This Week at Tabernacle


May 28th and June 4th, 2023


Reminder This Saturday:

A Memorial Service is planned for Marc Lemieux on Saturday
May 27th at 10:00a.m. in the Sanctuary.
An invitation has been extended to all by the Lemieux Family to attend the service.   Immediately following the service, please join the family for lunch at Spinelli’s, 10 Newbury Street (Route 1 south) Lynnfield, MA  781-592-5552

A scholarship has been established and will be given in his memory to a senior at Essex Tech majoring in Environmental Science (as Marc did) and plans to continue studying in that field in college.

Below you will find the information for those of you who may wish to honor Marc in this manner.


Scholarship in memory of
Marc E. Lemieux

Checks can be made out to:
The Marc Lemieux Scholarship
And mailed to:
Shelby Collins
Confidential Executive Assistant
Essex North Shore Regional Voc
565 Maple Street
Hawthorne, Ma 01937


SUNDAY, JUNE 4th… We will be honoring our Graduates and presenting the Mary Cate Scholarships.

Please plan on attending to show your support for our Graduates.


Message from Reverend Joe……….

Dear Members and Friends,

Jess did a beautiful job in last week’s message tying in our “farewell” to Raeleen with the scriptures and all the other farewells we must go through in life.

We’re not saying farewell to Jess but her role with us is changing.  This month she completes her two years as a ministerial intern with us.  However, she’s not leaving us.  She joined us as a member and will be entering the process of becoming a Member in Discernment, that road to ordination.  As such, she may be preaching from time to time and may be liturgist in worship but not in a role on the staff anymore.  We all will need to make that switch in our heads.  She’s chosen folks from our congregation that she is asking to serve on her Local Church Discernment Committee, and they will be standing by her, supporting her, and challenging her as she prepares to meet with the Association Committee on Ministerial Formation.  There will be a lot of paperwork and interviews so she will be working hard, mind you, but not in the same way as an intern.
She will be preaching on June 4th and the Deacons will recognize her during that service for her two years as our intern.


Because Lorraine is taking some well-earned time off the week of May 28th, this will be a two week This Week.


This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday so remember to wear something red!

June 4th will be communion Sunday and recognition of our high school and college graduates.


You may be wondering what we will be doing for church musician now that Raeleen has retired.  Mary Jodice has graciously agreed to fill in until Labor Day except for Sundays where she already had previous engagements.  So, on those Sundays either the Zilber Beatles or the Stroms will be providing our music.  How blessed we are to have alternatives.  The Personnel Committee and Music and Arts continue to search for a permanent organist/pianist, but, quite frankly, they are few and far between!  Keep praying and let anyone you know who plays keyboard know we are looking.  Mary has offered to teach organ to anyone who may already play the piano and wants to learn!  Spread the word!


See you in church or on zoom,

Reverend Joe



Information and Announcements

The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of May is provided by Stephen Parthum in loving memory of Mary and Chuck Parthum.

The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of June is provided by
Lou Amico in celebration of Anniversaries.

The Deacon for the month of May is Betsey Bennett

The Deacons for the month of June are Sara and Dave Woolfenden

The Hospitality team for this Sunday, May 28th   is Carol White,
Cathy Pelletier, Sara and Dave Woolfenden.

The Hospitality team for Sunday, Jue 4th is: Michael Boudo, Angie brown, Ed Burge, and Sarah Davin.



Sunday, June 4th during service we will be taking donations for the Strengthen the Church Offering.  Please continue reading to learn about the Strength the Church Offering.


The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to build up the UCC cooperatively. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. You build up the Body of Christ with your generosity to this offering.  As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.


Thanking all in advance for their donation.



Sunday, May 28th, 2023
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
11:00 a.m. Fellowship time in the Bigelow Room


Monday, May 29th,2023  Memorial Day
Office is closed

Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Zoom

Friday, June 2nd, 2023
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs in the dining room


Sunday, June 4th, 2023   Graduation Sunday  &  Strengthen the Church Offering
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
11:00 a.m. Fellowship time in the Bigelow Room

3:00 p.m. Installation of Reverend Pam Cochrane
Maple Steet Congregational Church, Danvers


Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

7:00 p.m. Bible Study via Zoom


Friday, June 9th, 2023

6:30 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the dining room.


Sunday, June 11th, 2023

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
11:00 a.m. Fellowship time in the Bigelow Room

Steeple Lighting opportunities available for 2023.   Call or email the office for months that are available if you would like to celebrate a special occasion or remember or honor a loved one.  Cost is 150.00 for the month.
August and December are available.

Mission Collection for Month of May, June and July
For the month of May the Missions Group is collecting products for babies who are living in a refugee shelter on the Salem State University South Campus. These families are from Haiti and Venezuela. They are in need of diapers, baby wipes, and baby food and formula. Please drop off your donations in the baskets in the narthex. Many thanks for your support.




Come join us in our events to support our community at large.


HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) will have its 31st Walk and Run on Sunday, June 4th at 10 am at the Salem Common. Anyone interested in joining and/or donating can go to their website HAWC offers communities on the North Shore a domestic violence helpline, emergency shelter, legal services, advocacy and counseling services to 2,500 families each year.


Here is another opportunity to join a mission experience in Boston sponsored by the Southern New England UCC Conference’s Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center and Incredible Days where participants will stay at Edwards House and do daily service projects focused on urban poverty in Greater Boston. Incredible Days is a Covenanted Partner organization of the SNEUCC offering team building and experiential learning programs. The retreats will consist of four different sessions, Sunday-Friday starting on July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th for intergenerational groups.

Contact for further information.


Always a great opportunity for our church community to join us in serving meals at Lifebridge. Every 4th Monday of the month we are preparing and serving the meals for the community there. We start at 4 pm. The best inspiration is we don’t have to do cleanup!!  Feel free to contact a member of the Missions Group if you are interested in joining us.

What: You are invited to ECCO’s annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser, the best social justice dance party of the summer!  Join us for an evening of shmoozing, a DJ dance party, and cash bar/light refreshments with ECCO’s vibrant and diverse community.

When: Sunday, June 4th, 6:00-9:00pm.  Boarding starts at 6pm.  Arrive by 6:15pm to get on the boat!


Where to meet: 63 Rodgers St., Gloucester, MA


Buy tickets:

Sponsor Our Cruise:  Sponsorships are a key way to promote your business or organization, honor people in ECCO, and support ECCO’s work for justice! To purchase sponsorships via check, click here to see a form that you can print, fill and send to ECCO. To purchase sponsorships online, go to our tickets page at




Bible Study tonight
May 24th and for May 31st, 2023
Readings are  below.



Testimony from the Early Church
Acts 2:1-21  
2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.

2:2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and
it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

2:3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of

2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages,
as the Spirit gave them ability.

2:5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.

2:6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one
heard them speaking in the native language of each.

2:7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking

2:8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?

2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia,

2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and
visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

2:11 Cretans and Arabs–in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s
deeds of power.”

2:12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

2:13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”

2:14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men
of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to
what I say.

2:15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the

2:16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

2:17 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all
flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall
see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

2:18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my
Spirit; and they shall prophesy.

2:19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.

2:20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming
of the Lord’s great and glorious day.

2:21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’



John 20:19-23
20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the
house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came
and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples
rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I
send you.”

20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the
Holy Spirit.

20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of
any, they are retained.”



Matthew 28:16-20
28:16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.

28:17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

28:20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”