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May 2011 Vol 6, Issue 3
Friesen girls with Brandon
Friesen daughters with Brandon



In This Issue
H.I.M. Pool Party
Fall Marriage Conference
Upcoming events
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia

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H.I.M. Pool Party - Saturday, June 4
Pool Party

Annual H.I.M. Pool Party

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Weston, MA

11 am - 2 pm

You, your family, and your friends are invited to the seventh annual H.I.M. Picnic and Pool Party on Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 11 am to 2 pm in Weston, MA.  It's free, but to help our planning, we request that you make a reservation for each person attending.

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 - Save the Date!
Gary Thomas 
Fall 2011 H.I.M. Marriage Conference

"Sacred Marriage
in a Not-So-Sacred World"

with  Gary Thomas 
author of Sacred Marriage

Friday Evening, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 2011, 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. 

Gary Thomas was the featured speaker for H.I.M.'s marriage seminar two years ago at a filled-to-capacity event, and he has agreed to return this fall to address us again.  The conference will be presented with an opening event on Friday evening, then will continue the following day as an all-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  
More H.I.M. Events Coming Next Year . . .
Calendar cartoonPlease save the following dates on your calendar for upcoming H.I.M. events in the next 12 months.  More information will be announced in the near future, and we'll be posting details and registration info on our website, as well, so be sure to check in with the H.I.M. online calendar there from time to time.  We'd love to see you at any of these events...  and be sure to invite your friends, too!
November 5 Marriage Seminar w/Gary Thomas  
New England
December 3-4  
Engagement Matters #1 New England
January 14-16 Mid-Winter Family Getaway   Boxborough, MA
February 4 Parenting Seminar New England
March 2-3 Marriage Conference Newport,RI
March 24 Worth It (purity conference)
New England
April 14-15 Engagement Matters #2 New England
May 25-27 Memorial Day Tenting Trip Plymouth, MA
From the Friesen Kitchen

1 lb. lean ground beef (93%)
1 cup chopped onions
2 tsp. fresh ginger, chopped (can used bottled)               
1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. Asian chili pepper sauce (or to taste)
2 tbsp. minced garlic (can use bottled kind)
1 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce 
1 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3/4 cup sliced scallions
2 tsp. dark sesame oil 
16 Boston, Bibb, or Butter lettuce leaves

Rinse and dry lettuce leaves.  Cook beef with onions, adding all but water chestnuts and last 3 ingredients as meat browns.  Add reserved water chestnuts, and reduce heat as you add scallions and then oil.  Cook until scallions start to wilt.  Put meat mixture in the middle of platter with lettuce leaves on the outside.  Enjoy!
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
Paul and Virginia Friesen with family at Easter
The Friesens gather at Easter with Julie and Lisa, along wtih Julie's fiance, Derek Johnson, and his family.
Paul and Virginia are currently in Fort Worth, Texas, where they are speaking at a marriage conference at Hallmark Baptist Church.  In recent days, they have spoken in California at multiple events as well as in Colorado, where among other engagements they were interviewed by Ryan Dobson for his  program on Family Talk Radio.  You can read the details of these exciting events on Virginia's blog or on H.I.M.'s Facebook page.  God is continually bringing the Friesens new opportunities to share about His design for families, and Paul and Virginia are in the wonderful habit of saying "Yes!"

In February they hosted a wonderful parenting conference here on the east coast with Gary Thomas speaking.  In March the Friesens were the featured speakers at H.I.M.'s marriage conference in Newport, Rhode Island, and in April, they hosted the best-ever purity conference ("Worth It") here in the Boston area to a sold-out crowd of 500 parents and teens.  Good times!

We are planning many more events for the coming year, so please check in at the H.I.M. website regularly, and please pray for the ministry daily.  We long to do God's work in God's way with God's strength, and that never comes without prayers-yours and ours.  Thank you!

Barbara Steele
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