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Year 2007

February 23, 2007 (Friday)
Baxter, Minnesota
Carri & Gordon speaking

Conference for Professionals
"Stepfamily Dynamics"
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Lakewood Free Church
6284 Fairview Rd.
Baxter, MN 56425
$20 / includes lunch
For information contact: Tami Lueck @ 218.825.7682
or email

February 24, 2007 (Saturday)
Baxter, Minnesota
Carri & Gordon speaking

"Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies" Conference
8:30 am (registration) - 4:00 pm
Forestview Middle School
Forestview Cafetorium
12149 Knollwood Drive
Baxter, MN 56425
$15.00 individuals / $25.00 family
For information contact: Bridges of Hope @ 218.825.7682

February 28, 2007 (Wednesday)
Glorieta, New Mexico
Carri speaking

National Family Ministry Summit
February 27 to March 1, 2007 (Tuesday through Thursday)
Sponsored by NAFM
"Remarriage Preparation is Different!"
Glorieta Conference Center
For information & to register:
call Jack Hardcastle @ 325-673-4565
or email

April 11 to May 23, 2007 (7 Wednesdays)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Carri & Gordon speaking

"The Blended Family" (Understanding Stepfamily Dynamics)
Growing U / Equipping for Life
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm
Room to be announced
Crossings Community Church
14600 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

Understanding Stepfamily (a.k.a. Blended Family) Dynamics
Seven weeks of vital information on successful stepfamily living. Topics will include; children, ex’s, finances, and the complexity of relationship development. This class will provide insights into the stepfamily; clarify areas of adjustment, introduce the skills needed to be successful, pointing out the benefits and difficulties. Discover God’s desire for you in a remarriage.

For more information: contact Sylvia
To sign up: Click here

May 18 to 20, 2007 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Forest Home, California / sponsored by Mariners Church, Irvine, California
Carri & Gordon speaking

"Serving Successfully by Tweaking Your Temperament"
MarinersCARE Leadership Retreat
Starts Friday at 7:00 pm and ends Sunday at noon.
Lakeside at Forest Home
40000 Valley of the Falls Dr.
Forest Falls, CA 92339

Enhance your ability to connect with fellow volunteers and the people you are serving by:
Discovering….Learning about…and Valuing the differences God designed. (Roman 12:18)  

Based on the solid research of the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator, refined by Keirsey and Bates, we will be using the metaphor of “color” developed by Don Lowry of “True Colors:”
* Identifying the Different Temperaments
* Encountering Temperament Collisions
* Appreciating and Learning from Temperament Differences

After discovering the differences, we will explore specific things that irritate each temperament type, their attributes under stress, and how to regain balance. These differences impact our physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual environments. The workshop will culminate in the realization that all temperaments are created and designed by God to enhance the “body.”

Sponsored by Mariners Church
5001 Newport Coast Dr.
Irvine, CA 92603

To register call
Maria Patrick at 714.222.5015 or
Stephanie Billings at: 951.347.7726

June 5 to 8, 2007 (Tuesday - Friday)
Matthews, North Carolina (near Charlotte)
Carri & Gordon speaking & Exhibiting

Marriage & Family Ministry Conference (Assoc of Marriage & Family Ministry)

"Relationship Development in the Stepfamily: Fantasy vs. Reality" (205)
Wednesday, June 6th, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Relationship development is the most complex and unpredictable dynamic that must be handled in order for the stepfamily to be productive. This workshop will explore and illustrate three ways relationships bond and address the confusion the stepcouple experiences when unrealistic expectations and reality clash.

"From Divorce to Remarriage: How the Church Can Help" (505)
Thursday, June 7th, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Carri & Gordon speaking with Moe & Paige Becnel

This workshop equips leaders to address the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals from divorce through remarriage. Topics addressed include necessary steps for healing past wounds in adults and children, establishing a stable single-parent family, and preparing for a successful remarriage.

"Preparing Couples for Remarriage" (605)
Thursday, June 7th, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Carri & Gordon speaking with Don & Kathy Coryell

Remarriage preparation is unique. The workshop will prepare the attendee to guide a couple through the remarriage process. Key areas addressed in the workshop include children, finances, expectations and former spouses. New research will be highlighted.

“ $tepcouple Finance$” Your$, Mine and Our$” (805)
Friday, June 8th, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The hazards of poor financial planning can lead to a subsequent divorce. Dealing with the emotions underlying finances is essential to handling the tangibles such as previous assets, debts and possessions. Different financial models will be presented to move the stepcouple from “yours” and “mine” to “ours.”

Location: Carmel Baptist Church
1145 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105 (near Charlotte, NC)

June 28 to July 1, 2007 (Thursday - Sunday)
Denver, Colorado
Carri & Gordon speaking & exhibiting

Smart Marriages 11th Annual Conference

"Stepcouples: Me or the Kids?? (Teach out of the Box Program) (309)
Friday, June 29th, 2:15 to 3:45 pm

After the fantasy of courtship, reality sets in - delivered by the kids, ex-spouses,money, and no time for us. Teach couples to master the challenges and reclaim the territory. DVD/Video-based.

“ Remarriage Prep: The Second Time Around” (809)
Sunday, July 1st, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Learn how to identify your non-negotiable's - often overlooked in courtship - and the ten key areas of intimacy and trust development crucial to the success of any remarriage.”

The Denver Adams Mark Hotel

August 20, 2007 & ongoing....(Monday nights)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Carri & Gordon speaking

"The Blended Family" (Understanding Stepfamily Dynamics)
Care Series
6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
Room 236
Crossings Community Church
14600 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73134

An educational process addressing step family dynamics and issues while promoting a healthy and productive relationship for the couple and family.

For more information: contact Ann or Carri
To sign up: Click here

September 22, 2007 (Saturday)
Focus on the Family / "Focus Over Fifty Impact Summit"
Conference - September 20 to 23, 2007 (Thursday - Sunday)
Carri & Gordon speaking

"Grandparenting in the Stepfamily: Realities & Resolutions"
Saturday / Workshop repeated three times

11:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm
Focus on the Family Headquarters
8605 Explorer Drive
Colorado Springs, CO  80920 

Learn the complexities of steprelationship development and the impact of divorce and remarriage on the entire family system. How to resolve the emotional pull between biology, steps & ex's will be explored. Discover how God can use you in this situation.


September 28 to 29, 2007 (Friday & Saturday)
Florida Baptist Convention Family Ministry Conference, Leesburg, FL
Carri & Gordon speaking

Marriage Cafe!
Friday starts at 5:30 pm to ends Saturday at 2:30 pm
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
39034 County Road 452
Leesburg, FL 34788

Carri & Gordon will be speaking to couples over 40. Dave & Gail Hatmaker will be speaking to couples under 40. Four sessions cover CAFE: Commitment, Affirmation, Faith, and Exhilaration.

Our presentation will be interactive, experiential and fun! It will be designed to identify differences (as if you haven't discovered them already), how differences cause collisions and how these differences can be used to solve problems and enrich your relationship

* Stepfamily Pre-Conference *
Friday / 1:30 to 4:00 pm
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
39034 County Road 452
Leesburg, FL 34788

Sponsored by:
Florida Baptist Convention
For more information: contact d&

October 13, 2007 (Saturday)
Mariners Church, Irvine, California
Carri & Gordon speaking

Blended Family Conference
8:30 am to 3:00 pm (Regis at 8:00 am)
Mariners Church / The Upper Room
5001 Newport Coast Dr.
Ivine, CA 92603
$49 per person/ $89 per couple (includes lunch)
For information & registration contact Randy Moraitis at 949.854.7030 x865
or email Randy

YOU ARE NOT ALONE: Over 50% of U.S. Families are remarried (blended) families. The Blended Family Conference will provide you and your family with healthy tools for addressing the issues common to blended families. The conference is intended for:
* Parents, stepparents, grandparents and teens
* Anyone considering marrying into a stepfamily sytem
* Counselors, Therapists, and Pastors

Brochure. Please email this to anyone you know who would benefit.

November 14 & 19, 2007
University of Central Oklahoma,
Edmond, Oklahoma
Carri & Gordon speaking

Contemporary American Families Class: Stepfamily Dynamics
Wednesday, Nov 14th, 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Monday, Nov 19th, 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034

November 29, 2007
Washington Irving Elementary School
Edmond, Oklahoma
Carri & Gordon speaking

"Parent University" / Stepparenting
Thursday night, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Washington Irving Elementary School
18101 N. Western Ave.
Edmond, OK 73012

Sponsored by Transforming Life Counseling Center
16301 Sonoma Park Drive
Edmond, OK 73013
Phone: 405.246.LIFE (5433)