Keeping Up with OCW

Spring Conference Review
by Susan Maas, OCW Secretary

“When God calls you to be a writer, you go places you never thought you would,” according to Bob Welch, award-winning columnist and book author, who keynoted at the May OCW one-day conference in Eugene. And, he added, we go places we may not want to go.

Bob reminded attendees that success as a Christian writer is “making a difference for the Kingdom” and that God can work through us. “We underestimate His power to use people with all sorts of flaws to bring beauty to the world.” Our writing may refresh someone’s faith or be an encouragement in a reader’s darkest hour. Writing also changes us. “Who we are at the start of the trail isn’t who we will be at the end.”

In Bob’s second keynote, he told writers to “Stop it!” Stop believing we are unworthy to be called writers, stop saying we can’t think of ideas, stop concentrating on failures instead of successes, and stop being afraid to leap.

In the business meeting, Business Manager Sue Miholer reported on the financial status of OCW. Thanks to $7,170 brought in by the Cascade Contest, OCW was able to pay off the credit card balance. Sue encouraged attendees to preregister for summer conference. President Maxine Marsolini welcomed about 10 new members and read six publishing accomplishments. The revised bylaws were approved. Maxine also introduced the nominating committee: Heidi Gaul, Karen Barnett, and Dan Campbell. They are looking for someone willing to fill the Program Coordinator’s position since Marilyn Rhoads has served her maximum three terms and will be stepping down. Marilyn Rhoads introduced workshop presenters and held prize drawings before attendees went to lunch and then to their chosen workshops.

For any attendees who left feeling they couldn’t measure up to the writers around them, Bob Welch gave a simple answer: “Stop it! Hike your own hike.”

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