April 2020 Newsletter from
The Marriage Education and Resource Center (MERCY)
How are you?

Since our last newsletter, quite a lot has changed in our everyday lives. More than likely you're practicing "social distancing" due to the Coronovirus. We hope you and your family and friends are well and continue to be safe and healthy.

As a result of the virus, in-person marriage events have been cancelled or postponed. However, there are still ways to strengthen your marriage during the quarantine. We have devoted most of this newsletter to online courses you may find helpful.

Grace and peace,

Penny and David
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MERCY'S New Website
We want to thank John Baker for redesigning and updating MERCY'S web site. John has been maintaining our web site for years out of the goodness of his heart. We so appreciate him.

Hope you will check out our new and improved web site here
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Check out additional free relationship courses from The Smalley Institute here
Online Relationship Courses/Events
Stay-at-Home Date Night - May 2 - 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. with Jeff and Debbie McElroy with Forever Families featuring a nationally-recognized special guest.

Cost: $12
Jeff and Debby are two of the most sought-after couples in terms of marriage enrichment.

As soon as we know about this special guest and a registration link, we will let you know.
XO Marriage Conference

Watch Hours of marriage content from the world's leading marriage experts like Jimmy Evans, Dave and Ashley Willis. Free for 30 days when you use the code: 30DAYTRIAL

For more click here
Improve Your Communication
Start a free video series by Greg and Erin Smalley to become a more effective and loving communicator.

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Online Resources for Distressed
 Couples
An Online Gathering - Pursue Oneness - Seven Key Strategies to the Relationship of Your Dreams

Take the guesswork out of "what can help" by providing an easy way to discover the most important knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your relationship. $15.00

For additional information, click here

Note: If you purchase this program, you can get the "Keys to Lasting Love Relationships" series by the late Dr. Gary Smalley for only $25.
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Professional Counseling

We have checked with most of the counselors we recommend and most of them are still open for business. They are simply meeting with their couples on line. If you would like a list of counselors MERCY recommends, we will be glad to send you their contact information. Simply email us at: pdhud9@aol.com or call: (502) 939-0121.
A counselor-led workshop for couples in crisis.

A New Beginning is a turn-around weekend designed to help couples who feel stuck in an unhealthy marriage, couples who are frustrated and unhappy, and couples considering divorce

Apr 24-26    Online Workshop
May 15-17 Online Workshop

For more information, click here
To register for this online course, call: 615-628-3014.
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Coaches on Call
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Marriage Today has trained coaches to help you in your time of need. They will listen with compassion and understanding, provide objective wise coaching and help navigate the best plan of action to start the healing process.

Up to 50 minutes of private phone coaching via a phone with a Marriage Coach. $40 at this time - regularly $75.

For more information, click here a
Marriage Mentoring at MERCY
While we would certainly prefer to mentor couples in person, i.e., couple-to-couple, we realize it is not an option at this time. However, please know we are available to help in any way we can. We can mentor via a virtual platform.

Here is what is involved in mentoring. Couples begin by taking the PREPARE/ENRICH online assessment to identify their strengths and growth areas as a couple. You then meet with a trained mentor couple for about eight, two-hour sessions, who provides feedback to help couples understand their results as well as teach important relationship skills. In addition, MERCY includes a spiritual component to their mentoring.

If you would be interested in working with us, please call: (502) 939-0121 or email: pdhud9@aol.com
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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Here is a schedule of Focus on the Family's upcoming broadcasts on marriage:

April 20 - Filling Your Marriage with Joy - Mr. Marcus Warner and Rev. Chris Coursey

April 27-28 - Who Counts as One of Us I & II - Mrs. Trisha Davis

To more information, click here
Considering the circumstances we are all dealing with, we wanted to share with you a video we borrowed from First Things First. Chris Ownby, who is a facilitator with this organization, is offering some tips you can use to keep tension from exploding.
Ten Date Night Ideas for When You Can't Go Out

If you would like some date night ideas while you are staying in place, check these out by clicking here
3 Steps to Offering A Good Apology
"Saying 'I'm sorry' is one of the most important phrases you can say in any relationship. But it is also one of the hardest."

If you would like some tips on how to offer a good apology read more here