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H.I.M Family Flyer - June 2006 - Volume 1 Issue 6

Upcoming H.I.M. Events

1. H.I.M. PICNIC AND POOL PARTY—Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where will you be this coming Saturday?? We'd love to see you and your family at the H.I.M. Picnic and Pool Party from 11 am to 3 pm in Weston, MA! If you’re thinking of coming, we must have your R.S.V.P. by Thursday noon, June 15. Doug and Jim will have the barbeque fired up, and you can count on connecting with old friends—and making new ones! The pool is brand new, and we'll have the usual lawn games for the kids. Once again, there's no charge—oh, and no rain date either, so think SUN! (If we do have to cancel because of weather, we'll send an email out by 8 am Saturday morning to all who have RSVP'd.)

Please RSVP by Thursday noon, June 15 with the names and the number of people coming. Either send email to Info@HIMweb.org, or fill out the online RSVP form, or call 781-275-6473. Directions will be sent on receipt of your RSVP. Hope to see you there!


2. MISSION: POSSIBLE!—November 3-5, 2006 and March 30–April 1, 2007
Home Improvement Ministries will be offering two marriage conferences this year! Join us for "Mission: Possible—Experiencing a Blockbuster Marriage." Both will take place at the lovely Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, New Hampshire.

The first conference, to be held November 3–5, will feature Paul and Virginia Friesen as speakers and Danny Oertli as our worship leader. Paul and Virginia need no introduction of course, and Danny has performed and led worship at several H.I.M. functions in the past, so hopefully you been privileged to hear him already. If not, please visit his site to get a taste of his inspiring music and his witness to God’s enduring faithfulness.

The second conference, to be held March 30–April 1, 2007, will feature David Hegg, Senior Pastor of Corona Evangelical Free Church in Corona, California. David was our speaker for H.I.M. Family Camp in 2004 and will be back with us by popular (as in very popular!) demand. Leading worship that weekend will be Dave Bullock, Worship and Fine Arts Pastor at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin and beloved by all H.I.M. Marriage Conference alumni.

Attend one conference or both—your marriage is worth it! Another idea: swap childcare with another couple and each attend one of the two conferences. The cost for each weekend is $290 per couple when you register at the early bird price, and will include two nights lodging, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Dinner on both Friday and Saturday evenings will be on your own. Brochures will be available in the next week or so, but you can register online now by clicking Online Registration.


3. MARRIAGE AND MENTORING PROGRAM:   Class Syllabus Available
As announced in last month's issue of the Family Flyer, starting this fall, Paul and Virginia will be meeting twice each month for one year with a specially chosen group of couples representing a number of New England churches. Several churches have already signed up for this partnership program, and several others are in the final approval stages. The couples will gather for dinner and Biblical instruction on the centrality of marriage and family in scripture, and will also be taught a curriculum for Marriage and Parenting that, if they wish, could be presented in their local churches. We’re happy to announce that the syllabus for the year has been published and can be viewed by clicking Class Syllabus (PDF 137 KB).

If you think your church leadership would be interested in participating in this program with a commitment of personnel, time, programs, and finances over a nine month period with the goal of strengthening marriages and families in your church, please contact Paul@HIMweb.org or call 781-275-6473 to request a Church Partnership program brochure and syllabus.

View the Church Partnership Program Brochure and the Class Syllabus (PDF 493KB) or Class Syllabus (HTML 6KB).


4. ENGAGEMENT MATTERS—Dates announced for 2006–2007
"Sacrificial love involves putting one's marriage before one's career." This is just one of many counter-cultural points Paul and Virginia teach during the two-day "Engagement Matters" seminar for engaged and pre-engaged couples. Even long-married couples would do well to review the blessings God has for marriages that honor His priorities, all so clearly taught during this valuable weekend.

Engagement Matters will be offered three times this coming year. All seminars are held on Saturday and Sunday: September 30-October 1, January 6–7, 2007, and April 14–15, 2007. (Please note that the September dates have been moved back one week later than originally announced.) All three weekends will be held in Weston, MA. Paul and Virginia are the lead teaching couple for the weekend, but several other couples join them in presenting a picture of marriage as it was meant to be—a gift from God—and how to make sure you are on track both to be and to marry a God-honoring spouse.

Please keep this weekend in mind to recommend to any of your pre- engaged or engaged family members or friends. For more information, email info@HIMweb.org. And watch our website for online registration information, coming soon.


News You Can Use

5. FULLERTON COLLEGE CHOIR HOSTED BY H.I.M. FAMILIES
A big thank you to all those who helped out with the visit of the Fullerton College Concert Choir to Tremont Temple Baptist Church this past weekend by hosting students in your home overnight! Many loyal H.I.M. families waited for over an hour for the bus to arrive and then stood in the rain while assignments were made and read and luggage was collected and loaded into cars. This was a ministry of love for Jesus' sake, as this choir is totally secular, though their wonderful conductor, John Tebay, is servant of Christ and committed to exposing his students to the gospel.

The Sunday morning concert, given as part of Tremont Temple's Sunday worship service, was truly inspiring. The choir sounded fantastic and many were moved to tears at the end of the service by their closing benediction, "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again." Even the choir members wept and spontaneously joined hands as they stood above the congregation on the second balcony, singing notes of promise and hope.

Please pray that God will continue to work in hearts—ours and theirs— to love and serve Him forever.


6. PAUL AND VIRGINIA AT WORK AND PLAY!
Paul and Virginia have very recently returned from a 16-day tour of Australia where they combined a week of speaking with a week of sightseeing. They spent their first Sunday at Cleveland Baptist Church where they spoke on (can you guess?) family and marriage. They were in a receiving line for a full hour after the service ended, meeting and greeting many warm and affirming people.

Monday through Thursday were spent at a pastor's conference held at Mapleton, a Christian Conference Center located in the mountains behind Brisbane. Virginia writes, "With our deep passion for Christian camps and conference centers, we loved being there and of course, noticed everything. They run an excellent facility and we were well served in every way. The conference went very well. We spoke 7 times and became very connected with the 140 attendees, most of whom pastor alone in very remote and lightly populated areas of Queensland. We had many sidebar conversations, many mealtime conversations, and a few counseling sessions - all of which reminded us of how much we have in common, both in joys and struggles as members of the Body of Christ."

In the days following, Paul and Virginia took in as much of Australia as possible! They visited a wildlife park south of Brisbane on the Gold Coast, and discovered a Farmer's Market where they bought fresh vine ripened tomatoes, basil, avocados, and Pink Lady apples, along with a fresh loaf of bread and that provided many of their meals for days to follow. They took the scenic steam railway to Kuranda, an aboriginal village in the rainforest about 1.5 hrs. from Cairns, took a boat tour out to the Frankland Islands, a National Park area, and drove to the Atherton Tablelands, following the waterfall circuit through rainforest areas.

And of course, they spent a day on the Great Barrier Reef, which they report was their favorite day of all. Virginia writes: "It's impossible to describe the sites we saw on the reef; the water was truly warm and aquamarine and teeming with beautiful tropical fish, corals, clams, and algae. We made three different stops once out to the reef (an hour and a half boat ride out from Port Douglas), seeing different marine life in each place. Honestly, we could've stayed out for days and been thoroughly captivated. It was incredible. God's footprints, fingerprints, love letters . . . everywhere. The time passed all too quickly and before we knew it, we were heading back to shore on glassy seas. Several dolphin gave us a frolicking show on the way back, including several very high jumps. What a great exclamation point on a perfect day."

This summer, may God grant you, too, His many exclamation points of grace.


 

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