Finding reasons to celebrate in 2020 sometimes requires stretching back thousands of years. As a result, Munger Place Church is planning a campout in the church parking lot to celebrate an Old Testament holiday.

The Festival of Tabernacles, also called the Festival of Booths, was one of ancient Israel’s largest annual festivals. Celebrated each year in autumn, the Israelites would build temporary shelters and live there for a week. It reminded them of when they came out of Egypt and lived in tents on their way to the Promised Land.

In today’s terms, it means you get to spend time with your family outdoors and reflect on the good things in store.

So bring your tents, sleeping bags and chairs to the Munger Place Church parking lot Oct. 2-3. Campsites will be located in every other parking space around the perimeter of the lot. The center will be kept open for socially distanced games and fire pits for s’mores.

Church bathrooms will be open.

The event coincides with the church’s sermon series on Nehemiah. Pastor Andrew Forrest will lead a brief Bible study Friday night and a morning prayer time Saturday. But the majority of the event will be spent in fellowship.

“Since 2020 has been such a downer, we though it would be fun to do a campout at Munger as a way to make the connection to what we’re reading,” Forrest said in an email. “That’s the whole point: something fun.”

The campout is free with dinner provided Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning.

Not a camper? So what? You’ll never have an easier camping experience with indoor plumbing just a few steps away.

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