This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

September 19th, 2021




We’re counting on everyone’s help to make our 2021 Halloween parking fundraiser a big success.

It’s easy and fun, (just ask my husband, Tom).

It takes only about an hour of your time for whatever dates you choose to help.  If you are one person and haven’t participated in this fundraiser before, no problem, we’ll pair you up with experienced  parkers.

Here are the dates for this year:


Saturday, September 25 morning and afternoon

Sunday, September 26 morning and afternoon

5 Friday Evenings in October, 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

5 Saturday mornings and afternoons in October:  2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

4 Sunday morning and afternoons in October: 3, 10, 17, and 24


There is a signup sheet in the rear of the sanctuary, but if you’re attending services via zoom just email me, Sarah Davin, at with the dates that you are available.


We’ll send you detailed instructions regarding pricing etc. prior to your scheduled date.




A Special Thank You  from Reverend Joe…


Dear Members and Friends,


I don’t know where to start other than to say Thank You! Sunday’s service was such a wonderful celebration and so many of you were there both in person and on zoom it filled my heart.  And then to receive the envelope from Brenda filled with your generosity!  Thank you for making my 50th Anniversary of my ordination a special event.  I am grateful and blessed to be serving among you.  


Rev Joe


A message from Jess Acosta our Ministerial Intern…


I want to take some time to introduce myself to this beloved community at Tabernacle.  My name is Jess Acosta (pronouns: she/they) and I will be interning with you this year.  I am so excited and thankful to be here that I can barely contain my joy.  In fact, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much last Sunday!  I am in the third year of my Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology and my intern year is the thing I have been looking forward to the most.  I am so thankful that I am able to be, at least partially, in person after taking the majority of my classes online and in pajama pants.  I am so eager to be here in fact, that I am even looking forward to coming to Salem in October.


Before seminary, I worked as a lawyer in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office in Boston.  After I graduated from law school at Northeastern University, I made a vow to myself and to God that I would practice law in what I thought was my dream job for at least two years before applying to seminary.  In many ways I had an ideal job as an attorney representing the Commonwealth and vulnerable citizens in a wide variety of interesting cases.  I even had the honor of being part of the team that sued the opioid manufacturers and distributors for all of the pain and suffering the opioid crisis has caused.


However, God is a pesky one and I could not run from my call to ministry forever.  My lawyer job felt like work, day in and day out.   Still, the entire time I knew that if I were studying the Bible, preaching, praying, and being in beloved community in Jesus’ name that I would be fulfilled and truly walk a path that God had planned for me.  That inescapable feeling pushed me to apply for seminary and to listen for God’s still speaking voice.  Fortunately for me, God sometimes speaks through the Office of Financial Aid, and Boston University made it possible for me to “retire” at 30 and to attend seminary.


After one magical semester in person, where I cried what I call, “gratefulness tears,” almost every day, our first-year cohort went on Spring Break and never came back because of the pandemic.  A year and half later, I am somehow in my final year and finally where I have always dreamed of being, in a church serving a community.  I cannot wait to see what God has in store for me and for Tabernacle.  Thank you in advance for being my teachers.  I hope that I can give you good service while I am here.


With love and Blessings,



The Title of  Jess’s  sermon is:
“Welcoming Joy, Embracing the Awkward”        


Scripture Readings for Sunday, September 19th are;

Old Testament: Jeremiah 11:18-20

New Testament:  Mark 9:30-37


Looking for Volunteers..

Calling all knitters!

We need people to make our prayer shawls. Directions are available.

We need volunteers to take members to appointments. We would like to have list of folks to call on.

We need people to usher for Sunday worship services.


If you have any questions, contact Brenda @ 978-530-6436Thank you, Brenda Lewis



Bible Study Tonight, September 15th,  2021

at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom



The Deacon for the month of September is Victoria Levasseur.


The Lighting of the Steeple or the month of September is provided by

Amy Anderson Grover and Family in loving memory of Amy’s parents and brother and sister – laws, Dick and June Anderson , and Dex and Patti Anderson.



Today, Sunday, September 19th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom

Wednesday,  September 22nd, 2021

7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom

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

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

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

Friday, September 24th,  2021

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

Sunday, September 26th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary and via Zoom




Jeremiah 11:18-20
11:18 It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds.

11:19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!”

11:20 But you, O LORD of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.



Mark 9:30-37
9:30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;

9:31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.”

9:32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

9:33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”

9:34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.

9:35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”

9:36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,

9:37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”