Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot - 2012  Leasburg, MO
 

Hebrew: "Sukkot"
October
9th to 19th

  • Fellowship
  • Baptisms
  • Music / Praise
  • Family Togetherness
  • Hebrew Learning
  • Community Campfire
  • Spiritual Challenges & Lessons
  • Wilderness Tabernacle
  • Group Cave & Float Trips

NOTE: We are nearly out of Water/Electric campsites, Motel Rooms and Cabins.
You will want to register immediately if you need those. There are still plenty of Primitive
Camping areas available (no water or electric close by).

Check availability

LOCATION

 

Slideshow of the Feast in Leasburg
Click for fullscreen

As we have for the last 2 years, we will again be hosting the feast at a camping facility in Leasburg, Missouri.
 
Leasburg is about an hour's drive southwest of St. Louis. The facility is 7 miles south of Interstate 44 and about 90 miles from the St. Louis airport.

TIME

The holy days will be on October 10th and October 17th.

Arriving on October 9th will ensure you have enough time to set up camp because the first high day will begin that night.

Because the regular Sabbath is on October 11th & 18th, there will be two Sabbath days in a row on both weekends. This means that most people will be staying an extra day (leaving on the 19th) so that they will not not need to travel on the weekly Sabbath.

We normally have quite a number of first time feast-goers so if you are new to keeping this feast or new to camping in general, we are set up to provide plenty of support. We'll have a team of people to help you set up and there will be experienced brethren around to help you with any needs throughout the week. We welcome everyone as family (See feedback).

PURPOSE & SPECIAL PLANS

In a desire to remember and better understand the "wilderness experience" of ancient Israel (Lev. 23:43), we will be building a full-sized replica of Yahweh's tabernacle in the wilderness!

The actual length and width of the tabernacle will match what is described in scripture. Only the height will be lower (9ft compared to 15ft).

The tabernacle will be a place where anyone can gather, fellowship and/or go through the scriptures together. The "holy of holies" section will be a special area for personal or corporate prayer.

At the place where the altar would normally be, we will have a community campfire where we gather and give offerings of praise to Yahweh in the evenings. The campfire can also be used by anyone to gather & cook their food while fellowshipping with others during the day.

The tabernacle will be built by anyone who would like to help build it! Yes, any who would like to volunteer to help build the tabernacle on the 3rd day of the feast can do so. (We cannot build it before then because the first 2 days of the feast are sabbaths).

As last year, we will continue to stress the importance of "Rejoicing and Family Togetherness." Activities will center around building relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, and between members of the spiritual family that is the body of Messiah. We put a lot of emphasis on family involvement! We want to see families and individuals walk away from the feast being closer to one another and closer to the body of Messiah.

Seeking the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, loving one another, respecting each other's walk with Yahweh will be emphasized and encouraged, even if some of us may differ in areas of understanding.

We also desire to be a light on a hill that cannot be hidden. Sharing Messiah's love and life while being challenged and changed, the feast is a place to get our spiritual batteries recharged so that we can face the culture with boldness, strength and conviction.
 


Part of the Camping area (click to enlarge)

CAMPGROUND INFORMATION

The camping facility is the Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort in Leasburg, Missouri. We'll have our own section of the campground, dedicated to our group.

The campground has the following facilities/amenities:

  • Campground is large (1 mile long) and is along the Meramec River. They also offer canoe/kayak/raft rentals, or you can bring your own. We're planning a group float trip.

  • Full hookup campsites are pull through with 50 amp service for large RV's. Each space has a fire ring and picnic table.

  • Primitive campsites with no water and electricity will be available as well. Each primitive site will still include a fire ring and picnic table. Primitive campers have access to the public showers/restrooms/sinks.

  • Motel and Cabins are available next to our camping area if that is your preference. Be sure to reserve yours early.

  • Campsites are typically on flat, smooth surfaces, with grassy areas mixed with trees. Roads are smooth and easy to navigate.

  • Campsites will be close together yet roomy enough for vehicles and camping needs.

  • Campers can raft along the river from one end of the campground to the other and it will take an hour to float! If you bring your own inflatable raft, there is no fee.

  • Nearby covered Pavilion adjoins a dining facility with sinks, 2 dining rooms and electric outlets for communal meals.

  • 2 different sized cabins as well as a motel are available near our camping area.

  • Badminton, horseshoes, volleyball and playground facility. Wiffle ball, kickball and other activities will be going on throughout the week in the activity field next to camp.

  • Most of the camp sites are shaded to semi-shade, and there is an open activity field next to our camping area.

  • Nice sized Mercantile store is on site for basic needs such as ice as well as camping needs.

  • Laundry facility is available but very small. The nearest full Laundromat is about a 10 minute drive from the campground.

  • Free Broadband wireless internet is available, but may or may not be accessible at your campsite.

  • Indoor conference room facility which seats 250+. We plan to broadcast the meetings live via video.

  • The closest major airport is in St. Louis, Missouri, about a 90 minute drive from the campground. Shuttle service may be available if there is enough interest for $75 round trip. Otherwise, we will try to have a team of people to pick up attendants up at the airport, bus or train terminals at 2 specific times (see registration page).

  • Red Ribbon Trout area (a state program for developing trophy sized trout) is upstream from the campground. Bring your fishing pole :)

  • A Wal-Mart supercenter is about a 20 minute drive from the campground.


Group Picture from Sukkot 2013
(click to enlarge)

MEETINGS AND MEALS

    There will be a scheduled meeting most days in the conference facility. Meetings will typically include a special lesson for children, musical praise to Yahweh, and scripture studies.

Young children will be provided with things to do with their hands during the study portions of the meetings, typically related to the topic of the study.

    There will also be Hebrew lessons every day which will teach everyone how to read the written Hebrew language. Quizzes will be given so that by the end of the feast, most everyone who attends the classes should be able to read Hebrew. Those who attend every class and/or pass the final exam will be given a free book on Hebrew grammar!

    Meals will not be provided, but a scheduled communal meal will be planned for each of the holy days (bring a dish) so that we can all sit and have a meal together. You can fix your meals over a campfire if you like, or bring a small propane stove for cooking.
 

CAMPSITE ACTIVITIES-Watch this section for updates!

Slideshow of previous feasts at Eminence, MO.
See last year's pictures here

Some of the planned activities are:

  • Baptism service - For any seeking to be baptized in Yahushua's name, there will be a service during the first and last parts of the feast. The river is on camp!
     
  • Men's meetings - Men will get together and learn from one another on how to be better husbands and fathers, and how to overcome the challenges we have at work and at home. Always a great time of fellowship and developing relationships. Many consider this the highlight of the feast.
     

  • Daughters of the Light - Similar to the men's meetings, ladies will come together and discuss anything from home schooling ideas to Sabbath preparations to how to be better wives & mothers. 
     

  • Shofar Making Class. Sand it down, drill the mouthpiece and get ready to blow your own shofar (horn/trumpet) in praises to the King! We'll also have instructors to help you learn how to sound it.
     

  • Morning Prayer time, 7:00 AM daily at the river for early-risers who want to gather and pray together.
     

  • Daily Torah Readings at the Tabernacle, read on loudspeaker at 10:30AM for the whole camp to hear.
     

  • Tassel making party - Everyone in attendance will learn how to make tassels (tsit tsiyot).
     

  • Hebraic/Davidic dance classes. We are looking for those who can help to teach this!
     

  • Youth and Children activities - Story time in the evenings, "Youth & family night" with a special event planned, Archery, Midnight Midrash (10pm -midnight), Family Volleyball Tournaments, Kickball, Wiffle ball, Music and other activities for youth and children are planned.
     

  • Float Trip - We'll take a 3-5 hour float trip on the river. The campground has canoes, large rafts and kayaks available. The float trip will end at the campground.
     

  • Auction for charity - Bring an item to auction off and proceeds will go toward helping the alms fund and/or toward feast operating expenses. This will be done a little earlier in the feast than in previous years.

We plan to make plenty of time for fellowship, 'round table' scripture discussions and studies, music and praising Yahweh around the campfire, and just getting to know each other as brothers and sisters in Yahweh. Getting believers connected to the body of Messiah and building up families is our goal.

 
FEAST-GOING FUND

Contact me if you need some financial assistance in order to attend. We don't want money to be a reason why anyone is unable to feast with the brethren...especially if you want to be baptized in Yahushua's name.

For those who can afford to help others, you can contribute to the feast-going fund to help anyone with costs of attending. This fund is separate from the feast operating expenses of EliYah.com.

To contribute to the Fund, please send your donation to:

Treasures of Yahweh
Feast-Going Fund 
P.O. Box 1255 
Ava, MO 65608.

Please make sure you mention that it's for the feast-going fund.

It's helpful to have contributions done well in advance so that those who otherwise cannot afford to come will know that there are funds available and make plans. If there is any left over, we'll save it for another feast or put it in the open treasury

 
CAMP PRICING -
$5/person per night, children 12 & under free

Country Log Cabin (on camp)

We do not charge any fees to attend the festival, but the campground does have fees for using their camping facilities. We handle all reservations and collection of funds.

We have been given a significant discount on camping. If you prepay, anyone 13 or older will be charged just $5 per person per night while children 12 and under are free. If you wait to pay until you arrive, it will be $6 per night.

If you want Electric/Water/Sewer access, a flat fee of $12 per night per campsite (not per person) is added to the bill and you will given a full hookup site instead of primitive camping. This does not include the "per person" fee

For example, if you are a young family with 4 children under 12, the fee is $10 per night for primitive camping, or a total of $22 per night if you want electric/water/sewer access.

All campsites (including primitive) will have a picnic table and fire ring.

Note: You CAN share a water/electric site with another family to save money! Each family would then pay $6 per night for access to electric and water.

Primitive Camping area next to full hookup sites

Motel is upstairs & in the camp

Cabins/Motel Room - Bed and Bath linens are not provided at the cabins or motel. Tents may not be set up outside the cabins or motel rooms. The cabins and motel rooms are in the campground itself and are close to the conference room and camp sites (see map).

NEW THIS YEAR: A 10% discount is given if you stay 5 or more days in a cabin/motel.
Daily
(2 persons 13 & older)

Additional
over age 13

Children
12 & under

Occupancy

Description

All units
Reserved

All units
Reserved

All units
Reserved

Sleeps 8. 2 sets of bunk beds on lower level, double bed on 2 lofts.

Mini Log Cabin. Is Air Conditioned. Heat is not provided but you can plug in a portable heater. No shower/restroom.

All units
Reserved
All units
Reserved
All units
Reserved
Sleeps 4. 2 double beds. Motel Room, includes mini-fridge, microwave, shower/restroom, heat/AC.
$84

$20

FREE

Sleeps 6. 1 bedroom with a double bed and 2 lofts with a double bed. Country Log Cabin, includes mini-fridge, microwave, shower, restroom, heat & AC. 
All units
Reserved
All units
Reserved
All units
Reserved

Sleeps 7. 1 bedroom with a queen sized bed, one double/single bunk and a sofa sleeper.

Deluxe Kozy Cabin - includes full-sized fridge, stove/oven, microwave, shower/restroom, heat/AC.

 *** NOTICE: If you want to reserve a cabin or motel room,
please do so as soon as possible. Availability is limited.

 
CLIMATE

Average temperature for this time of the year is upper 60's during the day and upper 40's at night. It can get into the upper 70's and 30's though so dress appropriately (click here for last year's weather). Inclement weather is always possible so make sure your tent and other equipment is well prepared for wind and rain.

Sundown will occur close to 6:36 local time (CDT) on the first night of the feast. We've found the Mr. Heater Buddy Heaters to be helpful in keeping a tent warm at night. They use no electricity so they are even more ideal for primitive camping.

A good resource for what kind of things to bring can be found here.
 


Click Here to Register | Click here to pay for camping/lodging/activities

If you have any questions about the feast, please contact me.

 

 Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot - 2012  Leasburg, MO

 


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