4th Day

As usual we started our day with a 7:00am breakfast, preparing for the 8:00am work session which began with Michael Chacour (Micha), the executive manager at Mar Elias. He met with our VIM team and divided us into several groups. Group A: Archeological diggers hauled rock from a lot in

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A Galilean Day – Day 3

We spent this gorgeous, summery day with thousands (maybe tens of thousands!) of other tourists up on the Sea of Galilee, experiencing the traditional site of the miracle of Jesus of the loaves and fishes at the Tagbha Church, then the church commemorating where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the

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Day 2 in the Holy Land

We are all up for breakfast at 7:00. Some of us slept soundly all night while others awoke as early as 3:00 or 4:00am. I lay awake from midnight ‘til I finally got up at 6:00am. Jet lag! At 8:00 we walked through the parking area where groups of school

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First Days!

Greetings from Mar Elias Educational Institutions (which is a UM Board of Global Ministries Advance Project) in Ibillin in Lower Galilee! We are so grateful for our team of Janet Lahr Lewis and Elias Ghareeb who met us with a bus and great welcome as we wearily emerged from customs

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Olive Oil and Shares For Sale Sunday

Free-trade, organic Palestinian Olive Oil will be on sale in the Commons this Sunday, October 2.  Profits from these sales go to support projects that the Volunteer in Mission team to the Holy Land will be visiting during their upcoming trip.  “Shares” in the trip will also be available –

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Thank You!!

Thanks to all for your support of the “kickoff” to the Palestinian Olive Oil Sales.  We ran out on Sunday – but will have more available at our next sale in October.  Watch this space for details!!

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Olive Oil (and Shares) in Commons Sunday

This Sunday, September 18, the Global Mission Committee and UMVIM team to Palestine/Israel will be offering tastings – and selling fair-trade Palestinian olive oil in the Commons after church.  “Shares” in the trip will also be available.  Stop by and support mission projects in the Holy Land!!

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Going to Tel Aviv on October 22, 2011

On October 22, 2011, 21 people will travel to Tel Aviv to begin the experience of a lifetime. This United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) team from Portland First UMC will include members of at least five Portland area churches, some of whom are veteran travelers and at least one

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