28th to October 7th
- Music / Praise
- Family Togetherness
- Hebrew Learning
- Community Campfire
- Spiritual Challenges & Lessons
- Wilderness Tabernacle
- Float Trips & Horseback riding
Due to a
clear leading of Yahweh's Spirit, we have decided to change our campground
location for this year's feast. This year we will be hosting the Feast of
Tabernacles at a campground in Steelville, Missouri. Steelville is about 15
miles from the former location in Leasburg.
The 270+ acre campground
was dedicated to our Father's word over 60 years ago, and the owners
have agreed to grant us exclusive access to all facilities and camp
Steelville is about 75 miles southwest of St. Louis and is easy to
The holy days will be on
September 29th and October 6th.
September 28th will ensure you have enough time to set up camp because the first high day will
begin that night.
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 provide plenty of support. We'll have a team of people
available 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
This year we believe Yahweh is
leading us to focus on Evangelism, with an emphasis on the
Kingdom and Word of Yahweh. We gather for the purposes of rejoicing,
learning the word of Yahweh, glorifying Him, and
building up the body of Messiah. The feast is not a
resort-styled "get away vacation" but an opportunity to
focus on spiritual matters and be surrounded by others
who love Messiah and want to live as He did.
in previous years, we will continue to stress the importance of "Rejoicing
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.
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.
New this year:
Feastgoers will be organized into tribes and most of the
activities will center around the tribal system so that we can learn
more about how Yahweh worked with the tribes of Israel in the
wilderness. For instance, when we set apart the camp at the
beginning of the feast, everyone will march behind their tribal
banner and 2 silver trumpets will be used to start and stop the
desire to remember and better understand the "wilderness
experience" of ancient Israel (Lev. 23:43), we will
be again be building a full-sized replica of Yahweh's
tabernacle in the wilderness.
in the center of camp, 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, pray and go through the
scriptures together. The "holy of holies" section will be a special area for personal
prayer and the Torah will be read there 24/7 through a
At the place where the
altar would normally be, we will have a community campfire
where we gather and give praise offerings 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.
tabernacle will be built on the second day of the
feast by anyone who is willing to help. We include both
children and adults in the building
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 recognize that we all are a work in progress and
we are called to humility, "considering one another
better than ourselves" as is written in Philippians 2:3.
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)
As mentioned earlier, we
use of the entire campground and all the facilities. The camping
facility is at the
Garrison Riverfront Resort in Steelville, Missouri.
The campground has
the following facilities/amenities:
Campground is large
(270+ acres) and next to the Meramec River. You can reserve your accommodations online.
We have confirmed that all
of the campsites stay relatively dry, and do not have problems with water
Meals will be made available
at the campground restaurant on the non-Sabbath
days. All ingredients and equipment will be reviewed
to ensure they are biblically clean.
campsites are pull through with 30 amp service (Contact
me if you can't do 30 amp). Each space has a fire
ring and picnic table. Tents can be placed on these sites for a reduced
price if just need 120
volt, 15 amp access.
without water and electricity will be available as well. Each primitive
site will include a fire ring and picnic table. Primitive campers
still have access to the
Cabins and Cottages are available
in the camping area if that is your
preference. Be sure to reserve yours early.
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
placing a tent next to a camper.
General store is on site for basic needs such as ice and other
are available but very limited. The nearest full Laundromat is
about a 5 mile drive from the campground.
Broadband wireless internet is available and usually accessible at your
conference room facility
which seats 400+. We plan to broadcast the meetings live with full
major airport is in St. Louis, Missouri, about a 95 minute drive from
the campground. We will have someone available to pick people up at the airport, bus or train terminals at 2 specific times (see
Trout area (a state program for developing trophy sized trout) is
upstream from the campground. Bring your fishing pole :)
volleyball and ball diamonds for Wiffle ball, kickball and other activities
for everyone throughout the feast.
Canoeing, Kayak and Raft rentals are available.
We plan a group float trip.
is also available on October 4th and 5th on camp for those interested.
The horses actually live in a pasture at the
Supercenter and other major stores are a 25 minute drive from the campground.
A mid-sized grocery store is in Steelville, just 4
miles from the campground.
Firewood will be provided for a donation.
Group Picture from Sukkot 2014
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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 from various speakers.
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.
Biblically clean meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are available for a
reasonable cost at the
campground restaurant except on September 29th, October 3rd and October 6th
which are holy days. However, 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
propane stove for cooking. Firewood is available for a donation.
CAMPSITE ACTIVITIES-Watch this section for updates!
Some of the planned activities
service - For any seeking to be baptized in Yahushua's name, there will
be a service during the first and last day of the feast. The river is on
- 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 men consider these meetings to be 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.
Daily Hebrew lessons (9:15am) are offered in the conference facility
that will teach everyone
how to read the written Hebrew language. Self-graded quizzes will be given and
end of the feast, most everyone who attends the classes should be able to read
biblical Hebrew. Those who attend every class and/or pass the final exam will be given a
free book on Hebrew grammar!
and worship at third hour (10am) and ninth hour (4pm) at the tabernacle.
Readings at the
Tabernacle (10:30am), read on loudspeaker at 10:30AM for the whole camp to hear.
will be taught during the praise and worship portions of the
Auction for charity - Bring an
item to auction off and proceeds will go toward alms and ministry.
Children activities - Story time for children, arts & crafts, Youth & family night
with a special event planned, Midnight Midrash for teens (10pm -midnight),
Volleyball, organized Kickball, Wiffle ball, Music and more.
If any of the
following afternoon activities are not of interest to you, we will also
be offering special
classes on evangelism, sessions where questions can be asked, reading
together through various scriptures, time to focus on worship, and open
discussion of various topics.
survival training class
will be offered. Both spiritual and practical survival techniques are taught
along with an emphasis on preparation, evangelism (search & rescue) and the
Feast of Tabernacles.
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. One shofar per family, available for a donation or
free if you can't afford it.
Tassel making party -
Everyone in attendance will learn
how to make tassels (tsit tsiyot), using Numbers 15:38-40 and Deuteronomy
22:12 as a guideline. Tassel-making material is provided.
Older teaching the younger -
In the spirit of Titus chapter 2, a special event is planned for helping
teens and young families learn from the mistakes and victories of older
believers. Older women will work with the younger women and girls, while older
men will work with younger men and boys. Open discussion, questions and some
memorable activities to help write the scriptures on our hearts.
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.
Horseback riding will be
offered on October 4th and 5th for children, teens and adults (up to
There is no pressure to sign up
for anything and this feast can be whatever Yahweh wants it to be for you. You can choose to spend
all your time just relaxing and fellowshipping with your family
and/or other feast goers, or you can choose to sign up for anything that
will be musical praise to Yahweh around the campfire every evening, and this
is a great time to get to know each other as brothers and sisters in
Yahweh. Getting believers connected to the body of Messiah and building up
families & individuals is our goal.
have described HIS feast as a life changing experience!
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
other believers...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:
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
CAMP PRICING -
$5/person per night, children 12 &
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
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.
want Electric/Water/Sewer access, a flat fee of $8.50 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. If you don't need sewer access, the
access fee lowers to $5.50 per night.
Water/Electric/Sewer Campsite Pricing is capped at $25 per campsite. This
means that no one will pay more than $25 per night, regardless of how many
persons you have in your family. Primitive camping is capped at $20 per night.
family of 2 adults and 5 teens needing a water/electric/sewer campsite will pay
$25 per night. A family with 2 adults and 5 children under 13 in a primitive
site will pay $10 per night. A single adult in a Water/Electric campsite will
pay $10.50 per night.
campsites (including primitive) will have a picnic table and fire ring.
Nest Cabin (Sleeps 8-10)
very own replica of Yahweh's Tabernacle
(Used as a
group study and private prayer room)
The Rentable RV's, cabins and
cottages are in the campground itself and
are close to the conference room and camp sites (see
map). Bedding/pillows and Bath linens/towels are not provided. Please bring
Average temperature for this time of the year is lower
70's during the day and lower 50's at night. It can get
into the 80's and 30's though so dress appropriately. 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.
resource for what kind of things to bring
you have any questions about the feast, please contact me.