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September/October 2010 Vol 6, Issue 1
Proud parents welcome Brandon Garcia
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Fall H.I.M. Marriage Seminar - Saturday, November 13, 2010
Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn

- Earlybird rate in effect through Friday, October 1 -

Putting the "Happily" Back in "Ever After"

with  Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn
authors of For Women Only and For Men Only

Saturday, November 13, 2010
9 am to 4:00 pm
Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

Every couple that walks down the aisle expects to be married "happily ever after." But for many, the "happily" slowly flutters away and all they are left with is "ever after." This one-day Saturday conference will feature guest speakers Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn, authors of For Women Only and For Men Only. Come spend a day learning more about how God's design actually is good.  As we understand and live His design, we will be able to experience more fully the "happily" we expected and long for in marriage.
Earlybird ticket pricing (through October 1, 2010): $40 for single tickets and $70 for couples' tickets.  Price includes lunch and all materials.

Friday night option: Can't come for Saturday's event or want to add to your weekend experience? Take advantage of a Friday evening stand-alone event, 7:30-9:30 pm, with Danny Oertli singing and the Feldhahns speaking (see ticket prices here).

Why not make it into a getaway weekend for you and your spouse?  The Peabody Marriott Hotel is offering a special rate for conference guests of $89 per night on Friday, November 12, and/or Saturday, November 13.  Click here for online reservations or call their reservations hotline at 800-228-9290 and ask for the Home Improvement Ministries room block (the group code is "HIMHIMA").

            Conference Details and Registration                                    About Jeff and Shaunti  

                                       About For Women Only         About For Men Only

New DVD series available - Introductory Pricing!
New DVDsNew this summer, four teaching video series from Home Improvement Ministries.  Each boxed set contains video lessons of approximately 30 minutes each, taught by Drs. Paul and Virginia Friesen. Also included are electronic copies of participants' handouts for use in small-group studies, with permission to print as many copies as needed.  For all the details, visit our online bookstore.

   In Our Image (7 lessons)
      Experiencing the Dignity, Diversity, and Delight in Marriage
      as God's Image Bearers
   Recapturing Eden (12 lessons)
      Recapturing God's Design for Marital Intimacy
   The Father's Heart (9 lessons)
      Lessons from the Perfect Father for Imperfect Parents
   Parenting by Design (11 lessons)
      Intentional Parenting Principles from the Master Designer

Introductory Price: $39.99 each
List Price:   79.99 each
H.I.M. Parenting Seminar - Saturday, February 5, 2011
Gary Thomas"Sacred Parenting in a Not-So-Sacred World"

with  Gary Thomas
author of Sacred Parenting

Saturday, February 5, 2011

9 am to 4:00 pm

Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

In a world that is less than "sacred," we as parents are often at a loss on how to raise kids who honor God, their parents and others.  We're looking for easy steps to "new kids" when we may do better to look first at our own lives.  Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting, helps us understand "How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls."  In addition to Gary Thomas' three plenary sessions, practical workshops will round out this incredibly important day.
Early-bird ticket pricing (through December 5, 2010): $40 for single tickets and $70 for couples' tickets.  Price includes lunch and all materials.

Conference Details and Registration           About Gary Thomas            About Sacred Parenting
"Created for Intimacy" Marriage Conference - March 4-6, 2011
Created for Intimacy Couple
Created for Intimacy:
Why taking care of #1 will never make you one

March 4-6, 2011

Hotel Viking, Newport, Rhode Island

We were created for intimacy in marriage, yet often find it elusive at both a soul and physical level. Get away with your spouse for a renewing weekend in Newport, RI. The schedule includes enough instruction to challenge your marriage, enough free time to relax your marriage, and enough romance to renew your marriage. Whether you are newly married, in the "blur" years, or empty-nesters, this weekend will provide a wonderful atmosphere to help you remember how good it is to be together and focus on God and each other.

                                                                   Click here for more information
Upcoming H.I.M. events 2010-2011
Upcoming Events Header We'd love to see many of you at these events.  Register today!

          Oct 2-3           Engagement Matters #1   (register)
          Nov 13           Feldhahn Marriage Seminar   (register)
          Jan 8-9            Engagement Matters #2   (register)
          Jan 15-17        Mid-Winter Family Getaway
          Feb 5              Gary Thomas Parenting Seminar (register)
          March 4-6       Marriage Conference, Newport, RI (register)
          April 2-3         Engagement Matters #3   (register)
          April 9             Worth It (purity conference for teens and parents)
          May 27-30      Memorial Day Camping Trip
          June 4             Pool Party
From the Friesen Kitchen

Cook in skillet for 15 minutes:
    4 cups sliced zucchini
    1 cups chopped onion
    1/4 cup margarine

Stir in:
    1/2 cup parsley (2 Tbsp dried)       
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1/4 tsp basil
    1/4 tsp oregano leaves
    1/2 tsp salt       
    1/2 tsp pepper   
Remove from heat.  Stir in:
    2 eggs, beaten
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Form crust with 1 can refrigerator crescent dinner rolls in 10" pie pan.  Spread 2 tsp mustard in crust.  Fill with mixture.  (Option: top with sliced cherry tomatoes.)  Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Serves 4-6.
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

Paul and Virginia welcome their new grandchild.The biggest news in Paul and Virginia's life has been the safe and glorious arrival of their first grandchild--on Paul's 60th birthday!  Gabe and Kari Garcia welcomed Brandon Michael Garcia on August 29, who weighed in at 8 lbs 15 oz, 21 1/2 in long.  Everyone is doing just fine.  You can read the full story (and see lots of photos) on Virginia's blog -- or friend her on Facebook!

But backing up a bit: since our last issue of the Family Flyer eNews this past May, the Friesens wound up their spring with a number of speaking events plus a couple of traditional year-end H.I.M. activities--the Memorial Day Camping Trip and the ever popular June pool party at Doug and Julie Macrae's home.  Following that, Virginia and daughter Lisa ran the Covered Bridges half-marathon in Woodstock, Vermont, then left for a trip to London to celebrate Lisa's successful completion of her Masters degree.  It was a great trip, and Virginia wrote concerning all the ways God blessed them, "you have two women who feel very, very personally loved by our gracious heavenly Father."

Paul and Virginia then plunged into ten very intensive weeks of focusing on family camps, with a week of staff training in California, six weeks of camp, a week of preparation and travel back for the east coast family camps, and then two very full weeks of family camp at Camp Berea in NH. They poured themselves into each family, and have many stories to tell of how God met them.

After flying to California and spending a week or two in Sacramento to help welcome their precious grandson, they are back in New England, fully engaged in their fall counseling schedule, the annual weekly meetings with Patriot wives (on Wednesday mornings with Virginia) and Patriot couples (Thursday evenings), and today are en route to Montreal for a marriage conference sponsored by the Armenian Evangelical Church.

As you've hopefully read already, there is an exciting line-up of new H.I.M. events now open for registration, and we enthusiastically await yours!  Please join us as, together, we explore God's design for families who long to serve and honor Him.  Thanks for your support in prayer, friendship, attendance, and affirmation.  We couldn't do it without you!

Barbara Steele
Home Improvement Ministries
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