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Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy

At Jacob’s Well, we love to tell the stories of what the Lord is doing in and through our friends and family. Here are four windows into what God is up to in our midst:

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Hope… Drew lived on the streets of Summer ave. when we met him through our homeless outreach, Compassion Party on the Road.  Being the intelligent, kind, winsome individual he was, it wasn’t difficult to love, pray, and hope for a brighter future for our friend.  By God’s grace, it was his friends from Jacob’s Well that Drew called when he hit bottom and was ready to get help this summer.  Drew was accepted into the the program at the Warrior Center where he has been growing in discipleship, recovery, and job-readiness ever since.  Today he is worshipping with us, being mentored by one of our leaders, and serving on CPR offering hope to others.

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Peace… Jackie is a hardworking mom who does the best she can with what she has been given.  But life hasn’t been easy caring for a daughter with epilepsy.  Yet thanks to God and the Kids Community of Jacob’s Well, Aliyah and her mother have peace in the midst of uncertainty and ongoing treatment.

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 4.00.54 PMLove… Alan & Emily came to Jacob’s Well to help but soon connected with the community and ignited on fire to become a vital part of our core.  As they saw reconciliation and unconditional love at work they grew in their love for God and neighbor.  This overflowing love led to a journey of adoption that brought us the precious little man Titus.   We had the privilege of baptizing him into our fellowship this year and have experienced the joy of his contagious smile and chubby cheeks.  We love Titus (and his parents too)!

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 4.02.39 PMJoy… Our Saturday night service is a Drug Court approved meeting which brings many through our doors who are in recovery and have no affiliation with church.  Genevieve was introduced to us in this way and shares how she couldn’t hold back the tears the first few times in worship as she felt the overwhelming love in the room.  She found Jesus and has been abounding with the joy of the Lord in all she does.  Recently she moved into the Uptown neighborhood where Jacob’s Well meets and shares her smile as she greets newcomers to the Well and helps get them connected to community and Jesus through our ministries.

ATTN: Gmail Users…Are you Receiving our E-newsletter?

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If you are using Gmail and not receiving our E-Newsletter, it may be due to a setting in Gmail. In your Gmail inbox, there are three tabs across the top of the page.  The first is your “Primary” tab, the second is your “Social” tab, and the third is your “Promotions” tab.  Gmail filters your incoming email into one of those three categories.  Most likely, the Jacob’s Well E-Newsletter is going to your “Promotions” tab in your inbox.  If you do not check this tab very often, then you are probably missing out on our E-Newsletter. Here is how to ensure you stay up-to-date on all that is happening at Jacob’s Well.

Step 1:

Click on the Promotions tab at the top of your inbox page.

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Step 2:

Click on the email from Jacob’s Well.

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Step 3:

Drag the email to the Primary tab.

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Step 4:

You will receive a message saying that “The conversation has been moved to ‘Primary'”.  Click the “Yes” to save this action for all future E-Newsletters.

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Step 5:

You should receive a message saying that all other communications will be moved to the Primary tab.

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If you are reading this and have realized that you never signed up for our E-Newsletter, click HERE to submit your email address for all future mailings.

 

Individuals in their 20’s find acceptance and a way to contribute at Jacob’s Well

Some new faces you might see around Jacob’s Well include Josh, Sarah, and Christian.While each have come from a different part of the country, all have found a home at Jacob’s Well.

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Josh came from Kansas to engage in Downline Ministries’ Emerging Leaders program. While he experienced many great things and learned much from the program, the new city and new relationships took a toll on him. In a particularly painful season of his life, Josh discovered Jacob’s Well where he was met with unconditional acceptance and a community where he could serve and grow spiritually alongside others like him and completely unlike him. Josh serves as part of our Security Team and drives our van to bring individuals to worship. A few weeks ago Josh shared his story on a Saturday night and professed his faith through remembering his baptism.

Sarah

Meanwhile, MTR (Memphis Teacher Residency) moved Sarah here from Ohio to follow her calling to teach in the inner city. A friend invited her to Jacob’s Well where she quickly got involved on Saturday nights and later began to go out on the streets to serve homeless neighbors on CPR. Sarah recently was hired onto the staff of New Hope Christian Academy in Raleigh, a phenomenal Christian Urban school advancing the Kingdom in inner city Memphis.

Christian had recently graduated college and was living in Long Beach, CA when in prayer his thoughts were set on Memphis, TN. He began to pray for Memphis though he knew only that Christian TurnerElvis lived here and that we had pretty good barbecue. Before long he could think of nothing else and so packed a bag and moved to the Bluff City with only plans to prayer walk for 40 days. Through this intentional prayer Christian was led to Binghampton and then to Jacob’s Well where he has quickly become part of the community and is now leading a prayer team who is seeing God move in a powerful way.

Praise God that He is at work bringing His people together from all around the nation for such a time as this. If you haven’t been to the Well lately, stop by some Wednesday or Saturday night soon and meet some of Jesus’ people who make up our church community.

A Perspective on “Bridging the Gap”

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I feel so blessed to have been a part of Bridging the Gap! It was a wonderful time of encouragement in my faith and also a time of personal stretching and challenge. I’m relatively new to the Memphis area, so I was unaware of many of the struggles unique to this city. Over the course of the weekend, I experienced just a taste of what it’s like to live in uncertainty and want, to not to know where I was going to sleep or whether I was going to eat and to be separated from the things I often take for granted.

Our Scripture passage for the weekend was 1 John 3:17-18: “If a person has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need and that person doesn’t care—how can the love of God abide in such a one? Let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth.”

I saw a lot of gaps over the weekend. I saw gaps between rich and poor, between the educated and undereducated, between different races, between the saved and unsaved. But, I saw an even bigger gap in myself, a gap between the faith I professed with my mouth and the way I actually reach out to others in reality. So often I’ve focused on my own needs, worries and concerns that I’ve been too busy to notice or do anything about my “brother or sister in need.” This weekend opened my eyes and opened my heart. It inspired me to action. But, more importantly, it reminded me that it is the love of Christ abiding, living and working in us that really bridges the gaps. It is only when we remain in this amazing, gap-defying love that we can truly share it with others.

Kroger and Superlo Foods Community Rewards Program

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You can now help out Jacob’s Well while you grocery shop at Kroger or Superlo Foods! How? It’s easy. Introducing the Kroger and Superlo Foods Community Rewards program. Both Kroger and Superlo Foods are committed to donating a portion of purchases made with their rewards cards to a participating Non-Profit organization of your choice. All you have to do is choose Jacob’s Well when registering your reward’s card. Simply read the instructions listed for your preferred store and take the few minutes to sign-up. Then every time you shop at Kroger or Superlo, swipe your Kroger card or Superlo Community card and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Jacob’s Well. It’s that simple!

Don’t worry…registering your existing rewards card will not in any way affect your personal rewards benefits.  You’ll still receive the same points that you can use towards gas savings and other things.  Anyone can sign-up.  Have your friends, family, and neighbors sign-up to support Jacob’s Well while they are shopping as well!

The sign-up process is easy for both stores. Please take a few minutes and follow the step-by-step instructions for each store.  If you have any questions, please email admin@jacobswellmemphis.org or call (901)290-2124.

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards program (If you already have a Kroger Plus card):

  • Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • If you are a new online customer, you must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number
  • Update or confirm your information
  • Enter NPO (26837) or name of organization (Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church), select organization from list and click on confirm
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for our group until after you register your card
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to you registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Don’t already have a Kroger Plus Card?

  • Simply go to the customer service desk at any Kroger Store
  • Ask for a Kroger Plus card…it is free and easy to sign-up in the store
  • Follow the above directions and sign-up for Kroger Community Rewards

To Use the Superlo Foods Community Rewards Program:

  • Fill out a Superlo Foods Community Card registration (pick one up at Jacob’s Well on Saturday nights or go here and print out the sign-up form)
  • Our Group ID is 500046120 and organization name is Jacob’s Well United Methodist Church
  • Take filled out registration to Superlo Foods and pick up a community rewards card
  • Swipe your registered community rewards card every time you shop at Superlo’s.