“Loving Well” Relationship Workshop - Sat., Sept. 16, 9:00 a.m. - noon, Congregational Hall
Very few things have more potential for strengthening one’s sense of well-being than effectively loving and being loved.
Join us Sat., Sept. 16, as our guest speaker, Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark, draws on the insights of author/counselor Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages to lead us in a workshop on Loving Well. Chapman’s premise is that everyone feels loved best when they are shown love in ways that are most meaningful to them, when they receive love in their “love language.” Unknowingly, we spend energy expressing our love in ways that do not communicate well, and we don’t understand why. Similarly, others think they are showing us love when it just isn’t registering with us.
These realities have implications for almost any relationship or life circumstance. Whether in friendships, marriages, parenting, or work life, it is stunning what a difference it makes when we make a concerted effort to express love, affection, or appreciation in ways that are intentionally tailored to the personality and needs of the person being loved instead of by our own preferences or usual habits.
At our Saturday workshop you will learn about the Five Love Languages, examples of how to express each of them, and which love language is your own.
About our presenter:
The Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark is a Presbyterian minister presently serving as Co-Pastor of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine, Wis. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and has previously served churches in Wallingford, Pa., and Libertyville, Ill. Married to Richard Clark, a family physician, she is also the mother of two grown children. In addition to her congregational work, Melanie has led retreats and workshops regularly since 1996. She is passionate about teaching and facilitating individuals and groups into deepening their lives, encouraging people to look for and experience the fresh ways God is stretching and summoning them to fuller life.