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Sabbath Services, Passover, and Unleavened Bread
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Feast of Tabernacles: South Africa
Feast of Tabernacles: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Traveling Schedule


Date Minister Location Comments

March 21

Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Chicago, Illinois

Sermon, Bible Study
(postponed due to caution over coronavirus)

April 25

Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Denver, Colorado

Sermon, Bible Study




Sabbath Services, Passover, and Unleavened Bread

Another update from the church office in Fort Mill, as of 4:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

In the past few days, both North and South Carolina have issued new coronavirus directives. Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in which Charlotte sits, put a stay-at-home order in place for Thursday, March 26, through Thursday, April 16. As in most of these kinds of orders, residents cannot venture from their homes except for essential errands like buying food and going to a doctor or hospital. Both John and Richard Ritenbaugh and their families are under this order.

South Carolina law enforcement has been granted the authority to break up congregations of three or more people. This edict does not have religious or political gatherings in view, being primarily aimed at activity on beaches and at malls and spontaneous, boisterous gatherings. So, despite South Carolina prohibiting gatherings of fifty or more, this clarification of the edict allows us to have something a little bigger than a skeleton crew to man the production of church services in Fort Mill, at least for the time being.

An increasing number of brethren are finding themselves under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place decrees. These emergency orders, if not lifted before then, will make gathering for Passover services, Night to Be Much Observed dinners, and holy day services difficult, if not impossible. We may have to observe all of these in the privacy of our homes with our immediate families. However, if you can legally gather together during these times, please make efforts to do so.

If you must keep Passover at home, please take advantage of the "Passover at Home" document. Even if you will be listening to a live or recorded service, the document contains important details that you will need to follow to observe the ritual properly. For starters, you will need to have unleavened bread and wine available, both of which may be difficult to procure at short notice. Proper preparation will allow you to conduct this solemn observance without a hitch.

We will make every effort to conduct both regular Sabbath services and holy day services normally from Fort Mill, delivering high-quality content to you over the conference call and the Internet stream. To diminish confusion and not take excessive time from the service, we will forgo the roll call until the coronavirus disruptions have passed. Finally, many of the speakers will be giving their messages from home. Please pray for them, both in their preparation and delivery, as they will be performing this service under abnormal conditions.

We at Church of the Great God wish you all an uplifting and spiritually productive spring holy day season!

25-Mar-20


 

Sabbath Services

Just a quick update on local church services in Fort Mill, as of 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

Yesterday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order banning gatherings of 50 or more in the state. However, the wording of the order indicates that it applies only to publicly owned facilities, not private ones like the church building. (The only private facilities that are currently affected by such bans are bars and restaurants.) In this state, then, churches are canceling their services on a voluntary basis.

Unless otherwise ordered by the governing authorities, we are not canceling our services, though we anticipate that some of you will choose to stay home. Since our speakers frequently deliver their messages from remote locations, we require only a song-leader and sound crew on hand to ensure services are available for the rest of the church over the conference call and Internet. By the way, we were just informed today that John and Evelyn Ritenbaugh, ages 87 and 88 respectively, will be staying at home. Please use wisdom in making your decision.

18-Mar-20


 

Feast of Tabernacles: South Africa

Pictures from the 2019 Feast of Tabernacles in Hermanus, South Africa, have been posted.

View the photos
31-Oct-19


 

Feast of Tabernacles: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The congregational photo of the Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been posted.

31-Oct-19


 

 


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