Tour of Israel, June 22-July 2, 2014

By September 19, 2013Sanctuary, Senior Pastor

In 1994 Susan and I went on our first tour to Israel.  There are a few experiences—high moments in our lives—that we can legitimately call “life-changing.”  That was one of those experiences for us.  Our understanding of scripture, the history of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and current events was enhanced—transformed, really—in a way that otherwise could not have happened.

To be in the land, to stand at the steps up into the Temple Mount, and know that Jesus passed that way and likely taught on those steps, was inspiring.  To drive along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, to experience the magnificent Roman ruins … to take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee … to wade into the Jordan River and remember our baptism … to take a swim in the Dead Sea and  go to the many important sites in Jerusalem, Bethany, Bethlehem—there is nothing like those experiences!

A facet of the trip that we will always treasure is that my mother and my late step-father were with us, giving us lasting memories.  We returned in 2000; this time we took our three daughters with us—again making memories that will last a lifetime—sharing the gift of being in the land with them in their youth.

This June 22-July 2, Susan and I are leading another tour to Israel.  I invite you to come with us for learning, inspiration, and to make your own life-changing and lifetime memories.  Bev Robb is arranging the tour for us.  She has been arranging and leading trips to Israel for many years.  In fact, she arranged a trip for this congregation in 1999, and those who participated still talk about what a great experience it was.  Some of those who went on that trip have told me that they plan to go on this one as well.

Bev Robb and the trained Israeli guide she has worked with for many years will be here on Sunday, September 29 at 12:15 in Room 154 to present the details of the trip and to answer your questions.  I invite you to come to that informational meeting and learn more.  Meanwhile,  Click here to download a brochure now.    If you have questions, please contact Pam Erlandson at perlandson@myfumc.org or 817/339-5062.

 

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