Pastor Mark and Carla Frady, Marriage and Family Life Directors
Come Away Couples’ Retreat 2020
Zephyr Cove Presbyterian Conference Center, Friday through Sunday, November 20-21, 2020. Hotel style accommodations, 5 great meals, fellowship (getting to know other couples in the church), and always an excellent speaker. The price is TBD but if you wish to go ahead and begin making payments, be sure to write “Couple’s Retreat 2020” on your check. See Pastor Mark for more information, or sign up in the Info Center at the church.
Intimate Encounters Marriage Class
Conducted three times each year. The next class begins in mis-January at The Fountainhead Foursquare Church. This class has been taught by Pastor Mark and Carla for the past 20 years at Fountainhead, during which time 353 couples from FFC and marriages that Mark has performed, have taken the class. The subtitle for the class is “Honest, Open, Vulnerable Communication For a Happy, Successful Marriage”.
Why Marriage Education?
• Every couple has strengths and weaknesses
• Unfortunately, no relationship is perfect
• Most people, rich or poor, male or female,
and regardless of cultural background, want fulfilling, lasting marriages
Some of the Topics Covered
· How to share the truth, in love.
· The three dimensions of a healthy marriage.
· What do we really need from each other? How do we go about getting it?
· If you want to be treated like a king, treat her like a queen.
· How do I get rid of all of this pain and anger?
· Can I ever forgive? (Is forgiveness a choice or a feeling?)
· Discovering the four ingredients for marital closeness.
· Communication skills are taught and stressed throughout the class.
Mark and Carla have been teaching this class here at Fountainhead since 1999. It is an eight-week class, one hour session each week. The couples have about one hour of homework every week. The book that we use is called “Intimate Encounters”, by David and Teresa Ferguson. For further information, contact Mark at 775-721-9016 or Carla at 775-291-0747. To email Mark click here, or visit the Staff page.
The following are actual reviews by couples who have recently attended this class:
What I loved most about the class is how revealing it was. When you’re in a long-term relationship, and planning a wedding, you got very caught up in everything, but the fact is: you are about to begin a marriage! This class put everything into perspective for me. It also made me realize how important it is to put “us” first. The weekly date night and the weekly marriage staff meetings are something that every couple should be doing on a regular basis. I thought it was such a wonderful reminder to put your relationship first and enjoy each other. I feel this book is the beginning of healthy habits to build a great foundation for a loving and intimate relationship. I’m so glad we did it!
And he said: What I loved most about the marriage class was learning about all the new ways to make myself better for my marriage and my wife. And I’m really looking forward a lifetime of intimacy with my new wife. Alexxis and Jeremiah
We were both hesitant to take the class but we are so glad that we did! Communication was always an area in which we struggled prior to taking the class. Now it is the strongest aspect of our relationship. The class teaches you how to constructively work through issues together as a couple. The class helped us open up to each other and identify what each of us needs from our partner. By identifying each of these needs, it has greatly helped our relationship and our understanding of one another. We have already recommended the class to several friends and family members.
If you are feeling unsure or are hesitant to take the class like we were, at least give it a try and complete the first chapter with your significant other. It’s like going to the gym, you never regret going. It’s just a struggle to get your shoes on and get your rear end out the door! Nancy and Mason