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'Grandparenting Matters' Conference Set for Nov. 9

GateWay Church will host a half-day conference called "Grandparenting Matters," starting at 8:30 a.m. at Visalia's GateWay Church.

Featuring guest speaker John Coulombe, the conference is designed to encourage and equip grandparents to be intentional in their role, according to organizers.

"Being a grandparent is not just another season in your life," said author Tim Kimmel. "It is a sacred calling. You have the opportunity to influence another generation of children. You play an eternal role in their lives. It's not often we get such a significant second chance."

Coulombe is a recently retired pastor at Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, and is a grandfather of eight children. A guest on radio shows such as Focus on the Family, TBN and CBN television networks, he most recently began working with the Legacy Coalition, a Christian organization devoted to teaching and helping grandparents be effective in their role with future generations.

With all sessions being held at the church location, 1100 S Sowell St in Visalia, the conference will offer breakout seminars on important topics, encouraging worship and practical teaching and will also offer a resource area for further growth. Admission is $20 and registration is available online at, and at the GateWay Church office. For more information, call (559) 732-4787.


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