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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - August 20-31, 2018

Holy Land photoWe invite you to consider a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next August. The trip is available to 22 persons and offered on a first-come basis. 

Background:  This opportunity builds upon our relationship with the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ).  Last January, we had a forum hour presentation by John Lent, Deputy Director of AFEDJ, on the current plight of Palestinian Christians in Israel.   Following that visit, John encouraged us to see the Holy Land for ourselves.  He got us in touch with Iyad Qumri, a tour guide with over 20 years of experience, operating as Qumri Pilgrimages. 

The Tour:  We have reserved a pilgrimage for August 20-31, 2018, to be led by Mr. Qumri and the Rev. Randy Alexander.   Joining us will be 22 persons from Christ Church in Pelham, New York, which is John Lent’s home parish (and Father Randy’s previous parish).

Goals and Organizer:  The tour is intended to provide a sense of history and connection with the world Jesus inhabited.  It will also allow us to connect with Palestinian Christian congregations.  Qumri Pilgrimages is highly regarded.  They led the recent pilgrimage sponsored by the Washington National Cathedral.  Their website is at https://www.iyadqumripilgrimages.com/.

Cost:  The cost based on double occupancy is estimated at $2,200 per person with a limited number of single rooms at an additional $520.  Air fare and trip insurance are not included in this estimate.  Those going on the pilgrimage will arrange their own air fare, which will be at least another $1,000 per person. 

Action needed from you:  To reserve a place, we ask for your nonrefundable deposit of $150 per person by November 10, payable to Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill with the memo notation of “Holy Land Pilgrimage”.  If you’re unsure whether to participate, but still interested, let us know that also and we will put you on a reserve list.  Below is additional information for your consideration. 

Questions?  You may email questions to Randy Alexander at ralexander@icoh.net or Jim Snow at Jamesbsnow@verizon.net.

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 Holy Land brochure    Holy Land trip suggested itinerary
Overview      Suggested Itinerary