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September 20, 2013

2013 Feast of Tabernacles in Germany

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The beautiful Black Forest in southern Germany was the site of the Feast for 223 brethren from 10 different countries.

After a very stormy arrival day, the Feast site was blessed with the most beautiful sunny weather for the entire eight days. The nice weather and beautiful scenery added to the focus of the Kingdom of God in this year's messages. The services were held in the village hall, which provided a beautiful view of the lake. The services were translated simultaneously into English or German as needed. The Feast began with rousing music, beautiful flowers and glowing candles, setting the stage for a wonderful Feast. Feast of Tabernacles 2013 The welcome evening provided us the opportunity to greet old friends and meet new ones. The German brethren expressed much gratitude to all the visitors who came from as far as Australia and the U.S., allowing them to have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles with lots of fellowship opportunities in a family atmosphere. The Feast activities began with a Bible study for the seniors, a horse carriage ride through the sunny Black Forest with the children and their parents and grandparents, and a youth activity that again challenged their go-kart driving skills. Frank McCrady presented a marriage seminar which was a great success and very much appreciated by the audience. This year's excursion tour took us to Freiburg, the sunniest city of Germany. There was also bowling for the seniors, volleyball, a women's breakfast, men's and women's discussions, hymn singing, variety show and dance evening. The youth had several interactive Bible studies, where they discussed how to develop a solid relationship with God and the process of conversion. There were three baptism ceremonies at the end of the Feast, two members from the Munich congregation and one member from the Darmstadt congregation. The farewell evening after the Last Great Day gave us the opportunity to say good-bye to each other. There were lots of handshakes and hugs as brethren departed after eight days of warm fellowship in a millennial setting.

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