Marriage_inlineCORNING, N.Y.—Who would possibly be willing to give up a couple days during a holiday week to go to an event designed to strengthen marriages and build friendships? Dozens of couples from the Northeast Fellowship have been doing so for over 30 years.

This year couples met Dec. 28 and 29 at the Radisson Hotel in Corning for the Northeast Fellowship’s Marriage Refresh, which aims to strengthen marriages with refreshment, teaching, and time together.

Gil and Marolyn Parker, longtime participants in the fellowship, were the speakers, offering practical teaching and personal examples. Jim Vogel, the fellowship’s executive director, and Mark Hurlbut, pastor of First Baptist Church, Marilla, New York, led the activities.

The Northeast Fellowship says the event was filled with great teaching, relaxation, and lots of laughter.