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Christian Women’s Connection provides interesting, inspirational speakers

Katherine Scoggins • Updated Feb 25, 2018 at 7:25 PM

According to the many magazines, books and newspapers I have read since Christmas, the “new” trend in lifestyles is Intentional Living. Make that Intentional Living, Eating, Meditating, Sleeping, Reading, Praying, and the list goes on and on! Simply put, it’s about thinking through what you often do out of habit. Most of us are at least a little guilty of that, aren’t we?

Some of my friends have made New Year’s Resolutions about this Intentional thought process: whether it’s decluttering or interacting with friends, exercising or doing a little more soul searching. Often there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel - groups and programs already exist that can get you thinking in a different way and experiencing change in an exciting way.

Such a group exists in the Tri-Cities, as a matter of fact. It’s a group of women of various backgrounds, ages, talents and interests: the Kingsport Christian Women’s Connection. This group of women meets each month for a luncheon at the Press Room, located at the rear of Food City at 300 Clinchfield Street in downtown Kingsport.

“The Christian Women’s Connection is a warm and friendly non-denominational women’s connection. It is of the utmost importance that everyone feel welcome and comfortable in our meetings,” says chairman Linda Rothwell.

“Our excellent program committee works very hard to provide interesting and inspirational speakers, and we are so fortunate to have a wealth of creative and talented women who provide beautiful music and décor. Our meetings are packed when we have our silent auction for our beautiful baskets in October and our very popular fashion shows! We try hard to make this a positive and wonderful experience for the women and want them to come back and bring their friends!”

A typical meeting goes something like this: a delicious meal, a special performance from local guest musicians; local feature presentations, such as travel information, gardening, a fashion show, women’s safety and survival, decorating and many other meaningful and interesting features; and an inspirational speaker to close out the program by telling her story and how her life has changed after an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Helen Duff Baugh established The Christian Business Women’s Council of America in 1938 as a dinner program in which the Gospel of Jesus Christ was presented to career women in cities across America. In 1948, former business woman and missionary Mary E. Clark joined Baugh to help lead the rapidly growing organization, which by this time reached out to women in all stages and walks of life.

When the ministry’s international headquarters relocated in 1952 to the Stonecroft property in Kansas City, Missouri, the group of outreach ministries took on the property’s name. Outreach gatherings vary in time and location. Stonecroft is celebrating its 80th year and has 15,000 volunteers who serve from the heart to bring truth and love to their communities and encourage more women to be a part of the work.

If you are interested in attending the luncheons, or would like to know more, call Linda Rothwell at (423) 246-1802 or (423) 963-0883. Or email her at lindamadd@aol.com. You can also find the Kingsport Christian Women's Connection on Facebook.

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