Walking was first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 3:8, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” It was while walking in the garden that God typically spoke to Adam and Eve. How meaningful for us to walk through our neighborhoods, through our parks and through our communities while talking to our Creator, the One who knows us best!

Walking is mentioned 247 times in the Bible. Our bodies were made for walking. We were built to stand erect. Our organs function best when given room to work. Our joints need movement to maintain good range of motion. None of this can be accomplished by sitting in a chair or lying on a couch. The benefits of walking are numerous. In a report from the US Surgeon General, “significant benefits can be obtained by including a moderate amount of physical activity (30 minutes of brisk walking or raking leaves, 15 minutes of running or 45 minutes of playing volleyball) on most days of the week. “The benefits of walking are compelling. Regular walking can prevent depression, lengthen lifespan, lower stress levels, relieve arthritis and back pain, strengthen muscles, bones and joints, improve sleep.” ( With all of these benefits, why wouldn’t we want to walk?)

In March 2017, I, along with 23 others from SLC, had the joy of walking in Jerusalem.  This winter/spring, I will share some of what we experienced in the Holy Land as we do a “virtual” walk to Jerusalem from Silverdale through Epiphany and Lent, lasting until Easter Sunday (12 weeks), April 1st.  

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP FOR THE WALK TO JERUSALEM! – You can do so by completing the ministry card, emailing or calling me at 360-633-5042 (leave a message). All ages are invited to participate! I’m looking forward to you joining us on this journey to the Holy Land. –Lisa Ottenbacher, parish nurse

Here’s what is needed to get started on our “WALK TO JERUSALEM”

  1. Each week you may take a “Walking with God” card on your walk. Meditate upon or memorize the verse you’ve written on the card. The verses for each week are located in your walking packet (or will be emailed to you.)
  2. Log your miles on the back of the walking card.
  3. Log your total weekly miles every Sunday on the health ministry “Walk to Jerusalem” board which is located on the bulletin board outside the Parish Nurse office or email them.
  4. You don’t need to walk to accumulate miles. You will receive a conversion chart that estimates the mileage of other sports activities and household tasks such as vacuuming, washing dishes, playing piano, playing with grandchildren, etc.
  5. Watch us progress to Jerusalem as a group for Easter!  (We need to collectively travel about 6800 miles to make it to Jerusalem by Easter Sunday.  I know we can do it as we’ve done it before in the past!)

Need to print out a Walking With God card? Click HERE!

Needing to convert your activity into miles? Click HERE for our Activity Conversion Chart!