PHOTOS: 2015 Spring Education Day

BEIT SAHOUR – The Lutheran Schools in the Holy Land gathered together at the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour for the annual Spring Education Day.  Spring Education Day is a day where the schools compete in topics of English, Arabic, Science, and Math.  The students prepared for this day for months with qualifying rounds in their own schools.

The opening ceremony was a compilation of performances by the Lutheran Churches, including music and dance, as well as speeches by Mr. Saleh Billo, a representative of the Bethlehem Directorate of Education, and Dr. Charlie Haddad, Director of the Department of Education.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Spring Education Day!

 

PHOTOS: Beit Sahour Celebrates Christmas

BEIT SAHOUR – The Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour held their annual Christmas program at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour, adjacent to the school.

PHOTOS: The Arabic-Speaking Jerusalem Congregation Holds Christmas Bazaar

JERUSALEM – The Arabic-Speaking Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s children lit the third Advent candle at the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives. Following the service, the congregation held their annual Christmas bazaar.

PHOTOS: English-Speaking Congregation Holds Christmas Pageant

JERUSALEM – The English-Speaking Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s King’s Kids Sunday School performed a Christmas pageant for those in attendance.  Following a service with special music and where the children helped light the Advent wreath, the children performed the Christmas story.

 

PHOTOS: School of Hope in Ramallah Holds Student Elections

(©D. Hudson/ELCJHL)

RAMALLAH – The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope in Ramallah held elections for the 2014-2015 student council on Monday, September 20th. Students from grades 7 to 12 voted for a handful of student representatives and then gathered at the end of the day to watch the counting of the votes and wait for the results.

Bishop Younan Presides Over Installation, Baptism, and Commissioning

The Laying on of Hands for the Installation of Rev. Carrie Smith
The Laying on of Hands for the Installation of Rev. Carrie Smith
(L-R) Rev. Mark Brown, the Church Council Chairperson of the English Speaking congregation, Rev. Mari Parkkinen of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the Arabic Speaking congregation, Bishop Munib Younan, Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, Representative of the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland in Jerusalem, and Rev. Robert Smith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America lay hands on Rev Carrie Smith during her installation. (© D. Hudson/ELCJHL)

JERUSALEM – On Sunday, the 23rd of September, Bishop Munib Younan installed Rev. Carrie Smith as the pastor of the English Speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and as Special Assistant to the Bishop.  Along with her blessing from Bishop Younan, Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the Arabic Speaking congregation, Rev. Mari Parkkinen of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Rev. Mark Brown, the Church Council Chairperson of the English Speaking congregation, Rev. Robert Smith, both a special advisor to Bishop Younan and Rev. Carrie’s husband, and Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, Representative of the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland in Jerusalem, Rev. Carrie was also surrounded by members of the English and Arabic speaking congregations, as well as her husband and children. Bishop Younan presented the places of Word and Sacrament – the font, altar, and pulpit – after the blessing and the laying on of hands.

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ELCJHL Model United Nations Teams Prepare For Competitions

Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo.
Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo.
Students from the Model United Nations teams from Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah pose for a photo. (© ELCJHL)

The ELCJHL schools have been preparing a handful of students to participate in Model United Nations (MUN), in Jerusalem, Ramallah and, hopefully, around the world.

The Model United Nations, operating much like the formal version, gives student delegates the chance to develop their debating skills, as well as learning more about world politics and issues.  The ELCJHL is hoping that this will not just teach their students about global issues, but also be part of their peace education by learning about the other.

In 2014, the students are participating locally at the Rosary Sisters’ High School in Jerusalem and the Friends School in Ramallah.

The ELCJHL is hoping to send the MUN delegation to Malmö, Sweden for the Model United Nations of Sweden (MUNOS) conference on May 26-28, 2014. A Palestinian delegation to this Model United Nations would be a first and it would be especially advantageous since a topic of this conference is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Fundraising is ongoing for this trip.

Not only is the ELCJHL hoping to send students internationally for MUN conferences, but is also hoping to conduct their own MUN conferences. In April 2014, the ELCJHL is hoping to have an MUN conference for all ELCJHL schools and, if funding can be secured, an international LuthMUN in 2015.

We wish our students luck in their upcoming competitions!

Volunteers Commissioned During English-Speaking Service

2013-2014 Young Adults in Global Mission
2013-2014 Young Adults in Global Mission
The 2013-2014 Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) were commissioned for their year of service. (© Danae Hudson/ELCJHL)

Bishop Munib Younan and the English-Speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) welcomed new volunteers for a year of service in the Holy Land. The six Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) volunteers, known as Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) were blessed. The YAGM work with the ELCJHL’s schools and ministries and worship with Palestinian Christians throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank. Other volunteers who were commissioned were with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Lutheran World Federation, Jerusalem Program. Bishop Munib Younan, Rev. Mark Brown, Church Council President, Rev. Jeff VonWald, Co-YAGM Coordinator, and Revs. Martin and Angela Zimmann, pastors of the English-Speaking congregation, commissioned and welcomed the new volunteers.

“We are accompanying each other with the various gifts that we have and that God has bestowed upon us,” said Bishop Munib Younan during the service. “You have come here to serve as equals with equal partners, to accompany them as they accompany you.”

“May God bless you in this very demanding, but very rewarding, experience.”

To listen to music from the service, visit the ELCJHL’s Soundcloud page.

To see photos from the service, visit our photo gallery.

The Volunteers are Commissioned
All volunteers were commissioned at the English-Speaking congregation of the ELCJHL. (© Danae Hudson/ELCJHL)

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Holds Youth Summer Camp

Amman's Youth Group
Amman's Youth Group
The Youth Group of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan. (© Danae Hudson/ELCJHL)

10 young adults from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Amman, Jordan took part in a 4-day summer camp that took place across Jordan. The youth camp involved Bible study as well as field trips to the Dead Sea and the local YWCA. The camp ended with the youth serving at their Sunday service by doing readings, singing, collecting offering, and performing music.

To see photos from the service, visit our online gallery.