Passover-Unleavened Bread Festival 2019

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The festival will be observed for the full seven days at the sites listed below.
The red number after the dates is the calendar method.
Those marked [7] take place in March –
which is explained on the
Church of God News
Biblical Calendar 2019 pages.
Festival Weather : enter city/town for next 14 days detailed forecast.


Brooks, Alberta   Venue: Dinosaur Provincial Park
Dahl Family   April 3-11 
[-]   Festival & Campsite Info

Westbridge, British Columbia   Venue: Camp Tamiyd, Rendell Creek Rd.
His Truth Seekers Ministry   April 19-27
[2]   Festival/Campsite Info


Passover Pilgrimage : Jerusalem & Galilee   April 19-29 [5]
Congregation of Yahweh (Jerusalem)   Festival & Tour Info


Nottingham, England   Venue: 27A Carlton Road, Sneinton.
Congregation of Yahweh (UK)   April 18-25 [2]   Festival Info


Harrisburg, Arkansas   Venue: Harrisburg 7th Day Church of God
Harrisburg 7th Day Church of God   April 18-26 
[2]   Festival Info

Big Bear Lake, California   Venue : Big Bear Lake
Kingdom Thoughts   April 18-26 
[2]   Festival Info

Terra Bella, California   Venue: Terra Bella – free campground
Bible Explorations   April 20–27 [6]   Festival & Campsite Info

Craigmont, Idaho   Venue: Seekers of Yahweh Study Hall
Seekers of Yahweh Ministries   April 19–27 [6]   Festival Info

Woodstock, Illinois   Venue: Home of Brian & Samantha Hoeck
Truth on the Web Ministries   March 23-29 [7]   Festival Info

New Orleans, Louisiana   April 1-7 [-]   Festival Info
Nation of YHWH   Venue: Neo Jazz School of Music, 1683 N. Claibourne Avenue.

Berkley, Michigan   Apr.20-26 [5]   Venue: Bet Yeshurun, 1728 Stanford Road.
Bet Yeshurun Messianic Assembly   Festival Info   Visitor Info

Bagley, Minnesota    Venue: 14340 Glacier Road, Clearbrook.
Minnesota Passover   Apr.19-25 [2]

Branson, Missouri   April 18-26 [2]   Venue: Grand Plaza Hotel
Feast of Unleavened Bread – Festival Info   Visitor Info

Holts Summit, Missouri    Venue : YRM – campground, RV & tent sites.
Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry  
March 22-28 [7]   Festival Info

Rocheport, Missouri   Venue: YAIM – free campground.
Yahweh’s Assembly in Messiah   March 22-28 [7]   Festival Info

Billings, Montana   Venue: Eternal Church of God
Eternal Church of God   April 18-26
[2]   Festival Info

Polson, Montana   April 21-27 [6]   Venue : t.b.a.
YHWH is 1   Festival Info   Visitor Info

Asheville, North Carolina   Venue : Blue Ridge Assembly
Messianic Torah Observant Israel   April 19-28 
[2]   Festival Info

Washington Court House, Ohio   Venue: Enduring Hope Assembly
Yahweh’s Obedient Servants Ministry  
March 22-28 [7]   Festival Info

Molalla, Oregon   Venue: Molalla Retreat
Torah to the Tribes   April 2-5 [-]   Festival Information

Roseburg, Oregon   Venue : Lighted Way Ministries
Lighted Way Ministries   April 20-28
[6]   Festival Info

Knoxville, Tennessee   Venue : Chilhowee Mountain Retreat
7th Day Church of God   April 20–27 [6]   Festival Info

Mountain City, Tennessee   Venue/Visitor Info: Cherokee Cove
The Third Angel’s Message   April 19-27 [6]   Festival Info

Rising Star, Texas   Venue: AoY 7th Day – 8pm daily.
Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day   April 19-27
[6]   Festival Info

Vancouver, Washington   Venue: Clark County Holiness Camp, 6407 NE 105th Ave.
Heritage House Ministries  April 21-27 [4]   Passover Info   Festival Info

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin   Venue : Christmas Mountain Village
Tom & Marlene Kerestes – Hal Geiger   April 21-27 
[2]   Festival Info

Observance of Passover/Unleavened Bread – Past and Present

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 Gods 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.”
The larger off-shoots of the Worldwide Church of God follow Mr Armstrong
s lead, but a number of small groups (many of whom were never part of Worldwide) continue to sponsor 7-day festival sites, and several of them provide live daily broadcasts of services for those unable to attend this festival.

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