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Now is the Time to Nominate Family Members or Friends for Longest Married Couple Project - Sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Contact: Dick & Diane Baumbach, Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 321-544-3440, 321-507-4771, dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Dec. 26, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ -- You and your family and friends don't want to miss out!  Nominations continue to be received from all over the country for the Longest Married Couple Project sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), the original faith-based marriage enrichment program, but the project, which honors one national winner and winners from each of the 50 states and U.S. territories, is missing yours.
Nominations are following the same pattern seen the last eight years.  Families and friends from all over the country starting, October 10th, have entered the names of couples that have long marriages. That's the update from Bryan & Karen Berland, who serve as the coordinators for the project.
"As in previous years we are seeing an increase of nominations as families and friends gather together during the Christmas season and spend time with couples who have long marriages." the Berlands said, adding, "It is wonderful to see younger couples and friends nominate their parents and grandparents or neighbors for the honor."
The national winners will be honored by Joe & Sue Talarico and Fr. Tom Ogg, the United States Ecclesial Team for WWME.  They will personally present the longest married couple in the United States with unique gifts during the February 2018 Valentine week period. That same time frame will be used to honor state winners who will receive a special certificate of achievement and recognition from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter representatives in their states.

"This project was started in 2010 to honor the commitment of married couples and to give hope to younger couples- that they can have long and lasting marriages. It has been extremely successful and uplifting to many," Bryan & Karen said, adding "You can go to www.wwme.org to find out more information."

Nominations, which are open to all husband and wife couples regardless of faith expression, may be submitted by email, regular mail or by calling a special phone number.

The information for sending in a nomination requires the name of the couple, their wedding date and what city and state they reside in, while the nominator needs to include their name plus a phone number or email address so they can be contacted if their nominee is a national or state winner.  Upon determination of winners initial contact is made by WWME with nominators not directly with the winning couple. The nomination information should be sent by one of the following ways: www.wwme.org or email bkberland@gmail.com, regular mail Bryan & Karen Berland 530 S. Academy Guthrie, OK 73044, special phone number 405-850-4274. Nominations must be received by midnight January 10th, 2018.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering weekend experiences for over 49 years and is considered the original faith-based marriage enrichment program. The programs are continually updated to keep abreast of changes in society, and WWME now offers evening and half-day programs that are presented at parishes and other church facilities. The weekend program, traditionally presented as an overnight experience at a hotel or retreat center, can also be presented at the parish where the couples return to their homes in the evenings. WWME has a presence in just under 100 countries, which makes it the largest pro-marriage movement in the world. In North America, the WWME programs are presented in English, Spanish, French, and Korean languages.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers married couples the opportunity to spend time together away from the busyness of the world to focus on each other. It offers tools for building and maintaining a strong, Christian marriage in today's world. To learn more about the Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends online, go to www.wwme.org, or contact the WWME Office at (909) 332-7309.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Dick & Diane Baumbach
(321) 544-3440 or (321) 507-4771 dickanddiane66@bellsouth.net