If you missed FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember marriage conference in Ft. Lauderdale this summer, you can attend when the conference returns to Florida Sept. 11–13 at the Delray Beach Marriott or Sept. 25–27 in Fort Myers at the Sanibel Harbour Resort. The group will return to Ft. Lauderdale again next June.
FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember originally started as an internal conference for the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, according to FamilyLife’s event marketing manager Gene Haub.
“It was originally geared toward singles that were leaders in the campus Life, ” Haub says.
“[The Life ‘s creator] felt it was important for the leaders to have strong families someday. He wanted to talk to them about the importance of developing good marriages.
“Once these young couples were married, they came back to us and said, ‘OK, we could use a little help with this marriage thing,’ and the conference evolved to what it is today,” adds Haub.
Over the last 30 years, the conference has touched the lives of more than 2 million people, according to FamilyLife, which is a Life of Campus Crusade for Christ International.
Couples are encouraged to attend whether they want to refresh a good marriage or heal a troubled one.
“I actually attended a Weekend to Remember once with someone I was dating and considering marrying,” says Jennifer Epperson, station manager at Moody’s WRMB radio in Boynton Beach.
“We heard the teaching and tried to work on some of the assignments together. I saw that he had left his workbook blank. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we didn’t have a relationship, or, at the very least, it wasn’t healthy,” she says.
Years later, Epperson attended a Weekend to Remember with another man who was seriously courting her.
“I was challenged by preconceived notions of what it means to be a wife and was helped through some of my own issues, while talking them over with the man I was courting,” Epperson explains.
“What a refreshing difference between the two experiences!” she adds.
Epperson ended up marrying that man eight years ago.
Couples attending the three-day conference will learn how to “love like you mean it” through 10 different sessions, including “Why marriages fail;” “Communication;” “The mystery of marriage;”
“From how to wow: Achieving God’s plan for marriage” and “How marriages thrive.”
“I always tell couples to invest in their marriages,” Haub says. “We spend a lot of money on our weddings, yet how much is invested on a lifetime of memories?”
For more information about Weekend to Remember, visit www.FamilyLife.com/Weekend.