Feast of Tabernacles 1999

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 estimates are too high. Facilities are too crowded if estimates are too low. Are you not sure yet? It is still better to let them know now and change your mind later if necessary.


• Unless otherwise noted, all sites use the Hebrew calendar—the evening of September 24 through October 2, 1999.

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

• Please send information on such sites to Servants’ News (see contact information on page 2 or back cover).Butler State Park, Kentucky

Houston & Dolly Holland, George & Pam Dewey, Norman & Marleen Edwards and other brethren will be hosting a Feast of Tabernacles site at Butler State Park, Carrollton, Kentucky. This feast is to be a "family reunion" of the Body of Christ. It will be designed for a maximum amount of praise, learning, sharing, fellowship and fun with other believers. (See page 1 of Sept/Oct 1998 Servants’ News for this site’s goals.) We plan to make this Feast a memorable, enjoyable and spiritually profitable event for every member of the family.

Butler State Park is located a few miles off of I-71, half way between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Ken tucky. Immediately nearby is the Ohio river, which is the border between Kentucky and Indiana. A variety of accommodations are available, both at the State Park and in motels 1 to 3 miles away. All prices listed here include tax.

New Information: The Port William Motel has just been renovated and is offering great rates for stays of a week or more: $24.02 for a single and $29.48 for a double (children free). It is located on the Ohio River about 2 miles from the Park. Call 502-732-5985.

The State Park offers lodge rooms at $58.54 for double occupancy, and cottages with kitchens from $80.00 to $130 per night. Camping, including RV hookups, is $12 per night. Mention that you are with the "Feast of Tabernacles" when calling 800-325-0078.

Four modern motels are less than three miles away. Cost per night:

Days’ Inn, 502-732-9301 $53.50

Super 8 Motel, 502-732-0252 $53.50

Hampton Inn, 502-732-0700 $60.00

Holiday Inn, 502-732-6661 $57.87

Call us for information on several "bed &breakfast" inns. We would like to hear from anyone who would like to help serve or attend at this Feast: 517-543-5544, 75260.1603@compuserve.com.

Ludington, Michigan

For the second year in a row, the same group of people will sponsor a Feast site at Ludington, Michigan. This site is not aligned with any corporate church. There will be room for about 100 people at the Lands Inn and Convention Center. Messages will be followed by question and answer sessions. Very reasonable off-season motel rates are available. Ludington is on the West coast of Michigan, but may be reached by ferry from Wisconsin. For more information, contact Darrell West; PO Box 26; Webberville, MI 48892; 517-521-3630.

CEM in Destin, Florida

CEM will be in a new location this year, after sponsoring the largest independent Feast sites for 2 years in Kissimmee, Florida. This year’s meetings will be held in the Arts Center of the Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, Florida, just across the bay from Destin. Maximum capacity in the auditorium is 1600. There are ample rooms for seminars and youth classes, and ample parking. The primary host resort will be Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort at 9815 Hwy 98 West, Destin, Florida 32541, (800-824-6335)

For those of you interested in other available housing, contact Christian Educational Ministries (Ron Dart) at PO Box 560, Whitehouse, Texas 75791, (903) 509-2999; fax: (903) 509-1139 or e-mail: CEM@ballistic.com.

Omega Praise Fellowship in Oregon

Imagine keeping God’s fall moed (appointed time) among tall, fragrant fir, pine and cedar trees. Imagine cool nights and a warm hall in which to fellowship with like-minded brethren. Imagine bright autumn days walking with family/friends on graveled paths between expanses of grass-covered knolls. Imagine the joy and peace of the Feast of Tabernacles—and imagine keeping it with us, Omega Praise Fellowship of southern Oregon, at Fir Point Bible Conference Camp.

This fine facility is located about 5 miles off Interstate 5 (Exit 80), just outside the southern Oregon community of Glendale. The camp has large and small cabins, and RV sites. Recreational opportunities include a large sports "pavilion", suitable for basketball or volleyball, hiking trails, horse shoe pits and more. Meals, including a Very Special one on Erev Shabbat (October 1st), will be provided at the dining hall by the Camp Directors, John and Sharon Wilcox. Cost for all of this: $55 a day per couple ($27.50 per day for a single person) will cover all meals and housing. Children of those attending who are 18 years and under, will be free.

Our vision of the Feast of Tabernacles is people meeting together as though they were already part of the family of God—a Feast where we worship and study, share meals and fellowship together in a peaceful and joyous atmosphere. It is a Feast where songs of praise and dances of worship are woven into our services. It’s a Feast where we are encouraged to participate by "Bringing our talents" to share with the brethren our Heavenly Father has inspired to join with us.

For more information, write: Omega Praise Fellowship; PO Box 1742; Rogue River, OR 97537-1742. Or, call: 541-855-7220, 541-479-0467 or 541-855-7403.

—Sharon Bonney

UCM in Clearwater, Florida

Harborview Center will be the meeting place for the Feast of Tabernacles. For more information, contact: United Christian Ministries (Ray Wooten), PO Box 361725, Hoover, AL 35236-1725, phone 888- 985-9066, fax 205-985-9515. To contact Harborview Center, PO Box 329 Clearwater, FL 33757, phone 813- 462-6778, and fax 813-462-6798, e-mail: gfs@harborv.com.

UCM/Guardian in Oxnard, CA

Guardian Ministries (David Antion) and United Christian Ministries (Ray Wooten) will be co-hosting a site at the beautiful Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, in Oxnard, CA. The selected location offers all the comforts of a luxury retreat. It is a seaside setting that is both invigorating and inspiring. There are miles of sandy beaches, two harbors, championship golf courses, and the majestic Channel Islands National Park.

Two-room suites each have two bathrooms, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, two color televisions, two marble baths, two dual-line telephones, and a comfortable living and dining area. Additional free features: Children under 18 no charge; cooked-to-order breakfast; beer, wine, cocktail, or other beverage and snack reception each evening; two large spas; large swimming pool; and lighted tennis courts.

For one or two adults, non-view rooms are $109 per night weekdays and $129 per night weekends. Garden rooms are $119 weekdays and $139 weekends. Additional adults (persons over age 18) sharing the same suite are $15 additional each. There is a special rate for those staying alll eight days. To make reservations please call the resort at 1-805-984-2500 and let them know you are with the Church of God Retreat. For those flying into Los Angeles, United Airlines has a special deal that allows passengers to fly on to Oxnard at no extra charge. However, the site is only about a one-hour drive from the Los Angeles International Airport. Shuttle service is also available.

For more info write us at Box 50734, Pasadena, Ca., 91115 or e-mail us at cogscpas@aol.com. There are also other less expensive hotels in the area. We are currently working on a great speaking schedule, mini-discussion groups, a Sabbath program for children, youth activities, etc. Perhaps our family day will be a beach party with volleyball and other games.

Lake Murray, Oklahoma

The sponsors of "In The Footsteps Of The Messiah" seminars will host a new Feast site this year. Mitchell Smith and Tim Kelley say the meetings will focus on learning about events and practices of the Feast as observed in Jerusalem by the Messiah and apostles.

Speakers include Joe Good, Avi Ben Mordechai, Ron McKown, and others. Lake Murray is located just southeast of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and fills 5,728 acres of a 12,496 acre park. Many lake and outdoor activities are available. The meeting hall will hold up to 600 people.

For reservations, call Lake Murray Resort at 800-654-8240 and mention "Season of Our Joy" Feast Conference for room discounts. Call Mitchell Smith at (903) 882-7446 or Tim Kelley at (903)769-2750 or e-mail:N55154@aol.com.

UCM Philippines Feast

UCM will co-sponsor the Feast in Baguio City. It will be observed at the Inn Rocio. Contact UCM at the above address or write directly to: Enrique M. Gabuyo; #398 Kinsville Subdivision; Calamba, Laguna; 4027 Philippines

Lake Texoma, Oklahoma

What made the Feast at Texoma great in "98"? 1. We came to praise God, rejoice, and love and serve each other. 2. No personal agendas advanced. 3. You made the feast great. This Feast will consist of sermons, seminars, Sabbath classes, daily evening prayer, Bible studies, youth activities, teen activities, music, family fun park, talent/fun show , family dance, lake activities. Our priority will be striving to become closer to our Father through Jesus Christ. Prayer is an important tool in accomplishing this goal and will be used daily for all who wish to participate.

Join us at beautiful Lake Texoma Lodge. Also available are cabins and camping facilities. Numerous recreational facilities are available. No collections will be taken up. An offering box will be in the back of the room for anyone wanting to make an offering. All funds will be used for feast expenses. Motto for "99": If there is no Joy, you are doing it all wrong.

Make your reservation early and mention you are with the church of God: Lake Texoma Resort Park; PO Box 248; Kingston, OK 73439-0248; 800-654-8240 (2).

Steve Kieler, Feast Coordinator

(Church of God Outreach Ministries)

2193 Sheker Drive

Fort Dodge, IA 50501-8707


FOTIn Thailand for $2000

Attention former ACstudents, project participants, and Church of God members who have been to Thailand! Also, to those who have always wanted to visit!

From 1987 through 1992, Church of God members from all over the world enjoyed getting together to keep the Feast of Tabernacles in the Kingdom of Thailand. When the political situation would permit, our Karen brethren would join us. We all enjoyed a rich and rewarding cultural as well as spiritual experience, visiting palaces, temples and hilltribe villages and meeting together for services in elegant, first class hotels. This opportunity is again available.

Leon Sexton, elder and long-time Thailand expert is arranging a Feast site in Thailand for 1999. He was the point-man for the feasts there for the first 3 years and arranged hotel accommodations and all cultural visits, particularly to Chitralada Palace, the royal residence of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. The Thailand site will be open to all various Church of God groups without discrimination. Elders from our various fellowships will be invited to attend and present sermons to the participants. Costs should come in under $2000 USD per person for shared accommodations. As before, this would cover round trip air fare Los Angeles to Bangkok & Chaing Mai; all accommodations, food, ground transportation and other fees.

In order to make this work, Mr. Sexton needs to know how many persons would be interested in keeping the Feast in Thailand in 1999. If you are seriously interested, Please contact Mr. Sexton with: 1. The number of persons in your family who will attend. 2. Your contact information such as address, telephone number, fax and/or email.

At least 100 participants are required to make this work. So please contact Leon Sexton as soon as possible. Phone: 972-412-4909; fax: 972-412-7886; e-mail: Glomar7@juno.com. &