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FEAST OF TABERNACLES When Messiah returns...a Festival the Whole World will Keep! ZECHARIAH 14

 

 

 

FEAST OF THE TABERNACLES (SUKKOT) 2021 – OXFORD, NC

The Great Awakening International in conjunction with the family of Great Awakening Assemblies will be celebrating the Feast of the Tabernacles September 19-22. Sukkot 2021 will be hosted by Moreh Elder Asa & Morah Lisa Demessie and the Great Awakening Assembly North Carolina. We celebrate this feast by not doing any servile work on the 1st or 8th day of the feast (no work) and having Holy Convocations in which we come together with worship service and feast for 8 days. The Family of Great Awakening Assemblies will be celebrating the first day of the Feast of the Tabernacles together at Retreat Oak Hill in Oxford, North Carolina September 19-22, 2021.

In Hebrew, the word for a single shelter is a sukkah—plural sukkot—so the holiday was called Sukkot in Hebrew. (Pronounced “sue-COTE”.)

Every year the Great Awakening get to stay outdoors with our family in a shelter (sukkah) you build and be reminded that all of life is temporary, but that you are heading toward the Promised Land.

(Did you know that Yahusha, whom the world call Jesus, celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles? Read about it in John 7.)

 

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Dear Participant,

We hope that you have found Sukkot 2021 to be an unforgettable experience. In this regard, we would be most grateful if you could provide feedback to us on your experience.

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SUKKOT (Sukkot = Temporary Dwellings)

 

13 “You shall keep the Feast of Sukkot seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress.14 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. 15 For seven days you shall keep the feast to YHVH your Elohim at the place that YHVH will choose, because  YHVH your Elohim will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.

16 “Three times a year all your males shall appear before YHVH your Elohim at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Matzot, at the Feast of Shavuot, and at the Feast of Sukkot. They shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of YHVH your Elohim that he has given you.

Sukkot is the only holiday that really encompasses two holidays: Seven days of Sukkot and one day of Shemini Atzeret [upon which we celebrate Simchat Torah]. Sukkot begins just five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot has the greatest number of unique mitzvot to fulfill on the holiday.

Prophetically, Sukkot/Tabernacles points to the millennial reign of Yahusha while also looking back to the Israelites post-Exodus journey through the wilderness, and commemorates what many believe to be the actual time of Messiah’s birth.  So as we assemble to worship our King as a Kingdom of Priests (Exodus 19:6. 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6), we will truly seek to manifest Heaven on Earth, all bringing our best and serving others with our gifts…the organic Ecclesia in action!

If you have some differences of opinion on calendric systems or the exact feast dates, we still invite you to join us. Seeking the unity of the Ruach (Spirit) in the bond of peace, loving one another, respecting each other’s walk with YHVH is emphasized and encouraged, even if some of us may differ in areas of understanding. We know that we all are a work in progress and we are called to humility, “considering one another better than ourselves” as is written in Philippians 2:3.

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Sukkot 2020 Immersions

IMMERSIONS

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. The Great Awakening will hold a lake immersion for all person who wants to be immersed. The immersion will take place at the Camp Oak Hill in Oxford, NC. Candidates will be baptized in the Name of the Messiah (Yahusha, Yahushua, or Yahshua). It is anticipated that over 100 people from across the country will take part in this charge to believers. Candidates must register below.

Please Click below and fill out all the required fields and click the SUBMIT button when done. Please submit one form per person.

Tour of Camp Oak Hill

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REGISTRATION

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Registration Fee:
$185.00 per person
Free for Ages 5 & Under
Registration fee includes a 3 day and 3-night sleeping accommodations, all meals, snacks, and activities.
Your registration includes the following:
  • 3 Night 3 Day Stay
  • All Activities
  • All Meals and Snacks Included
  • T-Shirt
There will be:
  • Celebrations for the entire family to enjoy
  • Children & Youth Workshops
  • Relationship (Marriage & Single) Workshop
  • Family Feast Days
  • Build your own Sukkah
  • Sleep in a Sukkah or Cabin
  • Sukkah Competition
  • Outdoor Celebrations & Bonfire Worship Sing-alongs
  • End Time Preparation Workshop
  • Biblical Teachings
  • Feast Meals
  • Bonfires under the stars
  • Fishing
  • Swimming /Recreational Activities
  • Campfires under the stars
  • Men & Women Only Cabins
  • Biblical Teachings
  • Sabbath Gathering

FEAST BENEVOLENCE

If you fellowship with any Great Awakening Assembly need some financial assistance in order to attend. Please contact any GAAI Moreh and he will submit your name to the Event and Feast Day Committee. We don’t want money to be a reason why someone is unable to feast with other believers…especially if you want to be immersed.

For those who can afford to help others, you can contribute a donation toward the feast-going fund to help anyone with the costs of attending. This fund is separate from the Event and Feast Committee operating expenses of the Great Awakening.

To contribute a donation to the Fund, you do so by clicking here.

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DESTINATION

Camp Oak Hill is nestled near Oxford, N.C., just an hour north of the Raleigh-Durham area, we are far enough to get away from everything but close enough to be convenient for a short retreat.

Camp Oak Hill
1528 Oak Hill Road
Oxford, NC 27565
Phone: 919-693-2990
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AIR TRAVEL

The closest major airport to Oxford, NC is

Raleigh-Durham International Airport which is 60 miles from Camp Oak Hill https://www.rdu.com/

Please let us know, flight arrivals/departures if needing transportation from/to airport.

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LODGING

All participants of Sukkot 2021 will be staying in personal tents and/or cabins. The 12 cabins can accommodate 225+ overnight guests at Camp Oak Hill in air-conditioned, traditional sleepaway camp-style cabins. Each cabin includes bunk beds with twin sized mattresses as well as dressers.

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DINING

Meals are normally served buffet style in the facility’s dining room which overlooks our spacious grounds. However, due to COVID restrictions, ALL MEALS WILL BE SERVED ON A TRAY. We will accommodate all types of special dietary needs. Vegan and Vegetarian meals available upon request. Upon finishing, Participants and their families are asked to place their trays on the carts provided.”
Breakfast: 8:00am
Lunch:  12:05pm
Dinner: 6:00pm

SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 19, 2021
10:00-12:00pm Arrival/Check-In Registration 
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch
1:00- 5:00pm Free-time 
 Building of Center Sukkah
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Welcome Gathering
After Dark Bonfire
Monday September 20, 2021
6:00am-7:00am Early Morning Prayer at the Center Sukkah
8:00am-9:30am Breakfast
10:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Financial Workshop
  • Youth/Children Workshop
  • Zaqen Clarence Jones
Noon to 1:00 pm Lunch 
1:00pm-4:00pm Free time
1:00pm-2:00pm Canoeing and Paddle Boats
4:00pm - 6:00pm 
  • Ancient Preppers (session)
  • Youth/Children
  • Music Workshop (Morah Chevon Jones)
6:00pm -7:15pm Dinner
7:30 pm
  • Significance of Sukkot
  • Night of Worship
  • Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Howard
  • Water Libations
  • Ingathering
  • Waving of Lulav at the Center Sukkah
After Worship/Bonfire
Tuesday September 21, 2021
(Tuesday is the High Sabbath not a travel day)
6:00am-7:00am Early Morning Prayer at Sukkah
7:00am–8:00am Lake Immersions
8:00am– 9:30 am Breakfast
10:00am-2:00pm 
Relationship Roundtable Youth/Children Session
Music Worship Workshop
12:00pm-3:00pm Cookout
3:00pm-6:00pm Free time
3:00pm-4:00pm Swimming
5:00pm-6:00pm Rites of Passage Ceremony
6:00pm–7:15pm Dinner
7:30pm Night of Worship
Speaker: Zaqen Asa Demessie
Bonfire near Sukkah
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Wednesday September 22, 2021
(Wednesday is the travel day)
8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
9:00am -10:00am Corporate prayer
10:00am-12:00pm Breakdown
Departure by 12 noon
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SET UP YOUR PERSONAL SUKKAH

Bring a tent or material to build your own Sukkah. We will not provide a tent/sukkah for you,
While no special talents are required to construct a Sukkah, a working knowledge of the relevant laws is a must to ensure that the Torah’s stringent requirements for a Sukkah are met. Here are the basics of which one must be aware before starting this project. Keep in mind that not only is sitting in the Sukkah a fulfillment of the mitzvah, but also everything involved in its construction is a mitzvah too.
  1. A valid Sukkah must consist of at least three walls. [In practice, this can be satisfied with two complete walls and a small segment of a third wall, which qualifies as a third wall.]
  2. Walls can be of any material, so long as they are sturdy enough to withstand a normal wind.
  3. One may incorporate walls of an existing structure into his Sukkah if desired. Some even use a thick hedge of bushes.
  4. The walls should be at least 38 inches high (3.2 ft.), but not higher than 30 feet.
  5. A regular tent should be suffice
Sukkah Dwelling 
The purpose of constructing the Sukkah is to use it as a dwelling, as the Torah writes, “For seven days you shall dwell in Sukkot.” We are expected to eat our meals in the Sukkah, sleep in it [in climates that allow for this] and carry out our daily functions.

The Great Awakening normally have quite a number of first-time feast-goers so if you are new to keeping this feast or new to camping in general, we provide plenty of support. We’ll have a team of people available to help you set up and there will be experienced mishpacha around to help you with any needs throughout your time there. 

Center Sukkah

Located in the center of Camp Oak Hill, the actual length and width of the tabernacle matches what is described in scripture. Only the height will be lower (9ft compared to 15ft). The “holy of holies” section will be a special area for personal prayer and the Torah will be read there 24/7 through a professional recording.

At the place where the altar would normally be, we will have a community campfire where we will have gatherings to give praise offerings and testimonies in the evenings. The campfire can also be used by anyone to gather & even cook their food while fellowshipping with others during the day.

The replica is for the purposes of teaching and memorializing YHVH’s ways (see Joshua 22:28), not for literal sacrifice or offering.

The tabernacle will be built before the feast begins. Come early (September 19th morning) if you want to assist in the building effort.

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Climate

The average temperature for this time of the year is lower to upper 70’s during the day and mid 50’s at night. It can get into the upper 80’s during the day or lower 40’s at night though so dress appropriately. Inclement weather is always possible (likely) so make sure your tent and other equipment is well prepared for wind and rain.

SUKKAH COMPETITION

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This year, the Great Awakening Event and Feast Day Committee team has come up with some fun and unique ways to join in celebrating the festivities for Sukkot 2021. Gather your family or close friends together for an amicable exhibit and competition of the most innovative sukkah. This fun event offers participants the chance to present innovative and original designs for a Sukkah that can be built by an individual, using materials and building methods that are sustainable and easily available. Each project will need to include details explaining the building method and the biblical story that motivated it.

The Zaqens (Elders) of the Great Awakening will select winning design submissions which will receive a prize.

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ACTIVITIES

 

Having Fun while observing Yahuah’s Feast Days are an integral part of Sukkot 2020! These activities provide opportunities for a range of interests and abilities.

Volleyball

Volleyball is always a fun way to learn new skills and build teamwork. That’s why we have 4 different volleyball nets at Camp Oak Hill. You can play in the gym, on sand, in grass, or even in the pool.

Gym

Located in their historic gym, many a good basketball game has happened there. Other fun gym games include dodgeball, wall-ball, four-square, knockout, relay races and volleyball!

Field Sports

Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, lacrosse, kickball, Spikeball, football, softball, tennis, and more! 

Arts & Crafts

You never know what will be created during arts & crafts. Decorate Sukkahs or make Sukkot bracelets are often a favorite, and fun to create!

Freedom of Choice (FOCs)

Each participant has the “freedom of choice” to select from a variety of options offered by the campgrounds on their talents and passions. Past options have included: acting/drama, gardening, bench-making, drumming, water step aerobics, a variety of sports and more!

Front Lawnin'

Ahhh, the most relaxing (or most intense) part of Sukkot 2020. No matter how you’re feeling the front lawn is perfect. Whether it is relaxing in a rocking chair enjoying the view and sitting on the dock fishing or leaping into the gaga pit for another round of fun or trying to become king in nine-square-in-the-air!

WATER ACTIVITIES

Pool

The newly-built pool, features “full-court” water basketball, volleyball, and a pair of water slides! A favorite feature is that it’s no more than 4ft deep everywhere, making the pool loads of fun even for smaller participants.

WHAT TO BRING

SUKKOT 2021 PACKING LIST

The following is recommended based on a Sunday-Wednesday stay at Sukkot 2021. Please adjust as needed.

TENT or RV or materials to build a SUKKAH

BEDDING

  • 1 blanket (lightweight) 
  • Full & Twin size sheet set
  • 1 pillow w/ pillowcase
  • 1 laundry bag (NO plastic bags)

TOILETRIES

  • Bath towels + 1 lake/pool towel
  • Washcloths
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Comb/Brush
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Shower Shoes (flip-flops work well)

CLOTHING

  • 4 changes of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts/gym shorts
  • 2 sets of clothes to get really dirty in
  • 1 poncho or raincoat
  • 1 pair tennis shoes/sneakers
  • 1 pair water shoes/flip-flops
  • 2 swimsuits (one-piece or tankini that covers midsection)
  • Sleepwear
  • Optional: sunglasses
  • Optional: 1 set of “nice” clothes, such as Polo/khakis, sundress, etc. to wear on closing night

OTHER ITEMS

  • Bible
  • Shofar
  • Flashlight
  • Insect Repellant
  • 1-2 Washable Face Masks
  • Optional: Water Bottle
  • Optional: Fishing equipment, camera

Because Sukkot was also about hospitality, bring stuff to share with another family. Who knows?

 

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