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Who we are
The Well is a faith United Methodist community of grace seeking to connect/reconnect persons to the joy of Jesus Christ through Christian fellowship, worship, and service!
The Well UMC was founded in 2007 by Dr. Jack O'Dell and his wife Mandy during a time when it was difficult to find exciting Methodist worship and many of our community felt disconnected. We were different...and proud of it! Jack didn't beleive in "committees" so we formed Teams instead. Because, you see, teams work together. And that's what we did. We worked together to build something special, and we still do. Here at The Well we call ourselves a church family because that's what we are. Like all families we've been through great times and tough times. But like the strongest families, we've made it through together and we're in this thing called life together for the long haul.
As far as the bigger picture...The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes more than 12.6 million members. If you'd like more information on the The United Methodist Church's distinctive characteristics, please click here.
What we believe
Formally, as United Methodists we believe we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness.
As people of The Well we explain that this way...we beleive that we have each been called to walk with Jesus, equipped to live like Jesus, and sent to work for Jesus. And we strive to do this the best we can each and every day of our lives. And when we mess up we know He's got our back.
To learn more about the basics of the United Methodist faith, such as our roots, Wesleyan heritage, theological guidelines, reflections on our faith, foundational documents, and our sacrements, rites, and rituals, please click here.
How we serve
Here at The Well we take our example from Jesus first and the larger United Methodist Church next. United Methodists continue to heed the lessons John Wesley taught his followers: to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed; being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel. We've participated in many opportunities to provide food to the needy, disaster and flood relief, blessings bags, and more.
The UMC achieves this goal by serving throughout the world in different ways. In 2008, church leadership designated four areas of ministry focus for all levels of the church: ministering with the poor, improving global health, growing vital churches, and developing Christian leaders.
To learn more about service opportunities offered by the larger United Methodist Church please click here. If you want to see what else we do please clich that tab at the top of the page. If you want to begin a service opportunity specifically for The Well, please contact Trish Amos here.
What do the colors mean?
The Christian year consists of certain seasons. The colors symbolize those seasons and are used for stoles and other vestments (which we almost never wear at The Well), altar cloths and other decorations.
The liturgical colors are as follows: Advent- purple or blue; Christmas-white; Season after Epiphany-white for the first and last Sundays and green at other times; Lent-purple; Easter-white until the day of Pentecost and red on that day; Season after Pentecost-white for the first and last Sundays and for All Saints Day and green at other times.