This Week at Tabernacle


December 5, 2021


            We are now taking Poinsettia Orders

Christmas Eve Service will be held live in the Sanctuary in addition to our usual Zoom service.

You are invited to purchase a poinsettia in memory of a loved one, or to honor someone or to celebrate a special occasion.  In doing so you also help us decorate our Sanctuary for our Candlelight service.  Plants may be taken home after the Christmas Eve Service.

Plants will be available in red or white and will cost 10.00 apiece.

Orders may e placed by either filling out a form that will be available each Sunday during our in person services.  You may also order by sending an email to the office. (office Please include your name, the amounts and colors of the plants and the memorials you would like published.   Payments may be made by check and mailed to the office.  Make checks payable to Tabernacle Church
50 Washington Street, Salem, Ma. 

You may also pay for them by using the donate button on our website.  Please be sure to write poinsettia order on the memo line.

The deadline for placing orders is December 17th.


A Message from the Deacons….

“The Deacons are mailing out a daily Advent Calendar to all. On the back will be a calendar that includes events here at Tabernacle. There is also the beginning of the Advent story from our Godly Play curriculum with the church calendar.

We hope you will enjoy this mailing.  If you kept the candle delivered last year, get it out and light it each time you read your Advent devotion.  

Blessings and Peace, 

Your Deacons

Betsey, Brenda, Dave, Jack, Sara and Victoria


Please take notice
Face Masks are required at Tabernacle….

The Tabernacle COVID task force recommended to Council to continue wearing masks at church. The Salem mask mandate has expired however Covid cases are trending upward in Salem and MA. With the cold months upon us masks provide a layer of protection when we gather in person. Contact Kathy Dougherty, Sarah Davin, Martha Bagby, Brenda Lewis or Rev Joe with questions


A Message from Reverend Joe……….

Dear Members and Friends,

Since This Week comes out on Wednesday I often write my article on Tuesday.  Well, today my head hurts!   It’s “Giving Tuesday” and both my Tabernacle email and my personal email inbox is jammed with every organization sending me not one but, in some cases, multiple appeals all day long!  Really?  I’ve been bombarded with Black Friday ads for an entire month now since Black Friday has turned into Black Friday month not just the day after Thanksgiving.  Then it was Cyber Monday and all day yesterday I was getting notices that I only had until midnight to respond to get all these great deals. 

I don’t like to be a “bah humbug” kind of person, especially since I’m a pastor and I’m expected to be positive and affirming, but, really, people, you all are bleeding the Christmas spirit right out of me and I haven’t even had the chance to get into any Christmas spirit yet!  I’m actually at the point of saying, at least to myself, well, even if I were to give you a contribution this year, you’ve harassed me so much, I don’t want to give you anything, anytime!  Am I the only person who feels this way?  All these organizations must get lots of contributions or why would they spend all this advertising money and labor to get all these appeals out?  Well, sorry, folks, not from me. 

So, folks, I gotta be honest, it’s why I stick to my church contributions as my primary and a few other select Alma Maters and special organizations who do something for me (like my classical radio station so I can listen to the music I like for “free”).  We do have a few special appeals we do throughout the year for specific causes in addition to our once a year pledge drive but church brings me the comfort and peace I need right now!

In fact, this Sunday we light the Peace candle.  Ahhhh.  It’s also communion.  Double ahhhh.  So, even though it took more energy and time to plan this week’s Advent Communion Service, I’m happy to do it and I’m looking forward to the promise of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy that Advent brings.  I hope you will be here, too, either in person or on zoom and I hope I can be part of soothing any “bah humbug” that has hit you this week as we light the candle and receive the blessed sacrament of bread and the cup. 

As the second verse of “O come, O Come, Emmanuel” (which opens our service Sunday), states:

“O come, thou Day-spring, come and cheer Our spirits by thine Advent here; Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.  Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel Shall come to thee.”

See you in church or on Zoom,

Reverend Joe


The Title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon is:
 “We Can Endure Because God Endures With Us”


Sunday’s Scripture Reading will be:

Old Testament: Malachi 3:1-4

New Testament: Luke 3:1-6


Announcements and Information

The Deacons for the month of December are Sara and Dave Woolfenden.

The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of December is provided by Jen and Bob Strom in loving memory of their fathers, Carlton (Brud) Lutts and Fred Strom.

The Flowers that will adorn our altar on Sunday, December 5th, are  provided by the Zielinski family with “Wishes for all the Blessings of the Season for Our Congregation and Community.

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.  You may take them home, or if you are attending by Zoom and live nearby we can deliver them to you after the service. To find out what dates are available please contact Jen Strom at .

Our “Warm Christmas Giving”

On Sunday Carissa Rodriguez gave us a way to look at our theme of warmth for our Christmas giving. She related that in the times of famine, war, climate change, political upheaval, personal challenges, and viruses, we can turn toward one another and look for God in the chaos to move us to “ feed one another”. This is the message we as a congregation can send to the clients of Children’s Friend and Family Services as we are part of “help is here”. We can be that “warmth” for the persons they serve by donating warm clothing, blankets, gift cards, and fuel assistance checks.

You have options to write checks indicating in the memo section where you want your donation to go or you can use our PayPal account on our website again specifying the particular item you wish to contribute to. Otherwise items such as clothing and gift cards can be dropped off at the church.

We are asking you to contact Rachel Lutts at 978-979-7130 or as our point person letting her know which donation you are choosing.

The deadline for giving is December 12th.

Below you will find the options to spread “warmth” this holiday season.


Family M, single mom, two daughters 10 and 12, could use fuel assistance

Family R, 6 in the family, four children sons 14, 10, and 5, and daughter 3, could use fuel assistance

Family O, 5 in the family, sons 9 and 8 and daughter, 6, could use groceries and fuel assistance

Family J, family of 6, daughters 6 and 4, sons 5 and 3, could use fuel assistance

Family S, four in the family, single parent, sons 7 and 5 and daughter 2, could use fuel assistance


Nikolas, male 7, medium in boys

Lukas, male, 5, small in boys

Ingra, female, 19, large in women’s

Felicia, female, 17, large in women’s
Katy, female, 2, 3T in toddlers


Sydney, female, 18, Target gift card

Xavier, male, 19, Target gift card

Giana, female 18, Homegoods gift card

Davina, female, 16, Visa gift card

Alexis, female, 18, Visa gift card

Kiari, female, 16, Visa or TJMaxx gift card

Aja, female, 16, Visa or TJMaxx gift card

Kydani, male, 17, Visa gift card

Roneisha, female, 19, Target gift card

As always we are thankful for the gifts so generously given!!
The Mission Action Group



Sunday, December 5th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion in the Sanctuary and via Zoom
11:00 a.m. rehearsal of our Christmas Choir in the Sanctuary

Wednesday,  December 8th , 2021
7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom
7:00 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the Dining Room

Thursday, December 9th, 2021  
7:00 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the Dining Room

Friday, December 10th, 2021
6:30 p,m, AA meeting in the downstairs Dining Room


Bible Study tonight December 1st, 2021

at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom



Old Testament

Malachi 3:1-4
3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.
The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight–indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap;

3:3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness.

3:4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

New Testament

Luke 3:1-6
3:1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee,
and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene,

3:2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

3:3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;

3:6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”