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Prepare now for March 2009
East Texas Women's Conference

by Melodee Overton
The writer attends the Church of God Big Sandy.

HAWKINS, Texas--The Church of God Big Sandy is gearing up for a great East Texas Women's Conference next year. The theme will be "Preparing the Bride." The conference, which will take place in the the Church of God Big Sandy's building on Highway 80 west of Big Sandy, will begin March 13, 2009.

The women of the Churches of God prepare themselves by seeking to be clothed in the fine linen of righteousness and adorned with the jewels of a meek and quiet spirit.

Our focus scripture this year will be Revelation 19:7-8: "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."

We encourage ladies who plan to attend to bring their (or their daughter's or mother's) wedding gown, wedding photo album and other wedding mementos to decorate the hall and share with others. Please E-mail us (see the address at the end of this article) and let us know if you will bring something to display so we can have a place ready for your items.

Friday-evening activities will center on the theme of a wedding shower, with appropriate food and attendees dressed for a shower.

If you would like to bring a gift, please make it inexpensive and suitable for donating to a local women's shelter. It could be glasses, washcloths, flatware, etc. Place donated items in a gift bag or leave them unwrapped. Please do not gift-wrap them.

You may also want to bring used business suits or dresses appropriate for women who are interviewing to return to the workforce. Please make sure the clothes are cleaned, pressed and on hangers.

The evening activities will focus on an instructional and then an interactive breakout session drawing on The Five Love Languages, the book by Gary Chapman. The evening's activities and fellowship will end about 9 o'clock.

The next morning, on the Sabbath, doors will open at 8:30 for coffee and tea, and we will start off with a bit of music, then brunch and a few speakers.

The afternoon will hold several possibilities. One option is that we go to nearby church ladies' homes for interactive Bible studies, some discussing the love language of your home fellowship, or other Bible-based interactive studies.

Panel discussion

Another option will be to attend the Sabbath services of the Church of God Big Sandy, which will include an interactive Bible study for ladies on the fruit of the Spirit during the first half. We would then join the regular service for the second half.

Later we will have a panel discussion from the book Attending the Bride of Christ by Martha Lawley.

We have scheduled time for audience questions and comments during this discussion. Then we will all get ready for the "wedding feast," changing into our formal attire for our evening meal.

As is our custom for the evening meal during the women's conference, the gentlemen from our local church will serve Saturday evening.

This year will be especially memorable because of the formalness of the occasion. The meal will finish with a wedding cake and a chocolate fountain.

After the wonderful food we will change into comfortable clothes to enjoy chair massages, walking, presentations and group pampering.

A treat this year will be a movie--title to be announced later--in the church hall.

Several speakers and music

On Sunday the doors will open at 7 a.m., with breakfast starting at 8.

For Sunday we have several speakers scheduled, along with music and a prayer-group focus before we adjourn for lunch at noon.

We will have a speaker incorporating information from another book by Gary Chapman, The Love Languages of God.

We will have a sandwich bar at Sunday lunch for those who need to pack their lunch and hit the road to return home. If this isn't you, please stay and fellowship and eat with us.

Thanks and contact info

We want to thank in advance everyone who will make the East Texas Women's Conference a success whether it will be through your work or prayers. We know it takes many hands and hours to produce a successful conference.

The planning committee wants to thank all who have helped in years past and those who are working to plan and carry out a great women's conference for 2009.

For more information and to register, write ETWC, P.O. Box 690, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A., or see

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