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Chrystal Hurst

Chrystal Hurst
2018 Ladies' Days Speaker

 

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JJ Heller
2018 Ladies' Days Musician

 

  
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Ladies' Days Women's Retreat and Conference

 

LADIES' DAYS 2018 - JUNE 5, 6, 7, or 8

Our Ladies' Days Conference offers you a choice of four fabulous days of Keeping it all Together and/or one awesome night out at the Ladies' Evening Gala. Both the day and evening programs will feature speaker Chrystal Hurst and musician JJ Heller.


Featured Speaker: Chrystal Hurst is an energetic, life-loving woman who loves to encourage others to maximize their full potential. Chrystal firmly believes God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…” and she desires to help others believe and apply that truth to their lives.

Chrystal is a gifted writer, speaker, and worship leader. Being the eldest child of Dr. Tony and Lois Evans, Chrystal has been influenced greatly in the art of leadership, the technique of dynamic speaking, and the importance of loving people. Most importantly, Chrystal has been influenced by the Word of God and the difference that Jesus Christ can make in the life of an individual. As a member of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Chrystal assists in leading the women’s ministry and loves to help women form connections, build unity, and grow in their relationship with God. Chrystal has recently co-authored a book, Kingdom Woman, with her dad. You can also find Chrystal writing on her blog—Chrystal’s Chronicles—where she poignantly reflects her thoughts about her faith and day-to-day experiences.

Most importantly, Chrystal is a dedicated wife and mom of tots, teens, and twenty-somethings. She considers herself to be the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of her household. Chrystal and her husband, Jessie reside in a small town just outside of Dallas, Texas.



Musician: For JJ Heller, every album is a bit like a yearbook. Each new collection of songs is an accumulation of real experiences and stories gathered along the way. Heller’s latest release, Sound Of A Living Heart, was brought to life under the production of Jonny Macintosh (Third Day, Lead Us Back). The 11 brand-new songs describing the pursuit of a whole-hearted life, is like a well-textured story, inviting the listener into a deeper journey that continues long after the final song ends.


Departing from the seasoned songstress’s more tranquil love songs and lullabies of her 2014 release, I Dream Of You, the new record is a wholly original vision with universal appeal. Starting with the opening measures of the first track, “Let Down Your Guard,” it’s clear JJ isn’t settling for the same old safe way of doing things, and she’s inviting her listeners to join her. Lyrics like “You don’t have to hide, you can be alive,” speak right to the heart, while strong rhythm tracks and hooky pop melodies make it impossible to resist tapping your toes.

What follows is seamless exploration of Heller's artistic range, including pop-infused tracks, familiar folk melodies (you might recognize “This Year” and “Meant to Be” which already garnered immediate and widespread attention with millions of listeners through JJ’s social media presence), as well as soaring power ballads, a gospel-inspired tune, and a heartrending story-song that features the vocals of Sanctus Real frontman, Matt Hammitt.

Although Sound Of A Living Heart reaches into fresh sonic territory, long-time listeners of Heller’s music will recognize the signature writing style of JJ and her songwriting/performing partner and husband, Dave Heller. Together they meld honest lyrics and vulnerability in their own trademark style.

“I’m a recovering perfectionist,” Heller says with a laugh, “but I’m learning to press into the discomfort and messiness of life. I know I’m going to make mistakes and experience pain, but God is always there to put the pieces back together.” Sound Of A Living Heart is JJ’s invitation to journey with her through life’s less-than-perfect times.

“I went through a season a few years ago where I experienced a lot of suffering. Not only did that time inform the songs on this record, but I think it also helped me discover more about being whole than if those painful experiences had never happened. I’m learning that joy is not dependent on my present circumstances, and hope is always available if we have eyes to see it.”

One of JJ’s favorite new tracks, the sparse piano ballad, “Daylight,” transforms these sentiments into poetry: "There is an inch of daylight underneath the door / It’s enough for me to fill up my canteen / Food and water are only buying time / If I want to live, your love is what I need."

 

“Rather than trying to shield myself from pain,” Heller says, “I want to choose to be adventurous, take risks, and tell a better story with my life.”

The record concludes with the rousing title track, “Sound of a Living Heart,” which begins quietly with Heller reflecting on a life of illusory comfort, “…if I refuse to feel, I’ll never bleed, but I’ll never heal.” The tension builds to finally let loose in a driving instrumental section reminiscent of classic anthemic Coldplay tunes and gives way to the final chorus in which the Heller’s vocals effortlessly blend in a response to the divine call to a life of freedom: "Out of the grave I’ve been sleeping in / With new lungs I’ll begin again / Lift my voice and sing my part / This is the sound of a living heart."

Within each of us resides a story waiting to be told as we journey toward our most authentic and fulfilled life. JJ Heller’s new offering might just be the perfect soundtrack for the one you’re telling.

 

BUY TICKETS NOW: $25 –  Ladies' Day tickets

Include coffee and pastries at 8:00am with program from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Lunch is provided.

Group discounts! If you purchase 10 or more tickets, they are $20 each and for every 10 tickets you purchase you will recieve a free one.

Turn this event into your group's women's retreat: Accommodations available Monday through Thursday call 800-350-2442 for reservations.

Overnight rates: 2 person room - $105, 4 person room - $138, 6 person room - $170

BUY TICKETS NOW: $25 –  Ladies' Evening Gala tickets

Meet and Greet with Chrystal and JJ at 5:30pm. Program and Dinner Buffet 6:30pm.

Come enjoy a casual night of encouraging Bible teaching, inspiring praise and worship, and the finest chef-prepared cuisine around.

 
*Childcare is available for an additional fee on Thursday, June 8, day event only, and Friday, June 9 (space is limited). Must pre-register.