Cover Letter for August 2017 FFI
Issue No. 349 - Cover Letter
October 13-15, 2017
103 Park Place
From Interstate 35 take the Hwy 33 exit that is about 20 miles west of Duluth. Go north on 33, for a couple of miles. When you see the bridge over the St. Louis River, do not cross the bridge, but turn left on Cloquet Avenue, and take an immediate right on Broadway. Arise Church is one block north on the corner of Park Place and Broadway. The address is 103 Park Place.
The theme of the conference is Turning the Hearts, based on the Elijah/Elisha calling found in 1 Kings 18:37 and Luke 1:17. This theme should be viewed also in terms of Matthew 17:11, where Elias (Elijah) was called to “restore all things.” Elijah did his part with the single portion of the anointing, but Elisha now comes to finish the job with the double portion. In my view, Elisha is a company of people, not a single individual.
First, you should know that to get to the meeting room, you have to go up 19 stairs. The rest rooms are at the bottom of the stairs as well. There are no elevators, so if you cannot climb stairs, please be advised that it is not built for handicapped people. Sorry about that. We know that this is the place that God has picked for this conference, so I cannot complain, nor should you.
Second, this used to be an old theater. It has been remodeled and has a new wooden floor, but the building itself is older. It is certainly suitable but it is not a luxury hotel. The closest hotels in the area are close to a mile down the road. If you do not have a car, you may enjoy the walk, but we do plan to have a van to shuttle people, and, of course, there will be many who will have cars, so I do not think that transportation will be a problem. There is parking along the sidewalks outside of the building, and also a parking lot just around the corner. Parking should not be a problem.
Third, there are about 100 cushioned theater seats in the back, which were not removed in the renovation. The rest of the floor seating has iron mesh chairs. They are comfortable for short sessions, but you may want to bring a cushion with you to sit on, especially if you want to sit closer to the platform.
Fourth, consider that Cloquet is quite far north. The weather in mid-October will be quite cool, and it often snows in October. Dress accordingly. I will not be able to give you an actual weather report until shortly before the conference begins.
We plan to rent a shuttle van for short trips to the Duluth airport (not the airport in Minneapolis) and from the hotels to the meeting room. Others will have cars to assist in transportation as well.
The hotel rates are somewhat expensive, because it is so close to Duluth. Last year we were unable to meet in Duluth, because the rooms were over $200/night, and the meeting room itself would have cost over $1000/day. Cloquet is about 20 miles west of Duluth. The rates are lower, but they are still higher than average.
The AmericInn Cloquet
111 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Rates (plus tax):
Friday and Saturday: Thursday and Sunday:
$149.99 for two beds $89.99 for two beds
$139.99 for a single $79.99 single
Be sure to specify smoking or non-smoking rooms. They serve free continental breakfasts.
This is the closest hotel, and the rooms are quite nice. There is a refrigerator in every room. Next to it is the Super 8 motel, which is owned by the same company. It is not quite as nice, but certainly very comfortable, and the rates are $10/night cheaper than the AmericInn. Both hotels have the same sales manager: Gloria White.
When making reservations, tell them you are with God’s Kingdom Ministries, because they gave us a slight price reduction. (Same with Super8 below.)
The Black Bear Casino Resort
1785 Hwy 210
Carlton, MN 55718
Rates are on the website, but they vary according to what type of room you want. The rates are actually lower than the other hotels. They do not serve free breakfasts, but they have a restaurant.
Carlton is just a few miles from Cloquet. The advantage of staying at the Black Bear is that they have shuttle service to and from the airport in Duluth (for guests only). They require 24-hour notification ahead of time for shuttle service. The rooms themselves are quite nice, if you don’t mind staying at a casino and walking through some smoke to get to and from the hotel room. They have non-smoking rooms as well.