Carey Robertson knows a little about a successful marriage.
The Executive Pastor at Resurrection Life Worship Center, who has been married for 58 years says, “You know, divorce is something that every family is affected by. Our state leads the nation per capita for divorces. We are number one in churches as well, so we have to ask ourselves ‘Are churches doing their job?’”
Robertson and leadership of the church decided to do something about this issue. They held a discussion with the staff and began a “Marriage Matters” program which was introduced to both children and the youth program on a rotation basis.
“We begin by explaining the word “covenant” and what it means when the Bible says the Lord has a covenant with them as well as what it means when they enter one with another person. We also teach about one-on-one relationships.
“With the older youth we keep lots of activities and social group settings for them to interact. Basically dating is a practice run for marriage. The problem with dating is it’s just a situation where you date and break up when things go wrong. Thats sets the scene for a repeat if a marriage goes bad. You handle it by breaking up and a divorce is only the beginning of pain and issues that last for years to come by all involved,” said Robertson.
Engaged couples who wish to be married in the church are required to have a minimum of six pre-marriage counseling sessions and are assigned a mentor couple who have a stable marriage and have been trained by Les and Leslie Parrott.
“The thought behind this is to help them make sure of their decision and guide them through the process of the first year of marriage. With the mentoring couple by their side, we are hoping to help them navigate the ups and downs as well as give them encouragement by fostering a positive relationship with others who have had success in their relationship,” said Robertson.
There is no set time for the couples to meet or mandatory requirements but it is hoped both couples will bond and build life friendships as they strengthen their marriages.
Robertson said, “After focusing on the foundation for marriage, we have begun to zero in on maintenance. Maintaining is a lot easier and rewarding than dealing with the devastation of an marriage that has ended.”
The church, along with Marriage Matters, will be hosting a “Festival of Marriage” simulcast on February 8th through the 9th.
“This simulcast is the first step of a program we are working on for marriage maintenance. It is for all marriages from 1 to 75 years,” said Robertson.
The simulcast will feature speakers: Gary Chapman, Mark Merrill, Steve and Debbie Wilson as well as Les and Leslie Parrott. There will also be performances by Team Wordplay, Big Daddy Weave and Apostles of Comedy. Cost of the event is $25 per couple and online registration is available through www.rlministry.org.
Carey Robertson knows a little about a successful marriage.
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Local pastor releases book on revival
Pastor Rusty Kuhn’s roots run deep in Pearl River County. For years he has had a heart for the Nicholson area. In 2006 God opened the door for him to start a new church in Nicholson, Miss. New Life Baptist Church had their first service on the Easter Sunday morning of April 16, 2006. Since that time God has richly blessed and increased the New Life family.
Citywide Revival fundraiser planned
The Pearl River County Ministerial Alliance, Inc., Scholarship Committee will hold its 2014 citywide revival fundraiser Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. hosted by Lighthouse Pentecostal International Church, Hwy 11 South, in Picayune. The Elder Harvey Benard, is Pastor, and Bishop/Dr. Anthony Pressley will be the guest speaker. Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at 7 p.m. the fundraiser will be hosted by Trinity Outreach Ministries, 502 Jarrell Street in Picayune. The Apostle Carl Flowers is pastor, and will be the speaker.
Carriere author releases new historical Christian novel
Author Dimitri Flynn announces the nationwide release of his new historical Christian novel, “The Templar Solution.”
FBC Carriere pastor celebrates 49th
What is a powerhouse? Bro. William Gary Smith Sr. (Bro. Gary) is a powerhouse. Even though he’s not as spry as he once used to be, he still leads his congregation at First Baptist Church of Carriere with the same care and concern he had when he started 49 years ago.
Pastor appreciation services are underway
By Doreen Wilson-Hughes\Christian Embassy Fellowship
It’s that time of the year again! An appreciation banquet and service is underway to honor the pastors of Christian Embassy Fellowship Apostle Johnnie and Prophet Thereasa Ball. There is such great excitement in the air as we embark on this wonderful occasion for our pastors.
UMC Bishop Swanson visits Picayune
As part of their year-long, Centennial Celebration, First United Methodist Church, 323 N. Haugh Ave. in Picayune, is pleased to announce Bishop James Edward Swanson Sr., will be preaching at the morning worship service Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.
Brother’s Keeper food pantry is vital ministry
POPLARVILLE — An all-volunteer organization provided 27,000 pounds of food to 360 households here in the past month.
Brother’s Keeper Ministries has been feeding those who need help since it was chartered by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office as a non-profit corporation on Sept. 29, 2000.
In the first eight months of this year, Brother’s Keeper distributed 190,650 pounds of food to 2,542 households made up of 3,158 adults, 1,736 children and 1,332 senior citizens
Warren Pittman honored
When Warren Pittman became Superintendent of the Hattiesburg District of the United Methodist Church in 1975, Edwards Street United Methodist Church had six members. Subsequently the church and parsonage were declared abandoned.
Feeling the church could be useful to the community, Pittman called a citywide group together to discuss possibilities. A survey by William Carey College (University) found that a child care center and youth recreation were the greatest needs of that area.
Women’s Ministry Conference set
By Minister Doreen Wilson-Hughes, Overseer/Christian Embassy Fellowship
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am excited to announce the first of our Women’s Ministry Conference series sponsored by Christian Embassy Fellowship, where are Pastor/Overseer is Prophet Thereasa Ball.
The cross comes to Pearl River County
A 6-foot, lighted cross began a journey — leaving the steps of the State Capitol August 7, 2013 — to visit 82 counties within 82 days. Wednesday, August 21, 2013, the cross made its way through Poplarville and Picayune.
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