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Jesus uses people to mediate his love and to serve as models and instruments of his redeeming power. At The Avenue we seek to enhance all relationships so that they all might glorify God. This young and growing ministry has four parts:
This new study group is designed for singles, dating and pre-engaged couples. We are studying the book, Sacred Search by Gary Thomas. The author helps us look at relationships through psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual perspectives which creates a framework for understanding the why of marriage in a world that is grossly fixated on the who. His kingdom-first perspective gives us a Christ-centered understanding of God’s plan for marriage. Sacred Search is designed to help those who desire to marry and pursue marriage in a manner that deepens their faith, honors God, and blesses their future spouse.
Preparation for Marriage
The eldership at The Avenue Church believe the institution of marriage is a life long covenant between a man and a woman, ordained by God. We love the marriage ceremony and what it represents and would be honored to participate in your special day. Couples who desire to be married by one of The Avenue pastors are encouraged to read and follow the Marriage Policy of The Avenue Church (see attachment).
According to scripture in Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 2:13-3:7, God created marriage to be a sweet picture of the Gospel in action. Marriage is a living parable of Christ’s deep, abiding, covenant-keeping, sacrificial love for His church. From Genesis through Revelation, marriage is seen as but a shadow of a far greater reality. Marriage is a statement to the world about the nature and character of God and how He chooses to relate to His people.
Do you feel stuck in an endless cycle of difficulty and discord? You do not need to face this alone. There is a way out. Often the pain in our marriages exposes personal pain we have not been willing to own and take responsibility for. It is far easier to blame unhappiness on what your mate is doing. Couples in trouble are often made up of individuals who have not been willing to take a humble look at themselves and take the necessary steps to cooperate with God in the personal work He desires to do. As we learn to cooperate with God, we can begin to experience His redeeming power in all of our relationships. Couples who desire the help of a mentor couple are encouraged to contact Jerry or Liz Hablitzel. You will be registered to take the Prepare-enrich assessment and then you will be assigned a mentor couple.
upcoming Relational harmony groups:
Boundaries Boot Camp:
Come super-charge your relational fitness. Do you have difficult people in your life? Do you find yourself becoming more resentful as you fry to deal with someone who is over-bearing, oppositional, undisciplined or abusive? Do you find yourself emotionally drained by the neediness, demands, poor choices, dishonesty or untrustworthiness of someone close to you?
Boundaries define what is on your physical, emotional, spiritual and relational property. Understanding boundaries helps you take responsibility for what belongs to you. Conflicts in all of our relationships occur when we allow someone to overstep our boundaries or when we intrude on the boundaries of another person.
Healthy boundaries help promote love and freedom while reducing anger, frustration, resentment, nagging and dissatisfaction. Boundaries help us to stop wasting our energy and giving away our power.
Building healthy boundaries will transform you emotionally, spiritually and relationally. Participants see such a fremendous change in their relationships, they often repeat the study.
Jerry and Liz Hablitzel of Relational Harrnony have been hosting small goups in their home for over 30 years.
Join us for a fun, inspiring and life-changing journey. This is not a class but an interactive small group so we are asking for a high level of commitment and involvement. Book, homework and participation are required.
Monday evenings 7 to 9 pm, Part 1 - July 16 to Sept 10 Part 2 - Oct 8 to Dec 10
Cost: Your book (about $10) and a one-time donation of $80 is appreciated. This is a tax deductible donation to Relational Harmony. A donation is not a prerequisite for participation.
Wednesday evenings 7 to 9 pm Part 1 - July 18 to Sept 12 Part 2 - Oct 10 to Nov 14
Cost: Your book (about $10) and a one-time fee of $80.
This is a tax deductible donation to Relational Harmony.
A supply of books will be available on the first meeting for purchase at a discounted price
This is a group study, not a class. Come prepared to participate and contribute. Come ready to be stretched and challenged. What we learn together will be as dynamic as how we grow relationally in sustained face-to-face communication in community.
A few simple guidelines;
We will start on time and end on time. Please be prompt.
No Cross talk. We are here for the good of the whole group.
During 'community building' each person gets 2-3 minutes to answer without interruption, questions or comment.
Commit to regular attendance. Please make this a priority. Aim for 90% attendance. No fixing, rescuing, or unsolicited advice-giving
Session Structure: The evening will have three parts;
Community building using 'sharing questions'
first 20-30 minutes
I + hour
Prayer- How can we pray for each other?
If you are interested in any of these small group studies contact:
Liz at (561)632-0996 e-mail LKHI178@a01.com or
Jerry at (561)504-2832 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org