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					                   MARRIAGE STRENGTHENING CLASSES AND SEMINARS
                        AVAILABLE TO PORTLAND AREA COUPLES
                         (Descriptions of offerings follow schedule) Updated 04/26/10

Offering                 Start/Duration/Registration *    Location/Contact
MAY
                         Thu, May 6                     Northwest Marriage Institute, Vancouver
Marriage 101
                         $10 per couple or person       www.surveymonkey.com/YTDZ6PR
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, May 7-9
                                                        503-244-4350
                         Thu, May 13                    Northwest Marriage Institute, Vancouver
Five Love Languages
                         $10 per couple or person       www.surveymonkey.com/YTDZ6PR
Date Night with Erin and Fri., May 14, 6 pm child care, Oregon City Evangelical Church
Sarah Loftis             8-9 pm dessert and talk        http://ocec.net/ministries/marriage
                         Thu, May 20                    Northwest Marriage Institute, Vancouver
Finances and the Future
                         $10 per couple or person       www.surveymonkey.com/YTDZ6PR
Marriage Restored,                                      Lake Oswego
                         Weekend, May 21-23
Ass’y of God                                            Dallas & Carol Nielsen, 541-955-8662
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, May 21-23
                                                        503-244-4350
Engaged Encounter,                                      Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, May 21-23
Catholic Expression                                     www.oregonengagedencounter.org
JUNE
Love and Respect Video                                  New Hope Community Church, Happy Valley
                         Fri-Sat, Jun 4-5
Seminar                                                 Shanin 503-659-5683
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Jun 11-13
                                                        503-244-4350
Building Healthy                                        New Hope Community Church
                         Two Fridays, Jun 11 & 18
Relationships                                           Shanin at 503-659-5683
Engaged Encounter,                                      Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, Jun 11-13
Catholic Expression                                     www.oregonengagedencounter.org
                                                        Mt Angel Abbey
Retrouvaille             Weekend, Jun 11-13
                                                        Bruce &Toni Fisher, 503-285-2342
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Jun 25-27
                                                        503-244-4350
Engaged Encounter,                                      Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, Jun 25-27
Catholic Expression                                     www.oregonengagedencounter.org
Dynamic Marriage                                        St Joseph Church, Vancouver
                         Weekend, Jun 25-27
Facilitator Training                                    Terri 360-600-3323 or tlg_bride@yahoo.com
JULY
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Jul 16-18
                                                        503-244-4350
Engaged Encounter,                                      Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, Jul 23-25
Catholic Expression                                     www.oregonengagedencounter.org
                                                        Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Jul 30-Aug 1
                                                        503-244-4350
                         Two Thu, Jul 29 & Aug 5        Northwest Marriage Institute, Vancouver
Love & Logic Parenting
                         $35 per person or couple       www.surveymonkey.com/YTDZ6PR

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Offering                 Start/Duration/Registration *    Location/Contact
AUGUST
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Aug 13-15
                                                          503-244-4350
Marriage Encounter,                                       Lady of Peace, Beaverton
                         Weekend, Aug 13-15
Catholic expression                                       360 574-8078 carpiome@juno.com
                                                          Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
Engaged Encounter        Weekend, Aug 20-22
                                                          www.oregonengagedencounter.org
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Aug 27-29
                                                          503-244-4350
                                                          Mt Angel Abbey
Retrouvaille             Weekend, Aug 27-29
                                                          Bruce &Toni Fisher, 503-285-2342
SEPTEMBER
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Sep 10-12
                                                          503-244-4350
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Sep 24-26
                                                          503-244-4350
OCTOBER
Engaged Encounter,                                        Grants Pass
                        Fri-Sat, Oct 1-2
Ass’y of God Expression                                   www.newlywed-engagedencounter.org
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Oct 8-10
                                                          503-244-4350
                                                          Mt Angel Abbey
Retrouvaille             Weekend, Oct 15-17
                                                          Bruce &Toni Fisher, 503-285-2342
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Oct 22-24
                                                          503-244-4350
Engaged Encounter,                                        Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, Oct 22-24
Catholic Expression                                       www.oregonengagedencounter.org
NOVEMBER
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Nov 5-7
                                                          503-244-4350
                                                          Red Lion Inn at the River, Jantzen Beach
Weekend to Remember      Weekend, Nov 12-14
                                                          www.weekendtoremember.com
Marriage Encounter,                                       Mount Angel Abby, St Benedict, OR
                         Weekend, Nov 12-14
Catholic expression                                       360 574-8078 carpiome@juno.com
Couples Conference       Weekend, Nov 12-14
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Love for a Lifetime      Weekend, Nov 19-21
                                                          503-244-4350
Engaged Encounter,                                        Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek
                         Weekend, Nov 19-21
Catholic Expression                                       www.oregonengagedencounter.org
DECEMBER
                                                          Dayspring Ministries, Tigard
Marriage Rescue          Weekend, Dec 3-5
                                                          503-244-4350
      * Please recheck details of the seminar with resource provider, occasionally plans do change.


AMFM (Association of Marriage and Family Ministries) Conference Our mission is to equip, train,
support, resource and encourage those that lead or desire to lead in marriage and family ministry, in
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the church as well as other supporting organizations. Outside of leading people to a personal
relationship with Christ, no mission is more important for the Church today. Conference for couples,
marriage leaders, professionals.
Bringing Fun Back Dessert Gala on October 15th at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City. Every
Marriage Matters once-a-year fundraiser is also a fun-raiser this year as we encourage those
attending to bring fun back to their own marriages. We are anticipating a light-hearted evening
including the talents of comedians, Ben and Janet Burns, cover band Hold Out and enough fun
marriage ideas to last a year.
Building Healthy Marriage Workshop addresses the topics: Marriage, A Special Design; The
Design and Placement of Intimacy in Marriage; The Seven Stages of Marriage (Where are you?); The
Difference Between Men and Women; Recognition and Prevention of Domestic Violence in Marriage;
C*E*A*S*E Fighting (How to Fight Fair/Problem Resolution); Affair-Proofing Your Marriage; and The
Marriage-Builder's Toolbox. And most workshops are free because they are funded by a federal
grant. Provided by Northwest Marriage Institute, Vancouver, WA.
Building Healthy Relationships Single? In a relationship? Considering marriage? This workshop is
for you! Get started with a solid foundation and clear expectations. And it’s free!
Conflict Coaching Learn aspects of effective conflict coaching, including gathering data, assigning
homework, and applying Scripture to the heart; learn to provide encouragement, godly advice, and
prayer support to an individual who is struggling with a conflict through group exercises and short
role-plays.
Conflict Coaching differs from mediation in that it usually involves interaction with only one of the
parties or one side of the conflict. Conflict Coaching differs from biblical counseling in that it gives
direction and advice concerning a specific conflict rather than addressing lifelong sin patterns.
Conflict Coaching training will equip to coach an individual to go directly to the other party in the
conflict to settle differences, using a personal peacemaking response (e.g. overlooking, discussion, or
negotiation). Conflict Coaching must precede Mediation training. See also Meditation Training
Couples Coaching Training How many times have you listened to someone in despair over his/her
marriage relationship and wished you could help? If you have a healthy marriage, MarriageTeam
invites you and your spouse to become a coach couple. During 24 hours of training, you will learn to
use a proven curriculum that offers hope and practical skills to couples in all stages of their
relationship. Pre-married to seriously challenged couples are saving their marriages with the support
of couple coaches like YOU!
Let’s Get Intimate (November 2010) Speakers Shane and Phyllis Womack (prerequisite is
attendance at the spring Womack Solomon Sex and Marriage conference) will promote
emotional, spiritual and physical inti9macy with a content that includes communication skills, couples
goal-setting, study of biblical marriages, life lessons application, discovering spiritual gifts,
temperament, marital intimacy inventory, love-life dialogue assessment and more.
Love & Logic Parenting Parenting workshops will teach you a better way to raise your children. Put
the fun back into being a parent. This stuff works especially well on teenagers.
Couples Conference for Pastors at Cannon Beach Conference Center. Speaker Gary Gulbranson
is a senior pastor, writer, and co-author of Mastering Biblical Counseling. Gary and his wife, Jorie,
have been married for thirty-three years, and have a married daughter, Marisa.
Couples in Crisis Weekend Intensive - from the betrayals of infidelity, addictions, abuse, control,
anger and intimacy issues. This 20 hour workshop can saves marriages and gives a "Jump Start"
equivalent to six months of marriage counseling. Go to www.dayspringrecovery.org – Programs –
Couples in Recovery.


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Couples Workshop focus on communication, conflict resolution, parenting, marriage education, and
other aspects that help to enhance relationships.
Date Night Enjoy dinner with your sweetheart at your favorite restaurant and visit Oregon City
Evangelical Church for dessert and a marriage-nurturing message. Child care provided.
Dynamic Marriage Facilitator Training You and your spouse can become facilitators of our
Dynamic Marriage-enrichment program, a program that also reaches the lost. Family Dynamics trains
and certifies godly couples to bless the lives of married couples by leading this powerful ministry.
Further info at www.familydynamics.net
Engaged Encounter Lay and clergy couples share the joys, troubles, and victories that they have
encountered in their marriages. Engaged couples then have opportunities, alone as a couple, to
discuss the challenges they will face: such as maintaining open communication and resolving
conflicts on issues such as religious differences, money, planning and sex.
Focus on Marriage, a simulcast from Focus on the Family. Designed to show you what your
relationship looks like through the eyes of God, this landmark event will help you understand the
bigger picture – the higher purpose – of your marriage while providing practical insights for everyday
issues. With powerful worship, biblical truths and inspirational messages from today’s top experts,
including Dr. Del Tackett, Beth Moore, Dr. John Trent, Dr. Gary Smalley, Gary Thomas, and Musical
Guest - Jeremy Camp. Focus on Marriage will change the way you view your relationship. Come see
your marriage from a higher perspective!
Healing From Affairs Weekend: Specialized help for couples healing from affairs. Disclosure of an
extramarital affair sends any marriage into a tail spin. It’s devastating for everyone involved, including
the children, and the rippling negative effects usually include your job, physical health and finances.
Pulling out of this spin is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, and many couples never make it
because they don’t have proper guidance or the skills. It’s especially difficult, because both spouses
hurt tremendously, but in very different ways. From Beyond Affairs Network. Further info and contact
www.beyondaffairs.com
Healthy Relationships for Couples and Singles Build skills needed for every type of relationship,
including communicating and problem-solving effectively. Whether you are looking for skills that can
help you with family, co-workers, friends, children, or a partner, you will find something useful.
How To Avoid Falling For a Jerk(ette) Is there any hope for learning how to avoid marrying a jerk or
jerkette? The answer is a resounding... YES! Much, if not all, of what a person will be like can be
clearly predicted during dating. Learn what to look for in order to shape an accurate profile of the
person you are dating. And, then, how to keep proper balances between the bonding forces which
form the attachment in a growing relationship.
I Love You More How everyday problems can strengthen your marriage. This is on the “repair” track.
Les and Leslie Parrott show you how the same forces that can chip away at marriage can become a
catalyst for new relational depth and richness. For specifics see
http://www.realrelationships1.com/store/173.html.
I Still Do – A Celebration of Marriage A free, fun-filled dessert event to honor couples who have
been married to each other 25 years or more. A fast-paced time filled with music, dessert, a brief talk,
and prizes.
Learning Intelligent Love. This 2 1/2 hour session is the entry point to over 50 different workshops
for couples and parents offered by A Beautiful Marriage Relationship Education Center. Learn why
marriage education is often superior to therapy and why divorce never solves the problems in
relationships.
Journey to Financial Freedom Seminar from Crown Financial Ministries. Learn how to: Make
financial decisions according to God’s principles; Detect the hazards that lead to financial problems;
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and Be encouraged as you learn how others have applied the principles. For information contact
Charlie Marsolini at (503) 698-1211, register online at http://crown.org/Events/default.asp.
Lasting Relationships Couples Workshop A valuable training ground for those who what to take
their relationships to the next level. Gain insight into how to communicate enjoyably, resolve conflicts,
understand your partner, and develop true intimacy.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Mark Gunger uses humor and down-to-earth practical advice
to help couples better understand one another and improve their marriage. You’ll hear about “The
Tale of Two brains” and “The Number One Key to Incredible Sex.”
Love and Logic Most parents have good intentions and still struggle with consistency and the
practical application of love and logic principles. Small classes are designed to provide personal
attention, hands on application as well as discussion and support with other parents.
Love and Respect Video Seminar/Class A man needs respect as much as he needs air to breath; a
woman needs love as much as she needs air to breath. When these needs are not met, a Crazy
Cycle of conflict arises. Learn how to break through the Crazy Cycle of conflict, initiate the Energizing
Cycle of change and enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion. This DVD-based seminar is for
engaged and married couples. One seminar you don’t want to miss, ask your friends who have
attended!
Love for a Lifetime, A Marriage Advance Weekend Intensive designed for couples in committed
relationships who won’t settle for less than God’s best for their marriage. In these 15 hours, you’ll
learn skills to enhance your satisfaction, reduce the erosion (dissatisfaction) factors in your marriage,
and make it DIVORCE PROOF. Go to www.dayspringrecovery.org - Programs - Couples in
Recovery - Love for a Lifetime or call Dayspring at 503.244.4350.
Marriage101 is a year-long study of the basic building blocks for healthy, Biblically based marriages
meeting one Friday per month. The course will utilize the DVD series, “A Biblical Portrait of Marriage”,
by Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson. This is an interactive course with a 45-minute video, handouts, and round-
table discussion with other couples. For children age 4 and up, we will be showing a fun, G-rated
movie. Bring pillows and blankets for the kids to get cozy. Sessions:
Marriage Encounter A weekend that can help married couples turn a good (or even ho-hum or
boring) marriage into a GREAT marriage! Rediscover the spark that was there on your wedding day!
Rediscover the best friend you had when you were first married! Join the millions of couples
worldwide who have learned how to keep their marriage vibrant and alive! Sponsored by many
denominations.
Marriage Coach Training If you have a healthy marriage, you and your spouse are invited to
become a coach couple. During our 26 hours of training, you will learn to use a proven curriculum
that offers hope and practical skills to couples in all stages of their relationship. Pre-married to
seriously challenged couples are saving their marriages with the support of couples coaches like you!
Check the Website for details: www.marriageteam.org/calendar.html.
Marriage Mentoring Training Class using Les and Leslie Parrott DVD’s. Mentoring offers
tremendous marriage strengthening potential, whether it be premarital, assisting good marriages to
become great, or helping couples in distress to overcome the obstacles. And Les and Leslie Parrott
are some of the very best trainers.
Marriage Rescue, Couples in Crisis Weekend Intensive - from the betrayals of infidelity,
addictions, abuse, control, anger and intimacy issues. This 15 hour workshop can save marriages
and give a "Jump Start" equivalent to several months of marriage counseling. Go to
www.dayspringrecovery.org - Programs - Couples in Recovery – Marriage Rescue or call Dayspring
at 503.244.4350.


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Marriage Restored is a program for couples who have experienced adultery, addiction, pornography,
separation or other marriage-threatening circumstances. Hope, love and relationships renewed.
Sponsored by the Assembly of God Churches. Call 877-844-2262 (toll-free) for more information.
Marriage Retreat Topics include What does a healthy marriage look like; The design and placement
of intimacy in marriage; The seven stages of marriage; Problem dynamics; C*E*A*S*E Fighting (a
conflict resolution tool); The recognition and prevention of domestic violence; Keeping your marriage
private and special; and The marriage-builder’s toolbox. Free, it is funded by a federal grant.
Presented by Northwest Marriage Institute.
Marriage Tune-Up Conference offers you a chance to work on and celebrate your marriage in an
atmosphere filled with laughter, insight, and interaction with your spouse. Can you imagine someone
buying a car, thinking they'll never have to do anything but drive it, and expecting it to last forever?
Never change the oil or the tires, never take it in for service, never replace the hoses, belts, or plugs.
Ridiculous, isn't it? Yet, the majority of couples in this country have adopted that attitude about their
marriages. A husband and wife think they can drive their relationship right out of the altar, never do
any maintenance on it, and it will last forever. The same logic that tells us a car won't last under those
conditions should tell us a marriage won't either.
Mediation Training brings to life the principles and concepts learned in conflict coaching and
introduces the process for reconciling two or more people who cannot resolve conflict on their own.
Mediation involves working with both parties to improve communication and understanding so that the
parties can arrive at a voluntary agreement. See also Conflict Coaching
Money Management Are you in debt? Never seem to have enough to make ends meet? If you feel
overwhelmed about how to get your finances on track, this is the time to learn how. Money problems
will spill over into other areas of your life, including your most important relationships. Our classes will
help you get out of debt and start investing for the future. Make your life and your relationships
healthier by taking control of your money now. Topics covered: Debt reduction strategies; Dealing
with conflict around $ in a healthy manner; Effective communication tools for discussing difficult
topics.
New Beginning Seminar for couples who: Have a marriage in trouble or crisis; Want to understand
their spouse and communicate at intimate levels; Are currently separated or divorced; are recovering
from an affair or other major hurt; or are trying to decide whether to stay together. Participants will
learn: About love; About commitment; About learning to be best friends; About how to have "win/win"
compromises; About how people fall in and out of love; and About how to forgive and move on using
a practical model they can implement immediately.
PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator Training Learn to administer PREPARE/ENRICH Inventories and
provide feedback to premarital and married couples using six core and over 20 supplemental
exercises. Identify a couple's strength and growth areas, teach them communication and conflict
resolution skills, and help them resolve key relationship issues.
Pre-Marital Course Engaged? It is an exciting time in life, planning a wedding and a future together.
Get your future off to a great start with proven tools to lay a solid foundation for a loving marriage.
New Hope Community Church is offering a 10-session class starts Sep 29, 6:30pm-8pm. Included
are a personal life workbook, couple inventories and interactive sessions on personality, financial
planning, intimacy, spiritual life issues and more. Call Shanin at 503-659-5683 ext. 3062 or e-mail
shanin@newhopecommunitychurch.org.
Pure Desire: Sexy Christians Sessions discuss the passion, the partnership and the power of sexy
Christians. The seminar material is ultimately focused on helping the participants step forward into a
greater level of commitment to Christ and to one another which lays the foundation for real intimacy.
Rebuilding Families This weekly support group for blending families led by Maxine Marsolini, author
of Blended Families, is a safe place to discuss what it means to live in a blended family and explore
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ways to impart wholesome values and support one another. Join us to learn more about families that
are creating one family out of two.
Reconciling God's Way Hope for your marriage and harmony for your home. "All this is from God,
who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation..." 2Cor. 5:18.
Thirteen sessions for those who are married or separated. Provides tools for communication and
reconciliation – even if only one spouse participates.
Relationship Champions Training Families Northwest offers training in helping you help others.
Gain tools that will allow you to make a difference in the relational lives of others. Three training
sessions: 1) Premarital preparation; 2) Parenting: and 3) Finance.
Restored and Remarried Seminar Encouragement for remarried couples in a stepfamily. Been remarried for
awhile or just contemplating the idea? Restored and Remarried will encourage and equip couples for
the step family adventure. This seminar is fun and interactive and it's most definitely, "guy friendly."
Check Website www.restoredandremarried.com.
Restoring Intimacy to Broken Relationships will focus on healing marriage relationships following
emotional or physical affairs as well as the damage caused by fantasy relationships. Topics covered
include: Developing trust, Working through pain and defensiveness, Developing honesty and
openness, and Reconnecting emotionally, spiritually and sexually.
Retrouvaille Is your marriage tearing you apart? If there is little or no meaningful communication, or
you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help. Retrouvaille
(pronounced ret.ro.vi) is a Catholic peer ministry welcoming couples of all faiths. It is a lifeline for
troubled marriages, offering couples the chance to heal their marriage and rediscover each other. The
program consists of an intensive weekend plus six evening follow-up sessions that expand on the
concepts presented during the weekend. Many couples have gained new hope and rebuilt their
marriages as a result of this program.
Singles & Single Parents Conference Speaker Mark Spurlock is known for his quick wit and
practical wisdom. Now on the pastoral staff of a large Calif ornia church, his background includes
Christian camping leadership and ministry among surfers.
Smart Marriages Conference In keynote sessions, workshops and seminars, learn to prepare
newlyweds, strengthen marriages and remarriages, recruit and train mentor couples, and work with
even the most deeply troubled couples. Training to qualify you to teach courses in your community or
to use the materials in your practice. For couples and professionals. Check out the conference
brochure at http://smartmarriages.com/download.brochure.html.
Solomon, Sex & Marriage and is a frank, honest, and biblical walk through The Song of Solomon
and how it relates to marriage today. Shane & Phyllis Womack regularly teach marriage and couples
workshops. Formerly from the Northwest, Shane is now a senior pastor in Anaheim, California. Phyllis
is co-founder of Living Alternatives, a pro-life pregnancy center in Fullerton.
STEP Parenting Class This Systemic Training for Effective Parenting class will provide extremely
positive approaches to understanding and raising children. The STEP approaches include
appreciating that children’s behaviors are motivated by a variety of goals, that encouragement for
children becoming the best that they can be is extremely important, and that family councils for
making decisions for and with children are highly valued.
The Marriage Rescue: Emergency Marriage Treatment A three day Weekend Intensive . . . skills
based program designed for those who are not living the marriage DREAM . . . Who would like the
marriage NIGHTMARE to end without DIVORCE! Learn to recognize danger zones. Rescue and
restore your dream. This 18 hour event will give you the equivalent benefit of six months of marriage
counseling! Some scholarships available.


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Weekend to Remember A weekend to renew your love and commitment to one another, to
reminisce all of the reasons why you married, to restore a little romance in your relationship. It is a
weekend to discover the blueprints for a healthy, happy marriage. Sponsored by the FamilyLife
division of Campus Crusade for Christ. Reduced rates are available for groups of six couples and for
military couples (regular, reserves and National Guard). Free registration is available to all full time
pastors and lead pastors. Note: hotel and meals are in addition to registration fee.




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