Faith in Focus

Family Life conference designed to strengthen marriages

CorrespondentMarch 18, 2014 

11-12-13 Weddings

Keeping couples together — like James Mull, 44, and Jennifer Melton, 40, both of Raleigh, center, who tied the knot on Nov. 11, 2013 — is the focus of an upcoming marriage retreat. . Photo by Corey Lowenstein, The News & Observer MANDATORY CREDIT (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)

COREY LOWENSTEIN — AP

Being married can be challenging. Add in the additional pressures of parenting and providing for a family and many couples find themselves struggling. Each spring the Southeastern Baptist Seminary hosts a Family Life conference to help couples strengthen their marriage and work together to raise a family. At the end of the weekend, participants walk away with a renewed sense of partnership and understanding of each other.

“We wanted to both serve our community and our students by providing a conference at a very nominal cost that exposes people to what God’s Word says about marriage and family,” says Dr. Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This year’s conference will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5 at Wake Forest Baptist Church, 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest. The cost is $25 per couple and childcare is not provided. Any married or soon to be married couple is invited to attend. Sessions include Affair-Proofing Your Marriage, God’s Guidelines For Growing Godly Children, Men Are From Earth & Women Are From Earth: Deal With It! and When Christ is Lord of the Home. Registration is online at www.sebts.edu.

“Attendees will learn biblical and practical principals that help them grow in and strengthen their marriages,” said Akin, “They will see the difference that Jesus Christ makes when He is Lord of a home.”

Hayes Barton Baptist Church Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale

Hayes Barton Baptist Church is holding its Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale from Thursday, March 20 to Saturday March 20, in the Family Life Center at the church, 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The Preview Sale for consigners, donors and volunteers is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 20. The public sale is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 21. The half-price sale is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 22. For more information, call 919-833-4617 or visit www. hbbc.net.

Vocal Ensemble of Athens Drive and East Carolina University Chamber Singers Concert

The Vocal Ensemble of Athens Drive High led by Joy Clayton the East Carolina University Chamber Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh. The concert is free. For more information, call 919-832-6435 or visit www. hbumc.org.

Ebenezer United Methodist Church Annual Pork Barbecue

Ebenezer United Methodist Church is holding its annual pork barbecue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the church, 6020 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. Plates are $8 and all funds benefit the Faith Center building fund. Eat-in buffet and take out is available. The menu includes pork barbecue, cole slaw, potato salad, hush puppies, roll and dessert. For more information, call 919-772-1664.

 

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