Rachel Lovingood coming to Clear Springs

Shannon CareyNortheast Knox

Clear Springs Baptist Church in Corryton will host a special event with a special guest Thursday, Oct. 12. The program, titled “Salvaged with Rachel Lovingood,” will bring women together for fellowship, prayer, and a message from the acclaimed Lifeway author.

Three pastors’ wives, plus nine more women form the core team behind Salvaged. The event is the brainchild of Michelle Watson, wife of Graveston Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Sean Watson.

“What led me to do this event, I was asked to be on the core team for bringing Lifeway author Priscilla Shires to Thompson-Boling Arena,” Michelle said. “I was helping with the launch party in April of last year, and God just spoke to me and said, ‘I want you to do this in your area.'”

Michelle met Lovingood seven years ago at an event for pastors’ wives and stayed in touch with Facebook.

“Rachel is one of those people that speaks to a whole gamut of people,” said Michelle. “She writes for young ladies and women. She just really fit.”

Monica Muncey and Susan Inklebarger joined Michelle in the effort, and after prayer they became part of a 12-woman team for the Salvaged event. They were going to hold the event at Graveston originally, but expected attendance quickly outgrew the sanctuary there, which holds just under 300 people. They moved to Clear Springs Baptist Church down the road at Harbison’s Crossroads.

The Salvaged theme is a collaboration between Michelle and Lovingood. Michelle kept thinking “junk to treasure,” and Lovingood replied, “The word you’re looking for is ‘salvaged.'”

“I just want women to understand that they’re not alone. With God, anything is possible. There is someone who can help you, and his name is Jesus,” Michelle said. “God can take a piece of coal and turn it into a wonderful jewel.”

Lovingood is a pastor’s wife based in Cleveland, Tenn. She is the author of several devotional books for women and parents, including “Expect More” and “Salvaging my Identity.”

The event is open to women of all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and fellowship, and the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for a single admission or $20 for two. There will be vendors, including Lifeway Books. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will go to local missions, including Corryton Food Pantry at Rutherford United Methodist Church, and One Meal for Many at House Mountain Baptist Church.

For more information, find Salvaged with Rachel Lovingood on Facebook.

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