Evolving Marriage Retreat for married and engaged couples of all faiths
September 25,2021

Give your marriage one day. One. Day.

One day to focus on each other. One day to nurture your relationship. One day to reignite your love. One day to say thank you.  One day to renew your commitment.

What to expect:

You will be pleasantly surprised when you attend the 2021 Evolving Marriage Retreat held Saturday, September 25, at the beautiful Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn, ND. The retreat begins with signing in between 9-9:45 am and the day closes around 8 p.m. People of all faiths, or no faith, are welcome.

The theme for the day is “Reclaiming your Vows.” Hosted by Surprise Church based in Bismarck, Pastor Matt Anderson will provide several presentations focusing on what we committed to, or plan to commit to, on our wedding day. Back by popular demand, Ann Shaibley will spend a couple hours highlighting the lessons of Crucial Conversations and how we renew our vows daily through conversation and actions.

In the afternoon, breakout sessions offer Learning from Real Life Stories as couples share how they made their way through ‘for better or worse,’ overcame the challenges of ‘in sickness and in health’ and journeyed through ‘for richer or poorer.’ A short discussion time with other couples will be held after each session.

We round out the day with a delicious dinner followed by a dance or games like Cornhole and Jenga.

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time: 9 am-8pm CST
Location: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn, ND

Meals: A light breakfast will be available during registration from 9-9:45 a.m. Lunch, dinner and snacks will be served. Please let us know if there are any special food considerations we should accommodate.

Clothing: Dress should be casual and comfortable. Many couples enjoy a little time going for a walk during the day so dress accordingly. Weather permitting, some activities may happen outside.

$95 per couple* – Three meals, materials and a special gift included
                Partial Scholarships are available
Click here to register now!
Register by September 16 so we can plan for supplies and meals.
Contact Ann Hagerott at 410-507-9480 or Janel Schmitz at 701-595-6497

What to expect

This day is a gift for your spouse or fiancé, 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.  
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.