Celebrate Marriage Seminar Featuring Michael Smalley Will Be March 1

Monday, February 10, 2014

First Things First presents the fifth annual Celebrate Marriage seminar for people who want to create a healthy marriage experience that will last a lifetime. This seminar features relationship expert Michael Smalley.  He has authored and co-author several books on marriage including The DNA of Relationships and The Surprising Way to a Stronger Marriage with his father, Dr. Gary Smalley. 


“Disconnected. That is how many couples describe their marriage experience due to careers, hectic schedules, children and other commitments,” said Julie Baumgardner, president and CEO of First Things First.  “The Celebrate Marriage experience is designed to give couples practical tools to re-connect and strengthen their relationship.  Michael Smalley is hands down one of the funniest people on the planet.  Not only will he give couples great information, he will bring a lot of laughter and fun to the day.”    


Celebrate Marriage is for couples who are married, engaged or seriously dating.  The seminar takes place on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Brainerd Church at 4315 Brainerd Road.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 


Admission is free and a delicious lunch is included, but you must pre-register. Visit firstthings.org to register online, or call 423 267-5383.  


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