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Rev. Rhonda Kouterick

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads

1034 W. Broad St.

Horseheads, N. Y.  14845

Telephone: (607) 739-1943



 A Note from Pastor Rhonda                         October 2017 



You are invited to join us on Monday, October 9th at 7 pm in the Chapel to "Cruise" with Pastor Rhonda to Ephesus and other New Testament Biblical sites via a slide presentation by Rev. Fred Kelsey.  Light refreshments will be served.  (Sorry, no steak or lobster on this "virtual reality cruise)!!


ephesus 2  Background:  This article is NOT FROM Pastor Rhonda, BUT FOR Pastor Rhonda from Rev. Fred Kelsey.  Pastor Rhonda had planned to be on a "Journeys of Paul Cruise" with Rev. Adam Hamilton during the first couple of weeks in October.  Pastor Rhonda was especially  interested in Ephesus (Paul's Letter to the Ephesians) and its majestic marble temples, amphitheaters and market place.  She was disappointed when the Ephesus Excursion slated for October 11th was canceled due to political tensions in Turkey where Ephesus is located.  Having already been to other sites on the cruise, she canceled. 

Pastor Rhonda was elated ("I love travelogues.") when I offered to take her on a "Magic Carpet Ride" to Ephesus via my 1600 digital pictures culled down to 80 for Ephesus and another 80 for the remainder of my Biblical Cruise in 2014.  That cruise included other places the Apostle Paul was at and preached; Athens and Mars Hill, ("the unknown God made known"), Corinth (1st and 2nd  Letters to the Corinthians) as well as historical sites such as Constantinople, the center for Eastern Orthodox Christians for Centuries, now called Istanbul, as well as Venice.  

In addition this could be a supplement to the Thursday morning Bible Study Group which is studying the Gospel of John.  On Ephesus, is also the traditional site, venerated by Roman Catholics, of the Shrine of Mary, The Mother of Jesus, her legendary home late in life.  In john 19: 25-27, we read that jesus, while hanging on the cross, committed his Mother to the care of "the Beloved Disciple" John, who took her into his own home.  The Gospel of John is "traditionally" associated with the Disciple John and his "traditional" burial place is in Ephesus not far from the Shrine of Mary.

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