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February 2014 Vol 9, Issue 3




In This Issue
Danny Woodhead to return to New England!
Annual Marriage Retreat
Engagement Matters
Now an eBook: Letters to My Daughters
Where in the world . . .
Linda Dillow to speak
From the Friesen Kitchen
Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
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Worth It 2014

Danny Woodhead to return to New England!

Danny WoodheadSaturday, April 5, 2014 


On Saturday, April 5, Danny Woodhead, his wife Stacia, and his mom Annette, along with Kirsten Watson, Nate Parks, and a host of other really great communicators, will gather for the Worth It conference being held at Bethany Church in Greenland, New Hampshire.

Great speakers, great workshops, great food, and a great venue to present God's great message about relationships that honor Him and each other. 

Worth It is a day for parents and teens.  We as parents need to know both God's word in this area and how best to encourage our teens.  They need to hear a positive message on sexuality from us.  Sex is great, it was God's idea, and it is worth the wait.

And, we're offering an all-expenses-paid Pizza Party for the youth and parents from the church with the most in attendance.

Worth It logo  
You are Worth It - God is Worth It - Purity is Worth It
Worth It is a one-day seminar designed to encourage and equip teens
and parents towards God's best in opposite-sex relationships.
For details, click here - or go straight to the Worth It registration page.
H.I.M.'s Annual Marriage Retreat: regular registration rate ends February 21

Makes a fabulous Valentine's gift!

Memories and Dreams:   
How it was . . . how it can be   

March 21-23, 2014
Hotel Viking, Newport, RI       

The H.I.M. Marriage Retreat is filling fast, but it's not too late to make your reservation!  To date, we have over 100 couples registered, but there are still rooms set aside for 25 or so more.

Paul and Virginia Friesen will be the speakers for the weekend and will lead us in laughter, renewal, encouragement, restoration, and the wisdom of God's design for marriage.  This promises to be a weekend that makes a difference in your marriage.  And a healthy marriage is the best gift you can give to your family.

Don't delay!  Registration rates will increase for registrations after February 21

Engagement Matters: Only one more session available this year
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Engagement Matters

March 15-16, 2014 

"It is so easy to get caught up in planning the wedding that you forget to continue building the relationship. Engagement Matters gave us a great chance to keep digging deeper into how to have a marriage that is not just ordinary, but extraordinary."  

-Recent Attendee

ngagement Matters is an experience designed to help engaged or pre-engaged couples confirm God's best for them in their relationship with each other, and to help equip couples for a marriage in which both God and one another are honored.

The goal in each session is to help couples come to a place of confirmation about the direction their relationship should take, as well as offering tools to help them start a life together. We hope you'll spread the word!

Click for more details 
Newly available as an eBook:  Letters to My Daughters
Letters to My Daughers book
We are delighted to announce that Letters to My Daughters is now available as an eBook.  First published in 2006, and now with 16,000 copies in print, this has been one of H.I.M.'s best sellers.

With timeless principles, Paul Friesen shares his heart and wisdom with his three daughters regarding a life-changing decision: marriage. Through 52 personal letters to Kari, Lisa, and Julie, he pens his insights on the importance of convictions, character, considerations, and chemistry as they relate to relationships.

Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo

For other gift ideas for couples, parents, and teenagers, visit the categorized listing of H.I.M. resources.

Where in the world are Paul and Virginia?  (February and March)

Here are the speaking events on Paul and Virginia's calendar for the next couple of months.  They'd love to see you and your family on these dates!  (H.I.M.-sponsored events are in bold.) 


     Feb. 14             Couples Night, The Rock, Yorba Linda, CA   (details)
     Feb. 16             Worship Service, Peninsula Covenant Church, Redwood City, CA   (details)
     Feb. 19             Marriage Seminar, Peninsula Covenant Church, Redwood City, CA   (details)
     Feb. 21-23        Couples Weekend, Mount Hermon, CA   (details )
     Feb. 28-Mar. 1  Scrapbooking Weekend, Paradise, PA   (717-327-9093)
     March 4-7         Professional Athletes Outreach, San Diego, CA   (private)
     March 10          Marriage Evening, Salvation Army, Sharon, MA   (private)
     March 11          Marriage Evening, Harbor and North Shore Comm. Church, Beverly, MA   (private)
     March 14          Men's Night Out, Halifax, MA  (details)
     March 15-16     Engagement Matters #2   (details)
     March 18          Marriage Seminar, Revive Church, Burlington, MA   (details)
     March 19          Mom to Mom, Bethany Church, Greenland, NH   (details)
     March 20          Mom to Mom, Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA   (private)
     March 21-23    "Memories and Dreams" Marriage Retreat, Newport, RI   (details)
     March 30          Marriage Seminar, Cornerstone Church, Boston, MA   (details)
     April 5             Worth It (purity conference), Bethany Church, Greenland, NH  (details)
Linda Dillow to speak at 1-day women's event
Photo of Linda Dillow
Kinship: A Night of Sisterhood 
Women's Event with Linda Dillow    

February 22, 2014

4 pm to 9 pm 
Briscoe Middle School, Beverly, MA        

Sponsored by Netcast Church in Beverly, MA, this 1-day women's event is intended to be a time of encouragement for women.  The cost is being kept as low as possible at $15 per person and $10 for college students.  Dinner will be provided.

LINDA DILLOW is the author of numerous books, including Intimate Issues (with Lorraine Pintus), Calm My Anxious Heart, and Creative Counterpart, with sales totaling more than 1.5 million copies. A popular speaker at women's conferences around the world, Linda lives in Monument, Colorado, with her husband, Jody. The Dillows have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

Online Registration          Facebook Event Page 

From the Friesen Kitchen
CHEESE CAKE for your Valentine!

Ingredients and Procedure:   Makes one 8" pie

    1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 cup melted margarine or butter
Press mixture onto bottom and sides of pie pan.
Cream until smooth:    
    12 oz. cream cheese (at room temp)
Add slowly to cream cheese, while beating:
    2 eggs
Then add:
    1/3 cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp vanilla
Beat on high speed about 5 minutes.  Place filling in pie shell.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Do not overbake.

For topping, mix:
    1 cup sour cream
    4 tsp granulated sugar
    1/4 tsp vanilla
Spread on cake.  Sprinkle with a few graham cracker crumbs.

Variation:  cover baked cheese cake with a fruit-glaze or canned fruit pie filling.

Keeping Up with Paul and Virginia
If you have followed Virginia on Facebook or on her blog, you'll know that she and her family bid a tearful farewell to her 86-year-old father, Rear Admiral Frank Collins, Jr., USN, Retired, who passed away on December 23, 2013.  His love for Jesus Christ was the cornerstone of his life both personally and professionally.  Paul and Virginia were able to be with him in his final days, and joined the extended family for a Celebration of Life service in San Diego on Dec. 26 before heading to Uganda for three weeks of ministry there.  God's timing was so gracious.
Standing with Dr. Peter Sinonga, one of the pediatric neurosurgeons at CURE and an elder at Pearl Haven Christian Center in Uganda.
Also, holding grandson Nathan Johnson!

Virginia also posted about their wonderful (but not always perfectly smooth) time in Uganda, and returned to the States in mid-January.  Within 24 hours of landing, they were headed to Maine for the annual H.I.M. Family Getaway weekend (most attendees ever!) and then headed to Washington (state) to lead a number of marriage events for Moses Lake Alliance Church.

Most recently the Friesens have spoken in Maryland (last weekend), and Beverly, MA (this week), and are now headed out to the west coast for a speaking tour there.

Our webmaster works hard to keep the online H.I.M. calendar up to date, so please check it regularly to see if you can find and attend an event in your area.  How delighted Paul and Virginia would be to see you!


Whether you are able to see Paul and Virginia in person from time to time or not, we thank you for supporting their ministry so faithfully.  Thank you for your prayers for them and for their family, and thank you for your ongoing dedication to apply their teaching and sacrificially love and serve your own precious family.  You, too, are light to a watching world.


Barbara Steele
Home Improvement Ministries
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