Passover & Unleavened Bread Festival 2020

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If your local authority has not banned travel, please contact the administrator
of the festival site you wish to visit. Some have been cancelled, while others
hope to go ahead with a limited number of people in attendance.
Several will be providing live video broadcasts of services every day,
and links to these will be posted on the Live Broadcasts page.

CANADA

Lomond, Alberta   Venue : Southern Alberta Bible Camp
Yisrael Canada   April 2-9
   Festival Info

Westbridge, British Columbia   Venue : Camp Tamiyd, Rendell Creek Rd.
His Truth Seekers Ministry   April 8-15   Festival/Campsite Info

EUROPE

Nottingham, England   Venue : CoY, 27A Carlton Road, Sneinton.
Congregation of Yahweh (UK)   April 7-13   Festival Info

UNITED STATES

Montgomery, Alabama   Venue : Montgomery Church
The Living God Ministries   April 7-15   Passover Info   Festival Info

Harrisburg, Arkansas   Venue : Harrisburg 7th Day Church of God
Harrisburg 7th Day Church of God   April 7-15   Festival Info

Big Bear Lake, California   Venue : Big Bear Lake
Kingdom Thoughts   April 7-15   Festival Info

Murrieta, California   April 7,9,11,12,15   Venue : Rock Valley Church
Rock Valley Christian Church   Festival Info  

Terra Bella, California   Venue : Terra Bella – free campground
Bible Explorations   April 7-15   Festival & Campsite Info

Dalton, Georgia    Venue : Hilton Garden Inn
Intercontinental Church of God   April 11-12   Festival Info

Woodstock, Illinois   Venue : Home of Brian & Samantha Hoeck
Truth on the Web Ministries   April 7-15   Festival Info

Comstock Park, Michigan   Venue & Visitor Info : Little Pine Island Camp
Bible Family Fellowship – Festival Info   April 7-15

Holts Summit, Missouri    Venue : YRM – campground, RV & tent sites.
Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry   April 7-15   Festival Info

Rocheport, Missouri   Venue : YAIM – free campground.
Yahweh’s Assembly in Messiah   April 7-15   Festival Info

Billings, Montana   Venue : Eternal Church of God
Eternal Church of God   April 7-15   Festival Info

Polson, Montana   April 9-15   Venue : t.b.a.
YHWH is 1   Festival Info   Visitor Info

Scottsbluff, Nebraska   Venue : t.b.a.
Outreach Ministries   April 9-11   E-mail for Festival Info

Asheville, North Carolina   Venue : Blue Ridge Assembly
Messianic Torah Observant Israel   April 8-16   Festival Info    

Roseburg, Oregon   Venue : Ministry Center in Roseburg
Lighted Way Ministries   April 9-15   Festival Info – t.b.a.

Turner, Oregon   Venue : Aldersgate Camp & Retreat
Torah to the Tribes   April 2-5   Festival Info

Dandridge, Tennessee   Venue/Visitor Info : Mountain Lake Ranch 
The Third Angel’s Message   April 8-15   Festival Info

Knoxville, Tennessee   Venue : Chilhowee Mountain Retreat
7th Day Church of God   April 8-15   Festival Info

Helenville, Wisconsin   Venue : Lighthouse Farm
Hal & Scarlet Geiger   April 9-15   Festival Info

Past Observance of the Festival
How many know that the Radio Church of God celebrated this festival for the full 7 days – like the Feast of Tabernacles? Then in 1968 (when the church was renamed Worldwide) all the Passover/Unleavened Bread festival sites were discontinued.
How many understand why Herbert Armstrong did this?
The May, 1962, issue of The Good News magazine reported on Gods Passover Observed World-wide. This article was written by Evangelist Roderick C. Meredith. Over 10,000 brethren of the Radio Church of God in seven major Festival locations in America, plus others in England, Australia, and around the world, observed a glorious Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Unlike the common practice today of having Passover and Night to Be Remembered locally in homes, and perhaps Holy Day services on the first and last days of unleavened bread, the practice then was to observe an eight-day festival with the whole church in central places, with multiple sermons and Bible Studies every day, just like the Feast of Tabernacles.”
(Days of Zeal Gone By, Richard Nickels)
In 1952 Herbert and Loma Armstrong travelled to Gladewater, Texas, for Passover and the 1st holy day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. They were overwhelmed by the large numbers who came, not only from Texas, but as far afield as Wisconsin and Michigan.
As they were returning home to Pasadena,
Herbert Armstrong wrote:
“We know now – God has shown us plainly and unmistakably – that we must have an adequate place of our own in this central location for the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread EVERY YEAR.
There were probably a few hundred others who would have wanted to be at this Festival this week, had they known in time, and if we had an adequate assembly place for so many to meet …
The proper place for meetings of this kind is not an expensive brick or stone or concrete church building on a main corner of a city in all the traffic and noise of the world – but to get CLEAR AWAY FROM THE WORLD – out into God’s own open beautiful nature, utterly secluded from the world!
Next Spring, we shall plan a full eight-day festival, to last thru the entire seven days of unleavened bread following the Passover, and all who plan to come are urged now, with a year ahead to plan, to start laying plans to come for the entire eight days …
Yes, this opens up AN ENTIRE NEW PHASE of God
s great work. This will provide a place for annual great conclaves of God’s people, where many who cannot come as far as Pasadena can meet together at Gods great festivals. What has happened assures that in a year or two there will be several hundred attending. WHAT A BLESSING THIS WILL BE! We who are co-workers together need to MEET TOGETHER as often as possible. The United States is a great nation, and we live long distances apart. We cannot all meet together every Sabbath. But most of us can, and WILL, meet and feast together in these SPIRITUAL feasts which God has appointed, and where we have HIS VERY OWN INVISIBLE PRESENCE with us!”
The Radio Church of God continued observing both festivals at many regional feast sites for the full 7 days until 1967. Why was observance of the full 7–day observance discontinued in 1968? Herbert Armstrong’s wife Loma died in 1967 and, lacking her counsel, he was quickly persuaded that maximizing church income for “the Gospel” should in future be the priority.
The article
Days of Unleavened Bread – How Should They Be Observed? [p.4] by the Church of God the Eternal (supporting the change to observing only the 2 high days), explains:
“Many Church of God members remember the marvellous spiritual sermons and exciting fellowship that went along with this festival. But some time during the mid-sixties, the practice was discontinued … the receipt of income for “the Gospel” was appreciably reduced each Spring, because most of the members did not receive any salary or wages during the week they attended the seven Days of Unleavened Bread. Consequently, tithes and offerings dropped off alarmingly in the Spring … It was felt by Mr. Armstrong that if the Gospel were to continue to go forth with growth and power, the membership would have to be in a financial position to contribute heavily. The observance of the Days of Unleavened Bread for the full seven days was thwarting this effort.”

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