United Church of God

2019 Feast of Tabernacles: Midland, Ontario

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2019 Feast of Tabernacles

Midland, Ontario

Our meeting hall again was in the Quality Inn, where the majority of Feast guests lodged. The hotel featured a verdant and glass-enclosed atrium where guests gathered for breakfast each day. The facility provided us much flexibility for our services and activities, giving us an all-inclusive feel. 

The vivid autumn colors were at their height and provided a vibrant backdrop to the many lakeside walking trails available. The quaint downtown streets of Midland were artistically enhanced by murals depicting the town’s history and surrounding region. Restaurants and shops punctuated the streets, making for an enjoyable excursion.

The activities were well attended. The meet-and-greet featured an opportunity for fellowship and snacks during the evening of the first Holy Day. The hymn-sing gave an occasion for the musically expressive to vocalize and socialize. A bus tour was arranged as an unofficial activity for those who wanted to see Algonquin Provincial Park. Family Day was creatively designed to allow participation by people of all ages. We also gathered in the atrium for a game night where a broad range of games were played.

Mr. Aaron Dean conducted the Friday evening Bible study in which he covered the book of Ruth. The two teen activities included a Bible study and games afternoon with a backyard fire complete with s’mores, and an afternoon of go-carting.

On Sabbath morning a senior’s brunch was arranged. Mr. David Metzel gave an encouraging reminder of the need to keep serving regardless of our age. On Saturday evening we enjoyed a variety night which included vocal solos, poems, group songs and musical pieces.

Finally, on the Eighth Day, many brethren took advantage of the Last Great Day Luncheon which allowed for a convenient way to enjoy one last meal together.

As in previous years we contributed back to the Midland community by collecting for the local food bank. A number of visitors took advantage of the Midland location by visiting Niagara Falls either before or after the Feast.

Brethren commented on how enjoyable it was to be able to meet so many people from such a broad range of age groups. We look forward to seeing returnees and new attendees next year.