Who

This is a couples only retreat for married couples of all ages. It is designed to be part getaway weekend and part practical instruction seminar on enriching marriage relationships.

Cost

Registration fee: $40 per couple. Early Bird Discount: $30 per couple (must be registered and paid by January 15, 2014). Make checks payable to: Jacksonville church of Christ, P. O. Box 520, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Credit card payments: pay online.

Why a fee? The Great Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat has been offered free to attendees since its beginning years ago as a getaway for Jacksonville members. It has outgrown four venues so far, and the expenses have finally reached the point where the elders felt it was more than one church can handle. By all pitching in a little, we can cover the costs for speakers, conference rooms, and printing costs. Neither the Jacksonville church, nor any individual, makes any money on the retreat.

Location / Lodging

Holiday Inn Conference Center 3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868 Front desk: (865) 428-2700

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING YOUR ROOM RESERVATIONS. Room rates are $60.99 for the weekdays and $84.99 for the weekend. Call Holiday Inn: (800) 782-3119, then give the three-letter code JCC to qualify for the group rate.

Including fee, food, and hotel, most couples can come to the retreat for about $250.

Free Time

Many go early to enjoy time with each other. The schedule builds in free time to go to the outlets, see a show, explore the beautiful mountains, or enjoy leisure time at the hotel.

Hosts

This retreat is sponsored by the Jacksonville church of Christ (325 Nisbet Street, Jacksonville, AL 36265), under the oversight of its elders. Allen Webster is the Retreat Director.