Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • BBM workshops run year round at ALL locations (Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties). -- PREREGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED - Drop-ins are welcome!

    Building Better Marriages is an ongoing, drop-in workshop (no pre-registration required) offered at two Jackson County locations, one Lenawee County location, and one Hillsdale County location. An MMJ facilitator explores a new topic each week in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.



     Hillsdale County
     Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
     The HUB Activity Center
     1300 S. Hillsdale Rd., Hillsdale

      Just (0.2 mi.) south of the hospital.
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      Venue sponsor:

      Lenawee County - Adrian

      Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
      The Centre - Meeting Room B
      1800 W. US Highway 223, Adrian

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      Child Care Available: $5 per child
    Click here to listen to the WLEN Radio interview about BBM

      Venue sponsor:

     Jackson - North

      Jackson County - Downtown

      Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m.
      United Way Center
      536 N. Jackson St., Jackson
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      Venue sponsor:

      Jackson County - North

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

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      Venue sponsor:

    Suggested donation: $5 per person, per week*

    Topic Schedule:


    December 12 & 13 - Listening Beyond the Words

    December 19 & 20 - Personality Differences
    December 26 & 27 - NO WORKSHOP/CHRISTMAS

    January 2 & 3 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    January 9 & 10 - Handling Anger Constructively

    January 16 & 17 -  Speaking the Truth in Love
    January 23 & 24 - How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution
    January 30 & 31 - Money Matters

    February 6 & 7 -  Forgiveness & Repair

    February 13 & 14 - Rebuilding Trust

    February 20 & 21 - Building a Climate of Respect
    March 6 & 7 - Responsibility and the Blame Game

    March 13 & 14 - Understanding Expectations

    February 27 & 28 - Redefining the Power Struggle
    March 20 & 21 - Control Issues

    March 27 & 28 - Listening Beyond the Words

    April 3 & 4 - Personality Differences

    April 10 & 11 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    Note: Topics continue in the above cycle 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, the Jackson Community Foundation, the Merillat Foundation, and donors like you!


    • 27 Jan 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 28 Jan 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Comfort Inn & Suites, Chelsea
    • 8

    The Second Half

    An MMJ Married Workshop

    Friday, Jan. 27th & Saturday, Jan. 28th

     Comfort Inn & Suites, Chelsea

    $175/couple (includes overnight hotel stay, 
    2-day workshop & meals on Saturday) 

    $99/couple (includes 2-day workshop & meals on Saturday - no hotel stay)

    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 of marriage. We'll be looking at many great topics:

    Friday 7-9 p.m.
    • Creating a Partner Focused Marriage
    • Communication
    Saturday 9-4 p.m.
    • Letting Go & Forgiving
    • Finding Friendship
    • Renewing Romance/Sexual Issues
    • Changing Roles with Parents & Children
      • Dealing with an Empty Nest
      • Caring for Aging parents
      • Teenagers or adult children living at home
      • New family dynamics (grandchildren, married children)
    • Conflict Resolution
    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, no 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.

    Schedule: Join us Friday evening at 7 p.m. for the first session of the workshop at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Chelsea. Then on day 2, enjoy a breakfast to kick off the day with snacks and lunch provided throughout the sessions, wrapping up by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    Jerry & Debb Lyon have been married for 31 years, and going strong! They have 2 adult sons (Taylor & Austin) who live in Anderson, IN, and St. Paul, MN, respectively. They’ve been “empty nesters” for the past 5 years and have adjusted extremely well to their new normal (at least Jerry has become accustomed to having his recliner available at-all-times and doesn’t have to search for his remote anymore!).  They’ve lived in Jackson for almost 11 years.  Jerry serves as the Lead Pastor of New Horizons Community Church, and Debb works as a Client & Account Services Specialist at GuideStream Financial. They enjoy exceptional coffee, watching The British Baking Show and Sunday afternoon football (Debb finds it really helpful in taking a good nap). They were each born on the west coast of the U.S., but in different states. They met in college in Portland, OR, and the rest is, well, just details.

    Thanks to our workshop sponsors:



    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a
    tax deductible donation.

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a
    tax deductible donation.
    • 10 Feb 2017
    • Gene Davis & Sons Banquet and Convention Center, Jackson

    Valentine's Dinner & Dance

    An MMJ Date-Your-Mate Event

    Friday, February 10th

    Gene Davis & Sons Banquet and Convention Center

    $60 per couple
    Doors open at 6:00p.m.
    Dinner Served at 6:30p.m.
    SPACE IS LIMITED: Register early!
    No physical tickets will be issued for this event.   

    Spend an evening dining, dancing and romancing at MMJ's annual K.I.S.S. event, Friday, Feb. 10th 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.

    Dinner: Chicken Italian (marinated chicken topped with marinara, mozzarella cheese & Italian seasoning), roasted garlic & parmesan potato wedges, grilled Italian sausage, grilled marinated chicken breast, penne broccoli alfredo & spaghetti with marinara sauce, green beans, ceasar salad, & garlic bread.

    Beverages: Soft drinks, lemonade, water, coffee and tea are included.  Cash bar available.

    Special thanks to our event sponsors:


    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a
    tax deductible donation.

    • 04 Mar 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • St. John Elementary School Gym

    MMJ's Ultimate Game Day Cook-Off

    Saturday, March 4th

    St. John's Elementary School Gym

    405 E. North St., Jackson

    Doors open at 1:00 p.m.,
    Winners announced at 4:00 p.m.

    $5 per person presale/

    $8 per person at the door

    VIP tickets are $15 per person & 

    include early admission at 12:30 pm. and 

    a complimentary drink ticket! 

    Enjoy an afternoon bursting with flavor as you taste wonderful food prepared by many local restaurants and caterers, who are all competing for the grand title of MMJ’s Ultimate Game Day Cook-Off Champion!

    The event runs from 1-3:30 p.m. (while tickets last)!  Each guest will get the chance to taste incredible samples of delicious food from every vendor and vote for their favorites. Voting ends at 3:30 p.m., with awards presented at approximately 4 p.m. The afternoon is packed with terrific tasting food, raffles, games and contests.  A variety of beverages will be available for purchase.  And NCAA basketball will be broadcast throughout the day!

    Food will be rated by celebrity judges and you can vote for your favorite for just $1 per vote – all proceeds support relationship education for youth.

    Title Sponsor:

    Event Sponsors:



    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a
    tax deductible donation.

    • 20 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Northwest High School cafetorium, Jackson

    Thursday, April 20th at 6:00p.m.

    Northwest High School Cafetorium

    $10 per person/$20 per couple 

    (includes dessert and beverage)

    LIMITED SPACE: Register today!

    Approximately one-third of all marriages in America now form a stepfamily.  Family arrangements are different in each situation, but many of the strategies for keeping your marriage strong in a stepfamily involve common skills and techniques that can be used by all couples.

    “The struggle is often how to avoid letting the stressors of the family situation turn into the stressors in your marriage,” explains MMJ’s Shelby Raines. She points outs couples must acknowledge the impact of the past – especially on children – while they still carve out time to make their current relationship solid and secure.

    “When I was 15 my parents got divorced. It changed my life. It still impacts me,” explains Shelby.  “Although I am not ruined or broken – due in no small part to the power of forgiveness and good parenting – the experience of divorce is something I wouldn’t wish on any family and why MMJ wants to help every marriage succeed.”

    MMJ’s presentation, led by Shelby Raines, will explore how building a strong marriage in a stepfamily setting includes looking truthfully at the family situation while committing to a healthy and hopeful marriage.  


    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.
    If you are unable to attend, your registration fee will become a
    tax deductible donation.

    • 19 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Richmond Bros. Hangar at the Jackson County Airport

    MMJ's Fundraising Dinner & Auction

    Friday, May 19th

    6:00 p.m.


     This event is sponsored in part by our community partners:




    Richmond Brothers Hangar at the Jackson County Airport

    3568 Wildwood Ave, Jackson, MI

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

    (Auction items will be available right away for bidding, so come right at 6 to check them all out! Bidding on the last group of items will close before we draw for our raffle prizes, with the event wrapping up around 10pm)

    Spring is near and so is MMJ's fabulous annual fundraiser!

    Come enjoy a great night out as a couple Friday, May 19th at the fantastic Richmond Bros. hangar at the Jackson County Airport.

    MMJ's Spring Fundraiser, hosted by Shelby Raines, features a delicious dinner,* spectacular auction and plenty of time to shop and bid. Plus, Shelby will share some of the exciting happenings at MMJ in the past year, and in the months ahead.


    Attire for the night? Whether it's your little black dress or your favorite spring ensemble, you'll fit right in as long as you come ready to have a good time.

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