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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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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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We know there are some college basketball fans amongst us. We also know some of you don’t know or care a lick about college basketball. But don’t let the latter stop you from joining “The Wellies” group in the ESPN Tournament Challenge. We invite you to join our online community and have a little fun Read more about Come join “The Wellies” NCAA Tournament Challenge[…]
Our special guest on Podcast 5 is Rachel Brown. Rachel and Lisa discuss how cultivating consistent prayer habits through the 1% Challenge™ can grow a garden of virtues and lead to true happiness. Listen Tune in to The Water Jar by clicking the play arrow below. You can also subscribe to our iTunes channel and listen via Read more about Podcast 5: Habits and Happiness with guest Rachel Brown[…]
Our special guest on Podcast 4 is Kara Storey. In his book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah, he states that silence is the chief means that enables a spirit of prayer. “Developing a taste for prayer,” he confides, “is probably the first and foremost battle of our age.” In this digital age, if our interior Read more about Podcast 4: On Cultivating Silence with guest Kara Storey[…]
Author’s Bio: Brooke Miller loves words. Right now, she is pondering this quote, “The fatherly and holy conversation between God and man … The child is invited to it; the mystic finds full outlet in it” (Pope Paul VI). She enjoys Saturday morning workouts with her husband Dane, playing football with her young boys, and Read more about Embracing Martyrdom[…]
In Episode 3 of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins Lisa Schmidt at The Well once again and they dip into the mailbag and answer questions from 1% Challenge™ participants. Tune in and hear the conversation around these questions: How do you know when God is speaking to you in prayer? What are some helpful Read more about Podcast 3: Hearing God’s Voice, Prayer Postures and “Counting” Mass[…]
An invitation for local women (or anyone visiting): Mark your calendar for Friday, February 23 from 8:00-10:30am for “Wellie Coffee,” a time for faith and friendship. While you’re at it, mark all last Fridays in 2018. What is “Wellie Coffee?” While we’d like to say we found a coffee company to roast beans for us Read more about Come to “Wellie Coffee” this Friday[…]
In this episode of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins us again as we chat about DISTRACTIONS. Do you find it hard to focus in prayer? Do you find the stuff of life, from the mundane to the monumental, keeps taking your focus away from Jesus? We discuss how to deal with different types of Read more about Podcast 2: Week 2 of the 1% Challenge™ – Distractions![…]
Editor’s Note: Another area of growth for The Well is our newly organized team of writers who will share monthly contributions here at the blog, providing encouragement and feminine companionship for the spiritual journey. Here’s Cindy’s Lenten reflection. Would this itching ever stop?!? My family loves fostering kittens, but #42 came with fleas and was happy Read more about How Learning about Fleas Helped me Reflect on Sin[…]
In this episode of The Water Jar, Katie Patrizio joins us as we discuss preparing for Lent, specifically the Scriptural call to pray, fast, and give alms. We dig a bit deeper with prayer and introduce the 1% Challenge™ — a movement encouraging us to spend 1% of our day, or 15 minutes, in God’s presence. Read more about Podcast 1: Preparing for Lent and an Introduction to The 1% Challenge[…]
Oh the things we can accomplish in fifteen minutes. Take a walk around the block. Boil water and cook noodles. Hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. Twice. Have a great phone conversation with a friend. Browse Twitter and Facebook feeds. Play CandyLand with an eager kid. Read a chapter of good fiction Read more about Take the 1% Challenge with The Well this Lent[…]