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March 2009
Vol 4, Issue 4
Nashua Marriage Conference



In This Issue
Worth It  (formerly True Love Waits)  coming on March 28
Happy teens
March 28, 2009
Lexington Christian Academy
Lexington, MA

Kirsten Watson, of Huddle at Home, and wife of New England Patriots Benjamin Watson, will join the resource team and give the plenary talk "You are worth it."

Worth It! is H.I.M.'s one-day purity event, 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, David 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!
H.I.M. Marriage Conference: Register Now!
Happy Couple"A High-Octane Marriage in a Fuel-Challenged World"

April 3-5, 2009, Jackson, NH

There's still room and still time to register for the Jackson, New Hampshire marriage conference--it's just one month away!  Paul and Virginia Friesen will be speaking at the popular Eagle Mountain House in Jackson, New Hampshire, and will be sure to infuse your weekend with both laughter and learning.  Danny and Rayna Oertli will once again be the worship leaders, and will also entertain us with their wonderful music in a special Saturday evening concert.  Plan now to attend and gain your marriage a "high octane" rating. It's a great get away in a beautiful setting and the perfect "tune-up" for your marriage.   Online registration is available.
Friesen Speaking Calendar
Paul and Virginia Friesen
There are several opportunities to hear Paul and Virginia speak in the next couple of months (and if you're on the west coast, they'll be back there in late April/early May).  The speaking calendar on the H.I.M. website is kept current, so that's a great place to check from time to time, but just in case you haven't been there recently, here are some venues open to the public where you can hear Paul and Virginia this month or next:

Friday, March 6:  Couples' Night, Grace Baptist Church, Hudson, MA
Saturday, March 7:  Marriage Seminar, Jesus First Ministries, Portland, ME (207-699-6808)
Friday, March 13: Couples' Night, North Shore Community Baptist Church, Beverly, MA
Saturday, March 14: Relationship Conference, Family Builders Ministry, Greenland, NH
Saturday, March 28: Worth It Conference, Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA
Fri-Sat, April 3-5: Marriage Conference, Eagle Mountain House, Jackson, NH
Friday, April 17: Couples' Night, North Shore Community Baptist Church, Beverly, MA
Saturday, April 18: Couples' Night, New England Chapel, Franklin, MA
Saturday, April 25: Couples' Event, Maplewood First Baptist Church, Sulphur, LA
Thursday, April 30: Thrive Conference, Bayside of South Sacramento Church, Sacramento, CA
Danny Oertli in Concert    Sunday night, April 5
Danny Oertli
Danny Oertli in Concert!

Sunday, April 5
6 pm

Location: Pending

Danny Oertli played to a full house in Chelmsford last month.  If you missed that concert, here's a second chance--or if you're eager to hear him again, you've got it!  His music ranges from pure fun to deeply reflective, and everything in between.  Don't miss the concert--it's great family entertainment!  Click on his photo above to see a Youtube video of him performing.  There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken.

The concert location is still pending final approval so we can't announce it quite yet, but please visit the online version of this email next week to see the location and get directions.  We'd love to have you!

                  Danny Oertli's website
Engagement Matters
Engaged Couple
April 18-19, 2009
Weston, MA

Couples who are in love with each other and looking forward to marriage inevitably overlook the likelihood that their future lives together will be filled with unforeseen stresses and strains.  When they say "for better or worse," do they truly know what they are signing up for?  

Most marriages are not destroyed because of bad cooking, less-than-thrilling sex, stretched financial situations, or poor communication.  Most marriages are destroyed because in times of stress due to bad cooking, less-than-thrilling sex, finances, or communication, they do not have a strong foundation to fall back on.

Engagement Matters is a fun and insightful two-day seminar for both engaged and pre-engaged couples.  Paul and Virginia and several assisting couples will offer practical wisdom about 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. 

This is the final weekend to be offered until Fall, so spread the word!   Register online.
From the Friesen Kitchen

Bring to boil:
     3 cups water
     3 chicken bouillon cubes

Add and cook (covered) for 12 minutes:
     4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
     1 medium onion, sliced
     1 cup thinly sliced carrots

In a separate saucepan, melt:
    1/3 cup butter
Mix in:
    1/3 cup flour
Then add:
    4 cups milk
Stir and cook until it boils and thickens.
    12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Mix all above together.  Enjoy!  Stay warm!
Friesen FamilyPaul and Virginia just returned from a two-week west coast speaking tour that began in Sacramento, California and ended in Redwood City, California, with stops in between in Marin, San Diego, and Monterey.  They spoke at several different churches, a private school, and to a professional athletes conference, and were very enthusiastically received at all venues.  Virginia will no doubt give us the details in her next blog posting, but for now they are back home (shoveling snow!) and preparing to speak again this weekend at Grace Baptist Church in Andover, MA.

Meanwhile, H.I.M.'s missionary, Julie Friesen, has been serving in Uganda at Cure, International's hospital for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  In the photo above, you see the whole Friesen family in their living room, gathered to send Julie off to Uganda.  Now that she's there, she's been blogging about her experiences and sharing the heart (and the hard) lessons she's learning as God uses her to bring hope to kids and their parents.  To those of you who have helped support her (whether financially or in prayer), THANK YOU.  Please continue--her calling is real, but so is ours--to pray without ceasing.

Julie with Ugandan childSome of Julie's prayer requests are:
    * Clear purpose and passion
    * Friendships that encourage and rejuvenate
    * Safety: emotionally, spiritually, physically
    * Ability to know how to empower the Ugandans to break cycles of dysfunction
    * Love and compassion with hope and passion
    * Discernment on who to help materially
    * Wisdom and discernment sorting new sights, thoughts, emotions

Please join us in lifting Julie daily before God.  And may He graciously answer all your earnest requests to Him.

Barbara Steele
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