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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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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)!
“In every teardrop is the heart’s desire. With spiritual mystery, Jesus will fulfill my desires in ways unimaginable. Yes, having reviewed her resume, I found St. Therese to be a great asset to Team Nelson.” – Julie Nelson
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[…]
Would you like to take a journey and see how God has brought you to where you are today? Sharon Witty provides a practical yet spiritually powerful tip for drawing us ever deeper into Divine Love.
In our recent episode of The Water Jar podcast, Molly Myers debuted a fun new segment, Music for The People. Sing, dance, and pray along with her Summertime with The Well playlist
All kinds of fun and helpful tools on this episode of The Water Jar podcast. In her regular segment Drop by Drop, Rachel Brown discusses recognizing your God-given gifts and acknowledging the potential for Him to work through them. Heidi Lepper Barrett shares insights on something she calls “floating the tongue.” As strange as that may Read more about Podcast 9: Novena Roses, Discovering Your Gifts, Floating The Tongue, and an August Playlist[…]
“In union with the Sacrifice of the Mass and your own personal prayer, may you know more deeply that you amaze the God of the universe.” Lovely thoughts to ponder courtesy Brooke Miller in her latest contribution on The Well’s blog. “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed…” (Matthew 8:10). I read this phrase for Read more about Linger Here and Rest[…]
How did Destiny Welsh end up in a small chapel inside a home in the country of Iceland with six nuns and a priest? (Well, hello … her name is Destiny after all!) She gives us a front row seat into her latest adventure. Read on! I left my hostel at 7:15 AM even though Read more about Breaking Through the Clouds[…]
“What’s wrong with me? I have this great life, why can’t I just feel better? Why am I struggling? Seemingly, no one else is struggling … ” Ever find yourself muttering one of these questions? The feelings of stagnation in the middle years is a common human experience – an unraveling, a collapse, being weighed down. Read more about Podcast 8: Journeying Through The Midlife “Unraveling” with Guest Heidi Lepper Barrett[…]
Our June blogpost comes from Julie Nelson. I have lived most of my life constantly striving for self-improvement. As I blew out the birthday candles marking my midlife, I hit a wall, straight on, head first, stop me in my tracks type of wall. I have always been a seeker, a learner. I would hunker Read more about Be Joyful In Your Littleness[…]