April 24, 2018
As our merciful God directs us to come together as a spiritual family to worship Him and to fellowship with one another at the Feast of Tabernacles, we are pleased to announce that it is time once again for us to begin making our fall festival reservations. God has given us the opportunity to keep the 2018 Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront. The dates for this year’s Feast are Monday, September 24, through Monday, October 1, 2018. The first service will begin at 7:30 PM on Sunday evening, September 23.
The Myrtle Beach area has been named “World’s Best Beach” by Yahoo Travel and “Favorite Beach Town” by Southern Living. It has 60 miles of pristine, sandy beaches and provides visitors with everything for an ideal retreat.
Myrtle Beach offers families endless entertainments to enjoy along the Grand Strand. Encounter sharks at Ripley's Aquarium or climb nearly 200 feet into the sky on the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel. Whimsical sights can be found at the WonderWorks Science Center. Do the kids like dinosaurs? Broadway at the Beach embraces the Jurassic Period by offering “Dinosaurs, The Exhibition.” If golf is your game, choose from over 100 courses in the area, 50 of which are rated 4-stars or more by Golf Digest!
The surrounding area is active in arts and culture with South Carolina Low Country personality. Enjoy the beauty of Brookgreen Gardens or the history of Atalaya Castle. Explore the area’s past at the Horry County Museum. Learn the art of hammock-making at The Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock Shop or discover regional works of art at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Take a leisurely stroll beside the majestic Waccamaw River on the Conway Riverwalk and dine in an endless variety of fine restaurants.
A variety of live entertainment is also available nearby. Enjoy an evening at The Alabama Theatre, The Carolina Opry, The Palace Theatre, House of Blues, Pirates Voyage, Legends in Concert, or Medieval Times.
Prepare for a peaceful respite as we reside and meet at the DoubleTree Resort, featuring a gorgeous setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Set on 27 acres at the south end of historic Ocean Boulevard, and only three miles from Myrtle Beach International Airport, this resort showcases beautiful, private beaches. Family-friendly Myrtle Beach State Park—with its hiking trails, a boardwalk, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a fishing pier—lies just moments away.
The resort’s newly renovated guest rooms all have ocean views and private balconies. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, a 40-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Connecting rooms and accessible rooms are available. Within the grounds you will find beautiful landscapes and resort activities. The Palmetto Building contains a fitness center with free-weights and cardio equipment. The resort features outdoor pools, heated indoor pools, and two lazy rivers.
Reservations may be made anytime by telephone or online. If booking by telephone, you will need the following information:
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
3200 S. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Hilton Reservations: 1-800-770-6895
CGG members should reference group code: FTB
When making your reservation by phone, please state that you are with Church of the Great God. Be sure to provide the dates that you plan to arrive and depart, and also confirm the $119.00 per night rate (Rate Code: FTB) with the reservationist.
For online reservations, you can book your rooms on the DoubleTree Resort Special Events page. The page, customized for exclusive use by CGG members, includes maps, agendas, menus, and entertainment information. Simply fill in your information and follow the prompts.
Note: When using the online reservation system, if you try to book your room with an arrival date before September 21, it may tell you there are no rooms available. In that case, just book from September 23, then email Martin Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the CGG office so he can reserve an earlier arrival date for you.
As mentioned above, the DoubleTree Resort room rate is $119.00 plus taxes of 13% ($16.12) and a $5.00 resort fee, bringing the total cost to $142.12 per night. The room types available are one king bed, two queen beds, connecting, and accessible rooms.
The reservation includes up to two breakfast buffet tickets per room per day. Additional tickets must be purchased at the time of reservation. Additional adult tickets (12 and older) cost $14.00 each per day and children 4-11 years old are $7.00 each per day. Children under 4 eat free with a paying adult.
The required $5 resort fee (included in the $142.12 per night total room cost) covers these resort amenities:
» Unlimited basic internet access in guest room and lobby
» Unlimited local, domestic long-distance and 800 access
» Two bottles of water per room per day
» Complimentary parking for one car per room
» Complimentary use of the miniature golf course and volleyball court
» Complimentary use of the pools and lazy rivers
» Complimentary use of the weight room
For non-resident visitors (that is, those not staying at the DoubleTree Resort), there is a $10 per day parking fee. Due to security concerns and amenity limitations, non-resident visitors will not be able to enter the breakfast dining room without buying a breakfast ticket (about $19.00/person), nor will they have access to the resort’s amenities and benefits.
Please make your reservation(s) as soon as possible to aid us in festival planning. If you are unable to resolve any concern directly with the hotel, please contact Martin Collins by emailing him at email@example.com or calling him at 803.802.7075.
Deadlines and Cancellations
All room requests must be booked by the cut-off date of August 21, 2018. At that time, the resort will release to the public any remaining rooms in our reserved block. You may cancel your reservation up to 72 hours prior to your arrival date without penalty.
Sharing a Room or Ride
If you would like to share a room or ride to and from the Feast site but are unable to arrange it on your own, or you have extra space in your room or vehicle, please let Diane McIver know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803.802.7075.
International Feast Sites
CGG will have small festival sites in South Africa, Zambia, and Trinidad-Tobago. If you are interested in attending one of these sites, please contact Diane McIver at the above email address or phone number.
Tithe of the Tithe
Along with the planning for the Feast of Tabernacles comes our opportunity to assist with festival expenses by sending in a tithe of your second tithe. This longtime church practice ensures that all the brethren can attend and enjoy the Feast. The church uses most of this fund to assist those who do not have enough second tithe of their own. Any remainder helps to defray our considerable church festival expenses.
Please clearly label your donation as “Tithe of the Tithe” so we may credit it to the proper account. The earlier we receive your donation, the sooner it will be available to be used for special festival needs.
Sometimes pride prevents us from asking for help, or perhaps we do not want to be a burden to others, but if you genuinely need financial assistance to attend the Feast, the church and your brethren want to help. If you have faithfully saved your second tithe and are still coming up short, make your need known to God in prayer and to your brethren, and God will provide what you need. If it becomes evident that you will require festival assistance from the church, please make a proposed Feast budget and submit it to John Ritenbaugh (email@example.com or PO Box 471846, Charlotte, NC 28247-1846) as soon as possible. The church will then do its best to provide what you need in a timely fashion.
In previous years, many brethren who had little money for the feast have experienced an outpouring of love and generosity from their brethren who had more. We should all want to help others enjoy the Feast as much as possible, so being generous with the festival tithe God gives helps us exhibit the loving family relationship that characterizes God’s people.
We all are looking forward to being together this year in Myrtle Beach, so work hard to be healthy, and we will see you in a few months.
John W. Ritenbaugh