Attendance averaged 285, with a high attendance of 374 on the morning of the Eighth Day. The Friday night Bible study given by Darris McNeely featured the very timely subject of prophecy: “Why Europe Matters.”
Approximately one-half of the attendees were senior citizens, and they were treated to a delicious luncheon on the Monday of the Feast. Several teen and preteen activities were held, including two preteen Bible lessons, one teen Bible study and two more teen Bible discussions. Recreational activities included a trip to Scene 75 and an afternoon at the Newport Aquarium as well.
On family day, we were treated to a wonderful performance by the children’s choir. Our young ones poured their hearts out in praise to God! After services we had the “stuffed animal giveaway.” Brethren donated millennial type stuffed toys, and each child collected both a large and a small animal. Expectant mothers were also asked to take a toy to give to their soon-to-be little Feastgoer! Family day concluded with a country music session.
Tuesday evening featured a movie night—a classic film, Royal Wedding, was shown. Moviegoers were treated to free popcorn.
The generosity of Christ’s brethren was demonstrated in many ways. One area dealt with the Feast food drive. Many items of food (plus cash) were donated and went to the Christian Help Center, a non-profit organization which serves hundreds of families in need in the area.
Just as the Eighth Day began, we had a hymn sing. It was wonderful to hear God’s people rejoicing on this day by praising the Father and Jesus Christ in song on this wonderful Holy Day.