The Marriage Education & Resource Center

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Coupletime for August 2020

August 28th at 8:30pm EST We’d love for you to join us for our next Online Coupletime meeting! Our topic this month: “Providing Sanctuary” We will discuss how husbands andRead…

50 Years and Counting

David and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary February 7. Believe us when we say we wouldn’t have made it, and we weren’t making it, until we decided to doRead…

Cherish is the Word

David and I have a small group of couples we have been meeting with on a monthly basis for 22 years to work on our marriages. Our study this fallRead…

3 days ago

Dear Friend,Does someone you love often criticize you for not helping out? They may be telling you that Acts of Service is their love language.People tend to criticize most loudly in the area of deepest emotional need. Sure, it’s ineffective, but it’s a way of pleading for love. When you understand this, you can respond more positively. You can say, "It sounds like that is really important to you. Could you explain why it is so crucial?" That conversation may help turn criticisms into requests, rather than demands.When you hear criticism, think, "I’m hearing a need." Which means it’s time to listen. The people you care about are giving you valuable information about what would make them feel loved.Warmly,GaryDr. Gary Chapman See MoreSee Less
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About MERCY's founders

Meet the Hudsons

David and Penny established the Marriage Education & Resource Center in 2004 to help couples make their marriages the best they can be.

David and Penny have been married for over 50 years, and their passion for marriage education grew out of their own marital struggles.

“About ten years into our marriage we went through a terrible period of discontent in our relationship. We wanted our marriage to work, but we really didn’t have the knowledge or skills to make it better. After going to counseling, which didn’t work because of our own self-centeredness, we received a brochure in the mail about a marriage enrichment program that was being held at a local church. At that time, I wasn’t a Christian and we were not involved in church. But we went, and God used it to literally change our lives and our marriage,” Penny shared.

As a result, the Hudson’s have spent the past years developing their relationship with God and learning and teaching others how to have happier, healthier marriages. They are Marriage Educators and are certified in nationally recognized programs, such as PREPARE/ENRICH, FOCCUS/REFOCCUS, Covenant Marriage, How to Avoid Falling For A Jerk or Jerkette , L.I.N.K.S. (Lasting Intimacy through Nurturing Knowledge And Skills), PREP/Christian PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), and Better Marriages.

In addition, they are founders of a church-based program called “Coupletime.” Penny has written numerous articles on marriage and family relationships that have appeared in national and regional publications.

“Marriage is a journey. It’s our mission, through the Marriage Education & Resource Center, and with the help of lay mentors, to help couples prepare for marriage, assist those who are married as they move through the various stages of their relationship and re-direct those who may have lost their way,” David concluded.