Thanks to all that joined us for our 14th Annual
ALIVE in the METROPLEX held on Sept 19, 2020
>>Stay tuned for details about our theme and schedule for 2021...
Prestoncrest's annual event for Single Adults in the DFW metroplex ... and beyond.
ALIVE is a FREE regional conference event for Christian single adults, singles groups, and friends from DFW and all across North Texas and areas beyond. It is happening again at Prestoncrest, and YOU are invited. As always, it is FREE of charge, but we do ask you to grab a ticket online for admission to participate in the weekend experience.
For our 2021 event, Prestoncrest was excited to once again offer this event with exciting guest speakers and a lineup of relevant topics focusing on the theme: IMAGINE. It was offered both a live-streaming and in-person event.
ALIVE brings together Christian singles of all ages and life stages, to share time, worship, fellowship, build relationships, and strengthen the network of Christian single adults. ALIVE features worship and praise to God, challenging and empowering messages from special guest presenters, and interactive small group discussions to encourage and challenge each other... plus fun activities and more.
Each year’s theme is unique and especially geared for Singles...
• FREE event... tickets are required to attend!
• For all Christian singles, groups, & friends in DFW, Texas, Oklahoma, & beyond
• Breakfast & lunch provided in Prestoncrest’s Fellowship Hall (free for all that RSVP to attend in person)
• Special Guest speakers featured each year, plus interactive discussions & more
Questions? Contact Gary Cochran, Singles 35+ Minister, at the PC church office @ 972.233.2392 or email@example.com
Special thanks to our 2020 event Guest Speakers...
SAMMIE BERRY has served at the Dallas West Church of Christ for 41 years – his first 21 years as the Minister of Personal Evangelism, and since then both as an Elder and the Pulpit Minister. Sammie grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and is a 1975 graduate of Harding University, where he enjoyed being part of Harding’s football team as he earned his degree. He is a licensed CPA and has been married for 41 years to Renee. They are proud parents of 2 beautiful daughters, Jessica and Jennifer. Sammie’s mission in life is to “help others, especially with Spiritual matters.” As he actively serves and pursues this mission, he has taken on several roles in the community: Chairman of the DAPCL (Dallas Area Preachers and Church Leaders), member of the Harding University President’s Council, member of the Lifeline Chaplaincy Development Board, President of the United Christian Basketball League, and Treasurer of the Southwestern Christian College Beautification Program. Of particular note, Sammie was the lead and primary minister caring for the family of Botham Jean, following the tragic shooting and death of Botham in his apartment by a Dallas Police Officer, on September 6, 2018. Botham attended the Dallas West Church of Christ, regularly leading their worship. Sammie has maintained his relationship and involvement with the Jean family. Sammie is a strong supporter of the Social Justice movement, both in Dallas and across the US. Among the many things Sammie enjoys, watching major sports is a favorite… especially football and basketball.
BEN GLOVER is an LPC and a Co-Owner of Turning Point Counseling in Oklahoma City. Ben grew up all over the US with a stay-on-ship Navy father and stay-at-home mother. At OC he earned a BA in Youth Ministry and a Masters in Ministry. Since college, Ben has served in 5 different churches, filling a variety of roles: youth deacon, youth minister, family minister, senior minister, and currently is an Elder at the Oakcrest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Elaina, have been married 39 years. Ben completed his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy 8 years ago, earned his LPC, and started Turning Point daughter Tara, who is also an LPC. His philosophy of the art of therapy “is knowing when and where to make applications and interventions and building a sacred space of trust and healing.” Turning Point has been especially invested in those affected by COVID-19, taking extra steps to provide help and healing to many during the Coronavirus pandemic. Each of the group’s counselors have provided special attention for their clients, first responders, health providers, and their community. Ben and Elaina have been blessed with 4 successful, grown children: daughter Tara is an LPC, daughter Mikayla owns a successful hair studio, son Logan is a thriving youth minister, and son Austin is a computer whiz for the largest insurance company in the US. Ben loves God who gave him this great life, has a great sense of humor, and really enjoys a great game of ultimate Frisbee.
Sept 19 schedule...
8:30am // Continental Breakfast // FREE for all who attend in person & RSVP
9:00am // Welcome to the ALIVE 2020 Conference // Gary Cochran
9:15am // “Who Could Have IMAGINED?!” // Sammie Berry, Ben Glover, and Gary Cochran
>> The Adventure of 2020 // On Site & Virtual Breakout Groups
10:15am – “IMAGINE…Peace, Love, and Justice” // Sammie Berry
>> A Match Made in Heaven // On Site and Virtual Breakout Groups
11:15am // “IMAGINE…Potholes, Pandemics, and Other Possibilities!” // Ben Glover
>> Finding Hope and Perspective in Challenging Times // On Site and Virtual Breakout Groups
12:15pm // Lunch (Catered) in the Fellowship Hall // FREE for all who attend in person & RSVP
1:00pm // “IMAGINE…You, Me, and A Better World!” // Sammie Berry, Ben Glover, and Gary Cochran
>> How We Can Change Our World by Fully Loving God and ALL of Our Neighbors // On Site and Virtual Breakout Groups
2:00pm // IMAGINE: Final Comments and Next Steps // Gary Cochran
2:30pm // Wrap Up & Conclusion
IMAGINE: Our theme for 2020
IMAGINE…our world, all countries, our country, our cities, our neighborhoods, our churches, our schools, our families, all people, with all of our differences, living in peace and harmony together.
IMAGINE…a world where each person is committed to listen, understand, appreciate, with honor, dignity, respect, and to love one another more than seeking to be heard, understood, appreciated, and even loved.
IMAGINE…having experienced very difficult life circumstances, finding a meaningful, gratifying, and fully abundant life, and even more, helping others to do the same.
IMAGINE…overcoming hurt, disappointment, discouragement, loneliness, isolation, a Coronavirus pandemic, racial challenges, relationship struggles, and many other human difficulties.
IMAGINE…being meaningfully connected to others in significant, healthy relationships, providing connection, companionship, and healthy community.
IMAGINE…experiencing a safe and welcoming place, an environment to openly consider, explore, and engage with God and others.
IMAGINE…finding your personal calling and rhythm of serving and living out real life impact in God’s family now.
IMAGINE…a crowd of supporters standing with you, surrounding you, and covering you in all circumstances, reassuring you that in all experiences life brings, you’re not alone
IMAGINE…a God that knows you, understands you, loves you, welcomes you, saves you, covers you, empowers you, and gives you freedom and purpose to bring light and love for others
IMAGINE…all of those are possible with Him, and even more than we can ask or…IMAGINE