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‘Good Friends’ get together, give back

New women’s group focuses on Christian fellowship, charity
The dream is now a reality for Connie Lewis and Wilma Easley, founders of a charitable and social organization that’s fast becoming one of the most popular women’s-interest groups in Ennis.
“Good Friends, Now and Forever” has been holding quarterly meetings at the Boys and Girls Club and Ennis High School Commons, where Easley and Lewis have seen attendance grow with each session.
“This whole thing started because of a conversation we had with each other about a plan God had laid on our hearts, and as it turned out, it was the same dream for us both,” Lewis said. “It was something we had both wanted to do and see grow, and it has done that in the last year so I guess you can say our dreams have been realized.”
The non-denominational Christian women’s group meets to “uplift one another and share life experiences,” the founders said, while also having a little fun. Good Friends, Now and Forever is open to women aged 18 and over, and is fully-inclusive.
That’s the best thing about the group for Lewis: regardless of race, religion or economic circumstance, everyone is welcome, she explained.
“The point of having this group was to meet new people and have a place for Christian women to meet and get to know new people without being pressured into a club setting and without fear of being judged,” Lewis said.
At Good Friends’ meetings there are games, finger foods and usually a guest speaker to educate members on a local charity or service agency.
The last meeting featured a guest speaker who spoke to the group about foster parenting and adoption.
Another special aspect of Good Friends is the collection of items at the door to be given to a rotation of local charities. From baby items for the Women’s Resource Center to canned goods for Helping Hands, Good Friends is dedicated to supporting the community at large.
“Being able to give back is something we try to promote because there are many worthwhile local efforts that need help,” Easley said.
“Our biggest goal is to see the ladies in the group go on to give back to their community, either by volunteering or by donations, although it’s not something we make mandatory to be able to join the group.”
The social dimension to Good Friends is all-important, Easley said.
“Sometimes between working, juggling kids and all their other activities, women don’t have time for girlfriends, so we hope our group allows time for that to the ladies who attend our meetings,” she said. “The most important thing we can do is to foster an environment that encourages new friendships and we try to do that every time we get together.”
Good Friends has already made an impact through its gatherings and donations to area charities, and members said they are inspired by what the group has accomplished in such a short time.
“These two ladies had a vision from God that they wanted to see come true, and they did just that,” said actress Sandra Wakefield who plans to perform for Good Friends one of her “Women of the Bible” one-woman plays. “Their service to the community is wonderful,” Wakefield added.
Meetings of Good Friends, Now and Forever are open to the public. For more information call 972-351-4570.

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