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2016 Feast of Tabernacles Report: Steamboat Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.

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2016 Feast of Tabernacles Report

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.

Most who come to Steamboat for the Feast stay in the Steamboat Grand Hotel, where all services are held. Outside the hotel, majestic landscapes, a tranquil and charming town, and seasonable weather (with even a little snow on one day) provided a beautiful backdrop for this year’s Feast. Inside the hotel warm and cooperative attitudes, inspiring messages that focused on God’s plan for mankind, and a spirit of unity and rejoicing helped us picture and long for the coming Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. 

Daily church services, which had a high attendance of 387 on the first Holy Day, were supplemented by youth education lessons on two days of the Feast, as well as young adults, teen, and general Bible studies. Spiritually we were all well fed by many fine messages.

This year the Feast was blessed with an abundance of musical talent. The 52-member choir and other vocal groups provided a wide variety of inspiring special music. An orchestra and ensembles of various musical instruments accompanied daily hymns and provided offertory music.

Outside of church services, attendees enjoyed a variety of planned group activities as well as exploring the area. The small town of Steamboat Springs has many fine restaurants and quaint shops. Nearby you can take in the beauty of a majestic waterfall, enjoy natural hot springs, horseback ride through the hills and hike through many beautiful nearby attractions.

Scheduled group activities included an afternoon of ice skating and bumper cars at the local ice arena, of which we had exclusive use. The well attended family dance was combined with a game night this year. The evening allowed everyone to enjoy dancing, playing their favorite games, enjoy fellowship, or a combination of all three. Family day was held at a local bowling alley, which was also reserved for our exclusive use. From the very young to teens to young adults and those “up in years,” everyone seemed to enjoy bowling, along with the pizza, tacos and fellowship.

On the seventh day of the Feast, the senior lunch was enjoyed by our seniors. That evening, as the Eighth Day began, several gathered together for a “hymn sing” to praise, glorify and thank God. It was an energizing and inspirational event, led by a variety of song leaders who were in attendance at the Feast.

A rich history of the Feast of Tabernacles is being forged in Steamboat Springs, where the Feast has now been held for 15 years in a row. We are thankful to God for the experience of the Feast of Tabernacles each year. This year He blessed us with a good foretaste of the unity, peace, accord and great attitudes of service and joy that will mark His Kingdom. We hope that many more will take the opportunity to observe the Feast here in this beautiful setting, where God has “placed His name” for many years.