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February 2009 Vol 4, Issue 3
Sledding fun!



In This Issue
Get a High Octane Marriage
Danny Oertli in Concert
Worth It!
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
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H.I.M. Marriage Conference: Register Soon!
Red Convertible"A High-Octane Marriage in a Fuel-Challenged World"

February 6-8, 2009, Nashua, NH
April 3-5, 2009, Jackson, NH

H.I.M. is once again offering two marriage conferences.  Richard Dahlstrom, senior pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington, will be our guest speaker next weekend at the lovely Radisson Hotel in Nashua, and Paul and Virginia Friesen will speak in April at the popular Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, New Hampshire.  Danny and Rayna Oertli will be the worship leaders at both conferences.  Plan now to attend and gain your marriage a "high octane" rating.  Online registration is available for either conference.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES for February Conference Only
Last minute registration special: for $50 off the full conference price, type the special code "snowman" into the coupon box when you register online for the Nashua marriage conference . . .
If you live within commuting distance of the Nashua Radisson, you may attend at the low price of $160 without staying overnight in the hotel.  This price covers all conference meals and sessions.  Just choose the "Commuting from home" option in the accommodations box when you register online.
Danny Oertli in Concert    Sunday night, February 8
Danny Oertli
Danny Oertli in Concert!

Sunday, February 8
6 pm
Immanuel Church
Chelmsford, MA

Those who have heard Danny before need no encouragement to attend.  They know what a treasure he is of great truth, great music, and great family entertainment!  Click on his photo above to see a Youtube video of him performing.  We'd love to have you join us for this free concert, with refreshments afterwards.  If you are able to RSVP, it would be helpful so that we can get an accurate count and be certain to have enough food--send a quick email to Barbara Becker or call her at 978-749-8041.  A free will offering will be taken.

Map to Immanuel Church        RSVP Email to Barbara Becker           Danny Oertli's website
Worth It  (formerly True Love Waits)  coming on March 28
Happy teens giving a thumbs upWorth It! is H.I.M.'s one-day purity event for teens, designed to encourage and equip teens and parents towards God's best in opposite sex relationships.  Through speakers and workshops you will discover your incredible worth, God's incredible plan, and the incredible joy of seeking God's best.

Join hundreds of parents and teens for this fun and informative day that likely will change your life and the way you look at God, yourself, and relationships.

Several NFL players and their wives will be there that day to share as well: come hear Heath Evans, Dave and Kassidy Thomas, and Grant and Emily Williams.

The event is being held all day Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, MA.  Register here!  Come with your teens and learn together that "You are Worth It, God is Worth It, Sex is Worth It."  Don't miss it!
From the Friesen Kitchen
Taco Salad
BEEF OLE            (serves 12)

Brown & drain off fat:
    2 lbs. ground meat
    1 chopped onion

Add to meat and onions and mix well:
    28 oz. can tomato sauce
    2 1/4 tsp chili powder (to taste)
    1/8 tsp cumin
    3/4 tsp garlic powder
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp pepper
    pinch of oregano
    4 oz canned Ortega chilis, chopped

Simmer over low heat for at least one hour.

Serve with the following condiments in separate bowls:
    1/2 lb. grated Monterey Jack and/or cheddar cheese
    Shredded lettuce
    Chopped tomatoes
    Tortilla chips
    Optional:    chopped, ripe olives, bean sprouts, sliced avocados, guacamole, sour cream.

Suggested order of layering Beef Ole is: Make a bed of chips on your plate; top with grated cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, and salsa--or create your own!
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
Waving from the pool at the Mid-Winter Family GetawayPaul and Virginia have had a busy January, and I'm sure Virginia will write about it soon on her blog, but here's a quick summary of the main events:  In addition to their usual weekly counseling sessions, they spoke at two different Mom to Mom groups, hosted an Engagement Matters weekend, spoke at a Couples' Night at Trinity Baptist Church in Nashua, hosted a Mid-Winter Family Getaway (with the highest attendance ever, and lots of great pool time--just check out the photo to the right!), and then held a 3-day H.I.M. Board Meeting Retreat last week to evaluate and plan for upcoming ministry.

Paul and Virginia Friesen with the MacraesShown here are the Friesens alongside board members Doug and Julie Macrae, in the Macraes' kitchen.  Not only did Doug and Julie host the H.I.M. Board in their home for a very productive series of meetings, Doug did all the cooking--supplemented, of course, with Virginia's amazing breakfast bakery items and a continuous supply of Paul's world-famous chocolate chip cookies.  If you're longing for some of those, may I suggest you register for one of the H.I.M. marriage conferences asap?  Paul always provides the registration table with a packet of cookies to greet each couple as they arrive on Friday evening.  They are yum-m-m-my!

Thanks for your partnership in this ministry--which feeds not just bodies, but marriages, families, and even whole churches.  You are making a difference in God's Kingdom, and that's treasure in Heaven!  God bless you...

Barbara Steele
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