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Rich to speak at CLC event

Ronda Rich signs one of her books for Kathy Pults, right, during a 2013 engagement at the local Rotary Club. The popular author and columnist will be the guest speaker at a Thursday, Sept. 17, Christian Learning Center banquet at the Ellijay First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. (Photo by Michael Andrews)
Author, columnist Rich to speak at Christian Learning Center event

by Whitney Crouch

Author and speaker Ronda Rich, widely known for her syndicated column “Dixie Divas,” will be the keynote speaker at the Gilmer Christian Learning Center’s upcoming banquet.

“We are thrilled that Ronda Rich is going to be our speaker,” shared CLC director Jennifer Colson. “This is a brand-new presentation, and she will share stories of faith that have impacted her life.”

Rich’s columns are featured weekly in the Times-Courier. She is also the author of several books, including “What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should)” and “The Town That Came A-Courtin’.”

The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, in the fellowship hall at Ellijay’s First Baptist Church on Dalton Street with a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. and dinner and the main program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Colson said event-goers can expect “a night of celebration of all that CLC has done in the past and all that we’re looking forward to in the future.”

The nonprofit provides public school students the opportunity to take Bible-based classes in an off-campus setting through a program called release-time education.  

“God has changed so many lives through this ministry,” Colson continued. “This is an awesome opportunity to inform the public about what we do.”

In addition to Rich, a high school CLC student will speak at the event. The program also will feature the nonprofit’s new outreach to sixth-graders at Gilmer Middle School. Through the new middle school class, nearly 100 GMS students will take a course at the CLC this year.

“We hope to continue building on that program,” Colson said of the pilot middle school outreach.

The director concluded that the ministry is dedicated to helping “every student who walks through our doors” learn about Jesus and noted the upcoming event will be focused on “bringing glory to God.”

Reservations are required to attend the event. To reserve a seat, call (706) 635-7100.

Event sponsorships are also still available, and sponsors will have the opportunity to attend a meet and greet with Rich from 5:30 to 6 p.m. 
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