February - Lavern and Ronda Nissley take RINGS to Canada! Wainfleet Brethren in Christ Church in Ontario hosts RINGS with 20+ couples attending. Updated MRCMV vision statement to include components of developing marriage and relationship champions.
April - Completed online Mentor Training in DigitalChalk for preparing mentor couples. Director's Team attends leadership training at Fellowship Church by David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around. Board completes discernment/discussion process on beliefs/actions surrounding same-sex attraction, seeking input from 3 pastors, 2 team members and various external perspectives; the process affirmed understanding of God's original design for marriage to be male and female while resolving to serve all without judgment or discrimination.
June - Awarded 2 year contract with Clark County Job and Family Services (received highest score of all proposals!). Supreme Court of US strikes down DOMA and affirms legality of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
July - Entered into 3 phase agreement with First Christian Church to train mentor couples. Lavern and Ronda present Connecting/RINGS Chat workshop at Better Marriages Conference in St. Louis.
August - RINGS class hosted by RiverSong Church with 22 couples attending.
September - Mentor Appreciation Dessert held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, including presentation by Pastor Dan Powell and testimonials from 3 couples who had received mentoring. Medway Church seeks training for their mentor coordinator couple.Federal grant (after 9 years of funding) expires, resulting in 85% decrease in revenue, layoffs and decrease in some services/programs. Farewells to outgoing employees: Rex and Becki Robinson, Joy Sherman, Tanya Funk, Kevin Frank and Derek Ellis.
October - Two excellent Springfield News-Sun articles by Kermit Rowe on MRCMV's funding transition and plans for going forward.
November - Invited to participate in Dayton Project, an initiative funded by private donors to bring marriage resources into the region. MRCMV to subcontract under anchor entity The Ridge Project.
December - Giving Tuesday campaign launched at Rudy's Smokehouse along with Vote and Share appeal to raise donations for keeping resources accessible and affordable.