41781 Rd. 142, Orosi, Ca. 93647 bryan@growingintorah.com

Sukkot

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Introduction

Hebrew Roots Bible Study (HRBS) Orosi would like to invite you to Sukkot 2017!

Sukkot is the last of the seven festivals of the Creator that He established for His people Israel.  If you are new to the feast days that the Father commanded in scripture or have been keeping them your whole life, we want to welcome you to come rejoice along with us.

This festival is FOR YOU!

No matter who you are, if you serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father has made an appointment with you to REJOICE  for seven days in all the things He has given you and done for you.   (ESV) Lev. 23:33 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month and for seven days is the Feast of Booths[e] to the Lord.   –    Lev.37 “These are the appointed feasts of the Lord… – Lev.40 And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. 41 You shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.   

Worried that it’s just for Israel and not you?  No need to worry!  (ESV) 3: 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

All that to say… Get ready to Rejoice with us as we lift up the name of YHVH in praise for His mighty works.

Register as soon as you can since space is very limited.  Even if you have come previous years, it is on a first come first serve basis and we are cutting off registration to no more than 350 people. Registration closes 9/12/2017.

 

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Planning and Rules

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Please Read the full document including the Sukkot Rules at the bottom which you will have to sign that you have read later on in the registration process.

Registration:

Registration is mandatory whether you are coming one day or all the days, because we expect to be at full capacity.  Because this celebration is taking place at a 10 acre residence, we do not have the ability to have a very large crowd and therefore must limit the registrations.  So it is mandatory that you register, and best if you register early.  After you have registered, please let us know immediately if you realize you can’t make it so we can give your spot/s to someone else. Registration closes 9/12/2017.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee is $65/person for up to 5 people who live in the same household. (More than 5 in the same immediate family household are free). Children 5 years and under are free.  We have had to raise the fee a little more this year, but with this new fee we are confident that we will be finally covering the costs of Sukkot and not a burden to HRBS, GIT or other activities that we are involved in.   We have this fee to try to at least cover the minimal costs such as the meeting tent, electricity, maintenance, kitchen facilities, county fees and more.  Many have asked over the years what are needs are. To give you a little better idea of that, here are just a few items.  We recently spent $13,000 for county fees, we need to pump two septic systems each year, $5000 for required surveying and permits, and we anticipate at least $3,000-$5,000 for renovating our bathrooms to meet code. While some of this is not directly involved in putting “on”sukkot, it certainly is part of what makes sukkot a reality. This is also certainly not a complete list, however we are very pleased that we are able to keep the costs under $8/day.  This year we are also having to add a $10/night fee to those staying in RVs to help cover the extra cost of electricity and space used.  I hope this helps in your understanding why we charge what we do.

We want to encourage all who come to take in consideration additional monies for food and for a gift.  We feel that scripture supports each of us making the preparations for this.  Imagine if you will going to Jerusalem.  As the scripture below indicates, you would be taking with you a gift in accordance with how you have been blessed throughout the year.  After you have given the gift, you still are wanting to celebrate by purchasing  food and other things that enhance the joy of the celebration.  We have found that it costs approximately $3.50  – $4.00 per plate to feed everyone. For instance, if you are staying the full length of time this year there will be 19 or so meals served.  This may be helpful to you as you prepare to come and determine what to give for food and for an additional gift.

Discount Available!  There will be a 10% discount on the registration fee for all who come for the workday  which is scheduled for Sept. 3rd.  The fee will be reimbursed to you after your participation.  It is such a fun time to come together and work shoulder to shoulder we really wanted to encourage all to take part!

Deuteronomy 16:13-17 13 “You shall celebrate the Feast of Booths seven days after you have gathered in from your threshing floor and your wine vat; 14 and you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns. 15 “Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you shall be altogether joyful. 16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. 17 “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. NAS.

All that to say:

Please bring, (or send in advance), a gift of money (this is over and above the registration fee) in accordance with the scripture above, and I know YHVH will bless us with a fantastic celebration.

Please Note: You need to register even if you are only spending a few evenings with us.  No one is allowed in the camp without registering.  This is for planning and security reasons.  The registration fee covers you for one day, or every day.

Arrival & Departure Times/Address:

Arrival time for Sukkot 2017 is at noon or after, on Oct. 5th.  Departure is no later than October 15th.  The only exception to this is if you are part of the Set-Up or Tear-Down crew. Please consider volunteering for one of these, especially Tear-Down, as it is a big job. Because Sukkot ends on the evening going into a regular Sabbath (Oct. 13th),  we are allowing you to stay on the 14th (Shabbat) so you don’t have tear down on Shabbat.  Keep in mind that you will be on your own for food  on the 14th however there is a good chance there will be leftovers from the week which we will be happy to set out.

The address is: 41781 Rd. 142 Orosi, CA 93647

T-ShirtT-shirts/Cups:

This year we are giving you the option of purchasing a t-shirt/sweatshirt and cup with logo on it.  You will be given the opportunity to purchase these as an additional item to your registration fee.  T-shirts are $25 for short and long sleeve, Sweatshirts are $30 and Travel Mug style cups are $10   We do not provide any disposable cups, so it is very important for you to bring a cup if you do not purchase one.   All T-shirts will be 100% cotton.  The sweatshirts may be a cotton/polyester blend.  To view the design, go to the registration and view it there.

Meals:

We are providing two meals a day, a breakfast and dinner.  There is no charge for either of these meals, but again we ask you to consider a donation that reflects this.  Remember Ice for coolers is available at the corner market only a ¼ mile away.  The ice machine in the drink area is for use by the kitchen and for your drinks if you like, but please don’t use it for you coolers.

If you are a vegetarian, don’t worry, we always have a lot of salad and fruit available, and will plan the main dishes with options as well.  If your dietary needs go beyond that, i.e. Vegan or strictly Kosher, (we will serve “Biblically clean food”, not necessarily Rabbinically Kosher food) you might want to bring some of your own food.  Keep in mind that our refrigeration capacity is very limited so you should also plan on bringing some type of cooler.  There is a country market that sells ice about a quarter mile away and a Wal-Mart not much farther than that.  It is very important that you bring your own plates, bowls, and eating utensils, because none will be provided.  We will provide sinks and detergent for you to wash your own dishes.  Plan on having some “kitchen duty”.  This is one of the most enjoyable parts of Sukkot….working with and getting to know each other better.

Pets:

We strongly encourage you to make other arrangements for pets at home, but if that is not possible, there are a few simple rules.  All pets must remain on a leash at all times when not in your tent or trailer.  You may bring a small “dog run” to keep them penned in if you would like.  They are not allowed in the common areas at any time. (Meeting tent, kitchen or eating area).   There will be a designated area for “potty walks”. If your dog has a tendency to bark when there is a lot of commotion, or when people are walking by your tent or rv, please make other arrangements or you will be asked to move to the other side of the property.

Hotels:

If you do not plan on camping with us, there are two nice hotels only 10 min. from our site.  Here is the information you will need to make a reservation with them.

Best Western Americana Inn

www.bestwesterncalifornia.com

1450 S Alta Ave
Dinuba, CA 93618-3802
(559) 595-8401

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
DINUBA WEST

375 S. ALTA AVE
DINUBA, CA 93618 UNITED STATES

Hotel Front Desk: 559-595-1500 | Hotel Fax: 559-595-1515

RV’s

We do have designated RV parking.  Our parking area is not fancy, but you are welcome to bring your RV.  This year we are having to implement a $10/night fee to help defray our costs and space usage as we continue to grow in the rv area. Our hook-ups are limited.  Most parking spots will have electricity available if you bring a long extension cord; however, we ask that you do not use your A/C as that would overload our system.  We do not have the large 30 amp rv electrical outlets, so please bring an adapter to adapt to a regular outlet. If you have need of your heater please be prepared to use your propane heater and not your electric heater.  This also applies to your water heater.  We should have enough electrical power to run your fans if all are frugal with their electrical use. I am sure we can keep your fresh water tanks full, but you will probably not be able to have full-time hook-up to water. It is a good idea to bring a “Y” to split off of a water valve.  Dumping – Unfortunately, the only way to dump your black water tank will be for you to move your RV to my dumping station about 100 yards from where the RV’s are parked. Some spots will have the ability to dump their gray water onto the ground where they are parked, but please check with someone first as it is important for it to be drained in the drainage ditch.  There is a portable dump tank available, but please make sure you understand how to use it as we do not want to have any accidents.

Showers:

There are showers available, but limited hot water, so be prepared to take super short showers to conserve hot water.  There is always a hose available……..if you are not laughing, see “Hotels” above :).

Laundry:

There are a couple of Laundromats available only a few minutes away from camp. We do have a limited number of washer/dryer units available near the women’s shower area which you are welcome to use, but some of them only have cold water to wash with.  There is a clothes line available also.

What to Bring:

Tent or RV or materials to build a Sukkah, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, flashlights, Bibles, notebooks, pens/pencils, games, toiletries, towels, washcloths, snacks, plates, bowls and eating utensils, coolers, insect repellent, sunblock, LAWN CHAIRS, folding tables (if you have them it would help).

Conversations and Round Table Times

Remember this is a time of rejoicing unto the Father.  Let’s make sure we keep it that way with words of encouragement and topics of discussion that do not lead to controversy and debate.  There is plenty of time for that in our local fellowships and other events.  We are commanded to rejoice at the feast; we hope and trust that we will spur each other on to do that every day.  There are usually times available for you to sign up to facilitate a round table discussion; it is important that the focus remains on topics of encouragement and rejoicing and not controversial.  Signup sheet will be near the kitchen area all week.

Marketplace:

We are planning to have a marketplace available for people who would like to share their skills and products with other attendees.  Make sure you select the option to “get more information” on the registration form if you are interested in having a table.

Other Needs:

If you are a person who is gifted with working with children, there is always a big need for activities (crafts, games, etc.) for them.  The same applies with the youth. We always have a great time with skits and family fun, so if you have any ideas please let us know.  It is always so wonderful to see people pitching in with all kinds of talents.  Please email us at info@reedleyhrbs.com  to let us know in advance what you have so we can try to work it into the schedule.  One of the great things about our Sukkot celebration is seeing people come, bringing what they have to offer, and not just sitting back wanting to be “entertained”.

Questions?

The best way to reach us is via email at info@reedleyhrbs.com; however, if you need to call/text, we can be reached at 559-859-4511/12.

Sukkot Rules

  • YHVH is in charge.  Under YHVH, the property owners are in charge and have the final say in all disputes.  The property owners choose to rely on the eldership of HRBS.
  • Parents, you are responsible for your children (teens included) at all times.  Please do not assume others will “watch” your children.
  • Parents and their children (including teenagers), who are camping in separate tents, should set up their tents near each other.
  • Except for family members, persons of the opposite sex should not be in a tent or RV together.
  • Consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited at all times.  There will be no alcohol permitted in the common areas.
  • Everyone should be dressed appropriately and modestly at all times.
  • There will be an 11:00 P.M. curfew for the children (17 and under). All children up past 11 will be sent back to their tent unless they have a parent or designated adult supervising.
  • Kids and Teens should only be by the fire pit or under the main tent after 11PM.
  • NOISE: If you are a light sleeper we strongly suggest that you bring earplugs or possibly earphones for “white noise”.  We are a compact group and it is impossible to have true “quiet zones” during this time of rejoicing and celebration although we will do our best.  The “quiet zones” will be the area South (quiet) and East (buffer zone) of the main house. RVer’s wishing to have a quiet zone need to park on the East side of property as room permits.
  •      Non-Family young people of the opposite sex should never be off by themselves.
  • Displays of affection between non-married individuals should be very limited, i.e. hugging etc. needs to be limited and appropriate (“side-hugging”).
  • Please do not allow your children to wander off the property at any time without an adult.  The road can be dangerous since it is a country road with vehicles traveling at high speed.
  • Park only in designated spaces, (north side of creek) unless loading or unloading.
  • Those in an RV should not use their air conditioner at any time or you will blow the circuits. Gas heaters are OK.
  • Showers – People who have to go to work or school have priority in the mornings.  Showers should be VERY short.
  • Toilet Usage –  Please limit the flushing of toilets to as little as possible
  • RV dumping all liquids into the RV tote.  If you are not absolutely sure how to use it please get help so we don’t have any spills.
  • No swimming or wading in pond.
  • Keep pets on leash or penned in.   Pet potty areas are in the field away from camp area.   Pets of any kind are not allowed in common areas. (Kitchen & Tent)
  • Kitchen Nobody is allowed in the kitchen area unless you are on duty.

Quadrant Leaders – For all spiritual and problem issues please go to your quadrant leaders – red flags.   Wives to husbands etc

Security – Steve

Maintenance – Ron

Sukkot Dress Code

Women/Girls
  • All clothing should be worn so that undergarments are completely covered.
  • Please, no bare midriffs, open back dresses, or revealing neck lines that reveals any cleavage.
  • Please, no “yoga” style skin tight pants
  • Shorts, dress, and skirt length should be modest, which for our Sukkot means at least midway between the inseam and knee for shorts and at least to the bottom of the knee for skirts.
  • If you are planning on dancing please wear loose fitting pants, or full length skirts, or knee length skirts over leggings that come down well below the bottom of the skirt.
Men/Boys
  • Pants are for covering undergarments, please do not wear loose jeans that come down and reveal the top of your underwear or wear jeans with large holes in them that reveal your underwear.  Also skin tight pants and shirts should also be avoided.
  • Shirts should be worn at all times.  Please do not wear any very loose fitting tank tops.
All
  • Appropriate sleepwear and robes should be worn to and from the bathrooms when visiting them in the morning and at night.

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