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!
JERUSALEM – The Martin Luther Center holds a Friday gathering for children while they are off school, where they can create crafts and spend time in a safe environment. The center held a Christmas party for the children, complete with Santa and gifts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.”
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.