EDMOND — A popular conference that lavishes love on single moms and their children is preparing to mark its 10th anniversary.
Pam Kanaly, co-founder of Edmond-based Arise Ministries, said the “Survive ’N’ Thrive” Single Moms Conference will celebrate the occasion by giving away a new car to one of the single mothers attending the event.
The conference, set for June 20-21 at Crossings Community Church, will include keynote presentations, plus breakout sessions on a variety of topics relevant to single motherhood. A luncheon will be held June 21. Also, Kanaly said one mother among those who register online for the car giveaway will win a Kia Sorento during the conference.
“We are excited to be able to highlight God’s faithfulness to one of the finest outreaches to single moms,” Kanaly said, adding that conference host Arise Ministries has had lots of help from different areas of the community and state.
“It is a joint Oklahoma effort,” she said.
“The businesses, the churches, other supporters, the volunteers, the governor — Gov. Mary Fallin — have really come alongside this ministry. We are nothing more than a vehicle for what God is wanting to do.”
Kanaly said the conference continues to grow each year. She said women from across Oklahoma and from several other states attend each year for the encouragement, fellowship and opportunity to learn.
Kanaly, who was a single mother after a divorce (her children are now grown), is typically one of two keynote speakers at the conference. She said Arise Ministries’ other co-founder, Shelley Pulliam, will present the second keynote address this year.
Kanaly said Pulliam, an award-winning educator, will focus her presentation on education, sharing tips to help the single mothers work successfully with their children’s teachers for a successful school experience.
New book highlights emotions
Kanaly said her presentation will include information from her newest book, “The Single Mom and Her Roller Coaster Emotions.”
She said she emphasizes that all women have roller-coaster emotions, but because her ministry focus is single mothers, she focuses on how these emotions affect them and their children.
She said her book, endorsed by Focus on the Family, offers to help single moms deal with their emotions in a healthy way, something that is important for them but also for their children who are watching to see how Mom relates to the ups and downs of life.
“I felt like I could offer hope and health to single moms and help them walk the path to wholeness,” she said.
“Moms can make a choice to find healing. There are answers for us in God’s word.”
Survive ’N’ Thrive Single Moms Conference
•When: 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. June 20 and 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 21.
•Where: Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland.
•Cost: $25 for moms; $5 per family for child care for infants through those in fifth grade.
•Registration: 812-5137 or www.singlemomsconference.com. Deadline for child care registration is Friday.