Women from various Christian denominations throughout the area will be gathering in Fairmont this weekend to participate in a conference that features a nationally known speaker, music, creative dance and drama.
The North Central West Virginia Christian Women's Conference begins at 7 p.m. today at the Westchester Village, located on Locust Avenue. More than 200 women have purchased advance tickets for the two-day event, but registration remains open, according to Denise Steffich, one of the coordinators of the conference.
The tickets cover the cost of the meetings on Friday night and all day Saturday. The $35 cost also covers a sit-down luncheon on Saturday.
"We don't want to turn anyone away, so we've ordered a few extra meals for those who want to register on Friday," Steffich said.
Donna Partow is the weekend's featured speaker, who will share about "Becoming a Vessel God Can Use." In keeping with the theme, Jon Mourglia from Arizona will perform a live pottery demonstration, equating the pottery process with spiritual growth.
In addition, Kristi Etheridge will perform special music, including "Broken and Poured Out," and Emily Stutler will perform creative dance.
This is the second year for the conference for women who attend churches in the Bridgeport, Clarksburg and Fairmont areas.
"Rather than go to Pittsburgh or Washington, D.C. or Baltimore to try to hear a national speaker, we felt it was time to bring a speaker to our area.
For directions or to learn more about the conference, people can call 842-5257, 842-6481 or 633-1038.
"We're very excited about the way things have fallen into place. There have been all sorts of obstacles, but God really did work things out for the conference," Steffich said.