Journey to Jerusalem
Follow our weekly journey on our new blog here!
February 10, 2013
Way to go walkers! We made it 924 miles this past week! We toured several sites around England, including several historical locations that were associated with John and Charles Wesley, Thomas Coke, and Francis Asbury. Please see the Weekly Walker for more info. This week we are headed toward Paris, France.
Don't forget that next week is our Healthy Potluck Dinner!
February 8, 2013
Training Table Potluck
Come one, come all to the Training Table Potluck on Feb 17. Whether you are "walking" or not (and whichever worship service you attend), we want you to join us for a yummy meal about 11:30 on Sunday, 2/17. We’re asking you to sign up on one of
the clipboards that will circulate on Sunday or by calling the office if you can’t be in church this weekend.
The Food Police will NOT be in attendance, so don’t worry that the food you
bring might not meet the strictest healthy guidelines. We’re all learning and
you may actually be doing very well with healthy cooking. Just bring something
to share if you can. If you aren’t able to cook something right now, don’t let
that stop you from attending. United Methodist potlucks are kind of like the
loaves and fishes—we always seem to have
February 1, 2013
A Word from Pastor Sid
During my first stay in England I traveled a lot. Almost every week I went somewhere: a castle, a cathedral, a scenic village, a rugged coast line, a historic trail or an ancient forest. I enjoyed every minute of it, seeing new things and having new experiences. As the year went on I found that I enjoyed the trips more if I had someone to go with me. When friends or family came over to visit I would take them on my journeys. Others would see things I had missed, or point out something
in a different way. They would have different ideas and thoughts about places
and experiences. My journey was richer because of the insights and
companionship of the other person or people.
On our journey to Jerusalem it is important to remember that
this is a journey TOGETHER. We are not just out to exercise individually. We
are on a journey of faith, to share our insights, discoveries and experiences.
When we walk together, when we pray together, when we help together, when we
share together, we are stronger and our journey is richer and more meaningful.
Let us journey to Jerusalem together!
January 27, 2013
Sightseeing in New York!
We added another 706 miles to our walk last week! Which meant that we REALLY did a LOT of sightseeing in NYC! But our ship left the harbor Sunday as our cruise set sail for Southampton, England! We are now crossing the Atlantic and walking around the Promenade Deck to get our miles in this week! All walkers received a "passport" last Sunday, now that we have officially left the country on our virtual walk! We'll receive passport stickers for each destination that we visit from now on, and walkers can record their miles walked and their thoughts on their devotions in the passport pages. It's not too late to join us. Contact our Parish Nursing Team!
January 25, 2013
Progress on our Walk!
At the end of our second week of
walking our three teams had traveled 895 miles toward Jerusalem. Several more people signed up on Sunday the 20th, bringing us to 72 people working together on this goal. Anyone can join the trip at any point. Just call one of the
captains and we’ll get you added to our
Remember that each twenty minutes of concentrated exercise counts as a mile. Or you can wear a pedometer all day every day as some participants are doing and really churn out the miles. Mileage for the week needs to be reported to your team captain by 6PM on Saturdays. Mileage reported after 6PM will be counted in the
following week. Contact information is:
Cherrie Fleming at (816) 210-2702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Polly Mabey at (816) 322-0196 or email@example.com
Lyn Polk at (816) 868-0582 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Next we are headed for some American sightseeing in The Big Apple before our
ship sails for Southampton, England.
Also, please mark your calendars and plan to be at our Training Table after second service on Sunday, 2/17. This isn’t your Mama’s potluck!! Part of growing stronger in body and spirit involves reading and study—devotions for the spirit and maybe even cookbooks for the body! Start your research now so you can modify a
favorite recipe to make it healthier or perfect a yummy recipe from a “healthy
foods” type of cookbook. If you don’t have such a cookbook, you can borrow
one from the library or search online for recipes that you’d like to share. Search terms to use include “heart healthy”, “Mediterranean-type diet” or “low fat, low sugar”, etc.
Don’t be timid and don’t worry about what you bring. We are all on this journey and learning together. Feel free to consult with your team captain (and nurse) if you have any questions about what to bring. And as always, come share the meal with us even if you aren’t able to bring food that day. Who knows? We may get to try some incredible, healthy dishes. Bon appetite!
January 20, 2013
We're On Our Way!
We're off to a great start on our virtual walk to Jerusalem! Our goal for last Sunday was to reach Springfield, IL and we surpassed that destination and arrived in Danville, IL.
For those of you keeping score, Cherrie's team racked up 127 miles last week, Lyn's team 113.5, and Polly's team hoofed it for 91.5 miles. Adding Jim's time to Polly's team, they had 141.5 miles. (We are all in awe of Jim’s weekly mileage and envy his dedication to fitness!) In totaling all that up, we walked a collective 382 miles!
We do have several new members who joined the tour last Sunday and been placed in our walking groups. Anyone can join at anytime, so please just contact Polly, Lyn, or Cherrie to do so.
We are headed toward Pittsburgh, PA this week, so let's get walking and keep up the good work to help us arrive in Jerusalem by Easter! And remember, though we talk about walking, actually any kind of consistent aerobic exercise can be counted. So if you ride a stationary bike for twenty minutes, you can count a mile walked. If you haven’t exercised for awhile or have joint issues, you can do your “mile” in two ten-minute exercise periods. You can swim for twenty minutes, use an elliptical for twenty minutes, or roller skate for twenty minutes. Each activity counts as a mile walked.
Please don’t forget to report your time or mileage to your team captain on Saturday! Email them here:
Polly Mabey: email@example.com
Lyn Polk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherrie Fleming: email@example.com
Susan will be walking in the Multipurpose Room from noon to 12:30 each weekday and invites anyone who wants to walk with her to come at that time. Sid reports that nine laps of the Paintball Field equals a mile, so that is an option for warmer days.
If you have questions, please call Lyn at (816) 868-0582.
January 11, 2013
The Journey Has Begun
CrossRoads has started on our attempt to walk to Jerusalem by Easter!! 62 of us have committed to the walk so far. Anyone can join us at any time.
We talk about walking, but actually any kind of consistent aerobic exercise can be counted. So if you ride a stationary bike for twenty minutes, you can count a mile walked. If you haven’t exercised for awhile or have joint issues, you can do your “mile” in two ten-minute exercise periods. You can swim for twenty minutes, use an elliptical for twenty minutes, or roller skate for twenty minutes. Each activity counts as a mile walked.
Keep a log of the minutes of exercise you’ve done each day. Jot it on the calendar or someplace you’ll not lose it. Total your time working out Monday through Saturday., divide by twenty for your miles “walked”. Be ready to report that number when your team captain calls Saturday afternoon for your total. You’ll get a call from Cherrie Fleming, Polly Mabey or Lyn Polk. Teams will be listed on the bulletin board/room divider in the Worship Room.
When you are contacted this first Saturday, your team captain will give you her email address and phone number so you can leave your report with her every future Saturday. The teams are likely to become competitive, so please help your team by reporting your mileage.
Some of us have ordered pedometers in order to have actual miles walked in a full day. Those pedometers are supposed to arrive by end of business day on Thursday. Susan will have them at the church Friday and will get them to you on Sunday morning as well. Most of you have paid for them, but there are a few who still need to pay the $6.50 when they pick up their pedometers.
Susan will be walking in the Multipurpose Room from noon to 12:30 each weekday and invites anyone who wants to walk with her to come at that time. Sid reports that nine laps of the Paintball Field equals a mile, so thata is an option for warmer days.
If you have questions, please call Lyn at (816) 868-0582 .
January 4, 2013--As we begin a new year, the nurses have devised a walking (or other aerobics) plan to help us get healthier and have some fun doing it. We’re taking a virtual
walk to Jerusalem in time to be there for Easter!
We’ve figured it all out. We have to travel 6591 miles from Belton to Jerusalem. But since we don’t expect to be able to walk on water, we are flying across the Atlantic. That leaves 2984 actual land miles that we must walk. We’ll start keeping track of all our exercise on January 6th giving us twelve weeks to make the journey together. We’ll need to cover a collective 44 miles a day Monday through Saturday, taking Sundays off as a day of rest as God instructed us to do.
We need everyone to help. If you know someone in Assisted Living or a
nursing facility who does Chair Exercises, please tell them that twenty minutes
of aerobic activity counts as one mile. This is one way these folks can be
active participants in their church family. And that goes for any other aerobic
activity: 20 min's equals 1 mile. Others can do their miles at the Community
Center, on their own treadmills, or for the hardiest souls on the school track
or the streets of Belton. Each week, we’ll total the miles we’ve walked as a
total church family and our Tour Director will share information about the area
we are currently walking through. We may learn all kinds of interesting
We’ll divide the walkers into three “teams” led by the three nurses, Polly, Cherrie and Lyn. Incredible prizes may be involved! Individual miles walked will be posted weekly on a wall chart at church and our total distance for the week will be marked on a map.
A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, they say. Please sign up
to help us take our journey of 2984 miles!