Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our Servant Congregation

From Fred & Gloria Strickert

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.

                                 Clayton (Sabeel)   Emily (ELCJHL Schools)    
               Margriet (Sabeel)                                                 Brit (LWF)

                                                  Sunday Brunch at Our House
Mike (Hebrew Univ.); Martin & Suzanne (ELCA);  Ian (Sabeel); Katie (Edward Said School of Music)

                                David, Janelle, Luke (YAGMs)
    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