The Atlanta Women's Weekend, located in Alpharetta, GA, is an annual event that gives Christian women time together to study the Bible.
Our goal is to encourage women from Atlanta and beyond to learn from each other and grow in God's Word. We gather for a few hours every October to praise God and immerse ourselves in Bible study. We invite all women to join us in doing so.
This Website and the Atlanta Women’s Weekend is not supported by, organized by, run by, or directed by any particular church. We are individual Christian women helping other women grow in the Lord our God. The 2018 Atlanta Women's Weekend Committee is Sherridon Dobbs, Janet Hicks and Paula Hovater. See us on Facebook.
Photos from the 2017 Atlanta Women's Weekend, courtesy of Jennifer Rich.
Paula is a native of Russellville, Alabama. She began dating her high school sweetheart, Rod, on February 14, 1963. She married “him whom my soul loves ” while they were in college. After corporate moves to other states of South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Hawaii, they settled in Georgia. Completing 51 years of marriage and rearing two sons, she has found the ultimate job of spoiling seven grandchildren. Paula is a Public Relations consultant who has worked in Atlanta for over 35 years. This experience has been joyfully used as a committee member for Atlanta Women’s Weekend since its inception. One of her greatest blessings is a teaching role in the Embry Hills Bible classes where she is super-charged by fourth graders.
L. Erin Miller is a graduate of Auburn University in Elementary Education and taught school for six years before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom. She is the author of Fighting For Kate: The Inspirational Story of a Family’s Battle and Victory over Cancer, a member of the Family Advisory Council for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Fighting For Kate. Erin resides in Madison, Alabama with her husband and three children.
Colleen O’Steen is an Ohio native and has lived in the Huntsville, Alabama area since 1987. She is a professional writer having worked in game, animated film, and virtual reality development in the defense industry, in promotion and marketing in the software industry, as a narrator, and as a television news anchor and reporter.
Colleen recently published From Will to Power, a book on spiritual self-discipline, and also performed the audiobook version. She is a Bible class teacher/coordinator and has designed teaching materials, including the board game, Apostles in Action, and multimedia presentations for the classroom covering the New Testament. Her current project is a book on rearing children with spiritual grit, written with her three grown daughters, Haley, Rosalind, and Claire.
Colleen received a graduate certificate in instructional design from George Washington University, a Master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Broadcast News from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She and her husband, Wally, have been married since 1987
Colleen is also one of our 2018 Workshop Leaders
2018 Workshop Leaders
Janet Hicks was born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1964 to Joe and Carolyn Phillips. She attended the Hueytown church of Christ. They moved to Decatur, Georgia in 1970, where she spent the remainder of my childhood attending the Snapfinger Road and Rays Road congregations. She married Grant Hicks in 1987 and they have now been married for 28 years. They have three beautiful daughters, Blake, Reed and Amanda, as well as two sons-in-love, Daniel and York. Over the years, they have worshipped with the Lilburn church of Christ, the Walnut Street church in Cary, North Carolina, and have been with the South Forsyth/Mountain View congregation for 20 years. The Lord has allowed her a life’s work in His service. Janet has been a homemaker for 23 years. As the Lord wills, she chooses to remain as such continuing in the writing of various materials, teaching classes, participating in VBS, and serving the saints, young and old, daily. For the past 5 years, she has had the pleasure of serving on the Atlanta Women’s Weekend committee with four wonderful women. It is one of Janet’s greatest joys. Art is her most productive secular pleasure. She is pleased to have several art pieces that hang on the walls of friends and family.
Susan Caudill is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she currently resides. She and her husband, Anthony will celebrate their 27-year wedding anniversary this November. She has been blessed with three children: sons–Brandon and Harrison, and daughter– Mackenzie. Susan taught elementary school for twelve years before retiring to become a stay-at-home mom. She is currently a member of the Embry Hills church and has a passion for teaching children’s Bible classes as well as classes for teenage girls. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in a weekly Bible study.
Sherridon Dobbs and her childhood sweetheart, Glenn, have been married for 34 years and are blessed to be parents to three sons and one daughter. She has spoken to ladies’ groups on various occasions, taught Bible classes for decades, served as a counselor at Georgia FC camp for fourteen years, and helped organize Atlanta Women’s Weekend for eight years. One of her greatest joys is to encourage and strengthen others.
Bonny Cable was born a Carolina Tarheel and then turned into a Florida Flamingo when her family moved to Tampa, Florida in her middle school years. From the ﬁrst day of school, Bonny knew she HAD to be a teacher. From her ﬁrst Florida College friends concert, she knew she HAD to go to Florida college and from her ﬁrst date with Joe Cable she knew she HAD to marry him. Thankfully, God saw ﬁt to say “Yes” to all three of these dreams!
Bonny completed her Elementary Education degree from HER happiest place on earth- Florida college-and went on to teach in the public school system for 6 years. She also has been an adjunct professor at Florida College for a few years after completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Taking a break from teaching in the classroom to turn her focus to her new role of boy mom to Jack and Jett, Bonny ﬁlls her time with the love of baking, enjoying the teachable moments of daily motherhood, entertaining in their home, and looks forward to taking over the world as PTA President in the years to come. She is tickled pink to share with you some insights into being a better Bible student to become the ultimate teacher’s pet to the Ultimate Teacher.
Flora Hartsell Tant was born in 1937 in a small town in northwest Louisiana. She was the eighth child in a large family of 10 children and was raised by loving parents who taught her to know and love God. Flora has been blessed to be married to Jefferson David Tant, who is a third generation gospel preacher for the last 59 plus years. Their home has been blessed with five children: one son and four daughters, and now the blessing of 17 grandchildren as well as 2 great-grandchildren! David and Flora helped in arranging the adoption of about 80 babies. Besides the Tants' local work, they began going overseas doing mission work for the last 30 years. They have made many trips to Jamaica and Asia as well as to Europe, South Africa, and American Samoa in the South Pacific.
Tentative Weekend Schedule
OCTOBER 12, 2018
3:00-6:00 PM - Check-In at the Hotel Lobby
6:00-6:45 PM - Worship in song
6:45 PM - Welcome/Opening Announcements
6:50 PM - Prayer/Dinner Buffet Opens
8:00 PM - Session 1 (Paula Hovater: "Word Reflection")
9:00 PM - Workshops ("Using the Tongue to: Encourage, Teach/Evangelize and Pray")
10:00 PM - Late Night Snacks
OCTOBER 13, 2018
8:30-8:50 AM - Sip and Sing
9:00 AM - Session 2 (Erin Miller: "Deed Reflection")
10:05 AM - Break/Hotel Checkout
10:15 AM - Prayer/Brunch
10:40 AM - Silent Auction Ends
11:00 AM - Workshops ("Using Self to: Manage Time, Study and Serve")
12:00 PM - 15 minute break/Silent Auction winners pay
12:15 PM - Session 3 (Colleen O'Steen: "Self Reflection–from Mirror to Moving")
1:15 PM - Closing Announcements & Wrap-Up
ATLANTA MARRIOTT ALPHARETTA HOTEL
A hotel room that accommodates up to four people costs $82 plus tax. Hotel guests may call the toll free number 866.316.7267 and identify they are with the Atlanta Women's Weekend group for further help.
Atlanta Women's Weekend guests are guaranteed a room with 2 double beds or a 1 king size bed; so please request the room type you would prefer when making the reservation and the room type will be blocked AFTER the reservation is made.
The hotel is offering our attendees this incredible rate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (October 11, 12 and 13).
Check-in and Check-out
- Check-in: 3:00 PM
- Check-out: 12:00 PM
DEADLINE FOR SPECIAL RATE AT THE MARRIOTT IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER. 28TH.
Learn more about Alpharetta, GA while you're here!
Registration deadline is October 9th 2018.
We are not able to accommodate children and toddlers. Newborns only. Thank you!
Registration Cost: $85 per person which includes a full supper and brunch.
If you would like to recommend someone for scholarship including yourself please email Sherridon Dobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Deadline for scholarship is October 1, 2018.
RESERVE A TABLE
*There will be reserved seating for Tables of Ten (with signage)*
If you would like to reserve a table of ten for the AWW, please have all ten guests register first for the conference. Then, send an email to Sherridon Dobbs (email@example.com) and let us know who will be assigned to the reserved table at least two weeks prior to the event. We will have signage for you to recognize the location. You must have a name for your table included within the email. (Example: Friends of Margaret Head). As in the past, there will be open seating for those who do not wish to have a table of ten.
"Sisters Helping Sisters"
Fundraising by Silent Auction
Your gift is important to our event. The silent auction enables us to provide a scholarship for several sisters who otherwise would not be able to attend. We also use the auction monies to defray various event expenses which benefit all attendees.
To Contribute: We appreciate anything you choose to donate such as gently used items and especially handcrafted items.
Need Help? "What do I contribute?!" If you desire to donate an item for auction but have no idea what to choose, you may simply email your desire to Janet Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you suggestions and even send you a reminder in August! Please notify Janet with all donations by October 1st. Then, you may bring the item directly to the event.
Have questions or comments about the weekend? Send us a note below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.