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In ancient Samaritan villages, the water well was an important gathering place. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives.
Meet “the Wellies,” the women connecting the dots to make The Well a reality.
“I wanted the image of The Well to be one of welcome and to showcase the natural beauty of the sunrise.” – Christine Hilbert, artist
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What is this all about?
In Samaritan villages, the well was an important gathering place. Often centrally located, the water well provided basic sustenance for life. It was a place where women encountered one another to draw water and share their lives. The well was also where the Samaritan woman first encountered Jesus and was spiritually healed. She then went and shared the Good News with those she encountered.
It is in this spirit that The Well was born.
The Well launched on July 16, 2016, when 350 women gathered together in Downtown Des Moines to spend quality time with each other, to grow in our understanding as women of the Church, and were treated to great food, music, and conversation. It was an experience of faith, friendship, and sharing the joys (and challenges!) of everyday life.
But the vision for The Well is more than just this one-day event. To capitalize on the momentum and energy from the summer gathering, seasonal events such as Advent at The Well and Lent at The Well will be offered, providing more opportunities for growing in our faith and enjoying fellowship with one another.
Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at the well, we pray The Well opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for the women who attend.
The Well provides women an opportunity to experience a culture of encounter, one that fosters spiritual friendships and builds up the local Christian community.
The Well encourages holy leisure, rest and celebrating femininity and beauty – all in a festive environment.
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A bite-sized, short and sweet weekly reflection you can listen to under five minutes. This week’s question to ponder: Have you asked God to do something in your life? Are you still waiting? While you wait, ponder how God is doing something new within you – right here, right now.
Adding a bite-sized weekly reflection to our podcast rotation that you can listen to under five minutes. Our first question to ponder together: Where might God be asking you to begin again?
This episode welcomes Joanne Kuster and Mary Shell, the mother daughter team who created the fabulous lifestyle blog RootandBloomForever.com. Joanne and Mary both live in the greater Des Moines area and aim to connect busy women with new ideas, amazing stories, and tips to make our lives intentional, meaningful and rewarding.
An excellent opportunity to quiet our hearts as we look forward to living an intentional, purposeful Advent.
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Podcast 11: The Dignity of Work, Eye Contact, Music and the Liturgy, an October Playlist, and a Surprise Ending!
Tune in for your monthly dose of faith, friendship, and fun as Heidi Lepper Barrett, Rachel Brown, Emily Schmid, and Molly Myers all join Lisa Schmidt on Episode 11. Heidi ponders the spiritual importance of eye contact, and Emily shares how music can assist us in experiencing liturgy more fully. Rachel stops by with her pithy Drop by Drop wisdom, and Molly shares an October music playlist to accompany our fall days. Finally, Emily has a very special surprise for us. Tune in and hear the *world debut* of her original song Pour On Us based on the woman at the well (John 4:4-42)!
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We welcome a new voice to The Water Jar podcast. Sue Smith joins Lisa Schmidt on Episode 10 to discuss our response in the face of a troubled Church. Sue is wife to Patrick, mom to seven (their oldest son Nick is a seminarian for Diocese of Des Moines), and all are parishioners at St. Augustin in Read more about Episode 10: Our Response in the Face of a Troubled Church[…]
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