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"Till Death Do Us Part"

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Till Death Do Us Part….
I, [name], take you [name], to be my [husband/wife], to have and to hold from this day forward; for better or for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish from this day forward until death do us part."
These traditional wedding vows are spoken by a majority of couples in our culture. Many couples have drifted from those traditional vows, writing their own promises to each other. In either case, on our wedding day we made a promise, or promises, to our betrothed. In every case our intentions were to fulfill those vows.
But what really happens between “I take you…”, and death? Oh, a WHOLE lot happens! We disagree on things and argue; we suddenly see the “real” side of our spouse; we say things out of anger and frustration. We build walls of protection around our feelings.
But that’s not every couple. Many couples survive those crazy cycles by talking, forgiving, and hitting a “reset” button. Those couples have chosen to not live in the disillusionment of a fairy tale marriage, one that’s as perfect as the first time we fell in love.
The truth is, we don’t fall in love. We decide to love. Love is a choice and a decision, that despite how different we are, we commit to loving the other! I and my spouse are as different as night is from day. Our commitment is to love each other as we navigate the waters of marriage – together. Learning how to love and respect each other until death.
Emmerson Eggerichs video teaching of his book, LOVE AND RESPECT, is being offered in a 6-week study for couples, whether married, engaged, or dating. So, what is Love and Respect?
“We believe love best motivates a woman and respect most powerfully motivates a man. Research reveals that during marital conflict a husband most often reacts unlovingly when feeling disrespected, and a wife reacts disrespectfully when feeling unloved. We asked 7,000 people the question, "When you are in a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you feel unloved or disrespected?" 83% of the men said "disrespected" and 72% of the women said "unloved." Though we all need love and respect equally, the felt need differs during conflict, and this difference is as different as pink is from blue!”
Join us as we explore this together, starting Tuesday January 31st, at 6:15. Each session will be kept to between an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Registrants will be notified of the specific meeting place in the church/school as we get closer to the date.
To register: contact Donn Davis at email or 920-892-0036.

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Marriage Retreat

COUPLES...well, Married Couples! Our fall retreat has been rescheduled for January. It's not a counseling retreat, or a "you have to participate and get emotional retreat.  It's just marriage get-away fro couples who need refreshment, and enjoy 24 hours alone with your spouse...and with other attending couples. We guarantee a spiritual refreshment from God's word, a physical refreshment for your hunger, and a reprieve from obligations. Space is limited, so make arrangement's now and reserve a spot.

Cost: $50.00 per couple

When: Friday JANUARY 13th, 6:30 p.m, through Saturday January 14th, 8:00 pm.

Register, or for questions: Contact Karen Davis at  or (920)-892-0036




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