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May 2010
Vol 5, Issue 5
Paul Friesen "surfs" on an alligator
Paul Friesen 'surfs' on an   alligator



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Pool Party!
H.I.M. Pool Party Annual H.I.M. Pool Party

Saturday, June 5, 2010
Weston, MA
11 am - 3 pm

You, your family, and your friends are invited to the sixth annual H.I.M. Picnic and Pool Party on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 11 am to 3 pm in Weston, MA.  It's free, but to assist us in planning, we request that you make a reservation for each person attending.  Reservations are now open! 

Directions to the pool party will be sent in response to your reservation.  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
Memorial Day Camping Trip is This Weekend
Memorial Day Camping TripFamily Camping Trip
Memorial Day Weekend

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

There are just a few spaces left for this weekend's camping trip, so if you'd still like to consider attending, please contact Sue Martis promptly.   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.  Join us!

Before You Save the Date: Introductory Sale Ends Monday
Before You Save the Date bookcover
Before You Save the Date:
21 Questions to help you marry with confidence

By Dr. Paul Friesen

Just a quick reminder that we are offering introductory pricing on Paul's new book for only a few more days.  Through May 31: free media mail shipping and 50% off on all orders of Before You Save the Date.          
Announcing: H.I.M. Events for 2010-2011
Upcoming HIM Events Here's a preview of the line up of H.I.M. events scheduled for the coming year.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend - we'd love to see you there!

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)
October 2-3, 2010       Engagement Matters
November 13, 2010    Marriage Seminar with Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn
January 8-9, 2011       Engagement Matters
January 15-17, 2011   Mid-Winter Family Getaway
February 5, 2011         Parenting Seminar with Gary Thomas
March 4-6, 2011          Newport Weekend Marriage Conference with Paul and Virginia Friesen
April 2-3, 2011             Engagement Matters
April 9, 2011                "Worth It" sexual purity conference for teens and parents
From the Friesen Kitchen

Layer in bowl from bottom up, in amounts desired:
    Lettuce, ripped into small pieces
    Chopped onion and celery
    Diced green peppers and/or sliced radishes
    Frozen peas, cooked and chilled
    Mayonnaise or salad dressing (such as Ranch, Creamy Italian)

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least six hours.  Garnish with grated cheese, cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, and/or fresh parsley.
Keeping up with Paul and Virginia
Lisa Friesen graduated from JMU on May 7.
Lisa Friesen with her parents
Paul and Virginia were workshop speakers at the sixth annual Thriving Churches conference in Sacramento, April 29 - May 1, sponsored by Bayside Church of Granite Bay, California. This conference is held to encourage those in ministry so they can better encourage those in their congregations. Virginia writes, "Paul and I consider it a great privilege to be workshop presenters each year. This year our workshop was entitled "Got Sex?" and we attempted to give a Biblical view of sexuality."  You can read more about their time at Thrive on Virginia's blog.

Following that conference, Paul and Virginia spoke at a mini-marriage conference for a Bayside sister church (BOSS) on Sunday and Monday nights, then flew back east to keep counseling appointments.  There were only a few short nights in their own bed before they took off again - this time on a personal trip, as they attended daughter Lisa's graduation from James Madison University with a masters degree in exercise physiology.  It was a proud day, followed by various celebrations and capped with a visit to Virginia's parents on Mothers' Day.  Back to New England for another day of counseling, and then off to Florida for some downtime with Doug and Julie Macrae at their Vero Beach condo.  (Thanks for providing this for them, Doug and Julie!)  While there, Macraes introduced them to geocaching - a great inter-generational activity for families that we highly recommend!

In other family news: Gabe and Kari Garcia are "growing" with the anticipation of their son's birth this August.  Now that Lisa has graduated, she has accepted a job at James Madison University and will be the athletic trainer for the women's division 1 soccer team beginning August 1.  Julie spent her two-week break between trimesters of physical therapy school in Uganda, visiting the Cure hospital she worked with last year for 7 months.  Virginia writes, "We are so thankful for God's hand of blessing on our family."


We've recently added a few mp3 recordings of talks by Paul and Virginia to the H.I.M. website.  Check them out here.
Virginia wrote recently, "We are so thankful for God's faithfulness to take our insufficient efforts and make them into something life-changing."  Isn't it wonderful that God has chosen to work through His people, giving each of us a role to play in His marvelous Kingdom work?   Thanks to you for partnering with H.I.M. as we seek to serve Him. 

Barbara Steele
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