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Women's conference offers answers

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

COLUMBIA - When life seems so overpowering, there's something that can get you through the day, according to a Lewisburg woman who's found some answers.

"It might be different for each person," she said, "so women have created this conference with a different theme each year and one of the speakers is my grand daughter-in-law."

The 19th Annual Wonderful Weekend for Women starts at noon March 6 and concludes the next afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Columbia where women from Marshall and other Middle Tennessee counties will gather to consider issues from a women's perspective.

"It's people dealing with problems like we all face," said Audrey Lovett, 78, of Jennifer Lane, Lewisburg, who's ready to talk about her new great grandson, born by one of the featured speakers on Thursday. "It's a spiritual event," Lovett said of the conference where Daniel Sharp Hudson's mother, Leslie Hudson, will share God's word.

"I've been to the conference many times over the years," Lovett said. "It's been uplifting and informative. It's encouraging and it's at the woman's level. It's women speaking. They face the same problems we face.

"I'm a widow, so I don't have a husband," she continued. "Women face a lot of different problems with children, work and husbands. It encourages them to face life."

The new life in the White Bluff household of her grandson, David, and his wife, Leslie, will probably be in the First Baptist Church at the intersection of Sheegog Lane and Pulaski Highway (US 31), approximately three miles south of downtown Columbia.

"I was thinking that she was going to be very pregnant," Lovett said of her grand daughter-in-law, "or have a very young baby with her."

In an interview last week, Lovett shared her perspective on the conference that, according to conference leaders has been sold out most years and has serve more than 1,000 women of all ages backgrounds and faiths.

Wonderful Weekend for Women is a non-profit, interdenominational event for women from all over the nation. Its primary focus is the Mid-South. Originally, it was created to serve rural areas of Maury County and surrounding counties to help women feel loved and appreciated while offering a unique fellowship of opportunity.

This year's theme is "Be still... Find rest."

Conference organizer Connie Neal says she and other organizers believe it offers a practical opportunity to help women in distress.

"The local crisis pregnancy center would like to have diapers... baby wash... lotion and shampoo," Neal said. "Discipleship House provides help for woman just released from prison who have no place else to go. They could use any toiletries or gift cards to grocery stores, discount stores or department stores.

"There will be boxes at the church for you to leave your gift of encouragement for these women," she said of what will be available at the conference.

The spiritual nature of he conference, however, is paramount.

"What a blessing it is to worship and learn with women of all ages and backgrounds," Hudson said. "I'm always thankful that I went.

"I've been to WWW for several years," she said. "It is always uplifting and encouraging to me."

Hudson is a Belmont University graduate. She teaches piano, Bible study and is a free-lance writer who's an active member of First Baptist Church in Dickson, Tenn.

She enjoys sharing God's word, as does Kay Curtis, another speaker at the WWW.

"The weekend consistently blesses and builds Christian women," Curtis said. "It is well-organized and the speakers are always solid in their testimonies and the faith in God."

Other speakers featured at the conference include:

* Bruce and Lisa Wethey. He plays fiddle. She plays flute and started at age 20 in New York City as a concert soloist.

"Her amazing experience as the survivor of multiple brain tumor surgeries over the past 10 years has given birth to a strong, new side to their ministry," Curtis said.

Bruce Wethey is a Grammy-nominated violinist and composer who has performed with Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, Martina McBride, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and Alan Jackson. He now tours with Christian artist Twila Paris and his violin solo can be heard on Veggie Tales videos.

* Dick and Mel Tunney who met while traveling with the contemporary Christian group, Truth. he became the pianist and musical director for the Imperials. Mel befriended Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall and formed the group First Call.

The Tunneys' music has been awarded 10 Dove Awards, nine other Dove nominations, three Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award. They are worship leaders and artists in residence at First Baptist Church, Columbia.

* Leslie Dawes who grew up in Old Hickory and is now a Women's Bible Study leader, lay counselor and conducts what she calls her Laundry Lady Ministry.

* Marie Armenia of Spring Hill writes for Christian magazines and has been an on-air hostess for The Marie Show on Christian TV stations.

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Women's conference offers answers

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

COLUMBIA - When life seems so overpowering, there's something that can get you through the day, according to a Lewisburg woman who's found some answers.

"It might be different for each person," she said, "so women have created this conference with a different theme each year and one of the speakers is my grand daughter-in-law."

The 19th Annual Wonderful Weekend for Women starts at noon March 6 and concludes the next afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Columbia where women from Marshall and other Middle Tennessee counties will gather to consider issues from a women's perspective.

"It's people dealing with problems like we all face," said Audrey Lovett, 78, of Jennifer Lane, Lewisburg, who's ready to talk about her new great grandson, born by one of the featured speakers on Thursday. "It's a spiritual event," Lovett said of the conference where Daniel Sharp Hudson's mother, Leslie Hudson, will share God's word.

"I've been to the conference many times over the years," Lovett said. "It's been uplifting and informative. It's encouraging and it's at the woman's level. It's women speaking. They face the same problems we face.

"I'm a widow, so I don't have a husband," she continued. "Women face a lot of different problems with children, work and husbands. It encourages them to face life."

The new life in the White Bluff household of her grandson, David, and his wife, Leslie, will probably be in the First Baptist Church at the intersection of Sheegog Lane and Pulaski Highway (US 31), approximately three miles south of downtown Columbia.

"I was thinking that she was going to be very pregnant," Lovett said of her grand daughter-in-law, "or have a very young baby with her."

In an interview last week, Lovett shared her perspective on the conference that, according to conference leaders has been sold out most years and has serve more than 1,000 women of all ages backgrounds and faiths.

Wonderful Weekend for Women is a non-profit, interdenominational event for women from all over the nation. Its primary focus is the Mid-South. Originally, it was created to serve rural areas of Maury County and surrounding counties to help women feel loved and appreciated while offering a unique fellowship of opportunity.

This year's theme is "Be still... Find rest."

Conference organizer Connie Neal says she and other organizers believe it offers a practical opportunity to help women in distress.

"The local crisis pregnancy center would like to have diapers... baby wash... lotion and shampoo," Neal said. "Discipleship House provides help for woman just released from prison who have no place else to go. They could use any toiletries or gift cards to grocery stores, discount stores or department stores.

"There will be boxes at the church for you to leave your gift of encouragement for these women," she said of what will be available at the conference.

The spiritual nature of he conference, however, is paramount.

"What a blessing it is to worship and learn with women of all ages and backgrounds," Hudson said. "I'm always thankful that I went.

"I've been to WWW for several years," she said. "It is always uplifting and encouraging to me."

Hudson is a Belmont University graduate. She teaches piano, Bible study and is a free-lance writer who's an active member of First Baptist Church in Dickson, Tenn.

She enjoys sharing God's word, as does Kay Curtis, another speaker at the WWW.

"The weekend consistently blesses and builds Christian women," Curtis said. "It is well-organized and the speakers are always solid in their testimonies and the faith in God."

Other speakers featured at the conference include:

* Bruce and Lisa Wethey. He plays fiddle. She plays flute and started at age 20 in New York City as a concert soloist.

"Her amazing experience as the survivor of multiple brain tumor surgeries over the past 10 years has given birth to a strong, new side to their ministry," Curtis said.

Bruce Wethey is a Grammy-nominated violinist and composer who has performed with Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, Martina McBride, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles and Alan Jackson. He now tours with Christian artist Twila Paris and his violin solo can be heard on Veggie Tales videos.

* Dick and Mel Tunney who met while traveling with the contemporary Christian group, Truth. he became the pianist and musical director for the Imperials. Mel befriended Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall and formed the group First Call.

The Tunneys' music has been awarded 10 Dove Awards, nine other Dove nominations, three Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award. They are worship leaders and artists in residence at First Baptist Church, Columbia.

* Leslie Dawes who grew up in Old Hickory and is now a Women's Bible Study leader, lay counselor and conducts what she calls her Laundry Lady Ministry.

* Marie Armenia of Spring Hill writes for Christian magazines and has been an on-air hostess for The Marie Show on Christian TV stations.