The Water Jar

Closed for Repairs, Do Not Enter!

A plywood sign, the prophet Elijah, and closing down for repairs. Take a five-minute listen and it’ll make sense. We promise!

Then share your good ideas with us. How do you close down for repairs?

Live Well Moment: Two Women and the Feast of Corpus Christi

Who knows what path Elizabeth Ann Seton’s life might have taken had she not been in Italy on the feast of Corpus Christi. Who knows what might have happened had Juliana of Cornillon ignored the Lord’s call to pave the way for the first celebration some 550 years prior. Here are stories of two women and their strong connection to the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Lent Week 4: This One’s For Those Who Don’t Like the “Little Pink Book”

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.

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Week 1: Goodwill, A Necessary Condition for Peace

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

Love Never Fails: A Christmas Version

The holidays can create unique pressures on us. There are a dizzying array of demands and decisions to make: travel plans, family preparations, finances, shopping, cooking and cleaning to name just a few. It’s no wonder uninvited guests called stress and depression can find their way into our hearts and homes during the holidays. Today’s five-minute reflection gets to the heart of it all.

Podcast 12: Root and Bloom Forever and The Gift of Advent

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This episode welcomes Joanne Kuster and Mary Shell, the mother daughter team who created the fabulous lifestyle blog RootandBloomForever.com. Joanne and Mary both live in the greater Des Moines area and aim to connect busy women with new ideas, amazing stories, and tips to make our lives intentional, meaningful and rewarding.

Podcast 11: The Dignity of Work, Eye Contact, Music and the Liturgy, an October Playlist, and a Surprise Ending!

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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)!