From This Day Forward Marriage Conference
Arlington, VA * October 9, 2004

ARLINGTON, VA: On October 9, 2004, about 75 married and engaged couples as well as a few singles from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia participated in From This Day Forward, a one-day celebration of marriage commitment opened to the general public and held at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

Sponsored by Family Ministries of the North American Division and supported by the Columbia Union Visitor, this is the fourth of five From This Day Forward marriage conferences taking place across North America in 2004.

The event consisted of presentations made by Brenda and Mike Aufderhar from the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Family Ministries, Deirdre and Allan Martin from the Celebration Seventh-day Adventist Church in Celebration, Florida, and by Elaine and Willie Oliver from the North American Division's Family Ministries. During a day that lasted from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, couples learned skills on communication, problem solving, forgiveness and commitment, as well as a greater understanding for dealing with the more intimate aspects of married life.

"The forum provided an opportunity and gave us 'permission' to discuss things we have learned to ignore or avoid" a participant shared in his evaluation of the conference. The event concluded with the renewal of wedding vows and the challenge to "live, love, learn and leave a legacy." Eleven of the participants requested Bible studies and are being followed-up.

The last From This Day Forward marriage conference in 2004 takes place on November 6 in Toronto, Canada. Five From This Day Forward marriage conferences are scheduled to take place in 2005.

For registration information and/or to volunteer to be a local church promoter, contact us by e-mail (please include your full name, mailing address, and the quantity of brochures you need to promote the event) or call 301.680.6462.

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Written by: Willie Oliver, Director of Family Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America