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Risen Christ Marriage Retreat

We are once again hosting an overnight Marriage Retreat! *Time away..time together. * 24 hours to focus on your relationship* Pastor & Nancy Deknatel and Kim & Tor Constantino will again facilitate the weekend. 
We will be together  From 6pm March 22 - 6pm March 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Rt 96 in Pittsford, NY. 
We'd love for you to join us! This year we will be watching the Love & Respect Video Conference during our time together.                                                              Check out a video link here: Love & Respect Conference Clip

What is Love and Respect?  

Based on Ephesians 5:33 and three groundbreaking principles taught in Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ best seller Love and Respect, Emerson and his wife Sarah bring a message that imparts revolutionary insights on how to achieve a brand-new level of intimacy and friendship.  Men and women will learn how to resolve conflict, dealing with the negative reactions (the crazy cycle).  They will also learn how to motivate each other by meeting each other’s need (the energizing cycle).  Even those who feel hopeless in their relationships will gain understanding on how to handle an indifferent or unresponsive partner (the rewarded cycle).  

About Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs                    Emerson & Sarah Eggerichs     

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships.  Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the Love and Respect Conference which they present to live audiences around the country.

This dynamic and life-changing conference is impacting the world, resulting in the healing and restoration of countless relationships.  Dr. Eggerichs has authored several books, including the national bestseller Love & Respect, which is a Platinum and Book of the Year award winner, selling over 1.6 million copies.  Emerson is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries and Sarah serves as Vice President.  Married since 1973, they live in Grand Rapids, MI and have three adult children.

15 Great Stay-at-Home Dates


Date Nights are super important in keeping your marriage on track. Having the chance to get away for the evening and focus on each other can help spouses stay anchored together when work and family commitments have you feeling more like two ships passing in the night. But when the weather doesn't cooperate, or you can't book a babysitter don't let that stop you and your spouse from dating.  Instead, put the kids to bed, put the emails away and have Date Night ~ IN! 

Here are 15 Great Stay-at-Home Date ideas to get you started. 

  1. Play ‚ÄúWould You Rather?‚Ä̬†You will learn a lot about a person that you never knew when they are faced with a crazy question . . .Here's a link to get you started.
  2. Watch a sports game together (or record one on the DVR and watch it together later). Eat nachos and hot dogs and cheer for your favorite team. Make bets on who will win and choose a fun prize for the winner.
  3. Give each other massages. Use Google or You Tube to learn some proper techniques and get to relaxing!
  4. Have a karaoke night! Find songs with lyrics on You Tube and sing your heart out. This is funniest if you can find some heart-wrenching ballads to belt out.
  5. Forget Wine and Cheese . . . how about a Chocolate Tasting night? You can get all the info right here, along with a cute printable to make it happen.
  6. Have a Video Game night. Bust out the Wii, the PlayStation, the Xbox or the Switch and throw down a challenge. Seriously, your husband will think you’re the best wife ever!
  7. Have a romantic candle light dinner. It doesn’t matter if you are eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese . . . anything eaten by candlelight is romantic.
  8.  Break out the board games. Make it interesting by adding a rule that the loser of each game has to do...
  9. Have a Fondue Night. Don’t have a fondue machine? No worries! You can melt chocolate or other dipping sauces in a slow cooker or even on your stove top! Check out this easy recipe for Rocky Road Fondue Dip dip.
  10. Write out the story of how you met (and fell in love). Better yet- video tape it! Your kids and future selves will be so grateful you did!
  11. A Year in Review. It’s always so fun to go back and remember all the things that have happened in the last year. Use THIS printable to easily record and remember all that has gone on in the last 12 months.
  12. Take a couples’ personality test and compare your results. Here’s one we recommend all couples learn about each other...
  13. Print THESE out and have a hilarious YouTube video-watching date night. There’s a Scavenger Hunt, a Try-Not-To-Laugh Challenge and a Vote for Your Favorite page. Pop some popcorn and get ready for some belly laughing!
  14. Have an INDOOR Snowball Fight. Baby, it’s cold outside! But you can still have an epic battle inside. Grab a couple nerf guns and make THESE  fun targets to play.
  15. Have a Snowy Night Party Sneak outside (if you have kids, make sure they are asleep) and build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Come back inside when it gets too cold, make hot cocoa and warm up under some big blankets . . .

Growing Together Spiritually

Growing Together Spiritually from Focus on the Family