Gathering to Encounter Jesus

We are designed to be in community - to learn, live, and love one another as sisters of Christ. In John 4, Jesus meets the woman at the well and brings her eternal life, transformation, and healing. She shares her story with others and returns to community where others believe. Together, the Women at the Well will experience transformation in community through scripture, speakers, and sharing. For questions, please contact Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez, (817) 731-0701, Most events are held on Arborlawn UMC’s campus (5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109).

For financial assistance or scholarships to attend gatherings, please contact Pastor Joy.

Upcoming Events

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Women at the Well is excited to have Allison Jennings Poston, certified Pilates Instructor and founder of Smart Barre studios, lead us in a unique 8 week experience of mat Pilates and a Labyrinth prayer walk, beginning September 11, 12:15pm, in room 261. Wear comfortable clothes, and bring your own mat and towel. Women of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to attend. Pilates is a low impact form of exercise that emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Please consult your doctor prior to beginning any new form of physical activity.

Registration is now open for the first two weeks, and you can sign up for two weeks at a time by calling the church office (817-731-0701); limited to the first 15 women who sign up each week. (If you need to cancel, call the church office to remove your name off the list so someone else can sign up.)

Join us Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7pm in the Worship Center for an open discussion about the cancers that affect women, including breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. You’ll get answers about symptoms, prevention, leading-edge treatments and more from some of Fort Worth’s leading female oncologists:  • Cristi Lynn Aitelli, D.O., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology  • Noelle Cloven, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Texas Oncology  • Kathleen L. Shide, M.D., radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology  • Jennifer Snow, D.O., breast surgeon at Texas Breast Specialists  • Rachel L. Theriault, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology  For more information, contact Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez,

Join us Tuesday, October 29 from 6-7pm in the Worship Center for an open discussion about the cancers that affect women, including breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. You’ll get answers about symptoms, prevention, leading-edge treatments and more from some of Fort Worth’s leading female oncologists:

• Cristi Lynn Aitelli, D.O., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology

• Noelle Cloven, M.D., gynecologic oncologist at Texas Oncology

• Kathleen L. Shide, M.D., radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology

• Jennifer Snow, D.O., breast surgeon at Texas Breast Specialists

• Rachel L. Theriault, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology

For more information, contact Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez,


Replenish: Receiving Living Water

Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 3, $220/woman (Saturday only attendance, $75/woman) | Women at the Well Retreat at Lake Texoma, Prothro Retreat Center

This retreat offers a lovely, safe space to replenish your mind, body, and spirit. Rev. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner will help us look at the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman found in John 4, with implications for our desires: self-respect, love of self, self-esteem, healing, and our need to be known.

Agenda: Arrive Friday, November 1st after dinner, first session will begin at 8pm. Saturday: breakfast, two sessions with break, lunch, optional afternoon session or free time, dinner, evening session. Sunday: breakfast, worship with communion and anointing. 

Saturday only agenda: Arrive Saturday, November 2nd, first session begins at 9:30am. Depart after dinner or after evening session.

Rate: Includes two nights in hotel style lodge, four meals, sessions with speaker, t-shirt, goodies, and snacks, $220/woman. (Max capacity for overnight is 30 women.)  Saturday only rate includes two meals, sessions with speaker, t-shirt, goodies, and snacks, $75/woman. (Max capacity for Saturday only is 40 women.) Total capacity for weekend and Saturday only is 70 women total.

Lodging Information: On Lake Texoma, the beautiful Prothro Retreat Center is the perfect setting for our retreat. It’s about a one hour and 45 minute drive north east. Wake up in a comfortable, hotel-style lodge and see the sunrise on the lake. For more information or pictures: Address: 269 Methodist Ln Pottsboro TX 75076 

We have two lodges that will accommodate up to 30 women total (between the two lodges). (We can accommodate 40 Saturday only attendees who are not sleeping over.) Four women per room and bathroom, each in their own bed, plus common living room area and deck overlooking the lake. We’ll do our best to accommodate roommates but cannot guarantee. 

Registration ends Friday, October 11, 2019. No refunds after October 11, 2019.

Because space is limited, payment must be made at time of reservation.


An Evening with Nichole Nordeman 

Friday, November 15, 2019 | $5.00 for General Admission tickets | $45.00 for VIP tickets which include front few rows of seating and a meet and greet reception with Nichole Nordeman, 5:30pm-6:30pm, prior to the event.

Join us for a night of worship and conversation with singer, songwriter, and author, Nichole Nordeman. Nichole has been a well-loved voice in contemporary Christian music for 20 years. Beyond her various Dove Award nominations and wins for her accomplishments in Christian music, Nichole also holds the titles of author and mother.

Her 2016 tear jerking viral video, "Slow Down," touched the hearts of millions of viewers and had thousands of parents online touched, commenting on the video sharing their own memories raising kids. Her most recent album, Every Mile Mattered, released in the summer of 2017, not only landed on the Billboard 200 but was her first Christian number one album.

For those unfamiliar with her music, Nichole shares in her own words, “I want [you] to hear brokenness and hear joy, as well, but hear honesty in both of those moments and know it does not matter where you are on the path. Just be you and know that the more “you” you are, the more you’re opening yourself up to being whole and loved again.” Draw near to God and God will draw near to you. James 4:8

Nichole will also share her faith journey and how overcoming obstacles led her closer to God. This will be an evening of worship and conversation as we draw near to God and God draws near to us. If you desire to experience God in a deep and fresh way, then we invite you to join us!

We encourage church youth groups to attend and will provide FREE general admission tickets. Contact Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez for more information,


Is this event only for women?
While the event is geared toward women and sponsored by Women at the Well, all genders are welcome to attend. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No, the event is open to persons of all ages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available around the entire Arborlawn facility, with entrances off of Briarhaven Rd. and International Plaza. Look for the signs that direct you to the Sanctuary.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Rev. Joy Dister-Dominguez with additional questions,,
or (817) 731-0701

What's the refund policy?
All ticket sales are final. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You are welcome to bring your printed ticket or ticket on your phone for admission. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes, your name and the name on the ticket does not need to match.

Past events - Spring 2019

Winning the Worry Battle

Are you or someone that you know stressed out by worry? There’s real help for you! Join us as Barb Roose, Christian author and speaker, helps us learn about powerful life lessons from the book of Joshua and helpful effective tools that you can use every day to win over worry, no matter what circumstance you’re facing. Barb will help you apply practical tools to wake up energized every day because you’re no longer stressed out by the things you can’t control.

A copy of Barb’s book, Winning the Worry Battle is included with registration along with a delicious catered lunch.

Childcare available with advanced registration.

Past events - Fall 2018

What Do I Do When Someone is Blue?

presented by Dr. Anna Brandon, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Free

Because of the increasing rates of Major and Minor Depressive Disorders, it is likely that you know someone right now who is struggling with the burden of chronic sadness. There are ways that those of us who are not currently in that struggle can reach out and support those who are battling depression. Dr. Brandon, who specializes in women’s mental health, will share the basic techniques for emotional support taught in graduate psychology training, and identify known targets from the positive psychology movement to increase mental wellbeing. 

Childcare available with advanced registration

A Circle of Faith: Experiencing God’s Love with My Child 

presented by Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley

Sunday, October 14, 12:15 - 2:30 pm | $20/Woman

With such busy lives, it is increasingly difficult to make time for prayer, and yet, we all need and want it! Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley has spent her entire career studying the spiritual lives of children and has discovered that the words of Jesus, when he said, “Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of God” are true. The prayer tools and methods she has used with children have proven to be just as valuable for adults. And the best part of these simple prayers, is that you can pray them alone or with the children in your life!

Join us for a time of exploration, learning, and discovering how finding time for prayer might not be as difficult as we make it! Let us follow children into deeper places of spiritual awareness and closeness with God.

Registration includes a delicious catered lunch and presentation
Childcare available with advanced registration

Women, Moods, and Anxiety: Intersections Across the Lifespan

presented by Dr. Anna Brandon, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Free

Females are twice as likely to suffer symptoms of depression and anxiety during the reproductive years (13-50) than males. The World Health Organization has predicted that depression alone, at its current rate of growth, will be the leading cause of disease burden globally by 2030. It is certainly true that biological and genetic factors contribute to the incidence of mental health disorders, but psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors are also implicated. In this conversation, Dr. Brandon will focus on the vulnerabilities to sadness and anxiety during the development and aging of women, followed by recommendations for key strategies that protect mental health across the lifespan.

Childcare available with advanced registration

Being Brave

presented by Kelly Johnson

Friday, September 21, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Being Brave is an event designed to empower the women in your community to defeat the power of fear in their lives, quiet the voices that keep them stuck, and live into the fullness of who God made them to be. Through teaching and experiential exercises, this event takes participants on a voyage of discovering the biblical truth found in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” As we explore our BRAVE acronym, participants will discover how to be bold, resilient, authentic, vulnerable, engaged, and empowered. Women who attend our Being Brave event will leave with a deeper connection to God, a closer relationship with other women in our community, and a practical plan to take the next brave step on their journey. Kelly Johnson is the author of, Being Brave: A 40 Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You. A copy of which is included in your registration fee. 

Registration fee includes book, “Being Brave,” evening reception, and a delicious catered lunch
Co-sponsored by the Arborlawn Prayer Ministry
Childcare available with advanced registration

Empowering Women in Transition Workshop

Mondays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | $40/Woman

Are you a woman looking for greater meaning in life or do you have unfulfilled aspirations? Are you divorced, widowed, an empty nester, or feel disconnected from the future you desire? Are you uncertain of the great potential that lives within you and would like to discover it? Do you want to find the connection between human achievement and spiritual fulfillment? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the “Empowering Women in Transition” Workshop (EWIT) is for you!

Throughout this six-week program, you will learn new tools and empowerment techniques, and discover more about the unlimited potential that resides within you. EWIT will empower you with the benefits of education, self-awareness, and an environment of women-helping-women, from a Christian perspective. Participants will read the book Emotional Intelligence, provided in the registration fee, and use various other online tools providedParticipants will be expected to spend about two hours between Mondays on additional activities; attending all six sessions is strongly recommended.  

Registration fee includes one book, binder, materials, and snacks

Past Events - Spring 2018

Loving Myself for God’s Sake: Healing Through Self-Care

Presented by Rev. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | Catered Lunch Included | $25/woman

Childcare available with advanced registration

This all-day workshop will address our three loves: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self.  Because many of us have difficulty with the last love, love of ourselves, we shall start there. The Biblical mandate to love ourselves will be grounded in Scripture and meaningful ways to live this out will be offered. (Luke 10:27ff, parable of the Good Samaritan)

Second, the focus on love of the other will be on loss of significant relationships. Many of us live in what will be termed “Holy Saturday.” We have just gone through the Lenten and Easter season of the liturgical year. We can easily identify with the betrayal of Maundi Thursday, the despair of Good Friday. When we have lost someone or something, we may be in such grief that it is difficult to move to Easter Sunday so quickly. Our emotional process will not allow it. We are still in bewilderment over the loss; we are trying to find a different normal. The blaring trumpets and flowering lilies of Easter Sunday can be hard to face. This section of the workshop will help us in the “Holy Saturday” of our feelings.

Third, our focus will be on the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). Exercises in healing will be introduced as we learn to live into our identity as Beloved and as royalty. As we move from one Samaritan to another, from “the side of the road” to a well of living water, my prayer is for a workshop community of healing, awareness, support, and empowerment.  Presented by professor, author, speaker, Rev. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Perkins School of Theology, Professor of Pastoral Care.

The Fabric of Faith:
Learning from the Women of the New Testament

Presented by Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Saturday, February 10, 2018 | 9:00am – 5:00pm | Catered Lunch Included | $25/woman

Childcare available with advanced registration

Lots of women appear in the New Testament. Some are named individuals (Syntyche, Lois, Mary Magdalene); others are not. Some are celebrated disciples (the Samaritan woman), apostles (Junia), deacons, and ministers (Phoebe)--vocal proponents of our faith. Others teach wisdom by example through their actions. We hear about individual women but also groups of women, like the widows of 1 Timothy or the female Corinthian prophets. While most of the women are real, some are figurative (Lady Wisdom; Daughter Zion, the woman clothed with the sun; the whore of Babylon).

How might we encounter Jesus by spending time with some of these characters? What word might they have for ourselves and for our communities? Come renew your acquaintance with or meet these women for the first time! Presented by New Testament Scholar, author, speaker, Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology, Professor of New Testament.