Thursday, August 4, 2005

‘In the Potter’s Hands’
Time Out for Women Aug. 19-20 at First Baptist


“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.” – Jeremiah 18:6

The 11th annual Time Out for Women, hosted by the ladies of Holly Springs First Baptist Church, is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20.

The theme this year is “In the Potter’s Hands – Being Molded into Women of God.”

Jane Callicutt, one of the organizers, said the big event is for ladies of all denominations. Attendance has reached as many as 450.

“We have ladies attend from all over the surrounding area,” Callicutt said. “We welcome all ladies. It will be a wonderful weekend.”

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, with the program going from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Time Out for Women wraps up on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Keynote speaker Friday night is Marsha Waldrep Ford. The daughter of the late Harold and Geraldine Waldrep, she lived her teenage years in Holly Springs. She and her husband, Bob Ford, have spent their lives in the ministry, pastoring churches in Louisiana, Tennessee and then serving as church planters in Scotland and Prague, Czech Republic. They are now pastoring Eastside Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark.

Testimony will be given by Beth Ford. She served as a journeyman in Thailand, where she met her husband, Jason Ford. They are members of the Hernando Longview Heights Baptist Church, and Beth is teaching art at Marshall Academy.

Keynote speaker Saturday morning will be Rita Sweat. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, where she got her degree in music, then taught choral music and drama after graduation. She teaches a community Bible study in her home church in Amory.

Members of the Praise and Worship Team are Sharon Williams, a Sunday school teacher, children’s choir director and soloist at First Baptist; Dee Whisenant, children’s choir director and soloist at First Baptist; and Tamara Hillmer, children’s choir director and soloist at First Baptist.

There are eight workshop leaders this year.

  • Cathy Skelton – “Come Wet Your Whistle” – She has lived in the Olive Branch area for 14 years. She is a member of Longview Heights Baptist Church and was the director of the women’s ministry.
  • Lola Autry – “Make Do - with the Lord’s Help” – She has published five books and many magazine articles. She is a lecturer, artist, professional musician and photographer.
  • Branda Polk – “Ten Choices for a Healthier You” – She is a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor, a wellness coach and an international speaker on health and wellness issues. As the health ministry consultant for Lifeway, she helped to write and develop the “Fit 4” series, and she also writes the bi-monthly e-newsletter, “Wellness Connection.” She is a member of Briarwood Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Deanie Ferrell – “Your Faith Has Healed You” – She is a gifted teacher. She teaches a ladies’ Sunday school class, sings in the choir and often leads Bible studies at First Baptist Church, Holly Springs.
  • Cheri Holcomb – “Praying With Your Eyes Wide Open” – She is a member of Kirby Woods Baptist Church in Memphis. Married at 15 and born again in 1975, she was gloriously delivered from drug abuse and alcoholism. She shares, with great conviction, the transforming power of an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Alesha Knight – “Help, Lord, My Life Feels Out of Control” – She is a member of First Baptist Church in Corinth. She has a chemical engineering degree from Ole Miss and worked with Kimberly Clark for nine years before leaving to be a stay-at-home mom.
  • Margaret Webb – “Finding Your Balance” – She is a home school teacher with 18 years experience. She has been children’s church master teacher, His Hands Puppet Team director and Children’s Camp Rock director for the past 15 years at Christ the Rock Metro Church in Memphis.
  • Susan Wilbanks – “Twelve Promises for a Christian Woman in Psalms 23” – She is director of Women of Faith Sunday School Department at West Jackson Street Baptist Church in Tupelo. She is also an instructor of business technology at Itawamba Community College.

For more information on Time Out for Women, call 252-2627.

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