MMJ Events

Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 31 Dec 2015
    • 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

    Mar. 16 - Listening Beyond the Words

    Mar. 23 - Personality Differences

    Mar. 30 - Childhood Issues & Emotional Baggage

    Apr. 6 - Handling Anger Constructively

    Apr. 13 - Speaking the Truth in Love

    Apr. 20 -  How to Fight Fair; Conflict Resolution

    Apr. 27 -  Hurt & Forgiveness

    May 4 - First Steps Toward Repair

    May 11 - Rebuilding Trust

    May 18 - Building a Climate of Respect      


    June 1 - Responsibility and the Blame Game

    June 8 - Understanding Expectations

    June 15 - Redefining the Power Struggle

    June 22 - Control Issues

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


    • 28 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Ella Sharp Museum Community Room
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    Dinner & Auction

    Thursday, May 28th


     This event is sponsored in part by Russ & Betsy Youngdahl
    & Jackson Magazine

    Ella Sharp Museum Community Room

    3225 4th Street, Jackson, MI 49203

    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)

    Click here for a list of our fabulous auction items!

    Spring is near and so is MMJ's fabulous fundraiser.

    Come enjoy a great night out as a couple Thursday, May 28th at the beautiful Ella Sharp Museum Community Room.

    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.

    *Dinner Menu:
    CHOICE #1: Rosemary roasted pork tenderloin with demi-glaze

    CHOICE #2: Sliced tri-tip with sweet roasted red peppers and onions

    BOTH entrees will come with redskin mashed potatoes with sour cream, caesar salad, sugar snap peas with roasted garlic butter, & bread.

    • 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
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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 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 Culvers, 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, including 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.

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