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May 2009
Vol 4, Issue 6
Julie Friesen



In This Issue
Graduation Gift Ideas
H.I.M. Pool Party
Fall Marriage Conference
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
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Graduation Gift Ideas
Do you have a number of friends and family who are graduating soon from either high school or college?  Give each of them a copy of one of the following books, and you'll be sending not only your congratulations, but a challenge and vision for their future as well.

Letters to My Daughters

A dad's thoughts on a most important decision: marriage

Raising a Trailblazer

Rite-of-Passage Trail Markers for Your Set-Apart Teens

So You Want to Marry My Daughter?

The Top 10 Questions every dad should ask and every young man should be prepared to answer before engagement (way before!)

Through the generosity of donors, we are able to make each of these three titles available for $3.00 apiece; this price includes shipping by media mail. Minimum order per title: 10 books. This offer is only for books to be given away--such as by churches, schools, or individuals.

Order the books here and be sure to type in the special code: gift
H.I.M. Pool Party - Saturday, June 6
Pool PartyAnnual H.I.M. Pool Party

Saturday, June 6, 2009
Weston, MA
11 am - 4 pm

You, your family, and your friends are invited to the fifth annual H.I.M. Picnic and Pool Party on Saturday, June 6, 2009, from 11 am to 4 pm in Weston, MA.  It's free, but to help our planning, we request that you make a reservation for each person attending.  Reservations are now open!  We are trying out a new reservation system; let us know how you like it.  :)

Directions to the pool party will be sent in response to your reservation.  Also, if inclement weather forces us to cancel the party, those who have made a reservation will receive an email notification.

Looking forward to seeing you!                         Make Pool Party Reservations
Fall H.I.M. Marriage Conference Announced
Gary Thomas
Fall 2009 H.I.M. Marriage Conference

with  Gary Thomas

author of Sacred Marriage

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 am to 4 pm

Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

Gary Thomas is an award-winning author whose books on marriage, parenting, and the Christian life have become worldwide bestsellers.  Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? has now sold over 300,000 copies and is changing the way the church thinks about marriage. 

Paul and Virginia Friesen have heard Gary speak and are delighted to bring him in as a guest speaker this fall.  The conference will be presented as a one-day seminar, with multiple sessions, workshops, and lunch provided for all.  Registration will open in early June.  Plan now to attend, and tell your friends!

                 About Gary Thomas                                     About Sacred Marriage
From the Friesen Kitchen

1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated               
1/2 cup chopped onion
5 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper

Optional ingredients:
    Ham, turkey, olives, tomatoes, green pepper, mushrooms

Sprinkle cheese and onions in bottom of unbaked pie shell.  Mix together remaining ingredients and pour into pie shell.  Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until pie is set.  Before serving, sprinkle 1/4 cup yellow cheese over each pie.
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
Paul and Virginia Friesen in MbalePaul and Virginia are currently in Mbale, Uganda, visiting their daughter Julie, after having spent all of last week speaking and counseling in the capital city of Kampala.  They've been sending updates via their blog every few days, so please check out the great photos and stories of their ministry adventures here.

Regarding their counseling sessions there, Virginia writes, "It's interesting that no matter where we are in the world, people struggle with so many of the same things, especially with regard to family and marriage issues." 

We continue to be immensely grateful for your partnership in the work of teaching God's design for marriages and families.  Regardless of country or culture, His Word and His wisdom applies.  Thank you for giving, thank you for your very encouraging emails, and thank you so much for praying!

Barbara Steele
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