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This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

December 8th, 2019

Reminder….

Sunday, December 8th

Christmas Party following our Service.

Also, Please remember to bring your Angel Gifts to be blessed.

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VISIONING TASK FORCE MEETING
                             Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 pm
Mickey Northcutt from North Shore CDC and his consultant will be attending the meeting. He will present detailed information on the potential affordable housing project.
             Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

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MESSAGE FROM COUNCIL…..

Our Sunday sexton, Steve Vousboukis, will be leaving Tabernacle at the end of the year.  He will be missed by all of us, as he is always ready with a helping hand and a smile. Our church council suggested that we take a collection for Steve and give him the money in the form of a gift card. We will give this to Steve during the church service on December 22.  We will collect the money over the next two Sunday’s. If you give cash put it in an envelope marked Steve, if you would like to write a check make it out to Tabernacle Church, with a  notation that it is for Steve. If you have any questions you can email me at sarahdavin571@gmail.com.

Sarah Davin, Co-moderator

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd….

OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

10:00 a.m.

In EMERSON HALL

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POINSETTIAS

Remember to place your order  by Wednesday, December 18th .  Please remember to include your memorial with your order. Poinsettias are available in red and white and cost 10.00 each.  Forms are available in Sunday’s bulletin, or you may call or email the office to place an order.

 

A message from our Minister…

Dear Members and Friends,

During this season of Advent, our prayer response is the 4th verse of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” which includes the words, “We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell.” I’m here to tell you that I have heard the angels this year!

I know that it’s the pastor’s role to inspire the congregation but sometimes it works in reverse:  you inspire me.  I like that.

With Thanksgiving so close to Christmas this year and the agencies receiving the gifts of our Angel Tree needing responses earlier than usual, we had a short turn around.  But, by golly, you responded in true Tabernacle fashion and I am in awe.

Two Sundays ago the Angels started flying off the tree and by this Sunday some gifts had already arrived under the tree.  One of our members contacted me, knowing we needed them back by this Sunday, and said they would take care of the remaining requests.  There were 7 angels left on the tree so I suggested the member take what they could and I’d put the rest back.  The member responded “got them all.”

I heard the Christmas angels tell glad tidings!  All the angels flew off the tree.  Angels have been busy buying the gifts.  This Sunday we will dedicate the gifts for the angels who will receive them at Family Promise, Plummer on Point, and Salem Public School students.  Then we will enjoy our great traditional Christmas dinner together in the Bigelow Room.  Yum!

“Angels we have heard on high Echoing their joyous strains.  Gloria in excelsis Deo.”  Amen!

See you in church, all you angels!

Rev. Joe

 

Sunday, December 8th is the Second Sunday of Advent
Sunday’s Readings  are : Isaiah 11:1-10
                                         Romans 15:4-13

The title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is “Just When Things Appear To be At Their Worst”

Reverend Joe ‘s office hours for the week of December 8th   are as follows:
Monday, December 9th:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 10th:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 11th: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 12th:  2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

 

CHURCH CALENDAR

Sunday, December 8th, 2019  Holiday Party and Blessing of Gifts

10:00 a.m. Worship Service 

11:00 a.m.  Holiday Party  in the Bigelow Room

11:15 a.m. Christmas Choir Rehearsal

Monday, December 9th , 2019

7:00 p.m. Advent Workshop

7:00 p.m.  AA meeting in the Dining Room

 

Wednesday,  December 11th, 2019

7:00 p.m. AA Meeting

7:00 p.m. Bible Study

 

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

6:30 p.m. Visioning Task Force Meeting

6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

 

Friday, December 13th, 2019

5:30 p.m. AA Meeting

 

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service

11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room 

11:15 a.m. Christmas Choir Rehearsal

 

 

 

INFORMATION

If you are in need of a ride to church or medical appointment, a meal, a visit or prayers contact the Deacon of the month. 

 

The Deacon for the month of December is :

Brenda Lewis

Phone: 978-744-1778

Email: blewis649@comcast.net

 

The lighting of our Steeple for the month of December is provided by
Jean and Doug Karam in loving memory of Marcia and Bill Olsson.

 

A message from Holly….

Mondays with Mary– Tabernacle’s 2019 Advent series, sponsored by the Faith Formation Action Group. All are invited to join in this Advent series beginning Monday, December 9th, at 7 pm. To read scripture at a glance we don’t learn much about Mary. We do know that she was young and brave and strong; that she believed and was very faithful. Mary said yes. And, we can learn so much more.

Together we’ll read Adam Hamilton’s Not a Silent Night, an easy yet thought-provoking, hope-filled dive into Mary’s life. Come and join in a unique, rich look at Mary’s world and see Jesus’ birth in a whole new way.   See Kathy Dougherty for your copy of the book.

Questions? email me:  hsbrauner@gmail.com.

So, join us (and bring a friend!) It won’t be the same without you!  Mondays, from 7-8:30 pm, in the Bigelow room – on December 9th, 16th, and 30th, then Jan 6th.  

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Calling all Tabernacle Singers!!
Christmas Choir begin rehearsals have begun.

Future rehearsals are as follows:

Sunday, December 8th – 11:15am – 12:30pm

Sunday, December 15th – 11:15am – 12:30pm

Wednesday, December 18th – 7pm – 8:30pm

Sunday, December 22rd – 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday, December 23rd – 7pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday, December 24th – call time 6:00pm

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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. 

 

Altar Flower Opportunities – A special way to remember or honor a loved one or special event is to donate altar flowers for our Sunday Services.  To find out what dates are available please contact Jen Strom at jenstrom10@comcast.net .

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.

  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 anyone 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.