Members of the Church of God 7th Day based in Meridian, Idaho, have met for the church's weeklong Camp Meeting just about every summer for 57 years.
The annual family-oriented gathering might remind some other Church of God members of the yearly Feast of Tabernacles.
The warm-weather get-togethers started around 1950, with church services every day in a big tent. The tent is long gone, but the brethren can still camp out on the grounds.
The Journal talked with a longtime Meridian CG7 member, Jennie Sienknecht, about the Camp Meeting and a little about the history of the Meridian group.
"About 1958 we [Mrs. Sienknecht and her late husband, Robert] came here to the Camp Meeting, and they had a big tent. Now we have a big building.
"We furnish meals on a freewill-offering basis, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We have a dining room and kitchen on the grounds."
Sometime shortly before the first Meridian Camp Meeting, said Mrs. Sienknecht, a split occurred in the church, which before the separation was affiliated with the CG7 that is presently headquartered in Denver, Colo.
"The separation from the [original group] was over pork," Mrs. Sienknecht said. "The people here believed it was all right to eat it, and the other people didn't."
Attendance was slightly lower than normal this year, she said, with 150 participating.
"We don't have big ones like the [Denver] conference. They have thousands," she said.