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Enriching marriage through online Bible study and getaway weekends

Throughout the month of February, hundreds of WELS members have joined the Interactive Faith online Bible study discussing marriage led by Rev. Randy Hunter. The final session will be tomorrow, Wed., Feb. 22. Hunter will be leading the study live at both 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (central). If you’ve missed this Interactive Faith series, archived sessions are available at livestream.com/interactivefaith for viewing at your convenience.

While some couples participate at home, some congregations have been using the online study for group Bible study. Members of Mt. Calvary, Redding, Calif., have been meeting each week as a group to participate in the study.

“This was our first Interactive Faith done as a group. I think it might have been the first anyone did here,” says Rev. Brian Doebler, pastor at Mt. Calvary. “The main benefit of the Interactive Faith is the expertise from other pastors you can bring into your own church. Pastor Hunter regularly does marriage retreats and brings a lot of research, biblical insight, planning, and experience. Plus, I got to participate with my wife as a student rather than the teacher.”

Hunter says he wrote this study to help couples continue the conversations that will help grow their marriage. “Each of the study guides includes conversations that can continue for weeks to come. Sometimes the timing isn’t right or the couple next to us is too close or maybe one spouse just needed to think about it more. Couples can take their study guide with them on date night and rekindle the conversation at a restaurant, coffee shop, or on a walk. The online study may only last an hour, but the conversations can continue for many more,” he says. The study guides can be downloaded for free at cad.welsrc.net.

Beyond the online study, Hunter travels around the country to lead marriage enrichment weekends hosted by congregations. He says, “One reason WELS Marriage Enrichment and Getaway Weekends are so successful is the unique Lutheran emphasis on our fallen nature and the rescue Jesus has carried out. The Spirit uses that message to change hearts; I just follow up with application of the difference that makes in our marriages, skills that demonstrate the fruit of faith, and help couples learn from other couples.”

Though individual congregations organize these weekends, anyone is invited to attend. Upcoming marriage enrichment weekends are scheduled in Zion, Ill., March 17-19; Leesburg, Va., April 21-23; Lake Mary, Fla., Aug. 4-6; and Deadwood, S.D., Oct. 20-22. Learn more about these marriage enrichment weekends at wels.net/events.

 

 

 

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Statement on Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

We are saddened that today the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring all 50 states to allow same sex marriage. In its ruling the Court took the position that the right of same sex couples to be legally married is a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Of course, even though the highest court in the land has changed the legal definition of marriage, it has not succeeded in changing the essence of the institution that was created by God and given by him as gift and blessing.

At this time, we do not know what all of the ramifications of this ruling will be for our congregations and schools. We will need to be looking at these issues carefully in the coming weeks, identifying the potential threats to our freedom to teach and practice our faith in keeping with God’s Word, and providing advice and guidance to congregations as those threats become reality.

In the meantime, we pray:

Lord God, we are grieved that an institution of our government has taken an action which undermines the precious institution of marriage in our country. More important, it is an action which takes a wonderful gift that you created and distorts it into something you, the Giver, never intended. We pray today for our country, asking that you would have mercy on a nation that has once again ignored your Word and will. We pray for our churches and schools, asking that you would give them courage, wisdom, and strength to continue to hold true to your teachings. And we ask that you would bless all the members of our synod with a continuing commitment to hold fast to the truth that you have taught us, no matter what kinds of pressure or temptations this sinful world places on us.

Above all, help us to continue to use Law and Gospel, not to change society or laws, but to change hearts. Use our faithful witness to bring others to true repentance and to find perfect healing and forgiveness at the foot of our Savior’s cross.

As we live in these last days, Lord, we pray with believers of all time, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!” Amen

You can read a statement about marriage recently sent to pastors to guide congregations as they address this new reality in our country.

WELS President Mark Schroeder

Events

Simply Marriage-Tennessee

WELS Marriage Enrichment Weekend
January 25-27, 2019
Chattanooga, Tenneessee


Practice simple actions to build your marriage.

1. Overcome frustration
Faith moves us from frustrated over God’s ways to curious about God’s ways. Become more curious and less frustrated with your spouse.

2. Appreciate incompatibility
We are all incompatible because we’re fallen. But incompatibility is grounds for marriage. Learn to put your spouse and his/her happiness ahead of your own; as Jesus has done for you.

3. Break patterns that destroy oneness
The two shall become one; but there’s an enemy. Learn how to break common patterns that war against your oneness:  escalation, invalidation, negative interpretation and withdrawal/avoidance.

4. Use words that work
Move from monologue to dialogue, learn how to initiate a behavior change request, cut the negativity and communicate appreciation.

5. Grow more intimate
Build your intimacy in ways that most couples can’t dream of: in your faith, in your friendship and in your sex and sensuality.


Location: Chattanooga, Tenneessee

Venue: Embassy Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, Tenneessee

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2018
(Registrations after deadline subject to availability.)

Download a brochure

 

Healthy Marriage – Chaska, Minnesota

HEALTHY MARRIAGE
Chaska, Minn.

January 11-13, 2019


Jesus has identified “dimensions of a healthy marriage” – things that promote health in marriage.


Healthy Marriage will help you learn those “dimensions of a healthy marriage.” More than that, Healthy Marriage will equip to you to practice them and maintain the health of your marriage long after this memorable weekend get-away.

Registration Deadline: November 27, 2018

Download the brochure and promotional materials.

 

 

Simply Marriage-Oregon

WELS Marriage Enrichment Weekend
November 16-18, 2018
Hood River, Oregon


Practice simple actions to build your marriage.

1. Overcome frustration
Faith moves us from frustrated over God’s ways to curious about God’s ways. Become more curious and less frustrated with your spouse.

2. Appreciate incompatibility
We are all incompatible because we’re fallen. But incompatibility is grounds for marriage. Learn to put your spouse and his/her happiness ahead of your own; as Jesus has done for you.

3. Break patterns that destroy oneness
The two shall become one; but there’s an enemy. Learn how to break common patterns that war against your oneness:  escalation, invalidation, negative interpretation and withdrawal/avoidance.

4. Use words that work
Move from monologue to dialogue, learn how to initiate a behavior change request, cut the negativity and communicate appreciation.

5. Grow more intimate
Build your intimacy in ways that most couples can’t dream of: in your faith, in your friendship and in your sex and sensuality.


Location: Hood River Oregon

Venue: Best Western Plus Hood River Inn, Hood River, Oregon

Registration Deadline: October 25, 2018
(Registrations after deadline subject to availability.)

Download a brochure

 

Mysterious Marriage – Breckenridge, Colorado

MYSTERIOUS MARRIAGE

Breckenridge, Colorado

October 5-7, 2018


Get away together . . . to unravel the mystery of marriage. Your marriage.


Marriage is profound mystery. In Ephesians 5:32 Paul calls marriage literally, a “mega-mystery.” The word mystery seems to imply it can’t be solved, but here is an answer and it’s entirely possible to know it. It’s entirely possible for you to know, feel, and act on the secret to a great marriage.

Registration deadline: August 28, 2018
(Registrations after deadline subject to availability.)

Download the brochure and promotional materials.

Register now