for October 2002
a joyous, harmonious and refreshing Festival of Tabernacles we were
blessed with on Treasure Island the last week of September. No hurricanes!
attendance was lower than we had hoped, the spirit of those in attendance
was soaring. We met a number of new brothers & sisters in Christ
& we pray that our relationship with these new brethren will
flourish. We had in attendance families from 13 states: Alaska,
Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New
York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, & Wisconsin.
was the 22nd Festival of Tabernacles hosted by the Christian Church
of God. I thank each and every one of you who gave of your time
and self to make this Festival possible, pitching in to make this
Festival such a joyous blessing to all in attendance. Those present
expressed praise & gratitude for all the work and energy that
went into making the Festival so joyous, warm & loving. Lots
of work goes into a successful Festival: the mail-outs, pre-registration
list, sound system, video recording, posters, set-up, fellowship
activities, registration, ushering, song leading, piano accompaniment,
and delightful special music.
in attendance from areas where they are not blessed with a church
congregation to meet with each Sabbath expressed heartfelt gratitude
for this missionary outreach effort, for providing a place to come
once a year to be with brethren of like mind. It helps them remember
that they are not alone. I thank all of our speakers who came from
all over the country to deliver such powerful, insightful and inspiring
words from our Creator who did indeed "tabernacle" with
us at the Festival.
Festival, we baptized James Vines (in the Gulf of Mexico) &
Ken Westby ordained Jamesí father, Merle Vines as an elder in Godís
the quantity did not meet our expectations, the quality of this
intimate & loving Festival certainly exceeded my expectations.
Les Stocker pointed out the fact that he sees our site is a "Pastoral
Festival" with emphasis upon the individual. Calvin Burrell
expressed his & the Church of God Seventh Dayís gratitude as
the ONLY Festival site that reaches out to & includes their
group. Our speakers represented the Association of Christian Development,
The Church of God Seventh Day, The Braille Institute (a ministry
for the blind) & the Christian Church of God. In past Festivals,
a number of other church organizations have been represented on
our speakersí agenda.
now decide whether or not we continue as a host for a Festival of
Tabernacles. We cannot continue based upon this yearís participation.
There just werenít enough of us there to carry on this rich &
Godly tradition as the hosts.
the Sabbath of October19th, we will decide Together As A Congregation.
We will have a congregational meeting, along with a cookout at our
home, 7710 White Plains, right after Sabbath Services. It is important
for ALL in this congregation to attend, as we will be deciding whether
or not to continue hosting a Festival of Tabernacles. I ask that
each & every one of you pray about this important decision &
show up to help us decide. Whatever we decide should be done as
a team, a body with one mind, and not just myself or a handful of
of you who made this yearís Festival possible, in Jesusí
words, "Well done good and faithful servantsÖ."
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