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Conference for women in Craig could become annual event

Scott Schlaufman
Nicole Thrasher, left, of Craig, and Susan Stout, of Meeker, listen Saturday to a session during the Fall Fresh on Him ladies conference at the Hampton Inn of Craig. The Christian women’s event was such a success that organizers said it could become an annual happening in the future.
Courtney Teeter





Nicole Thrasher, left, of Craig, and Susan Stout, of Meeker, listen Saturday to a session during the Fall Fresh on Him ladies conference at the Hampton Inn of Craig. The Christian women’s event was such a success that organizers said it could become an annual happening in the future.
Courtney Teeter

Doris Zimmerman, dressed as Abigail Adams, leads a session on how women can be their husband’s best friend Saturday at the Fall Fresh on Him ladies conference.Courtney Teeter

In February, Dee Byram said she felt a calling from God.

The pivotal moment came when her husband, Lee, a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, was at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver with their children on a mission trip.

“I just had more time on my hands than I normally do,” Byram said. “I just had more time to spend with the Lord, and just felt like he laid this on my heart.”



The extra time inspired her to organize the first Fall Fresh on Him ladies’ conference, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 377 Cedar Court.

The conference, which was sponsored by the High Country Baptist Association, included attendees from varying religious denominations around the region.

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In addition to three main discussions led by Sari Cobb, there was also time for praise and worship, along with a series of breakout sessions that aimed to help with things like marriage, depression and parenting.

“The whole idea of it is just, basically, to love on women,” Cobb said. “Whether they are Christian or not, to share with women that no matter where they’re at and no matter what they look like and no matter where they’re broken and no matter what they’re struggling with, God loves them.

“He’ll take them right as they are, and will start working with them on dealing with pain and working with issues.”

Byram said many of the women who led sessions had experiences through which they wanted to help others.

The 63 attendees ranged in age from young adults to the elderly, and many came from other cities including Meeker, Fraser and Grand Junction. The success of the event could lead to the conference becoming an annual event, Byram said.

Carol Morton, who lives in Craig, was one of many non-Baptists who attended the conference.

Morton has been to conferences for women all over the state and heard about Fall Fresh on Him through an announcement at her home church, Craig Christian Church.

“I think it brings me closer to God — the idea of having all these women in one place and knowing we all love Jesus,” Morton said.

While Baptists sponsored the event, Morton said being a different denomination didn’t give her any hesitation about attending.

“That doesn’t matter,” Morton said. “I go where God wants me to be.”

Even by lunchtime Saturday, Byram felt like an impact had been made on the attendees.

Her feelings were based on the emotion brought out during the weekend, a range of both chuckles and tears.

“They always say that if a woman cries and laughs at a conference, she’s probably had a good time,” Byram said.


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