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“Incarnational time” spending time with friends, in the flesh, sharing our gifts and who we are – our highs, lows, and in-betweens – with each another.
Meet the women behind the encounter.
“I wanted the image of The Well to be one of welcome and to showcase the natural beauty of the sunrise.” – Christine Hilbert, artist
What will you experience at The Well’s summer 2016 gathering? Click on over to find out more!
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.
The Feminine Genius
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To the 160+ women who came out on a cold night during a busy season for Advent at The Well, thank you! To those who couldn’t attend due to other obligations, we missed you. Here are a few bits and pieces from the evening. I’ve been asked several times: Was Katie Patrizio’s talk recorded? Yes! Katie’s talk was[…]
Look what Mary Tice sent me today (the picture, not the mug nor that fun drink inside it)! The Well coffee mugs arrived on Mary’s front porch this week, and not only are we happy with their quality, we are ready to sell one to you. Given we’ve received responses from women who cannot attend[…]
Registration is now open for Advent at The Well. Details follow. The Details Tuesday, December 6 – the Feast of St. Nicholas. The event will be held at the Windsor Heights Community Center, just west of Des Moines with easy access off I-235. Doors open at 6:45 PM. Programming for Advent at The Well ends at 9:00 PM. Women[…]
The RSVP invite for Advent at The Well goes live tomorrow, Saturday, November 12, at 7:00AM. Also, here’s a sneak peek at your “Well-inspired” coffee mug for the event. Ordering info available tomorrow as well. See you back here soon!
Save the date for Advent at The Well, an evening of reflection on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The planning team is still finalizing details, but here’s what we know. Tuesday, December 6 – the Feast of St. Nicholas. The event will be held at the Windsor Heights Community Center, just west of Des Moines with easy access off I-235. Doors[…]
One of our guiding principles here at The Well is to strengthen and build up the local community. That goal extends to the group of sponsors and donors we selectively approached to help us financially launch. The Well wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the businesses and entities highlighted below. Giving them a proper shout-out is well[…]
The Des Moines faith community recently celebrated the long and fruitful life of a dearly beloved priest, Father Jim Kiernan. Given he was retired, he was a frequent “sub” at various churches around town, and many had the opportunity to encounter him. Since his death, I’ve been reflecting and revisiting various messages he’s delivered in[…]
The planning team and I are grateful — the excitement for The Well is building. Given the waiting list grows by the day, we are happy to report that 100 more tickets will go on sale Monday, May 2 at 9:00AM (central) at this link here. Ticket price is $70. First come, first serve. Once this[…]
Tickets for The Well 2016 summer gathering are currently SOLD-OUT! We sold out in forty days. 40! As in the number of days of the great flood, the number of years the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness before reaching the promised land, the number of days Jesus was tempted by the devil in the[…]