HARTFORD — A new women’s group that will promote encouragement and friendship is set to begin this month in the Bend Area.
Evelyn Roush, longtime promoter of gospel music in the area, said “Women of Faith and Purpose” will hold their inaugural meeting March 14, 6 p.m., in the Father’s House Church fellowship building in Hartford.
Roush said she has had a desire to organize a women’s outreach for a year, but it wasn’t until after a conversation with a special friend that God gave her the green light to go forward. The friend suffers partial blindness from retinitis pigmentosa, as well as depression from the death of her only daughter. Roush saw the need for a way for women to come together.
“The gatherings are not of any particular church name, as all women are welcome, even if they don’t attend church,” Roush said. “We believe all who attend will leave saying it was an evening of true value sharing blessings of joy. Our goal is to be a blaze for the walk of those who need a light.”
All meetings will include a program of inspiration, and will feature a surprise guest at the first meeting. A potluck meal or snack bar foods will be held each time, and women are asked to bring their favorite covered dish for the initial gathering.
Roush said most meetings will be held the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m., with a special Mother-Daughter Banquet scheduled for May 9. Other meeting dates for 2017 include April 11, June 13, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12.
Roush attends Father’s House Church and will be hosting the 27th Annual Bend Area Gospel Jubilee, June 5-10, at the Jackson County Junior Fairgrounds in Cottageville. She also holds several gospel sings throughout the year, as well as an annual birthday bash.
The Father’s House Church fellowship building is located behind the church, after crossing railroad tracks near the Hartford Community Building on S.R. 62 in Hartford. For more information, contact Roush at 304-882-2049.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at [email protected]