The Lydia + Pearl Market

Lydia + Pearl: Women selling their goods, for good.

Lydia and PearlWe are excited to announce our 3rd annual “Lydia + Pearl Market”

Saturday, 12/9


The Well-North Campus (Maple/Nees)

We are so encouraged by the amount of people who have shown interest in this event or asked about being a vendor. We’d love to share a little of the backstory about this market and she got her name.

The Story of The Name: Lydia + Pearl

Lydia is mentioned in Acts 16:14, “ One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.”

She was a wealthy businesswoman, who sold her goods and used her wealth to serve others. She was the first European convert of the apostle Paul’s in the city of Philippi. It is suggested by some scholars that Lydia’s wealth perhaps was what funded the church of Philippi. One modern day preacher suggests, “Lydia bankrolled the Philippian church”. The example of Lydia’s skill as a businesswoman and devotion to God through her faith and generosity is why we named the market after her. We desire to promote women who sell their goods that they make with their own hands, for a greater good.

In Matthew 13:45-46, the pearl of greatest value is described as the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:45-46)

The greatest good, our greatest treasures and investments should be eternal. While we want to promote local businesswomen selling their goods, we also wanted this market to add Kingdom value to the items you are purchasing.

Women selling their goods (Lydia), for good (Pearl).

We desire to see this market have a missional component that blesses our city and advances the Kingdom. Each year, we charge and entrance fee and a vendor fee that goes directly to a non profit that works in our city for the good of others. The past three years we have partnered with City Without Orphans. You can read more about the organization here: City Without Orphans

CWO is a local agency that helps bridge the gap between the needs of foster and orphaned children with the calling and resources of local churches through advocacy, education, support and events.

This market will be more than Christmas shopping, it will be supporting an agency that cares for the most vulnerable in our city, as well as supporting local artisans and small business owners.

Shop local.  Shop with a purpose.  Shop to give back.

Since our vision for this market is to promote women vendors, some of our values are to accept vendors that:

Create their own products with their own hands
Sell ethically made products
Support small businesses

*There have been a few exceptions this year to the above requirements, but beyond the few that have been approved, we have limited our number of direct sales vendors. We desire this market to promote women who create and make their own goods.

Again, this year’s market will be held at The Well-North Campus (Maple/Nees)
Saturday 12/9

There is a $5 entrance fee that will be donated to City Without Orphans. If you’d like to give more you can do so at the door or give online here: City Without Orphans

For a full list of vendors and sneak peeks at their products, follow us on Instagram @lydiaandpearlmarket and be sure to find our event on Facebook and RSVP!

If you are interested in being a vendor and you meet the above requirements, you can start the process by filling out an application here: Vendor Application

If you’d like to see what we’ve done in years past, checkout the hashtag: #lydiaandpearlmarket

For further questions, please email



Psalms of Praise {Week 11}

How wonderful to end our study in praise and worship. We’ve done so much work to get here! We’ve given thanks, lamented, repented, waited and now we end our study in such an appropriate way; PRAISE! The word praise is used 278 times in 243 different verses. It is used 166 times in Psalms alone! One might say it is an important command! To praise God is to acknowledge who God is and in so doing giving glory to the one who is the object of praise. Praise and worship is our response to God and the posture of our heart as we journey through life. But how do we praise God every day? How do we praise God when life is great, mundane and also when life is falling apart?

A couple years ago a dear friend sent me a video of her family singing the hymn, “This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made”. The video showed her singing alongside her parents, siblings, husband and her 3 young children. I fell apart. You see her young 65 year old, wise, God loving Dad, had been painfully battling Parkinson’s disease and cancer for the past 5 years and was nearing the end of his earthly life. He knew his days were numbered and was experiencing unbearable pain but his voice was by far the loudest heard in the video. He unwaveringly sang these words loudly….

This is the day
This is the day
That the Lord has made
That the Lord has made
We will rejoice
We will rejoice
And be glad in it
And be glad in it
This is the day that the Lord has made
We will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day
This is the day
That the Lord has made.

My friend sent me that video that day to simply keep us posted of the daily happenings in this wretchedly hard season for her family. It was simply an update. However that video message taught me so much more as I watched it. I witnessed an intimate moment of a family praising the Lord in one of the hardest times in their lives. I watched a family trust the Lord with that day and in doing so, acknowledging who God is.

Is it really possible to give God praise in every circumstance? How can we know the Lord deeply in our soul and esteem Him above all and know Him more intimately through all circumstances?

We will look at 5 Psalms:

Psalm 113: Praise the Lord
Psalm 118: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
Psalm 146: Praise the Lord
Psalm 147: He Heals the Brokenhearted
Psalm 150: Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!

Watch this week’s teaching video here:

Messianic Psalms {Week 10}

The Messianic Psalms are Psalms where we find a direct reference to the Messiah and can find the fulfillment of the passage in the New Testament. They refer to the Messiah Christ and many aspects of His character. The plan of salvation is also revealed in the poetry of these Psalms. Luke 24:44 states in the words of Christ himself: “Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

It is important to note that the writers of these Psalms were first writing about their own situation from the depths of their hearts, but because they were divinely inspired, we can readily tell the reference to Christ the Messiah.

In this week of homework, we will look at five of them with New Testament fulfillment.

Psalms 2: Surrender – Surrender to the Anointed One
Psalms 22: Suffering – Suffering of the Messiah Christ
Psalms 23: Shepherd – The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalms 24: Savior – My Savior, the King of Glory
Psalms 102: Security – Security in the unchangeable and sovereign Lord

Watch the teaching video here:

Psalms of Ascent {Week 9}

The countdown at Times Square on December 31 just before midnight. Joining a funeral procession.
Standing to sing the “National Anthem” at a stadium.
Christmas caroling.

These types of experiences cause people to feel united, whether it’s in celebration, hardship, or another specific purpose. The psalms of ascent worked this same way for the people of Israel. These songs were sung while traveling together to Jerusalem for annual festivals. They were songs of joy for those who follow God’s ways, cries for help to the Lord, singing of God’s sovereignty, of humble surrender, of praise for His protection, and affirmations of who they placed their hope in. In other words, these were songs for the journey, songs that were sung by people in all seasons of life, as they came and went, as they journeyed.

As you study this week, ask the Lord to give you a greater understanding of who He is and how the Psalms will encourage you as you journey—to praise, to cry out for His help, to surrender and to be reminded of the hope provided. Close your eyes and visualize the people of God in their travels, who knew the same celebrations, hardships and purposes you know, and allow the living God to move your heart as He did theirs.

Watch this week’s teaching here:

Acrostic Psalms: Psalm 119 {Week 8}

This week’s lesson is taught by Ashley Ploen.

“The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” Jen Wilkin

I did not love my husband when I first knew him. It took spending time with him, getting to know him – his heart, mind, thoughts, motives, and intentions. As I began to learn these things I found someone I did not know was there, someone I admired, loved, respected, and only longed for more of – more time, more depth of knowledge and relationship. By learning him and continually learning him well, I can often anticipate his thoughts and responses. Because I take the time to learn and study him, I have a better understanding of what he would want or say. Your love for someone grows as you grow in knowledge of them.

The same is for our love of God that comes from getting to know Him in the pages of the Bible where He has made Himself most fully known to us. The Word of God allows us to learn His heart, desires, motives, and intentions. By learning Him and His word, we are learning His voice and from learning and studying His words we can better understand what He would have for our lives and the decisions we make.

What words or whose words matter? We are inundated with information, voices, and influence. Much calls for our attention, drowning truth and wisdom out if we aren’t attuned and listening for it, to it. And lesser things can disguise themselves as the good eternal things.

God’s Words are identical to His actions. When He speaks He acts (Genesis 1). His words and actions are one in the same. God’s Word reflects the character of God. We read in the Old Testament how God meet with and spoke in an audible voice then. So what about us today? Does He still speak? Absolutely. The pages of Scripture are God’s very Words for us continually today. He sent His Son Jesus to be God in flesh, to be His Word in flesh to fulfill the law, that we may know Him more fully and see ourselves more fully in light of the person of Jesus, reflecting God as His Word (John 1:1-5; Col. 1:15-17).
Rather than telling us exactly what to do in every situation, as if some specific manual for all decisions and circumstances, God gives us the Bible to tells us who He is, what He has done, is doing and what He will do.
Psalm 119 is an Acrostic Psalm and the longest chapter not only in the book of Psalms but also in the Bible. This carefully structured chapter is broken into 22 stanzas successively following the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter and the 8 verses in each stanza begin with that corresponding letter. We loose that in the English language but whether it’s A to Z or Alepha to Taw (in Hebrew) all of human language should be used to extol the glories of God (Psalm 119:171-172).

We will be considering what the Word is, what the Word does, and what we are to do with these Words of Scripture:

We will spend this week looking at that one chapter, Psalm 119, with one theme, The Word of God:

Psalm 119: The Way of the Word
Psalm 119: The Work of the Word
Psalm 119: The Wonder of the Word
Psalm 119: The Nature of the Word
Psalm 119: The Presence of the Word

You can watch this week’s teaching video here:


Psalms of Thanksgiving {Week 7}

Everyone has a season or moments in their life that they remember. They can be small like getting your divers license, your first date, your first car or they can be big like getting married, having kids, losing kids, etc. There are some seasons that are great but for some reason we tend to remember the not so great ones. No matter what they are, they are marked moments in your life.

This is exactly what David did when he wrote Psalms. He wrote down his marked moments down for us to read, understand and learn. He wrote out his prayers for us to understand and grow in the Lord. Even in his difficult moments, he still gave praise to God, and David wrote those too! He praised God for creating the heavens and the earth. For His undying love and strength. For blessing him with what he needed. David truly sought out the Lord and the Lord blessed him for it.

Over the next week, you will read some of the Psalms of Thanksgiving that David wrote. These are just a few of many that are found in the book of Psalms. But I hope that you will get a glimpse of this God that we serve and have a greater understanding of His character and love that He has for us.

Watch this week’s teaching video here:

Womens Equipping Fall 2017 Week 7 from The Well Community Church on Vimeo.

Psalms of Confession {Week 6}

Grigori Rasputin was born in Siberia in 1869 to a poor, uneducated family. He would grow up to find great fascination with religion and spirituality and spent a lot of his adolescences and young adulthood in monasteries across the countryside. He eventually gained high honor and was invited to stay with the Imperial Family long-term after healing their son with his mystical or “spiritual” powers.

However, it wasn’t long before accusations of him being associated with the religious group called the Khylists began as well. They were known to be Christian sect who believed that in order to understand the grace of God more fully, a Christian must make a great effort to descend to the depths of their depravity. His theology insisted the more we can sin consciously, the more we can consciously know the grace and forgiveness of God.

Can you even imagine a man like this? What perversion of what Christ saved us from on the cross! Paul makes a note of this in the book of Romans when he says, “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” The language is very strong. It is an admonition – may it NEVER be! So where then did Rasputin go wrong? How did he abuse God’s grace?

The spiritual discipline of penitence – or feeling grief over sin – was obviously lacking in Rasputin’s life. Though probably no one would agree their life, actions, or theology could compare to Rasputin, the slippery slope is undeniably there lest we pay careful attention to the disciplines of penitence, confession, and repentance.

This week we will embark on a journey inward to some fairly hard places, both with the Psalmists, and ourselves. We will likely exercise muscles we haven’t used in quite a while, or perhaps, ever, and it will be uncomfortable. BUT, the reward is absolutely unimaginable – to understand the depths of our sin and depravity leads us to the overwhelming Greatest Joy.

Psalm 32: Penitence and Confession
Psalm 38: A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering
2 Samuel 11 – 12:23: You Are That Woman
Psalm 15: The Standard
Psalm 51: White as Snow

Watch this week’s teaching video here:

Womens Equipping Fall 2017 Week 6 from The Well Community Church on Vimeo.