How far do you schedule ahead for important functions?
With our busy lives it often takes forethought to actually get things on our bucket list checked off as accomplished. When it comes to arranging for time to make the most of our marriage relationships, it’s worth thinking ahead.
The November Marriage Encounter is now history but that doesn’t mean the effects of the weekend are over! The 2 ½ days the couples spent concentrating on their relationship sent them home with renewed love and commitment.
Yes there was hard work involved. One gentleman was heard remarking, “This is very hard work. I’ve never had to think about feelings and then write about them yet!”
What would you do if you were given tickets to a play you’ve longed to see, or to a game of your favourite sports team? All you needed to do is notify the facility that you’re coming and get yourself to the venue?
There’s something just as wonderful waiting for you!
One couple has this to say about the weekend, “We have benefitted mutually and greatly from the leadership of the three presenting couples who demonstrated their love and working together so expertly. Under their tutelage and our astute observations of their own partnering, offering themselves to illustrate what good marriages can be, we took away a renewed confidence in our own ability to emulate the patient dialogue focus this workshop entails. We have sacred ground on which to cultivate our labour of love.”
Another husband says, “I’ve realized that marriage is a calling and until we accept the call and do what the covenant tells us to do, we shall never be fulfilled. Marriage is accepting and stepping up to responsibilities and obligations as well as the willingness to work at it.”
Spring! What a lovely season of the year: all around us, new energy and vivacity springing out of what looks brittle and lifeless. Observing such phenomenon, hope returns—hope for new growth, new opportunities, new blossoming and fruit, more satisfactory outcomes.
What a joy to the leaders of the October 24-26 Marriage Encounter weekend - to have in attendance almost twice as many couples as there have been for a number of years. The team joked among themselves that it was hard to remember everyone’s name, but in reality they were pleased to sense a revived interest in Marriage Encounter and working toward making marriages all they could be.
A pleasant drive through mild weather, a lovely decorate room, tables attractively set and the room full of friends, new and old buzzing with friendly chatter. What a contrast! The prediction had been for messy weather—snow, freezing rain and plummeting temperature—a night to stay at home, cozy in front of a fire place. But the 2015 version of the Marriage Encounter Valentine Banquet was scheduled for Saturday night, Feb. 7. So those who knew what an enchanted evening it promised to be and ticket holders who had caught the spirit, were buoyed with thanks by the change in weather and eagerly looked forward to the evening.
The annual Valentine Banquet has been gaining in popularity since its inception. There’s always a romantic and refined ambience, good food and good entertainment or inspirational speaker. These create a lovely evening out, whether you’re a couple or someone interested in strengthening marriages—suitable for the celebration of the day for love.
If you’d like to enhance your marriage relationship, you should plan a weekend working on your bonds of love! You can do it at the Mennonite & Brethren Marriage Encounter Weekend, coming up at Jericho House in Wainfleet near Port Colborne Oct 24-26, 2014
We hope you and your spouse will participate in our fall Marriage Encounter weekend!
Our workshops for the spring of 2014 were a great success! Twelve couples completed the workshops held at Living Water Fellowship in New Hamburg, and Maple View Mennonite Church in Wellesley. (Check out "The Engaged Workshop" on Facebook to see photos.)
Register early for the workshops in the spring of 2015.
March 6-7, 2015 will be at Living Water Fellowship, New Hamburg, ON.
April 10-11, 2015 will be at Maple View Mennonite, Wellesley, ON.