Folks in Arizona are so excited about the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat that they can’t contain it in one single day! Living Messiah Ministries in Mesa, AZ, is hosting an Erev Shabbat gathering on Friday, March 25 (which includes an original puppet play created for Purim this year), and a National Shabbat observance on Saturday, March 26. Here are the details:
You are invited to join us for a National Shabbat weekend. Come and meet others that will be joining us from surrounding states and the land of Israel.
Where: Living Messiah Ministries, 19 North Robson, Mesa, AZ 85201
Erev Shabbat (Friday Evening, March 25)
– 6:30 – 9:00 pm: Blessing Banquet & Esther Story Puppet Presentation – This meal is provided by Living Messiah Ministries – Friday’s meal will be taco / salad bar + desserts – Suggested donation is $10 per adult, $5 per child (age 6-13)
Shabbat – Gathering Together (Saturday, March 26)
– 12:00 Lunch – Bring a Fruit, Potato, Pasta or Green Salad to Share – 12:45 – 2:45 – Relationship Building – 3:00 – 4:00 – Praise and Worship – Kerry Alexander and Jubilation Band – 4:00 – 5:00 – Ephraim and Rimona Frank – 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Oneg (Share a Meal) and Fellowship
The National Shabbat movement arrived in the Lone Star State through a gathering of about 100 people on March 19 at Fischer Park in the city of New Braunfels. As with National Shabbats in Georgia and South Carolina, some participants traveled many hours to get there, coming from as far away as Sabine Pass on the Louisiana border, Wichita Falls near the Oklahoma border, Arlington in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast. Most of those assembled in New Braunfels came from around Austin (Georgetown, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Kyle) and San Antonio (Boerne, Converse, Poteet, Adkins, Floresville), with a significant number from the Houston area (Katy, Sugarland, Pasadena).Please click here to continue reading
What is it that brings God’s people together faster than anything else? How about praising and worshipping our Creator together on the day He set aside for that purpose? That is the purpose of the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat:
“Once a month, there will be a Shabbat [Sabbath] experience that will bring Northern Israelites together from fellowships, congregations, and homes to express and declare to Avinu (our Father) that we are the people of Northern Israel. There will be no teaching, but occasional presentations about our national restoration and Scriptural discussions promoting a national outlook.” – B’ney Yosef National Shabbat Vision Statement
The National Shabbat first appeared in Georgia, and then South Carolina, and now it’s coming to Central Texas on March 19, 2016. Here are the details:
Gather with us as we celebrate Shabbat as the Nation of B’ney Yosef (Children of Joseph) of the House of Israel. Those who choose to arrive at 12 noon will begin our time of fellowship eating lunch together.
We will hear opening greetings and Scriptures, and then take time to praise and worship Yeshua our King!
Ephraim and Rimona Frank from Israel will be sharing, along with Sister Kaye, who lived in Aqaba, Jordan, for 25 years. We will hear the report from the B’ney Yosef North America Summit in Tampa, Florida, and be given a glimpse of expectations for the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress to be held in Ariel, Israel this October.
We look for the possibility of folks from across Texas and even neighboring states to join us. You won’t want to miss meeting fellow Hebrews of B’ney Yosef!!
There is no charge for this gathering, but we will have an offering box available for those who would like to help with the costs of the National Shabbat.
Please bring sufficient food for your family for the evening meal also, as well as any snacks and drinks that you and your family may require. PLEASE BRING FOOD FOR YOUR OWN FAMILY ONLY!!Due to park regulations we are not able to have shared food at this gathering. ALSO, PLEASE BRING LAWN CHAIRS.
All children and teens will be expected to have PARENTAL supervision AT ALL TIMES, please!!
We mention here this park rule: GLASS beverage containers are prohibited at the park.
What is the secret of the success of Star Trek? Since 1966 three generations of science fiction fans have followed the adventures of four separate crews on the starship Enterprise, as well as other heroes of Gene Roddenberry’s creation through six TV series and 12 movies. There must be something more to the Star Trek universe than adventure stories, special visual effects, and outlandish aliens. Perhaps it is that Star Trek provides us with an opportunity to imagine, to push the boundaries of what is “real”, at least according to what we encounter in our everyday lives.
Certainly that was a key ingredient in the original series, the popularity of which has long outlived the three short seasons it was on the air. In 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation picked up the mantle and carried on that boundary-pushing tradition. In “Where No One Has Gone Before”, the fifth episode of its first season, a propulsion expert named Kosinski (Stanley Kamel) comes aboard the USS Enterprise to make modifications to the ship’s engines that will enhance their performance. What we soon learn is that Mr. Kosinski’s equations are meaningless by themselves; the real power behind the modifications is the presence of Kosinski’s assistant, an alien known only as the Traveler (Eric Menyuk). In the first test, the Enterprise moves faster than ever thought possible into a region of space far beyond our galaxy, a result which astonishes not only the ship’s officers, but Kosinski as well. Only young Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) notices the Traveler’s role in the proceedings. As the officers argue among themselves, he draws near to the Traveler to learn the truth. Their conversation includes a very interesting bit of dialogue:
Wesley: Is Mister Kosinski like he sounds? A joke?
Traveler: No, that’s too cruel. He has sensed some small part of it.
Wesley: That space and time and thought aren’t the separate things they appear to be? I just thought the formula you were using said something like that.
Later in the episode, the Traveler explains, “You do understand, don’t you that thought is the basis of all reality? The energy of thought, to put it in your terms, is very powerful.” And with that we have an articulation from a fantastic science fiction television show of a profound truth first explained by Moses 3,500 years ago.