This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

March 29th, 2020



A message from our Minister….

Dear Members and Friends,

What a world we live in today!  In the midst of all the fears of COVID-19 many of us have been pushed into an age of technology we never knew was there nor did we want to learn but “necessity is the mother of invention.”  Well over 50 of us worshiped together via ZOOM on Sunday!  Several remarked how good it was to see each other during this time of social isolation and prayers of thanksgiving were lifted up for the gift of technology that made it possible.  We even welcomed several visitors from both near and far.  I had a half dozen friends join because of listing it on my Face Book page.  Deacons are encouraging all of us to share the invitation to join us for worship on all of your social media pages every week!  You can go to our Face Book page and share the post for Sunday Worship with the ZOOM link or direct folks to our web site which will do the same.

Speaking of our web site, there’s a couple of great features you may want to access.  Folks have started sending their weekly offering/pledges using the DONATE button on the upper right hand corner of the Home page.  Doing that or mailing your check in will help us continue to pay our bills and make payroll.   The other cool feature is on the calendar page.  Victoria keeps that page updated and she adds the ZOOM link for each activity.  All of our church meetings are now done remotely via ZOOM so if you want to attend any meeting, Bible Study, or worship you don’t have to write down or remember the details.  Just go to the calendar page, run your mouse over the activity and click on the link and cowabunga! You’ll be joining the meeting!   If you schedule a zoom meeting, be sure to send the link to the office and to Victoria to be added to the calendar. 

And speaking of the office, under the Governor’s orders for folks to stay home “workers in houses of worship” are considered “essential”.  So while Lorraine, Eric or I may be at the church from time to time we want to emphasize the building is closed.  We are not publishing office hours and will also be working from home as well so do email or call us but in the spirit of honoring these directives to help contain and hopefully curtail the virus please do not come to the church. 


The Deacons welcome your feedback on how our zoom services are going.  Please let us know if you have suggestions or are experiencing difficulties. 

If you would like a tutorial on how all this works, just ask!  We are working on the possibility of a Salem Ecumenical Palm Sunday Zoom service with First Church and Saint Peter’s.  Recognizing that Easter is a movable feast and in faith, we believe that every Sunday is Easter, we will officially celebrate Easter the very next Sunday we return to the church building even if that’s in June or July!

So here are some quick reminders and references:

Bible Study  Zoom Meeting Every Wednesday at 7 pm:

Sunday Worship at 10 am:

Church web site for DONATE button, Calendar and other up to date info:

See you at church via zoom!

Rev. Joe


Sunday, March 29th, is the Fifth Sunday in Lent

The title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon this Sunday is: “The Spirit of Life is in YOU!” 

The Gospel readings for Sunday and Bible Study are as follows:
Old Testament
Ezekiel 37:1-14
37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
37:2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.
37:3 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”
37:4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
37:5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
37:6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
37:7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
37:8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
37:9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”
37:10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
37:11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’
37:12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
37:13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
37:14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act,” says the LORD.

New Testament
Romans 8:6-11
8:6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
8:7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law– indeed it cannot,
8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
8:9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
8:10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.




Sunday, March 29th, 2020

10:00 a.m. Worship Service Via Zoom and Facebook:

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

7:00 p.m. Bible Study via ZOOM:


Sunday, April 5th, 2020   Palm Sunday

10:00 a.m. Worship Service via Zoom and Facebook:





Update on New Affordable Housing Building Committee

We had a very productive meeting on March 10th. The purpose of the meeting was to get organized and assign subcommittees so we can begin the next phase in the process of developing affordable housing in part of the church building. The subcommittees and members are below. Everyone is welcome to join a subcommittee.


Please contact the chairperson if you would like to join a particular subcommittee. Chair people of subcommittees will post all meetings

in the office news. Everyone is invited to attend all meetings.


Design Team                                   Legal/Finance Team                                 Program Team

Bob Peterson, Chair                          Bob Strom, Chair                                        Beth Currier, Chair

Ed Burge                                          Scott Grover                                              Amy Grover

Jan Roberts Breslin                            Rob Lutts                                                  Linda Vaughan

Ryan Guilmartin                                                                                                 June DeRoin

Rev. Elizabeth King                                                                                            Betsey Bennett

Sarah Davin

Rachel Lutts


The chair people of committees will put notices of meetings in the office news. All meetings will be virtual until further notice. Thank you!

The lighting of the Steeple for the month of March is provided by the Bennett family in loving memory of Heather Marie Bennett.

The Deacon for the Month of March is:

Brenda Lewis

Phone: 978-744-1778



The Deacon for the month of April is

Betsey Bennett

Phone: 978-745-6931


Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2020. Please contact the office if you are interested in lighting our steeple to remember a loved one, or to honor a special event.   
The cost is $150.00 for the month.   Call the office to reserve your month.