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Fall Preaching  & Worship Series:  “What Disciples Do”

We Christians are often identified by what we believe.  Jesus cared a lot about what his followers DO.  How we practice our faith – the things we disciples do – is crucial to living our faith and sometimes as even greater witness for Christ.  Join us this fall for our Preaching and Worship Series:  “What Disciples Do.”  We’ll explore some of the things that followers of Jesus DO:  Take faith seriously, practice generosity, take faith home, wrestle with God, to name a few.  -Pastor Dana

Spiritual Growth – A Journety to Remember & Memories to Cherish

2019:  Trip to the Holy Land with PGUMC members Diane Gilbert and Mary Stark

When we began our journey to the Holy Land in Israel, many thoughts tumbled through my head but this Psalm verse kept spinning around,
over and over. Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
We left in the September morning, traveled all day and all night, and eventually arrived in Netanya. This is a town that is in the northern part of Israel on the Mediterranean Sea and not far from Nazareth. We travelled to the northern tip of Israel and all the way back down to the southern part. The Northern area is mountainous with forest land and covered with black lava rocks. We next travelled to Tiberias spending two days in this northern area at the Sea of
Galilee.
We visited places where Jesus fed the thousands with fish and bread, called Simon, Andrew, James and John to be his first followers, where he walked on water, calmed the sea and preached the sermon on the Mount. We were in Caesarea Philippi and Capernaumn. We remembered our Baptisim in the river Jordan with the two Pastors who were with us. We went to the Dead Sea, and to Masada, then on to Bethlehem and the very beautiful Church of the Nativity. Several days were spent in Jerusalem as we walked through the Mount of Olives, Church of All Nations, Peters Church, The Garden of Gethsemane, the Kidron Valley,
Caiaphas’ house and a small prison cell like one where Jesus might have been held the night before he was crucified.
We went to King David’s tomb, the room of the Last Supper is above this tomb, the Western Wall, the teaching steps where Jesus was found when he was twelve, the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame, the Pool of Siloam where Jesus healed the blind, and to the places thought to be where he was crucified and buried. The memories we made and blessings received did touch all of us on this trip. Today we are more able than ever and ready to share the Good News as we continue our journey with God the Father, Jesus his Son and The Holy Spirit.

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