Get ready, sister! We’re going to St. Louis, Missouri, for a Fresh Grounded Faith conference. But don’t worry—there’s no need to pack your bags! Since we’re going on the podcast, that means St. Louis is coming to you!
Today I’m joined by former Facts of Life actress, Lisa Whelchel, plus former lead singer of Newsong, Michael O’Brien, and we’re answering all kinds of questions from the audience. We like to call this part of the conference “Spill the Beans,” and it’s one of my favorites because we share lots of laughter while also getting real about our faith.
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The weekend started with high drama before any of us stepped on the stage at Shelby Christian Church. As final preparations were being made for the Fresh Grounded Faith conference, our Local Conference Coordinator, Evann Roberts, got an 8 mm kidney stone and had to have surgery!
Thank you to Richard Welman for the beautiful photos. To see the entire Facebook photo album, click here.
So on Thursday, which was set up day for the conference, Evann went in for the procedure. She was released from the hospital around 11:00 a.m., but that woman is amazing! She and her mom, Kim—the pastor’s wife—picked up lunch for all of the volunteers and stayed at the church the rest of the day until our FGF National Conference Director, Terrie Bitter, left that evening.
The church in the middle of the cornfield. That’s how Kaye Bennett, Fresh Grounded Faith Georgetown’s Local Conference Coordinator, described her church when we first scheduled FGF. But, now that I’m home from such an amazing weekend, I call it “the church in the middle of God’s will.”
Thank you to Lisa Wile for the beautiful photos. To see the entire Facebook photo album, click here.
The conference sold out, and that was during the coronavirus! We gathered socially distanced but totally connected in spirit. We worshipped together both on-site and online as Michael O’Brien lead us. Oh, girl, when he busted out his 70’s medley, even the young women in that place sang out with vintage Andraé Crouch tunes!
Our second spring conference, Fresh Grounded Faith West Monroe, is a wrap. What a weekend it was! The Lord drew many women to the altar to meet with Him as He ministered to their needs. It was so beautiful to see His hand at work!
Thank you to Misti Stone for the beautiful photos. To see the entire Facebook photo album, click here. For those of you who joined the photo booth fun, you can view your photos here.
There were over 100 volunteers who helped make this thing happen. Greeters, hospitality, special needs, book table volunteers … there were all sorts of women doing all sorts of jobs.
Fresh Grounded Faith St. Louis opened with the women in the worship center counting down … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … followed by loud cheers! They were so excited that the Lord had brought Fresh Grounded Faith to their city. We were excited too!
Thank you to Ginger Kleinschnittger for the beautiful photos. To see the entire Facebook photo album, click here. For those of you who joined the photo booth fun, you can view your photos here.
There were hundreds of reasons why we were full of anticipation—namely the hundreds of amazing women who attended!