RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope in Ramallah held a short prayer service and Easter egg hunt on April 11th, 2015. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hope – as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan – celebrate on an ecumenical calendar. These two congregations celebrate together with their Orthodox brothers and sisters for Easter while Orthodox congregations celebrate on the Lutheran/Western calendar for Christmas. Because of this, The Church of Hope and the Church of the Good Shepherd celebrated Easter one week after the rest of the ELCJHL congregations.
JERUSALEM – The Arabic and English Speaking Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem shared a joint celebration for Easter on April 5th, 2015. The sermon was given by Bishop Munib Younan in both Arabic and English. Visitors from around the world attended, including a group of Jewish Israelis who were touring the Old City.
After the service, an Easter egg hunt was held for the children of both congregations.
JERUSALEM – The children of the English Speaking Congregation helped fill plastic eggs and then did their best to find them on the Mount of Olives! The Easter Egg hunt took place on Saturday, April 4th, 2015.