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September 2011 Vol 7, Issue 1
Mr. and Mrs. Derek Johnson



In This Issue
Fall Marriage Conference
Upcoming Events
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
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Register for the H.I.M. Marriage Conference - early bird discount ends Oct. 5

Building a Sacred Marriage Conference Logo   

with Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage 
Friday evening, November 4, 7 pm to 9 pm, and
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9 am to 4 pm 

Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

Multiple registrations packages available: attend Friday night only, Saturday only,
or make it a full weekend retreat by adding a hotel stay.  Click here for all the details.

Register by October 5 to get the early bird registration discount!

Gary  ThomasGary 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 is returning this November to address us again.  The conference will be presented with an opening talk by Gary on Friday evening, then will continue the following day as an all-day seminar, with multiple sessions, workshops, and lunch provided for all.  Register now to attend, and tell your friends!

                 About Gary Thomas                                     About Sacred Marriage  
H.I.M. Events:  2011 - 2012
Calendar cartoonPlease save the following dates on your calendar for upcoming H.I.M. events in the next few months.  Click on highlighted text for details and online registration.  And be sure to invite your friends, too!


Upcoming H.I.M.  Events

November 5 Marriage Seminar w/Gary Thomas Framingham, MA
December 3-4  
Engagement Matters #1 New England
January 14-16 Mid-Winter Family Getaway   Boxborough, MA
February 4 Parenting Seminar w/Paul & Virginia Friesen
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

3 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups pumpkin
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs                   
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger       
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.  Drop on greased baking pan by tablespoons.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool.  Make "sandwiches" with 2 cookies and butter cream frosting (see below).

Butter Cream Frosting
     1/4 cup cold milk
     1 lb. 8 oz. powdered sugar
     Vanilla and cinnamon to taste
     10 oz. margarine

Mix milk, sugar, and flavorings together for 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Add the 10 oz. cold margarine.  Mix until light and fluffy (about 10 minutes).

Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
The newly expanded Friesen family
The newly expanded Friesen family
Paul and Virginia are gearing up for the fall season of speaking, counseling, writing, and running H.I.M. events.  Much of that is already underway: they met last night with the New England Patriots couples group, introduing a new study guide they've just written called "Jesus on Marriage."  They're also very busy planning for the upcoming H.I.M. marriage conference, "Building a Sacred Marriage," featuring guest speaker Gary Thomas, and are putting together workshops and special music for that event.

This past summer was the usual "Friesen whirlwind" summer: they packed in 6 weeks of west coast family camp on Catalina Island (preceded by a week of staff training), 2 weeks of east coast family camp at Camp Berea in Hebron, NH, and then jetted back west to Santa Clarita, CA, to host the wedding of their youngest daughter, Julie, to Derek Johnson, executive director of CURE International's pediactric hospital in Mbale, Uganda.  You can read the story of Julie and Derek's wonderful courtship here.

Paul and Virginia hiking in Europe
Hiking to the "Laber" mountain in Oberammergau
Only a few days later, Paul and Virginia flew to Europe for a much deserved vacation.  Virginia planned the entire trip, a belated celebration of Paul's 60th birthday, to take him on all the same hikes and show him all the same venues and vistas she had discovered in prior years when taking their daughters on their rite-of-passage journeys, recounted in her book, Raising a Trailblazer.

I'm sure Virginia will be blogging about their trip soon--in between counseling sessions and speaking!  Please do pray for them as they minister, and please join us in this ministry by praying for hundreds of couples to register for the Gary Thomas marriage conference this November.  Marriage is hard, and our culture makes it even harder!  Thanks for standing with us as we offer an alternative:  God's perfect design.

Barbara Steele
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