In response to the devastation left by hurricane Ike in the Houston area and across the South and Midwest, Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) announced today that elements have been added to its upcoming November program to give back to the city of Houston and all those affected. WFX is in a unique situation to provide timely education and tools to those churches that have been impacted by the storm as they are now in the wake of assessing the damages and beginning to renovate or rebuild. The WFX program, and now special session and exclusive offer from WFX, will help these churches get the answers they are looking for. WFX is taking place November 57, 2008 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
Official WFX Charity Designated
In an effort to give back to its host city and the surrounding community, WFX will donate a portion of all conference registration proceeds to the Houston Food Bank, which has been designated as the official show charity. In the aftermath of hurricane Ike, the Houston Food Bank has a goal to distribute over 5,000 pounds of food each day to those in need. To meet this goal and to prepare for the future, they need the support of others to continue to provide relief to families and individuals who have suffered from hurricane Ike and for the struggling families in the area throughout the year. "Many local residents and evacuees from surrounding areas will be able to benefit from the donation made to the Houston Food Bank," states Nicole Derany, WFX show director. "WFX wanted to give back to this community and the donation will also help the Houston Food Bank prepare for the future."
New Session Added
The WFX conference program provides attendees the tools and information to make a difference in their church’s present and future, no matter the size or budget, but the needs of a church change after surviving a natural disaster. In a unique panel discussion moderated by Jerry Davis, the disaster pastor, who runs relief efforts for storm victims, WFX attendees will learn from stories of recovery and rebuilding by other churches, understand what to do next to get their churches back on track, and gain strength to support their peers at the roundtable discussions. The panel will also feature others who have successfully battled Ike, Katrina and other storms. "After a natural disaster, churches focus on looking for guidance as to how to rebuild, or how to determine what the next steps are," says Brian Blackmore, editor-in-chief and publisher of Church Production and Worship Facilities magazines. "In response, WFX has added this unique session to give those affected by Hurricane Ike a chance to gather the information they now need to help them move forward from this point."
WFX Reaches Out to Churches Struck by Ike
To assist local churches in picking up the pieces and assessing the damage, as well as planning for either a renovation or rebuilding project of any size, WFX, along with Worship Facilities and Church Production magazines, is providing two free conference passes to churches affected by Hurricane Ike. Affected churches looking to register for these free passes should call 800-598-6031 at their earliest possible convenience.
WFX Houston is taking place November 57, 2008 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. To learn more about WFX and its official charity, the Houston Food Bank, visit www.wfxweb.com.
For exhibiting information, please contact Patrick Shaughnessy at (508) 663-1500 x267.
Media Registration is now open! Please visit http://www.wfxweb.com/houston/register/mediareg.html to register.