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Triage for Couples in Crisis - April 17th

Hosted by the San Antonio Marriage Initiative

For those tasked with caring for marriages, one of the most challenging problems that can arise is determining appropriate next steps for couples who present themselves in some stage of marital distress. Does this couple before you need coaching, counseling, or intensive? What would be a valuable intervention at this point? David Galbraith has spent years wrestling with such questions. And through those many experiences, he has developed a keen interest in what many are calling "triage" for couples in crisis.

Dave shares that every marital crisis is unique and that couples at this crossroad feel an overwhelming sense that "it's over". Emotionally, these couples feel compelled to make hurried and grave decisions "in the moment" based on how they feel. Triage is designed to help people pause, step back, and see this as a moment in time - not as a definition of "life as it will be". Dave points out that, for many of us, most of our worst decisions are made in emotional moments and for emotional reasons.

Dave is Pastor of Care & Counseling at Gracepoint Church. He started his journey in vocational ministry in 2004 after feeling led out of the business world. He has been married to his best friend, Jo, for 41 years. His son and daughter have given him four beautiful granddaughters. Dave recently founded Breakthrough Moments, a non-profit that works with individuals, families, and teams bound up in crisis, trouble, conflict, or confusion. He provides guidance toward a laser-focused, caring process to identify and implement critical next steps towards life-changing freedom. Learn more about this new ministry at www.breakthroughmoments.org.


Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tripoint – 3233 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio 78212
Free Event with free lunch included
RSVP: Carl Caton at (210) 651-5050 or email: catonfam@gmail.com

Rhythm and Romance
at Harvest Fellowship 

Rhythm and Romance is a date night event filled with live musical entertainment and an encouraging message about love and marriage. This will be a night to remember with a 4 course meal and musical entertainment. Dress up and step into a romantic experience designed to enrich and inspire your marriage.

Childcare is available by registration only for $12 per child.
A meal is provided.
(6mons to 5th Grade)

The Date Night ticket is $25 per person ($50 per couple).

Check-in begins at 6pm on Friday, April 25th.



Love Reboot

May 2nd-4th: Oak Hills Church

A 3-day intensive workshop for marriages in crisis.
If any of the following applies to you:
-Either spouse is considering divorce
-Currently or recently separated
-Current or recent affair
You should start with the “E.R.” for marriages!

Current research shows that an effective marriage intensive is far more successful than traditional approaches. Jon & Joanna have led more than 50 such workshops in numerous cities across the U.S..

For more information or to pre-register go to www.GrowingLoveNetwork.org
Scholarships available


Retrouvaille Weekend

Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down? Have you thought about separation or divorce?
Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille -
A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.

For confidential information about Retrouvaille call 210-632-6369.

Marriage Preparation Seminars and Retreats for 2013
The purpose of the Archdiocese of San Antonio Marriage Preparation process is to provide a comprehensive and dynamic program through our monthly seminars (in English and Spanish) and quarterly retreats (in English) for engaged couples seeking to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage.

Turning Good Marriages into Great Marriages
Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s Mission of renewal in the church and change in the world is to assist couples and priests to live fully intimate and responsible relationships by providing them with a Catholic “experience” and ongoing community support for such a lifestyle. Would you like to take a weekend to revitalize your marriage? This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone, rediscover each other and focus on your relationship. This Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the lives a couple shares, whether they have been married a couple of years or have been married many years. Every marriage deserves this kind of attention!

San Antonio Marriage Initiative

This is your invitation to join a number of other people who are passionate about building strong marriages in San Antonio. Once a month, we meet to collaborate, educate, and mobilize the local church as we work to build healthy marriages and families in our city. For more information, call Carl Caton at 210-651-5050.

Community Marriage Policies in San Antonio?

Getting Started in Marriage Ministry?

When men and women fail to form stable marriages, the first result is a vast expansion of government attempts to cope with the terrible social needs that result. There is scarcely a dollar that the state and federal government spends on social programs that is not driven, in large part, by family fragmentation: crime, poverty, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, school failure, mental and physical health problems.  -Maggie Gallagher


"Every church has a marriage ministry. Some are proactive, some are reactive!"

"A great marriage is a contest of generosity"

Divorce Problem Solved?
by Carl Caton <read more...>

"The most important part of your children's ministry strategy is your marriage ministry strategy. What's yours?" MarriedPeople.org

Jeff Foxworthy’s Top 10 Questions Husbands Should Never Answer

Vision Video from MarriedPeople

Churches Virtually Eliminate Divorce

It’s the dream of every pastor -- a church that virtually eliminates divorce.
by Michael J. McManus
Impossible? NO! Marriage Savers gave awards in 2002 to five diverse churches, each of which has created a congregation with a "safety net" under every marriage. In a four to six year period, they have had from zero to four divorces. <more...>

The Family Research Council has released a new report entitled "162 Reasons to Marry." Love is in the air -- for traditional marriage, that is. Dr. Patrick Fagan, director of FRC's Marriage & Religious Research Institute, says in the paper that they have come up with 162 reasons for the benefits of matrimony between a man and a woman. <more...>

How to Save the Most Distressed Marriages
by Michael J. McManus
DETROIT - Ten years ago Rita was so disgusted with Tony that she filed for divorce. Then she witnessed the impact her decision had on her daughters - who were devastated. <more...>

Couple Mentoring: How To Save Nine of Ten Troubled Marriages
by Michael J. McManus
More than 1.1 million marriages fail each year in America. For the one million children involved, the experience is absolutely shattering, whose effects often last well into adulthood. The reason most marriages fail is selfishness. The reason the best marriages thrive is selflessness. The central issue facing American families is this: How can selfish couples be inspired to become selfless? <more...>

What Makes for a Happy Marriage?
by Larry J. Koenig, Ph.D
CBN.com – People have different ideas about what makes a happy marriage. But, for many, the question is one they have not asked themselves. Or at least if they have, they don’t have a definitive answer in mind. So I think it’s worthwhile to look at how other people define a happy marriage. <more...>

Marriage Builders with 
Dr. Willard F. Harley Jr.
Long considered an authority on marriage conflict, Dr. Harley's website highlights some of his many best selling books.

For Your Marriage
An extensive website with a wide variety of resources. Published by the USCCB.

Focus on the Family
One of the largest and finest Christian family ministries in the world.  Website offers something for everyone including timeless advice from Dr. James Dobson.  Check out the page for husbands and wives.

ChristianCounseling.org Find a Christian Counselor In Your Area
A service of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Marriage Savers® with Michael and Harriet McManus
Marriage Savers®  has a program called "Marriage Ministry" and claims a 90% reconciliation rate.  A wonderful "preventive" approach which keeps marriages healthy through key leaders in the local church.

Family Life with 
Dennis & Barbara Rainey
An extensive website with great resources for husbands and wives.  Family Life hosts great weekend conferences designed to enrich your marriage.  Also, check out their daily radio programs.

Retrouvaille Healing for Troubled Marriages
Retrouvaille (a French word for Rediscovery) is a program for marriages where divorce is being considered by one or both people.  This program saves 80% of the worst marriages.  Never give up on a marriage without considering this program..... it works!

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