2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
National Shavuot Conference : 5777 / 2017, Registration
Sunday, May 28 — 31
- Adult Learning: Didache Rediscovered
- 12-21 Learning & Engagement: The Two Roads
- FFOZ Kids: House on the Rock
This year at First Fruits of Zion’s national Shavu’ot conference, join us for the release of our new translation and commentary on the Didache, an Apostolic-era document containing the teaching of Yeshua as transmitted to the nations.
We will divide into three tracks: one for adults, one for youth and young adults, and one for children. Adults will join the “Didache Rediscovered” track to unpack the apostolic teachings of the Didache. Students in the 12-21 track (ages 12-21) will study the “Two Roads,” a brief course in life principles and the power of choices from the perspective of the Didache and Messianic Jewish teaching. This amazing learning opportunity, tailored specifically for young students, promises serious study and a spiritually positive learning experience. There will also be a children’s program (6–11 year olds), FFOZ Kids will learn lessons from the Sermon on the Mount during select adult sessions.
Join us for a time of celebrations. We will be recognizing First Fruits of Zion’s 25th anniversary, celebrating the release of our new commentary on the Didache, and, most importantly, worshiping together on the holy festival of Shavu’ot to thank God for his gift of the Torah at Sinai and the pouring out of the Spirit in Jerusalem. Festival meals and synagogue services optional. Space is limited so we encourage early registration.
Adult Learning: Didache Rediscovered
There are two ways: one of life and one of death; however, there is a great difference between the two ways. (Didache 1:1)
The adult track of the conference will include lectures from First Fruits of Zion teachers regarding a Messianic Jewish interpretation of the Didache and its relevance for disciples today. The rediscovery of this important, early apostolic work has practical ramifications for the Messianic Jewish movement today, particularly regarding the faith and practice of Messianic Gentiles. We will work through key concepts of kingdom living and simple instructions for the path of authentic discipleship to Yeshua:
- Instructions in holiness and godliness
- Instructions in Torah and ceremony
- Instructions for community and leadership
The Didache is not in the Bible, and it doesn’t carry the authority of biblical text, but it provides a concise guide to a life of holiness based upon the teachings of Yeshua. This conference will focus on unpacking this ancient, Jewish document, linking it to Scripture, and equipping us with a better understanding of discipleship and kingdom living.
12-21 Learning & Engagement: The Two Roads
The Two Roads track for FFOZ 12-21 will provide focused teachings about the power of choices for teens and young adults, ages 12-21. The Didache opens, “There are two ways: one of life and one of death; however, there is a great difference between the two ways” (Didache 1:1). Young people will learn and discuss how the Didache makes practical applications from the teaching of Yeshua to help us navigate through life’s choices. Registration includes special youth events and activities.
FFOZ Kids: House on the Rock
FFOZ Kids classes will focus on learning the words of Yeshua from the Sermon on the Mount in a fun and easy-to-grasp way. This track will be full of learning, activity, games, and songs to help instill, even at a young age, the principles of Yeshua’s teachings.
Registration & Opening: Sunday, May 28
- Registration opens @ 8:00am
- Worship Music and Welcome Session @ 9:00am
- Adult and Youth Sessions begin at 10:00 am
Registration Costs *
- Single: $115
- Couple: $175
- Family: $225
* All Pillar-level FFOZ Friends need to register, however registration is free.
Meal Tickets (per person) **
- Adult: $65
- Child (4 and under): FREE
- Child (5-12): $35
** A meal ticket includes 5 kosher meals for: (1) Lunch 28th, (2) Lunch 29th, (3) Erev Shavu’ot Dinner, (4) Shavu’ot Lunch, (5) Shavu’ot Evening Meal.
Tuesday May 30th: 12-21 will be an optional paid lunch to raise funds for Camp Tzadi camper scholarships.
No outside food will be allowed into the premises.
Will there be an optional all night study on Shavu’ot?
Yes, there will a Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot (repairing the night) at our event. It will be a night of learning on a variety of subjects from FFOZ teachers, friends, and conference attendees.
Why are the meals so late?
From a biblical view, there is not a precise moment when one day ends and another begins. Rather, days overlap with one another, and the previous day is not entirely over until its sunlight is gone from the sky. That is why we must wait until night begins and the seven weeks are complete before commencing the final fiftieth day.
What should I wear?
Typical dress throughout event is business casual.
Who are the speakers at this year’s conference?
First Fruits of Zion teachers will be presenting.
Are the meals kosher?
Kosher meals for the conference and Shavu’ot will be prepared in the Beth Immanuel kitchen, a completely kosher facility in compliance with the general halachic guidelines for kashrut. The high kosher standard assures that everyone will be able to eat with us.
Where is a full schedule of events?
A full schedule will be provided on site and as a digital download online before the start of the conference. All services, adult sessions, and provided meals will take place at Beth Immanuel, 828 3rd Street in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Are there additional 12-21 activities this year?
Yes, in addition to three days of teachings and games, the 12-21 Two Roads track will include a cookout with volleyball as well as a cruise on the St. Croix River. For those desiring to go on the cruise, we will be collecting $15.00 per person at the event to cover a boat ticket.
Is there travel and accommodation information?
Hudson, Wisconsin is essentially a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. If flying, please fly into the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP).
Housing:Comfort Inn and Suites, 2620 Center Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016 / Phone: 715-690-2500 / Cost: $114 per night / Options: 2 Queen Beds (+ Sofa Bed) or King Bed (+ Sofa Bed); uality Inn, 811 Dominion Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016 / Phone: 715-386-6355 / Cost and Options: $85 per night for Single Bed / $95 per night for 2 Queen Beds.
Important: Mention you are part of the First Fruits of Zion Conference to get this special group rate. There are several less expensive options all within equal distance of the meeting facility. Search for hotels in the Hudson, Wisconsin or Woodbury, Minnesota area to find one that best meets your needs.
Airport/Hotel Shuttle: A shuttle service to and from MSP and the Comfort Inn and Suites is available, for more information, go online at: http://www.chippewavalleyairportservice.com/hudson.php.