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Ministers' Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention

Bible study teacher and author Beth Moore will be the featured speaker at this year's Ministers' Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15 in Indianapolis.

Moore will be joined by Travis Cottrell, worship leader for her Living Proof Live events.

The conference theme will be "The Designer's Label," based on the Message translation of Colossians 3:10, "Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete."

"It talks about how God has given us everything we need to live this life," said Donna Gaines, 2004 conference president and wife of Steve Gaines, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Gardendale, Ala.

The 11:30 a.m. ministers' wives luncheon Tuesday, June 15, will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, the site of the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Advance tickets, at $10 each, may be ordered by sending a check payable to the SBC Ministers' Wives Conference and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Marilyn Foley, University of Mobile, P.O. Box 13220, Mobile, AL 36663-0220. Advanced ticket orders must be postmarked by May 15.

Tickets purchased at the SBC annual meeting will be $12 each.

Organizers are anticipating a capacity crowd of 2,000 women.

Last year, nearly 1,000 women gathered in Phoenix to hear from author and humorist Liz Curtis Higgs, who spoke on the theme "Jewels in the Desert" and challenged the women to see themselves as God sees them.

Also at this year's luncheon, the 2004 Mrs. J.M. Dawson Distinguished Service Award for "distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church" will be awarded. Last year's award was given to Joyce Rogers, wife of Adrian Rogers, senior pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.

The luncheon, always held on Tuesday during the SBC annual meeting, is open to all wives of ministers -- pastors, staff members, chaplains, missionaries and denominational workers.

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