Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 21, 2014

All faiths welcome at women's conference

The third annual Westport Christian Church Women’s Conference is Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 102 W. Mulberry St., at the corner of Range and Mulberry streets.

The event, which begins with an 8 a.m. continental breakfast, will feature praise and worship, teaching, special music by Paul Freeman of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, fellowship, games and door prizes. “We want it to be refreshing and fun at the same time,” says publicity chair Diana McCullough.

The conference’s theme is Jeremiah 29:11: “I say this because I know what I have planned for you, says the Lord. I have great plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.”

Guest speaker Lisa Newton will offer a message of faith and inspiration. She coordinates the faith-based “Transformed” purity program for Pregnancy Care Centers, in addition to speaking for the centers’ “Choose to Wait” abstinence education program and the sexual integrity curriculum.

Organizer Ronda Bartlett says, “This conference is for women who want that time of fellowship with other women, but maybe can’t get to one of the bigger conferences. This way, they can still experience the benefits without the cost or hassle of attending one of the big, weekend-long events.”

A buffet-style lunch of soups, salad and sandwiches will be served midday. Bartlett says the event’s main goal is for women to come and be fed – both physically and spiritually.

According to Bartlett and McCullough, there will be multiple games, giving attendees a chance to socialize.

They stressed that the conference is not just for Christian women. They have sent invitations to many churches in southeastern Indiana. Their goal is to welcome women of all faiths to come together.

McCullough notes the conference is an effort of the entire church. Though the men aren’t leading it, they will be on hand to serve the food and complete any tasks necessary to make sure the day go smoothly.

The church is wheelchair accessible. There is handicapped parking, with ramps in the building’s front and rear.

The $20 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration forms are available online at Persons with questions should call 812-591-3807.

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