The 3rd annual Marriage Does Matter – Marriage God’s Way seminar will take place Saturday, May 18, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Pacific Grill in Tacoma. The Pacific Grill restaurant is located at 1502 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402.
The seminar is intended for singles age 18 and over with intentions of getting married: married couples wanting relationship enrichment, separated couples and married couples whose relationships are crumbling and want to save their marriage. Couples who want to know what the Bible says about marriage.
According to www.StrongMarriages.org: “Roy Anderson, speaker at this event, is a licensed marriage and family therapist for thirty-five years. Roy became an ordained minister in 1980, and served as a pastor in the local church until 2004. He now serves as Director for Strong Marriages International.
“Roy is a Clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Training Associate for Interpersonal Communication Programs teaching, training and mentoring couples who want to become certified Couple Communication instructors. Roy is also a Seminar Director for Prepare/Enrich equipping pastors and counselors in using these highly acclaimed assessment inventories.
“Roy has been married to his wife, Ethel for 43 years. Ethel is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse who retired in 2004 to partner with Roy in their marriage ministry. She enjoys participating with Roy in leading Couple Communication seminars & retreats, and traveling abroad to work with other churches.
“Together, their mission is to encourage and strengthen the relationships of pastors and their spouses and to empower leadership couples in the local church, nationally and internationally, to develop an effective and sustainable marriage ministry.”
Pastor Darryl and April Simmons of Spoken Word Ministries/Founders of Speaking Life to the World Developers Outreach and Sponsors of the Marriage Does Matters upcoming event, explained the definition of “help-mate” and “agape”: “When Adam was alone in the Garden of Eden the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will help meet him. God gave Eve to Adam and He reference her as a Help meet, (one who helps, and supports) another. “Agape,” is the Greek word for Love in the Bible. It is the kind of Love God shows to the people; it is unconditional love, sacrificial, selfless love.”
Dinner will be served at this one day seminar. Pastor Darryl and April Simmons are the founders of Marriage Does Matter; they were prompted by the witness of numeral broken families today. They have such a compassion for uniting the family unit, because they understand the solidity of a firm family unit starts at home.
Pastor Darryl stated: “Understanding that marriage is a covenant between God, male & female, we have taken our place to ensure that this covenant stands healthy, remains strong, and what may have been broken; we assist in mending by the Word of God.
Marriage Does Matter – Marriage God’s Way, is inspired by Elder Tyrone Holcomb of Central Texas, author of Marriage Matters, Marriage Matters -Learning to Love like God, and Marriage Medicine.”
April Simmons added, “This event is sponsored by Spoken Word Ministries, Outreach Program, Speaking Life to the World Developers, our “slogan” is, Removing Walls and Breaking Barrier’s. This slogan was not so easily chosen. A part of our mission is to assist in the uniting of local ministries to be joined together in the work of the Lord. “We are better together.” We should be reminded we need each other’s support.”
When asked if this event was a fundraiser, April replied, “This year’s event is not a fundraiser, however is currently in transition to become a fundraising event as we approach 2015. Monies received will be used for the planning of future Marriage Does Matter events, tools to strengthen marriages & families, and the building of community development.”
Darryl wanted to ensure we knew that, “This seminar is not based on what I, nor what we as a whole “think”, but what we believe. What we believe and stand on are the Biblical Principles of God. This seminar is to reiterate such principles and according to the covenant between God, male and female.”
Darryl commented on the best thing about this seminar, “This seminar teaches biblical principles, about the union and unity of marriage for married couples and also teaches those that are single how to keep themselves until they have entered the covenant of marriage.”
April explained how this seminar is different compared to others, “This seminar is coming together and is unique in the sense that we offer Spiritual life couching for free. Many of our speakers have been married for over two decades, something that is gradually fading in marriage today. Real life experience and mature mentors is priceless, who can put a price on it! Most do! Surely it beats the messenger, who just read the book on how to improve your marriage, and having zero experience.”
Those that are interested in attending, have to register no later than April 30. The cost is $65/Couples and $35/Singles. Check or cash is accepted. Please make all checks payable to:
Spoken Word Ministries and they can be mailed to: Spoken Word Ministries 15413 1st Ave CT S. Bldg H Tacoma, WA 98444. Professional photo opportunity will be available. Photos will be taken by D&D Photos and there is a 10% military discount for photos.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com