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Gathering for 
Blended Family Couples!

Are you divorced and remarried? Trying to blend “his” and “her’s” into “ours”? Craig Morgan, co-founder of Blended Together Forever will be speaking at Harvest Fellowship Church on Friday, August 1st, 6:30 p.m. on how to build a successful blended family. Craig and his wife Gina have lived the blended family life and they share encouragement and hope to blended families. Their upcoming book, "When Households Collide" will be released in September 2014. Be encouraged and attend this FREE valuable event. To RSVP, please email Nora Rodriguez at marriageinsa@gmail.com

Military Marriage Movement 

A special letter from Raul and Karen Benitez, leaders of 
SAMI-M3- Military Marriage Movement

Dear Friends in Christ, 

Sending you all Blessings and Greetings in the name of our Holy Savior, Jesus Christ. We are the Military Marriage Movement, or “M3”, a newly-formed special emphasis ministry within the San Antonio Marriage Initiative (SAMI). 

What is M3? We envision M3 as a movement of Christ-centered people, churches, and ministries with a shared passion to strengthen military marriages here in "Military City, USA". The ultimate goal of M3 is to bring together a military marriage-focused community, and connect that community with San Antonio’s military service members to help them build, strengthen, or restore, and celebrate their marriages. 

What is M3? We envision M3 as a movement of Christ-centered people, churches, and ministries with a shared passion to strengthen military marriages here in "Military City, USA". The ultimate goal of M3 is to bring together a military marriage-focused community, and connect that community with San Antonio’s military service members to help them build, strengthen, or restore, and celebrate their marriages. 

As I’m sure we are all aware, Biblical marriage is under attack all around our country today. Similarly, marriages within our military face unique stressors and strains that have only grown over the past 12 years of sustained combat operations in an increasingly dangerous world. 

As we celebrate the 238th Birthday of our Country this July 4th, we here at SAMI/M3 propose that we make the month of July a month of focused prayer for military marriages. The freedom that we enjoy today is truly a God-given gift intended for everyone in the world. In our country, our military has served the American citizenry with great sacrifice, fighting bravely for our independence since 1775, winning that independence in 1776, and diligently securing it every day since. 

We believe that the core of the M3 movement MUST be centered on regular, intentional prayer. So we ask that in each of your congregations, throughout your different ministries, amongst your small groups, within your prayer groups, and of course from the pulpit or altar, that you pray for the following during the month of July:

• That God will bless all of our service members to serve safely throughout the world -- whether deployed in combat in Afghanistan, securing peace in far off lands in Asia and the Middle East, or training here to defend the homeland. That through the challenges of military life that they will come to know the truth of The Gospel and that they can turn to Christ through the Holy Spirit for unwavering strength. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26)

• That all military marriages remain strong in love through the trials and tribulations of a life of service and sacrifice. We especially pray for the “Wounded Warriors” who might bring home to their marriage the greatest challenges. That service members and their spouses might come to know and celebrate the love of God’s blessed union and that they renew their marriage covenant with God every day. “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14) 

• For God’s protection over all of His servants who champion Christ-centered marriage here in San Antonio. That they may “put on the full armor of God so that (they) can take (their) stand against the devil's schemes”. (Eph 6:10) We especially ask for your prayers for SAMI/M3 as we answer God’s call to bring together a group of faithful warriors to fight for military marriages. 

We are so grateful for all of the prayer and support for SAMI/M3 as we launch into this new partnership. We look forward to meeting many more of you in the weeks and months ahead. We thank you again for making July 2014 a month of focused, intentional prayer for military marriages. 

By HIS Grace…For HIS Glory, 

Raul and Karen Benitez
Facebook: Military Marriage Movement – M3
Twitter: @SAMI M3


Love Reboot

August 1-3: 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!

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...>