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Our Match Grant Was Just Increased to $24K

Our Match Grant Was Just Increased to $24K

We are pleased and excited to share, our original matching grant of $20,000.00 was just increased to $24,000.00.

 

What does that mean for you and Minnesota Marriage Encounter? It means that dollar for dollar you donate to us during Give to the Max Day is matched. When you donate $60.00, the amount is doubled. That’s $120.00, which is half a Marriage Encounter registration fee.

Please consider helping us reach our goal during Give to the Max Day, November 15, 2018. Early giving is underway. Your donation goes to our Scholarship Fund which helps couples in financial difficulty to attend a Marriage Encounter Weekend free of charge in Minnesota and surrounding states and strengthen their marriage.

Couples struggling financially are very grateful for your generous hearts! They are able to attend a Marriage Encounter free of charge to restore their hope, enrich their marriage and realize the dream of a lifetime marriage!

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Donate on Give to the Max Day to Enable Us Build Stronger Marriages in Minnesota

Donate on Give to the Max Day to Enable Us Build Stronger Marriages in Minnesota

Our Scholarship Fund enables couples in a dire financial situation to attend a Marriage Encounter free of charge.

Couples struggling financially are very grateful for your generous hearts! They are able to attend a Marriage Encounter free of charge to restore their hope, enrich their marriage and realize the dream of a lifetime marriage!

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Give to the Max Day is Nov 15, 2018

Give to the Max Day is Nov 15, 2018

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event.

Please join us on November 15, 2018, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives continuing to help couples in need.

  • Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us win additional prizes! How? On November 15, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into additional prize drawings for GiveMN Golden Ticket which will be awarded as often as every 10 minutes. Your gift of $10 or more could instantly turn into an extra $500, $1,000 or even $10,000 for us!
  • The more gifts we generate on GiveMN.org during Give to the Max Day, the more our chances increase to receive those additional prizes. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!
  • We have a $20,000 matching gift and we want to double that amount.

Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 15 by visiting GiveMN.org

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Minnesota Marriage Encounter Celebrates 45 Years!

Minnesota Marriage Encounter Celebrates 45 Years!

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and its members celebrated 45 years with us on May 11, 2017, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and hors-d’oeuvres. We would like to thank the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and everyone who came to help us celebrate this wonderful event! Photography by Kristina Lynn Photography & Designs.

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The weekend was better than we’d hoped for – and we already had high hopes going into it!

The weekend was better than we’d hoped for – and we already had high hopes going into it!

Matt and Liz served their first Marriage Encounter in February and have signed up to serve on the December 9-10th Marriage Encounter

The weekend was better than we’d hoped for – and we already had high hopes going into it!

If  Pam and Steve gave us good feedback, it definitely wasn’t just down to me and Liz – a healthy slice of that credit needs to go to them as amazing teachers.

Why Marriage Encounter?

We talk about lots of things as a couple. Inevitably, that runs into some miscommunications too … which is why we find ourselves laughing so much when standup comedians joke about the differences between men and women, and we see ourselves in their routines. What we both enjoyed so much about Engaged Encounter (2014) and Marriage Encounter (2016) was the content had us ask questions of one another we might not ordinarily ask – not because they were awkward/uncomfortable – but because they might not be on our radar.  The classes were a great way to learn more about one another, and a commitment to continual learning is a promise we’ve made to one another.

What pushed us to volunteer?

Two things at our 2016 Marriage Encounter

  1. Sermon on the amount. We are grateful for what Marriage Encounter has done for our relationship, and the organization MUST be sustained long-term.  We have the time to help, we feel we owe a duty to give back, and the sermon was a call to action.
  2. The age gap between the lead couples and the average attendee. Whilst our team brought wonderful wisdom, we felt we weren’t able to relate to some of the sharing.

First impressions

We were not prepared for the pouring of heartfelt thanks.  Affirmation isn’t why we chose to volunteer (and it isn’t why we will volunteer again); so it actually came as quite a shock.  Almost a day later…we’re still trying to process it, to be honest.

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