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By Elaine Drake

April 21-23 were some very exciting days for our women. This past weekend included solid spiritual wisdom and encouragement for the nearly 50 First Free women who attended the “ORIGINAL” Conference across the street at Rockford First.

This year’s event was the 10th “ORIGINAL” weekend conference and ran from Thursday evening, all day Friday, and Saturday morning, April 21-23 on the campus of Rockford First. Renowned speakers including Charlotte Gambill, Andi Andrew, and Nancy Alcorn flew into Rockford to give encouragement and hope to the 3,000 attendees. Local leaders Jen DeWeerdt and Lisa Seaton rounded out the list of outstanding speakers.

In addition to the conference sessions, First Free women and friends had the opportunity for group fellowship and relaxation time. On Friday there was a break in the program schedule from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. During this time, we dined as a group at Fresco restaurant inside Anderson Japanese Gardens. The weather was beautiful and a great time was had by all 43 who attended! Most of the women took advantage of the beautiful, sunny day to walk and explore the renowned gardens. The group enjoyed a delicious, gourmet dinner created by the Fresco master chef.

The weekend was a powerful time of worship, prayer, and learning about our God. We have already committed to attend the ORIGINAL 2017 conference at the BMO Harris Bank Center on April 27-29, 2017.  Put it on your calendar now so you can experience it, too. Hope you can join us! Original Conference 2017