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First women's Bible conference a success
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The ladies of the Living Word Church of God just spent an exciting weekend at their first Bible conference.
The church on Freedman Grove Road is under the leadership of Art Stoddard, who is the founder and pastor.
The conference, which was themed “Women of God, Moments of Grace,” began at 7 p.m. Friday and featured speakers Patricia Waye of Midway and Penny Toole of Douglas. Light snacks and tea were served.
Local recording artist Donna Jackson of Midway was the featured psalmist. Jackson, a rising gospel music singer, has performed in many churches in Liberty County and surrounding communities. She travels extensively and has won several awards for her music.
Conference coordinator Missy Blount said she thinks attendees enjoyed themselves. “These are mighty women of God,” she said.
Participants received devotional books and discussed several topics, such as availability, mobility and serenity, Blount said.
On Friday, both Waye and Toole talked about what would be discussed at the conference on Saturday. The conference continued Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and concluded at 3 p.m. Breakfast and a light lunch were served.  
According to Blount, the conference was designed to bring participants together for a time of revival and fellowship. “It is like a mini-revival, a time for the women to come together and share,” she said. “It’s a time for the women to draw strength from each others.”
“Each woman was given a tea cup to take home. The Christian Tools of Affirmation organization, which provides materials to help strengthen a person’s walk with the Lord, provided the devotionals for the conference,” the coordinator said.
The church is having two celebrations this month. “On May 23, 2009, we moved into our new facility. We used to have worship services on Butler Avenue in Midway, but moved to our new facility last year. We are celebrating our first women’s Bible conference and the anniversary of moving into our new facility,” Blount said.
Stoddard and the Living Word family invite the public to worship with them Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. They have Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. and Wednesday services at 7 p.m.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
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