Marriage, Inc. presents the sixth annual “Celebration of Marriage: Date Night 2014,” an evening designed to remind everyone about the value of marriage. On Friday, January 24, 7 p.m., dating, engaged and married couples will take time out to relax, laugh and learn together. This special event — presented by Marriage, Inc. — takes place at Centennial Chapel on Olivet's campus.
On the evening’s program are Dr. Jim Shores and Carol Anderson-Shores, known as Acts of Renewal, and comedian Jeff Allen, who will present insights and encouragement through drama and comedy. Musical entertainment, door prizes, marriage enrichment resources, and opportunities for fellowship add to the fun.
Acts of Renewal is the ministry of Dr. Jim and Carol Shores, who use theatre and interactive presentations to communicate about relationship issues in an engaging, entertaining and practical way. They have delighted couples across the country with their hilarious and insightful approaches to marriage. Their honest style speaks to couples in the reality of their relationships. They invite couples to rekindle romance while providing some great tools for the everyday journey of marriage.
The Shores have performed at more than 60 colleges and universities around the country, as well as at Christian conferences and churches. They have appeared with Dennis Rainey, Gary Smalley, Tony Campolo, Jill Briscoe, Gary Chapman, Patsy Clairmont, and many other presenters. As guests on “FamilyLife Today” and “Focus on the Family,” they have championed the values of Christian marriage. Audiences of up to 18,000 have enthusiastically received the encouragement, practical tools and truths for having a healthy marriage that they offer.
“Jim and Carol perform hilarious, moving and powerful theatre that speaks right to the hearts of their audience,” said Dr. Gary Chapman, speaker and author of The Five Love Languages. “Their desire, both on and off stage, is to use their gifts to point marriages toward hope and healing.”
Comedian Jeff Allen is the best at what he does: making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. A comedian for four decades, he shares a powerful message of a marriage gone wrong and then redeemed. His humorous look at everyday family life and healthy marriage has brought laughter and encouragement to millions.
Allen stars in the recently released film “Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards.” His “Happy Wife, Happy Life” one-hour comedy special has been seen on Odyssey, FamilyNet and the Worship Network. Twice, he was the featured performer at the National Prayer Breakfast. He has appeared as the featured comedian on Gaither Homecoming tours, at the Grand Ole Opry, in comedy festivals, and on his own national comedy tour. His “My Heart, My Comedy” performance is now a best-selling DVD project.
“Jeff’s wit and observations about life, love, kids and marriage … are more effective than any psychiatrist I know,” said author and lyricist Gloria Gaither of Gaither Music.
Tickets for Date Night 2014 are $15 per person and may be purchased by phone at 815-939-5385 or online at celebrationofmarriage.org. For more information, email Marriage, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.