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How It All Began
In September of 1985, Sister Mattie Blackstone sat trying to think of an outreach program designed to bring sisters in the Church of Christ closer together. She came up with the idea of starting a dynamic lectureship series called “The Ladies Lecture Series.” Sister Blackstone presented the idea to the members of the Church of Christ in Spring Lake, North Carolina. The sisters liked the idea and the brethren approved it.
The Lectures would be a moveable feast of Christian fellowship. Each Lectureship-Retreat would be conducted in a different city hosted by one of the local congregations.
The first Lectureship was held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1986 with the theme being, “Christian Women Facing Difficult Matters of the Twentieth Century.” This theme was drawn from and centered on the many problems facing Christian Women today. Since then, we have been invited to many cities in the United States and to the island of Bermuda.
Sister Winnie Wright began to work with Sister Blackstone in 1988 and Kathyrn Brandon began to work with them in 1989. Sister Blackstone served as Lectureship-Retreat Coordinator until she relocated in 1990. In December of 1990, Brother Paul Mason became the new minister at Spring Lake. His wife, Betty, served as Retreat Chairperson until June 2012. Elsie Gilliam assumed the role as Retreat Chair on July 1, 2012. Her co-chair is Debra Biddle. Sister Wright passed away in October 2004; Sherry Young now serves as Lectureship Program Coordinator.
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