“These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.”
Pesach (Passover) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (week) will be celebrated with Congregation Echad at Dogwood Tabernacle, beginning Friday night, March 30, 2018 with a Seder meal followed by a week of camping and festivities. As in previous years, camping behind the building is being offered to facilitate our gathering. Preliminary estimates are that this could be our largest gathering yet. All are welcome at any activities whether you camp or not. The general daily schedule for the week will be worked out and circulated soon. Activities and fellowship are anticipated for each evening. All are welcome to participate as your schedules allow, but the Seder meal will require a sign up.
This year, we are looking at some new options for the Erev Pesach Seder celebration. Some have proposed their desire to “rehearse” the Feast as closely as we can by adhering to the Biblical commandments where one or more families unite to share their own Seder meal. This would be hosted at a location to be determined by the host family. Singles and/or couples would be encouraged to join in with these groups as well. Each of these groups would be responsible for supplying all of their own food items, and sharing the responsibilities for the preparation. There are a couple of families already looking at bringing large tents to accommodate from 20 to 40 people in their groups. However, we recognize there are also those who may have never attended a Seder who feel ill prepared to take on this level of commitment, or who simply prefer the traditional group setting.
The purpose of this email is to begin to gauge interest in how to manage these options. There will be additional meetings and emails to come as we begin to coordinate the details. Since fellowship hall space is limited due to our growing numbers, it is likely we will be doing all options this year. But in order to participate, we are asking each family to select how you would like to enjoy the Seder this year. If you have other plans, the fourth option is to do nothing, such that your name will not end up on any of the lists.
Option 1 is for families that would consider hosting a Seder meal with others. As the host family, you are free to limit the size of the gathering you wish to host. Your options are to utilize the camping area adjacent to Dogwood, or you may wish to select a home or other place to meet with others. For this option, your group is totally on its own for cooking all Seder meal items, but you will NOT be able to use the indoor cooking facilities of Dogwood. Water will be available. Electric service might be available, and we would seek donations for the wood for cooking fires as well.
Option 2 is for families, singles and couples that would wish to participate with a host family from Option 1.
Option 3 would be your choice to participate in a traditional congregational Seder at Dogwood Tabernacle, as has been done in the past.
Please review these options with your family. There will be written sign up sheets by the offering boxes in the Dogwood foyer, but you may also quickly indicate your choice using the webpage link below:
Erev Pesach Seder