Upcoming events

    • 01 Jul 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • United Way Center, 536 N Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201

    Marriage Restoration



    Every Monday evening

    6 p.m. - 8 p.m. @ The United Way Center,

    536 N. Jackson Street, Jackson, MI. 


    *Workshop registrants attend at no cost.


    Most couples going through rough spots only see two options; painful marriage or divorce.  There is a third option: an ongoing weekly program to restore and build better marriages.  The Marriage Restoration Workshop offers hope for hurting couples, and covers critical topics, such as how to fight fair, forgiveness and repair, understanding expectations, control issues and much more.

    Many couples needing a "turn-around" in their marriage find hope and answers participating in these weekly forums. Attend as-needed to gain support from other couples while learning tools to help rebuild your relationship.


    Spring 2015 Schedule:
    Click here for a printable schedule

    June 8 - Understanding Expectations

    June 15 - Redefining the Power Struggle

    June 22 - Control Issues

    June 29 - Listening Beyond the Words

    July 6-  Personality Differences

    July 13 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    July 20 - Handling Anger Constructively

    July 27 - Speaking the Truth in Love

    Aug 3 -  How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution

    Aug 10 -  Hurt & Forgiveness

    Aug 17 - First Steps Toward Repair

    Aug 24 - Rebuilding Trust

    Aug 31 - Building a Climate of Respect      


    Sept 14 -  Responsibility and the Blame Game

    * Cost underwritten in part by Marriage Matters Jackson, the Jackson Community Foundation, and donors like you!


    • 20 Aug 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Carnegie Library Auditorium

    Tackling Debt Workshop 

    Thursday, August 20th
    Noon - 1:00 p.m.

    Carnegie Library Auditorium
    244 West Michigan Avenue
    Jackson, MI 49201

    Click the "Register" button or call (517)796-5116 to sign up!

    “Most couples don’t look forward to money talks, especially topics
    like Tackling Debt,” facilitator Shelby Raines admits. “When it comes to keeping marriage healthy and happy, though, I know it’s a topic you can’t avoid … but that doesn't mean we can’t figure out a way to make it more fun (or at least less boring) for people.”

    Whether you come alone or as a couple, you’ll learn ideas to help your relationship. Pack your lunch -- and we will provide dessert.

    Facilitator: Shelby Raines
    Shelby Raines is Executive Director of Marriage Matters Jackson and an accomplished presenter and facilitator. Communicating the importance of healthy relationships is Shelby's passion. She mixes learning and laughter to help couples connect. A graduate of Spring Arbor University, Shelby and her husband, Drew, have been married 17 years and have three children.


    • 25 Sep 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 26 Sep 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn, Jackson
    • 21

    You're invited to a relaxing overnight getaway and marriage workshop that will help you draw closer together as a couple. Marriage Links is one of MMJ's most popular workshops- drawing rave reviews and often sold out sessions.

    During the overnight stay, you'll learn ways to keep your relationship a priority, and you'll gain tools to help strengthen your commitment to each other. The LINKS program is an interesting and engaging presentation rooted in major areas of research on trust, forgiveness, communication, attachment/closeness, and sexual intimacy. Couples who have gone through the program report increased satisfaction in their relationship.

    Whether everything is going good in your marriage or whether you're in a more stressful stage, this weekend getaway is just want you need!

    Check into the hotel Friday any time after 3 p.m., enjoy the hotel or go out for dinner at one of the close by restaurants (Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel, or Culver's, just to name a few). Then, meet from 7-9 p.m. for the Links workshop-- after 9 p.m. you can enjoy some more couple time on your own. Saturday morning begins with breakfast, followed by an engaging daylong session beginning at 9 a.m. A delicious lunch will be served at noon and the workshop ends at 4 p.m.

    Date: Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th

    Location: Holiday Inn, Jackson

    Price: *$100/couple (includes overnight hotel stay & workshop & Saturday meals) or $75/couple (includes workshop & Saturday meals only)

    *At the point of registration, fees are nonrefundable.

    Facilitator: Amy Pelletier

    Amy Pelletier is an experienced presenter and has been teaching college level communication courses for two decades. Amy is committed to building strong marriages to help couples, their children and our community thrive. She holds a Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She and her husband, Todd, have been married 20 years and have two children.

    • 24 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Lumen Christi High School Auditorium

    Barnes & Miner

    Comedy Show & Strolling Dessert

    Saturday, Oct. 24th




    Lumen Christi School

    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, and delicious BIGGBY coffee, as well as a cash bar. Then, after sweets and treats, get ready to connect through some “laughter therapy.”


    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.

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