Pastors and congregational leaders from around the NJ District gathered for a basic disaster preparedness training session on February 27.
This training session was part of the NJ District's ongoing efforts to prepare congregations to be of service to their communities during times of need following natural or human disasters.
Southern District Disaster Coordinator Rev. Ed Brashier led the session on Saturday, as well as a chainsaw training on Sunday afternoon, February 28.
Dr. Tony Steinnbronn, our New Jersey District president, just announced that next year a group of New Jersey Lutherans and friends will tour the Holy Land of Israel February 13-23, 2017.
More comprehensive than most tours, this pilgrimage will include the Mediterranean coast; Nazareth and the region of Galilee; the Judean desert, the Dead Sea and Masada; and, of course, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. With excellent local guides it will highlight more than 4000 years of history, restored archeological sites, ancient cities and impressive terrain. It will be physically manageable for most able-bodied persons.
Dr. Steinbronn asked the Rev. Dan and Connie Schmalz, frequent travelers to this region, to design and coordinate the tour with Educational Opportunities, a large and experienced Christian tour company. The cost is $3188.00 which includes all travel from Newark except lunches, tips and shopping. Color brochures including the detailed itinerary will be available soon after Easter. You are invited to contact Pastor Dan and Connie via email.
UPDATE: Recently District President Emeritus Bill Klettke and his wife, Valla agreed to co-host the tour, as well. An additional tour account has been established to encourage young Pastors and Church Workers to visit the Holy Land early in their ministry, which would impact their preaching, teaching and leadership for many years. In the future rostered church workers would encounter a reduced cost for a Holy Land tour. Please contact the district office for more information about this option.
Church Office Staff: Please include the above text in your congregation's weekly bulletins and/or monthly newsletters.
Download an invitation letter from Dr. Steinbronn here.
News & Events
Mission and ministry events & opportunities from around the NJ District and beyond.