Deaf and Hearing Impaired brethren invited to United Church of God Feast

BIG SANDY, Texas--The United Church of God, an International Association, plans to sponsor a Feast of Tabernacles site at Louisville, Ky., this year for Feastgoers who are deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired. Feast services will be translated simultaneously into American sign language (ASL) and orally interpreted (for lip-reading).

"The goal is to serve as broad a range of the deaf/HI [deaf and hearing-impaired] membership as possible," said Brian Bettes of Big Sandy. Mr. Bettes and his wife, Sharon, both professional interpreters for many years, coordinate the deaf-HI program for the United Church of God .

Many deaf people use sign language as their primary mode of communication, while others use lip-reading with no signs as their primary means to communicate, Mr. Bettes said. He said the interpreting staff at Louisville will meet both needs.

The United Church of God -AIA recognizes that some deaf-HI members of the Church of God do not attend United, Mr. Bettes said. Therefore, the church extends an invitation to all like-minded deaf-HI members of the Body of Christ to meet with others with the same impairment in Louisville for a "Feast filled with fellowship and fun," said Mr. Bettes. "It is our goal to provide a nonthreatening environment where fellowship and God's Holy Spirit can flourish."

Mr. Bettes said the deaf/HI attenders may stay in the same hotel in which services will be conducted. For more information contact the Betteses at P.O. Box 724, Big Sandy, Texas 75755, or call (888) 376-9721 or (903) 636-5066. E-mail the Betteses at

ASL or oral interpreters are encouraged to attend the Louisville site.

"If you would like to be placed on the interpreting schedule, please send a 10-minute video of your unrehearsed interpretation of a sermon segment to our address," said Mr. Bettes.

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