Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2015
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • United Way Center, 536 N Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201



    Every Monday evening

    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    The United Way Center,
    536 N. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI.


    Every Tuesday evening
    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Northwest Community Schools
     Administration Office
    6900 Rives Junction Rd. Jackson


    Building Better Marriages is an ongoing, drop-in workshop now offered at TWO Jackson County locations. An MMJ facilitator explores a new topic each week in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

    Is MMJ’s Building Better Marriages Workshop for you?

    Every couple can use a little home improvement!


    My marriage is fine.
    Great! We hear that all the time, and people who are doing fine still get great encouragement and tips at MMJ events and workshops, like MMJ’s weekly Building Better Marriages workshop.

    My marriage is hurting.
    You are not alone. Many will go, have gone, or are going through tough times. Relationships can be complicated. Each person brings a history and expectations to the mix, then add in some life events (babies, in-laws, job changes), stir, and you have the perfect recipe for marital stress. Tips and tools you gain will help your marriage thrive, not just survive.

    My husband or wife won’t come with me.
    That’s fine.  When one half of a couple learns skills and gains information, the relationship can improve or grow even stronger. People often come by themselves to MMJ’s weekly Building Better Marriages workshops and take home usable techniques and insight to help their relationship.

    We aren’t married yet.
    Although MMJ believes in and promotes the benefit of lifelong marriage, there is no “marriage license check” at the door -- relationship skills help everybody.  



        Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m

    United Way Center
        536 N. Jackson St., Jackson


        Starting Oct. 6th workshops will be offered
        Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
        Northwest Schools Administration Building

    6900 Rives Junction Rd.



    Suggested donation: $5 per person, per week


    Fall 2015 Schedule:
    Click here for a printable schedule


    Sept 14  -  Responsibility and the Blame Game
    Sept. 21 - Understanding Expectations

    Sept. 28 - Redefining the Power Struggle

    Oct. 5 & 6 - Control Issues
    Oct. 12 & 13 - Listening Beyond the Words
    Oct. 19 & 20 - Personality Differences
    Oct. 26 & 27 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage
    Nov. 2 & 3 - Handling Anger Constructively
    Nov. 9 & 10 - Speaking the Truth in Love
    Nov. 16 & 17 - How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution
    Nov. 23 & 24 - Money Matters
    Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 - Forgiveness & Repair
    Dec. 7 & 8 - Rebuilding Trust
    Dec. 14 & 15 - Building a Climate of Respect
    Dec. 21 & 22 - NO WORKSHOP
    Dec. 28 & 29 - NO WORKSHOP
    Jan. 4 & 5 - Responsibility and the Blame Game

    Topics continue throughout the year, so if you miss one, no worries. It will come up at a later date!

    *Cost underwritten in part by Marriage Matters Jackson and donors like you!


    • 24 Oct 2015
    • Lumen Christi Auditorium

    Barnes & Miner

    Comedy Show & Strolling Dessert

    Saturday, Oct. 24th




    Lumen Christi Auditorium

    Spring Arbor Rd., Jackson

    Every couple needs to laugh together, and MMJ is providing the perfect date-your-mate event to help you enjoy yourselves and the comedy of husband and wife team Barnes & Miner! The evening starts with a strolling dessert buffet, GILBERT CHOCOLATE fountain, and delicious BIGGBY coffee, as well as a cash bar. Then, after sweets and treats, get ready to connect through some “laughter therapy.”

    This event is brought to you in part by our sponsors:


    A little bit about the comedy duo of Barnes & Miner …

    Married in 2002, Amy Barnes & Jerry Miner share a stage all over the country performing their unique brand of tag team comedy.

              Amy started her stand-up career in Seattle, Washington where she quickly gained a reputation for smart accessible comedy. A few years later she picked up a guitar and added original songs to the mix which landed her a plum spot in the New Faces Show at the Montreal Comedy Festival. With rave reviews in hand she appeared on Premium Blend and Comic Remix on Comedy Central followed by a recurring role on the National Lampoon network. As a writer, she has written for Bonnie Hunt, Jack Black, and many more.

              Jerry began his comedy career as a doorman at the Laugh Stop in Newport Beach, California. Twenty years later, Jerry has made more than 20 TV appearances on ESPN, HBO, NBC, Fox, Comedy Central, and MTV, and written for many well-known comedians, including: Jay Leno, Paul Reiser, Anthony Clark and Kevin Pollak.

              Amy and Jerry recently relocated from Los Angeles to the Pacific Northwest because grandparents are more valuable than sunshine! They have an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son who enjoy traveling with mom and dad.

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    • 13 Nov 2015
    • Commonwealth Commerce Center

    Married with Special Needs Children

    An MMJ Marriage Pep Talk Event

    Friday, Nov. 13th at 6:30pm

    Commonwealth Commerce Center

    $15 per person/$25 per couple (includes dessert and beverage)

    LIMITED SPACE: Register today!


    It is possible to cope with a special needs child and have your marriage thrive … really!  Author, psychologist and presenter Dr. Laura Marshak, is coming to Jackson to show you how. In her book Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples Guide to Keeping Connected, Dr. Marshak provides a wealth of realistic suggestions for strengthening your relationship. It’s this wisdom, gained from her personal and professional experiences with hundreds of families, she’ll share at MMJ’s Marriage Pep Talk event.

    Although a child’s disability does have a large impact on a marriage, Dr. Marshak offers hope and examples of how a child’s disabilities can amplify the good times in your relationship. After her presentation, and a short break, MMJ’s Shelby Raines will join Dr. Marshak on the stage for some Q&As submitted by the audience.  There will be real stories, real laughter and real learning you can enjoy together.

    This session is an ideal for any couple raising a child with special needs from a to z, such as: attention and learning issues, mental or physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and many others. The diagnoses may differ greatly but the information at this MMJ Marriage Pep Talk is applicable to nearly every couple who is parenting a special needs child.



    Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D. and her husband have raised three sons, including one with special needs. She is professor of counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also founding partner and psychologist at North Hills Psychological Services, where she works with many parents of children with disabilities.

    The evening event begins at 6:30 pm with coffee and dessert. Beer/wine/pop are available for purchase.

    Sponsored in part by Tripp's Auto Shop & Collision Center
    and Don Finelli & The Commonwealth Commerce Center.

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    • 15 Jan 2016
    • 16 Jan 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Chelsea Comfort Inn & Suites, Chelsea
    • 25

    Major changes in a marriage can take place anywhere between the ages of 40-70. Let MMJ show you how to have fun and steer you through the many changes that can happen in the second half o f marriage. We'll be looking at such topics as:

    • Dealing with an Empty Nest
    • Caring for Aging parents
    • Health & Body issues
    • Teenagers or adult children living at home
    • New family dynamics (grandchildren, married children)
    • Career Changes
    • Sexual issues
    • Retirement decisions
    If you do it the healthy and fun way, the second half of your marriage can be a time of learning about each other, sharing dreams and working toward a more satisfying relationship. Based on the award winning book, The Second Half of Marriage, this workshop gives practical strategies for navigating this special stage of your relationship.

    If you are in or near the empty nest- or if your nest has refilled, this seminar is just for you. You'll learn you're not alone, and the second half of your marriage can be a time of incredible fulfillment, not matter what challenges you previously faced or what lies ahead.

    Get ready to cruise into the next part of your marriage and enjoy the adventure together.

    Date: Friday, January 15th & Saturday, January 16th

    Location: Chelsea Comfort Inn & Suites, Chelsea, MI

    Price: *$150/couple (includes overnight hotel stay & workshop & Saturday meals) or $99/couple (includes workshop & Saturday meals only)

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    • 12 Feb 2016
    • Gene Davis & Sons Banquet and Convention Center, Jackson
    • 199


    Dinner & Dance

    Friday, February 12th

    Gene Davis & Sons Banquet and Convention Center

    Doors open at 6:00p.m.
    Dinner Served at 6:30p.m.


    $100/couple VIP Package

    Register early!
    Click here to request your song ahead with PRO DJs to dance the night away!

    Spend an evening dining, dancing and romancing at MMJ's annual K.I.S.S. event, Friday, Feb. 12th at Gene Davis & Sons Banquet and Convention Center. MMJ does all the work- we help you Keep It Sweet & Simple (K.I.S.S.)- so that you can focus on each other and have a fabulous night out together.

    MMJ's Shelby Raines will host the evening, which includes dinner for two, entertainment, and lots of fun activities throughout the evening. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine. A DJ will spin the tunes until you and your mate decide to go make out like teenagers in your car... or until 10:00 p.m- whichever comes first.

    The VIP Package includes all of the dinner and fun PLUS private seating at a table for two, chocolates and a bottle of wine!

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

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