Doug and Jodi Casper talk about a new Bible study they will be leading: Building Up Your Spouse. Watch the video below and read more here.
We want to thank everyone who made our first marriage enrichment event a successful one. We had about 60 people from around Northeastern Ohio (Lorain, Galion and Medina represented). We will be sharing more about the event, but we wanted to give you a glimpse at what the marriage conference was like. Check out the video below.
Press On Marriage Ministry of Parkview Christian Church will be offering a Bible study for couples, and the focus will be on building up your spouse. The ministry team launched its first Bible study for married couples in the summer of 2016. It has scheduled a marriage event for Feb. 24-25, 2017, and to keep the momentum going, it is offering this new study that begins March 25, 2017. Doug and Jodi Casper will be leading this study.
Press On will again be using Family Life’s Art of Marriage materials. The “Building Up Your Spouse” study by Dennis and Barbara Rainey runs 7 sessions. The plan is to meet every other Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. The cost of the class is $15 per couple, and it includes the cost of study books for each couple. You can register for the class here.
Here is a little about the class from Family Life:
When so many marriages are falling apart, you can pull yours together by encouraging each other through love, support and affirmation. Couples who bring out the best in each other build security and trust in their relationship. Your spouse needs things that only you can give. By learning what these are, and how to give them, you can bring fresh life into your marriage. Both of you will discover how to lift each other up and cheer each other on. This 7-session small-group study for couples will encourage you to put the past in a healthy perspective; give each other room to try, fail and try again; and be accepted and accepting.
Discover the safety and happiness of a nourishing marriage through Building Up Your Spouse.
The Art of Marriage Connect Series has been developed to help build marriages according to God’s design. Each study focuses on real-life topics, practical application and biblical truth. Whether newlyweds, empty nesters or somewhere in between, connect with other couples–and find encouragement and growth for your marriage.
You can register here.
Editor’s note: We want to thank Tami Mosser of The Daily Record for a wonderful story about our event. The event was successful. The ministry team is preparing to offer a couples Bible study beginning March 25. You can learn more about it here.
WOOSTER — John and Jackie Drake met while both were students at Penn State University.
And while they had dated others, it took just one trip in a shared canoe for them to know there was a spark there that neither had experienced with others.
“We knew,” John Drake said, “that this was very special and we were going to do it right.”
So the two went to their campus minister and asked for guidance, which put into motion a weekly lunch date where the three would gather and chat. And, eventually, the two decided to marry.
Next month, the Drakes will mark their 40th anniversary. And in spite of the fact they really prepared for their marriage, both admit it’s not been a perfect union.
And that’s OK.
“The marriage myth is if you just find the right person, you’ll have the happily ever after,” John Drake said. “But you have to be the right person.”
And any marriage — whether four months long or 40 years long — can be better. The thought, John Drake said, is “I can love you better than this. Everyone in their marriage can make forward progress in our relationship.”
That is the point of “The Art of Marriage,” a day-long conference that will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Parkview Christian Church. The event is a project of Parkview’s marriage mission team, Press On Marriage Ministries, of which the Drakes are team leaders.
Parkview has a number of ministry teams, Jackie Drake said, and the marriage mission team started last summer. “Right now,” John Drake said, “we have a vision to have a ministry team for marriages in our church and in our community.”
The Feb. 25 event begins at 8:30 a.m. with pastries and coffee at the church, 1912 Burbank Road. At 9 a.m., the first of six sessions will begin, using materials from Family Life Ministries. The discussions, with workbook and video included, will address the purpose of marriage, drifting to isolation, roles, communication, romance and sex and legacy. The conference, which costs $30 per couple, is expected to conclude by 5 p.m.
“It’s really well done material,” Jackie Drake said. “It’s different than anything I’ve ever seen.” There is plenty of time for discussion as well.
On the evening prior to the conference, participants are invited to enjoy a candlelight dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and followed by light entertainment. Participants are not required to attend the dinner, though Jackie Drake said it is designed to set the tone for the following day’s activities. Childcare will be provided Friday, but not on Saturday.
After the conference, the Drakes said they expect to have some follow-up with participants, who will be asked to complete lists of potential areas for follow-up. In addition, the team’s website, www.pressonmarriageministry.com will have articles and possibly a blog.
Couples at “any age or stage, this is appropriate,” Jackie Drake said. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 12 and can be made online via the website or by calling the church at 330-262-7756.
“Oftentimes, we settle for a marriage that is not as good as it could be, or it’s pretty good,” John Drake said, noting that his wife tends to be the more intentional and pro-active of the two when it comes to working through tough spots. Still, he said, “it’s very rewarding to come home at night and have this relationship.”
Reporter Tami Mosser can be reached at 330-287-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This story was written by Tami Mosser, and it originally appeared in The Daily Record. You can read it here.
My husband, Bobby, and I have been married for over 20 years. I have talked a lot about how Bobby is the perfect person for me. (If I never said it so directly, I should have!) My mother, Dolores, always told me that God was preparing the special person for me and she was right. However, I don’t want to give you the impression that we’ve always sailed through life perfectly and without any bumps in the road. That wouldn’t be true. We have faced some difficult situations and have worked through them. (I will say that we never resorted yelling or name calling. Those things are off limits in our house.) The main reason we did work things out and didn’t just give up was because we had both made a commitment to give ourselves to each other until death do us part. We take our marriage vows very seriously.
Probably one of the smartest things we ever did was to read Love that Lasts a Lifetime by Dr. James Dobson when we were engaged. Another was to attend an Engaged Encounter weekend right before our wedding. Both of those things got us talking about the challenges that arise during marriage. Things like kids and where to spend the holidays and how to communicate with each other. These resources were excellent for us as a preparation for our marriage. We knew we wanted our marriage to be the best it could be and so we invested time into it.
After getting married, that didn’t change. We came to understand the importance of continually growing and learning. That is why we attended a Weekend to Remember event which is put on by the Family Life Ministries. (Although, I actually think we attend just a one day seminar.) It was held at the Coliseum in downtown Cincinnati in 2002. It was there that Bobby and I reaffirmed our love for each other and committed ourselves once again to our vows.
Over the years we have thought about getting involved in marriage ministries because, frankly, we love being married to each other. We are huge advocates of “taking the plunge” and committing to that one special person for life. We are now part of the leadership of the Press On Marriage Ministry of Parkview Christian Church in Wooster, Ohio. We are so excited to be on this ministry team. Although our committee is very new, we are already planning our first marriage event in February.
The Press On Marriage Ministry of Parkview Christian Church presented “The Art of Marriage” by Family Life Ministries on Saturday, February 25, at the church. It featured a Friday Night Date Night on February 24! The date night featured a catered candlelight dinner and entertainment.
During the conference we utilized videos that have been produced by Family Life Ministries. The Press On Marriage Ministry committee viewed some of these videos and was really impressed by them. They are well done and really get you thinking about different stages of married life — or at least it gets us thinking about it.
Note: This blog post originally appeared on Wendi’s Weekend Trips & Whatnot blog. You can visit the site here. And, it was updated to reflect that the event has already happened.