UPCOMING EVENTS


Date Night: Money & Your Marriage

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speaker:  Whit Shiller
  • Location:  Great Marriages Office
  • Cost:  $15/person (Includes dinner)

Financial struggles and disagreements can strain even the best of marriages – so how do you counteract those stresses and put yourself on solid ground when it comes to your finances?  This Date Night will give you some unique, foundational tools and a new perspective to ensure that your marriage remains strong no matter whether it’s for richer or for poorer.  Plus, we’ll have a lot of fun along the way as we explore how to get your finances to the next level!

Whit is known to many as an improv comedian with Fish Sticks Comedy – so you know you’re in for a different type of presentation on finances.  What you may not know is that he is also an estate planning advisor and speaker to professionals across the country on estate, tax and financial planning matters and a former adjunct law professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Whit is married to Jen (over 24 years) and they have four children together. 


DATE NIGHT: #1 KEY TO INCREDIBLE SEX (MARK GUNGOR DVD) (FAITH BASED)

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: DVD (Mark Gungor)
  • Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)

One of the biggest problems in marriage today has to do with sex. As a society we are bombarded with sexual messages everyday and are supposedly the most highly sexually educated generation in history. So why are married couples having less sex than ever before? In his riveting and compelling style, Mark shows how the sexual messages of our culture are fundamentally flawed at best and destructive at worst. He covers five steps couples can take to achieve a healthy, fantastic sex life ending with The #1 Key to Incredible Sex.


Workshop: WIDOW TO WIDOW

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -- 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: Jeanette Martinek
  • Cost: $15/person (includes lunch)

The book "7 Stages of Marriage" covers all the seasons experienced through out a couple's married life. We believe there is an 8th stage of marriage when you experience the loss of a spouse. If you are a woman in this 8th stage, or even if you are re-married, we would like to invite you to a Round Table discussion to discuss ways we can support people through this season in life.

Our special guest is Jeanette Martinek, retired school teacher and widow.  We will share our stories, offer support and brainstorm ideas on how Great Marriages may help provide programs to support those entering into or have already entered the 8th stage of marriage. 


WORKSHOP: THE SMART STEPFAMILY (FAITH BASED)

  • 4 Week Workshop Series -- January/February 2018 (Dates TBD)
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: Jocelyn Medrek
  • Cost: $25/person (includes workbook and snacks)

When stepfamily life gets tough, remaining dedicated to your commitment is a day-to-day decision.

In The Smart Stepfamily, leading expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be married, you'll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everyday puzzles of stepchildren relationships.


DATE NIGHT: COMMUNICATION - YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND?

  • Saturday, March 3, 2018 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: Andy Shanholtz
  • Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)

Good communication is the foundation of a strong marriage. Learn tips and techniques to improve the communication in your marriage. 


WORKSHOP: FOR COUPLES ONLY (FAITH BASED)

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  • 3 Week Workshop Series - March/April 2018 (Dates TBD)
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: Sally Isely
  • Cost: $15/person (includes snacks and beverages)

For Couples Only is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers that reveal what you don’t “get” about your significant other—answers that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one you care about most.

So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way.


WORKSHOP FOR SINGLES: LOVE THINKS! HOW NOT TO MARRY A JERK/ETTE

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 -- 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location: Word of Grace Church, Sheboygan Falls
  • Speaker: Donna Scheulfhout
  • Cost: $15/person (includes snacks and beverages)

Workshop for adults who want to make smart choices in dating including: individuals who have experienced a divorce and are dating again; never married singles; widows/widowers and anyone who wants to know how to find a mate who is compatible for a healthy relationship. Join Donna Schelfhout, Family Specialist, for a fun and informative night!


11th AnnuaL Fundraiser

  • Friday, May 11, 2018
  • The Berkshire, Sheboygan
  • Entertainment:  Mark Gungor

Join us for an evening of FUN and fundraising with the one and only Mark Gungor of Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage! Mark will be speaking about his 2 new books and showing us that couples don’t necessarily need to learn any new skills, we just need to apply the skills we already have towards each other!  

Treat Him Like a Dog

Women love to hold and pet their dogs, always be there for their children, smile at strangers, allow the cab driver to take them where they need to go and communicate clearly at work. What if they used these already finely tuned skills with their husbands? In this hilarious presentation, Mark shows women how they need only apply to their husbands, skills they have already perfected in every day life.

Treat Her like a Truck

Mark uses the same approach with the men. They know how to put in the necessary maintenance on their trucks, plan their vacation adventures, focus on their ideal sports car, commit their total attention to the television and make their teammates feel valued and appreciated. What if they simply do what they already do well and apply it to their wives?


DATE NIGHT: CAREGIVING

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Location: Sharon S Richardson Hospice Center
  • Speaker: Lu Ann Travis
  • Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)

Caregiving can be very rewarding but the stress that comes with it cannot be denied. Some spouses, adult children and family members are providing care 24 hours a day. Adult children are especially challenged as they care for elderly parents, meet the demands of their young family and manage career responsibilities. 

Participants will learn to: recognize signs of caregiver fatigue, use tools to support self-care and identify available resources. You will also learn how hospice services support your loved one and you- the caregiver. No need to be alone with your worries and increasing responsibilities. Help is available!


DATE NIGHT: LOVE ON THE BEACH (5 LOVE LANGUAGES)

  • Saturday, July 14, 2018 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Location: Blue Harbor Beach
  • Speakers: Steve and Donna Schelfhout
  • Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)

Join us for a romantic picnic dinner on the beach at Blue Harbor Resort, then learn about the 5 Love Languages with your sweetheart. You will discover what your Love Language is, and how to speak your spouse or significant other's language. Enjoy a walk on the beach or trail as you discuss ways to speak each other's languages. Limited to 7 couples.


date night : Becoming Compatible (Mark Gungor’s Flag Page)

  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 -- 6:00-8:00pm
  • Speaker:  Phil Gungor (Mark’s son!)
  • Location: TBD

The word compatible comes from the Latin word compati, which literally means “to suffer with”. A couple who can suffer with each other is, in fact, the very definition of compatible. Being compatible is not about reaching a state of nirvana, it is about having someone you can do life with. Life in all it’s ugly, messy, painful, glorious, wonderful and marvelous state.  

The word for two people who always think and feel the same, share the same interests and always embrace the same goals is not compatible, it’s delusional. The key to succeeding with anyone - business partners, friends, family, children - and especially a spouse, is understanding. 

Phil Gungor will help you succeed in any relationship by understanding the key motives of the other person - by intentionally Becoming Compatible.


DATE NIGHT: RETIREMENT PLANNING

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Location: Great Marriages Office
  • Speaker: Eric Grasse
  • Cost: $15/person (includes dinner)