The God of Surprises


SJN Couples of Faith Kickoff – The God of Surprises

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm

St. Timothy Room, St. John Neumann Catholic Church




Help us kickoff the new year for SJN Couples of Faith on September 9 at 6:30pm in the St. Timothy Rm at St. John Neumann. During this kickoff event, we will enjoy fellowship time together for couples and update you on events for the coming 2017-2018 year.  Our guest speakers, Charlie and Beth Balsam will explore how God surprises us with unexpected gifts and challenges in our sacramental lives. The evening will start with a fried chicken potluck – you are asked to bring the side dishes and desserts. Please sign up HERE.


The God of Surprises 

Charlie and Beth will offer presentations on their personal experience of grace when God actively “meddled” in their life.  Faith is an ongoing dynamic of growth, stretching, and leaning into the unexpected surprises that God will send your way.  How has your vocation of marriage been touched with joyful, as well as difficult, surprises?


PRESENTING COUPLE: Charlie and Beth Balsam

Charlie and Beth have been married for 41 years in 2017. They have served in various capacities in religious education, adult faith formation, and marriage & family ministry at both the parish and diocesan level in Beaumont and Austin. Charlie has master’s degrees in Religious Education (U of St. Thomas) and Adult Learning & Human Resource Development (UT Austin). Beth has a master’s degree in Theology (St. Mary U, San Antonio). Charlie served as lay advisor to Cardinal Bernardin and USCCB Committee on Marriage & Family (1991-93). Together, they co-authored Liguori Publications’ Family Planning: A Guide for Exploring the Issues (1985-2009); Charlie authored What Do You Ask of God’s Church? (2001-2013).
They team up regularly to answer the call from parishes or dioceses for marriage and family presentations.

Currently, Beth is a 3rd grade teacher assistant in the Woodlands and has over 25 years teaching experience in Catholic schools. Charlie is directing the development of a Leadership Institute for Jason’s Deli, Inc., a Catholic-owned company, whose founder wishes to foster the dignity of work and the human person throughout the company.  Together, Charlie and Beth have offered over 20 Marriage Matters weekends for Jason’s Deli married couples. They continue to be evangelized by their children: Luke, 27 and Sarah, 31 and her husband Nate.


For more information about Marriage Ministry events, click HERE.

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