November 1, 2017

2017 Advent at The Well

Make plans now to attend Advent at The Well for a few hours of faith, fellowship, and fun! 

Register here now!

Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Location: We will gather at The Tea Room in downtown Des Moines located on the sixth floor of the Wilkins Building at 713 Walnut Street. Directions and parking instructions will be sent to registered attendees the first week of December.

Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM. Social from 6:30-7:15 PM. Program begins at 7:15 PM and ends with prayer by 8:30 PM. Women wanting to enjoy extended, unstructured conversation can do so until 9:00 PM.

Refreshments: Along with the delicious variety of goodies on our cookie table (read more about that here), we will serve an assortment of hot beverages including decaf coffee, hot tea and cider, and a hot chocolate bar. We will also begin our evening in the newly restored Tea Room with a champagne toast in honor of friendships and fun.

Program: Heidi S. Lepper Barrett will give the keynote talk. Her bio and a synopsis of her talk are available below.

Cost: $10/person. Thanks to generous hearts, The Well has created a scholarship fund to pay the registration fees for those who cannot. For a full scholarship, please use the code FRIEND (all caps) at the Whoozin checkout.

Cookie Table Team: Some who’ve attended our past events have indicated an interest in sharing their baking gifts with The Well. If that’s you, here’s your opportunity! If you’d like to help on our cookie table team, please head over to our SignUpGenius here to learn more about our needs and how to add your special little touch to Advent at The Well. Registration fees are waived for all cookie table volunteers. Please use the code COOKIE (all caps) at checkout.

An invitation to the pianists out there: We welcome and encourage the pianists who attend to play a few tunes on The Tea Room’s baby grand during the open social time. Bring along your sheet music (if needed!) and help provide a soundtrack during our social time. Think piano karaoke … with class!

Registration: Tickets are available via the “Whoozin” registration system here. Please note: some women have experienced glitches when attempting to register via a mobile device. Should you experience similar, please try re-registering on a desktop/laptop. Once successfully registered, you will receive an automated email confirming your order. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your order was likely not successfully processed. If in doubt, please email [email protected] to verify registration status.

Speaker Bio: Heidi S. Lepper Barrett

I am a native born Californian (Santa Barbara to be exact) and made my way to Iowa after earning a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from the University of California in 1996. Joe, my husband, did his graduate work and I did my postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Iowa (that’s how two Californians became Iowa transplants! Go Hawks!). I began teaching at Drake University in January 2000 and that was also the year, at age 30, I was baptized Catholic alongside our first newly born son. After ten more years of loving my husband and raising our two boys, our family was relocated to Moscow, Russia for Joe’s job in January 2010. I was absolutely convinced I’d spread world happiness to ‘the Russians’ and would come home after exactly three years for that was Joe’s assignment and the length of my Drake sabbatical. God smiled down and said ‘Sweet child, your plans may not be My plans, I am nowhere close to being done with you yet.’ (Philippians 1:6) ... and my conversion to true faith began.

My talk is titled: What Our Guardian Angels Can Teach Us About Being ‘Doers of the Word’ (James 1:22)