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Breathless: A gathering for Women

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - September 21 @ 3:00 pm


September 20 @ 7:00 pm
September 21 @ 3:00 pm


Westminster Baptist Church
354 Crest Lane
Westinster, Maryland 21157
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Breathless is a gathering for women who desire to serve Christ and His Church. This year, the event will take place on September 20-21 at Westminster Baptist Church. The purpose of this event is to bring a holistic approach to women’s work in churches and to assist women in becoming more effective in various ministries in their churches.


Grace Thornton, an award-winning journalist, is an author and blogger at Grace is the author of Unshakable Pursuit (A 30 Day Devotional): Chasing the God Who Chases Us. She shares regularly with churches, small groups, and college ministries across the nation about what God’s pursuit of us and our pursuit of Him looks like. Her international mission work provides real-life inspiration to help others join in God’s eternal story. Grace lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Gayla has been in ministry for over 35 years. She has served as an international missionary, pastor’s wife, state convention women’s consultant, and speaker. Gayla has published two books through New Hope publishing as well as several published articles and training guides. She currently serves as adjunct professor at Ouachita Baptist University teaching Ministry to Women and Bible Survey/Interpretation, hospice chaplain, and women’s ministry leader at her church. She loves to go running, hang out with friends and family over coffee, and play violin. More than anything she loves to open God’s word and share the love of Christ with others. Gayla has her Master of Divinity degree and is currently working on her doctorate degree in systematic theology.

A block of rooms has been reserved for ladies attending the conference.  The details are outlined below:

Breathless Conference Hotel Information:
Days Inn by Wyndman Westminster
25 S Cranberry Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
Group Rate: $144.30 (Includes tax)
“Code Word” = Breathless

$40 Registration Fee Includes:
Dessert Bar – Friday evening 9/20
Continental Breakfast – Saturday 9/21-AM
Lunch – Saturday 9/21-Noon

Conference Breakouts

Displaced –Sarah Sheidy

Refugee.” The very word evokes strong emotions. These emotions cross the spectrum from pity, doubt, and fear to love, compassion, and benevolence. How does your faith community respond? In this break out conference, you will learn the basics, address your role, and affect change while participating in a real life simulation of REFUGEE LOSS.

From Her Perspective: Reaching the “Not My” Generation—Gayla Parker

All of us have generations that have gone before us and we will have generations that come after us. How do we connect to those generations; joining together to learn from one another what is good and pleasing in the eyes of the Lord so that His name might be glorified through ALL the generations? The answers are found in God’s Word. Wondering how you can reach the “not my” generation? Come and join us as we examine generational trends and how God’s word transcends them all.

More Than Money —Learning How to Be A Good Steward of All That God Has Given You—Dale Jones

God has called us to be wise managers of all that He’s given us. Come and explore the impact of stewardship on our body, mind, abilities, time, relationships, substance, position, sharing of the gospel, and finances.

Never Unfriended —The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships—Melody T. Knox

In a world where women can unfriend each other with the swipe of a finger, how do we find friendships that we can trust to last?  If we knew we could NEVER be unfriended, would we risk friendship then? Maybe it starts by first becoming those kinds of lasting friends ourselves. Where do we start?—with personal stories and practical tips to help us make the friends, and be the friend, that lasts.

Feel Free to “Fluff it Up —Monique Kirkland and Jancy Glisson

Use your creativity to decorate a glass to hold your favorite scriptures or a votive candle to remind you of life’s “breathless” moments.

Following Jesus’ Example –June Holland

SKILLFUL STRATEGIES as part of His public ministry JESUS, committed the then radical act of WELCOMING CHILDREN.  What can we do to continue this act?  Join us to dialogue and receive a special gift…

Go Into All The World – Right Here in Maryland! –  Amy Smith
God has given us a unique opportunity to share the Gospel with college students from around the world when they come to Ocean City each summer. Come hear exciting things God is doing and learn how you can be a part of reaching the nations without getting a passport!


Demetra Bennett (800) 466-5290, ext. 218

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