Turning the Page: Rest & Renewal

Thursday – Friday, August 1-2 Today was a travel day taking a taxi to Tel Aviv and flying to Athens and a taxi to the hotel. We unpacked a few things getting ready for the taxi, bus, and ferry to the Ionian Island of Kefalonia. Pete and Jean Maratos family members met us at the…

Gethsemane to the Desert

July 25 proved to be one of my favorite trips as we started the morning out with a Communion worship in the church in Bethphage (village at top of Mount of Olives; Mark 11:1) which Jesus and his disciples passed through on Palm Sunday. This village is adjacent to the village of Bethany, the hometown…

Sea of Galilee to Jordan River: 7/18 – 7/25/2019

We stayed in our second convent, the first located next to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Our second experience was the convent that housed the Mount of Beatitudes Church on its grounds near the Sea of Galilee. The view of the lake and the grounds around the convent were beautiful. The nine beatitudes…

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…