Church celebrates marriage week

February is an excellent time to focus on refreshing families. The celebration of Valentine’s Day creates a natural awareness of love and draws couples to evaluate how they can strengthen their relationship. To that end, February 7-14 has been declared National Marriage Week. The goal of National Marriage week is to elevate attention on the need to strengthen marriages, initiate new efforts to reduce the divorce rate, and connect couples with the tools available to build stronger marriages.Here in Sweetwater, Emmanuel Fellowship Church is committed to participating in National Marriage Week by continuing to focus on marriage the entire month of February as they revisit a sermon series entitled, “The Marriage Coach.” Last year’s series was a hugely popular and successful event. This year, Eric von Atzigen, pastor of Emmanuel Fellowship, plans to continue that momentum with the topic of “Real Answers for Real Marriages.” Each week, he will bring Biblical answers to the greatest challenges facing marriages, speaking directly to the areas of healthy finances, Godly parenting and marital intimacy. The church has also developed a website to accompany this sermon series. By logging on to, you can access resources to immediately begin investing in your marriage. In addition, the 2012 Marriage Coach sermon series is also available through the website.“Marriage works,” says National Marriage Week USA executive director Sheila Weber. “Research shows that marriage makes people happier, live longer and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. There are proven ways to repair and restore marriages — but most folks don’t know where to go to get the help they need.”Chuck Stetson, chairman of National Marriage Week USA says, “The alarming drop in marriage rates in America combined with high divorce rates are costly to the nation — financially costly to taxpayers and individuals and emotionally costly to children. We all need to work together to turn the tide.”“Families need to know they are not alone.  There are answers to the challenges they are facing,” says Pastor Eric von Atzigen, “In The Marriage Coach, we want to connect people to God’s best plan for their marriage. Through this message series, I believe wounded marriages will find healing and healthy marriages will grow more vibrant.” The Marriage Coach sermon series will run Sunday mornings in February at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. The church will also host additional marriage building events throughout the month. Separate classes will be provided for children and youth up through high school in both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services, so that parents will be free to focus completely on their marriages. For more information about National Marriage Week, visit the website at