Come and See with Bright Stars of Bethlehem Trips

Faith in the Face of Empire: A Leadership Program in Palestine

April 11, 2016 - April 23, 2016

Trip cost: $3995

Friends,

 

I invite pastors, church leaders, religious journalists, and other professional people committed to the Holy Land struggle to participate in a leadership program to the Holy Land based on my latest book “Faith in the Face Empire.” The aim of this program is to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities in Israel-Palestineas well as viewing the Holy Land through a new, biblical lens. This program is open to people who are interested in the region and committed to making a difference by investing in hope.

 

The changing context of the Middle East as a region makes the purpose of this program especially urgent.  Because of the changing atmosphere, there is an urgency to consider questions of where do we go from here on the journey toward peace, human rights and building bridges of understanding. I believe my recent book provides a framework for considering many of the hard questions we now face.

 

The Palestinian Christian community in the Kairos document sent out a cry to the Christian community abroad saying “Come and See.” This is an invitation to come and share in an in-depth examination of current realities, to listen to diverse narratives, to be inspired by ministries of hope, and to consider future directions for advocacy and support in the wake of all that has happened. I hope you will join me for this program of faith and learning.

 

— Mitri Raheb

 

For the full program brochure and more information please contact, Shelby Toler, Network and Events Director, at shelby@brightstarsbethlehem.org

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Bright Stars Holy Land Trip w/ Dr. Les Schmidt

October 8, 2016 - October 17, 2016

Trip cost: $3700

Join your host, Dr. Les Schmidt, for this amazing journey through the Holy Land. Encounter the land of the Bible in multiple ways:

  • Visits to traditional sites associated with the Bible. 
  • Learn more of what it means to be a Christian in a multi-faith context while living in occupation. 
  • Learn more about the unique and exciting ministries of Bright Stars of Bethlehem

 

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Annual Parish Nurse Trip

November 25, 2016 - December 3, 2016

The annual parish nurse trip is primarily to serve the people in Bethlehem
through health education and/or health screening for young couples and older
adults.  The exact activities are determined by collaboration between the
parish nurse in Bethlehem and the team leader who serves as a parish nurse
it St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL.  The exact cost is determined
by actual costs closer to the travel date.

The team is open to parish nurses and non-nurses.  Non nurses will be
assigned to important support roles.  

For more information or to register,
contact marcyschnorr2009@gmail.com.  

Registration closes May 1 or when spaces are filled.

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Bethlehem and Holy Land Experience

March 17, 2017 - March 28, 2017

Trip cost: $3,230

Spend time in the birthplace of Jesus, explore sites such as Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, the Shepherds Fields, Solomon’s Wells, the Herodian and so much more. Exclusively for travelers on this trip, we will have opportunity to sing in several cathedrals throughout the Holy Land.

Join your host Rev. Fred Zimmerman for this amazing journey. Encounter the land of the Bible in multiple ways with several opportunities of planned and spontaneous singing:

Visits to traditional sites associated with the Bible.

Learn more of what it means to be a Christian in a multi-faith context while living in occupation.

Learn more about the unique and exciting ministries of Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

 

Travel Itinerary

Friday, March 17 – Depart Kansas City for Tel Aviv

Saturday, March 18 – Arrive Tel Aviv, bus to Bethlehem, Dinner and rest.

Sunday , March 19 – Worship at Christmas Lutheran Church, lunch, tour Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto and shopping.

Monday, March 20 – Solomon’s Wells, Herodian, Shepherds Fields, lunch at the Grotto, Afternoon with Parish Nurse (Raeda), Dinner including several people from Ajyal. (Retired group)  Worship in Cave

Tuesday, March 21 - Presentation on Diyar. Tour facilities, Schools, University, Wellness Center, Separation Wall. Move to Jerusalem.  Bethany and Lazarus Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemene, Overnight inside Old City Walls

Wednesday, March 22 – Tour inside Old City including Bethesda, Ecce Homo, Via Doloroso, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb, Western Wall, and several other sites. Overnight in Old City.

Thursday, March 23– Early AM departure for Masada, Qumron, Dead Sea, Ceaserea.  Overnight near Ceaserea.

Friday, March 24 – Mt. Carmel, Carmelite Monestary, Nazareth, Cana. Overnight in Tiberias

Saturday, March 25 – Mt. of Beatitudes, Fishes and Loaves, Primacy of Peter,  Caparnaum.  Museum, and boat on the Sea of Galilee – Worship onboard boat, Dinner and stay in Tiberias

Sunday, March 26– Cross over to Jordan, Madeba (Church of the Map),  Baptismal Site, Macherus (John the Baptist), Mt. Nebo, Petra overnight

Monday, March 27– Petra all day.  Return to Aman for late night departure home

Tuesday, March 28 – Return Home

 

Tour Expense:

The anticipated cost for this trip is $3190.00 for a single and $2750.00 for a double. This does not include airfare of approximately $1500-$1800. For best airline rates, please contact Dr. Les Schmidt as soon as you have reserved your spot. He will assist you in the purchase of the tickets. The cost for reserving your spot on this exciting trip is $250 (non-refundable).

 

* As there may be some meals and incidentals along the way, you may want to budget an additional $400 to cover these costs. Tips for tour guides and other group leaders are included in the ground fees.

Download brochure here

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Bethlehem and Holy Land Tour

June 9, 2017 - June 20, 2017

Trip cost: $3035.00

Spend time in the birthplace of Jesus, explore sites such as Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, the Shepherds Fields, Solomon’s Wells, the Herodian and so much more. Exclusively for travelers on this trip, we will have opportunity to sing in several cathedrals throughout the Holy Land.

Join your hosts Dr. Les Schmidt and Rev. Mark Schulz for this amazing journey. Encounter the land of the Bible in multiple ways with several opportunities of planned and spontaneous singing:

Visits to traditional sites associated with the Bible.

Learn more of what it means to be a Christian in a multi-faith context while living in occupation.

Learn more about the unique and exciting ministries of Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Tenative Itinerary

Friday, June 9 – Depart Kansas City for Tel Aviv

Saturday, June 10 – Arrive Tel Aviv, bus to Bethlehem, Dinner and rest.

Sunday , June 11 – Worship at Christmas Lutheran Church, lunch, tour Manger Square, Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto and shopping.

Monday , June 12 –Solomon’s Wells, Herodian, Shepherd’s Fields, lunch at the Grotto, Separation Wall, Refugee camp, free time, dinner with Ajyal (retired group), worship in the Cave.

Tuesday, June 13 - Presentation of Diyar Program, Tour school, University, Wellness Center, etc.  Depart for Jerusalem, Bethany and Lazarus’ Tomb, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Dinner and overnight inside old city walls of Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 14 – Inside old City Walls, Bethesda, Ecce Homo, Via Doloroso, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Golgatha, Garden Tomb, Museum, and Western Wall. Overnight inside the old city Walls.

Thursday, June 15– Early AM departure for Masada, Qumron, Dead Sea, Ceaserea.  Overnight near Ceaserea.

Friday, June 16 –  Mt. Carmel, Carmelite Monestary, Nazareth, Cana. Overnight in Tiberias

Saturday, June 17 – Mt. of Beatitudes, Fishes and Loaves, Primacy of Peter,  Caparnaum.  Museum, and boat on the Sea of Galilee – Worship onboard boat, Dinner and stay in Tiberias

Sunday, June 18 – Cross over to Jordan, Madeba (Church of the Map),  Baptismal Site, Macherus (John the Baptist), Mt. Nebo, Petra overnight

Monday, June 19 – Petra all day.  Return to Aman for late night departure home

Tuesday, June 20 – Return Home

 

Tour Expense:

The anticipated cost for this trip is $3035.00 for a single and $2595.00 for a double. This does not include airfare of approximately $1500-$1800. For best airline rates, please contact Dr. Les Schmidt as soon as you have reserved your spot. He will assist you in the purchase of the tickets. The cost for reserving your spot on this exciting trip is $250 (non-refundable).

 

* As there may be some meals and incidentals along the way, you may want to budget an additional $400 to cover these costs. Tips for tour guides and other group leaders are included in the ground fees.

 
Dowload the brochure here

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