Continuing Church of God and the Feast of Tabernacles, 2018

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 are to begin the evening of September 23rd and continue until the Last Great Day which is October 1st in 2018.

Here is a link if you would like to see photos related to the Feast of Tabernacles' Sites for 2017 and as well as one for a video slideshowContinuing Church of God Feast of Tabernacles 2017 Slide Show.

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 2018 Feast of Tabernacles.


Alexandria, Virginia

We have selected the Marriott Courtyard Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, located at 2700 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22314-4553, (703) 329-2323 for our main site in the USA.

Alexandria is near Washington, D.C.

An optional group activity that we intend to propose is going to the (free) Museum of the Bible, which is the newest museum in Washington, D.C. It is about ten miles away from the Marriott.

Regarding guest rooms (rooms you may stay in), our contract states the following (some may arrive earlier or stay later at this hotel):

Start Date End Date Room Type Room Rate
09/21/2018 10/03/2018 Standard $109.00

Room rate valid 3 day prior and 3 days post the event.

The Hotel’s room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.5% +1.00) in effect at the time of check out.

The group room rates listed above are net non-commissionable. Continuing Church of God will be responsible to pay any commissions due to any agency for this event.

Please have the guests in your group directly call Marriott Reservations at 1(800) 321-2211 or (703) 329-2323 on or before Thursday, August 30, 2018, (the “Cutoff Date”) to make their sleeping room reservations.  Please advise guests to identify themselves as part of the Continuing Church of God group staying at the Courtyard Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, located at 2700 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA  22314-4553.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by credit card.

Reservations for all guests must be received on or before Thursday, August 30, 2018, (the “Cutoff Date”)After the Cutoff Date, the hotel will release any unreserved rooms for general sale and, in the hotel’s discretion, will accept reservations at Continuing Church of God’s group rate, on a space and rate available basis.

Book your group rate for CCOG Feast of Tabernacles

Since attendees have to pay for their own rooms individually, if you are attending in Alexandria, you DO NOT have to stay at this Marriott. There are many other hotels in the general area. However, many people will find that it is much more convenient to do so. And it does make our meeting room negotiations easier when we have more people who stay at the hotel location we hold services at.

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


Sunday, September 23, 2018. Services: 7:30 pm.

Monday, September 24, 2018. Services: 2:00 pm.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Services: 9:30 am.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Services: 9:30 am.

Thursday, September 27, 2018. Services: 9:30 am.

Friday, September 28, 2018. Services: 9:30 am.

Saturday, September 29, 2018. Services: 2:00 pm.

Sunday, September 30, 2018. Services: 9:30 am.

Monday, October 1, 2018.  Services: 2:00 pm.

More information on this site is expected to be added once it is available.

For other information about this Feast site, contact Dr. Bob Thiel, email

Wichita, Kansas

We also intend to have a semi-video site in the Wichita, Kansas area. Deacon Richard Close is working on having a limited site in Wichita, Kansas.

We have a contract to hold services at the Wichita Public Library, Evergreen Branch, 2601 N Arkansas, Wichita, KS 67204.

At this instant, the plan is for Steve Dupuie to spend the first half of the festival speaking in Alexandria and the second half in Wichita. With Richard Close speaking the first half in Wichita and the second half in Canada.

For more information about this site, contact Richard Close, email


Here is information on our site in Canada:

    -  Location:  Ramada Plaza
                        6445 Boul. Décarie
                        Montréal, Québec, Canada
                        1 (514) 739-3800 for booking
                        hotel website:

Meetings will be in the banquet room.
Meeting times will be the same as is listed on the CCOG Festival site.

For more information call Herb Haddon at: (cell)  506 442-8889 
or email:

For more information, contact Herb Haddon, email


We plan to have a site in Gambella, Ethiopia. Those there came to us from a Church of God, Seventh-day background and are relatively new to keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. The same goes from those in South Sudan who also are likely to attend.

The Ethiopians and South Sudanese 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 or Koang Deng; Koang Deng lives in Ethiopia.

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


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 and an elder named Osei Bonsu


We expect to have five Feast sites in Kenya. Here is the list:


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.

Ndhiwa expected to be one of the largest Feast of Tabernacles' site for CCOG in 2018. For more information on the sites in Kenya, contact Evans Ochieng, email


We plan to have a site in MIGOWI, Malawi. Migowi is next to Migowi Trading Centre and is located in Phalombe District, Southern Region, Malawi. According to Pastor Evans Ochieng, "it is cheap."

If you want to go, please contact Radson Mulozowa email or Evans Ochieng, email

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


We may have a site in Mozambique. If so, this would be the first time--otherwise like 2017, they will go to Malawi.

It would likely be in Balaka if it is in Mozambique.

If you want to go, please contact Wedison Matiya email Evans Ochieng, email

New Zealand

In New Zealand, we expect to have a site on the North Island.

John Hickey sent me the following:

We have booked a venue for the Feast of Tabernacles. The venue is Academy Comfort Inn, 734 Cameron Road, Tauranga.

Tauranga is just under 3 hours south-east of Auckland by car.

For more information, contact John Hickey, email; his mobile phone number is 021 519 441.


Bacolod is the capital city of the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. A mainly 'DVD' Feast of Tabernacles is planned for there. The same location for 2017 has been selected for 2018:

Hi Dr Thiel,

Because the Meeting Room at 11th Street Bed & Breakfast was so ideal and covenient I have just reserved the same Room for Sep 2018 FOT. Its a tentative Booking but they will hold it for us with confirmation and payment to be in April/May 2018.

Kind Regards Anthony Flavell

Here is a photograph of the hotel:


Tripadvisor reports that there are 30 hotels and 226 restaurants in Bacolod. Bacolod has several museums and parks.

For further details, contact Oscar Mediavilla via email or Anthony Flavell via email

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


A Feast of Tabernacles site is being planned for Novi Sad, Serbia in 2018.

At this instant, we expect this to be our only European Feast of Tabernacles' site in 2018.

Serbia is inexpensive by European standard. Having visited Belgrade twice, my family and I would say that people would find Belgrade, where outtsider would fly into, a nice place to visit. One can get by with the English language, despite the national language being Serbian.

Novi Sad is popular with tourists to Serbia. TripAdvisor says it has 27 hotels and 256 restaurants.

A European tourist website states (bolding in source):

Novi Sad also attracts the visitors with its neatness, safe embeddedness by the Petrovaradin Fortress – the “Gibraltar on the Danube”, different languages spoken by its inhabitants, and the rhythm so untypical for hasty and chaotic pace of an urban community. The surroundings of the city core marked with baroque, neo-Renaissance, classicistic and Bauhaus buildings, reveals the picnic sites, preserved eco-systems and a complex of Orthodox monasteries settled in the territory of the National Park Fruška Gora. “Salaš“ farmsteads, “čardas“ and wine trails at the outskirts of Novi Sad provide the visitors the possibility to experience all the richness of gastronomy and rural customs.

Novi Sad is the city that provides the visitors the agenda of unbelievably rich content with its urban core and rural surroundings. Each visitor, according to his or her internal feeling for nice and pleasant, attractive and joyful, useful and accessible can create his or her own experience while learning about all the layers of the past and present of Novi Sad.

Novi Sad, the city on the Danube, the city with the European history and tradition and Balkan hospitality is the experience you must not miss.

Here is location information:

“Hello, I will send you address of the house, we are on the other side of the river Danube, so they can find Hotel in the centre of town…we are 10 minutes from center, just cross the bridge and than by car is 3 – 5 minutes… I can recommend brand new hotel with great and not expensive apartment-Hotel Arhiv, that is hotel of my friend, you can find them on (Website hidden by Airbnb)
The name of my street is Ribnjak gornji put 32a..”

For more information, contact Alexsandar 'Sasha' Veljic, email


We expect to have a site in Utegi, Tanzania. For more information, contact Martin Wanga, email

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 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 2018

We are in the process of putting together a couple of sermons online for the Feast of Tabernacles in 2018 before it begins.

Here is a link to one: Christians are Ambassadors for the Kingdom of God.

Here is a link to another: Behind the Work 2018: New Door and More!

We have messages from 2017 and prior years that some may find helpful in 2018.

Here is an opening night message: Feast of Tabernacles 2018 Opening Night Message.


Here is a sermon message that was played at some sites in 2017: Holy Day Plan of Salvation.

Here is a sermon message from Herb Haddon at the 2017 Canada site: Christians ... Strangers and Pilgrims?

Here is a sermon length message that was played at many sites in 2017: Behind the Work 2017: Into Europe and Africa.


Here are links to sermons given in 2017 at the Feast of Tabernacles in New Zealand and two from San Diego:

Here are links to some earlier messages:

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 a ceremony from the 2015 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.

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 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 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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