Our merciful Father blessed us abundantly with beautiful weather, warm fellowship, spiritually-enriching messages and protection during this year’s Holy Day season. We had an average attendance of 250 people each day, with a high of 323 people on the first day of the Feast.
Throughout the week, brethren spent their time visiting the nearby attractions and fellowshipping. Like any city, Cincinnati boasts interesting tours, buildings, zoos, aquariums, museums and other activities. But what really seemed to stand out was the attitude of togetherness among God’s children and their joyous love for God and His plan.
Our scheduled activities were jam-packed with fun and fellowship, and the family day was particularly enjoyable for everyone! We filled almost all the lanes of a bowling alley where we engaged in healthy competition, fellowship and joy—and ate lots of pizza. There were smiles on all of the faces (including the bowling alley employees!). Many ventured throughout the week to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, all returning in awe of the beauty and size of the Ark and artwork that went into the museum itself. What a wonderful physical experience to recall when studying God’s Word!
The week of the Feast of Tabernacles seemed to pass by too quickly, and we found ourselves at the eve of the Eighth Day. We ushered in the joyous day with a hymn-sing, where we sang for an hour and a half straight! You could feel the love the brethren had for God through their songs of praise. It was a perfect way to start the Eighth Day! We had double services on the Eighth Day and a luncheon in between where we continued our laughter and fellowship. Throughout the week we were presented with powerful, inspiring messages, giving us plenty of material to take home and study during the upcoming weeks. As always, it was sad to say goodbye to new friends and old, but we all departed rejuvenated and uplifted—filled with renewed hope in God’s plan of salvation for mankind!