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Yom Teruah
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Sukkot Picnic
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Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you. 



Psalm 132:13-18

For Adonai has chosen Tziyon, He has wanted it as his home.  "This is my resting-place forever, I will live here because I so much want to.  I will bless it with plenty of meat, I will give its poor their fill of food.  Its cohanim (priests) I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.  I will make a king sprout there from David's line and prepare a lamp for my Anointed One.  His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on Him there will be a shining crown."

Deuteronomy 16:11

And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Jim & Linda McKenzie - Christian Friends of Israel


Old friends Jim and Linda McKenzie, of Christian Friends of Israel - Jerusalem, joined us at Beit Yeshua on Friday, September 16, 2016. Jim and Linda have been volunteers with the humanitarian aide ministry since December 2010. We had the opportunity to visit with them in Israel in 2011 and again in 2014 and they were able to show us some of their favorite places in Jerusalem. We're always pleased when they get a chance to come back to the US and visit with family and friends here, too. It gives us an opportunity to hear first hand of many ways the LORD is moving in the land and place where He chose to put His Name.

Beit Yeshua early arrivals got to have their photo taken with our dear friends Jim & Linda
(Left to Right) Monica, Jonathan, Ruby, Andi, Chuck, Paul, Susan, Janice, Kathryn, Rita, Carolyn, Linda, Jim, Roger, Beverly and Curtis
Beit Yeshua Executive Board Members with Jim & Linda
(Left to Right) Paul & Susan, Chuck & Janice, Carolyn, Jim & Linda, Curtis
After shofarot are sounded, blessings over candles, bread & wine are said,
Chuck leads the group in a time of prayer for Israel and the Jewish people
Jim & Linda share prayer needs that they are aware of
After a short time of praise and worship,
Jim and Linda share about Christian Friends of Israel and how they are connecting with those living in Israel
Everyone listens intently as Jim & Linda share from their hearts
Our meetings always end with Oneg - a time of food and fellowship - and this night included LOTs and LOTS of food
All types of vegetables, salads, olives, figs, fruit, chips and even pizza ...
... There were hot dogs, chili beans, macaroni & cheese and much more ...
... As well as all kinds of desserts - pumpkin pie, cheese cake, pumpkin muffins, cookies, fudge and much much more
Our Erev Shabbat services run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - with Oneg from 9:00 to 10:30 (or 11:00).
On this particular night, no one wanted to leave - because it meant saying goodbye to Jim and Linda.

This photo was taken earlier that afternoon when Jim, Linda and their daughter Stephanie, visited with Curtis & Carolyn
in Catawba before they all headed to Lincolnton to meet with Beit Yeshua. Everyone enjoyed a good cup of coffee.


 Yom Teruah - The Feast/Day of Trumpets



Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, September 30, 2016, to observe and celebrate the Biblical Festival of Yom Teruah - or The Feast of Trumpets. Yom Teruah (which is often called Rosh Hashanah/Head of the Year) is one of the seven Biblical Festivals mentioned in Leviticus 23 and the first of the Fall Festivals. The Festival is celebrated by sounding the ram's horn - in Hebrew called a shofar. The evening began with the sounding of a multitude of shofarot - followed by a time of prayer, then praise and worship.


The Lord said to Moses,
24 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month
you are to have a day of Sabbath rest, a sacred assembly
commemorated with trumpet blasts.


Everyone was tremendously blessed as Alex Childers led the Midrash/Study for Yom Teruah


Alex addressed questions and comments as the evening progressed

Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement
Beit Yeshua gathered to observe Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - on Friday, October 7, 2016. This particular assembly was set aside and designated as an extended prayer time. Chuck Anthony led the group as they prayed for (1) Individual Repentance, (2) Prayers of Repentance for the Church, (3) Prayers of Repentance for the USA, (4) Prayers of Repentance for Israel, and (5) Prayers of Repentance for the Nations. Even though this particular Biblical Festival is a somber time, the presence of the Ruach/Spirit was sweet. There was also a time of praise and worship as we remember that only through Messiah Yeshua is there true Atonement. This was actually the largest crowd we've ever had for this particular meeting.
Our Kol Nidre for Yom Kippur

O Lord, what miserable sinners we are. 
We make promises to live better lives each year and yet always fall far short of keeping them. 
Help us, O Lord, and pardon us for our shortcomings, iniquities and transgressions.
B’Shem Yeshua Ha’ Mashiach

Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles/Booths
Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, October 21, 2016, to observe and celebrate the Biblical Festival of Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles/Booths. Due to the leap year on the Biblical/Jewish calendar, Sukkot was a month later this year - in October instead of the usual September. Chuck and Janice Anthony had constructed a sukkah/booth outside their home for the group to enjoy as they gathered for this assembly. The first half of the evening was spent outside. In spite of the extreme cold and bitter winds, the group wanted this opportunity to worship the LORD outside around the sukkah. The second part of the evening, the Sukkot Midrash and Oneg, were moved inside where the temperatures were warmer.
Sukkot has several names. It is called The Feast of Ingathering (of the Autumn crops), The Feast of the Final Harvest, The Feast of Full Glory, The Feast of the Watergate, The Time of Our Joy, The Great Feast, and it is the only festival that is referred to simply as The Feast.
Chuck and Janice hold the lulav and etrog in their sukkah outside of their house
Paul with the lulav and etrog
Alex with the lulav and etrog
Catherine, Rita, Carolyn, Lynda and Susan - Lulav & Etrog and Sukkot blessings

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam,  
She-he-chi-ya-nu, v’kiy’manu,
v’hig-i-anu lazman hazeh
  Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe,
Who has given us life and sustained us,  
And allowed us to reach this day.

As the evening begins, Janice lights the festival candles

Baruch  Atah  Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam,  
Asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzi-vanu,
L’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe,
Who has set us apart by Your commandments
 and in whose name we kindle the Sabbath lights.

Chuck says blessings over the bread and wine

Baruch  Atah  Adonai, Eloheinu  Melech  Ha’Olam,   
Ha’motzi  lechem  min ha’Aretz.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe,
Who brings forth bread from the Earth.

Baruch  Atah  Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha’Olam,
Bo-re p'ri   ha’gafen.    
Blessed are You, O Lord  our God, King of the Universe,
Who creates the fruit of the vine.

Alex shared about the symbolism of the lulav and etrog
Leviticus 23:33-34, 39-42

33 The Lord said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 39 “ ‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of Sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of Sabbath rest. 40 On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Live in temporary shelters for seven days ...

Alex, Curtis, Chuck, Debbie & Grady, Myrl
In spite of a very cool evening, we had a wonderful time of praise and worship outside
The Lulav and Etrog is passed around for all to enjoy
Wane led in some Israeli Folk Dance
After praise and worship, everyone moves inside where Chuck shared about Yeshua's birth at Sukkot
Paul shared a wonderful Sukkot midrash/teaching
The evening concluded with a time of food and fellowship
Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles/Booths - with Beit Yeshua Families
Each year, many of the families who are part of Beit Yeshua construct their own family sukkah - while others chose to go away and camp during the 7-day holiday.
Here are a few photos of Beit Yeshua families during Sukkot
Chuck & Janice not only had the sukkah for their family, but also allowed Beit Yeshua to use it for Sukkot
Jonathan, Andi and Cayla were one of the families who camped during Sukkot
Curtis & Carolyn's sukkah for 2016
(Left) Curtis shows that his Lulav & Etrog have arrived; (Right) Curtis & Carolyn have Doug, Iline and Allie over for a Sukkot meal
Deuteronomy 16
13 Thou shalt observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, after thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine.  14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
One of the customs associated with Sukkot is inviting guests into the sukkah. On Passover, the Jews look for a supernatural visitor, the prophet Elijah. On Sukkot, they look for seven such guests, one for each day of the holiday: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph and David. Collectively, they are called ushpizin, which means "guests" in Aramaic. "Enter, exalted holy ushpizin," begins the text that some recite as they welcome the visitors.
Even if we're not native-born Israelis, or even Jewish, scripture says that even "the stranger" is to observe the Feast.
It's considered a mitzvot (commandment) to share your sukkah with others.  Guests are always welcomed at Sukkot.
Carolyn her her Chihuahua KC enjoy the family sukkah
Lights in Curtis & Carolyn's sukkah allowed them to enjoy it even after the sun had gone down
Leviticus 23:
42 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, 43 that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.’”
The Feast of Sukkot will also be celebrated during the Messianic Reign of Messiah Yeshua when He returns to Earth.
Zechariah 14:

4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 16 Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Sukkot Picnic in the Park

Beit Yeshua families gathered on 23 October 2016 in the West Lincoln Park at 369 Hulls Grove Church Rd, Vale, NC, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for a Sukkot picnic.
The event which was arranged by Jonathan and Andi was a wonderful time for fun, games and fellowship

Jonathan and Andi rented the shaded picnic area for the afternoon
Alex's Corn-Hole game was a hit with the men - We quickly discovered that Duke, Alex and Jonathan were the ones to beat
This ASU corn-hole-game is similar to the one Alex had
The ladies settled at one of the game tables and got involved in a game of HEDBANZ - and it was a major success
For this particular game, you had to wear a "band" around your head with a card inserted in the front.
Each person then had to try and guess what the word/words were while the others answered their questions with only "Yes" and "No"
Jane, Andi, Carolyn (with KC), Angel, Myrl and Christie (with Susan looking on)
Angel guesses: "Is it a person?", "Is it a food?", "Is it a vegetable?", "Is it a dessert?", "Is it a cake?", "Is it Cheesecake?"
Wane joined the ladies but struggled just a little bit as he tried to figure out the word "Pickle"
When someone would drop out, someone else would enter the game
Gideon tries a different type of fun activity
Gid and Christie played a few games of Checkers
One game ended in a stalemate where neither one could make a move.
Alex and Jonathan enjoy a game of Checkers while Chuck watches
Peter, Jude and Sean found lots of activities to keep them busy - including "trying" to fly kites ...
... and playing Frisbee
The girls played Jenga ...
... and Badminton
West Lincoln Park is a "Pet Friendly" park, so several of our folks brought their dogs - and they were glad to share
And what would any picnic be without good food?
Alex and Carolyn head back to the Corn-Hole game
Jonathan did a great video of our fun Sukkot afternoon
To See Jonathan's Video, Click Below or Click Here to Go to You Tube
Everyone had a WONDERFUL time. This just might have to become a yearly event.
Since it was a day of fun and games, I've got one last game for you. It's called, "Who's Feet Are These?"
You can always look back through the earlier photos if you don't know
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
13  14  15
[You can also look at the bottom of this page for answers]
Chanukah/Hanukkah - The Feast of Dedication

Beit Yeshua met on Friday, December 30th, to celebrate and observe the Biblical Festival of Chanukah - also spelled Hanukkah.



As the Beit Yeshua mishpoch begin to arrive, so do their Hanukkiahs/Hanukkah Menorahs



Shofarot are sounded as our Hanukkah Celebration begins - Chuck, Grady, Alex and Paul

Hanukkiahs are lit - as well as a few 7-branch Menorahs - A few arrived late and lit their hanukkiahs at that time
Alex, Carolyn, Paul, Dan and Allie
Blessings are recited and a few songs sung
Chuck and Janice say the blessings over Shabbat candles, bread and wine/juice
To Hear the Shabbat Candle Blessing & Prayer - CLICK HERE
We had a few late arrivals who added their Hanukkiahs after this photo were taken


Chuck led the group during our prayer time



Iline led us in our Hanukkah midrash and Bible study



A Year of Loss

Beit Yeshua celebrated its 15-year anniversary on August 15, 2016. The LORD has blessed us immensely during these years - but we've also suffered sadness and loss - especially during the second half of 2016 and early 2017. Carolee Daroux passed away on 29 June 2016 - Doug Williams passed away on 15 Aug 2016 - Barry Finley passed away on 07 Sep 2016 - and Paul Miles passed away 18 Jan 2017. With the death of each of these, we were left with an empty place in our hearts that only the LORD could fill. We're thankful for the time we shared together worshipping and serving Him.

Carolee and Wane Daroux
Barry and Melba Finley


Doug and Lynda Williams


Paul and Susan Miles



There have been times in the last year when we've wondered if the LORD was finished with Beit Yeshua but He continues to give direction and we continue to follow.



ANSWERS to the Sukkot Picnic Feet Game

(1)Carolyn, (2)Andy, (3)Allie, (4)Christie, (5)Jane, (6)Gideon, (7)Duke, (8)Jonathan, (9)Paul, (10)Myrl, (11)Mary, (12)Peter, (13)Mary, (14)Sean, 15)Wane


Zechariah 12:2-3,10

2“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3“It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

10“I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.


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