Servants' News

March/April 1998

1998 Feast of Tabernacles Sites

These Feast Sites are in addition to the ones covered in the Jan/Feb Servants’ News issue—back issues are available from Servants’ News. The Edwards, Deweys and some of the other SN staff will be attending the Feast in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this year. Detailed information is available from Servants’ News, see back cover. Unless otherwise noted, the Feast is from October 5-12. Most will have the first service on Sunday night, Oct 4.

Southern California Feast Site

The Church of God Southern California has made arrangements for a new festival site at the Arrowhead Springs Conference Center located on 1800 acres of spacious, manicured lawns, ponds, cool streams and bubbling mineral springs that are combined with natural wild life that reflect the majesty of the surrounding mountains as well as the beauty of the valley below.

Arrowhead Springs is located in the mountains above San Bernadino but is so secluded and peaceful, it seems to be hundreds of miles from civilization. In reality it is only a little over one hour from Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs. From the Ontario, CA. airport it is about 30 minutes drive.

Great golf, shopping, and other attractions such as Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are easy driving distance.

The "all-inclusive" resort has the comforts of a hotel or bungalows with the relaxed atmosphere of a resort. There are two elegant dining rooms, good food, an Olympic-size swimming pool that is heated with hot spring water and can be up to 100 degrees even in winter. There are tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball, hiking trails, ping-pong, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and a recreation room with foosball and games.

In addition to Church Services featuring speakers such as Dr. David Antion, there will be planned activities at the Center such as a swimming party and picnic, movie night in their theater, scheduled hikes and other afternoon socials and get-togethers.

For more information write to: Church of God, Southern California PO Box 50773, Pasadena, CA 91115 or visit our web site:

— Harry Curley


UCM also in KeyStone Colorado

United Christian Ministries (UCM) will help sponsor a second site this fall at the Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colorado. The Resort is 75 miles west of Denver, or 90 miles west of Denver International Airport, on I-70. The Resort is a short drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park and other scenic points of interest, such as the Loveland Pass. The Keystone site is in addition to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee site, which the UCG will host for a third consecutive year. The decision to include a Rocky Mountain site was based, in part, on results of a survey taken during the Feast last year.

Ray Wooten, a UCG board member and pastor of the United Church of God, Birmingham, will speak at both sites.

The meetings will be held in the Mountain House, located in the west end of the Resort. Restaurants and condominiums are available within walking distance of the Mountain House. Lodging prices near the Mountain House begin at $89 per night for a one-bedroom studio. Two- and three-bedroom units are also available near the Mountain House and in other parts of the resort at substantially discounted prices.

The use of the Mountain House is contingent upon 35 rooms being booked for the Feast. Before agreeing to this term, UCG Birmingham needs to assess whether there is sufficient interest. Also, knowing how many will come will help them better plan activities.

If you plan to attend in Keystone this fall, please call 888-985-9066 (free) to preregister before June 1, 1998. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of people attending in your party. Although there is no deposit requested, we ask that only persons seriously interested in attending in Keystone call to pre-register.

After June 1, UCG Birmingham will contact by mail those who have pre-registered to provide more information. (Those planning to attend the Feast in Gatlinburg do not need to pre-register.)

— Daniel Page


Interactive in Sun Valley Idaho

This site will be non-aligned and consist mostly of interactive services. It will be hosted by Adam Miller and his daughter, Jennifer. The theme is "The Abundant Life in Christ." The entire book of Romans will be read and studied during the Feast. Ray Wooten and Norman Edwards will be conducting interactive Bible Studies via two-way teleconference—you can ask questions!

The purpose of this Feast is to leave behind church politics, bring a diversity of brethren together, and concentrate on spiritual matters. This Feast will not be a place to expound upon theories, but simply to obey and worship God.

Sun Valley, Idaho, although a little out of the way, is definitely worth the trip. Conde Naste traveler and Ski Magazine readers rated Sun Valley the #1 resort in the US. Golf Digest ranked their course #1 in Idaho. Tennis magazine rated it among the top 50. Ski magazine also rated the resort #1 in lodging facilities. Sun Valley is a resort village with everything in walking distance. (If you travel by air, you will not need to rent a car.)

The resort has fine dining and shops, and is in a natural setting of 3,700 acres of mountains, ponds, and a lake. Temp eratures typically range from 67°F to 70°F [22°C] during the day and 40°F [5°C] at night. Although the Feast is a spiritual time, there will be fun activities: biking, hiking, ice skating, golf, tennis and more. A picnic and dance are planned, also.

Room rates range from $64 for a room to $139/$159/$179 for 2/3/4-bedroom condos. You may contact the resort at 800-786-8259. Camping is available for about $20 per night, call 208-726-3429. Delta/Skywest can fly you directly into the Sun Valley Airport. Other airlines can take you to Boise, Idaho, where a shuttle is available to Sun Valley. If you need additional details, or you would like to speak or serve in some other way at this Feast, contact Stacy Webber at 512-335-0132 or e-mail:


Orange Beach, Alabama

Learning Together will hold a non-traditional Feast of Tabernacles at Orange Beach, Alabama this year. The focus of the Feast will be the worshipping and learning about God and Jesus. Everyone will stay in the same condominium complex where the meeting room is located. The services will be held in small group Bible study fashion where everyone will be able to discuss the scriptures that God has given us. Examples of subjects are: faith, forgiveness, listening to God, etc. There will be a leader of each subject, but no one will have speeches or messages. Instead, we are going to discuss the scriptures that pertain to the subject.

No one should come planning on convincing others of their ideas, but rather with scriptures to back up the things they believe. We are there to learn together through each other what God has given us in the Bible. We will be gathering with open minds and a desire to learn. Rates are reasonable with one bedroom condos $71.00 a night, two bedroom condos $88.75 a night and three bedroom condos $101.25 a night for an eight night stay, plus 9% tax. If you are interested please contact us as soon as possible as the site will be limited to about 60 people due to the type of feast we are planning.

Upon request we will send you all plans and topics available now.

— Ron and Debi Wilson
7807 N. Illinois, Caseyville, IL 62232-2058


Full Moon Calendar in Oklahoma

The Walkers are hosting an open Feast site on their 20-acre homestead in the Ouachitas mountains outside LeFlore, Oklahoma. It will be a primitive site with several bungalows and tent sites. The bungalows are equipped with propane stoves/ovens and running water. There is a central hot shower building. There will be a fishing pond and creek, hay-ride, hiking and lots of animal husbandry activities. They will have open forum Bible studies, group prayer, and much praise and worship music. Within 15 minutes are Wister Lake and Talamina State Park—30 minutes to Robers Cave State Park. The nearest Hotel/motel and restaurants are 10 miles in Talhina.

The Feast dates are based upon the observation of the full moon being the new moon, and are tentatively Oct 19th-25th. All will be welcome. Contact: John Walker, General Delivery, LeFlore, Oklahoma, 74942


Paducah, Kentucky

An independent, non-aligned feast is being planned for Kentucky in the area of the Land Between the Lakes, 25 miles from Paducah. This feast is being sponsored by independent brethren who hold the basic principles that no one has received the Holy Spirit except those who have truly repented, and turned from keeping Sunday and the other pagan holidays, and to keeping God's Sabbath.

That the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week to be kept from evening to evening. That God is not a trinity nor binary, but that Jesus or Yahshua and the Father are individual beings, the Father being greater than the Son. That the new covenant requires obedience to the ten commandments, and unless one enters into the new covenant, he cannot inherit eternal life. That it is by the grace of God that He gives us the opportunity to enter into the new covenant with Him, to have redemption, or forgiveness of sins that were under the first covenant. The feast will be observed Oct. 5–11, the last great day on the 12th.

If you are interested in attending the feast at the Land Between the Lakes, with a group who holds these fundamental principles, then for more information contact Henry Anderson, 58 Meadowrue Rd, Russellville Ark. 72801. Phone: 501-968-4546 or e-mail:

— Marg Coulson

[This group appears to be a bit specific regarding doctrines which they would like those attending to hold. If you think you might have doctrinal differences with this group, we suggest that you contact them and make sure that your beliefs are compatible before attending this feast. —NSE]


Northern Ireland Feast

Here is more information on this non-aligned Feast than was listed in the last issue. It will be held at Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. This is a very rural area with beautiful scenic views over the North Antrim coastline. The Giant's Causeway is a tourist attraction and there are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area. We hope most people will stay in the self-catering (condominium) housing which has 13 separate units.

Contact: Greg and Caroline Gault, 253 Castlecatt Road, Dervock, Ballymoney, County Antrim BT538BN, Northern Ireland; Phone/Fax: +44 1265 741 616; E-mail:

Friendly, Open Feast Sites!


These Feast sites will welcome you regardless of whether you belong to an organization or not (though they probably will not invite you to speak, and may not have any interactive Bible studies.) Call for details or an information brochure:

Church of God International sites include: Panama City Beach, FL; Land Between The Lakes, KY; Wagoner, OK; Ballina, NSW, Australia; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Manila & Naga City, Philippines. For any site, call 903-825-2525 or write PO Box 2530, Tyler, TX 75710.

Church of God Outreach Ministries sites and contact information: Australia: Alan Kendall, 011-6149-912525; Canada: to be announced, call 800-611-8080 for update; England: James McBride, 011-44-1526-860508; Daytona Beach, FL: Manuel Rojas, 904-673-8324; Nashville, TN: Paul Bell, 615-896-9365; San Antonio, TX 800-797-1234; Sun River, OR: Jeff Henderson, 415-726-3005.

More Feast Sites!

If you know of a non-aligned site that is not listed here, please let us know, and we will include it. A thorough list of Feast sites, including those run by larger organizations can be found at : [NB: URL no longer valid]

For more Feast information, we also recommend The Journal, News of the Churches of God. Call or write Servants’ News for a free copy.

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