Altamont group enjoys Germany, Switzerland

The Lands of Luther plus Switzerland travelers are shown in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Led by Immanuel pastor Rev. Dr. James Wright and featuring several local people, the group visited sites in Berlin, Munich, Wittenberg, Eisleben, Eisenach, and Leipzig. The tour also featured time in Switzerland.

After a year-and-a-half of planning and promotion, a group of Altamont locals, as well as others, recently headed for Germany on a trip to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. They spent 11 days from July 10-20 in the “Lands of Luther” and Switzerland.

Immanuel Lutheran pastor Dr. James Wright organized the trip.

Rev. Wright said that he has organized trips in the past, but had not led one since going to Ireland in 2007. He feels it is a great way for church members to grow together.

“You get to know the people better and they have fun together,” he said.

Assisting him was St. Peter pastor William Emrick.

Wright sought travel packages from Nawas International, as he felt their approach would best serve the group.

While presentations were offered to recruit travelers early on in the planning process, the trip did not fill up until January of this year.

The trip began with the group’s arrival in Berlin and a visit to Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie, in addition to several churches and castles and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Wright commented that safety in the large German cities was never issue for the group and travelers always felt secure.

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