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to the Nassar Family's land: Tent of Nations




A glass factory in Hebron

Experience the Holy Land: Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem
September 8 – 19, 2020

Registration Limits: Minimum of 20 persons, Maximum 30

Closing Date: June 1, 2020

Event Leadership: Janet Lahr Lewis, retired UM Missionary and former Methodist Liaison in Palestine and Israel

Email:  Tel: 410-340-8756

Please note: UMC PrimeTimer trips are planned with the physical requirements of older adults in mind. But this trip is not limited to that age range and all are encouraged to participate in this trip.

An opportunity to participate in a unique experience by combining service projects with visits to holy sites, educational information and meetings with the indigenous Christian community in the land of Jesus. Participants will learn about the history, people and culture of the area, as well as experience firsthand the famous Middle Eastern hospitality.

Site visits will include Jerusalem Old City, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Bethlehem and more. There will be an opportunity to meet representatives from the three Abrahamic faith communities as well as United Methodist Advance Projects and partner organizations.
Participants will enrich their faith in the land of the Bible, worship with local Christian congregations and serve with United Methodist-sponsored projects.

Event Cost: The cost of $3,850 per person includes airfare from Dulles International Airport, near Washington, D.C.; accommodations; daily meals; local transportation; entrance fees; Licensed English Speaking Guide; tips for guide, driver, hotels; honoraria for guest speakers; donations toward work projects; and a $50 registration fee paid directly to Global Ministries.

UMVIM insurance and personal expenses are not included.

Housing and Meals: Housing will be in tourist-class hotels. Cost is based on double-occupancy rooms. There will be an increase in cost of $800 for single rooms. Three daily meals are included in the total cost. Additional meals and snacks will be at the expense of the participant.

Transportation: Local transport will be by deluxe motor coach. Estimated Physical Demands: There will be walking with hills and stairs on some days. Participants should be able to get in and out of vehicles and be able to walk on uneven and cobblestone walkways. Work projects will require minimal physical labor.

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Download the full booklet on Primetimer Trips in 2020

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Church of the Nativity

in Bethlehem

The Holy Land: In the Footsteps of Jesus Pilgrimage
12-23 October 2020
This tour is organized by and will be led by Lisa and Wayne Bender

(Lisa is the co-chair of UMKR),

with the assistance of Grace Tours, based in Bethlehem:

Estimated Cost:  $3,850 all inclusive, double occupancy. 
Single supplement add $700.
Includes overseas flight, probably from Newark, New Jersey, lodging, coach transportation,

Christian guide, three meals/day, tips, honorariums, and entrance fees.
Additional fee for bus transportation to and from Newark Airport.

Contact the Benders:
Telephone, Lisa: 717-215-4210
Telephone, Wayne: 717-571-4448

Itinerary could change slightly if necessary.

Day 1: Monday, October 12, 2020 Departure from USA

Depart for your overnight flights to the Holy Land.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Arrive Tel Aviv, Transfer to Ibillin
Arrive in Tel Aviv
Meet your guide and transfer to Ibilin in northern Israel
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mar Elias Educational Institute

Day 3: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Mount Tabor, Nazareth
Mount Tabor- Church of the Transfiguration
Nazareth, visiting the Basilica of the Annunciation
St. Joseph’s Church, and Mary’s Well
Cana of Galilee – Jesus’ first miracle
Meet Father Elias Chacour, author of Blood Brothers
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibilin

Day 4: Thursday, October 15, 2020 -  Sea of Galilee
Caesarea Philippi in the Golan Heights
The Mount of Beatitudes for a time of prayer and reflection
Capernaum where Jesus lived and taught – archaeological site
St. Peter’s Primacy Church along the Sea – wade into the Sea
Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of the Fishes and the Loaves
Magdala – home area of Mary Magdalene, excavations and new church
Enjoy a meal of “St. Peter’s fish” and boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Mar Elias Educational Institute

Day 5: Friday, October 16, 2020 - Nablus, Taybeh
Burqin to see Church of the 10 Lepers, 4th oldest church in Holy Land
Nablus -Jacob’s Well Church – where Jacob met Rachel
Drive to Taybeh, a Christian village
Tour the Taybeh Brewery, beer tasting
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 6: Saturday, October 17, 2020 - Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field
Wadi Foquin – See United Methodist mission projects, experience olive picking
Tent of Nations – working Christian farm, may include work project
Shepherd’s Field in Beit Sahour
    – where angels announced birth of Jesus to shepherds
The Church of the Nativity – where Jesus was born
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

Day 7: Sunday, October 18, 2020 - Jerusalem
Worship at local church in Bethlehem
Jerusalem Political Tour
Walled-Off Hotel Museum
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem.

 Day 8: Monday, October 19, 2020 - Dead Sea, Jericho
Wadi Qelt
Qumran, site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Baptism site (Jordan River)
Visit Jericho, Zacchaeus tree, old city and view Mount of Temptation
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem

Day 9:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Hebron, Bethlehem
Drive to Hebron, visit Ibrahim Mosque
Youth Against Settlements Tour
Tomb of Patriarchs, where Abraham and Sarah are buried
Glass Factory
Refugee camp
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem

Day 10: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 -  Mount of Olives, Mount Zion
Panoramic view over Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives
Ascension Hill on the Mount of Olives
The Church of Pater Noster (The Lord’s Prayer Church)
The Church of Dominus Flevit – where Jesus wept over Jerusalem
The Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations
Mt. Zion and the Cenacle (Upper Room)
Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center in Bethlehem

    – UMC mission project
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bethlehem

Day 11: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulcher
The Western Wall
St. Anne’s Church, the Pools of Bethesda
Walk the Via Dolorosa ending at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
   - where Jesus died and was buried
Free Time in the Old City of Jerusalem
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem
Day 12: Friday, October 23, 2020 - Departure
Depart for airport


Church of the Holy Sepulcher,
site of Jesus' burial, in Jerusalem

Israel-Palestine Tours by/with United Methodists

Please note, Pilgrims of Ibillin Tours are also led by UMC clergy: the Rev. Joan Deming.

See two tours listed below.

Students at Mar Elias school