Continuing Church of God and the Feast of Tabernacles, 2017

The Continuing Church of God observes God's Holy Days (click here for you can click here for the calendar of Holy Days), sometimes called festival or feast days, throughout the world.

Services will begin the evening of October 4th and continue until the Last Great Day which is October 12th in 2017.

Some website links to outside sources are in this post, but this does not mean that they are endorsed by the Continuing Church of God.  They are provided as additional sources of information–and hopefully some of that information may be helpful to you and your family as you begin to make plans for the 2017 Feast of Tabernacles.

Here is a link if you would like to see photos related to the Feast of Tabernacles' Sites for 2016.

USA

In the USA a site is planned for near San Diego, California.

The plan is to hold services at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina 2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, California 92106 Phone 619-222-0561 Fax 619-222-9760.

 best-western-plus-island-palms-hotel

The hotel is located on Shelter Island, but as it is connected to the rest of San Diego by roads: you can drive to get to it. It is also fairly close to the San Diego airport, though for many people it may be less expensive to fly into one of the other Southern California airports (LAX, John Wayne, Burbank, or Long Beach) and to drive south.

The negotiated rate at that hotel is $123.00 per day, plus tax--only if you book through the hotel directly and tell them you are coming for the Continuing Church of God conference--and if you do that you will NOT have to pay to park. However, if you book staying at this hotel some other way, you will be charged a daily parking charge.

If you do not stay at this hotel, you will not be charged to park to attend services. Dr. Thiel has already booked a room here as it will be 1) the most convenient location, 2) a better value than many other locations, and 3) because the hotel only has a limited number of rooms at the negotiated rate and those who take too long to book may not get the discounted rate or the free overnight parking.

Here is the expected schedule for services for this site and it should be similar for Canada:

DAILY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Services: 7:30 pm.

Thursday, October 5, 2017. Services: 2:00 pm.

Friday, October 6, 2017. Services: 9:30 am.

Saturday, October 7, 2017. Services: 2:00 pm.

Sunday, October 8, 2017. Services: 9:30 am.

Monday, October 9, 2017.  Services: 9:15 am.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Services: 9:30 am.

Wedesday, October 11, 2017.  Services: 9:30 am.

Thursday, October 12, 2017. Services: 2:00 pm.

TripAdvisor lists 3,789 restaurants and 278 hotels in San Diego. There are also more in the other communities near San Diego.

For more information about this Feast site, contact Dr. Bob Thiel, email cogwriter@aol.com

We may also have a semi-video site in the Wichita, Kanasas area as well in the USA.

Canada

We yet have finalized a location in Canada. It is likely to be in Quebec or Ontario.

For more information, contact Herb Haddon, email hwhaddon@gmail.com

Ethiopia

We plan to have a site in Ethiopia. They came to us from a Church of God, Seventh-day background and are relatively new to keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Ethiopians are quite poor and there can be health risks here (as well as anywhere in Africa we have sites). If you want to go, please contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com. or Koang Deng koangdeng5@gmail.com; Koang Deng lives in Ethiopia.

If you can speak (like give sermonettes) that would be helpful.

Ghana

We have hundreds with us in Ghana. They came to us from a Church of God, Seventh-day background and are relatively new to keeping the Feast of Tabernacles.

I do not have more specific information on the site there. However, here is the email address of two contacts we have there, the leading Pastor Samuel Ofosu Gyeabour fosusamuel81@gmail.com and an elder named Osei Bonsu oseibonsu1234@yahoo.com.

Kenya and Tanzania

We expect to have multiple sites in Kenya. One would be in Ndhiwa; Transmara, Nairobi, Kitui, Rift Valley, and Bomet are also expected.

If you are not from Africa and decide to attend here, please realize that this is not a wealthy area and is not a site for those who expect various Western comforts.  However, this will be a unique experience for any who do decide to attend here. Also, African food is normally acceptable to Westerners, as long as it does not have microbes (I avoided eating raw fruits and vegetables, plus drank bottled water, when I was in Nairobi, and I never got ill).

Here is what one website says about the Ndhiwa area:

Western Kenya is a beautiful region of great geographical, agricultural, cultural and natural diversity, with many tourist activities to be explored.

The people of Ndhiwa belong to the Luo tribe, a warm welcoming community with a strong spirit despite the challenges they face. Many lack things that we take for granted such as electricity, running water, sanitation, labour-saving devices, easy transport, medical care and educational opportunities.  http://www.karibunicottages.com/

This site is expected to have hundreds of people from Kenya and possibly other parts of Africa. Ndhiwa expected to be the largest or second largest Feast of Tabernacles' site for CCOG in 2017. For more information, contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com

Utegi is a town in northern Tanzania.

For more information on the sites in Kenya and Tanzania, contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com

Malawi

We plan to have a site in Malawi. We in the USA have no information on it other than, according to Pastor Evans Ochieng, "it is cheap."

If you want to go, please contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com

If you can speak (like give sermonettes) that would be helpful.

Mozambique

We may have a site in Mozambique. If so, this would be the first time. It would likely be in Balaka. If not, we expect to invite those in Mozaambique to attend in Malawi.

If you want to go, please contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com

New Zealand

In New Zealanda, Rotorua has been selected.

John Hickey reported:

We have finalised the location of the venue for the FOT for this year.  It will be at Cedarwood Lakeside Motel and Conference Venue, Rotorua.  Their website is www.Cedarwood.co.nz.

 The venue for Holy Day Meals will be Farmside Buffet Restaurant at NZ Heritage Farm, their website is www.farmsidebuffet.co.nz.

Tripadvisor says there are 172 restaurants and 93 hotels in Rotorua, New Zealand.

For more information, contact John Hickey, email john.h@vodafone.net.nz; his mobile phone number is 021 519 441.

Nigeria

There is a small chance a site could be in Nigeria.

If you wish to attend, you can contact Evans Ochieng, email evochieng74@gmail.com but please be advised that the site may not have the all comforts that most Westerners are used to and there can be crime, terror, and other issues.

Philippines

Silay is a city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. A mainly 'DVD' Feast of Tabernacles is planned for there.

For further details, contact Oscar Mediavilla via email hansmeidavilla@rocketmail.com

If you plan to go there and have internet access and/or computer expertise, your skills could be helpful.

Serbia

A Feast of Tabernacles site is being planned for Serbia in 2017.

At this instant, we expect this to be our only European Feast of Tabernacles' site in 2017. It will likely be a couple of hours south of Belgrade, probably in or near Uzice.

Serbia is inexpensive by European standards.
 
For more information, contact Alexsandar 'Sasha' Veljic, email aveljic@protonmail.com

Tanzania

We expect one or two sites in Tanzania (maybe in Utegi and ?). For more information, contact Martin Wanga, email matinwanga@gmail.com

Internet and Other Areas

We do have some type of services available via the internet for those who cannot get to the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana, Serbia, or the Philippines sites. Sermons, offertories, and some other items are expected to be at the Sermons link at the www.ccog.org website and probably more will be in this article.

Please obey God and keep the Feast of Tabernacles as He would want you to (see also How to Keep God's Festivals).

Online Possible Sermons and Sermonettes for the Feast of Tabernacles in 2017

Here are links to some messages:

Here is a link to an offertory: Feast of Tabernacles Offertory.

Here are links to three sermons given during the Feast in Gouda, Netherlands in 2016:

Here is a sermon by Steve Dupuie: Feast of Tabernacles 2016.

Here is a link to an offertory: Last Great Day Offertory.

Here is a link to a ceremony from the 2105 Feast of Tabernacles: The Blessing of Little Children Ceremony.

Here are links to sermons giiven in 2015 at the Feast of Tabernacles in the USA and Canada:

Here are some sermonettes that you might wish to watched during the Feast of Tabernacles in 2017:

Offertories: Here is a link to two offertories Tabernacles Offertory: Sojourning Now for the Kingdom and Last Great Day Offertory: Render to Caesar, Render to God.

Sermons: It is hoped that some sermons given during the Feast of Tabernacles in 2015 may later be posted here. But since sermons first go to the ContinuingCOG channel, you may wish to check there for the latest available messages.

Here are some messages given in 2014 in the USA that some may watch:

For opening night, you could watch the short message that was prepared for this: Feast of Tabernacles Opening Night Message.
Feast of Tabernacles from Israel This was videoed in Israel to be played at the Feast of Tabernacles and is on the Feast of Tabernacles.
Behind the Work: Go Therefore and Make Disciples Highlights what has been happening in the Continuing Church of God and showing what it has been doing since the last Feast of Tabernacles.
Christian Pilgrims This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
Messianic Jewish Beliefs This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
The Temple, Prophecy, and the Work This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
Human Nature: Where Did it Come From? This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
The Future Kingdom of God This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
Tradition and Scripture This was given in Orlando, Florida in 2014.
For the Last Great Day, we recommend that you watch the sermon given last year on that date (which only those in Orlando, Florida, heard on the Last Great Day in 2014): Shemini Azaret: The Last Great Day.

Others are expected to be loaded during the Feast of Tabernacles and be placed at the ContinuingCOG channel.

Here are links to some sermons given at the Feast of Tabernacles in 2013:

Other Sermons: There are also other sermons at http://www.ccog.org/category/sermons/ which could be appropriate at the Feast of Tabernacles, though they were not specifically prepared for it. Here are a few that some might wish to view:

Again, there are others at the http://www.ccog.org/category/sermons/ website.

May you have a great Feast of Tabernacles and learn what God would have you learn from this Feast.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Should You Observe God’s Holy Days or Demonic Holidays? This is a free pdf booklet explaining what the Bible and history shows about God's Holy Days and popular holidays.
Continuing Church of God Feast of Tabernacles 2016 This is a slideshow of photos related to 2016 and some Feast of Tabernacles-related activities.
Did Early Christians Observe the Fall Holy Days? Did they? Did Jesus? Should you?
The Book of Life and the Feast of Trumpets? Are they related? Is so how? If not, where not?
The Day of Atonement--Its Christian Significance The Jews call it Yom Kippur, Christians "The Day of Atonement". Does it have any relevance for Christians today?
Tithing Questions and Some Answers Addresses some non-biblical arguments against tithing. Should people tithe?
Are Second and Third Tithe Still Valid Today? Some in the COGs no longer teach payment of third tithe, is this biblically correct? This article also discusses second tithe.
The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time for Christians? Is this pilgrimage holy day still valid? Does it teach anything relevant for today's Christians? What is the Last Great Day? What do these days teach?
The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time to Learn the Law The Bible teaches that every seven years that the law should be read at the Feast of Tabernacles. This is what I did at the first Feast site were I gave an actual sermon (as opposed to a sermonette) in 2006.

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