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REPORT: 16th Twin Cities “Families for God” Weekend Draws Families from 12 States!

April 26, 2013

“Truth in Love” Extended Weekend & Prom in Minnesota!

2013FfG-Courtesy of Brian ReedSimilar to last year, families from a dozen states descended on the Minnesota Twin Cities for an exciting weekend featuring interactive workshops, a family formal as well as the signature prom.

16 years running, the Minnesota congregations of the United Church of God welcomed brethren from as far away as California, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

New for this year was an extended weekend during the second part of the Spring Holy Day festival—concluding with two services and a delectable buffet lunch on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread.

The newly renovated Minneapolis Marriott Northwest served as perfect venue and haven for the numerous guests during the weekend, featuring a completely remodeled hotel in an all-suite environment. The hotel guests enjoyed complementary hot unleavened breakfasts every morning in a separate fellowship room.

2013FfG-Courtesy of Daisy Rahn

After an uplifting Bible study on Friday night titled “Truthing,” Saturday began with services featuring two messages: “The Kiss of Honesty” and “The Leaven of the Pharisees.”

To balance out the afternoon, the attendees had the privilege of actively participating in four seminars: “Seasons,” “The Bible Heart,” “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” and “Justified or Condemned by our Word.”

Evening activities kicked off with delectable formal dinners, separately for the families and the teens (a record combined participation of 167). Both groups briefly rejoined for a fun-filled ice cream social, before returning to their respective dances concluding close to midnight.

The 55 Prom participants had the pleasure of honoring eight seniors on their milestone achievement.

Sunday’s activities began bright and early with a drop-in for those interested in learning more about homeschooling. Since Sunday marked the day of the wave sheaf offering, it was only fitting to offer a seminar titled The Wave Sheaf Offering Today – An Interactive Discussion.”

2013FfG-Courtesy of Pam Blakesley

Teen Prom: 2013 Twin Cities Families For God Weekend

Those attending the Sunday seminars had the pleasure of breaking bread at a plated luncheon at the hotel.

Families and teens interested in some physical fun activity could choose from two offerings at highly attractive group rates: Nickelodeon Universe Indoor Amusement Park and Water Park of America almost next door.

100 in all participated in the two events, which was another weekend record!

Peter and Terri Eddington traveled to the Twin Cities as special guest presenters to conclude the Spring festival with three messages on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread: Sunday night’s Bible study centered on “The 483-Year Prophecy and You” and Monday’s messages focused on “Quakes, Samson and Sin” andSaved By His Life.”

For 2014, the Minnesota congregations have tentatively set aside the same weekend during the Days of Unleavened Bread: Friday, April 18 through  Monday April 21.

The Minnesota brethren hope to welcome you next year!

David W. Mörker

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1 Comment »

  1. This year was our first time to attend this event and it was a terrific weekend!

    Comment by Terri | April 26, 2013 | Reply

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