Marriage Missional Community
At Surprise Church, we know a healthy family begins with faith in God and commitment to marriage. Today’s busy world often tells us that we don’t have time to nurture a couple’s commitment, but we challenge that. Our marriage missional community meets every Wednesday night, sharing a meal, laughing, praying and learning from each other. It’s the way Jesus wanted it – getting to know each other in community and celebrating the gift of marriage. If you are interested in learning more, contact Janel Schmitz at 701.595.6497 or Ann Hagerott at 410.507.9480. 
Evolving Marriage Retreat for married and engaged couples of all faiths
Coming September 2021 Gift cards available
The 2021 Evolving Marriage Retreat will be held at the beautiful Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, just 50 minutes north of Bismarck from           8 a.m. – 9 p.m. in September. What we can promise you:
– A day filled with speakers to help you grow in your relationship
– A day to feel the support of other married couples who aren’t perfect, but believe in marriage
– Quiet time for the two of you to reconnect
– Good food
– A day to remember 
$80 per couple* – Three meals, materials and a special gift included
Contact Ann Hagerott at 410.507.9480 or Janel Schmitz at 701.595.6497
Join us for this unique opportunity to refresh and renew your marriage. It’s a day for couples to learn how to embrace their differences and love their way through them instead of fighting about them.
“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image of perfect.” Thomas Merton
The struggle is real. We have our expectations – the knight in shining armor, the princess who is the perfect everything. And then there is reality. Work, meals, a water pipe breaks, the car quits, laundry, kids….the list continues and it’s easy to lose sight of why you got married. It’s also easy to let your spouse’s habits annoy you, resulting in a marriage filled with words that are more critical than loving. 
It’s time to recognize and reconnect with all your expectations. By investing this day in your marriage, you can begin evolving your marriage together, taking you to a new level of commitment, strength and intimacy. 
Note: This retreat is open to anyone of any background, regardless of religious belief or affiliation. 

What to expect

This day is a gift for your spouse or fiancĂ©, a gift to you as a couple. Together, you’ll listen to some inspirational talks meant to spur conversation. Just as important, you’ll have time to go for a walk. Sit under a tree. Take time to celebrate your love and remember what brought you together. Breathe life back into your marriage. Dress should be casual and comfortable.
We’ll take care of you by serving you three great meals and plenty of snacks.