Beginning Jan. 22, mid-valley churches will open their doors to women of all faiths for the winter Community-Wide Bible Studies sponsored by the Albany-based Mid-Valley Women of Christ.

Benton and Linn county Bible study locations include Adair Village, Albany, Brownsville, Corvallis, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Philomath, Sweet Home and Tangent.

This will be the 21st Bible study coordinated and promoted by Mid-Valley Women of Christ in the region. Fifty class times from McMinnville to Springfield, Sweet Home to Willamina will gather women from more than 325 different churches as they dive into a study of the life of King David titled “The Longing in Me,” by Sheila Walsh.

The international ministry of Walsh, who co-hosted "The 700 Club" on CBN for many years, spans two decades. 

“The Longing in Me” reveals how the longings all people share can bring them closer to God. Walsh said, “You have vowed to never repeat the same mistakes. What is it that keeps drawing you back? Why can’t you seem to break free?” In this six-session video-based study, Walsh shows how those longings that often lead people into traps.

Community Bible studies join efforts in reaching women and their families with literally hundreds of gifts of food, clothing, toiletries and furnishings each quarter. Classes gather supplies and donate to local charities. The winter 2018 community outreach, “Loving Your Community,” will focus on a drive to collect socks, hand-warmers, underwear, onesies, diapers and wipes to help residents in 21 mid-valley communities.

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The studies are free and open to women of all faiths. Participants can purchase a $10 companion workbook through the host churches and participate in small group discussion. Classes offer hospitality, teaching, homework discussion and prayer at each location. Churches will have the option of showing clips from a DVD based on the life of King David. Child care is offered at several locations.

Specifics on each church can be found on the ministry website, www.midvalleywomenofchrist.org, where women can register to attend the class of their choice. For more information, write to info@midvalleywomenofchrist.org. Mid-Valley Women of Christ is a nonprofit faith-based public charity.

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