Galilee and Samaria: 7.17.2019

It is Thursday and we just returned from our trip to Samaria. You might ask yourself, where are the Dahlseng’s now? I thought they are supposed to be in Israel this whole month. You are right. Samaria is the old Bible name for the area occupied by 10 of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Abraham…

Jerusalem-Bethlehem: 7.10.2019

Our month at Tantur Ecumenical Center began with a horizon tour of Jerusalem. The Tantur campus is located over the hill from the Mount of Olives and we are just about a mile from Bethlehem which is our view from the dining hall window. There are currently twelve of us in our month long study…

Israel: Third Wednesday

On Thursday, June 28, we flew from JFK (NYC) to Istanbul and ran to catch our flight to Tel Aviv, Israel. 2 out of 3 bags made it with the short connection but our flights were uneventful. Turkish Air treated us very well. Entrance into Israel was a breeze, nothing like reentry into the US…

June 25, 2019: Second Wednesday

The Lilly Sabbatical Grant committee strongly encourages the importance of REST. It has taken a while, but I have settled into a new reality of rest and it feels GREAT! I love the people of Grace and almost always enjoy what my job (call) entails. Because I am confident in God, Pastor Woody and the…

First Wednesday 6.19.2019

God created us for community saying that it is good that we are not alone. Our first community is family and Jody and I are so blessed. Four kids, four spouses/partners and ten grandkids. Since about 1994, we have been going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a family. 2019 marks our twenty-fifth…

Last Day at Grace til September

All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. We’ll be leaving on a jet plane – but we will be back on September 15. It has been a great week at Vacation Bible School. Pastor Woody Knutson has been working this week and getting ready to preach on Sunday – you will not want…

5 Days left.

What an incredible day last Sunday (6.9.2019). Confirmation Sunday/Pentecost Sunday was fantastic. The young adults, the 3 new adult members, the music, the prayers, the tears and meaningful words spoken by parents to their children made this a great day! It was my last sermon for three months. Now it is a full VBS week…

44 Days Left

I am so thankful for the call to serve with an amazing team, a strong leadership council and a eager congregation ready to serve God and our neighbors. These past 12 1/2 years together have been great for me, my family and our community. We have done NEW things well: Friday Fun Fest, Mobile Food…

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me on my sabbatical journey. My wife, Jody, and I will begin this adventure on June 15th. We will keep you updated as much as we can along the way. Blessings to you. Pastor Dahlseng Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton