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Marriage & Family Resources

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

Genesis 2:24

Marriage and the family matter to God, and therefore they matter to us here at Zion.  God instituted marriage and thereby created the family unit when he first created the world.  Throughout Scripture we see how important marriage and family is to God, and we see how God has designed it to be.  Through marriage and family relationships faith in Jesus can be nurtured from generation to generation.  As a congregation we want to promote the family unit designed by God, strengthen our understanding of our God-given roles in marriage and family, and provide support for marriage and families in a variety of ways.  We have a Marriage and Family Committee at Zion that meets in the hope of addressing some of these needs.  Below you will find some resources that are available to you to help you better understand God's design for marriage and family and teach God's Word to those within your care.  Please note that you can click on the titles for more information.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our pastors; they are here to help you and your family in your journey of faith.

Marriage Moments Videos click for more information

Are you willing to spend 90 seconds a week on strengthening your marriage?  In October 2020 our synod, the WELS, began offering “Marriage Moments” videos online. Marriage Moments are short (seriously, only 1-2 minutes!), weekly videos highlighting one Biblical marriage thought accompanied by a discussion question.  Every marriage has its “moments.” That’s why marriages need moments of encouragement and refreshment. We pray that God uses these Marriage Moments videos to bless the marriages at Zion and beyond.  Click on the link above to check out a video or subscribe so that you receive the videos right in your inbox.

Prepare & Enrich  click for more information

The "Prepare & Enrich" program is now available at Zion!  It is a tool where you and your spouse take an online assessment at home.  Afterwards you meet with Pastor Schwertfeger, a Prepare & Enrich facilitator, to help you gain a deeper understanding of dynamics, personality, stress, strength, and growth areas in your marriage.  It is confidential.  A workbook is given to the married couple so that they may work on different areas together.  There is a $35 fee for the online assessment to Prepare & Enrich and a $5 fee for each workbook.  If you would like more information please speak with Pastor Schwertfeger at (608) 770-8641 or click on the link above.

Men of His Word Conference  click for more information

Men of His Word aims to equip Christian men to take a leadership role within their family, within their congregation, and in their community.  Men of His Word hosts annual conferences that bring men together to discuss relevant issues and equip them to lead.  The next area conference will take place in 2021.  For more information go to or click on the link above.  

Devotional Books for Adults  click for more information

Husband.  Wife.  Father.  Mother.  Within our marriage and family relationships we have many roles.  God's Word is filled with wisdom for us in each of the roles that we have.  Click on the link above for more information about home devotions for adults with marriage and family relationships in mind.

Devotional Books for Children & Families  click for more information

God tells us that he wants us to spend time with the Word he has given us.  He doesn't want us to meditate on his Word only one hour on Sunday morning!  Having devotions at home with your children can seem like an overwhelming task, but it does not need to be.  Click on the title above for resources on having devotions at home with your family.

Marriage Resource Books  click for more information

The books in this category draw from Scripture to help us understand the complicated marriage relationship.  Many Christians have found these books helpful to better understand their spouses and strengthen their marriage bond.   

WELS Marriage Enrichment Seminars  click for more information

Our synod, the WELS, holds a variety of Marriage Enrichment weekends throughout the year.  Due to the coronavirus these events have been postponed for now.  For more information about the seminars or to register for future events go to or click on the link above.