MMJ Events

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.


    Fall 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 and donors like you!


    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Clarklake Beach & Boat Club
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    Whether you’ve just started dating each other or you’re considering marriage sometime soon,

    Adventures in Dating

    is an ideal night out for the two of you. Each relationship is different, but there are common issues most couples face. And there are proven ways to make relationships get even better
    and stronger with time. 


    The evening starts with couples picking their own excursion*: a pontoon ride around the lake, or yard games near the water.

    Then, after some couple time, you will enjoy a delicious dinner, provided by Phil Tripp, and you'll settle into a comfortable evening led by Shelby Raines.  Don’t worry-- you don’t have to “share,” you just have to relax, enjoy the lake and the laughter-filled learning. Oh and save some room for s’mores at the close of the night, thanks to Lowe's of Jackson!



    Against the backdrop of beautiful Clarklake, this event is packed with fun and helpful information about building a healthy relationship. Best of all, it’s a terrific date night and MMJ plans all the details!


    *NOTE: Excursions are selected while registering and a limited amount of slots are available for each option. Register early to guarantee your choice.


    DATE: THURSDAY, September 17th,
    6 p.m.-10 p.m.

    PRICE: $30/couple includes date and dinner

    LOCATION: Clarklake Beach & Boat Club
    (About 20 minutes from downtown Jackson - click the map for directions)

    Map of 5100 Grand Blvd, Clarklake, MI 49234

    Facilitator: Shelby Raines

    Shelby Raines is the Executive Director of Marriage Matters Jackson and a big fan of having fun! You may have heard her co-hosting monthly on K105.3, or speaking at other community activities. In addition to her husband and family, she also enjoys traveling, playing games, photography, and reading a good book while lounging by the pool.  Shelby is an admitted pop culture trivia buff; she can quote TV and movie lines from the 60s to present day. She loves Jimmy Fallon, prefers short walks on the beach, the occasional pina colada and getting caught in the rain. She’s not much into health food or champagne but loves slipping lyrics to old songs into everyday life. ;) And prior to marriage, she enjoyed dating a lot. In fact, she still enjoys dating, she just limits it to her husband Drew.  But she knows dating and relationships can be complicated and we all want to get it right!  Shelby believes putting some work and effort into your relationship from the earliest stages helps tremendously in the long run. That’s why Shelby does what she does with Marriage Matters Jackson.


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

    • 13 Nov 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 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.

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