Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn’t clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.
If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you’ve always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing.
Whether you’re in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.
$12 (includes book purchase)
Love, we all want it, but how do we make it last?
No matter what stage of romantic life you're in or not in, this study follows Solomon's relationship from attraction to dating and courtship, marriage and intimacy, to resolving conflict, keeping romance alive, and being committed to your spouse for a lifetime.
You will hear and learn how God’s truth on relationships as recorded by Solomon in this book may change your life and marriage.
This 6-week marriage study will be hosted by MERCI at the MERCI Barn and facilitated by Scott & Anne Waters, a couple passionate about family and marriage. Scott and Anne have 4 daughters, two grandchildren and another on the way.
This class will be held on Wednesdays beginning August 14 and will run weekly through September 18.
Book Purchase $10/couple (1 book)
BLENDED & BLESSED
Friday, August 16 - Saturday, August 17*
Blended & Blessed® is a two-day event with a pre-recorded livestream produced by FamilyLife Blended for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families.
MERCI (Marriage Education Resource Center, Indiana) is proud to host this wonderful program and grateful to Northside Christian Church for providing a room and childcare. Childcare will cost $5/child, no more than $10 max for add’l children per day. We are so happy to make it easier for couples wanting to attend B&B without having to worry about finding a sitter for their young ones.
With some of today’s most trusted and respected experts, Blended and Blessed® will challenge, inspire, and encourage you. What a great opportunity to bring together couples for one incredible day of teaching bringing a little humor to a challenging blended marriage!
Couples in blended families often hide the hardships they deal with regularly, believing there is no help for their situation. But the gospel is good news for those who have experienced family heartache (whether by death, divorce, or de-coupling) and offers hope to complex families.
FamilyLife Blended offers practical, Biblically-based guidance and resources that help prevent divorce/re-divorce, strengthen stepfamilies, and help break the generational cycle of divorce.
You’re not alone; you can do this
You just need a key.
Join us as we unlock
the keys to stepfamily success.
Through Blended & Blessed, we see HEALING, RESTORATION, STRENGTH, AND BLESSINGS for marriages and families.
Register here for BLENDED AND BLESSED!
Dealing with Difficult People - Might even be your Spouse!
Life is full of difficult people and situations. These people could be your boss, co-workers, the person who just cut you off in traffic, or even family members.
Have you ever thought, yes, I live with one of them - my spouse!
We all have these challenging moments, but how we handle them will make all the difference in living a less stressful and more peaceful life.
Tim and Brandy Gibson will talk about how to deal with these difficult people and give specific tools on how to help de-escalate any situation, especially when that difficult person is the one you married!
Tim is a Training Specialist at Global Payment Systems, and has 10 years of Ministry experience. Brandy is the Office Manager for Lung and Sleep Specialists, and together with Tim, co-founded “In The Blender”, which is a blended family ministry.
Have you been waiting for a marriage study that is entertaining and enlightening?
One so rich with eye-opening principles your marriage can see positive changes almost immediately?
Emerson Eggeriches, famed author of the book “Love & Respect,” will unpack 5 key principles that will create “Ah Ha” moments that you will likely not forget!
In this 6-session Building Blocks study you will learn how to:
. Value your unique differences
. Resist misleading cultural influences
. Refocus on what made you friends
. Understand your spouse’s communication language
. Effectively influence the relationship
Since 1999, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggeriches have been helping couples learn the simple, yet profound and revolutionary biblical truths regarding the need for love & respect in marriage.
“There are many excellent marriages studies, BUT, this one literally was the catalyst for permanent change in our own marriage.” Bob & Carol Esham, Co-founders, MERCI
REGISTER HERE FOR LOVE & RESPECT
Not a whole lot of help out there for blended (step) families, so MERCI is bringing this great program back!
Held this past July, couples were given hope and encouragement that blended families can, indeed, grow closer with more peace and harmony. Yes, it does take work - but is so worth it!
Blended families have unique challenges and Blended & Blessed will address many of those.
We have an excellent panel of Blended couples who have “been there, done that,” and can testify to both the problems and solutions.
Blended & Blessed will inspire you. Key successes crucial to healthy step-family marriages will be unpacked. Blended & Blessed will incorporate pre-recorded videos taken from FamilyLife’s “Live” Blended Family Conference featuring experienced couple speakers, who themselves, have also navigated this same marriage relationship.
Couples will have projects to work on using the principles taught from the various marriage presentations . . . “Having a Heart that Walks with God, Foundations of Parenting in a Blended Family, Creating Culture and Traditions in a New Family, Love the Second Time Around.”
Facilitator Couples: Greg & Tammy Ward, Tim & Brandy Gibson, John & Tina Konkler
$20/couple, includes snacks and light breakfast
Location: MERCI Barn, 8510 Highway 111, Memphis IN
Middle school aged children face a lot of struggles with school, home life and a whirlwind of emotions. While raising a middle schooler may be frustrating, there are ways parents can successfully brave this season while continuing to nurture, teach and keep a close, loving relationship with their child.
Dr. Stuart Eldridge will present ways to help you navigate some of the inherent pitfalls facing children in middle school in our culture today - issues of self worth, bullying, social media boundaries, adequate sleep, etc.
Dr. Eldridge is a board-certified pediatrician in Floyds Knobs and author of "Passionate Parenting - a Guide to Healthcare Professionals." He and his wife, Janet, have been married 28 years and have raised 2 children.
Register here for What's a Parent to Do?
Location: MERCI Barn, 8510 Highway 111, Memphis IN
John Helton is a legally blind inspirational speaker who will break down marriage in a way you may have never heard. He will encourage you and make you laugh. John has a unique perspective on marriage, as well as life, and loves to share these perspectives with his audience. John will emphasize the important keys to an extremely healthy marriage and will challenge couples with a scriptural foundation.
Register here for Marriage Unpacked
Location: Clark County REMC Community Room, 7810 Highway 60, Sellersburg, IN
It all begins with “I DO.”
But soon after the honeymoon “WE DON’T!”
Why is it so hard to be patient, kind, not self-seeking, showing honor to our spouses, and all those things many of us had read at our weddings from 1 Cor. 13?
Debra Tally will share how SHE DID and how God has blessed her 37 year union with her husband, Robert.
She will encourage us with time-tested principles so WE CAN, too!
Debra L. Tally is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Marriage, Family & Child Psychotherapy. She is a graduate of California State University, holding a Master of Science degree and an undergraduate from Arizona State University. She and her husband, Robert, have one son and one furry four-legged golden retriever.
Register here for Marriage To Last
For Women Only . . . 8 consecutive Thursdays beginning September 6, 6:30 pm - 8 pm through October 25. Location to be announced but will be within 5 miles of the MERCI barn.
So few women know or understand the power and influence God has given them to have better marriages! Perhaps your husband would never consider going to a "marriage" class; no problem! Your attitude and behavior alone can impact your marriage for the better! In Respectfully Yours you will learn the necessary principles, when put into practice, can bring you and your husband closer than you've ever imagined.
This marriage study is produced by Emerson Eggeriches, author of the popular book "Love & Respect" (in my humble opinion, one of the best marriage books out there!)
Register here for Respectfully Yours
FamilyLife's Pre-Recorded "Live" Event
Blended families need a little more than routine marriage help; you have unique problems. Blended and Blessed will offer unique solutions, all based on biblical principles regarding human relationships. Blended and Blessed will inspire and encourage you! We'll unpack key successes that are crucial to healthy stepfamily marriages.
About the Facilitators: Greg and Tammy Ward, Tim and Brandy Gibson
Greg and Tammy will celebrate 19 years of marriage this year. They are always eager to share their story as they understand the challenges all marriages face, especially those in blended families.
Tim and Brandy have been married for 5 years. They have a passion for blended families and are founders of "In the Blender" which is a faith-based ministry providing guidance and encouragement for blended families.
Free Workshop 6:30-8pm
Paul and Stacy Kampschafer have been married for 20 years and have two daughters. They have been budgeting together for over 14 years and will speak on financial goal-setting and budgeting together and the great rewards of doing so! Fans of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace they gave a shout out on his radio program as debt-free! Learn from this couple who actually achieved this goal at a young age!