Friends of Bright Stars Trips are immersive tours led by our partners. Learn from pastors, scholars, and leaders who have expertise in the history, theology, and culture of this region.

Living Stones of the Holy Land

November 6- November 19, 2018

Join Pastor Curtis Zieske of Trinity Lutheran church in walking in the footsteps of our Lord, and visiting the holy places (“the ancient stones”)! As a veteran of eight pilgrimages, Pastor Zieske finds great joy in introducing individuals to the people of the land (“the living stones”) and seeing their delight at their own discoveries in the Land of Jesus. Your pilgrimage includes the special holy sites in and around Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Galilee, and the Dead Sea. Through his numerous pilgrimages, Pastor Zieske has discovered delightful shops, restaurants, guest houses, bakeries and places that he’ll share with you- as well as introduce you interesting people that will make this a unique opportunity, unlike typical commercial tourist packages.

Click here for full program brochure: Living Stones Tour

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Jesus’ Steps – Your Journey

March 29- April 8, 2019

Over 20 different times in the Gospels, Jesus offers an invitation to the disciples (and us) saying, “Follow me.” Like the early disciples, we in turn, seek to grow our faith in God and our personal relationship with Christ by living our life as Jesus lived. In other words, our life is a journey in which we strive to follow in Jesus’ steps. Jesus’ Steps. Your Journey. That’s the theme of our pilgrimage to the land we’ve come to know as holy and we are excited you are considering the invitation to join this pilgrimage during Lent 2019.

We are calling this a “pilgrimage” because we believe it will be more than a typical sightseeing tour. It’s an opportunity to fully experience some of the places where Jesus walked, taught, and healed. Highlights will include Manger Square and Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, Caesarea on the Mediterranean, Masada, the Dead Sea, Qumran, Mt. Carmel, the Mount of Olives, and Jerusalem.

Hosted by Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Maple Grove, MN. Led by Pastors Joel and Karen Wight Hoogheem and Pastors Dave and Lisa McCarty.

Click here for full program brochure: 2019 Jesus Steps Your Journey.

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Midvale Community Lutheran Church Holy Land and Jordan

June 15-27, 2019

Join Pastor Blake Rohrer of Midvale Community Lutheran Church on the trip of a lifetime! A frequent traveler to the Holy Land, Pastor Rohrer invites you to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and watch the lands of the Bible come to life. Throughout the trip, the group will participate in reflection, prayer, and worship. As meaningful as the holy sites will be, the unique encounters with the people who live there today maybe even more moving. You will learn what it is like to be a Christian in this sacred and challenged land of many faiths, and we will see firsthand the remarkable ministry of the Lutheran church and others who are creating opportunities for hope, healing, and peace. You will have good accommodations, delicious meals, and expert guides.

Click here for the full program brochure: Midvale Brochure

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