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July 2009
Vol 4, Issue 7
Happy boys at Family Camp in California



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There are still just a few spaces left for family camp this August, and if they happen to have been filled by the time you call to register, we'd recommend getting on the waiting list, as there can be unexpected openings during the last weeks before camp starts.

Family Camp is held at Camp Berea in Hebron, NH, in a beautiful setting on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire.  It's a great family experience that you will remember and talk about all year.  The Friesens call it "a vacation with a purpose."  Please join us!

August 8-14, 2009  -  Family Camp #1

August 15-21, 2009 - Family Camp #2

To register, call Camp Berea directly at 603-744-6344.

Helpful Links:
     Camp Berea website
     More details on the H.I.M./Berea Family Camp program
Gary Thomas
Registration is now open!

Fall 2009 H.I.M. Marriage Seminar

with  Gary Thomas
author of Sacred Marriage

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 am to 4:30 pm

Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield, MA

Gary Thomas is an award-winning author whose books on marriage, parenting, and the Christian life have become worldwide bestsellers.  Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy? has now sold over 300,000 copies and is changing the way the church thinks about marriage. 

Paul and Virginia Friesen have heard Gary speak and are delighted to bring him in as a guest speaker this fall.  The conference will be presented as a one-day seminar, with multiple sessions, workshops, and lunch provided for all.  Early bird ticket pricing (through October 1, 2009): $40 for single tickets and $70 for couples' tickets.  Price includes lunch and all materials.

Thanks to a generous donor, the first 100 registrations received will get a bonus:
a $10 gift certificate to the conference book table
will be in your registration packet when you arrive on Saturday.

Conference Details and Registration            About Gary Thomas           About Sacred Marriage
Photos of Pasts HIM EventsWe're delighted to announce the dates for H.I.M. events for the coming ministry year!  We'd love to see you at many of these.  Please mark your calendars, and watch future issues of the Family Flyer for details.

Sept 26-27      Engagement Matters #1   (register here!)
Nov 14            "Establishing a Sacred Marriage" with Gary Thomas (register here!)
Jan 16-18        Mid-Winter Family Getaway
Jan 23-24        Engagement Matters #2   (register)
Feb 12-14        Marriage Conference, Newport, RI
March 27-28    Engagement Matters #3   (register)
May 28-31       Memorial Day Camping Trip
June 5             Pool Party

Dates for Worth It conference and Missions Trip have yet to be finalized, but we'll keep you posted!

Layer 1 (cake layer)
      1 1/4 cups flour
      1/3 cup sugar
      1 tsp. baking powder
      1/2 cup butter, softened
      1 egg
   Combine; press dough over side and bottom of 9 inch pie pan.

Layer 2
   Spread 1/4 cup raspberry jam over crust.  Chill.

Layer 3
      2/3 cup sugar
      1/2 cup butter
      1/2 tsp. almond extract
      2 eggs, one at a time, beating well. 
   Stir in:
      1 cup finely chopped almonds. 
   Spoon filling over raspberry jam on cake layer.  Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes until deep golden brown.  Cool.

Layer 4 (top)
   Mix together and spread over tart:
      1/2 cup raspberry preserves
      1/2 cup powdered sugar
      2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
Paul doing children's devotions at CBSAfter many hours of preparation over the past months and then a week of onsite staff training, Paul and Virginia are currently leading 6 weeks of family camp at Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island (off the coast of Southern California).  Virginia writes,
"The past two weeks have been unbelievably full of the goodness, presence, and power of God. There really aren't adequate words to convey how grateful we are to be serving at Campus by the Sea for the 34th consecutive summer (minus the summer of '91 when we were on sabbatical.) We love the place, the people, and the program. Our passion for all of it is greater than ever."
For great photos and more commentary from Virginia on their recent activities at Campus by the Sea and updates on their girls, do visit their blog.

Friesens with Ray and Carol Johnston at CBSPaul and Virginia will return to the east coast in early August to lead two weeks of H.I.M. family camp up in New Hampshire at Camp Berea.  They have repeatedly said how vitally effective they believe family camp is for family life and growth.  They clearly put their energies behind their words, as their entire summer is dedicated each year to this type of ministry.  Many thanks to you for making that possible!  Your support is making an eternal difference for dozens and dozens of families this year.

May God continue to strengthen your own family, giving you the wisdom and love and daily forgiveness you need to grow together into the kind of family God wants you to be.  He designed families!

Grateful that you are part of the H.I.M. family -
Barbara Steele
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