New Braunfels, Texas
Festival Site Updates
September 8, 2021
Activity update and seating reservations
Because of the increased level of infections from the virus in the New Braunfels area, we have cancelled a number of our previously scheduled activities for the Feast of Tabernacles in this city. Cancelled activities and functions include the adult choir, the children’s choir, Festival Youth Instruction, the ministers and department head reception and the seniors' luncheon. We are still planning to have the teen activity, family day and the golf tournament. While it is disappointing that we have had to take this course of action, I believe it is better for us to err on the side of caution in trying to help everyone stay healthy throughout the Feast.
In addition to cancelling the previously mentioned activities and functions, we will also have socially distanced, reserved seating at our meeting hall throughout the Feast. As such, we need to find out who is able to be seated with family and/or friends during the duration of the Feast.
In order to get accurate information and create a seating plan, I am asking one person to respond on behalf of each seating group (family, roommates and people you are comfortable sitting next to) to reserve seating for your group. When you click on the link below you will be asked for contact information and the names of each person in your seating group. Obviously, the larger your seating group is, the more efficiently we can use the space available to us.
In the “Location Preference” section you can request the front, middle or back of the auditorium, space for a wheelchair and the parents’ room. As able, we will assign you seats accordingly.
The parents’ room, which is located upstairs, will have an A/V connection with the service, wider rows than the auditorium, nearby restrooms, changing tables for babies and a privacy area for nursing mothers.
When you arrive at the meeting hall for the Feast, a seating diagram will be posted showing where your seats are located.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time and for your responses that will allow us to create a seating plan that can help us all stay healthy throughout the Feast!
To reserve your seating, the designated person for each seating group can click on:
September 1, 2021
Sept. 18 services and golf tournament
Sabbath service – Sept. 18. The closest congregation to New Braunfels where a Sabbath service will be held on the Sabbath prior to the Feast of Tabernacles is Austin, Texas. The location is the Gateway Baptist Church, 7601 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78752. The service will start at 2:30 p.m. This location is approximately 55 miles north of New Braunfels. The Sabbath service from Austin will also be webcast. Here is the link to connect to the webcast: https://www. youtube.com/channel/UCCaSUVrmomuKJ7a2x8kzBog/live.
Golf tournament – Sept. 23. We are planning a four-person scramble golf outing during the Feast on Thursday, Sept. 23, at The Bandit Golf Club. The cost will be $40 per person. You can form your own team, or we can place you with other golfers.
If you would like to play, please send an email to Greg Swartz (email@example.com) letting him know of your desire to play and whether you have a team or wish to be placed on a team. We will plan on a meeting at the Feast site, probably on Wednesday, to confirm final details.
July 21, 2021
Volunteering and activity information
Volunteers Needed for Ushering. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help in this area! But we are still in need of a few more people. If you have not already volunteered to serve via your COGWA Portal and would like to help usher, please email Mark Morris, the department head for the auditorium. Mark’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Needed for Festival Youth Instruction. This year we once again have two lessons planned for children in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 (6th graders are also welcome). We already have a few volunteers, but could use another volunteer or two to help. If you have not already volunteered to help with Festival Youth Instruction and would like to do so, please contact David Treybig at email@example.com.
Painting with the Colliers. Have you ever wanted to try painting a picture? Here’s your opportunity to paint like Bob Ross. Rodney and Chant’a Collier from the Atlanta, Georgia, congregation will be hosting a painting party on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Painting With a Twist in New Braunfels, TX. All supplies will be provided including snacks and beverages. The cost is $37 per person (aged 15 and up). The maximum number of participants is 25 people.
If you would like to join the Colliers for fun, fellowship and an evening of painting during the Feast, reserve your spot by emailing Rodney Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 770-688-7990.
June 29, 2021
Activity descriptions and schedule
New Braunfels is a small town of approximately 90,000 people located in the hill country of Texas, just 30 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio. Its German heritage is evident in the city’s history, culture and cuisine. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Braunfels was the third-fastest-growing city in the United States from 2010-2020.
Services will be held in The Village Venue located in New Braunfels’ Freiheit Village. This will be the first time for us to use this facility for the Feast of Tabernacles. The facility was built in 2017 and features state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, breakout rooms and an elegant decor. Often used for weddings, this facility is also an outstanding place for corporate meetings and conventions. Premier shopping, restaurants and housing surround the facility.
Nestled among the convergence of two rivers, New Braunfels offers many recreational opportunities that include water. Whether it is enjoying the famous Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort, wakeboarding without a boat at the Texas Ski Ranch, floating one of the rivers, or swimming in the largest spring-fed pool in Texas—there are plenty of ways to get wet!
For those interested in history, there are seven museums to visit and the historic district of Gruene (a district within the city of New Braunfels) to explore. And for dining, there are many restaurants nearby where visitors can sample German dishes, Texas barbecue and contemporary fare.
If you’d like to venture beyond the local area, San Antonio is just 30 miles south on Interstate 35. There you can tour the historic Alamo, wander the River Walk, go up the Tower of the Americas, visit SeaWorld and enjoy Six Flags Fiesta Texas theme park.
The daily high temperature in New Braunfels in September generally ranges between 86 and 93 degrees F. Anticipated attendance is 300.
Fragrance-controlled room available: Yes.
Tax rate for accommodations: 13 percent.
Closest airports: San Antonio (SAT), 36 miles.