When it comes to following Jesus, the way we view and interpret the Holy Scriptures is the basis for everything that we do at The Well. As leaders, we should not seek to tell you how you may appropriately interact with society, love others, serve and give without showing you what The Bibles says and why it matters. There are many difficult topics that matter to our faith which is why we will be taking a deeper look in the coming weeks of several of those important matters in our new series "Faith Matters."
It is my desire that we will all be able to grow and be stretched together in our beliefs and faiths in the coming weeks. This will happen as we humbly move away from relying heavily on human opinions for our conclusions and find out what the scriptures specifically say on some of the things that matter to us most.
I just wanted to take a few minutes and inform you about some exciting news here at The Well. I am confident that God is blessing us because of our faithfulness and devotion to Him! However, with that blessing comes certain new and exciting challenges and opportunities.
The first big opportunity will be the addition of a second worship service beginning October 28th. This new service time will be on Sunday evenings and will be identical to the morning service. The second service will have no children’s programming. One positive by-product is that some people who serve in the children's ministry in the morning will be able to return and worship in the evening.
The most important question to answer is “Why?” First, I believe we have all experienced the high volume of people on Sunday mornings during the school year. This not only makes it a little more work to find a seat, it also puts a strain on our available parking. Second, and the main reason we are doing this, is that I believe there are many people in Huntington who are far from God who would be interested in attending a Sunday evening service because the thought of Sunday at 11am is intimidating to them.
Personally, I am thrilled about this and I can’t wait for it to start! This is going to take a high level of buy-in and support from all of us. I am confident that, in time, the sacrifices that are made now will payoff in new disciples, new volunteers, and new levels of joy. Thanks for being a part of this remarkable journey.
Please be praying for your entire church and all of the leaders as there will likely be hiccups and stumbling blocks along the way. If we continue to rely on God and find even greater reasons to depend on Him, we can't fail.
For the glory of God and the good of others!
- Pastor Josh
Join us NEXT SUNDAY, August 26th as we worship together with incoming HU students as part of HU Welcome Weekend. We will NOT be having our normal Sunday service at our building, but instead we will all be at Huntington University, Zurcher Auditorium at 10AM! *Please note the time difference.*
We hope to see you there!
Save the Date! You are invited to help us celebrate 5 years in our building! Sunday, August 12th from noon-2:30 join us as we celebrate and thank God for His provision!
Dear Church Family,
I have lived and parented for the last 15 years with a piece of parenting advice ringing in my ears. About 15 years ago I asked a pastor friend of mine how he had been so successful at raising 3 daughters who loved Jesus. His answer was simple and profound. He said, “If Jesus is real to you, He will be real to your children.”
This last week was a great week in the life of The Well. Last Monday, Nick Balsiger officially began his employment as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Student Ministries. Nick has been a good friend of mine since he began as a student at HU four years ago. At that time he began to volunteer at The Well in both Youth and Worship Ministries. I know that many of you already know him as well.
What has drawn me to Nick as a young leader is that Jesus is very real to him. In the same way that I have tried to create a home where Jesus is real to Molly and me, I know that Nick will be the kind of godly role model and spiritual mentor that will create a discipleship environment that is unique to The Well. He will also engage our students in matters of faith and how those things affect our lives. Even if you do not have kids that are in 6th-12th grade, please pray for, encourage, and support Nick in any way that you can.
This opportunity also presents some other great opportunities for us all to join in the discipleship process. We need to keep in mind that the spiritual care of our students is a responsibility for each of us and not something that we pass off to Nick and his volunteers. Discipleship starts in the home with the conversations we have, the entertainment we enjoy, the choices we make, and the mercy and grace that we model. If Jesus is real to all of us, he’ll be real to our kids! Our kids will follow us as we follow Jesus.
I also know that there are many adults in this church that would be incredible youth volunteers. For years I have witnessed many of you support our youth as mentors and spiritual advisors. Please be praying about this, and be willing to consider becoming a volunteer if Nick approaches you. The joy and satisfaction of seeing our students grow into young men and women of God does not have to be reserved for our college kids!
Please welcome Nick in his role as a pastor and staff member of the The Well.
Come work together with your church family, small group, or family unit! We will be spreading wood carpet on the playground area and also doing some painting projects! Please join us for a fun time of serving together and loving our neighborhood! Come and go as you are able!
I am really excited to be sharing from the book of Acts for the next 9 Sundays. The book of Acts is a historical record of the spread of the early church. It starts with Jesus ascending to The Father and sending the Holy Spirit to empower the Apostles to spread the message of the Gospel and draw people from all nations to Himself. We will not be able to cover the entire book on Sundays so we encourage you to join us in daily readings. I invite you to be praying and asking God to reveal a powerful way in which He would like to use us today! Looking forward to growing together!
- Pastor Josh
Please see below how to sign up for text alerts for our Acts series! Or follow the link!
Blessings In A Backpack - Huntington, IN feeds approximately 350 of the over 1000 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Blessings works with students in all of the elementary schools in Huntington County, sending hungry kids home with food for the weekends.
If you are looking for a way to bless our community, this is a great opportunity!
We will be collecting PLASTIC ONLY containers of grape jelly during all the Sundays in April. Please bring your donations to either entrance. No Glass Jars Please! Thank you so much!
Welcome Kelly Hippensteel as Small Groups Coordinator!
Kelly Hippensteel, wife of Pastor Jim Hippensteel, has a heart for service much like her husband. Her love to serve and volunteer is what led her to step up to help coordinate small groups. She and Jim have an adult daughter, Taylor Renee who lives in Fort Wayne. Jim and Kelly are dog people and have a little dog named Chloe. Kelly's heart for service is also evident in her career choice as she has worked at Manchester University in Wellness Services for 13 years. Kelly has an eye for detail and an Associate Degree in Accounting. Combining her heart for service and attention to detail, Kelly is excited to serve as a resource and support for the small groups at The Well!
In the Gospel of John, Jesus makes some very bold claims about himself in what have come to be known as the "I AM" statements of Christ.
Jesus said, "I AM..."
"The Bread of life" John 6:35, 48, 51
"The Light of the world" John 8:12, 9:5
"The Door" John 10:7,9
"The Good Shepherd" John 10:11,14
"The Resurrection and Life" John 11:25
"The Way, The Truth, and Life" John 14:6
"The True Vine" John 15:1
Each one of them describes something very important about his nature and character as God. In the weeks leading up to Easter we will be taking an in depth look at what each of these statements by Jesus meant to the people who heard them as well as what they mean for us today.
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