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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. Starting January 8 they will be hosting a 19 week study of the classic book Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. This group offers support and encouragement for practical application of these counterintuitive principles
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.
New session starting Monday evening, January 8, 7 to 9 pm.
Location: 5174 Palazzo Place, Boynton Beach, FL 33437
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.
What if its not about who you marry, but why? Author, Gary Thomas
Beginning date: Saturday, January 6, 2018 Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am
Location: Lakeview Church, 2599 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach
Childcare will be provided by The Avenue Church
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.
We are asking for a commitment to the first 10 weeks. After 10 weeks you will have the opportunity to re-evaluate and decide if you want to continue with the second 10 weeks.
Week Page Date
I Review Format & Schedule Jan 6
2 Chapter I 13 Jan 13
3 Chapter 2 21 Jan 20
4 Chapter 3 29 Jan 27
5 Chapter 4 43 Feb 3
6 Chapter 5 55 Feb 10
7 Chapter 6 71 Feb 17
8 Chapter 7 77 Feb 24
9 Chapter 8 83 Mar 3
10 Chapter 9 91 Mar 10
11 Chapter 10 115 Mar 17
12 Chapter 11 131 Mar 24
13 Chapter 12 147 Mar 31
14 Chapter 13 157 Apr 7
15 Chapter 14 171 Apr 14
16 Chapter 15 183 Apr 21
17 Chapter 16 203 Apr 28
18 Chapter 17 215 May 5
2 week break
19 Chapter 18 223 May 26
2() Chapter 19 + Epilogue 247 June 2
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?
Boundaries in Marriage:
Jerry and Liz Hablitzel invite you on a journey that will be exciting, fun, challenging and life changing. Starting January 10, 2018 we will be hosting a 14 week study on Boundaries in Marriage by Cloud and Townsend.
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. More marriages fail because of poor boundaries than for any other reason. Building healthy boundaries will transform you emotionally, spiritually and relationally. Participants see such a tremendous change in their relationships, they often repeat the study.
Yet, love is not enough. The marriage relationship needs other ingredients to grow and thrive. Those ingedients are freedom and responsibility. When two people are free to disagree, they are free to love. When they are not free, they live in fear, and love dies.
Two lives becoming one: that's the marriage ideal. But maybe you've discovered that it's easier said than done. That's why boundaries—the ways we define and maintain our sense of individuality, freedom and personal integrity—are so important. And it's why the principles described in Boundaries in Marriage are essential if you want your marriage to flourish.
Boundaries in Marriage helps you understand the friction points or serious hurts and betrayals in your marriage—and move beyond them to the mutual care, respect, affrmation and intimacy you both long for.
Jerry and Liz Hablitzel of Relational Harmony have been hosting small groups in their home for over 30 years. This group will offer support and encouragement in the application of these counter intuitive principles. 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.
New session starting Wednesday evening,
January 10 through April 11, 2018, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
A suggested one time donation of $80 per person is appreciated but not a prerequisite for participation.
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