Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Arlington church honors 80 couples married at least 50 years

ARLINGTON -- Through health problems, job changes, home relocations, financial struggles and other family crises they battled, side by side, day by day, until the years turned into decades and the decades reached a half-century or longer.
On Sunday evening, First Baptist Church of Arlington honored 80 couples who have been married a combined 4,600 years. About 20 more couples with at least 50 years of marriage were unable to attend.
The celebration, called Influence 50-plus, was organized to emphasize the value of committed matrimony to younger congregants and to share some of the couples' keys to staying married for life. The church held smaller events in 1997 and 2006.


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20,000 Churches Band Together to Invite America Back to Church

Melanie Korb 

This September, around 20,000 churches will reach out to 10 million unchurched Americans for National Back to Church Sunday.
According to a recent article in The Washington Times, having an active spiritual life is one of the best ways to be happier and live longer. The Times article reported that those who attend church regularly tend to live an average of 35 percent longer than those who do not.