"REFRESH."  NH's Marriage Retreat

Marriage is a big deal.  It's at the center of our lives, our family, our church and community.

Good marriages don't grow on trees.  They are cared for and cultivated over years and years.  And it's worth every minute.

Be a part of "Refresh."  Let's be together, consider our marriages, grow.

Our hosts are Pastor Don & Jennifer Follis from Pastor to Pastor Initiative.  The NH Marriage Retreat is not thier first rodeo.  In fact, they've hosted many marriage retreats at the Chiara Center.  You'll love their way and wisdom.  

COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION BELOW.  You may pay your registration feels on the New Horizon digital giving webpage.  Select "Marriage Retreat" from the pull-down menu.

We're looking forward to spending time together.

Pastor Mark & Denise Jordan


It's low-key and come-as-you are.

We're there to relax and receive.  Our pace will allow for both.  Interactive sessions with time to spend as individual couples.  Laughs and meals with friends, insightful sessions with our leaders, a bit of prayer and worship in an amazing cathedral/chapel.  Along with walks on the grounds and personal time here and there.  Our theme is:  "Cultivating Greater Emotional Health in our Marriages."  None of have arrived.  We're simply taking steps together.  Join the club.

Costs & Location

We'll be at the Chiara Center, 4875 Laverna Rd., Springfield, IL, 62707, 217-523-0901, just off I-72.  Each couple will have a comfortable, double-occupancy room.  We'll have a supper together on Friday evening, light fare with coffee and tea on Saturday monring, followed by a brunch later that morning.  The cost per couple is $235, all inclusive.



  • Arrive anytime after 1 PM on Friday, February 7.  Check in, relax, explore the place, take a walk, take a nap, etc.
  • Gather with other NH couples beginning at 5:30 PM in the Samaritan Room, just off the dining area.
  • Supper at 6 PM
  • An evening session with Don & Jennifer, followed by evening devotions in the cathedral/chapel.
  • The evening ends at 8:30 PM.  Then you're on your own.


  • Light-fare (fruits and rolls) is availabe at 7 AM.
  • Our first session is at 8:30 AM.
  • Brunch at 10:30 AM.
  • A couple of sessions after brunch.
  • The event ends at 2 PM.

About the Chiara Center.

What a beautiful setting for our retreat.  Not too far away (Springfield), but far enough to get away.  Enjoy the spacious grounds for brisk walks.  Comfortable and quiet rooms.  Pleasant meals with friends.  An amazing cathedral chapel for quiet prayer and devotion.  You can learn more at the Chiara Center website:  www.chiaracenter.org.

About our leders, Don & Jennifer Follis.

Don and Jennifer were married in Phoenix, Arizona, July 8, 1978.  9 days later they landed in Champaign-Urbana, IL, where they still live.  Don had a long campus ministry at the University of Illinois, and a 7-year stint as a pastor at the Central Illinois Vineyard Church. For the last 9 years, Don has directed Pastor-to-Pastor Initiatives -- coaching, counseling and mentoring pastors.  Jennifer's love for truth led her to pursue journalism. She is a long-time faculty member in the College of Media at the University of Illinois.  Don writes the Sunday religion column for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and blogs at donfollis.com.

Need more info?  Mark@NewHorizonChurch.org

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