Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Ten Weekend - Ten Christian Events Taking Place this Fall

Welcome once again to Write On's Weekend Top Ten. This weekend I'm focusing on ten great Christian events taking place during the autumn season right here in Bismarck.
Java JOY event at Boneshaker's
Fall seems to be a favorite time of the year to kick off events that continue throughout the year or annual events that take place each year. This year there are a couple of new events including a Healing Conference and prayer vigil for Pastor Saeed Abedini. If you're like me and enjoy getting out and about before the snow flies, I'm sure I will see you around!

Java JOY - This event held at a local coffeehouse is one of JOY International's small group events for women. Each month there is a different speaker who speaks about a subject relevant and interesting to women and the issues they face. It's a great event for seekers and believers alike that features a different speaker every month. Held on the first Thursday of the month, it kicks off September 4th and runs through May.

Beth Moore
Beth Moore Simulcast - This annual Living Proof Live event is the highlight of the year for those who love Beth Moore. Once again, this simulcast will be held in churches, homes, women's prisons and military bases all over the world. The event held on September 13th will be viewed by thousands of women and once again feature music by praise and worship leader, Travis Cottrell. Three cities in North Dakota will have venues hosting the event including Bismarck, Harvey and Medina.

Celebrate Your Man Conference - This is a one-day marriage enriching event for wives that will take place on September 13th. The event is being sponsored by Big Blue Couch Coaching. Speakers include Certified Life and Marriage Coach, Rachel Chumley and Certified Life Coach, Mandy B. Anderson. The event is limited to 25 attendees.

North Dakota Right to Life Conference - Each fall the North Dakota Right to Life Association hosts three banquets held in cities across the state. This year's banquets are slated for:
  • Bismarck on September 21 
  • Dickinson on September 22 
  • Fargo on September 24
The keynote speaker is Steven W. Mosher, President of the Population Research Institute. He was converted from being a pro-choice atheist to a pro-life Roman Catholic while working in China when he witnessed the horrors of women being forced to have abortions during their seventh month of pregnancy due to the country's "one-child" policy. 

Pastor Saeed Abedini Global Prayer Vigil - A two-hour interdenominational prayer vigil will be held September 26th on the capitol grounds. The day will mark two years since he was imprisoned for his Christian faith in Iran. Those who attend the global prayer vigil are being asked to wear yellow. Grand Forks and Minot will also be among several cities throughout the world that are hosting prayer vigils on the same day #savesaeed

Love Unleashed Healing Conference "Cal at the Belle" - This conference is being hosted by the Healing Rooms of the Northern Plains on October 3rd and 4th. Cal Pierce, director of the International Association of Healing Rooms (IAHR) will be speaking three times each day. Each segment will feature a different topic. The event takes place at the Belle Mehus in downtown Bismarck. There are over 3,000 Healing Rooms throughout the world and the ministry is based in Spokane, WA.

STEER Missions Conference - This annual conference takes place this year on October 3rd and 4th at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. This year's banquet speaker is Steve Douglas, President of Campus Crusade for Christ International/CRU. During the conference there is also a men's luncheon and a ladies' luncheon as well.

Matthew West and family
Matthew West Concert - Contemporary Christian music artist, Matthew West will be returning to Shiloh Christian School on October 17th for the second year in a row. Last year he, along with Jason Castro and Sidewalk Prophets, performed in front of a sold-out crowd. He sang many of his top hits including Forgiveness, Hello My Name Is and Stronger which are just a few of his songs that are based on true stories.

MOPS - The International organization called Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) begins meeting each fall as well. This group of moms gets together twice a month to help encourage and support one another in the raising of young children. There is usually a meal and a speaker featured at each meeting. There is a local MOPS group at 5 different churches in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Moms in Prayer - This group is formerly known as Moms in Touch and is another International group of moms that starts meeting in the fall. These moms focus on praying for their kids attending either public or private school. Some communities also have groups that pray for their college-aged kids or adult children in the military. There is no speaker or no meal, just a quiet time of coming together to pray for their children during the school year. There are seven schools in the Bismarck-Mandan area who have active Moms in Prayer groups.

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