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February/March 2010 Vol 5, Issue 3
Making cinnamon rolls



In This Issue
Worth It!
Engagement Matters: East and West
Outside New England?
Upcoming HIM Events
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
From the Friesen Kitchen

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Worth It!  -  Saturday, April 10, 2010
Teens give thumbs up!
Worth It!
"You are worth it, God is worth it, sex is worth it"

Saturday, April 10

Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

David Thomas, tight end for the New Orleans Saints (Superbowl champions!), and his lovely wife, Kassidy, will again be on our team of outstanding presenters at Worth It! this year.

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.

The event is being held all day Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at Calvary Christian Church in Lynnfield, 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!
Engagement Matters - East Coast and West Coast options
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Engagement Matters

West Coast:  Sacramento, CA  --  March 19-20, 2010
East Coast:  Weston, MA  -- March 27-28, 2010

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 opportunity to attend until Fall, so spread the word!

West Coast:  contact Kari Garcia or Gabe Garcia
East Coast:   register here
Calling all those outside New England!
In the coming months, Paul and Virginia will be speaking in California, Texas, and Lousiana--so if you live in any of those states, please do check the H.I.M. calendar for details and plan to attend if at all possible.  They'd love to see you!
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.

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
August 7-13    H.I.M./Berea Family Camp #1  (call Camp Berea to register: 603-744-6344)
August 14-20  H.I.M./Berea Family Camp #2  (call Camp Berea to register: 603-744-6344)
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

Friesens, Kranings, and OertlisSince our January issue, Paul and Virginia have accumulated thousands of frequent flier miles!  During a 12-day trip to the Pacific Northwest, they spoke 18 different times to a very diverse slate of audiences--including church staff, junior and senior high students, young moms, and lots of couples. 

They returned in time to host a wonderful marriage weekend: H.I.M.'s "Legacy of Love" conference held in Newport, Rhode Island, featuring guest speakers Bob and Carol Kraning.  Shown at the left are Paul and Virginia with the Kranings and Danny and Rayna Oertli, who led worship for the weekend.  Many couples wrote afterwards of how much the weekend meant to them and how grateful they were for this time apart.

Book Cover   for 'Before You Save  the Date'Soon after the conference the Friesens flew to Charleston, South Carolina, where they taught on both marriage and parenting. And as I write this, they are in Dallas, Texas, speaking to a conference full of professional athletes.  This is only fair, since they are looking forward to having a few professional athletes speak at the upcoming H.I.M. Worth It! (sexual purity) conference on April 10.   :)   Don't miss hearing from Kassidy and David Thomas (tight end for the New Orleans Saints) and Don Davis (retired from the New England Patriots), as well as Brian and Heather Dietz, Julie Friesen, Jess and Elizabeth Bousa, and of course, Paul and Virginia themselves!  It's going to be a great conference.

By the way, Paul and Virginia usually use their in-flight time to write blog posts, pen thank you notes, prepare outlines . . . or work on their latest books.  Speaking of which, we're delighted to announce a new book by Paul, now being prepared for printing: "Before You Save the Date: 21 Questions to help you marry with confidence."  We're hoping to have it available for purchase some time in April.  Watch for details!

From the Friesen Kitchen

Prepare a  9x13" pan with:
   1/2 cup margarine, melted & evenly poured on pan bottom
   10 Tbsp. brown sugar, evenly sprinkled over margarine
    2/3 cup chopped walnuts, evenly distributed over brown sugar
Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water:
    1 Tbsp. yeast
    1/4 cup lukewarm water
Add to dissolved yeast, mixing until smooth:
    1 cup lukewarm milk
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 egg
    4 Tbsp. margarine, softened
    1-3/4 cups flour   
Work into dough until it handles easily:
    1-3/4 to 2 cups flour (approx.)
Turn dough out onto floured board; divide dough into pieces which are easy to handle and knead each piece until smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes.  Place kneaded dough into large greased mixing bowl.  Grease top of dough with salad oil and cover bowl with a cloth; set bowl in warm place.  Let rise until double, about 1-1/2 hours.  

Roll out the dough in a rectangle.  Brush with melted margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  To prepare cinnamon-sugar mixture, combine thoroughly: 
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Roll up dough, starting from the long edge, stretching slightly as you go.  Seal edge carefully and tightly, evening up the roll.  Cut roll into 1" thick pieces and lay in pan.  Allow to rise 45-60 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Invert onto another pan immediately.   Makes 8-10 rolls.

Options:  For frosted rolls, skip the brown sugar/margarine step.  Place rolls in greased pan.  When baked and cooled slightly, frost with glaze.  For raisin rolls, sprinkle raisins (which have been soaked in warm water) on cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Roll up and proceed as directed.
Thanks for supporting Paul and Virginia and all of the Home Improvement Ministries activities--whether East or West, whether in-flight or on the ground.  And may you be encouraged as God uses your life to serve Him--wherever you are and wherever you go. 

Barbara Steele
Home Improvement Ministries
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