Two Programs Explore Faith, Women of the Bible

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Byline: Nancy Luebke Daily Herald Correspondent

Soul food for women will be served up at two churches this coming week. Lombard Christian Reformed Church invites women of all ages to a program featuring author and speaker Valerie Bell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 2020 S. Meyers Road, Lombard. Bell's topic is "A Well-Tended Soul: Staying Beautiful for the Rest of Your Life," based on her book of the same title.

The dramatic presentation "Women of the Bible" about the lives of Rebecca, Ruth and the Sinful Woman will be presented at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 524 N. Rush St., Itasca. Anita Gutschick will portray these women in a program that is appropriate for children age 12 and older.

While Lombard Christian Reformed Church features speakers several times a year for their Bible study group, this is the first time that the church is sponsoring a speaker in an open forum for women of the community.

"This is a worthwhile topic for any woman of any age. Valerie Bell is a good speaker, who is light hearted and uses humor in her presentation," said Laura Kooima, church administrator.

Bell, who lives in Kildeer, has performed on radio and television, including "Focus on the Family" with James Dobson.

For 10 years she was co-host of the daily radio show, "Chapel of the Air," with her husband, Steve, an executive vice president at Willowcreek Church in Barrington. She has written six books, some co-authored with her husband. Kooima says Bell will probably stick close to the territory covered in her book, "A Well Tended Soul."

"Valerie uses her own experiences to help women shape the world around them with authentic spirituality, live deeper lives, build confidence, joy and charisma for the years ahead and explore the benefits of aging," said Kooima.

After seeing Bell speak and reading her book, Kooima invited Bell to speak at the church.

"Valerie Bell is a cancer survivor and has raised kids, things that women can relate to. She is now middle aged, and she is touching on things that middle aged women are thinking about," Kooima said. …