In nature, a pearl forms when a grain of sand or other irritant finds its way into an oyster. The oyster releases a substance called nacre to coat the irritant and protect itself, creating a pearl.
The pearl is the theme for Oakey Grove Baptist Church’s Women of Promise upcoming women’s conference Aug. 18-20 at the church on North Belair Road.
“The women who are spearheading the conference sought the Lord and felt this was the right theme. It’s really turned out to be wonderful,” said Yolanda Wright, wife of the Rev. Rex Wright, pastor of Oakey Grove.
She will speak on the “making of a pearl” to open the conference Friday evening.
The three-day event is open to women from across the area. The Friday night session will also feature Christian comedienne Poncere Daniels and is also open to men.
An offering will be taken during the Friday night session, which begins with registration at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s activities will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include breakfast and lunch and two sessions with featured speakers.
Dr. Louise Rice, a retired educator and national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will speak on “Powerful Pearls: Activating Your Power.” Rice taught English at Lucy Laney High School and then at Paine College before moving to Augusta University, where she was assistant director of admissions. She retired in 2003.
Wanda Richardson will speak on “Pearls and Prayer.” Richardson is the minister of congregational care at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
On Sunday, Minister Priscilla Gary, founder of Enhanced Career Services and owner of Positive On Purpose Life, will be the guest speaker at the 10:15 a.m. service.
Wright said the conference is not just for members of Oakey Grove Baptist Church.
“The community is welcome,” she said. “The conference is open to all women from all churches.”
The cost of the conference is $35. For more information, call the church at (706) 863-4215.