One Week…

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

The six of us going to St. George’s College in Jerusalem are just one week away from departure.  It’s hard to believe that after months of prayer, preparation, (and perhaps some procrastination), we are no longer talking in terms of weeks, but days, until we leave.  We (Fr. Ralph, Cindy, Terry, Aran, Anne, and Tim) unashamedly ask for your prayers, both for us and for our families, as we travel on this amazing journey.  We can’t thank you enough for that support.  We have already felt your prayers for us!

Our journey will begin on Friday, November 2 as we drive to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and catch a plane to Paris.  After a few hours in Degaulle Airport, we travel on flying direct into Amman, Jordan.  We will spend a few days at Petra, an ancient city hewn into the rock before we travel into Jerusalem to begin our class at St. George’s on November 6.  Our class is called Palestine of Jesus.  It’s an incredible journey into the historical and cultural world of Jesus’ time.  Those who have taken the class have come away from it, quite literally, changed people.

Keep watching this blog for updates as we travel.  You can access it directly or you can go to and click on the link there.  Also, a number of us are on facebook and we’ll be posting updates and photos there as well.

peace to you


It’s Getting Closer…

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

In just a few days, 6 people from St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Menasha, WI will be taking a trip to St. George’s College in Jerusalem, Israel.  Fr. Ralph & Cindy Osborne, Tim & Anne Peterson, Aran Walter and Terry Bomier will be taking a trip of a lifetime in order to enrich their relationship with God, to better understand the scriptures, and to quite literally walk in the steps of Jesus.  We will depart on November 2 and return Thanksgiving Day, November 22.

This blog will be updated daily if not more often while we are in Israel so that you all can see what is going on via pictures and videos we posts as well as make comments and ask questions.  Our goal is to involve the entire St. Thomas Church community so that this trip isn’t just a Ralph/Cindy/Tim/Anne/Aran/Terry thing.

Please keep this trip as well as those who are going in your daily prayers.  Pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit.  Pray for safety.  Pray for opportunities for fresh learning and new perspective.  Pray for the families of those who are going.

We will link this blog to the main St. Thomas Website as well as the St. Thomas Facebook Page and St. Thomas’ Twitter Account.

God’s peace to you all