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January 2010

Vol 5, Issue 2
Friesen girls walking their dog in the snow



In This Issue
Mid-Winter Family Getaway
Nashua Marriage Seminar
Legacy of Love Marriage Conference
Memorial Day Camping Trip
Upcoming HIM Events
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

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Last Chance!  Mid-Winter Family Get-away THIS Weekend
Poolside at Holiday Inn, Boxborough
- Join other H.I.M. families for a weekend of fun and swimming -

"A better value than Disney World!"

Saturday afternoon, January 16
through Monday mid-day, January 18

Holiday Inn, Boxborough, MA

We would be delighted to have you join the other 18 families who are registered for this weekend!  Eat meals, play games, worship together, and swim--with families who share your values.  Paul and Virginia Friesen will emcee the weekend and Brian Dietz will lead worship.  There will be plenty of pool time, plenty of down time, and just the right amount of together time. 
Base price for a room with two double beds is $130, plus $70 per person for food and program costs. 

Friesens to Offer One-Day Marriage Seminar in Nashua, NH  . . . Tomorrow!
Husband and Wife
"How to Build a Thriving Marriage"

Saturday, January 16, 2010
9 am to 4 pm

Community Chapel
Nashua, New Hampshire

Join us for this one-day seminar with Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen:

  9:00 -  9:30     Arrival and welcome
  9:30 - 10:30    God's Design for a Thriving Marriage
10:30 - 11:00    Break
11:00 - 12:00    Satan's Deception Regarding a Thriving Marriage
12:00 -  1:00     Lunch
  1:00 -  2:00    The Discipline Needed for a Thriving Marriage
  2:00 -  2:30    Break
  2:30 -  3:30    The Delights of a Thriving Marriage
  3:30 -  4:00    Q & A and wrap-up

Cost $40 per couple (including lunch, or $20 without lunch)

Purchase tickets by calling Community Chapel at 603-883-8345 or send email

Directions to Community Chapel

"Legacy of Love" Marriage Conference - February 12-14, 2010
Legacy of Love Rose
*** Register promptly to avoid late fee ***
(Late registration date extended!  save if you register by Jan. 24)

Legacy of Love:
Build Your Marriage to Last a Lifetime
February 12-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island

"They really love each other--and it shows."  What a great legacy and example for our children and our neighbors, and what a joy to experience with each other!  But too often the distractions of everyday life keep us from building that experience and that legacy.

Get away together for Valentine's Day--to remember how it first was, to celebrate what it is now, and to prepare for what it can be.  Join us for this weekend conference, with guest speakers Bob and Carol Kraning.  You will be blessed.  Your marriage will be enriched!

Memorial Day Camping Trip: Time to reserve your camp site
Camping Trip
Family Camping Trip
Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28 - Monday, May 31, 2010
Myles Standish State Park
Plymouth/Carver, MA

It may only be mid-January, but it's already time to plan for spring and reserve your site for the annual H.I.M. Memorial Day camping trip at beautiful Myles Standish State Park. As usual, the program will be relaxed. Families are on their own for both breakfast and lunch. A common evening meal is served with each family helping in preparation or clean-up once during the weekend. Arrival is Friday afternoon, with a Monday departure.

The cost for the weekend is $50 for the camp site, plus $20 per adult and each child ages 12 years old and older, and $10 per child ages 2 - 11. There is no per person charge for children under 2 years old. Fees include campsite, dinner each evening, and snacks at the campfire each evening.

Jim and Sue Martis coordinate this camping trip each year, so for more information, read Sue's detailed letter here, then contact her via email.  Campsites are limited, and many reservations have already come in, so don't delay.  It's a wonderful gathering!
Upcoming H.I.M. Events
Photos of Pasts HIM Events We'd love to see many of you at these events.  Please mark your calendars and watch future issues of the Family Flyer for details.

Jan 23-24        Engagement Matters #2   (register)
Feb 12-14        Marriage Conference, Newport, RI  (register)
March 27-28    Engagement Matters #3   (register)
April 10            Worth It (purity conference for teens and parents) (register)
May 28-31       Memorial Day Camping Trip (register)
June 5             Pool Party

From the Friesen Kitchen

Serves 6-8

8 chicken breasts
1/4 cup oil
Two 5-oz cans bamboo shoots, drained and diced
Two 5-oz cans water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 cups diced celery
3 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cashews or toasted almonds

Skin, bone, and cut chicken in 1-1/2" pieces.  In skillet, cook chicken.  Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, celery, chicken broth, and soy sauce.  Mix well.  Bring to boil; cover.  Cook about 5 minutes until crisp-tender.  Blend cornstarch with 1/2 cup cold water.  Add to mixture.  Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.  Salt to taste.  Garnish with nuts.  Serve over hot rice.

Tip:    High heat and quick cooking are essential.  Don't overcook.
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

Weeks and months of preparation as well as God's generous blessing allowed Paul and Virginia to host a very successful day-long marriage conference with Gary Thomas this past November 14 (sold out--500 people in attendance--words of wisdom and encouragement!), as well as a special evening with Gary Thomas for area pastors held the night before.  It was a memorable weekend, and included two wonderful concerts by Danny Oertli.  We are immensely grateful to so many of you who served and prayed and gave to bring that weekend of ministry to hundreds of couples.

Virginia was the featured speaker at Barbara Becker's annual Creative Memories Scrapbooking Weekend on the Cape the weekend before Thanksgiving, and just after that ended, Paul and Virginia flew to the Friesen Family farm in southern California for a week of mostly R and R with extended Friesen family members.

Paul and Virginia have continued meeting with the NFL Patriot couples each week this fall and winter for dinner and marriage enrichment talks.  Then, during the Patriots' "bye" week, Paul and Virginia had the flexibility do some early December traveling to visit H.I.M. family friends now living in other states, as well as to host friends traveling to Boston.

Paul and Virginia Friesen and familyIn between their travel and hosting and speaking and NFL ministry, they have continued to faithfully maintain a regular counseling ministry, often beginning first thing in the morning the day after arriving home on a late night flight. 

Paul and Virginia were thrilled to be able to have Gabe, Kari, Lisa, and Julie all in town over the Christmas holidays, and were delighted to host Julie's boyfriend, Derek Johnson, for a few days as well, giving many of us who live locally a chance to meet him for the first time.  Great guy!

Kari, Lisa, and JulieOnce again, Paul and Virginia's recent weeks have been all about building and maintaining relationships: spending time with family and friends--here, there, and everywhere.  How grateful we are that you have maintained a relationship with them as well.  Thank you for your support of their ministry, for caring about them and for them.  You are an important part of the H.I.M. team!

May God bless you and keep you throughout the new year.

Barbara Steele
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