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Cost: $110 per couple

September 6-7, 2019

Fri: Sanctuary by the River

Sat: Ruidoso Convention Center

Lodging:  You are responsible to get your own lodging 

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Don't make excuses why your marriage isn't where you want it to be; make a way to improve it! When we're committed to someone, we make a way. When we're not, we make an excuse.

Joe and Kerry Vivian

Here at Grace, we love marriage! 

Our vision for families is that they are equipped to build healthy marriages[1] that honor God, bless society and build an enduring legacy for ourselves and future generations.  That's why we're so excited to present to you our 2019 Marriage Retreat with Joe and Kerry Vivian.  

Whether you're looking for a tune-up, bolstering skills you already possess or are eager to simply fill your marriage toolbox with as many tools as possible, THIS weekend is the place for you!  

Focussing on both an indulgence in romance and spiritual/emotional training, we know that this will be an event that you and your spouse will enjoy and remember for a long time.  

Friday Night of Romance and Enchantment

Starting at 6 and ending at 10, enjoy an enchanting night at the Sanctuary on the River, near the heart of Ruidoso.  We’ll dine on a special catered dinner from the Village Buttery, nestled in the beauty of the mountain woods.  You’ll hear the river run close by, you can take a stroll near the property and we have a few surprises for you as well!  We suggest you dress-up a bit.

Saturday Teaching

Saturday morning (you’re on your own for Breakfast) at 9 am, we'll move to The Ruidoso Convention Center.  There, Joe and Kerry Vivian will share insights they've learned after 29 years of marriage and ministry.  

The Cost

The BASIC cost for the event is $110.  That takes care of the venue and catering on Friday Night only.  Lodging is NOT covered so we strongly encourage you to book a hotel room in Ruidoso as soon as possible.  Also, meals on Saturday are not covered.  Grab a simple lunch somewhere and have a romantic picnic! 

One more thing: we believe it’s worth “skipping” church the next day.  (Can you believe we said that?)  If you can afford it - if the kids or pets are covered - why not spend one more night, relaxing, reviewing and redreaming your marriage?  

The Benefits ... 
We are sure of this: God blessed and sanctified the marriage covenant and fully intends to empower every couple with everything they need to successfully enjoy a lifetime of wedded bliss.  You'll walk away from this weekend with more than just some valuable skills, you'll meet other couples, find new friends and find you're not alone - all while investing in each other. 

In fact, don’t think of this weekend as an expense; think of this as an emotional and spiritual investment that will pay back unbelievably rich dividends you’ll enjoy for years. 

Got questions?  Please contact Sean Lee or Alan Gedde.

Addresses and Maps: 

Sanctuary by the River

207 Eagle Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345

Ruidoso Convention Center

111 Sierra Blanca Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345

The Schedule 


6:00 - doors open - Check-in/make payment if necessary

6:30 pm dinner

7:30 - Alan and Tamra intro (testimony)

7:40 - First Session with Joe and Kerry

8:10 - dismiss or .... 

relax / coffee / tea (sample pack)

open the dance floor



Breakfast - on your own

8:45 - 9:00 check-in

9:00-10:00 Session 2

10:00-11:00 Session 3

11:00-12:00 Session 4

Lunch - on your own

1:30-2:30 Session 5

2:30-3:30 Session 6

3:30-4:30 Session 7

[1] In accordance with Grace Community Church belief statement.