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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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Come join the fun! Our now annual Wellie NCAA Tournament Challenge Bracket is ready for you to join. Pick by mascot, pick by school colors, pick the higher seed. You can even have ESPN autofill your bracket. Have no fear; stats shows those who don’t know much about basketball tend to perform better in their picks than the national sports talking heads. We got this, friends!
“Our suffering is not unknown but precious to the one who would unite it to His own, if we would only take it willingly from his hand. Then we could wear this suffering as a crown, and carry it for the Lord all that kingly way to Calvary.” Mary Conway shares a most thought-provoking post today at the blog. What is your thorn – that thing that just won’t give no matter how many things you try? And what is the Lord asking you to do with this thorn? Read on.
The Well is reading, reflecting on, and discussing the book Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Philippe throughout the 2019 Lenten season. Come, join and follow along with The Well this Lent. More information about the study can be found here: http://www.thewelldesmoines.com/2019-lent-at-the-well/2019-lenten-book-study/
In this second week of Lent, we are reading and discussing pages 23-36 covering chapters 1-4. Humans have lost confidence in God, trying to find happiness on our own and consequently becoming unhappy in the process. We must regain our lost confidence by believing in Divine Providence. In his book, Fr. Jacques brings to light two principal obstacles preventing us from regaining confidence. The podcast team discusses these two obstacles in this episode.
The Well is reading, reflecting on, and discussing the book “Searching for and Maintaining Peace” by Fr. Jacques Philippe throughout the 2019 Lenten season. This first week of Lent, we are reading and discussing pages 3-20. The podcast team of Julie Nelson, Bonnie Shaw, Becca Bahl, Christine Hilbert, and Lisa Schmidt discuss the central themes of these pages during this episode. Tune in and join the discussion over at www.thewelldesmoines.com
“God takes my nothingness and spins it into His finest gold and jewels that adorn my soul. This is the beauty within all of us. This what God delights in us: the crown of humble obedience.” – Julie Nelson
New blog post over at The Well today courtesy Julie Nelson.
New blogpost at The Well today is courtesy Cindy Clefisch. Note from Cindy: This post isn’t what I had intended as my second post. I promise the next one will continue the story of our commitment to fight for the life of our son. I just couldn’t ignore these current events.
Last week I used the well-known and often quoted “Parable of Tom Brady” to make a point about cultivating a healthy heart. No terrible parable this week; just some helpful thoughts on how to guard our hearts. 🙂
Deep within our human brain lies a small region where our sense of disgust for self or other is formed, processed, and triggered. But in the exact same brain region, so too is compassion formed, processed, and triggered. You can make a conscious choice to go in one of two directions: to harm or to comfort; to hate or to love; to destroy or to support. Social psychologist Heidi Lepper Barrett shares more in this reflection.
Jesus taught in parables. So let’s use a football analogy to make a spiritual point as we near Super Bowl Sunday. Your heart is a well; neglect the well and your heart will run dry. How do we, as King Solomon instructs in the Book of Proverbs, guard our hearts above all else? That’s the topic of this week’s 5-minute reflection.
Note: Cindy will be sharing a series of blogposts on protecting life, both during her pregnancy and after her son was born. This is the first post in her series.