The Greek Journeys of Paul

Tim BrusterDear Friends,

Midway through my series on Paul, I want to pause and let you know about a great opportunity to follow in some of Paul’s footsteps next Spring. I am leading a Journeys of Paul tour March 29 – April 11, 2016. We will have an expert Greek Guide, as well as Mishi Neubach, who has been our guide in Israel and whose graduate studies focused on Paul. Mishi brings a unique perspective on the apostle’s life and teaching.

We will visit such significant sites in Paul’s ministry and in ancient history as:

Philippi, the leading city in Macedonia during Paul’s time.

Kavalla, the site of the ancient port of Neapolis where Paul arrived on his first journey to Macedonia.

Thessaloniki, where Paul preached and founded a church.Delphi_stairs2

Meteora where you will see the world-famous Byzantine monasteries perched precariously atop rock formations of varied and beautiful shapes. You will visit two of these monasteries which seem to hang in the air.

Thermopylae, the site of the famous battle and the monument dedicated to King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans.

Delphi, the most spectacularly beautiful ancient site in Greece. Regarded as the center of the world, believers came for 14 centuries to hear its oracle. We will visit the Sacred Way to the Athenian Treasury, the Temple of Apollo, the Theatre, and other ancient sites. We’ll also visit the Museum where, among other treasures, you will see the unique bronze charioteer.

Mycenae, a city Homer called ‘rich in gold,’ which has provided one of the richest archaeological discoveries ever made. You will see the beehive Tomb of Agamemnon, the famous Lion Gate, and the Acropolis.

Olympia with a visit to the Sanctuary of Zeus at the site of the first Olympic Games and the Archaeological Museum to see the monumental items found during the excavations at the site.

Athens, the world-renowned Acropolis and the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylaea, still one of the most splendid monuments of ancient Greece. We’ll see see Mars Hill and stroll through the Agora, the ancient market place where Paul disputed with the philosophers. We’ll visit the National Archaeological Museum to see some of the treasures of Ancient Greece.

800px-Windmills_of_the_Mykonos_Island,_Chora._Cyclades,_Agean_Sea,_Greece-2Not all will happen on land. We will board a ship in the Port of Piraeus and over four days our cruise ship will take us to spectacular places with breathtaking scenery:

The Island of Mykonos with its celebrated windmills and picturesque houses.

Ephesus, the center of emperor worship, and (due to the work of Paul and John), the center of Christianity in Asia Minor. We will see the Temple of Diana (Artemis), one of the seven wonders of the ancient World.

Patmos for a visit to the Monastery of St. John and Grotto that is the traditional site believed to be where John wrote the Book of Revelation.

The Island of Rhodes. As Paul’s ship sailed into the harbor he would have seen the remains of the one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world — Colossus, a huge brazen statue of Apollo so high that ships passed in full sail between its legs.

The Island of Crete.

Santorini, perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands.

The famous Corinth Canal. In Paul’s time ships were dragged overland on rollers. In the Ancient City of Corinth where Paul visited three times and established a vigorous church, you will visit the Archaeological Museum, and the Temples.

Registration is now open for this trip. Click here to download the brochure and registration form, which you may print out and send in. Or, click here to register online.

There is also an informational meeting with Bev Robb, who owns Gomega Travel (formerly called Omega Travel) and has arranged tours for our church in the past and has many, many years of excellence in educational travel. Mishi Neubach will also be present at the meeting and you’ll have a chance to hear from him a preview of all we will learn and experience. The meeting will be held on October 26 at 7:00 pm in Room 154 at the church. To let us know of your interest, you may email Pam Erlandson (perlandson@myfumc.org).

It will be the experience of a lifetime and add so much to your understanding of Paul! I hope you can join us.

Grace and Peace,

Tim

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