(Photo taken of the extended Coover Family September 2015)
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People who profess the faith we do come from all walks of life and religion - from German Christians to Orthodox Jews, Mennonite and Charity brethren to attendants of main stream churches, Roman Catholics to refugees from Islamic countries, from those who were once pipe-smoking Amishmen to pot-smoking hippies. We are not a rigid organizational infrastructure, but differing individuals all in the same earnest search for Scriptural truth, self-sufficiency, and a simpler lifestyle which has been lost to "progress" in a world with a moral vacuum which is quickly going down the tubes. We aren't universalist and don't believe that all religions lead to the same place; in fact we would consel that organized religion is what invented much of the existing deception in the first place. We don't believe it is our position to set doctrine, but simply to restate the Scriptural truths from their source; truths which our fathers failed to pass down to us. As Jeremiah 16:19-21 says "in troubled times the nations will come to you from the ends of the earth saying 'Surely our fathers inherited lies, vanity, and traditions which are of no point; Now I will cause them to know my hand and my power, and they will know that my name is YAHWEH."
Put simply, we are offspring of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who worship the Creator, YAHWEH, and have come to repentance, keeping his commandments and believing that YAHSHUA of Nazareth is the promised Messiah sent to all nations, tribes, and people.
My ancestry appears to be primarily German and Jewish, although my parents were raised in nominal Christian and Athiestic homes. Shortly after their marriage however, they embarked on their own personal exodus, fellowshipping first with conservative groups similar to Mennonite, River Brethren, and German Baptists, which nurtured a vision in their hearts for modesty, family values, and a godly home. Over the course of the next several years the Almighty also opened their understanding to the importance of keeping his seventh day Sabbath as a covenant-sign, and shortly thereafter the significance of the Feasts commanded in Leviticus 23 as symbols through which we are invited to commemorate the first and second comings of the Messiah. As Malachi indeed foretold, "Remember the Law of my servant Moses...all the laws and judgments...and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers; otherwise I come and smite the land with a curse." (Malachi 4:4-6)
Throughout the years we attended with many churches and home fellowships, yet never signed the membership roster of any one. As a result we've been able to "glean the truth" from many different perspectives, including the "Messianic movement" where we were first introduced to "Yahshua", the Hebrew name of the Messiah, and "Yahweh" as the name of our Heavenly Father, which he still desires us to honor Him by using. It has been said that searching for truth is much more productive than searching for a true "religious faith", and in our journey we have found this saying to be accurate. It has been almost 30 years now since we embarked on this journey, and 15 years since we first launched this website. We are now blessed by a small but like-minded fellowship of believers in the central Maine area who meet together for the sabbaths and feasts, and are interested in the possibility of establishing a loosely organized yet more close-knit community in the future. With conviction we believe that "we were born for such a time as this"; by His strength we are pressing on, and we invite you to join in extolling Yahweh with us!