Volunteer: Thursday Night Life
To help keep our members, staff and volunteers healthy and safe amid COVID, not all of our usual volunteer opportunities are currently available.
Please use the CONTACT options below to let us know of your interest.
Instructions for Thursday Night Life Volunteers
We so appreciate having volunteer groups serve at the Well Community on Thursday evenings. Here’s the basic information. If you have additional questions please call or email us.
The Well Community meets in Oak Cliff at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, 125, Sunset Ave, Dallas. Thursday Night Life entrance is on the back of the building, on 10th Street. Use the entrance in the middle of the building, under the covered drive way. Parking is available directly across the street.
- Worship begins at 5:30 p.m. Join us!
- Food is served at 6:30 p.m. So your arrival time depends on how much cooking/heating/prep time you need before hand.
- Serving the food is completed by 7:00 or before.
- Many times volunteers stay and help clean up; they usually finish before 8:00 p.m.
How many people will be fed? We usually plan for 50. If there are fewer people and it is not all eaten, we will use for lunch Monday.
How many people should come help? You’ll want to have at least three helpers, but bring as many as you want!
Suggested menus? We love the variety of meals our volunteer groups bring. Best are ones that are nutritious and filling. For many of our members, this is the only meal they have that day. Any meals to avoid? Pizza.
Estimated expense? The cost varies on your menu, and if you add paper products. Some groups spend around $100. Others spend as much as $500.
Drinks? Paper products? We have both, but some volunteers choose to bring the items so we can use ours for our Monday-Wednesday lunches.
Kitchen options (cook? warm up?) The industrial kitchen can be used to cook or warm food.
We are happy to have a clergy member or layperson share the evening message. If they are available, please let us know. The message is usually 15-20 minutes and is given about 6:00 during the service. Please arrive by 5:15.
If there are people in your group able to lead the 20 minutes of music, please let us know. Plan to arrive by 5:00 to set up. We do have sound equipment, but lack equipment to project words. However, you can send the words and we’ll print them out. Please email the Word document file before Thursday evening to [email protected]
David Larlee from All Saints Dallas shares from Exodus 14:1-14 on how to cry out to God in times of fear. https://youtu.be/kqscMruzO-o
Kenny Cheshier from Cliff Temple Baptist Church encourages us from Ephesians 4 to share positive words with each other and look for ways to speak encouragement. https://vimeo.com/466354178
Dave Larlee and his side business, Smoked Maple, provided a great bbq ribs lunch for our members on Sept 15. As Pastor Dave from All Saints Church, he served up a special message for us all about the glory and goodness of God. https://youtu.be/CQPbABDWvXM
This week our message is, once again, from Rev. Holly Bandel, Associate Minister for Mission & Advocacy at First United Methodist Church, Dallas. She explains how we can recognize and share wise words during these confusing times. https://vimeo.com/425969251
For our Virtual Thursday Night Life we once again welcome Rev. Kay Ash, Director of Christian Education at Kessler Park UMC. This time she encourages us from the 23rd Psalm and reminds us God is our good shepherd. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UmOyWWmvnYVte94uadwiy5GvSqr890ER/view
This week we welcome Rev. Kay Ash, Director of Christian Education at Kessler Park UMC. This message, “When God Shows Up,” was originally taped for a virtual camp service. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dBl6atB4_9RHkQlqRQdlt3YJWHGq_bd5/view
Long time friend of The Well Community Scott Coleman brings our Thursday message: “Give Up … but Don’t Give In”! He looks at several Bible stories that illustrate that even when things aren’t going as we would want, God is still in our story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juW3odPY7GM
Kevin Cross, former intern with The Well Community from Dallas Baptist University, shares from Psalm 22 to remind us that we are under the care of our God who walks with us. https://vimeo.com/432602069#t=60s
This week’s message is by Dr. Nathaniel Strenger, the Director of Clinical Advancement and a staff psychologist at The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology. It was originally posted by All Saints Dallas. Dr. Strenger explains ways our faith strengthens us in times of stress. https://youtu.be/bYY2cMlpeXg
This week for Thursday Night Life we’re led in worship by the music team at All Saints Dallas. This video was recorded for an Easter service and shared now to remind us that with God we’re never alone. Thanks to this worship team: Ryan Flanigan, Melissa Scholl Flanigan, Rachel Bundy and Mike Drake! https://youtu.be/Iz-gfaxaHIo
Even though we can’t gather for Thursday Night Life, we can find our faith encouraged each week. This week our message is from Rev. Holly Bandel, Associate Minister for Mission & Advocacy at First United Methodist Church, Dallas. https://vimeo.com/425969251
Our Thursday Night Life message this week comes from Diego Contreras, former intern at The Well Community. He gives seven points that help us recognize God’s voice. https://youtu.be/Tr94sXfNS9U
Our Virtual Thursday Night Life message this week is given by Kenny Cheshier from Cliff Temple Baptist Church. He reminds us of the faithfulness of God, shown to us through the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. https://youtu.be/PJVZOlsPdzU
Rev. David Larlee of All Saints Dallas encourages The Well members this week from Genesis 22. Through the life of Abraham, Dave shows us how to learn to pass the tests God takes us through. https://youtu.be/ZlaDUColvEQ
Jeff Lane, President of the Board of Directors for The Well Community, shares a virtual Thursday message for our members. https://youtu.be/_Ozvnq8x2jQ
Jason Lewis from First Baptist Church Frisco, a friend of The Well Community, delivers our Virtual Thursday Night Life message. In the midst of difficult times, he shares some good news around us. https://youtu.be/vPkKXeMU24A
Rev. Eric Folkerth, Senior Pastor of Kessler Park United Methodist Church and a friend of The Well Community, brings a message of hope in the midst of a confusing time. https://youtu.be/5uVVeyhZyUQ
Scott Coleman and his family have been friends of The Well Community since its founding in 2002. In this Thursday Night Life message, Scott gives an update on his family and then helps us to reflect on the importance of Easter.
Even though we can’t gather for Thursday Night Life, we can find our faith encouraged each week. Take a look at today’s message from Joel Pulis, founder of The Well Community. https://youtu.be/p9vq3cZpL8E
Joel Pulis, founder of The Well Community, shows his ongoing affection for our members by staying in touch and delivering messages monthly at our Thursday Night Life Services. Recently he sent this greeting to our members via video: https://youtu.be/8EM0yI1h54o