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March 12, 2007

A Mother's Day devotional

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Mothers and daughters will have another opportunity this May to hear an inspirational speaker for Mother’s Day.

Jo Bender, the former 1992 Miss Minnesota and a motivational Christian speaker. Bender will be telling her story of God’s transforming power in her life in “Seasons of Change – Discovering the transforming power of Jesus Christ.”

She will be speaking at the Performing Arts Center Saturday, May 12. The time is yet to be determined. The event is sponsored by several Cokato churches.

“I want women to know ahead of time so they can mark their calendars,” said Linda Korhonen, coordinator.

“She is passionate about equipping women to face the storms in their lives involving personal spiritual growth, friendship, marriage, and parenting,” according to Jo Bender Speaking Inc.

With the success of last year’s Mother’s Day speaker, Deb Mayer, at First Baptist Church of Cokato, Korhonen was urged to find another speaker for this year.

Korhonen used the $700 left over from last year’s speaker to book Bender after hearing praise from Glenyce Zipf of Cokato, who had heard Bender in December at a Christmas brunch.

Having worked as a meteorologist for KSTP-TV, Bender used the construction of snowflakes in relation to Christian living and how different things change us and help us to grow, according to Zipf.

“The fun part was, she began by playing her fiddle,” Zipf said.

“She had us laughing. She was so much fun,” she said.

All women are welcome to attend Bender’s devotional, Saturday May 12. No preregistration necessary.


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