Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2020
There have been some changes to our plans, but we are excited to go forward with the Feast of Tabernacles in Lancaster, PA!
Due to mandated limits on indoor gatherings, we will not be able to provide regular worship services as a single large group. However, we plan to hold a local service each day that will be webcast live to several small group meeting rooms at the Wyndham so that brethren can sing and fellowship together (25 or less per room). Since we may not be able to accommodate everyone for indoor services, priority will be given to those with special needs – those desiring to meet this way will have an opportunity to RSVP, and seating will be assigned for each family.
Subject to weather conditions, we also plan to provide an outdoor service option for a larger group (up to 250). Other outdoor activities planned throughout the week include family day at a local adventure farm, an outdoor socially-distanced line dance, and picnic fellowship opportunities.
Housing, Restaurants and Attractions
Members traveling to Lancaster for the Feast will be able to keep existing housing arrangements or make new ones with the same group discounts listed at https://www.ucg.org/members/feast/sites/2020/lancaster-pennsylvania/housing.
Restaurants in PA are open for both indoor and outdoor dining, and a list of attractions open in the area is maintained at https://lancasterpa.com/now-open/.
In keeping with Pennsylvania's government orders, we ask that face coverings be worn at all times for indoor services. For outdoor services, we ask that a face covering be worn except when seated for services. Face coverings may be removed while seated for outdoor services if desired. It is recommended to wear face masks while singing, but not required.
Pennsylvania's guidelines for face coverings can be found at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/Universal-Masking-FAQ.aspx.
Presently, anyone traveling to PA from states with high numbers of COVID-19 cases are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. At this time, this is not a requirement but a recommendation; however, please use your best judgment based on the COVID levels in your area and your personal level of exposure as the Feast approaches. An up-to-date list of states that this recommendation applies to can be found at the link below, but it may change substantially between now and the Feast: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx.
Please update your registration at this time if your feast plans have changed.
In the coming weeks, a survey will be sent out regarding your plans to attend services, activities and more – this is very important for our planning purposes! More information will also be posted to the Lancaster Feast website as it becomes available.
Our goal as coordinators under these unique circumstances is to assist everyone in fulfilling God’s two primary commands for the Feast of Tabernacles: joining together in worship and rejoicing before the LORD!
Come to Lancaster and rejoice together with us in this unique, peaceful, and family oriented location. We are excited to come together to keep God’s Feast and look forward to seeing you there!
Steven Britt & Lewis VanAusdle
2020 Festival Coordinators for the Feast of Tabernacles - Lancaster, PA
Join us for a joyful Feast of Tabernacles in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as we look eagerly forward to the time when “everyone will sit under his vine and under his fig tree” (Micah 4:4 Micah 4:4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken it.
American King James Version×) in the soon-coming Kingdom of God! We will fulfill God’s commandment to worship and rejoice in the scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country, surrounded by serene rolling farmlands and covered bridges.
Services will be held daily at the Wyndham Lancaster Resort and Convention Center, with rooms available for $104 per night (plus 11% sales and hotel tax). The resort features an 18-hole golf course as well as basketball and tennis courts, walking trails, an indoor pool and other amenities. The Wyndham is situated right next to shopping outlets and numerous restaurants, as well as many historical and entertainment venues such as mini golf. Several attractions are within two miles of the hotel, including the Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s Biblical Tabernacle Reproduction, the Amish Farm and House, the American Music Theater and more! Also nearby is the Sight & Sound Theater, a biblical-themed playhouse that will be putting on a production of Queen Esther this year.
The Lancaster area offers many unique entertainment and cultural enrichment opportunities for all ages. Take in the beautiful countryside while riding a vintage steam engine on the Strasburg Railroad, the oldest continuously operating railroad in the western hemisphere, complete with a museum. Visit the Lancaster Central Market, which is the oldest continuously operated public farmers market in the United States, dating back to 1730! In nearby Hershey, Pennsylvania, take a stroll through Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical garden featuring flowers, shrubs, rare trees and a rose garden—and then stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World to create your own candy bar! Watch cheese, ice cream or furniture being made in one of the many factories in Lancaster County. And of course, no visit to Lancaster is complete without an authentic Amish buggy ride through the countryside and across the fields to an actual working Amish farm. For more information on Lancaster County attractions, visit www.lancasterpa.com and www.discoverlancaster.com.
The nearest commercial airport is 50 minutes away in Harrisburg (MDT). Also about 90 minutes away are Baltimore (BWI) airport and Philadelphia (PHL) airport. Expect average daytime temperatures of 65 degrees, with lows at night in the mid-40s.
We look forward to worshipping God together with you and your family this year in Lancaster!