Better Together: A Northstar Marriage Event

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Peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, popcorn and Coke – all of these are BETTER TOGETHER!

What else is better together? Solomon, one of the wisest men in the world says in Ecclesiastes:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

We hope you will mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10 for a time of encouragement, learning, fun and refreshment for your marriage. We will explore the true meaning of marriage in the eyes of God and discover ways we can glorify Him through our lives as couples.

At a glance…

  • When: Saturday, February 10 – 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Blacksburg Christian Fellowship
  • Cost: $50 per couple (includes lunch, childcare and conference costs)
  • All day childcare on premises included!

REGISTER HERE by January 28!


  • 9:45-10:00 Arrival/Drop off kids
  • 10:00-10:55 Welcome, Main Session Speaker
  • 11:00-11:45 Break Out Session One
  • 11:45-12:30 Break Out Session Two
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15 Break Out Session 3
  • 2:20-2:45 Closing Main Session Speaker
  • 2:45-3:00 Pick up Kids

Main Sessions

Dr. Timothy Hight, Senior Pastor of Grace Life Baptist Church will lead our main sessions.

Session One

Gospel-Centered Marriage – Part I

Is marriage really just about finding love, companionship and personal happiness?  Do we truly find the fulfillment we seek in discovering the “perfect match?”  The Bible gives us a much greater picture! In GCM, part I, we discover the greater joy and fulfillment of glorifying God through our obedience in the midst of a relationship that mirrors the Gospel of Jesus.

Session Two

Gospel-Centered Marriage – Part II

When the example of Christ and His bride (the church) becomes the model for marriage, we begin to see our mate with eyes of understanding and compassion.  We become much more aware of the needs of others, rather than our own.  In GCM – part II, we explore the basic needs of husbands and wives and what it means to meet those needs in the context of a covenant relationship of mutual love and respect.


Breakout Sessions

Friendship in MarriageTaylor Rollo, Associate Pastor Grace Covenant Presbyterian

Everyone wants to be married to their “best friend,” right? But what does that mean in marriage and how can a couple maintain and grow friendship in the midst of all life’s challenges? Explore Ephesians 5 to study Paul’s classic text on marriage and what it looks like to be your spouse’s best friend.


Talking about Sex – Dave & Mandy Farris, Dave is the pastor at Northstar Pulaski

Sex is an important part of marriage but can really difficult subject for spouses to talk to one another about.  Dave and Mandy will provide some practical advice for couples to help them navigate this crucial but challenging subject.


Stages of Marriage – Jim & Cynthia Rancourt, business owners, parents to four grown children and five grandchildren.

Whether you are a newlywed, have little ones in the house, are navigating raising teenagers, or have an empty nest, every stage of marriage presents it’s joys and challenges. Join Jim and Cynthia as they try to break down each stage and offer encouragement to thrive in each stage.


 ExpectationsStephanie Fearer Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associates in Brief Therapy

What are your expectations of marriage? Of your spouse? Are they spoken or unspoken? Are you even aware of them? The expectations we hold have a huge impact on our relationships. In this session we will discuss ways to identify your expectations, determine if they are realistic and Biblical, and learn ways to communicate with your spouse about them.


Discovering Each Other’s Love LanguageSean Simonton, Associate Pastor Grace Life Baptist Church

“Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts ‘just because,’ to linger in our embrace. The things that say ‘I love you’ seem to either not get said or not get through.” Learn to express love in your spouse’s language. (