Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates of the Lutheran Schools

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تهنئة بالنجاح والتفوق لطلبة الثانوية العامة “انجاز” في المدارس الانجيلية اللوثرية في رام الله وبيت لحم وبيت ساحور وبيت جالا

القدس – يتقدم سيادة المطران سني-ابراهيم شارلي عازر، مطران الكنيسة الإنجيلية اللوثرية في الأردن والأراضي المقدسة والمجلس والمجمع الكنسي باحر التهاني والتبريكات الى طلاب وطالبات الثانوية العامة انجاز بفرعيه العلمي والأدبي في جميع المدارس الانجيلية اللوثرية في رام الله وبيت لحم وبيت ساحور وبيت جالا على النجاح الباهر الذي حققوه في امتحان شهادة الثانوية العامة  “انجاز” حيث حصد الكثير من طلابنا على علامات متفوقة كان اعلاها الطالب علي توفيق سلمان الذي حصل على معدل 98.9 الفرع العلمي واحتل المرتبة الخامسة مكرر على محافظة بيت لحم وبفارق بسيط حصل الطالب جوزيف أمير رشماوي على معدل 98.6  الفرع العلمي ويحتل المرتبة السابعة على محافظة بيت لحم.  

متمنينا لهم جميعا دوام التقدم والنجاح والتوفيق في متابعة دراساتهم وحياتهم المستقبلية لخدمة شعبهم ووطنهم.

كما ويتقدم سيادة المطران من مدير التربية في المدارس الانجيلية اللوثرية ومن مدراء كل من مدرسة الرجاء الإنجيلية اللوثرية – رام الله، ومدرسة دار الكلمة الإنجيلية اللوثرية – بيت لحم، والمدرسة الإنجيلية اللوثرية – بيت ساحور، ومدرسة طاليثا قومي – بيت جالا والى جميع أعضاء الهيئة التدريسية والتربوية وأهالي الطلاب باحر التهاني والشكر الجزيل على كافة الجهود التي بذلوها لإنجاز هذه النتيجة المشرفة.  بارككم الله جميعا .لما فيه خير مدارسنا وطلابنا وطالباتنا ووطننا العزيز

Congratulations on the Success and Excellence of the Students of the Lutheran Schools in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, and Beit Jala on their “Injaz” Exams

Bishop Sani Ibrahim Charlie Azar, on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Church Council, and the congregations, extends the warmest congratulations and blessings to the high school graduates for their achievement on the “Injaz” graduation exams, in both the scientific and literary tracks. In all of the Lutheran Schools the students achieved impressive success in the “Injaz” exams. Many of our students obtained excellent marks, the highest of which was Ali Tawfiq Salman, who received a score of 98.9 on the exam in the scientific track and ranked fifth among all the students in the Bethlehem Governorate. With only a slight difference in score, the student Joseph Amir Rishmawi scored 98.6 on the exam in the scientific track and ranked seventh in the Bethlehem Governorate.

We wish all the graduates continuous progress and success in their future studies, pursuits, and lives as they serve their people and their homeland.

The Bishop, the Director Education of the Evangelical Lutheran Schools, and the Principals of each of the Evangelical Lutheran Schools (The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope – Ramallah, the Dar al-Kalima Evangelical Lutheran School – Bethlehem, the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, and Talitha Kumi School – Beit Jala) the warmest congratulations and thanks to all the members of the teaching and educational staff and to the the families of the students for all their efforts to achieve this honorable result.

May God bless you all, for the good of our schools, students, and our dearest homeland.

A Message from COCOP to Bishop Ibrahim Azar

Dear Bishop Azar,

As COCOP partners, we would like to express our appreciation, support and solidarity with you and the leadership of the ELCJHL.

You have had to address numerous internal and external challenges this past year including the situation in Jordan, funding of your important ministries with a skeleton staff, dealing with a global COVID-19 crisis, and figuring out ways to continue caring for the lives of the members of your congregations, employees, students and their families while budgeted income was no longer assured. You did all this while living under the shadow of a challenging pandemic and political situation, which is now culminating in the threat of annexation.

We, therefore, would like you to know that we are united in thanking God for your faithfulness in ministry, and grateful for your leadership under these challenging circumstances. We support the decisions that you have made, including:

  • Raising your voice and reaching out to other faith leaders and the local ecumenical family to denounce violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and we encourage you to continue to do so.
  • The decision taken by the Church leadership regarding the situation in Amman. We know it was done after a lot of prayerful considerations and consultations and in the best interest of the Church.
  • The ELCJHL’s support of her congregations and the most vulnerable families during the COVID-19.
  • The ELCJHL’s emphasis on gender justice, equality, and women empowerment, and we encourage you to continue to do so.
  • The ELCJHL’s approach in dealing with the surrounding turmoil in faithfulness to what Jesus would expect from his church.
  • The ELCJHL’s clear, transparent, and accountable organizational structures and decision-making mechanisms.

We are committed to our mutual agreements with the ELCJHL, and we will continue to accompany you in realizing the ELCJHL’s vision for mission.

Sincerely,

COCOP Partners

In Response to the Decision Concerning Jaffa Gate

Joint Statement from the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

We, the Heads of the Churches and Christian Communities in Jerusalem, stand united in our commitment to safeguard the historical Status Quo of the Holy Sites and rights of the Churches which are universally recognized.

The case of Jaffa Gate threatens this Status Quo. We are concerned by the recent judgment of the District Court of Jerusalem, which dismissed evidence demonstrating the Greek Orthodox Church case. We strongly support the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Church in their plea for justice.

We don’t see this case as a mere property dispute. We see the undertaking of radical groups to take control of properties at Jaffa Gate as a systematic attempt to undermine the integrity of the Holy City, to obstruct the Christian pilgrim route, and to weaken the Christian presence in Jerusalem.

This case does not affect only the Greek Orthodox Church and its properties. It will harm also the peaceful nature of coexistence among the communities for which Jerusalem has been known.

We call on the Israeli government to act in order to safeguard the integrity of the Christian heritage and patrimony in the Old City, as well as the Holy Sites and the rights of the residents of the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem.

These are places which over two billion Christians around the world look at as the very heart of their faith; which millions of Christian pilgrims visit each year; and in which the local Christians live out their faith.

Together with the Prophet Amos, we cry: “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

  • Patriarch Theophilos III, Greak Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Patriarch Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Adminstrator, Latin Patriarchate
  • Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land
  • Archbishop Anba Antonious, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
  • Archbishop Gabriel Daho, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Archbishop Aba Embakob, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Archbishop Yaser Al-Ayash, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriachate
  • Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate
  • Archbishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
  • Bishop Ibrahim Sani Azar, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
  • Father Ephram Samaan, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
  • Rt. Rev. Joseph Nersès Zabarian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate

The Ordination of Rodny Said

A Joyous Occasion!

Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land cordially invites you to the Ordination Service of Vicar Rodny Samir Rafiq Said. The service will be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2020, at 4:00pm at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A reception will follow at the Church Hall after the service.

Your presence is a joy for us! Alf mabrouk, Vicar Rodny!