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This Week at Tabernacle

A Message from the Pastor….

 Dear Members and Friends,

 According to Wikipedia Innovation is a “new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method”. However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. 

 When we moved from the sanctuary to Emerson Hall for worship we tried some innovations.  I love what Ed and Betsey Bennet, now assisted by Roger Spanos, have been doing with our worship centers.  Those of you who were in worship this past Sunday know they had all kinds of “props” I used for the sermon.  It was fun.  Oh, my, can worship be fun?  I hope so!

 When Michael Boudo first proposed having the Zilber Beatles do a different pop artist once a month for worship I had some misgivings but it’s turned out to be wildly popular with members of the congregation I may have thought would have the most objections!  Who knew!  Not me, obviously!  Worth trying new things I guess.  In fact we typically average ten new visitors on the Sundays when we do this.

 This Sunday will be the Simon and Garfunkel music that got postponed due to the storm in January (yes, we actually did have a “snow Sunday” this year).  And, since we’re in Emerson Hall for the winter they’ve promised to do the music using acoustic instruments rather than amplified since we don’t need amplification in Emerson Hall.                                                      

And to whet your appetite a bit the Deacons have another innovation ready for Ash Wednesday this year.  I realize March 6th is three weeks away but I wanted to give a heads up in case any of you not on the Deacons would like to get involved. Churches across the country have been doing something called “Ashes to go” which involves standing on street corners or train stations offering Ashes to commuters on their way to/from work.  We’ve decided to join that movement this year.  So, on March 6th, we will be at the Commuter Rail station from 6:15-9 am and on the corner of Washington and Federal from 5:30-7 pm offering ashes to those waiting for the train in the morning or streaming past the church on their way home.  Then at 7 pm our Ash Wednesday service will be an extension of our weekly Bible Study. 

 Again, this should prove to be fun!  Fun on Ash Wednesday?  Hmmm.  Ok. Innovative to say the least.  And another way for us to reach out to our community at large and let them know we are here for them. 

Meanwhile, see you in church!
Rev. Joe

  Information, Invitations and Announcements

Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2019.  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 or email the office to reserve your month.

Sign up sheets for volunteers for the Life bridge dinners are in the Bigelow room. We cook and serve dinner on the 4th Monday of every month. We need cooks and servers.  If you are able to volunteer, or if you have any questions please call Jean Karam ( 978 741 2179).

Volunteers Needed.  We are looking for Ushers, Coffee Pourers and Readers for our Sunday services.  Also, we welcome any one who may want to share their musical talents with us during the Offertory.  Sign-up sheets are in the Bigelow, or you may call the office.

Calendar for the Week of February 17th,  2019

Sunday,  February 17th,  2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
2:00 p.m. Sacred Harp Singers

Monday, February 18th,2019
President Day – Office is Closed
7:00 p.m. Zilber Beatles band rehearsal down in the dining room

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
7:00 p.m. Council meeting

 Wednesday,  February  20th, 2019
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
8:00 p.m. AA Meeting


Thursday, February  21st,  2019
8:00p.m. AA Meeting


Friday,  February  22nd, 2019
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Sunday,  February  24th, 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room