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228 people from 11 countries gathered to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles in the beautiful village of Schluchsee, Germany, in the heart of the Black Forest.
Unity, peace, beautiful weather and good fellowship characterized the atmosphere. Messages during the Feast focused on God's plan and the time when all people will be able to live in a secure and happy world. Two interactive Bible studies were conducted for young adults and teenagers, and children participated in special Bible classes during services. UCG President Dennis Luker and his wife LeeAnn visited Schluchsee on the weekly Sabbath and Sunday. Mr. Luker gave a sermon and met for an informal question-and-answer session with the UCG-Germany National Council. One baptism took place during the Feast, and the new member was joyfully welcomed by members when the baptism was announced on the Last Great Day. A variety of activities offered brethren plenty of time for fellowship and enjoyment, starting with a welcome evening after the first Holy Day. For the children, there was an afternoon of "Kegeln" (nine-pin bowling). At their request, the teens again tested their driving skills with go-karts and also competed in a friendly round of Kegeln. Seniors enjoyed each other's company with an interactive Bible study followed by traditional Kaffee and Kuchen ("coffee and cake"). Special events for the ladies were the women's breakfast and an afternoon interactive Bible discussion. The family dance was once again a highlight, with live music representing nearly every genre. This year's bus trip was an excursion to the historic city of Constance on Lake Constance. For the athletically inclined, an afternoon of volleyball provided an opportunity for recreation and camaraderie. The week wrapped up with a farewell evening after the Last Great Day.
Paul Kieffer's blog with personal insights and news from the German-language region in Europe.