Jeremiah’s call to return to the ancient paths is as compelling today as it was 27 centuries ago. It’s a call to walk alongside patriarchs and prophets, priests and kings, disciples and their rabbis– to become a pilgrim– to see, hear, and touch Scripture as they did through the land where most of our faith-forming events took place.
We’re hoping you join Dr. Chris Alford and Dr. Teresa Gardner on the ancient paths in October, 2018, as we travel to Israel and Jordan.
We’ll explore the Holy Land– the “Fifth Gospel,” as Jerome called it– visit major biblical sites, walk where Jesus and his disciples walked, and worship where they worshiped.
Pastor Chris will lead worship and teaching during our trip. Dr. Gardner is known to many in the Epiclesis community for her visits to our church, her international dance ministry, and her nearly 50 trips to Israel. Along the way, we’ll have expert, local guides to supplement our journey.
And this trip includes TWO additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences: The stunning fortress of Masada, PLUS a journey to the ancient City of Petra.
It would be a life-changing journey any time, but given recent archaeological discoveries, there’s so much more happening now: The earliest Christian church found in Israel (under a prison), Saul’s likely headquarters when facing the Philistines and Goliath, evidence of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, the burn layer of Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, the synagogue where Mary Magdalene worshiped and Jesus almost certainly taught, the place where Paul gave his defense before Festus. We’re still developing the itinerary to make this a rich and rewarding time.
Our tentative dates and details: October 10-22, 2018. The all-inclusive tour cost includes round trip airfare, first-rate hotel accommodation (double occupancy), all breakfast and dinners, local guides and motor coaches, entrance fees, and tips. The total projected cost for your budgeting is: $5,350. Several factors will contribute to the final price, which we hope will decrease: The total number of folks traveling (we’re gathering more as we go along and that may help bring costs down– so far we have about 20), the air ticket prices we’re able to lock in, flight details for folks not in the Sacramento area, etc.).
At this point (August, 2017), we need to identify the folks who are interested in going. The trip is also open to folks not based in the Sacramento area. Be on the lookout very soon for an informational meeting with even more details. So, let’s hear from you!
Sound intriguing? Please email Pastor Chris.
TENTATIVE SITES WE’LL VISIT
TENTATIVE ITINERARY (This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change)
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Depart U.S. for Israel
Thursday, October 11th
Arrive in Israel – Leave Airport – continue to Dead Sea Area – arrive hotel
Friday, October 12th
Ein Gedi – Masada – back to hotel for “Dead Sea” experience
Saturday, October 13th
Leave Dead Sea area – Qumran – Capernaum – Mt. of Beatitudes – arrive at hotel in Tiberias
Sunday, October 14th
Dan – Judges’s Gate & Abraham’s Gate – Caesarea Philippi – Ben Tal & Syrian bunker – Nimrod’s Fortress – Golan Heights
Monday, October 15th
Boat ride on Sea of Galilee – Synagogue in Magdala – Kursi – Yardenit & baptismal renewal in Jordan
Tuesday, October 16th
Leave Galilee area – Megiddo – Mt. Carmel – Caesarea Maritima
Up to Jerusalem
Wednesday, October 17th
Rabbi Tunnel – St. Peter Gallicantu – Upper Room – Jewish Quarter – Cardo – Shorashim – Southern Steps & Street Ruins – Kotel (Western Wall)
Thursday, October 18th
Yad Vashem – Israel Model & Shrine of the Book – City of David
Friday, October 19th
Mt. of Olives – Garden of Gethsemane – Friends of Zion Museum – Garden Tomb – Archeological Service Project
Saturday, October 20th
Depart Jerusalem for Eilat, overnight in Eilat
Sunday, October 21st
Day trip to Petra; return and overnight in Eilat
Monday, October 22
Depart Eilat for Ben Gurion, fly to Ben Gurion Airport and depart for US
Arrive home in U.S.