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Back to Church in Fort Mill
2020 Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Limiting Attendees in Fort Mill for Services
Sabbath Services, Passover, and Unleavened Bread
Sabbath Services
Feast of Tabernacles: South Africa
Feast of Tabernacles: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Traveling Schedule


Date Minister Location Comments

April 25

Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Denver, Colorado

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

July 11

Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Chicago, Illinois

Sermon, Bible Study




Back to Church in Fort Mill

We have just recently learned that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is leaving the decision to return to church services up to individual congregations across the state, and several large churches across South Carolina, including the Catholic diocese, have already done so. Since we deem the danger of mass coronavirus infection to have passed, Church of the Great God has therefore reopened church services at the church office to all who wish to attend, beginning on Sabbath, May 23, 2020.

We encourage all church members to attend, but the decision is entirely yours. We will do our best to ensure that commonly touched surfaces are clean, and we will attempt to arrange the hall to provide the proper social distancing. However, if you, because of age or pre-existing condition, fall into a category that is more susceptible to COVID-19 and wish to stay home longer, please do so. You will, of course, be welcome when you feel comfortable returning to services.

We look forward to seeing all of you again and hope to have a full house for the Day of Pentecost.

18-May-20


 

2020 Feast of Tabernacles in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This week, Martin called the DoubleTree Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to discuss plans for their complete reopening. They began a multi-phase limited re-opening this week. Only a few guest rooms are available for the public, and more will be available each week. The beach is open, but the pool and restaurant remain closed until sometime in June. The manager expects the hotel to be completely open by July.

Our block of rooms is secure; however, please do not make reservations until we announce that we have activated the reservation link on our website or you receive the Feast letter. We hope to begin making reservations for this year’s Feast starting in June. If you make a reservation before we announce the link is ready, you will not get the church’s negotiated rate.

Please do not try to make reservations until we announce it is time. If you have any questions, please email Martin Collins at mcollins@cgg.org.

09-May-20


 

Limiting Attendees in Fort Mill for Services

Another update from the church office in Fort Mill, as of 1:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020:

Throughout the early course of this COVID-19 pandemic, we have tried to maintain normalcy as much as possible in our church services here in Fort Mill, South Carolina. At this time, the state is not under a mandatory stay-at-home order, and the governor’s executive orders do not explicitly include churches. By the letter of the law, churches can still hold congregational services because federal, state, and local governments do not want to appear to violate religious rights granted under the Constitution’s first amendment.

However, upon further legal advice, we have voluntarily decided to limit the number of attendees at church services, including Passover and the upcoming Feast of Unleavened Bread, to the recommended ten people or less. This decision means that only those who have a function to perform—song leaders, those asked to give prayers, speakers, and sound/Internet technicians—should come to the meeting hall in Fort Mill. While there, those attending will do their best to maintain the recommended social distancing.

We take this action, not to appease the human government over us but to do our part in limiting the spread of coronavirus. We will not cease to preach and teach God’s Word during His weekly holy convocation, but we also do not wish to be responsible for anyone becoming infected at a church event or to appear insensitive to the fears of our local community. Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and please pray for God’s intervention during this time of crisis.

03-Apr-20


 

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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