MARRIAGE & COUPLES


“With God’s help, we want to encourage couples to build strong Christ-centered marriages that are marked by lifelong commitment, intimacy and love, and to equip them to reach out to help others.”

SCC offers marriage enrichment opportunities throughout the year to help couples strengthen their marriage to last a lifetime.


Preparing for Marriage Class (April/May)

Are you engaged or considering getting engaged in the near future? Preparing for Marriage will help you learn about God’s blueprint for marriage and help you evaluate as a couple your readiness for marriage. Meetings will begin in May. Contact Phil and Leah Painter at familylife@wearescc.org for more information.


Marriage DAte Night (May 12 @ 6:00pm)

Join us for a date night with other couples as we share dinner together and have a friendly competition that everyone is sure to enjoy! Meet new people, enjoy a great dinner, and connect with your spouse, making memories you will enjoy for a life time! Register by May 7.  Contact jdoty@wearescc.org for more information. 


MARRIAGE RETREAT

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4 Better or 4 Worse @the 4 Seasons

An amazing weekend away with your spouse at a five-star resort...without the five-star price tag! 

April 27-29, 2018 at the Four Seasons in Whistler.

$375 March 1 through April 22
($50 Deposit Required to Register)
Meals and parking costs not included in price.

*All spots are currently full, any registrations will be put on a wait list until space opens up.*


SPEAKER

Our speaker this year will be Mike Fabarez, Senior Pastor at Compass Bible Church in Southern California.

MEALS

There is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from near the Four Seasons, and Whistler Village is an easy 15-20 minute walk where you will be able to find everything from fine dining to fast food. Each of the resort rooms is equipped with a mini-fridge, so you can bring your own food, or pick something up at the grocery in Whistler Village.

ACTIVITIES

We will have all of Saturday afternoon free to explore Whistler Village, go for a gondola ride, or just relax in your room. The Four Seasons has a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool. We will have more information about activities later, or click HERE for some ideas. Click HERE to see a tentative schedule for the weekend.

TRAVEL

Please be aware that a passport or enhanced driver’s license is required to cross the Canadian border. More information about obtaining a U.S. Passport or Washington State enhanced driver’s license is available online. Driving time from Lynnwood to Whistler is 4 hours...you will want to add additional time for any stops (including crossing the border) and traffic. Parking a vehicle at the Four Seasons is $18 per night (this is a special rate for ACC). There are also free lots nearby. You may wish to consider carpooling with another couple or two to split the cost of gas and parking. (Gas will cost $25-50 depending on the vehicle.)

CROSSING THE CANADIAN BORDER WITH A DUI 

Getting into Canada with a DUI is not as simple as showing up at the border with a valid United States passport. If you have ever been arrested or convicted for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, regardless of whether it was a misdemeanor or felony offense, you may be criminally inadmissible to Canada and denied entry.

  • It does not matter if you are arriving as a passenger in another person’s car.
  • It does not matter if you have no intention of driving in Canada at all. For example, 4 to 5 passengers a week who take the ferry to Victoria for a one-day walking sightseeing trip are turned back for DUI / DWI offenses even though they do not have a car with them.
  • There are no exceptions for fans, guests, officials, or anyone else entering Canada for special events.

“But my Friend Got Across …” 
You may hear stories of people who were allowed to cross the border even though they had a drunk driving offense. Others will say that they were allowed to into the country 2 or 3 times but were then stopped the next time they tried to cross. Why? Because border officers have complete discretion to allow, or deny, entry to anybody. You may get across, or you may be stopped. You may get pulled in for interrogation, and then allowed to cross, or you may be sent back. The simple fact is – Canada considers drunk driving to be a serious offense

As a general rule, the older your conviction (10 years or more), the better the chance that you have of being allowed to enter Canada.

Several Things You Shouldn’t Do
Don’t lie. If you are caught misrepresenting your record your chances of ever getting across the border again will drop significantly. Canadian officers can ban you on the spot for an extended time and perhaps for life.

Secondly, do not attempt entry at a different border crossing on the same day thinking you have a fresh chance with a new officer. Denied admissions are updated immediately in a centralized database and will be visible at all ports of entry. If you look like you are trying to evade the system you will further jeopardize your ability to enter the country for the rest of your life.

Finally, there is a chance that the driver of the car or people travelling with you could also be deemed inadmissible – and even face criminal charges – if they are aware of your inadmissibility and your intent to hide it.


Recurring events

Marriage Retreats

A weekend away (held every other year) at a special venue for a program that includes marriage enrichment teaching, worship, fellowship, and times for couples to focus on each other.

Marriage Conferences and Seminars

Special marriage enrichment programs held at SCC on a Friday night or Friday-Saturday in the winter or spring every other year.