Early in September we shared with you photos of our installation service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in old city Jerusalem. So you had a glimpse of our congregation: Individuals and families from all over the world who are serving the church in various capacities.
Our Sunday worship can vary in size depending on visiting tour groups. We have a core group of about 50 persons from many denominations, including a large number of young adults who are here in various volunteer capacities, serving from three months to a year or longer. A few Sundays ago we commissioned for service 14 individuals who had newly arrived and hosted them at our house for Sunday brunch. The following photos are but a sampling of these dedicated servants.
Margriet (Sabeel) Brit (LWF)
Sunday Brunch at Our House
Mike (Hebrew Univ.); Martin & Suzanne (ELCA); Ian (Sabeel); Katie (Edward Said School of Music)
Brian (World Vision) Ingrid (Mennonite Central Committee)
ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission
David (Ramallah); Janelle (Beit Sahour); Luke (Beit Jala)
Trena (Beit Sahour); Sarah (Bethlehem); Abby (Jerusalem)
.On Wednesday nights, our congregation hosts an evening of volleyball and potluck fellowship at our neighbors the Brown's house here on the Mount of Olives.
Ministry is a real joy in such a setting. There is never a need to motivate the congregation for service. That's why they are here. Yet in a high-stress, politicized, and challenging climate our members need to come together for a respite, community, and spiritual nourishment. And many of them operating on a shoestring budget appreciate the fellowship of a home-cooked meal. We provide a bit of stability in an ever-changing environment
Fred & Gloria Strickert http://walkinjerusalem.blogspot.com/