Journey with us this Lent

by susan on March 3, 2019

Lent is a season of journey toward the cross, of preparation for Easter, of looking inward & inviting God to reveal what lies fallow, what needs to be nurtured, and what needs to die for new life to emerge.

We invite you to move through this season with us in several ways.

Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 6-7:30 p.m.

Come by the Karpeles Manuscript Museum between 6-7:30 p.m. for stations of prayer & reflection, as well as an opportunity to receive ashes. Ashes are a sign of repentance. We enter this season knowing that none of us has arrived, that we have much to learn & that each moment is gift.

Sunday Gatherings: March 10, 17, 24 & April 7, 14

We will gather at the Karpeles each Sunday during Lent to explore what it means to cultivate a spirituality rooted in the Lord’s Prayer. We start gathering at 10 a.m. for coffee & conversation, then at 10:30 move into a time of storytelling, scripture exploration, communion & experiencing new spiritual practices together.

40 days of praying the Lord’s Prayer

As we move through Lent, you are invited to join us in praying the Lord’s prayer each day. This is the prayer Jesus taught his followers to pray. It’s more than a prayer though, it’s a way of life. Each Sunday, we’ll introduce a new way to pray, meditate & allow this prayer to move us deeper into the way of Jesus in the midst of our daily routines.

Community Dinner Conversations

Join us on Wednesday evenings, March 20 & 27th at Kevin & Susan’s home for dinner & conversation about spiritual formation in our community. This is the perfect season for us to step back & take stock. We’ll start with dinner at 6 p.m. then move into our conversation at 6:30 p.m. Come for all or part of the evening. Questions to begin pondering are:

Where does God want me to grow at this time?
Where does God want us to grow?
What can we do to nurture growth?

With our neighbors

March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Join others from The Well for Community Garden Day at the New American Welcome Center at the duPont YMCA. Please wear comfortable clothing and be ready to get your hands dirty & get close with soil! We are planning to set up garden beds and other parts of the garden area. The location is at the duPont YMCA at 7373 Old Kings Rd S. Jacksonville, FL 32217. The Y will provide lunch and friendships are sure to be made. Please email Amber Dodge at if you’re interested in volunteering that day.

March 30, 9 a.m.: Join the “The Well at Springfield Walkers” in the Stand Up & Stride, Hubbard House’s 10th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk. You can join our team or donate here.

April 12th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Blooming Together: Spring Fest with The Sanctuary on 8th Street. Join us in celebrating spring & community with our friends at the Sanctuary on 8th Street. For info on volunteering, contact Deb Westmoreland:

Sunday Sabbath: March 31

Kayaking Trip in St. Augustine: March 31, 9:00 a.m. Each 5th Sunday, our community observes a day of intentional rest together. No setup, clean up or any other “work”. On this Sunday Sabbath, you are invited to join us for a little outdoor fun. You can make your reservations to join us here. Contact Deb Westmoreland for more details.

Blessed are the peacemakers

by susan on January 29, 2019

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

~ Mother Teresa

There are a ton of reasons why I felt stirred to start a new community of faith. One of those reasons had to do with the ways in which so many already-existing-churches were struggling to connect with their neighborhoods, welcome all & include everyone. Instead of constantly beating up on what hasn’t been working (although I’ve done my fair share of that!), I wanted to help create an alternative.

I believed (& still do) that the best critique of the old or broken is the new.

I think that’s what Mother Teresa was getting at when she spoke of peace. We are so quick to tell people what we are against, but when it comes to what we’re for, it gets a little tougher. When we’re “for” something, we better at the very least be moving in that direction. We best be praciticing what we preach.

If there is anything that most of us would agree we’re in favor of, it’s peace. We long to experience peace within, peace in our communities, peace between neighbors & nations. We know it’s needed. We know people are dying for it – some of us are dying for it. Yet, we struggle to imagine peace, much less practice it.

As we continue moving through the gospel of Matthew, we will explore the kind of peace Jesus came to bring into the world. When it comes to peace, each of us has a story to tell & a part to play. Each of us has room to grow & learn. That’s why I hope you’ll join us during our Sunday gatherings in February. We meet at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. & people begin showing up at 10 a.m. for coffee & conversation. No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done or what you’re going through right now, you are welcome.

Peace & love,


A welcome in the wilderness

January 14, 2019

These are the “words for the journey” that were shared as part of our Sunday gathering on January 13, 2019 & they are based on Matthew 3:1-17. The last time Jesus & John met they were in their mothers’ wombs. It’s a rather weird way to meet. According to the gospel of Luke, their moms, […]

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Welcome: a good place to begin.

January 4, 2019

We have celebrated the coming of Christ into the world & the start of a new year together. Now what? According to the gospel of Matthew, after the birth of Jesus, a lot happened. For starters, King Herod caught wind of the news. A baby had been born and wise men were referring to him […]

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Oh advent, we need you

December 1, 2018

If ever we needed the arrival of something new, we need it now (I imagine that’s been said a time or two throughout history, but come on. Look around.). Fires in California, more mass shootings, millions of refugees fleeing for their lives & a nation formed by immigrants tear-gassing immigrants at our border. If ever we […]

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Guns to Garden Tools & Why We Gather

November 8, 2018

On the heels of yet another mass shooting, this time in a California bar, we are reminded yet again of the reality of gun violence that plagues our nation. It’s not just happening somewhere else, though. For too long, it’s been happening too often here in our own community – in our streets & homes […]

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Setting out again & again

September 18, 2018

These are the “words for the journey” that were shared during The Well’s Sunday gathering on 9.16.18. They are based on Genesis 12:1-9 and are part of our series, Disarming the Bible & recapturing the ancient, messy, complex, inspired, still-speaking story of Scripture. Throughout this series, we are exploring various ways to engage Scripture. Last […]

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Noah, the flood & a God who remembers

September 11, 2018

These are the “words for the journey” that were shared during The Well’s Sunday gathering on 9.9.18. They were based on Genesis 6:11-14, 17-22, 7:19-21, 8:1, 9:8-11 and are part of our series, Disarming the Bible & recapturing the ancient, messy, complex, inspired, still-speaking story of Scripture. — We are told that in the beginning when […]

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Disarming the Bible & recapturing the ancient, complex, inspired, still-speaking story of scripture

September 7, 2018

War stories. Forgiveness. Genocide. Resurrection. Polygamy. Covenant. Anger, joy, fear, love, grief & gratitude. Even a pregnant virgin & a talking donkey. It’s all in there. The Bible contains a collection of experiences, poems, songs, letters and stories that tell us about God, about one another, about what it means to be alive. In some mysterious & […]

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Beach & Baptism Gathering

September 4, 2018

It has become a tradition of our community to choose a Sunday at the end of summer when we head to the beach to remember our baptisms, to celebrate baptism & to just enjoy spending time together. This year, it’s happening on Sunday, September 30th at Little Talbot Island & everyone is invited. Baptism is […]

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