Coming from nine nations, 49 people attended the 2023 Feast of Tabernacles in Tallinn, Estonia. This capital city of Estonia is on the shore of the Baltic Sea across the bay from Finland and adjacent to Latvia and Russia. The city of Tallinn has a population of 454,000 and is the main financial, industrial and cultural center of Estonia.
The attendees enjoyed group breakfasts and dinners. All meetings were held in the Feast venue—the Centennial Hotel. On the evening after the first Holy Day, the Feastgoers became acquainted with each other at a get-to-know-you event and games night. Participants rotated from table to table to exchange information with other attendees. The evening continued on with table games and karaoke.
The initial weather forecast showed rain projected for every day of the Feast. However, in a remarkable turn of events, rain was quite limited and did not hinder Feast activities. The walking tour of Old Town Tallinn, a medieval city, guided by Toomas Schvak, a local Estonian attendee, was quite popular. A mosaic of shops and restaurants in Old Town Tallinn are within walking distance of the Feast venue. A bus tour included historical sites and museums hosted by a local Estonian attendee.
The sermonettes and sermons encouraged everyone to greater understanding and service. A Bible study was held that focused on personality traits and how understanding those traits may affect pre-marital selection and marital enjoyment. Another Bible study considered how personality traits affect our decision-making process and how those traits can be utilized in the millennial Kingdom of God.
We are now planning for the 2024 Feast of Tabernacles in Estonia and how best we can serve the scattered Scandinavian and East European brethren.