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Early bird registration rate for the H.I.M.  Marriage Conference ends this Saturday Dec. 3. Don't miss out!
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Early bird registration rate ends Dec. 3rd 
Don't miss out!

H.I.M. Marriage Retreat
"Designed to Connect"

Friday night through Sunday
March 3-5, 2017 
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Newport, RI
Featuring guest speakers Chris and Alicia Grace

Through a unique blend of humor, Biblical truth, relevant research, and practical applications, Chris and Alicia will speak on how God has designed you to be in relationship, why it's so easy to mess it up, and what steps will take your marriage from striving to thriving.

Engagement Matters
December 3-4, 2016; April 1-2, 2017


There's still time to register for the Dec. 3-4 Engagement Matters weekend!  Please encourage any engaged or pre-engaged couple you know to consider attending.  Past attendees have consistently sung its praises, saying the weekend was not only extremely helpful but a lot of fun as well.  

Paul and Virginia Friesen -- along with a dynamic team of resource couples -- offer engaged and pre-engaged couples a special weekend full of laughter, teaching, and a plethora of unparalleled resources for preparing for marriage, including talks on temperament differences, communication, and all that God designed marriage to be. It's a weekend that makes a difference for life.

Engagement Matters Details and Registration Info

Worth It - Save the Date!
April 8, 2017

Just a heads up to save the date of Saturday, April 8, 2017, to once again bring your teens to the annual sexual purity conference, Worth It --You are Worth It, God is Worth It, and Purity is Worth It!!

Paul and Virginia will once again gather a dynamic team of speakers to encourage, challenge, and point your youth towards achieving God's design for a fulfilling life that glorifies Him.  God knows what He's asking, and it's part of the abundant life he wants each of us to have.  
Paul and Virginia speak at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, CO

This past August, Paul and Virginia were invited to fill the pulpit for three weeks at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, Colorado.  They spoke as part of a series on Family and Relationships, "Are We There Yet?"  Their sermons were recorded and are available to be viewed here or on the Mission Hills sermons webpage. Click on the links below to view their messages.

Setting Out on the Journey | Mark 2; 1-12 | Paul & Virginia Friesen | August 7th, 2016
Setting Out on the Journey | Mark 2; 1-12 | Paul & Virginia Friesen | August 7th, 2016


Who's Driving & Who's Giving Directions? | Ephesians 5;22-33 | Paul and Virginia Friesen | August 14th, 2016
Who's Driving & Who's Giving Directions? | Ephesians 5;22-33 | Paul and Virginia Friesen | August 14th, 2016


Don't Give Up Along The Way | Paul & Virginia Friesen | August 21st, 2016
Don't Give Up Along The Way | Paul & Virginia Friesen | August 21st, 2016


From the Friesen Kitchen

GINGER SCONES

Ingredients:
   2 cups all-purpose flour
   1/3 cup sugar
   1 Tbs. baking powder
   1/2 tsp. salt
   3/4 cup chopped candied ginger
   8 Tbs. very cold unsalted butter
   1 egg, lightly beaten
   1/2 cup heavy cream
   Raw sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 425°.  

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a cold, medium-sized bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until pea-sized pieces are left.  Do not over mix.  Mix in ginger.  Put bowl in freezer.  

Whisk together egg and cream. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Turn out onto a cold floured surface and form into a flat disc 3/4 inch thick. Cut out 2 inch rounds and place on cold unlined baking sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.  Brush tops with cream and dust with raw sugar. Bake for 11-13 minutes until just golden brown.

Enjoy! 

Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

Paul and Virginia with the Tebays
Paul and Virginia were blessed to spend a few hours with John and Grace Tebay--two of their longest and most beloved mentors.
Paul and Virginia typically log many miles of air travel each fall, as they are committed to being in New England each week to counsel as well as to meet with the Patriots players and their wives.  On the weekends, however, they are usually speaking somewhere (else!) in the country, and thus the weekly flights.  Since our last newsletter, they have made multiple trips to California (both north and south) as well as to New Hampshire and Florida. They've also had several opportunities to speak here in Massachusetts this fall. In fact, this weekend they will be leading H.I.M.'s semi-annual Engagement Matters conference here in New England, which should allow them a few more nights of sleep in their own beds.

Each fall, Paul and Virginia develop a new teaching series on marriage for the Patriots players.  Two of those curriculums have turned into published study guides that you may be familiar with: In Our Image  and Jesus on Marriage.  I thought you might be interested to hear a little bit about this year's curriculum.  It's titled "Exposing the Opponent's Marital Strategy: Top 12 defensive plays that keep couples from crossing the relationship goal line".  Each week the Friesens discuss a different "play", such as Stats ("All about me"), Conditioning ("Ignoring the husband's greatest need"), False Starts ("Missing the right order to leave, cleave, and become one"), or Rehashing Films ("Refusing to forgive and move on"). Beyond the cleverness, however, is the power of God's truth.  Please continue to pray for their ministry.

Because of your prayers and support, Paul and Virginia have both the space and the energy they need to listen to God's creative voice in presenting truth to a wide variety of audiences.  You've likely been in at least one of those audiences, so you can attest to the word of truth delivered into your own life.  May God's truth reign in each of our hearts every day.

Blessings,
Barbara Steele
Home Improvement Ministries
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