The four lecture series began Tuesday, March 10, and concludes on Tuesday, March 31. Lunch will be served from 11:30 to noon, followed by the program beginning by 12:05 p.m. and concluding by 1 p.m.
Those interested in attending should make reservations by Friday afternoon, with the exception of season reservation holders. Tickets are $7 for each luncheon. Call the church office for reservations, 358-2730.
The final luncheon will be held on March 31, with Gloria Delaplain presenting a program about her volunteer work in the Holy Land. She will be assisted by her husband, Don. They live in Aransas Pass and are members of the United Methodist Church in Portland.
Before retiring, she taught in the Texas public schools and her husband served as First United Methodist Church pastor here from 1985-1988. They have been actively involved in Israel and Palestine for more than 25 years, leading and hosting several tour groups, and then, since retirement, serving as United Methodist Individual Volunteers in Mission in both the state of Israel and in the Occupied West Bank. They recently returned from their 11th pilgrimage in the Holy Land.
In addition to their service in the Holy Land, they present programs and teach classes about the situation in Israel and Palestine for churches and other groups. They led the Israel and Palestine Study for the Southwest Texas Conference School of Christian Missions in 2007, and the Kansas West Conference School of Christian Missions in 2008. They are members of the Southwest Texas Conference Task Force on Israel and Palestine.
They have been married for 53 years, and have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
This series is an ecumenical outreach, not a fundraiser, and was founded in 1970. The public is invited to attend.