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Mar/Apr 2003

Feast of Tabernacles Sites 2003

Feast of Tabernacles 2003

Feast sites listed in this article, as far as we know, all welcome non-aligned Sabbatarians. Corporate church organizations’ Feasts may be located by contacting their headquarters: The United Church of God-IA at 513-576-9796, the Living Church of God at 704-844-1970; the Church of God International at 903-939-2929.

Please let Feast sponsors know now where you are planning to attend! It is very difficult to plan a Feast when the number of people attending is unknown. Time and money are wasted if attendance estimates are too high. Facilities become too crowded if estimates are too low. If you are not sure yet, it is better to notify the site you are most likely to attend, and change your mind later if necessary.

• Unless otherwise noted, sites use the Jewish calendar—the evening of Friday, Oct. 10th through Saturday the 18th.

• We are happy to print information on other Feast sites that welcome all brethren regardless of organizational affiliation.

• Please send information on any other sites to Servants’ News (see contact information on page 2 or back cover).


North Central USA

Manville, Illinois

The 2003 Feast will be observed at Manville Camp, about 100 miles Southwest of Chicago. It is not intended to be a typical Feast with “morning sermons followed by expensive entertainment”, but an assembly of believers who will spend eight days feasting together and learning from each other. The book of Deuteronomy will be read this year, as it has been seven years since we have read it at the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut 31:10). We will discuss both the physical as well as the great spiritual lessons found in this book.

We plan to write and record a song at the Feast and distribute it on CD. Last year’s song was about things we are thankful for—this year will be about God’s law. Many messages and studies are also planned. Questions and comments from the brethren are always accepted. There will be a variety show that includes a play. The camp has volleyball, basketball, floor hockey and many other recreational facilities.

A variety of cabins, motel-like rooms and dorms are available. All are modern and heated. Prices include three good meals each day, Saturday through Saturday. Costs for food and lodging for eight days are $270 per adult and $240 per child with a private bathroom. For those using the modern, heated, nearby bathhouse, costs are $240 per adult and $200 per child. Those wishing to stay at motels may share meals for $170 per adult and $140 per child. Two motels are about 15 minutes away and have prices from $44 to $63 per room. For more information, see the Nov/Dec 2002 Servants’ News Issue or contact us at PO Box 107, Perry, Michigan 48872-0107;; 517-625-7480.

Rapid City, South Dakota

Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles 2003 in the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. This family-oriented feast site is open to all. The site is being sponsored by members of the Church of God Fellowship (Lansing, Michigan) and by members of the Church of God from Berthoud, Colorado.

Services will be held at Holiday Inn, Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City, SD. Service format will be a split-sermon message with a question and answer period following the close of services. Inspiring song services and special music will also be presented. There will be daily seminars as well as teen interactive bible sudies and children’s hands-on activities.

The Feast site is located near several major attractions: Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Devil’s Tower, Mammoth Site, 1880 Train and the Badlands.

Please make your own housing arrangements by calling the Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza at 605-348-4000. Let the hotel know you are with the Church of God to receive special room prices.

For more information, please see our website at or call Matt Gaffney, 970-532-0522 or John Bensinger, 517-675-5758.

Colorado Springs, Colorado
October 12–19

This group has observed the Feast using the visible new moon calendar for nearly 20 years. For information, contact Church of God of Colorado Springs, PO Box 9901, Colorado Springs, CO 80932-0901; 719-577-9066, e-mail:

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This is one of the five Church of God Big Sandy (Dave Havir) sites this year. More information is available from 800-946-5545 or the web site The location of this site is yet to be announced.


South Central USA

Conway, Arkansas

Points of Truth Ministries and the Crusade Church of God are sponsoring the Feast of Tabernacles this year at Camp Beaver Fork, near Conway, Arkansas. There are 18 cabins available at a cost of $7 per person, per day. There are also places for tents and RV hookups. Tent spaces are $5 per person, per day. There are full bath houses, a large kitchen and dining hall which will be open to all. Services and additional activities will be held in the chapel. For those who wish to stay in Conway, there are motels less than ten minutes away. Lake Beaver Fork is only a couple of miles from the Camp and offers boating, fishing and other outdoor recreation.

For more information, call Larry R. Lasiter at 479-498-4524, email:, or write Points of Truth Christian Ministries, PO Box 102, Russellville, AR 72811. To see photos of the Feast Site, go to and click on “FEAST OF TABERNACLES”.

Lake Texoma, Oklahoma

The theme for this seventh year at Texoma will be “Led by the Spirit!”

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Rom 8:14).

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).

We encourage activities for all to create a sense of family. The fun/talent show, Sabbath school, seminars, bible studies, fun-park, prayer meetings, floor-show, free cobbler, and fish fry will continue (if we catch any fish). “Getting to know you” was a new event that was warmly received last year and so will be renewed for 2003. Volunteers are always welcomed for Bible studies, seminars and activities.

For all who wish to participate, a small group assembles each night for songs, prayer requests, reading Psalms, etc.

Donations at the feast will be used for feast expenses and festival assistance. Additional envelopes will be provided for you to designate “an offering to the Lord” (Deut16:13–17).

The resort is on Lake Texoma which spans the Texas-Oklahoma border. It is on US Hwy 70, 13 miles west of Durant, OK. It has tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, an 18-hole golf course, horseback riding stables, miniature golf, go-carts and a beautiful lake. There's also a fort nearby.

Accommodations: Lodge guest rooms $48, king rooms $58, cabanas rooms $80, studio cottages $52. Two-bedroom cottages $89. (No cooking or eating utensils are provided in the cottages.) Rates quoted per night without tax. Lodge rooms and suite rates are based on double occupancy. Each additional adult is $10 extra. They also have a state campground there. For camping information call 405-564-2566. There is a 3,000-foot runway for private planes. They have very nice restaurant overlooking the lake, reasonable prices. There are two additional motels nearby. Please make your reservation six weeks in advance if possible as our rooms are released to the public after that date

Lake Texoma Resort Park: P. O. Box 248, Kingston, OK 73439-02481-800-654-8240 (4), (be sure to mention you are with the Church of God, Group #7103). Feast Coordinator: Steve Kieler, 2193 Sheker Drive, Fort Dodge, IA 50501-8707, 515-576-5743,

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Tallit Ministries, Inc. and Mayim Hayim Beit Midrash (Living Water House of Study) is announcing the Second Annual Midrash in the Wilderness Sukkot 2003: A celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles at Sequoyah Bay State Park, Ft Gibson Lake, Wagoner, Oklahoma. You are invited to Join us for nine days of praise & worship, Torah study and fellowship as we celebrate this Moedim of Yhvh. Anointed speakers and musicians will be ministering on the theme “In His Presence.”

For a registration packet contact us at 2700 North Hemlock Court 111-F, Broken Arrow, OK 74012, phone: 918-251-2002 (day), 918-357-3082 (evening), fax: 918-251-6195, e-mail:

San Antonio, Texas

The Church of God San Antonio (with the Churches of God Outreach Ministries—CGOM) will once again host the Feast of Tabernacles in beautiful San Antonio. All brethren are welcomed, regardless of organizational affiliation. Join us for a Family Oriented and intimate Feast where Our Children will play an important role in our Worship Service. Inspiring sermons given in a spirit of love for one another and fellowship opportunities for the entire family are being planned.

Meeting Place: Comfort Inn—Fiesta Park Area, 6755 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas 78249, phone: 210-696-4766, fax: 210-696-6698; E-mail:; website: (Worship Services will be held next door at the Elks Lodge with break-out meeting space at the Comfort Inn.)

How to Make Reservations: 1. Call the Comfort Inn—Fiesta and tell them you are attending the Feast of Tabernacles/Church of God San Antonio, Group Number 2379. The Room rate is $45.00 plus 16.75% tax for Single, Double, Triple, or Quad. Reservations accepted only with a deposit or a major credit card. We must fill at least 20 rooms by cut-off date of September 19, 2003 in order to obtain complementary meeting space. Please help us serve you better by making your reservation as early as possible. Early reservations will also help us determine if we need to ask for more than 20 rooms.

The Comfort Inn offers free deluxe continental breakfast with newspapers in lobby; sparkling outdoor pool; exercise room; in-room coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and boards; interior corridors; elevators and free parking. For more information: contact Julian Cruz, 219 Whitefield Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78223, Phone: 210-333-7229, E-mail:

Big Sandy, Texas

This is one of the five Church of God Big Sandy (Dave Havir) sites this year. More information is available from 800-946-5545 or the web site The location of this site is the Church of God Big Sandy’s building.


(no North East USA sites)


South East USA

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is one of the five Church of God Big Sandy (Dave Havir) sites this year. More information is available from 800-946-5545 or the web site The location of this site is the Ocean Reef Resort.

Sevierville, Tennessee

United Christian Ministries (Ray Wooten) will again be at the Sevierville Civic Center and Community Center in Sevierville, Tennessee. If you would like to receive an area housing and attractions booklet and map, contact United Christian Ministries, PO Box 1505, Pelham, AL 35124; 888-985-9066, E-mail:, website:

Destin, Florida

This is one of the five Church of God Big Sandy (Dave Havir) sites this year. More information is available from 800-946-5545 or the web site The location of this site is the Pelican Beach Resort.

Destin, Florida

This Feast site is sponsored by Christian Educational Ministries (Ron Dart) and will be held at the new Emerald Coast Conference Center on Okaloosa Island.

Reasons for attending from the CEM website:

Sermons: You will be inspired, encouraged, uplifted, motivated and taken deeper into understanding what God's Word can do for and through you.

Music The best congregational singing you will find anywhere. A young spirited music major brings the best out of every voice in praise to God. Outstanding special music and great choirs for all age groups provide opportunities, pleasure and inspiration.

Seminars: Thought provoking, relevant seminars titillate your curiosity, prepare you for greater Christian service, and help with your spiritual and personal needs. These are conveniently scheduled at the same time as YEA Feast Classes.

Activities: Many fun activities are planned for every age group to encourage friendships, fellowship and bonding—many are FREE. Check out the “Activity” page on our website.

YEA Feast Classes: Memorable YEA Feast classes where kids age 3–19 will discover God’s ways are best for them and love every minute of it. Free full color state of the art lesson books will be provided for every student. Focused, relevant themes address issues each age group faces. Trained teachers facilitate exciting active and interactive classes. No effort will be spared to reach the hearts of every youth in each class.

Youth Activities: Kids need fun opportunities to create relationships and to bond with others of like faith. Supervised activities have included such things as a family skating party and picnic with a clown and free charcoal broiled hamburgers and hot dogs. A teen beach party, dance, miniature golf, and go-carts are just some of the activities designed to make your kids want to return every year.

Youth Day: Youth empowerment is the plan for Youth Day. The entire service is dedicated to our youth and conducted by them. Teen presenters will tell us how their walk with Christ has made growing up easier.

Housing: There’s a condo, motel, house, or great campsite to fit any budget in Destin and Ft. Walton Beach. For more information check out “Accommodations” on our website. For excellent discounts in accommodations as well as travel, call CEM's toll free number 1-888-BIBLE 44.

Ambiance: A joyful Feast awaits you in a relaxed atmosphere. Clear blue waves caress the shores of one of the most beautiful, white, sandy beaches in the world. The Emerald Coast Conference Center is brand new, and provides comfortable seats for every service. Rarely do you find such a great package of amenities in one Feast site.

Welcome Mat: Everyone is welcome to CEM’s Feast Site. It is a festival for the people of God! There is no pre-registration and no prior approval needed. Many of your friends and soon to be friends will be there to welcome you. They’ve learned that Destin is where action, learning and growing opportunities prevail in a warm, encouraging, friendly climate. It’s a place where God pours out His Spirit. Don’t you think you should honor our Creator and rejoice with us? We hope you do!

Contact Christian Educational Ministries, P.O. Box 560 Whitehouse, Texas 75791; phone: 903-509-2999 888-BIBLE-44, fax: 903-509-1139; E-mail:

North West USA

Sunriver, Oregon

The Sunriver Feast Site is not hosted by any organization. Rather it is organized by a small core of brethren from various Churches of God and volunteers who attend the Feast. The hall rental, services, food, and activities are all funded by those who attend. All contributions are collected at the Feast and spent only for the Feast.

No organizations or person(s) receives any funds or gifts. Any contributions that are not spent one year are rolled over into the next year’s Feast. This Feast site enables brethren from many different organizations to come together for eight days to worship God the Father and His Son Jesus as their primary Goal.

Daily services are held at the Thousand Trails Great Hall Lodge, about 5 miles south of Sunriver, at 10:00 a.m. Services, sermons and Bible studies are consistent with traditional Sabbath-keeping Church of God theology and do not promote or criticize any Church of God organizations.

Contact: Jim Woods at: 480-998-3073, e-mail:

Glendale, Oregon

Fir Point Camp will be the site of this year’s Feast celebration sponsored by the Omega Praise Fellowship. Come for an experience in worship, praise, teaching and sharing together. There will be plenty to do for all eight days. Messianic dancing will be taught to those interested. This is a family experience—living and eating together. Heated cabins have electricity and hold 6 to 12 people. Bathrooms are in the bath house. Three meals per day are provided. RV with electric hookups are available. The total Cost is $240 per adult; children under 18 are free. There are motels in the area for those who prefer them.

Contact Jim or Florence Sorenson at 541-837-3642, e-mail: or Gerry or Sharon Bonney, 541-825-3573, e-mail:


South West USA

Angel Fire, New Mexico

This is one of the five Church of God Big Sandy (Dave Havir) sites this year. More information is available from 800-946-5545 or the web site The location of this site is the Angel Fire Community Center.



This Year in Jerusalem, Israel

Christian Renewal Ministries International will once again be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. It is a non-denominational, non-sectarian site open to everybody. No matter what someone’s background or affiliation is, we try to make everyone welcome. We are attempting to do what no one seems to be doing, and that is to focus on Zechariah 8; where we, the ten tribes, go to our Jewish brothers and say “teach us”.

We received the ad below via e-mail. It is interesting to see the Feast mentioned as a point to attract Christian tourists. Knowledge of the Feast is certainly growing. This is a Jewish group seeking to establish better relations between Israel and Americans.

Come Up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles

October 12-23, 2003



*Roundtrip air from Dallas

(Great rates from other Gateway cities)


* Registration in International Christian Embassy Jerusalem


Feast of Tabernacles events


* Deluxe Hotel Accommodations


* 2 Meals Daily


* All Touring & Admissions


* All Tips & Taxes


* Incredible Bible Study


On-site where it happened!


Pastors May Come Free!


Contact us at

[Comment from Norman Edwards: Zech 8:23 says: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’” I believe that there is much we can learn about God from the Jews and I would enjoy this Feast gathering very much, but a Christian full of the Spirit of God should know that God is with him, the Christian, too.]

Our teachers will be a mix of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, Professors from Tel Aviv & Hebrew University and Orthodox Jewish scholars. There is nothing that compares to being “in the land” for Sukkot. When we say “Next year in Jerusalem” it should be more than a phrase said at the end of a Holy Day. We know that one day, (Zech 14), we will all be going to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, why not get a taste of that starting now?

This is not a tour. although we will have tours and site-seeing every afternoon, our main focus will be to “keep the feast”! We will be staying at one location the entire time, next to the old city, so you won’t feel like you are continually packing and unpacking. There will be plenty of time to feel like you are part of the land, not just a visitor. In addition to our week-stay in Jerusalem, we will be traveling both to Galilee and the Dead Sea.

We are a service ministry. Our attempt is to provide the most profitable experience for the lowest possible price. Our goal is for everyone to be able to attend, so our pricing is about half what you would expect to spend. Now, more than any other time in history, is the time to show our support for Israel, and to build relationships that will help reunite to two houses of Israel.

The cost of $1,950 per person Includes airfare from U.S. to Israel, bus transportation, hotel accommodations, 2 meals a day, tours and workshops. Contact: Rick Richardson, CRMI, PO Box 111, Auburn, WA 98071; 253-839-6489; website: E-mail:

Collingwood, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Church of God, in association with The Churches Of God Outreach Ministries, will again be hosting an International Feast Of Tabernacles in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Ski Club, our regular Feast site for the past six years. Everyone is invited to join with us during these Holy Days for daily services with sermons delivered by very inspired ministers, Bible studies, wonderful fellowship and other fun activities.

The accommodation consists of self contained units which are very affordable and are located near to the meeting hall. For our American and other overseas brethren, the affordability is greatly enhanced by our low Canadian dollar. When making your decision on which site to attend, please take this into consideration and come to Collingwood. The setting is at the base of the Blue Mountain far away from the distraction of the city, but close to restaurants, shops and recreational facilities. The atmosphere is very tranquil and healthy, exactly what we need to take our minds off what is going on in this world, and to focus on the renewal of our spirit.

For more information and some pictures of the Feast site, please contact anyone of these web pages, and or write to The Canadian Church of God, P.O. Box 476, Don Mills Station, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3C 2T4. We are eagerly looking forward to having you join us to make this a wonderful Feast. Local contact: Len Labunetz 416-665-8362 or Veronica Martin 905-732-3308.

Feast of Tabernacles 2003

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