Feasters gathering in more than 120 places

Brethren of the Churches of God this year have or will have come together at more than 120 Feast of Tabernacles sites around the world in September or October, most of them beginning the eight-day festival the evening of Oct. 15.

Because of differences of calendars, calendar postponements and dates of new moons, some of the brethren observed the Feast in September this year, although most will keep it in October. In fact, The Journal is aware of five beginning dates for the first full day of the festival for 1997: Sept. 16, Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.

The Journal published a list of 108 sites in the July 31 issue. The Philadelphia Church of God's several sites were not included on the list, and since July The Journal has learned of several other locations. Two are mentioned in "Letters From Our Readers," beginning on page 2 of this issue.

Besides observances by members of groups with roots in the Worldwide Church of God, The Journal occasionally hears about other people keeping the Feast of whom former WCG members until recently were not aware, such as some present and former Seventh-day Adventist groups, the Sabbatarian brethren in Tajikistan and Ukraine and the many independent or "nonaligned" Church of God groups in the United States and elsewhere.

The Journal invites Feastgoers to send in short articles about brethren and their activities at the sites this year as soon as possible after the Feast. Some may appear in the October issue; more will run in the November issue.

Mail information to Festival Report, The Journal, P.O. Box 1020, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, U.S.A.

Or E-mail it to or

Or fax it to (903) 636-9965.

Please include the writer's name, address and phone number on the first page of the article or message. Please include names of nearest city and state or province, as well as the name of the country, in which the Feast was observed.

Please double-check proper names. Please indicate by a marginal note that an unusual spelling is correct. Please do not type or write any names in all-capital letters.

Please include the beginning date of the Feast and specify whether it is the first full day (such as Oct. 16) or the evening before the first full day (such as Oct. 15). Please include the name of church or fellowship affiliation, if any, or other sponsor of the site.

Please limit the write-up to 300 words. Longer articles may be edited for space.

The Journal can publish a limited number of photographs with Feast reports. As an option, a writer is invited to include one or two good-quality color or black-and-white prints.

Please attach a note describing the content of the photographs, such as subjects' names and identification and the location, as well as the photographer's name.

Again, please verify names and their spelling. (See information above about proper names.) If photos need to be returned, please include a self-addressed envelope, preferably stamped (if mailed from the United States).

Everybody at The Journal hopes you had­or will have­a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles 1997!

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