BEIT JALA – On the first Sunday in Advent, November 30th, 2014, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala dedicated their new bells, as well as bless a new part of their cemetery. The bells, from Italy, were provided through funds from the European Union transferred through the Palestinian Authority. The construction completed in the cemetery was completed through donations from the congregation.
Palestinian media was present to help celebrate, as well as the Talitha Kumi Scouts and Brass for Peace.
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Three of the bells came from Italy and one of the bells was dedicated with the church.
A fifth bell was damaged – part of the reason for the new bells – and has been put in a place of honor in front of the sanctuary.
This roofed structure, built by donations from the congregation in the church’s cemetery, will be used to shield congregations from the elements during funerals, as well as hold services for the deceased.
Bishop Younan blessed the structure with the help of the congregation’s elders.
The sanctuary was decorated to celebrate Advent and Christmas.
The Talitha Kumi Scouts performed before the service. To hear a part of their performance, you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/elcjhl/the-talitha-kumi-scouts
The church elders, as well as the mayor of Beit Jala, helped Bishop Munib Younan dedicate the bells.
Bishop Younan explained to those present and those watching live at home the meaning of Advent and the lighting of the wreath.
Brass for Peace also performed during the service.
To learn more about Brass for Peace, you can visit their website: http://www.brass-for-peace.de/en/index.html
Congratulations to the Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala!