The Bethlehem Walkers logged 465.81 miles in the last few weeks ending June 11 and now need another 1,993.66 miles to get to Wittenberg, Germany. We are approaching Iceland at this point before we head to Europe. Summer is officially here and it’s time to get out and exercise! Ask a neighbor, friend, or fellow church member to join you. Start out slow with fifteen minutes, increase it to thirty, and before you know it you’ll be walking for an hour and not even realize it! October 31 of this year will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 theses in Germany and we are walking to Wittenberg to celebrate!
Tell your friends and neighbors about our Walk Program; all are welcome to be part of it. To join us on our virtual trips all you need to do is get a pedometer and walk, jog, run, or exercise in whatever method is comfortable for you. You then jot down either the amount of time spent exercising, steps, or miles logged and then either fill out a walk stat slip found in the basket in the narthex or send an email to Bill Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always looking for ideas on future walk destinations – please don’t hesitate to drop me an email with your ideas.
The Bethlehem Walkers was an idea of the Bethlehem Men’s Group in reference to a chapter “Honoring Our Bodies” in a book that was being studied during the month of May 2011. The first virtual walking journey was from Bethlehem on Oakley to Bethlehem in Israel. Than it continued around the world until Bethlehem on Oakley (home) was reached, some 25,304.45 miles later. The Bethlehem Walkers have kept the pace going, by continuing their virtual journeys to places like Bolivia, Germany, Ethiopia, and down old Route 66.