Call it a double whammy. Or better yet, call it a multiple blessing.
Women in the area who are familiar with the Fresh Grounded Faith conferences and nationally known presenters, Jennifer Rothschild and guests Stormie Omartian and Michael O'Brien, are thrilled at the prospect of having such an inspiring conference in Brownwood Feb. 10 and 11 in the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church sanctuary.
But so impressed is the Fresh Grounded Faith team at the sell-out of their traditional Friday evening/Saturday conference, they've added an 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday second conference, also at Coggin Avenue.
"This is a record-breaker for Fresh Grounded Faith," said Terrie Bitter, the local coordinator for the conference. "We started early planning this, and I started calling churches to be co-hosts for the event. We have 30 churches hosting the event and that's more than double the number of host churches they have ever had for any Fresh Grounded Faith conference."
Tickets to the event are flying out the door, Bitter said, but they are available for the Feb. 10 event. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.freshgroundedfaith.com, but Bitter said they are also available locally. Gloria Humphrey is volunteer ticket coordinator and to purchase the tickets locally, she can be reached at (325) 647-4224. For the time being there's at least a $10 price break - $20 for those who act fast.
"Right now we have a limited number for the ‘early bird' price for $34," Bitter said. "When those are gone, we have consigned more general admission tickets for $44 each."
Those who want to attend the Friday only conference will also need to reserve their noon meal if they intend to eat at Coggin Avenue's CCC building. Those reservations must be made on Monday or sooner. Attendees will not be able to purchase a box lunch the Friday of the event.
Bitter said there are some scholarships available for the Friday only conference that will cover the general admission and the lunch.
But also, Bitter said, very special accommodations have been made for the wives of active duty servicemen or women serving on active duty. A donor has purchased tickets for those women, they will also receive a free lunch and child care is being provided by Coggin Avenue Baptist Church women. Those who qualify and would like to have the free tickets must make reservations by 5 p.m. Monday.
"For many months many women from 30 churches, representing various denominations in Brownwood and in nearby locations have been working together to pull this off," wrote the Rev. Mary D. D'Alessio, minister at Union Presbyterian Church in an email. "I think that through this event women's lives will be changed. I also believe that God is at work in Brownwood to bring healing and unity among the churches."