Holy Week on Hold

Due to the stay at home order in place in Illinois, the Grace Council has decided together with Pastor JoAnna and myself that we will celebrate Holy Week starting when we are able to regather to worship at Grace. The first Sunday back will be our Palm Sunday, followed by Good Friday eve worship on…

The Final Stretch

On Wednesday night when we arrived in Cappadokia (Turkish spelling of Cappadocia) we traveled immediately to a caravanserai (these are large enclosed buildings built in the 13th century for camel drivers and their camels as they carried goods from China to Europe along the Silk Road.  It is like a very large pony express hotel). …

Turkey Ho!

Thursday was our travel day from Athens to Istanbul. After checking into our hotel, we met our tour group of 36 and our leader Sayat. We have 36 people on this tour with us. It is an English speaking tour but Jody and I are the only “English Only” people on board. The city of…

Final Days in Greece

The clock is clicking down as we finish our time in Greece. On Thursday we stopped in the village of Kalamata (home of the olive by that name) and I shopped for a bit after breakfast and a few visits of historic churches. After a drive, we stopped and hiked back to the Polylimnio water…

On to Southern Greece

We have been to a Greek island (Kefalonia), Northern Greece (Macedonia, including Mount Athos), Central Greece (Attica, including Athens) and now we head to Southern Greece (the Peloponnese). We are on a tour with our guide George and driver Christos. A new adventure in this countryside marked by myriads of beautiful beaches, stunning mountains and…

Jody’s Blog

Good morning! What an amazing sabbatical we have been on. Each day is a new adventure and we are truly feeling so blessed to be on this journey. I miss home, friends, and family, but want to enjoy every single minute of this gift. Today begins the second day that Brent is on Mount Athos…

On the road to Northern Greece

No, planes, no trains, but yes: an automobile (for those old enough to recall a movie by that title). Anyway, we said good-bye to Kari Maratos’ aunt Regina who drove us to the port in Poros. It was ferry time, followed by the bus to Athens airport where we rented our car and drove north…