Conference brings together peninsula women

Posted: Friday, October 19, 2001

Kenai Peninsula women have an opportunity to come together for inspiration and support today starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. for the "Women of the Peninsula" conference at the Soldotna Sports Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The conference is organized by Women of Impact Ministries and will involve inspirational music, dancing, art projects and speeches by JoAnne Meckstroth of Soldotna, president of Women of Impact Ministries and a global outreach participant, and Miriam Humphries of Soldotna, a Bible teacher, gospel singer and songwriter.

Conference organizers expect about 100 women from all over the peninsula to attend. The conference is interdenominational and not just a church type of gathering, Meckstroth said.

"The goal of the conference is to bring women together at this particular time," she said. "Especially now with Sept. 11, we feel like it's a wonderful time to rally the women together, and to talk about things as God's women that we can do in this particular hour right where we live."

The program for the conference will involve females of all ages. There will be an elementary school girl singing, some teen-age dancers and several women singers from the community.

"Seeds of Promise" is the theme of the conference.

"And what that really means is basically that within each woman, God has deposited many opportunities -- many seeds that would be considered like potential," Meckstroth said. "And just as seeds that go into the ground need to be nourished to bring forth a flower, so does God do that with us as individuals. So we as women are seeds of promise to our communities and our families."

This is the first interdenominational women's gathering of its kind on the peninsula, Meckstroth said. If it is well received and if the women that attend wish to have another one, then it could be held again, Meckstroth said.

Any women interested in attending the conference may still register for $35. Registration will start at 5 p.m. today and at 9 a.m. Saturday. The conference sessions begin at 7 tonight and at 10 a.m. Saturday. The conference will end at 4 p.m. Saturday.

"Our hope is that it would be a point of unity, sort of a rallying point for God's women to identify with one another and be a unified group within the community," Meckstroth said. "This has not been done in this way before."

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