The Ranchehouse was superb, private and spacious for all of our activities. The hall features a wall of windows giving Feastgoers a panoramic view of the foothills and Rocky Mountains.
Cochrane itself has the benefits of a small town and is well situated between Calgary, the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, which gave families the opportunity to take afternoon trips to the mountains, including Banff and Lake Louise, as well as take in all that the town of Cochrane and the city of Calgary have to offer. Feastgoers also enjoyed the many wonderful ethnic restaurants in Cochrane.
There were 160 attendees who took in spiritually filled sermons and inspiring special music. Eighty-two enjoyed a festival dinner on Canadian Thanksgiving Day followed by a dance. Seniors enjoyed three come-and-go events where they could fellowship and play cards and games. The teens and young adults spent an afternoon five-pin bowling, a new experience for our American friends! Families went to the Calgary Zoo, went horseback riding and spent time at the aquatic center in Cochrane. Others took their children to a petting zoo and a trampoline park.
On Friday evening we ushered in the Sabbath with a hymn sing that lasted for two hours.
At services the atmosphere was warm and cooperative. The Ranchehouse staff was very accommodating, making our Feast experience even better. The Ranchehouse events planner had tears in her eyes as we were all leaving the last day.
She said that she could feel a special umbrella-like presence over the convention center for the eight days, and it was the best eight days of her entire working career. She had never seen so many smiling, happy people. Prior to our arriving she said she was not sure if she believed, but by the time the Feast was over she knew that God’s presence was there.
All in all, we experienced a spirit of unity while strengthening our vision and hope of a glorious future.
It was simply a great Feast of Tabernacles.