Inspirational speakers, music and lunch will be offered during the new season of Esther Women, a monthly program series designed by Jane Jayroe, former Miss America and TV news anchor.
In partnership with St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Esther Women begins Sept. 3.
“Esther Women has been a blessing beyond my wildest expectations,” Jayroe said. “Every year, hundreds of women sign up before I have one speaker in place. That’s the power of God’s presence as we share His love and receive His power through the stories and teaching of our speakers and the sacred sounds of Oklahoma City University musicians.”
She said the luncheons are not about networking.
“They are designed to deepen one’s faith experience in a loving community of friends. It’s all about sharing the sacred joy of the Christian life — sometimes in spite of current circumstances.”
The schedule of speakers includes:
Sept. 3: Vered L. Harris, rabbi of Temple B’Nai Israel. She will offer a new depth of understanding to the character of the biblical Esther.
Oct. 1: Dr. Sarah Yoakam, a physician who suffered a life-changing illness.
Nov. 5: Retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient.
Dec. 10: Bobbie Roe, Ph.D., a well-known teacher and spiritual director. She will share a message for the Christmas season.
Jan. 7: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and Wes Lane, founder of SALLT and a former Oklahoma County district attorney. They will speak about the power of forgiveness — even in the political arena.
Feb. 4: Jan Peery, chief executive officer of the YWCA of Oklahoma City. She will speak about her faith following the tragic death of her son Chad.
March 4: Patty Gasso, head coach of the University of Oklahoma women’s softball team. She will share her deep faith.
April 1: Suzanne Stabile, co-founder of Life in the Trinity Ministry in Dallas. She will share spiritual life skills.
May 6: The Rev. Linda Brinkworth, director of Congregational Care at St. Luke’s. She will share spiritual wisdom gleaned from her experiences with people in crisis.
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Esther Women 2014