The Faces in The Well :: Part 1


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For the next few months, I will be writing a series called "The Faces in the Well" where I hope we can all get to know our fellow church members who volunteer in this ministry as well as our local homeless in Englewood who come to The Well each Sunday.  

The first person I interviewed for this piece was Peggy Cottier, a church member and volunteer. And I tell you what, those 30 minutes sitting on the basement hallway floor talking with Peggy was the highlight of my day! Peggy's joy and passion for the Lord is radiating and contagious! I hope her story can fill you with encouragement and hope this week.

I asked Peggy three questions: What brought you to The Well? What is one thing about you most people don't know? And what is a typical day look like for you? Peggy shared honestly and humbly, as she trusted me with her story that brought her to our church family.

“Just be yourself.” These were the warm kind words she received on her first visit to The Well. Though Peggy is a very vibrant person, she is actually an introvert and was a bit overwhelmed her first time at The Well. She confided in a young woman, “I confess I feel overdressed.”  The woman smiled kindly as she said,  “Oh just be yourself.”  And Peggy decided to do and be just that.

She explained that she doesn’t feel the need to have experienced the same homelessness to be able to love and connect with her friends at The Well.  All humans have shame and beauty and all humans are in need of the grace of God. We don’t have to hide from our stories or pretend in order to relate to others. “I think some of the people who have come down here... I have learned, they have made mistakes in life. And some of the mistakes are harder to get over.  But at any age, who can’t look at their life and say I've made a mistake?  I’ve made some bad choices.  But by the grace of God...Thank you Lord you have lifted me up out of that.” Amen!

Another thing I loved about Peggy was her adventurous self! When I asked her to share one thing that most people don’t know about her, I was amazed by her answer. Peggy ran her first marathon at 50 years old! And she has been running ever since.

But running is more than a hobby for Peggy. Her running experiences serve as a parallel to her spiritual life with the Lord.  “I later knew after I had crossed the marathon finish line, the best was yet to come. I want the end of my life to be better than the beginning. I want to be stronger at the end, continuing on to the goal with my eyes fixed on Jesus, not turning to the right or to the left, not wavering in faith but pressing on toward the goal. I want to run with all my might toward my Lord Jesus. And when I cross over the finish line of this life, I want to fall on my knees at the feet of Jesus with tears of love, tears of joy, tears of gratitude, tears of praise and worship. There can be no greater runner’s high than bursting into a sprint to the finish line, completing the race in humble adoration of the one who loves me to the end.”

Join us at The Well every Sunday after the 10:45am service. Come, just as you are--kiddos are welcomed! Have lunch and get to know more Faces in the Well.

There is also a great need for cooks this summer on Sundays! This Sunday, July 12th is still available! For more information on how to get involved, contact Whitney Milton at

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2