IBLC set for second women's conference

By John Warren

CARROLLTON, Texas--Women's Conference 2001, sponsored by the International Biblical Learning Center, is set for Dallas June 8-10.

The Journal contacted Linda Hardy White of Carrollton, Texas, to ask Mrs. White about the IBLC's plans for the second annual gathering of Church of God womenfolk.

Activities will kick off 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, with a reception, get-acquainted activities and special music presentation by vocalist Heather McLendon of Hawkins, Texas.

Seminars will begin at 10 o'clock Sabbath morning, lasting until 5 p.m.

After dinner Saturday evening, organizers will treat the delegates to a social with door prizes.

On Sunday morning the conference will include open-forum discussions on physical and mental illness, aging parents, divorce and alcoholism.

"This will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their own learning experiences," said Mrs. White.

Presenters will include Peggy Wooten of Hoover, Ala.; Brenda Ross of De Soto, Texas; Shirley Senay of Denton, Texas; Cindy McLendon of Hawkins; Carolyn Scharpen of Mission Viejo, Calif.; and Mrs. White.

The conference is back by popular demand to provide women with an opportunity to relax, gain insights on Christian living and make new friends, said Mrs. White.

"Last year the conference was limited to 100 participants because of the [small] auditorium. This year the conference will be at the elegant Omni Hotel­Park West, 1590 LBJ Freeway, in Dallas."

The hotel features large rooms with refrigerators, a jogging trail, an heated outdoor swimming pool, an exercise room and a fully equipped meeting center, where the seminars will take place.

This years conference will feature a full series of seminars and activities designed for girls ages 10-17. Mrs. White encourages adults who attend to make the event a mother-daughter outing.

During last year's conference the ladies focused on the role they play in the Sabbatarian community and their responsibility to teach younger women of the church.

This year's theme will be "Grace Under Pressure: Meeting the Challenges of an Imperfect World."

"For those who share a WCG background," said Mrs. White, "there seems to be an unspoken rule that the Christian life should be perfect or nearly perfect.

"But life in a society antagonistic to Sabbatarian beliefs is not always kind, and human existence itself, even under ideal conditions, rarely escapes physical and emotional difficulties."

The purpose of Women's Conference 2001 will be to "share experiences and receive practical advice on how to meet life's challenges and still retain a sense of balance, equanimity and spiritual well-being," she said.

Conference fee for participants 18 and older will be $65; for ages 10-17 the fee will be $50.

The price covers admission to seminars, all activities, conference materials, a gift bag and snacks, and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, June 9, and breakfast on Sunday, June 10.

A registration form can be found in this issue of Connections, The Journal's advertising section.

After April 30, conference fees will increase by $20 per person, so register early, advises Mrs. White.

This year participants need to make their own hotel reservations. Call the Omni Hotel­Park-West at (972) 869-4300 and ask for the IBLC Women's Conference 2001 event rate. Cost is a discounted $69 (plus tax) per room per night for one to four occupants. The rate is good until May 28.

"Once again IBLC encourages local congregations to financially sponsor deserving women who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference," said Mrs. White. "Already congregations in various states are lining up their resources."

Contact the IBLC toll-free at (877) 444-IBLC or (927) 492-3305.

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