Continuing Church of God and the Feast of Tabernacles, 2021

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.

Information on them is in the free online book: Should You Keep God's Holy Days or Demonic Holidays?

The longest festival is called the Feast of Tabernacles (see The Feast of Tabernacles: A Time for Christians?) also called the Feast of Booths. The Jews call it Sukkot.

Some wondered if we plan to hold it in 2021, and the answer is yes.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, there still may be issues in various locations.

At this instant, we still hold the Feast of Tabernacles in all countries we have indicated--just like we did in 2020, despite COVID restrictions.

But there may be changes in location and how we can conduct services.

But we will still intend to hold services for the Feast of Tabernacles and encourage all who can attend to attend.

For 2021, services are to begin the evening of September 20th and continue until the Last Great Day which is September 28th in 2021.

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 2021 Feast of Tabernacles.

To see some photos from the Feast of Tabernacles in 2020, see the online video: The Continuing Church of God Feast of Tabernacles 2020: Restored Truth.

USA

We have a contract to hold the Feast of Tabernacles at the Hilton Garden Inn Pigeon Forge, 2481 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

This is where we are to have daily services.

You do NOT need to stay at this hotel to attend the Feast of Tabernacles.

However, many will find that convenient.

Here is a booking link: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?&ctyhocn=PGFGIGI&groupCode=CCO&arrival=20210919&departure=20210929&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,en,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

If you prefer not using the internet to book, you are welcome to begin calling to make reservations (865-366-5250).  You will need to mention the group code “CCO” to receive the discounted rates.

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

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday, September 20, 2021. Services: 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Services: 2:00 pm.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Services: 9:30 am.

Thursday, September 23, 2021. Services: 9:30 am.

Friday, September 24, 2021. Services: 9:30 am.

Saturday, September 25, 2021. Services: 2:30 pm.

Sunday, September 26, 2021. Services: 9:30 am.

Monday, September 27, 2021. Services: 9:30 am.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  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 cogwriter@aol.com

Australia

 Because of COVID related rules, Australia has travel restrictions within its own country which makes travel difficult and almost impossible.

So, at this instant a basically video site is intended.

Jamie Stonham has volunteered to coordinate a site.

If restrictions are lifted soon and the Thiels come, the site is expected to be within an hour's drive of Brisbane.

But currently, as that is not likely, some place in or near Canberra seems most likely.

If you may wish to attend, please send an email to amie Stonham at jamie.stonham@gmail.com

Canada

At this instant, the likely Feast site in Canada will be near London, Ontario.

Here is information about it, with some information tentative:

Rooster Hill Ranch

Note that this is a working farm, so there will likely be noises from cattle, goats and chickens/roosters.  There is one working dog in the house that is restricted to the mud room and 3 cats (2 more outside) that are friendly.  Daily farming activities (checking/feeding critters) start around sunrise but I can start with chores away from the buildings first.


Criteria

House

Lodge

# of floors

2

1

Bedrooms

3, upstairs: double, queen, double+single bunk

1: double

Bathrooms

2: upstairs with shower, downstairs with tub

1: with shower

Kitchen (common area)

6-burner stove with griddle & 1.5 oven; double fridge, typical appliances; dishes; 1.5 sink; wood stove

3-burner cooktop, fridge; large sink; large wood fired oven (pizza, bread, big enough to roast whole lamb/goat); dishes, typical appliances

Dining (can also set up 1 or 2 workbench tables in the workshop/garage that seat 12-16 each)

2 tables: 6+8 or 10

1 table (10 or 12);

Audio/visual

42” TV with DVD and computer hook up (internet)

Large screen TV with DVD and computer hook up (this could be moved to the garage with the large tables for seating for services)

Water source

Municipal

Municipal

Other

 

Fireplace; shares a wall with the barn, so you may hear livestock

Lots of room for tents if anybody wants to “camp out”.

Room for a camper/RV if someone wants to use/bring one of those.

Nearby hotels:

Best Western Plus Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre (13 minutes, $98)

Cardinal Court Motel (15 minutes, $98)

Ramada (20 minutes, $68)

Courtyard (22 minutes, $100)

Four Points (21 minutes, $99)

London Travel Inn (22 minutes, $62)

And lots more…

Nearby Restaurants:

20-30 minutes from all manner of dining in London

Local Attractions (some temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions which may or may not be lifted by FOT):

Grand Theatre (London, 35 minutes)

Stratford (3 theatres – world class + lots of restaurants, 1 hr)

Niagara Falls (2 hr, lots of hotels there if one wanted to stay overnight and return to the farm for services)

Butterfly Conservatory (Niagara Falls, 2 hr but temporarily closed)

Grand Bend (fantastic sunsets over Lake Huron) (1 hr)

Point Pelee National Park (most southern point in Canada) (1.5 hr)

Toronto Zoo (2.5 hrs but temporarily closed)

CN Tower (Toronto, 2 hrs)

Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 2 hrs)

Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington, 1.5 hrs)

Lots of “lesser” tourist attractions (like Parks Blueberries, various smaller theatres, etc.)

Farm-bound Activities:

Feeding critters, collecting eggs, flying kites in the hay field, nature walks in the bush or hay field, fishing in the pond, sunset watching (can be quite spectacular), fire pit/marshmallow roast (will need to get twigs from the bush earlier in the day), deer watching (evenings), feeding from the garden, bicycle riding (2 or 3 bikes, plus a couple of small child bikes), learning how to grow vegetables naturally, learning about basic chicken husbandry, making butter/yogurt, visiting a small local dairy to see where the milk at the store comes from (and maybe see how cheese is made?). BBQ on one day?

Typical Daily “Schedule”:

8:30-9:30             Breakfast (for those staying at the farm and others who let me know the day before)

10:30-12:30         Services (could be in house, in Lodge or in garage, depending on # of attendees)

12:30-2:00           Fellowship/lunch for those who wish to have lunch at the farm; pot luck welcome, but I will likely provide sandwiches/soup/stew

* I could also do lunch first, then services at 2pm

For opening evening, I was considering having an oven roasted lamb (if I can get one) or goat (one of mine) and maybe a chicken (will be +10 lb) supper at 5:00 pm (sunset will be at 7:25 pm).

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

Ethiopia

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 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.

The location is RAMSEYER RETREATS CENTER IN KUMASI. Here is the email address of our leading Pastor Samuel Ofosu Gyeabour fosusamuel81@gmail.com

Haiti

It is expected that there may be a CCOG site in Haiti.

For details, contact Nicolas Moise, email nicolasmoise348@gmail.com

India

A site in far eastern India is expected.

For more information, contact Alexsandar 'Sasha' Veljic, email aveljic@protonmail.com

Kenya

We expect to have nine Feast sites in Kenya.

Got kachola 
Kisii 
Kihancha 
Chilani 
Daktech 
Bomet 
Mao 
Molo 
Njoro.

Got kachola isnear lake Victoria. It is reportedly a good site to view GOD'S creation around the lake. 

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

Malawi

We plan to have two sites in Malawi. According to Pastor Evans Ochieng, "it is cheap."

Chiringa
Mwanza 

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

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

Mozambique

We expected to have a major site in Mozambique. Instead, because of governmental restrictions, brethren from Mozambique will try to go across the border to Malawi.

Terry Nelson and his sons are there in Malawi for 2021. His sermons would be translated from English (Terry Nelson's language) to Chichewa, which is the native language of most of those expected to attend.

If you want to go, please contact Radson Mulozowa email radsonmulozowa@gmail.com

New Zealand

A Feast of Tabernacles site is confirmed for New Zealand, location is in Rotorua.

Holdens Bay Holiday Park Rotorua & Conference Centre, 

7 Stonebridge Park Drive, Holdens Bay, Rotorua, Ph (07) 345 9925.

https://holdensbay.co.nz/ 

If you are interested in staying at the above location, they offer several accommodation options, you may contact them directly to book, please see the above phone number.

Other accommodation:

Motels: https://www.rotoruanz.com/accommodation/motels

Holiday Homes: https://www.rotoruanz.com/accommodation/holiday-homes 

Service times and activities will be emailed closer to the time.

For further information please contact Shirley at: continuingcog@xtra.co.nz 

Panama

We expect to have a site in Panama for the first time. This will likely be about 2-3 hours away from the international airport there. More details are expected to be posted once they become more available.

Puerto Rico

We are planning on having a very small Spanish language site in Puerto Rico. Carlos Aponte has been looking at place close to a beach: Carr 187, Km 6 Loiza, Puerto Rico 00772. It is basically a 35 minute drive east from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport of San Juan. Here is a link to the expected location: https://shar.es/aWgCAA

We expect to add information here once we have more information.

For more information, contact Carlos Aponte. His email is carlosaponte2007@hotmail.com

Philippines

A site is planned for the Philippines. It was hoped that Steve and Ruth Dupuie may go there, but because of COVID-19 travel restrictions instead we are planning on three video sites.

One place currently in mind is on Camotes Island, namely, Santiago Resort, an hour and a half ride via a fastcraft from Cebu. In addition, the fastcraft port is conveniently situated at just near the airport of Cebu, the Mactan International Airport. Here is something he sent from the hotel related to costs:

At this instant, the Philippines still has COVID restrictions, so probably only people who live in that nation will be able to go there.

The other two video sites are planned for Cebu and Cagayan de Oro City. 

For further details, contact Joe Lumpay, email is joecags_lumpay@yahoo.com

Serbia

A Feast of Tabernacles site is being planned for southern Serbia in 2021.

At this instant, we expect this to be our only 'regular' European Feast of Tabernacles' site in 2021.

Serbia is inexpensive by European standards.

Here is information from our elder there, Alexsandar 'Sasha' Veljic:

Here is an update on the Feast in Serbia.  We will be keeping it at Tara mountain.  Here is the presentation of the house we are going to rent:

http://www.tara-planina.com/planinska-kuca-topalovic.htm

For more information, contact Alexsandar 'Sasha' Veljic, email aveljic@protonmail.com

Tanzania

We expect to have a site in Utegi, Tanzania. 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 festival 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 2021

For 2021, we plan to make new live sermons. Here are some that were made in 2021 to be watched during the Feast of Tabernacles for those without live speakers:

For 2020, we also made the following messages:

2020 Feast of Tabernacles Opening Night Message

Offertory - Feast of Tabernacles

Behind The Work 2020: Into East Africa

And the following is for the Last Great Day:

Last Great Day Offertory

Last Great Day: God is impartial and has a plan for all

Here are some other past sermons for the Feast of Tabernacles:

Since offerings are taken up on the first Day of the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day, here are links to offertory messages:

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

Here are links to sermons given in 2018 at the Feast of Tabernacles in Serbia and Alexandria, Virginia:

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 given in 2015 at the Feast of Tabernacles in the USA and Canada:

Offertories: Here is a link to two other 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.

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.
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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