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The Fall Feasts

THE FALL FEASTS

Reflect, Repent, Reconcile, Remember, Rejoice

And the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak to the Children of Israel, and say to them: The Feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.” Leviticus 23:1

The Fall Feasts consist of three festivals: The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and The Feast of Tabernacles. These feasts are extremely important because they teach us to honor God for who He is and for what He has done for us. In addition, they teach us about God’s plan for humankind and how He powerfully intervenes in human affairs! Revelation 21:3 says “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.” During the Fall Feast season we are expecting God to tabernacle with us.

Holy Days of Observation

Below are the customary no work days for the Fall Feasts. If possible, take these days off from work.

Feast of Trumpets

God's New Year!

The Feast of Trumpets, also known as Rosh Hashanah, celebrates the new year in Christ. It is believed that God created the world during this time. On this day, a shofar or trumpet is blown to mark the beginning of ten days called the “High Holy Days” or “Days of Awe.” The blowing of the trumpet serves as a “wake-up” call to honor God as King, to remember His goodness and His faithfulness to His people, and to reveal and awaken the conscience and soul of His people. The High Holy Days consist of 10 days of repentance, reflection, and restoration. This period ends on the Day of Atonement.

The Feast of Trumpets will begin at sundown, September 9th and end at sundown, September 10th.

The Worship Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 9th at 7PM at The KBC. All believers are to bring a special sacrificial offering.

The Day of Atonement

Reconciliation and prayer

The Day of Atonement is considered the holiest day of the year. Known as the Day of Redemption, this is the day that believers stand before Almighty God and confess their mistakes and sins. Participating in this day helps the believer to recognize that sin has been forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ. As believers confess their sins and recognize their dependence on God, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross frees them of all unrighteousness. In Christ, we have a future and a hope!

The Day of Atonement begins at sundown, Tuesday, September 18th and ends at sundown, Wednesday, September 19th.

The first Worship Celebration will be Tuesday, September 18th at 7 PM at The KBC. The High Noon Service will be on Wednesday, September 19th at noon at The KBC. It is customary to wear white to these celebrations. Believers should bring a special sacrificial offering to these services.

The Feast of Tabernacles

Food, family and community

The Feast of Tabernacles is the climax of the Fall Feasts and the most celebrative. It is God’s appointed time for believers to come into His presence and celebrate His glory, provision, protection, and deliverance through Jesus Christ. Leviticus 23:40 says to “Rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.” Deuteronomy 16:14-15 says to “Be joyful at your Feast for the Lord your God will bless you and your joy will be complete.” We will celebrate with singing, dancing, and great food. Mark your calendar to be a part of this exciting time.

The Feast of Tabernacles begins at sundown, September 23rd and ends at sundown, September 30th.

The Opening Worship Celebration will be at 7 PM on Sunday, September 23rd at The KBC.

Kingdom Men In Spiritual Solidarity will be at 7 PM on Monday, September 24th at The KBC.

The Church Family Block Party will be on Friday, September 28th from 6 - 10 PM at The KBC. Enjoy food trucks, games, music and fun.

The Feast of Tabernacles Closing Worship and Celebration of the Word of God will be on Sunday, September 30th at 7PM at The KBC

Church Family Fall Fast

Giving Him Glory

We will fast together as a Church Family from Sundown, September 10th through Sundown, September 19th.

FASTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULTS

What is a Fast?

The Hebrew word for fasting means “to cover the mouth.” The Greek word for fasting means “not to eat.” Simply put, fasting means to abstain from food. Fasting involves turning away from foods that the body craves in order for our spirit to concentrate on God in worship, service, and praise.

Fasting has been a part of Christianity through the ages. It is a form of spiritual and scriptural sacrifice. Fasting does not change or impress God. Fasting changes us. Through fasting, Christians are empowered to discipline their daily relationship with the Lord.

The fast will consist of abstaining from food. In other words, you are fasting if you are not eating food. The primary method of fasting will be one (1) meal each day.

Why Should We Fast?

John Wesley, the original organizer of the Methodist Movement, fasted. In fact, he fasted twice a week. More importantly, Jesus Christ fasted! We fast as a Church Family because God’s blessings reside in our unity. This special time encourages us to be “like-minded, having the same love and being of one accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-3).

Who Should Fast?

Prayerfully, each member will participate in the Church Family Spiritual Fast. Please consult your physician about your fasting if: (1) you are pregnant; (2) you are on prescribed medication; (3) you are under a doctor’s care; (4) you have experienced illness on a previous fast; (5) or, you do not normally eat anyway.

YOUR PHYSICIAN’S ORDERS TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THIS FAST! FOLLOW YOUR PHYSICIAN’S ORDERS!!!

How to Fast

The primary method of fasting for the Church Family Spiritual Fast will be one (1) meal each day eaten after 6:00 p.m. Meals should be completed within 75 minutes from the moment you put food into your mouth.

Fasting Options include:

1. “Veterans” - Veterans are those members who have participated in the Church Family Spiritual Fast two or more times.

2. “First Round Draft Choices” - (First Rounders are those persons who have never fasted or have only participated in a Church Spiritual Fast one time.) First Rounders will eat two (2) meals per day, one at breakfast before 8:00 a.m. and one after 6:00 p.m. Be consistent; eat the breakfast meal at a routine hour. Complete your meals within 75 minutes from the moment you put food into your mouth. Please pray the daily prayer topic during the time of the skipped meal (lunch meal) and during your regular prayer time for the day.

3. “Special Teams” consist of persons who are under a doctor’s care, pregnant, or unable to miss a meal for health reasons. Special Teams should eat regularly scheduled meals. Participation in the Church Family Spiritual Fast will consist of abstaining from foods such as sweets, carbonated beverages or any foods such as breads and meats that you feel “you must have at least a little of every day.”

It is important for the Church Family to be of one mind and heart. Please fast in accordance with the above-listed instructions. Fasts such as a “cleansing fast,” “grapefruit fast,” and others are not appropriate during this special time.

Requirements for Fasting

1. No nibbling! If you feel hungry (that’s expected and normal), drink water and pray.

2. No sweets (including sweeteners), chips, candy, chewing gum, soft drinks, or any other junk food should be eaten at any time during the fast by Veterans, First Rounders, or Special Teams.

3. If you experience headaches, fatigue or weakness, faint feelings, nausea, fever, and/or extreme hunger, eat a piece of fruit, slice of bread, crackers, or vegetables (preferably raw). Consult your physician if these feelings persist.

4. Water only! Please restrict your liquid intake to water. No sodas, juices, fruit juices, lemon water, or flavored water. If you are fasting no food, please drink at least 64oz – 80oz of water each day. Raw vegetable juices are permitted if you are fasting no food.

5. If you experience “blackouts” while exerting energy, please eat a light, nutritionally-balanced meal.

6. If you are eating once a day, it is recommended that you do not exercise during the fast.

7. As I Corinthians 7:5 tells us, no love-making for married folk! (Single Christians are already abstaining.) Both spouses should agree to the fast as a sacrifice of consecration to the Lord. If one of the spouses is not in agreement with I Corinthians 7:5, then do not abstain. There must be agreement between marital partners.

8. Individual prayer times for each day are 6:00 a.m. and after 7:00 p.m. If your schedule does not allow for these hours, please adjust your schedule to include a morning prayer time and an evening prayer time.

9. If you “fall off” the fast, get back on. Do not allow the devil to condemn you.

Never too young to pray!

Fasting Instructions for Children and Youth

God gives us pastors according to His heart who will feed us with knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:15). We must obey our pastors for they watch over our souls (Hebrews 13:17).

Parents should teach and guide by their example the importance of following the leadership of our pastors. When Pastor Caldwell proclaims the fast, children and youth are capable of obeying and participating.

Parents, please prayerfully consider including your children and youth in the Church Family Spiritual Fast. It will be a blessed experience for them and it will begin to lay a foundation for their future. Your support and encouragement are recommended to maximize your child’s success.

Why Should Children and Youth Fast?

• To have a closer relationship with God our Father and Jesus Christ;

• To become more sensitive and responsive to the Holy Spirit;

• To present the opportunity for you to spend more time waiting on the Lord; and,

• To build your prayer life.

As children and youth fast, they, too, will receive the benefits and blessings of obedience and fasting.

How to Fast?

• Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

• Eat healthy vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, milk, and cereal.

• Eat a healthy snack between meals such as fruit, vegetables, etc.

• Drink WATER, 100% JUICE, and MILK as the only beverages.

NO SWEETS, PIZZA, FRENCH FRIES, CHIPS, CANDY, CHEWING GUM, SOFT DRINKS, OR ANY OTHER JUNK FOODS!

FALL FEASTS 2018 Schedule At-A-Glance

Feast of Trumpets

Sundown, Sunday, September 9, thru Sundown, Monday, September 10, 2018

Feast of Trumpets Worship Celebration

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

Church Family Fast Begins

Sundown, Monday, September 10, 2018

CHURCH FAMILY PRAYER STATIONS @ NOON

Tuesday, September 11th, 12:00 p.m. thru Friday, September 14th, 12:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17th, 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 18th, The KBC

City Hall Reflection Pond on Smith St. between Walker and McKinney Downtown-- Houston

“THE GATHERING: IF MY PEOPLE…” A WORSHIP & PRAYER EXPERIENCE

Group Evening Prayer Assignments

Tuesday, September 11th: Young Adults

7:00 p.m., The KBC

Wednesday, September 12th: Victory Wednesday

Church Family, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

Thursday, September 13th: Females

7:00 p.m., The KBC

Friday, September 14th: Church Family

7:00 p.m., The KBC

Monday, September 17th: Men

7:00 p.m., The KBC

Tuesday, September 18th: Church Family

7:00 p.m., The KBC

The Day of Atonement

Sundown, Tuesday, September 18, thru Sundown, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Day of Atonement Evening Worship Celebration

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

Day of Atonement High Noon Worship Celebration

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m., The KBC

Church Family Fast Ends

Sundown, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Feast of Tabernacles

Sundown, Sunday, September 23, thru Sundown, Sunday, September 30, 2018

Feast of Tabernacles Opening Worship Celebration and Healing Service

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

Kingdom Men in Spiritual Solidarity

Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

Church Family Block Party

Friday, September 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m., The KBC

Feast of Tabernacles Closing Worship and Celebration of the Word of God

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 7:00 p.m., The KBC

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