What are your beliefs?
When are you celebrating all of the high days this year?
Do you practice the clean food laws described in the Bible?
Absolutely! As outlined in our Statement of Beliefs we don't believe that any of the commandments, statutes, and/or judgments in the Torah have been abolished or done away with. We do believe that certain commandments, statutes, and/or judgments have been fulfilled, such as animal sacrifices, but we do not believe the requirement to obey the Clean and Unclean food laws aren't among those that have been fulfilled.
How does your fellowship honor the Sabbath?
Our fellowship honors the set-apart Sabbath day by abstaining from all of our labors, servile or otherwise, on that day. This means, first and foremost, that we do not do any work related to our individual occupations. In addition, however, we do not cook any food from a raw state, do any extensive cleaning, participate in any rigorous physical activies, chop firewood, start fires, or do anything that would cause others to work. Some examples of these include:
We wouldn't grill steaks or put together a lasagna on the Sabbath, but have no problem if someone makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
We wouldn't sweep or mop the floor of the entire meeting hall on the Sabbath, but would wipe down a preparation table after making a sandwich or other lunch.
We wouldn't play a game of football on the Sabbath, but have no problem with people just casually throwing a football back and forth with each other.
We wouldn't go out shopping on the Sabbath, nor do anything that would cause the State Park employees to do anything they would not normally be doing on any other day.
In extenuating circumstances, such as the rare chance of freezing weather, we believe grace is offered in areas such as starting fires, etc. But, apart from said circumstances, we believe the Sabbath day is to be set apart from all other days in our devotion to the things of Yah.
In addition to the above, we typically have additional spiritually and/or scripturally-related activies on the Sabbath day such as Bible studies, Bible trivia games, worship times, and the like.
How does your fellowship honor the High days (1st Day of Sukkot and the Last Great Day)?
Our fellowship honors the annual High Days of the feast by abstaining from all servile work (work related to our individual occupations) and anything that would cause others to do the same. Based on Exodus 12:16 we believe that food preparation for what is to be eaten is permissible, even if from a raw state. But preparing food for subsequent days is prohibited. Though we don't believe physical activities are expressly forbidden on these days we believe that the day is supposed to be a restful one overall. Therefore, every effort should be made to allow that day to be one of rest and devotion to. In addition to the above, we typically have additional spiritually and/or scripturally-related activies on the annual High Days such as Bible studies, Bible trivia games, worship times, and the like.
What are your criteria for baptism (immersion) and how are the baptisms performed?
The most important critera for baptism (immersion) are that the one(s) desiring it understand that they are sinners in need of a Savior and that they believe upon and openly confess that Yeshua is that Savior. We take each person desiring baptism apart individually to discuss both the criteria for and consequences of being baptized. We believe that once one is baptized into Yeshua's name they have committed their life to his service as their Master. As such, obedience is expected of them by Yah after coming out of the waters. Prior to performing the baptisms we read several points that the one(s) being baptized should have no problems agreeing that they:
Believe that Yeshua is the Son of Yahweh, the prophesied Messiah and Savior of the world
Believe that the only way to the Father, Yahweh, is through Yeshua
Have repented for their sin and received Yeshua as their Master
Are making a life-long commitment to serve Yahweh and Yeshua and obey them by observing all their commands
After the one(s) desiring baptism have agreed to all of the above points a short prayer is offered to Yah asking for His blessing on the baptism and the one being baptized is then lowered comfortably into the waters being fully immersed. We encourage fathers of children who desire baptism to be one of the ones lowering their child into the waters as it is a very memorable and blessed occasion.
After all those desiring it have been baptized individually (or married couples together, if so desired) faithful men in our fellowship who have already received the Holy Spirit lay hands on them and anoint them with oil asking Yah to do the same for those who were baptized. Everyone then rejoices at the amazing work that Yah and Yeshua have worked in their lives!
Where can I find the schedule of events?
The 2018 Feast Schedule can be found here. Although we make every effort to establish a fixed calendar of events for planning purposes, unforeseen circumstances, such as inclimate weather, sometimes requires us to change the schedule on the fly. In addition to announcements made daily before the services a whiteboard will be out at all times that upcoming events and/or schedule changes will be listed on.
Are all meals supplied for the duration of the Feast?
No. There are multiple group meals planned and these are listed on the calendar. For times not listed on the calendar, it is up to the individual families to prepare their own meals.
What is included in the camp kitchen?
These commercial sized kitchens include a walk-in refrigerator, stoves, a deep fryer, a griddle, ovens and preparation areas. The kitchen does not include cooking or eating utensils, pans, plates, and/or glasses. In addition, they are not equipped with dish washers. The camp does not supply any utensils, cookware, soap or dish towels. These are items we purchase using the donation monies recieved. You may want to consider bringing a few smaller sized pans and bowls for your individual cooking needs.
What is a Community Meal listed on the calendar?
A Community Meal is a potluck in which each family brings a dish to share with all feast-goers. We encourage everyone to attend and share their best recipes. (Clean and Unclean food laws apply)
Who is supplying the ingredients for meals listed on the calendar not marked as Community meals?
These times are group meals with a specialized menu. The ingredients for these meals are purchased using the donation monies recieved. It is not necessary for feast-goers to bring any items to these meals. However, we do encourage folks to help out in the kitchen with preparation and clean-up to support these meals. These are great times for fellowship and you won't want to miss the Men's BBQ!
Is there a fire pit?
Absolutely! It has become an annual tradition for us to start our "official" camp fire before the beginning of the first High Day and keep it burning through the end of the feast. Come rain, come shine...there will be a fire burning all the time. Come prepared to spend some awesome time fellowshipping and feasting around the fire!
What is considered appropriate/modest attire?
We desire purity for all who choose who join us at the camp, which means we also want to make every effort to keep each other's eyes pure. As a result, certain clothing may be deemed inappropriate or immodest. Casual clothing such as jeans, khakis, shorts, skirts, dresses, t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, blouses, etc., are more than welcome. In fact, we whole-heartedtly believe that the casual setting is more condusive to learning and fellowship.
What we want to avoid are things such as "daisy dukes" (high-cut shorts), yoga-pants/tights, short skirts, pants with rips high on the legs, low-cut blouses/shirts, sheer/see-through clothing, etc. In the end, we are not wanting to be overly dogmatic about this subject, listing out each type of acceptable and unacceptable clothing. We simply ask that those joining us consider the purity of others and use your best judgment, within reason, to aid in preserving that.
Though written from a man's perspective, we believe the following passage speaks volumes and can be applied to both men and women, young and old:
"I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?" - Job 31:1
Let's all work together to help one another keep those covenants with our eyes.