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Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries



Welcome to Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries website! 

We are building a Messianic community in the area of Coshocton County and Holmes County, Ohio, United States. Beth Shalom is near Sugarcreek Ohio and started in 2006.

Below is our blog, we will update as time allows.

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Eighth Annual Sukkot Meeting 2016

Posted by Philip on October 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries Eighth Annual Sukkot Meeting

Sukkot October 17-24


Near Sugarcreek, Ohio

What to bring:

Lawn chairs. Food items make sure they are Biblically Kosher look under our community section/events. Try not to bring things that require refrigeration unless you have your own cooler for them. Bring enough food for your family/self plus four extra.

More Info:

10/17 & 10/24 will be festival Sabbaths. 10/15 is also the weekly Sabbath. All three of the Sabbaths during Sukkot will be open intentionally for visitors and services. We will gather corporately for each Shabbat at 11:00 am through 5:00 pm.

Please contact if planning to attend.


Our mailing address has changed

Posted by Philip on June 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Our mailing address has changed. Due to an error on the part of the local post office we have lost our PO Box and will have to get another one.

Fifth Annual Sukkot 2013

Posted by Philip on September 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries Fifth Annual Sukkot Meeting



Sukkot 5774, 2013 September 22-29



The group was smaller this year than in previous years as we did not have a lot of room this year. Click on the picture below or visit the Photo Gallery for more pictures of this year's gathering.







Spring Feasts

Posted by Philip on March 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce our schedule for the Spring Feasts is now posted on the calendar of events.

Fourth Annual Sukkot Meeting

Posted by Philip on September 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries Fourth Annual Sukkot Meeting

Sukkot 5773, 2012, October 1-9



Near Sugarcreek, Ohio 


What to bring:

Lawn chairs. Food items make sure they are Biblically Kosher look under our community section/events. Try not to bring things that require refrigeration unless you have your own cooler for them. Bring enough food for your family/self plus four extra.


More Info:

10/2 & 10/9 will be festival Sabbaths. 10/6 is also the weekly Sabbath. All three of the Sabbaths during Sukkot will be open intentionally for visitors and services. We will gather corporately for each Shabbat starting at 5:00 pm the evening before and again at 9:00 am and throughout the day of each Shabbat.

The other days of Sukkot will be open in the evenings 5:00 pm until about 10:00 pm.


About camping:

For those planning to camp you must contact Philip in advance for permission and bring your own tent, etc. It will probably be cold at night though. Camping is fine over Shabbats, just have your tent etc. in place before sundown. Everyone is expected to keep the camp clean.


No campfires, No exceptions, not even if lit before Shabbat, it will be too close for that. We will have one large camp fire.


We will have a large sukkah near the house for services and food.


Other Lodging:

Special hotel rates are available at the Berlin Grande Hotel, you must contact us to learn how to get the special rate.


Contact Philip if planning to attend whether coming for a Shabbat, or another evening, or camping over the Shabbats.

FREE Books

Posted by Philip on September 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Community, Looking at the Possibilities, by Philip Crossan

As long as we are able we will distribute this book FREE of charge until the end of Sukkot 2012. We will even pay the shipping.


Mention the Free Community Book offer. The book will arrive by mail, so include your mailing address. This 100% free offer is only availbale to those with a U.S. mailing address. If ordering from a foreign country you must include $5.00 U.S. to cover additional shipping requiements. Only one free book per address.

Community News, Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries

Posted by Philip on July 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Community News, Beth Shalom Messianic Ministries


Community Happenings, Website Updates and Volunteers, Success of Philip’s Latest Book


There have been several visitors to Holmes County but the local group is starting to dwindle. A few months back brother Barry moved out of the area, due to health issues, he now lives about two hours away, and is unable to drive himself. Barry lived in the area for maybe five years and has been a great blessing to all who know him. On the heels of Barry moving out, Brother Abe was moving back in. Those who are familiar know that brother Abe has had health problems, he had moved onto a commune for the last couple years before returning to Holmes County. Abe has since passed away around the end of May. Another local family is preparing to move out of the area due to the Gas Fracking craze which has driven up the costs of renting.


It has been difficult to update the website as there have been few volunteers. So the podcast has not been updated for a little while, have patience and hopefully we will be back to updating regularly again soon.


Brother Philip has been extremely busy this year. His new book Community, Looking at the Possibilities is doing very well, he has done multiple book signings and speaking engagements about the topic of community and the book. In the last few months he has also been interviewed about the community here on two different internet radio programs, Messianic Lifestyles Magazine and Hebrew Nation Radio. He has also had to turn down some interviews and speaking engagements as well.


Please continue to support and pray for this ministry as we seek to share the Gospel in its original context.

What We Believe

Posted by Philip on May 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (4)

As much as we dislike doctrinal statements or ‘this is what we believe’ kinds of approaches, sometimes it is necessary to make some distinctions. So here is a basic about us kind of thing. Hopefully it will give readers some idea of who we are and are not.



1. Jews, Gentiles, and Segregation

We are a group of people who want to follow and obey the creator. We are less than half Jews by birth and a bit more than half non-Jews by birth, yet we are all Israel. We believe that gentiles are grafted into Israel and are not to remain separate in faith or identity. In other words when a gentile accepts Messiah he/she is converting to the faith of the Messiah which was, and is to be, in the context of what we might call ancient Judaism.



2. One Will for All People

We teach from the perspective of what some people call One New Man, One People, or One Law theology; to a degree. We basically believe that there is one Creator (God) who has one will for all people; not many different wills for many different people. That means we fully believe that all people are to take upon themselves the Torah fully, within the framework and direction of Messiah.



3. Conservative and Orthodoxy

The people we tend to fellowship with most are of conservative views on many issues. For example some of our backgrounds are from Orthodox Judaism, some from Mennonite and Amish background, and others who have had many similar conclusions.



4. Education and Scholarship

We believe in studying the entire Bible and that everyone should be generally educated about the context and times of which the Bible was written. We believe leadership should be educated and not novices, or self appointed.



5. Extra-Biblical Texts

We do study extra-biblical texts for example: ancient Jewish literature, the Talmud, etc. as well as ancient Christian writings, the Early Church Fathers etc. We do not want to focus too much on any extra-biblical writings. These writings can be a doorway into the possible beliefs, practices, and expectations of the people of a particular time period, yet they are not doctrinal nor are they treated with the same reverence as the Bible.



6. Community

We define community as being in fellowship with other believers. Community can mean living as friends and neighbors in the same vicinity, it can mean shared land, it could mean commune, the interpretation is open. We intend to promote any degree of community among Messianic leaning believers. Community requires toleration and acceptance of others with differing viewpoints; not on obvious issues of sin but on issues that are not prerequisites of Salvation.



7. Christian Identity Theories

One House, Two House, Anglo Israelism, Afro Isrelism, etc. etc. We do not agree nor disagree fully about the various Identity Theories. Some points in these theories have validity and most points do not. Some facts exist and much wishful thinking is also present. Trying to sort out the facts and the fiction seems to only lead to strife, therefore; we officially avoid these discussions.



8. Using the Sacred Name of the Creator

We are not a sacred name assembly, yet we are also not offended nor willing to cut off people for using some type of pronunciation of the sacred name. We are well aware that many of the supposed pronunciations out there are grammatical impossibilities, and we do find those to be annoying. Some of the people we fellowship with say Yahweh, others say God, others say Creator. Of the Messiah most say Yeshua, some say Jesus. We are not offended by any of these and make no additional rules concerning them.

The Four Species & the Rabbinic Sukkah

Posted by Philip on December 3, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This was a very brief study that we had in a frame on a table during sukkot 2011. It started a lot of interesting conversations. So we wanted to share it with our online friends.


Halachah, a Hebrew term which literally means ‘the law’, is a series of Rabbinic traditions and customs. There are literally thousands of Rabbinic Halachot (laws), among these are traditions pertaining to the construction of a Sukkah. The Halachos for the Sukkah are basically that the side walls can be made out of anything, the roof however; must be made of organic materials and you must be able to see at least three stars when looking through the roof. Additionally the four species of trees mentioned in the Bible must be present in the sukkah. These four species are typically shown as what is known as the Lulav, although the custom of the lulav may have some impure roots.


The four species of trees however are mentioned in the Bible and they, like the story of the four sons at the Passover Sedar, can represent four types of Jews or more specifically four types of Israelites. The good, the bad, the simple, and the one who doesn’t seem to care at all.


The good are of course always seeking God’s Will and Ways, they search the Scriptures and know them intimately. Their heart is to follow God. They seek wisdom and knowledge.


The bad may know the Scriptures also but they do not really obey, they often have an outward appearance of righteousness but they often act in secret to bring about their own will. They may bend the Scriptures to teach their opinions. They might turn away completely and follow the path to destruction.


The simple are not evil. They are sincere they only lack learning. They could be swayed by the either the good or bad and they are often a target audience of both.


The one who doesn’t seem to care at all, is likewise not evil. Although he seems to not care he may care in time to come. He is also able to be swayed by either the good or the bad. He may have learning but it doesn’t really matter until the time of decision comes.


The Bible also mentions a fifth species of tree this one is overlooked in rabbinic customs. Perhaps this fifth species represents the gentile who is grafted into Israel through Messiah and now has a choice of what kind of Israelite he will become.

The Huppah

Posted by Philip on December 3, 2011 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This was a very brief study that we had in a frame on a table during sukkot 2011. It started a lot of interesting conversations. So we wanted to share it with our online friends.


Huppah literally means ‘covering’ or ‘canopy’ the word is typically used to refer to a wedding canopy. The Huppah is a small canopy which the bride and groom stand under during a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. During the days of Yeshua (Jesus) the term huppah would have mainly been used to refer to a special sukkah (tent) or a special room used as a bridal chamber. The modern Huppah appearance and use has changed however the symbolism is preserved.


The Head Covering and the Huppah - A woman’s head covering is a symbol of God being above her. It is also a symbol of her husband being above her own self and will. The woman’s head covering is also a representation of her huppah which she was married under and is a sign to others that she is married. An Orthodox Jewish woman will have her head covered once she is married. 


The Home and the Huppah - The huppah also represents the home. There are no sides on the huppah representing that our homes must be open to others, speaking of hospitality. It is a tradition that Abraham’s tent had four doors all of which were open all day because of his great hospitality. In addition, just as the sukkah is a temporary dwelling so the huppah is also temporary. The symbolism that can be found in this is that we are to be ready at anytime and waiting for the Messiah. Also our homes are temporary they could be taken away at anytime as history bares out through the many persecutions, inquisitions, and expulsions; being chased from land to land.


The Sukkah and the Huppah - The huppah tradition grew from the tradition of the sukkah and the bridal chamber. In times past the bride and groom locked themselves away in a bridal chamber or tent (a sukkah) for seven days and nights on the seventh day they emerged, on the seventh day the wedding feast was held. Often they would sit together beneath a separate canopy during the wedding feast.


Yeshua (Jesus) and the Huppah - To the believer in the risen Messiah the huppah also represents our marriage supper to Him. So also the sukkah represents this, as the sukkah is the ‘mansion’ or ‘bridal chamber’ the place the groom prepares to take his bride for the seven days and seven nights. Through all these things we can see some of the significance of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and how it foreshadows the things yet to come, as the Apostle Paul wrote.