Here are features of a few of the scores of Feast of Tabernacles sites

Here are details of a few of the scores of Feast of Tabernacles sites members of the Church of God will attend in October. This Web site also includes a more-comprehensive listing of sites, coordinators and phone numbers.

Feast coordinators may send brief descriptions of their plans for this Feast for the June issue of The Journal to Mac Overton at Or fax the information to (903) 636-9965 or mail it to P.O. Box 1020, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.

Most of the brethren will observe the Feast Oct. 5-12 (beginning the evening before Oct. 5).

San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas--The Church of God San Antonio (associated with the Churches of God Outreach Ministries) for the second year in a row invites you to attend the 1998 Feast of Tabernacles in the Alamo City.

"We are ready to serve as your host to make your Feast in San Antonio an enjoyable and memorable one," said San Antonio pastor Julian Cruz. "Inspiring sermons, music to honor our Creator and fellowship opportunities for the entire family are being planned."

San Antonio tourist attractions include the Alamo, the River Walk, Sea World of Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, HemisFair Park, the Tower of the Americas, San Antonio Zoo and Japanese Tea Gardens.

Feastgoers will meet in the Ramada Inn­Airport, 10811 I-35 North. Call the hotel at (800) 797-1234 for reservations, giving group reservation No. 87290 and mentioning Church of God Feast of Tabernacles.

Room rates are $54 plus 15 percent tax for up to four people. Amenities include microwave, refrigerator, complimentary breakfast, pool, spa, laundry, 12 minutes from River Walk.

Camp spaces are also available, at Greentree Village North, 12015 O'Connor Rd., phone (210) 655-3331, one mile from the Ramada Inn. Service opportunities include Bible-class coordinator and teachers, fun-show coordinator, choir and special-music, photographer, reporters, pianists.

For more information, contact Mr. Cruz at 219 Whitefield, San Antonio, Texas 78223, phone (210) 333-7229, E-mail

ICG-GTA Feast site

BRISBANE, Australia--Lee Stevens reports on the Feast site in Albury, New South Wales, Australia sponsored by the Intercontinental Church of God and the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association. For information write David Moffatt at P.O. Box 2525, Chatswood, N.S.W. 2057, Australia, or Jan Anderson, P.O. Box 1358, Griffith, Australia. Or call Wendy Close at (03) 9879 9828 or Jan Anderson at (02) 6964 1134.

Or contact the main office of the ICG at P.O. Box 1117, Tyler, Texas 75710, U.S.A.; (903) 561-7070; or (fax) (903) 561-4141.

Fort Walton Beach

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.--The Congregations of YHWH plan to sponsor a Feast site at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Coordinator is Darryll Watson, P.O. Box 50773, 618 W. Pine St., Mary Esther, Fla. 32569, phone (850) 581-2820, or E-mail

Accommodations are available at Days Inn Suites and Leeside Inn. Condominiums are also available. Rates vary from $74 per night to $115 per night (Days Inn) to a weekly rate of $785 (Leeside Inn).

For assistance or more information, call one of the following elders: Dennis Martin, Tom Whitson, Jim Ingle, Marvin Wilson, John Hawkins, Mike Byrd.

For these men's phone numbers, call Mr. Watson at (850) 581-2820.

"One more thing," said Mr. Watson. "Because we are still studying the calendar issue and some are convinced we should be keeping the Feast a day later, if there are those who would like accommodation for that by having a meeting on Oct. 13, I am strongly entertaining that notion. Let me know if you are interested."

Big Sandy and Pensacola

BIG SANDY, Texas--The United Church of God Big Sandy plans to sponsor two Feast sites, in Pensacola, Fla., and Big Sandy. For information contact Dave Havir at P.O. Box 690, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.; (903) 636-5227; or

Several CGI sites

TYLER, Texas--The Church of God International plans six Feast of Tabernacles locations for 1998: Ballina, New South Wales, Australia; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Manila and Naga City, Philippines; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Land Between the Lakes, Ky.; and Wagoner, Okla.

For more information see the CGI's Web site,, write P.O. Box 2525, Tyler, Texas 75710, or call (903) 825-2525.


SUNRIVER, Ore.--Sunriver, Ore., is an unaligned Feast of Tabernacles site not sponsored by any corporate organization. Sunriver is a recreational and retirement community 15 miles south of Bend, off of Highway 97 in south-central Oregon.

The elevation of Sunriver is 4,000 feet. The climate is mild, with generally warm days and cool nights. With the Mount Bachelor ski area nearby, the area is beautiful and has hiking, fishing, white-water rafting and sightseeing activities available to all.

Meetings are scheduled for Thousand Trails campground lodge a few miles south of Sunriver. Some of the brethren choose to stay at the campground in their RVs.

A couple of rental agencies have reduced rates due to the off-season period (four nights for the cost of two nights). One such agency is Sunset Realty, (800) 541-1756. Many motels are in nearby Bend.

"We meet in Sunriver to worship our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, through celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles, to learn to fear Almighty God, and come to a greater understanding of His way of life and plan for mankind," said Al Murrey. "We welcome all who choose to join us."

For information, write Mr. Murrey at 2160 SW Second Ave., Ontario, Ore. 97914, or call (541) 881-8600.

Land Between the Lakes

PADUCAH, Ky.--An independent, unaligned Feast is planned for Kentucky in the area of the Land Between the Lakes, near Paducah.

"This Feast is being sponsored by independent brethren who hold the basic principles that no one has received the Holy Spirit except those who have truly repented and turned from keeping Sunday and the other pagan holidays and to keeping God's Sabbath," said Henry Anderson.

It is for Feastgoers who believe "that the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week to be kept from evening to evening; that God is not a trinity or a binity, but that Jesus or Yahshua, and the Father are individual beings, the Father being greater than the Son; that the New Covenant requires obedience to the Ten Commandments and unless one enters into the New Covenant he cannot inherit eternal life; that it is by the grace of God that He gives us the opportunity to enter into the New Covenant with Him to have redemption, or forgiveness of sins that were under the first covenant."

The Feast will be observed Oct. 5-11, the Last Great Day on the 12th, Mr. Anderson said.

If you are interested in attending the Feast at the Land Between the Lakes with a group who holds these fundamental principles, then for more information contact Mr. Anderson at 58 Meadowrue Rd., Russellville, Ark., phone (501) 968-4546 or E-mail

Canadian Church of God plans Feast site

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Ont., Canada--The independent Canadian Church of God plans to observe the 1998 Feast of Tabernacles at Mountain Spring Lodge in Collingwood. Collingwood is part of the town of Blue Mountain, Ontario's recreation capital, in the scenic Georgian Bay area, a drive of an hour and a half from Toronto International Airport.

Mountain Springs Lodge sits at the base of the Blue Mountains. It features luxury suites with fireplace, full kitchens and more.

The conference facilities are within walking distance of all units. The rates are, per night, studio $89, one bedroom $99, studio with loft $119, one bedroom with loft $129-all rates plus tax.

The favorable exchange rate between U.S. and Canadian currency makes this site a real bonus for U.S. visitors.

The phone number for the resort is (705) 444-7776 or fax (705) 444-6533, or E-mail When booking, planners should mention that they are with the Canadian Church of God. For assistance, call Robert Stapleton at (519) 835-4082 or the church office at (416) 531-9701.

Christian Church of God in San Antonio

AMARILLO, Texas--The Christian Church of God has chosen San Antonio as its Feast site for 1998.

The site will be the Sumner Suites Hotel on the San Antonio River Walk at 601 S. St. Mary's St., just a few blocks from the River Walk restaurant area. Those attending with the group will have a flat room rate of $70 per night regardless of the number of guests in the suite.

This an all-suites hotel. Each suite has two double beds or one king-sized bed with sofa bed in the parlor and a kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker and coffee and kitchen sink and cabinets. A continental breakfast, complimentary newspaper and free local calls are included. An outdoor pool, exercise room and laundry facilities are on site.

Reservations may be called to (210) 227-6854. Ask for the Christian Church of God's 1998 festival rate.

A children's Festival Bible School is planned for this year.

Guest speakers will include Ken Westby, director of the Association for Christian Development in Seattle, Wash.; Whaid Rose, president of the Church of God (Seventh Day); Les Stocker, president of the Braille Institute of Los Angeles; Brian Knowles, elder and religious writer of San Diego, Calif.; Bob Wertz, copastor of the Harrisburg, Pa., Church of God (Seventh Day); and Phillip Arnold, director of Reunion Ministries of Houston, Texas.

Jeff Booth, pastor of the Christian Church of God in Amarillo, Texas, and Clovis, N.M., may speak as well. Speakers will also include Jerry McClenagan and Joe Kirkpatrick of the Christian Church of God and Wayne Freeman of Longview, Texas.

Contact Mr. Booth, festival coordinator, at (806) 353-4400 or

UCM opens second site

HOOVER, Ala.--United Christian Ministries, based here, has approved a second Feast site for this fall at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo. The resort is 75 miles west of Denver and 90 miles west of Denver International Airport on Interstate 70.

The resort is a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park and other scenic points of interest, such as Loveland Pass. The Keystone site is in addition to the Gatlinburg, Tenn., site, which UCM will sponsor for the third straight year. The decision to include a Rocky Mountain site was based in part on the results of a survey taken during the Feast last year.

Ray Wooten, a UCM board member and pastor of the United Church of God Birmingham, Ala., will spend part of the Feast in Keystone and part of the Feast in Gatlinburg.

In Keystone, Feast meetings will be held in the Mountain House, at the west end of the resort. Restaurants and condominiums are within walking distance of the Mountain House. Lodging near the Mountain House begin at $89 nightly for a one-bedroom studio. Two- and three-bedroom units are also available near the Mountain House and in other parts of the resort at substantially discounted prices.

Free use of the Mountain House has been arranged, contingent upon booking 35 rooms during the Feast. For more information, contact Mr. Wooten at

CGOM surveys brethren about Feast plans

TULSA, Okla.--The Churches of God Outreach Ministries (CGOM) recently sent a survey form to 1,200 brethren about their Feast plans.

CGOM sites listed included Daytona Beach, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; San Antonio, Texas; and Sunriver, Ore.

Other sites are as follows:

  • Western Hills, Wagoner, Okla.: This is a Church of God, International site. CGOM members have been invited to attend with CGI, and several CGOM ministers plan to speak.
  • Lake Texoma, Okla.: CGOM members have been invited to attend this site, reserved by Tom Justus, pastor of the independent Sabbatarian Church of God, Springdale, Ark.
  • Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.: If there is sufficient interest in this location, a site will be conducted here this year.

As in the past, CGOM members are free to attend wherever they want and are not limited to CGOM sites.

For more information, contact CGOM at P.O. Box 54621, Tulsa, Okla. 74155, or call (800) 611-8080.

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