Orange Beach, Alabama

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Location of Services

Orange Beach Event Center
4671 Wharf Parkway
Orange Beach, AL 36561

First Service Time

Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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Housing Updated Apr 29, 2021

Activities Updated Sep 13, 2021

Schedule Updated Sep 13, 2021

Festival Site Updates

September 13, 2021

Seating at services

Orange Beach Attendees!

We will have reserved seating this year at most of our Feast sites in the U.S. At Orange Beach, we will have a desk set up in the Event Center beginning on Sunday morning around noon and running up until the opening night service on Monday night. Please come by the Event Center when you arrive in Orange Beach and visit the table. The sooner the better, as many will come right before services and the line will be longer then. If possible, check in with us before going to your lodging. At check-in, you will be given a card with your reserved seating location, and you will need to bring this card with you to services each day. If you arrive early for the check-in, you will have some flexibility to select your seating. The seats that are reserved for you at this time will be your seats for the duration of the Feast. If you have special needs in regard to seating, please let the attendant at the table know.

We know that some of you will want to sit with extended family, but we do not need for you to do so to fit everyone in the Event Center. If you desire to sit with other members of your family, when you check in tell us who in your family will be attending and we will attempt to place you all together. Please work this out with your family before you come. This should be family only or people with whom you are sharing housing. 

We know that many people want to visit with friends, but for seating during services we are asking you to honor this for each service to assist in our desire to have social distancing between families. Together we can share an amazing Feast of Tabernacles while doing our best to keep ourselves and everyone else safe!

We will all be able to attend services every day.

Thank you for coming to Orange Beach this year. We look forward to serving all of you.

Phil Sandilands
Festival Coordinator – Orange Beach, AL

September 9, 2021

Activity updates

All Orange Beach attendees for 2021!

With the Feast of Tabernacles less than two week away, preparation and planning are in full swing. We are excited about seeing all of you this year! As you can imagine, the Coronavirus variant that is currently in the United States is causing disruptions in most areas, including schools and the workplace. The experiences of this summer in the U.S. have shown us that being in close contact with others can lead to the spread of this virus. Our desire is for us to have an environment of peace and safety to come together and worship God for eight days. We had hoped to have a lot of extra activities this year, however the indoor activities where people come in close contact will need to be suspended. Let me list those things we will not be doing and then those things that are still on in Orange Beach:

Activities we will cancel: Since all of these would have been in rooms involving close contact, we will suspend these for this year:

  • Festival Youth Instruction classes – EEI has material that parents can use for their children and we encourage you to use them to help our children learn about the Festivals of God. There is a link to this material on the Feast app.
  • Teen drop-in.
  • Young adult drop-in.
  • Deacon and elders' reception.
  • Family dance.

Activities we will still have: These are either outdoor or in an area where we have proper space:

  • Seniors' luncheon.
  • Teen activity.
  • Golf scramble.
  • Family day.

My excitement is growing daily as we approach the Feast! I love seeing the Feast chains on member’s social media pages. I can recall the anticipation of the Feast when I was a child myself. Can’t wait to see you all in a few days.

Phil Sandilands
Festival Coordinator – Orange Beach, AL

August 18, 2021

Sept. 18 Sabbath information

If you will be arriving early in Orange Beach and want to attend Sabbath services on Sept. 18, we have secured a hall in neighboring Gulf Shores. The address is:

Cultural Center Auditorium
19470 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores AL 36542

Services will be at 2 p.m. See you all very soon!

Phil Sandilands
Orange Beach Festival Coordinator

August 10, 2021

Sabbath services, Sept. 18

For those who will be coming early to Orange Beach, we will be hosting Sabbath services Sept. 18 in the area. We need to know how many people will be here so we can rent a hall. If you are planning on coming to services in the area Sept. 18, please email Wes Cohron and let him know the number of people in your party. His email address is wes.cohron@cogwa.org.

Thank you,
Phil Sandilands

July 20, 2021

Activity reminders

Microtel Inn and Suites reservations

If you are wanting to stay at the Microtel Inn and Suites, you will need to contact the sales manager Alan Olson directly. Due to a mix-up with the reservation system, if you call the hotel directly they will not know anything about the Feast or our contracted rate of $59 per night. You can reach Alan directly by email or phone.

Alan Olson
Email: alan@anrgroup.com
Phone: 251-307-2109

2021 Orange Beach Golf Scramble

This year’s golf scramble is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. The location will be Gulf Shores Golf Club, with a shotgun start. The cost will be $60, which includes the cart and range balls. All skill levels are welcome and if you don’t have a foursome, we will put you in one. A box lunch will be available for those who wish to pre-order. The lunch will consist of turkey and Swiss cheese on wheat bread along with chips, fruit, cookie and drink. The cost will be an extra $12 for each box lunch. Also, if you want to rent clubs, we can reserve them for you at a cost of $40.

This year we would like to get an early estimate of how many plan to participate (we may have to change venue if we don’t have at least 50 participants). Please send an email or text to Rick Avent as soon as possible giving the names of those who plan to play. However, you will need to register and pay in advance as in the past. The deadline for registration and payment will be Friday, Aug. 27.

Deadline for submission: Friday, Aug. 27.
Make checks payable to Richard Avent.
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List all player(s) wishing to play together and whether a box lunch or club rental is requested

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Email address to receive updates: _______________________

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Return registration form to:

Rick Avent
17735 West Colony Way
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Email: richard.avent@cogwa.org
Phone: 225-205-7249

Teen Drop-In

Please join us and say ALOHA to friends new and old as we have a luau themed teen drop-in! Join us for food, games, music and fun on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m. in the Event Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Young Adult Drop-In

It is the WORST!

Isn’t it the worst when you realize you missed seeing an old friend at the Feast? Don’t let that happen this year. Come see old friends, and make some new ones at the young adult reception BEFORE church on the FIRST HOLY DAY. Meet, relax and enjoy the finest morning delicacies Publix has to offer (coffee, juice, donuts, maybe more?). Don’t worry about babysitting, bring the kids and enjoy the fellowship. 

See you BEFORE services, on the FIRST HOLY DAY. Don’t let this once a year opportunity pass you by.

June 30, 2021

Family Day volunteering

Greetings Orange Beach Feast-goers,

Family Day during the Feast will be at the SportsPlex (orangebeachal.gov/facilities/sportsplex/about) on Friday, Sept. 24, from 1-5 p.m. A number of fun events are planned for all ages, and now we are taking names for assistants to staff the various areas. If you are interested and can help, please put “X” by the event in the list below. Then fill in the information fields at the bottom so we can set up the crews. 

___Bounce house

___Arcade/Carnival games

___Novelty Olympics

___Flag football or softball

___(There may be other events and areas of help needed too)

Name:
Age:
Congregation:
Email:
Phone: 
Comments (optional):

Please send your reply to paul.luecke@cogwa.org.

June 30, 2021

Activity descriptions and schedule

The Orange Beach activity descriptions and schedule are now available.
 
Also, for the Sabbath prior to the Feast, Sept. 18, services will not be held at the Feast site.

June 7, 2021

Music service opportunities

Hello!

Would you like to be part of the Orange Beach Festival Choir 2021? Would you like to sing a solo, a duet or be in a small vocal or instrumental ensemble? Maybe you'd like to accompany hymns at the piano or on another instrument?  

Would you take a minute to let me know of your interest? 

I'm in the process of selecting music for the week of the Feast. If you would be so kind, please email me at buckeyejanel@gmail.com.  

Also, to properly register, please go back into your COGWA portal and select the gear button next to your Feast registration info, then:

  • Select “Volunteer for Service & Music.”
  • Press “Edit” next to your name.
  • Under Music Service, click on the gray box that says, “Click here to select talents.”
  • Choose your musical volunteer section – “Vocalist” = Choir.
  • Choose your range.

Let's make some beautiful music together!

In song,
Janel Johnson

May 28, 2021

Golf scramble announcement

If you're interested in participating in this year's Orange Beach golf scramble, please look at the order form as soon as possible. 

This year we would like to get an early estimate of how many plan to participate (we may have to change venue if we don’t have at least 50 participants). Please send an email or text to Rick Avent as soon as possible giving the names of those who plan to play. His email address is richard.avent@cogwa.org and his phone number is 225-205-7249. 

However, you will need to register and pay in advance as in the past. The deadline for registration and payment will be Friday, Aug. 27. 


Site Description

The southeast region will host the Feast of Tabernacles in Orange Beach, Alabama, with services in the Orange Beach Event Center, located in the Wharf district. The Wharf has many fine restaurants, shopping, a marina and lots of outdoor activities, including an escape room, Ferris wheel and a newly added zip-line attraction. For more information on the Wharf, you can visit alwharf.com.

In addition to our regular services, we will host teen and young adult drop-ins, a golf scramble, Family Day activities at the Orange Beach Sportsplex, our much-anticipated senior luncheon and a teen outing.

There are multiple beach locations—stretching across several miles—that offer parasailing, diving, deep-sea fishing, glass-bottom boats, dolphin tours, beach volleyball and a host of other Gulf-related activities. If your interest isn’t beautiful white sand, then just minutes from the beach are several theme parks, a zoo and Wade Ward Nature Park with its scenic wetlands boardwalk.

We encourage you to visit gulfshores.com for more information on the attractions, restaurants and things to do in this coastal paradise.

If your plans call for a beach venue for this year’s Feast of Tabernacles, we welcome you to Orange Beach, Alabama!

Fragrance-controlled room available: No.

Tax rate for accommodations: 13 percent. (Be sure to read details on each property listed in the housing information. Some Orange Beach accommodations include taxes and fees in their rates.) 

Phillip Sandilands

Closest airport: Pensacola, Florida (PNS), 30 miles. 

Phillip Sandilands