFund, which provides funds for our staff members, all the gatherings, ministries, classes and programs as well as our outreach, both in the community and abroad. As you consider your year-end gifts, we wanted to let you know about the different pathways:
1) Online through JW online account – you can establish a one-time or recurring gift through your JW online community account. Go to JW Online and click theFinancial tab in your profile, or fill out a secure form. Through JW online you can give through your checking account, which is the most economical way to give and allows your dollar to stretch farther.
2) Giving Kiosk (pictured at right) – Beginning this weekend, we will have a SecureGive iPad Kiosk with a card readerlocated in the foyer. Registration is a snap and quickly allows you to make a one-time or recurring gift with your debit or credit card.
3) Offering boxes and mail – Use the offering boxes in the sanctuary during our gatherings, or mail a check to our offices at 1617 W. 42nd St., Kansas City, MO, 64111. Year-end gifts need to be postmarked by December 31, 2013.