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First Lutheran Church Holy Land Trip

Visiting Taybeh

The First Lutheran Church group visited Taybeh and Taybeh Brewing Company to learn about delicious Palestinian beer. Below are some pictures from the day. 

Updates from Bethlehem

The morning began with news that our bus driver couldn’t get out of his village and our bus wasn’t able to leave the lot. This news was followed by news that during the protest we witnessed yesterday a young man was killed by Israeli soldiers. He was not a part of the protest, he was…

Bethlehem mornings

It’s morning here in Bethlehem and there is steady traffic flowing down the street as I sit on the balcony. In front of me is a terraced hill with an old dwelling on it surrounded on each side and above by more modern buildings. Bethlehem is for me where the contrast of ancient and modern…

Day 5 with First Lutheran Church

There are moments in every pastor’s life when you sit back and look around and are in awe at what God has done. 3 years ago when I first visited the Holy Land, I knew that God was asking me to work for peace and justice here in this place. I had very little idea what that would…

Days 3 and 4

Today’s blog post comes from Pastor Karyn Bodenschatz It has been a full two days as we learn the land of Jerusalem. We are finding that our trip is unlike many that our tour guides do; we spend a lot of time listening and experiencing as we seek deeper understanding. As the leader, who loves this land…

Update from the First Lutheran Church

We are at the beginning of our second full day in Jerusalem and already our heads are full of the wonder of this amazing city and questions about the things we have seen. The clash of the ancient and  modern was never more clear than when we walked the Stations of the Cross through the…

First Lutheran Church trip to the Holy Land

Three years ago I woke up in a foreign land to the sound of the call to prayer ringing through the valley. I sat outside and watched the sun rise over Old City Jerusalem and I knew I was in a holy place. Later that day, the ringing of the church bells and the call…