"You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of the wheat harvest..."
Our fellowship invites you to celebrate Shavuot With Us!
Shavuot is one of YHVH's seven annual 'High Holydays', and it has become the Ami Yisrael Fellowship's tradition to observe the festival by camping out. This year, we again plan to do so at the Camp Shiloh Retreat on Lake Bob Sandlin just west of Pittsburg, Texas. This festival takes place during the wheat harvest and pictures the betrothal of YHVH to His bride along with the giving of the Ten Commandments, which can be looked at as the 'ketuba' - the rules of the marriage. God's people are to congregate on this day as we acknowledge our desire to be involved in the betrothal ceremony as part of the bride!
We will officially kick-off the weekend at 7:30 PM on Friday by opening the Sabbath followed by a group meal (see Menu). The Sabbath day's activities center around our fellowship's normal Sabbath services which include an interactive Torah Study, praise through Song & Dance, followed by a Message.
On Shavuot we'll have an afternoon of Song & Dance, followed by a message focused on a Shavuot theme. BTW - Don't forget to bring your shofar!
Because this year's Shavuot coincides with the Memorial Day Weekend, only a few RV sites are available (no cabins, suites, or motel rooms are available). Ami Yisrael has reserved those RV sites and is making them available to you on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may secure one of those sites though us by contacting Tim Kelley by phone - (903) 571-4474. A list of available RV sites along with an RV Park map is available by clicking the links below. Act quickly to reserve your spot!
In addition to the RV sites, we have arranged to make the Dorms available on a 'per-bed' basis. You will need to contact Camp Shiloh to make arrangements. Note that each dorm 'room' has up to 16 beds. Thus you will be sharing the dorm room with a number of people of the same sex. The Men's and Women's dorms are on opposite sides of the Conference Center and each have their own shower and restroom facilities. You will have to supply your own towels, linens, pillow, and blanket.
There is no registration fee, but we ask that if you plan to attend, you contact us via phone - (903) 571-4474 or email and provide us with your name and the names of those who may be attending with you.
For those who have registered with us before May 26, the Ami Yisrael Fellowship will pay for your RV spot or Dorm 'bed' for that weekend.
AYF Shavuot Campout is the weekend of May 26-28
Throughout the weekend we will enjoy:
an interactive Torah Study
various Bible studies and midrashim
praise through song and dance
activities for both young and old
If you would like a speaking opportunity, contact us.
Please VOLUNTEER to help with meal Setup & Cleanup!
The Ami Yisrael Hebraic Fellowship commemorates the beginning of each Biblical month on the evening of the New Moon in accordance with the traditional Jewish calendar. Since the festival times are determined by the beginning of months, the observance of the beginning of months has grown as God's people begin to observe the Biblical festivals of Leviticus 23.
We typically meet on the evening before the first day of the month for a fellowship meal or snacks and either a teaching, Bible Study, or other activity. It is traditional to blow the shofar on the new month. Contact us if you would like to participate.
The yearly spring and summer harvest festivals listed in Leviticus 23 teach of God's redemption of His people. The exodus story is a shadow of that redemption with the reality being in Messiah Yeshua. The Ami Yisrael Fellowship observes these festivals as a group. Contact us for details.
Passover is the first festival in the yearly festival cycle. The original Passover began in the afternoon of Nisan 14 when the Israelites took their lamb and killed it at the door of their homes. The blood was then applied to the door as a sign to God that they were depending on Him for the deliverance of their firstborn. The lamb was then roasted on an open fire and eaten that evening.
Ami Yisrael observes Passover on the early evening of Nisan 15 with a fellowship meal. It is a joyous festival with incredible meaning.
Since eating the Passover meal is conditioned on certain Biblical requirements, those interested in observing it with us must contact us weeks in advance.
Shavuot, or 'Feast of Weeks' as it is sometimes called, is a 1-day festival that takes place on the 50th day from when the sheaf is waved. After Israel was redeemed from bondage and saved in the sea, they were lead to Mt. Sinai where YHVH entered into a marriage covenant with them and gave them the Torah - God's instructions for a meaningful relationship with Him.
Shavuot is during the wheat harvest, and is the setting for many Biblical events including the marriage of Boaz and Ruth, and the purchase of the land that later became the Temple Mount. It also marks the beginning of the apostle's mission.
Ami Yisrael observes Shavuot with a weekend campout at Lake Bob Sandlin in NE Texas.
The yearly fall festivals listed in Leviticus 23 teach about the end of days, the time leading up to the restoration of the Kingdom of God. The Bible's book of Joshua (Yehoshua) give a hint of how Yeshua will bring His people into the 'Promised Land'. The prophets provide the details. The Ami Yisrael Fellowship observes these festivals as a group. Contact us for details.
the Feast of Trumpets
Yom Teruah marks the begining of the fall - or 'final' harvest of the year. It is the only festival that begins on the New Month, and because in biblical times the beginning of months were determned by observation, this day of often referred to as 'the day that no man knows'. A 'teruah' is a sound a trumpet makes, thus the day could also be called 'the Day of Blowing'.
The Old Testament gives little information concering the purpose and meaning of the festival, therefore most of our understanding comes from the words of Messiah and His apostles.
Ami Yisrael observes this festival with a New Month celebration followed the next day by an afternoon worship service and fellowship meal.
Yom Kippur is a fast day, a day devoted to the worship of YHVH. The Torah shows that this day marks the beginning of the Jubilee year, the year that all debts are forgiven and freedom is declared throughout the land.
In biblical eschotology, it falls toward, or at the end of the 7-year period called 'the Birthpains of the Messiah (the 'Tribulation') and is the day the Messiah will return and restore His kingdom on the earth.
Yom Kippur is also the final day of the 40-day period called 'Teshuva', a time of deep heart-felt repentance.
Ami Yisrael observes this day of fasting with a short worship service in the afternoon.
The 7-day festival of Sukkot and its associated festival 'Shemini Atzareth' - the 'Eighth Day Assembly' are the final festivals of the cycle. Sukkot pictures the Messianic Kingdom - a time of joy for His people. It is pictured in scripture by Solomon's kingdom, and even earlier by Israel's 40 years in the wilderness; a time when YHVH provided their every need, hovered over them day and night, and was ever present with them in the Tabernacle.
The Eighth Day festival pictures a new era, a 'New Beginning' - a return to the Garden of Eden.
Ami Yisrael usually observes Sukkot at Lake Bob Sandlin in NE Texas