Feast of Tabernacles - 2008
October 16th through October 23rd
Registration is Required.
If you plan to attend,
please register early so
that we know you are coming (plus you can pick your campsite!).
We still have
some campsites and lodge rooms available.
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Click here for a list of items you may want to bring
Last year, we hosted our first publicized gathering for the Feast of Tabernacles and Yahweh blessed us all greatly! It was a wonderful time of fellowship, praising Yahweh and growing together in the favor and love of Yahushua the Messiah (See pictures here).
This year, we are again planning on holding the feast at the same campground about 7 miles from Eminence, Missouri. Eminence is located in the south-central part of the state.
The first day of the feast will be on 10/16/08. The last day of the feast will be on 10/23/08.
You will want to arrive on the day before the beginning of the feast and allow for plenty of time to get your tents and/or campers set up. The first and last days of the feast are holy days where no work is to be done except for food preparations/cooking. However, Yahweh does allow for setting up your tent / Sukkah on the first day of the feast (Lev. 23:40).
The campground is run by a non-denominational Christian ministry whose workers are looking forward to our second Feast of Tabernacles at their facility. The campground has the following facilities/amenities:
39+ campsites, 15 with water and electric and 20 with water, electric and sewer. 1 site has 50 amp service for large RV's. Each space also has a fire ring.
Screened in Pavilion with running refrigerator and electric outlets.
2 nice lodges with plenty of clean showers and restrooms. 12 rooms are available for rent in the lodges. 2 are wheelchair accessible. Bring your own bedding/towels.
Badminton, horseshoes, volleyball and small playground facility.
Most of the campground is in the woods but there is an Activity field about half the size of a regulation soccer field nearby.
Laundry facility and Ice Machine.
Office and small store for basic needs.
Full information on the facilities with pictures are available at http://www.goDM.org/retreat/facility.htm
Limited wireless internet available via Satellite connection (no major downloads please, turn off Windows automatic updates and file sharing programs).
The closest airport is St. Louis, Missouri which is about 3-4 hours from the campground.
There will be a scheduled meeting every day in the lodge or a large tent depending on how many sign up for the feast. Each meeting will include a special lesson for children, musical praise to Yahweh, and scripture studies which center around family life, feast observance, seeking righteousness, and being overcomers as sojourners and pilgrims on the earth.
If you have a topic you would like to share with the group, please contact me. There will also be Hebrew lessons every evening which will teach everyone how to read the Hebrew language. Quizzes will be given so that by the end of the feast, most everyone should be able to read Hebrew. Of course, understanding what you read will be the next step for everyone :)
Meals will not be provided, but a scheduled communal meal will be planned for each of the 3 holy days 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 camping. The Iron Stake lodge has a small kitchen with a refrigerator, stove/oven and cabinetry. Those staying in the Iron Stake lodge will have priority access to the kitchen.
The ministry that runs the campground has various group challenges and activities which center around overcoming challenges together as a group. I thought that it would be a nice compliment to the Feast of Tabernacles because we know that the children of Israel faced many challenges in the wilderness. Many of us enjoyed these activities last year so we decided to do it again.
The staff at this facility will set up some challenges, some of which will require group participation in order to accomplish. Some of the challenges will require a certain amount of physical ability but others will be more of a mental or spiritual challenge. Using the camp staff's experience in working with groups, these challenges will be used to teach spiritual lessons which will help us to accomplish tasks and challenges together more effectively and more Messiah-like.
There is a fee associated with each of the below challenges because they are operated by the staff of the campground facility and require insurance. They will not charge for more than 4 persons per family. So if you have a family of 6 children and two adults, they will only charge for 4 of you. The deposits help them to know how many people they'll need to have on staff for the day.
Challenges requiring physical ability (See last year's feast pictures to visualize Climbing wall and High Ropes course).
Climbing wall - Climb an 18 foot wall. 3 walls of varying difficulty.
Caving - Groups will travel offsite to explore one of the local caves. Sure footed participants only!
High Ropes Course.
Challenges not requiring physical ability
Group initiative. Activity which will require group participation to accomplish a common goal.
The following activities don't involve the campground staff so there is no cost.
Some of the activities for children and youth:
We believe it is important to use the feasts to teach our children about the wonderful works of Yahweh. Here are some of the activities planned:
Broad path / Narrow path - A course through the woods designed to challenge and teach children how to make right choices.
Scripture Treasure Hunt - Involves the use of a Strong's Concordance. Scriptures will be used as clues to find the final treasure.
Daily spiritual lessons through various activities.
Some of the other planned activities for anyone interested:
Men's meetings - Come together and learn from one another on how to be better husbands and fathers, and how to overcome the challenges we have as men in today's society.
Tea time for ladies - Come together and discuss anything from home schooling ideas to Sabbath preparations to how to be a better wife. There may be more than one meeting
Tassel making party - Everyone in attendance will learn how to make tassels (tsit tsiyot).
We plan to make plenty of time for fellowship, 'round table' scripture discussions and studies, music and praising Yahweh around the campfire or in the lodge, and just getting to know each other as brothers and sisters in Yahweh. We'll have one central location where everyone can gather around the campfire every night and sing praises to Yahweh, fellowship together, and study or share words of encouragement.
For those seeking to be baptized in the name of Yahushua the Messiah, we will be offering a baptism service during the first and last parts of the feast...or other times if need be.
For those who can afford to help others, we have set up a feast fund to help anyone with costs of attending the feast. Let me know if you would like to contribute or if you need some financial assistance in order to attend.
|For those who can afford to help others to attend, we have set up a feast fund. To contribute, click this donate button:|
You can also send your donation to: Treasures of Yahweh P.O. Box 1255 Ava, MO 65608. Make sure you mention that it's for the feast 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. At the last two feasts, the amount collected was just right the amount for everyone who had need.
We have been given a 25% discount on all pricing at the campground. Furthermore, they will not charge for more than 4 members of any immediate family. This means that if you have 2 adults and 5 children under 18 years of age, they will only charge for 4 people total. This is to help large families with many children attend the feast. Anyone over 18 will need to pay the normal daily rate.
Figuring in the 25% discount, the pricing for the campground and activities are as follows:
|Daily (per person)||Deposit (per person)||
Primitive camping (no electric/water)
|$4.15||$1.50||Camping using Electric & Water|
|$5.25||$2.25||Camping using Electric, Water & Sewer|
|$11.65||$3.75||Sleeping in a lodge room (3 person minimum charge per room)|
The campground requires a deposit to reserve a campsite/room and for the campsite activities. You can pay your deposit online via PayPal, or you can send in your deposit to EliYah.com, P.O. Box 1255 Ava, MO 65608. There will be a processing fee if you decide to pay online. Please don't send in any payment without registering.
At the end of the feast, the campsite will collect the monies and your deposit will count toward the final bill which must be paid with cash, check or money order (Credit/Debit cards not accepted). If you make a deposit but do not come to the feast, you will lose your deposit.
There will be a Dress Code requiring modest apparel only. No see-through clothing, clothes which draw attention to, or reveal the shape of, the private parts of the body such as low necklines and tight fitting garments. Skirts or dresses should not expose the knees when sitting down. Contact me if you have any questions.
To attend, you must firmly believe in Yahushua the Messiah, believe in keeping Yahweh's feasts, and believe in keeping the Sabbath on the 7th day of the week, commonly called "Saturday." Of course, if you want to invite a friend who is interested in learning about the feasts, they are welcome to join us as long as they aren't disruptive.
Pets are not recommended but are permitted as long as they are leashed and supervised at all times.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the grounds. This is a longstanding rule established by the campground.
Average temperatures for this time of the year is in the upper 60's during the day and mid 40's at night. Click here for last year's weather in nearby Springfield, MO. Inclement weather is always possible so make sure your tent and other equipment is well prepared for wind and rain. Sundown will occur between 6:15 and 6:30 local time (CDT).
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