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 Insight from Amy - 

Families face a lot of challenges these days because of the hectic pace we find ourselves living. Staying connected with each other during these busy seasons takes intentional, multiple, daily efforts. The first words we use to greet each other as we start the day and the last words spoken before we go out the door all set the tone for the hours in between. Later in the day, the way we first speak to each after coming home and how and when we say good night, all makes a huge impact on how we rest.

That's a lot to digest I realize: First words in the morning, last words as you go out the door, first words at the end of the day, and last words at night all make a huge impact on how we stay connected. 

With "connection" in mind, we're bringing back a fatherhood contest that we started a few years back and decided to table for a while. The Awesome Dad Contest has an updated name and graphic (designed by our friend Jen Cassell) and we're hoping that moms of school aged kids will sit down together and talk about the ways that dad blesses, encourages, loves and plays with them, and tell us about it. It is a powerful opportunity to grow as a family. Additional details are below.

And, returning once again to our community is the Secret Keeper Girl event which has attracted several hundred moms and daughters for the last couple of years.  Thank you to our friends at Uniontown Bible for hosting this high-energy event which will help strengthen mother-daughter connections as these girls prepare for their teen years. 

Finally, thank you for staying connected with us as we continue to be a voice for marriage, families, and future families in our community. Great things are happening and we're so glad you're a part of the MREC family to share them with us.

It won’t be long until it is Father’s Day, but it's never too soon to tell Dad what makes him so amazing! That’s why the Marriage and Relationship Education Center (MREC) has partnered with Dads Works to sponsor a unique and fun Father’s Day contest.
Our Awesome Dad Contest invites students ages kindergarten through 12th grade to tell us why their dads are awesome. On one side of an 8 ½” x 11” students should finish this sentence: My Dad is AWESOME because…” Students can share in words or artwork, or both, as long as it covers just one side of a standard size piece of paper.
Up to three winners will be chosen in each of four age groups; K – 2nd grade; 3rd – 5th grade; 6th - 8th grade; and 8th – 12th, with age-appropriate prizes awarded to the winners.
Contest entry forms and additional information can be found at or at or may be picked up at any branch of the Carroll County Public Library. The deadline is Thursday, May 24.
Winners will be announced on Father’s Day, June 17. Prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony at the TownMall of Westminster on Friday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. Special guest John Jancuska - a winner of several Maryland Coach of the Year awards at the collegiate level.  This fun evening is open to the public. 
We hope your kids will get out the pens and paper and let the world know why their dad is AWESOME! If you have questions, please contact

Being a dad is a really big deal

Studies show that there are specific needs only a dad can fill. "Many boys today don't know what it means to be a man because they don’t have a man in their lives. Sadly, children will go to bed tonight without saying goodnight to their father because he just isn’t there." You can read the full article HERE.

Secret Keeper Girl
Have you and your daughter signed up yet?

This is it! The mother - daughter event of the year!  Check out the video HERE, and see why those who attend this faith-based, high energy experience return again and again!

This year's Secret Keeper Girl comes just in time for Mother's Day, connecting moms and their tween daughters (ages 7 to 12) preparing them for the teen years ahead. Learn more and register HERE.
Our all new class...

Are you seriously dating, engaged or planning a wedding? Our one day event - Preparing for Marriage - will give you  practical, relationship tools to help build a successful life together. Topics include Communication and Conflict Management; Family Dynamics; Setting Financial Goals; Maximizing Differences; Date Nights and more.

Space is limited! Learn more and register HERE or call us at 410-389-9003.
Coming Events

Saturday, June 30 - Roaring 20's Garden Party and Croquet Tournament 
- Our signature great date event will return in June at the historic Carroll County Farm Museum! You won't want to miss this!  Please, mark your calendars!. Sponsorships are welcome. Register now for the early bird discount.

Friday, November 9, 2018 - Fellowship Dinner - featuring special guest Dr. Jennifer Murf,  President of Millenials for Marriage. Save the date for this very important annual fundraiser

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