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6 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 10 Community marriage initiative under way in Evansville By PAUL R. LEINGANG able fcr couples, interested indi- Message editor viduals and clergy from any An ecumenical group is working toward establishing community-wide marriage standards in the greater Evans- ville area. More than 40 church- es, organizations and individu- als are cooperating in the effort. Over 65 cities in the United States have established stan- dards for marriage preparation. In those cities, cooperating churches all agree to certain community-wide standards such as the kind and amount of preparation that should be available for couples consider- ing marriage. "Married couples have a right to expect a community to uphold the dignity of their mar- riages without trivializing or minimizing the sacred nature of the marriage contract," said Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger, in a prepared statement for a brochure. That brochure publicizes the schedule of workshops avail- denomination. Mike and Harriet McManus will present the on Friday, Oct. 24, for clergy and staff; and on Saturday, Oct. 25, for couples and lay ministers who want to strengthen and support engaged and married couples. Mike McManus is a national- ly syndicated columnist and author. He and his wife have made presentations on the mar- riage initiative in cities through- out the United States. The workshops are scheduled at the Manor, St. Mary's Med- ical Center, Evansville. Friday sessions are from I to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m., for clergy and staff. Saturday's workshop for all interested persons, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no charge for the Friday sessions. Saturday's reg- istration is $10 per couple, with lunch and materials included. Limited scholarships are avail- able from United Way. Talking over plans for community marriage standards are, from left, Rev. Joseph R. Cun- ningham, pastor of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Evansville; Bishop Gerald A. Get- telfinger; and Rev. William E Bower, executive director of the Evansville Area Churches. They were among a and lay persons who met recently at Retreat House, Evansville. Message photo by Paul R. Ecumenical prayer service planned for 'strengthening marria ening Marriages in Southwest- ern Indiana." The service will be held at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1811 Lincoln Avenue, at 7 p.m. The service is being planned by several members of the steer- ing committee which has been working for several months. That steering committee, with the help of the United Way and St. Mary's Foundation, is coor- Wal.Mart SuperCenter 401 North Burkhardt Road Ph: 812-471-8797 Evansville, IN 47715 Fax: 812-471-8166 i i i MI I I By PAUL R. LEINGANG Message editor dinating the workshop presen- tations of Mike and Harriet McManus Oct. 24 and 25. Churches throughout the greater Evansville area are being asked to lift up the value of strong marriages and families in all worship services, espe- cially on the weekend of Oct. 18 and 19  the weekend prior to the workshops. The prayer service on Oct. 13 is open to the general public. The service will be informal, and include Scripture readings, music, silent meditation and an opportunity for anyone who wishes to offer a prayer. Seven members of the steer- ing committee will offer direct- ed prayers. They include the fol- lowing: For those contemplating marriage, prayer by Rev. William F. Bower, Evansville Area Community of Churches. For those contemplating adultery, prayer by Rev. Randy Slavens, St. James East United Methodist Church. .. For those contemplating divorce, prayer by Rev. John Sloan, Westwood General Bap- tist Church. For healthy families, prayer by Rev. David Sctiwambach, Bethel Temple. ,, For teens who date, prayer by Rev. Joseph Lutheran Church of Redeemer. 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