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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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In this quick video update, Lisa Schmidt previews the Reckless Love: Summer at The Well gathering on July 20, 2019.
Registration is now open for 2019 Summer at The Well gathering on Saturday, July 20. Full details at the website.
Julie Nelson shares a new blog post at The Well’s blog, one that weaves together the prodigal son, resentment, and gratitude.
Podcast 18: The 4:29 Challenge, Tapioca Pudding, a Preview of the 2019 Summer Gathering & an Intimate Discussion on Infertility
Episode 18 of The Water Jar podcast features a special and intimate discussion with Jenny Schmidt on her journey with infertility. Rachel Brown returns with her wise and relatable Drop by Drop segment, and host Lisa Schmidt shares something called the 4:29 Challenge and previews the 2019 Summer at The Well gathering.
Encounter at The Well: A gathering for Adoration, praise and worship, and fellowship. Come as you are and join us at The Well on Thursday, May 9.
Finding peace when struggling to make decisions, embracing our nothingness, seeking joy in the “hidden years,” and the connection between gratitude and peace. All that and more as we continue The Well’s Lenten series on Searching for and Maintaining Peace.
Three announcements: The release of our next episode in our Lenten podcast series, the winner of the Wellie NCAA tournament challenge, and save the date for our 2019 Summer at The Well gathering
New blog post –> Dr. Heidi Lepper Barrett shares another post in her ongoing positive psychology column for The Well. “She who lives by the flesh remains in the flesh, she who lives by the Spirit remains in the Spirit.” Read on!
If you’re struggling with the “little pink book,” the gals recorded this episode for you. Also, we cover a peaceful March Madness tournament, the link between making a good confession and maintaining peace, how our expectations can often rob us of experiencing peace, and praying with the Litany of Humility.
We are reading and discussing chapters 11-15, pages 50-69 on this episode. And please note, even if you aren’t reading the book with us, please know there are plenty of nuggets that stand on their own and applicable to all. And if you are reading the book but doing so at a different pace, these Lenten episodes will not expire and will remain available on our podcast feed when you are ready to listen or re-listen.
Wherever you are in your journey, please come, join, and follow along.
New blog post at The Well: Cindy Clefisch shares Part 3 in her series Protecting Life in Every Age and Stage.
“There have been many times I’ve been glad that our Catholic faith includes so many visual images. We see Christ in his suffering on the cross, Mary as she is assumed into Heaven, the saints and their sacrifice, even how God is like a shepherd and we are his flock of sheep. What is a life worth? How does one decide that? I literally looked at the crucifix. There Jesus was giving everything He had the power to give for our salvation. One life. HIS life. His sacrifice. And that’s when I had this realization. What kind of sacrifice is my son’s life worth? EVERYTHING!”