2016 Feast of Tabernacles Virginia Camp Out

Are you looking for a place to camp out this fall in honor of the Feast of TabernaclesPerhaps you might like to join my family and I on our private homestead in central Virginia on October 5-12, 2016.

Feast of Tabernacles Sukkot 2011 Our SukkahI must tell you, though, this will not be your typical Feast gathering.

Who We Are

My husband and I run our own online retail business from our home, while raising and home schooling our three children (ages: 12, 11, and 9) on a homestead in central Virginia. We have cows, goats, chickens, ducks and turkeys.

We are not congregational leaders, nor do we seek to be. While we were raised in a Christian environment and consider the Bible to be an authoritative text in our lives, we don’t ascribe to any particular religion or movement these days.

What We Believe

We recognize the Creator, whom we refer to as “Yahweh” (YHVH) as the Most High God, and do our best to walk according to His ways as we understand them. We also believe the Jesus of the Bible, whom we refer to as “Yeshua”, is the Messiah, the anointed man over all mankind. 

We are personally convicted regarding erecting any symbols as a form of religious service or respect to include crosses and stars of David. Therefore, we do not allow the public display of them anywhere on our land.

What We’re About

Our desire is to love our Maker with our whole heart, soul, mind and body and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are interested in like-minded fellowshipseeking Biblical truth, being held accountable, and encouraging one another on the road to life.

We recognize not everyone is on the same path as we are, but we believe that if we all fear the same Creator and strive to walk according to His ways to the best of our understanding and ability, then we can benefit from assembling with one another.

Given that, we’d like to assemble with others of like mind this fall on our country homestead.

Keep in mind, we hold to several unpopular notions, with the most controversial being:

We do not expect others to have to hold these similar views to be in fellowship with us, but we do expect others to accept who we are, and allow us to hold these positions without disdain, and we’ll do the same for others.

wigal10827161611bWhat We Have to Offer

Our homestead is on 16+ acres in rural central Virginia, southeast of Charlottesville.

In addition to our home, it includes rolling pastures, a fishing pond, a wooded area backed up to a nature preserve, a playground/tree house, and a climate-controlled meeting/dining facility with a full kitchen and 3/4 bathroom. (See more pictures on our 2016 Fall Campout Event page.)

We have the capability for RV hookups (with limited electricity) and several campsites throughout the property.

So, we’ve decided to offer our facilities (not including our main living quarters) as a host site for an 8-day camp out this fall to honor the Feast of Tabernacles.

What We are Not Offering

We are not a professional campground / retreat center. We do not have unlimited electricity or an endless supply of water (we presently operate the entire homestead on one deep well and stored rainwater).

We do have running hot and cold water in the community facility with a separate septic system dedicated to that facility, and we are anticipating having a few extra toilets (and sink), but there will only be one shower available for the event.

We are not a professional catering service. We have another kind of business to run 5 out of the 8 days during the event, so my husband and I will not be preparing any meals for the community. We also do not want to make this event cost-prohibitive for those who wish to attend, so we are not hiring any of the meals out.

Instead, we are working to help coordinate meals for the whole community and providing the ingredients and supplies with community support, so that the community will be able to serve one another in this capacity.

We are not responsible for providing speakers for the event.  Jackson Snyder and members of the Vero Yahad will be joining us for the entire event, and Jackson is coordinating the teaching/presentations. (See the current speaker lineup on our 2016 Fall Campout Event page.)

If you are interested in speaking at the event, please contact Jackson, and he’ll see about including you in the program. Attendance and/or participation is not required for any scheduled session.

We are not responsible for entertainment and childcare. However, we are willing to coordinate facilitating those who are interested in planning/leading or participating in particular activities/programs during the event. There are plenty of things we can do on the premises as well as nearby attractions.

Since we are opening our homestead to the public, we cannot guarantee the conduct of each member in attendance. All will be expected to exercise wisdom and sound judgment in community affairs, particularly surrounding the weaker members of the community.

I would hope all members in attendance would look out for one another, but ultimately each adult is responsible for his/her own individual and family’s behavior and well-being.

In Conclusion

I hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect with this event. We are down-to-earth, non-religious, yet set-apart from the world, kind of people. We are interesting because we don’t fit into any particular mold, and we are respectful and accepting of others who don’t think or believe exactly like us.

We would love to have those who can appreciate folks like us come camp with us!

If you are longing for a traditional “Hebrew Roots” experience in a Sukkot gathering, this may not be the place for you.

But if you are interested in…

  • Hanging out with people who seek to learn what the Bible and other related texts have to say,
  • Gaining more understanding from different perspectives of others on the road to life,
  • Gathering in a non-religious family-friendly setting, and
  • Enjoying the great outdoors in a relatively quiet rural environment,

Then this may be a good fit for you. 😉 If that’s the case, then please add your name to our 2016 Fall Camp Out Email List, and we’ll keep you informed of the details as the event draws near.

About Messyanic

Homesteading Wife, Homeschooling Mom and perpetual Bible student, continually taking the road less traveled. (@messyanic)
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6 Responses to 2016 Feast of Tabernacles Virginia Camp Out

  1. George says:

    The Messiah is the product of the natural order: a man knowing a woman.

    Yours most certainly is not a Biblically based view as you well know…

    Mat_1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

    Isa 7:14 Therefore Hashem Himself shall give you an ot (sign); Hinei, HaAlmah (the unmarried young virgin) shall conceive, and bear Ben, and shall call Shmo Immanu El (G-d is with us)

    Very generous of ya’ll to host an invite to the Fall Feast.
    I prefer to spend mine with believers and students of the Word of YHVH.

    • Messyanic says:

      Hi George, I understand we hold a non-traditional view, but the reason is *because we are* students of the Word of YHVH.

      The author of Matthew (not the angel of YHVH) is making a connection between what was transpiring in the previous verses with what the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 7:14 and thereafter. If we go back to Isaiah and study out what transpired there, we see a sign was being given to *the house of David* that “a virgin shall be with child and shall bring forth a son”. Although it says they shall call his name “Emmanuel”, it was not referring to the child’s real name or his physical nature (as demonstrated by what follows in chapter 8), but rather what the bringing forth of this child will *signify*…that Elohim was with them.

      It seems to me that Matthew was alluding to the bringing forth of Yeshua as being a sign/signal to signify that Elohim was with the house of David, since the angel just got done telling Joseph the son that was going to be brought forth was to be named Yeshua because he will save his people from their sins. <- A demonstration that Elohim was them. That's my short answer. 😉 If you would like to discuss it further, we can do so on a more relevant post. But if not, that’s fine too.

      I understand the desire to be in fellowship with others of like mind, especially for a gathering honoring the Feast of Sukkot. This is why I wrote the above post. For me, it’s not so much that we find others who believe *exactly like us* to camp out with, but who are on the same road to life and open to diversity in understanding as we all seek to learn what the Bible says and walk according to the Creator’s ways.

  2. George says:

    The first comment is your doctrine, not mine! Jus so folks know!!

  3. ty says:

    I suggest a little more study because making the image of a man into that of the Most High is dangerous ground, in my opinion.

  4. Avi Day says:

    Also George, the Hebrew word “Almah” can be used to refer to any young unmarried woman. Not just a virgin. But we all know this is a very contentious point in our study. So rather than taking a gamble on the meaning of one word in the Nevi’im, why not view the later scripture through the lense of Torah and eliminate any contradiction in the doctrine that would develop otherwise?

  5. Renee Miller says:

    This all sounds wonderful. YHVH’s providence, however, has not provided opportunity to attend. May YHVH grant y’all a blessed, fruitful experience. Hopefully there will be opportunities to fellowship in the future. Thank you for sharing, not just your physical blessings, but for sharing your study information as well. Peace be with you and upon your house. Amen.

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