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ECW Fall Conference will highlight our “Invitation to the Table”

The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan, Guest Speaker

The Episcopal Church Women would like to invite all to the table for this year’s Fall Conference at the beautiful Noccalula Falls (pavilion #7 and #8) in Gadsden, on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.


Our guest speaker will be the Reverend Mary Bea Sullivan who is an author, retreat leader, spiritual director, and priest. Her most recent book is Living the Way of Love A 40-Day Devotional. She loves sharing stories and aspires to listen devoutly to life–to people, nature, and the stirrings of the Spirit. Scripture tells us we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Sometimes hanging out sharing stories in sacred space can help us to uncover that image in ourselves and one another. Mary Bea lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, Malcolm Marler. When she isn’t writing a sermon, or visiting a parishioner, Mary Bea can be found traipsing through the woods or cycling on the roads. She is passionate about family and savors time with Malcolm, their two adult children, Brendan and Kiki, her puppy Beau, and her large extended family.


Other events include dinner and compline at the Falls on Friday evening with Bishop Sloan, a hymn sing, spiritual planner workshop, painting, hiking, and fellowship.  Casual Dress. Bring an umbrella, flashlight, and lawn chair!

Below is a schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 11

1:00 – 1:30 pm Registration Pavilion #7

1:30 – 2:00 pm Hiking with Jamie Sledge or Yoga with Candice Sweetin Pavilion #7

2:00 – 3:00 pm Herbalist Phillis Light Pavilion #7

3:00 – 4:00 pm Hymn Sing Noccalula Falls Chapel

4:00 – 5:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan Pavilion #7

5:00 – 6:00 pm Good People Beer, Wine & the Famous Church of the Resurrection Cheese Balls Pavilion #8

6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner with Bishop Sloan Pavilion #8

7:30 pm Compline, Installation & Memorial Roll Service; Bishop Sloan officiating Pavilion #8

Saturday, Oct. 12

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast Pavilion #8

8:30 – 9:00 am Hiking with Jamie Sledge or Yoga with Candice Sweetin

9:00 – 9:45 Business meeting Pavilion #7

10:00 – 11:00 Spiritual Planner workshop with Laura Saxton or Hiking with Jamie Sledge Pavilion #7

11:00 – 12:00 Painting with Kelly Farley or Hiking with Jamie Sledge Pavilion #7

12:00 Sack lunch Pavilion #8

Hotel Reservations

Hampton Inn & Suites 

(129 River Road) $99.00/night (Code: ECW)


Holiday Inn Express 

(106 Walker Street, Gadsden) $149.00/night 


Must book rooms by September 23 to receive discount.

Conference Reservations


The cost for both days will be $40 (there will be pricing on registration site for just Friday or just Saturday.)


There will be additional costs for the workshops.

Casual Dress

Bring an umbrella, flashlight, and lawn chair!


Hello! I’m Candy Sweetin and I have been practicing yoga for 20 years, Please join me for a gentle yoga practice.

Herbalist Phyllis Light

A 4th generation herbalist and healer, Phyllis Light has studied and worked with herbs, food, and other healing techniques for over 30 years. Her studies in traditional southern and Appalachian folk medicine began in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her grandmother and father, who’s herbal and healing knowledge had its root in their Creek and Cherokee heritage. Phyllis’ studies continued as an apprentice with the late Tommy Bass, a nationally renowned folk herbalist from Sand Rock, Alabama, as well as with other herbal elders throughout The Appalachians and the Deep South.

Creative Planning for Devotion & Self Care

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How to use creative planning to track devotion, prayer, and gratitude, to enrich your walk with Christ and also for self care. The workshop will be useful for participants in all seasons of life as well as those new or established in the faith.


Participants will come away with a personalized planner and a new understanding of self care and devotion through creative outlets.


INSTRUCTOR: Laura Saxton

Laura is an artist, photographer, owns a successful online store selling handmade couture accessories for planners and handbags, and is the wife of the Rector of Holy Comforter in Gadsden.

Email: theamberlocket@gmail.com  /Instagram: @theamberlocket



Artist Kelly Hagan Farley

Kelly’s love for art and painting began with private art classes under the direction of MaLou Smith. After graduating from High School, she studied art at Gadsden State Community College. She also taught private art classes for several years.


In the late 80’s Kelly put her artistic talent to work and became the first and only female sign painter to work for Alabama Outdoor Advertising in Birmingham, AL.


In 1992 she founded her own company, Kelly Signs. Kelly Signs started out as a billboard company, painting billboards for outdoor advertising agencies throughout the southeast. From there the business grew from painting billboards to more of a commercial sign shop.


After twenty six successful years in the sign industry Kelly, and her husband, Richard decided it was time to slow down. Kelly opened a small gift shop and art studio on Broad Street in Gadsden, AL Its called “Lookout Mountain Goat Ranch Originals” Some days you can visit the store and you never know if you will see one of her goats at the store with her. She is teaching private art classes and hosting paint parties at “The Goat Ranch”


Kelly and her husband, Richard live in the Black Creek Community of Etowah County at The Lookout Mountain Goat Ranch.