Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot - 2015  Leasburg, MO
 

Hebrew: "Sukkot"
September
28th to October 7th

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

HOW TO JOIN US?

STEP 1: Register (Free)
STEP 2: Reserve accommodations

LOCATION

 

Video/Slideshow of Previous Feasts
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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 sites. 
 
Steelville is about 75 miles southwest of St. Louis and is easy to find.

TIME

The holy days will be on September 29th and October 6th.

Arriving on September 28th will ensure you have enough time to set up camp because the first high day will begin that night. 

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 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.

As in previous years, 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.

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 advance.

In a 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.

Located 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 professional recording.

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.

The 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 effort.

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.

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

As mentioned earlier, we will have exclusive 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 drainage.

  • 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. 

  • Full hookup 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.

  • Primitive campsites 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 public showers/restrooms/sinks.

  • Rentable RV's, Cabins and Cottages are available in the camping area if that is your preference. Be sure to reserve yours early.

  • Campsites are 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.

  • A General store is on site for basic needs such as ice and other camping needs.

  • Laundry facilities are available but very limited. The nearest full Laundromat is about a 5 mile drive from the campground.

  • Free Broadband wireless internet is available and usually accessible at your campsite.

  • Indoor conference room facility which seats 400+. We plan to broadcast the meetings live with full quality video.

  • The closest 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 registration page).

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

  • Badminton, 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.

  • Horseback riding is also available on October 4th and 5th on camp for those interested. The horses actually live in a pasture at the campground.

  • A Wal-Mart 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
(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 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 small propane stove for cooking. Firewood is available for a donation.
 

CAMPSITE ACTIVITIES-Watch this section for updates!

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 day 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 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 by the 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!
     

  • Prayer time and worship at third hour (10am) and ninth hour (4pm) at the tabernacle.
     

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

  • Hebraic/Davidic dancing will be taught during the praise and worship portions of the meetings.
     

  • Auction for charity - Bring an item to auction off and proceeds will go toward alms and ministry.
     

  • Youth and 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.

 AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

  • 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.
     

  • A Wilderness 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.
     

  • 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. 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 240lb).

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 interests you.

There 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.

Many have described HIS feast as a life changing experience!

 
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 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:

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

Camping Cabin (Sleeps 5)
CURRENTLY BOOKED

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 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 and 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.

EXAMPLES: A 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.

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

Eagles Nest Cabin (Sleeps 8-10)
CURRENTLY BOOKED

Our very own replica of Yahweh's Tabernacle
(Used as a group study and private prayer room)

Cabins/Cottages/RV's - 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 your own.

CLIMATE

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.

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

HOW TO JOIN US?

STEP 1: Register (Free)
STEP 2: Reserve accommodations

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

 

 Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot - 2015  Leasburg, MO

 


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