This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

May 9th, 2021


Mary Cate Scholarship

Mary Cate was a faithful member of Tabernacle Church who generously bequeathed money to be spent for the education of students at the college level or for the education and training of handicapped children. Scholarships are awarded each spring to members of the Tabernacle community.

Eligible individuals may apply for a Mary Cate Scholarship by emailing Kathy Dougherty at Please include information about your area of study and where you are going to school.

Applications must be received by May 15th, 2021.


Up- Date on the Walk for HAWC 2021

Join Team Tabernacle and the Confirmation youth for the virtual Walk for HAWC this May. The funds raised from the walk directly support life-saving services including an Emergency shelter, legal services, 24 hour hotline, children’s services, advocacy and more. You can get involved by completing the 5K walk on your own between May 8th-23rd or by joining Team Tabernacle 5/8/21 at 12:30pm to walk the 5K distance around the Salem Common in small socially distanced and masked groups.                                                   TO DONATE CLICK THE LINK BELOW

Walk for HAWC Team Tabernacle

You may also donate by mailing a check to the Tabernacle office with HAWC walk designated in the memo, Tabernacle has been a great supporter of HAWC for many years. Thank you so much for your continued generosity!

Contact Kathy Dougherty or Martha Bagby for more information.




A message from Reverend Joe…

Dear Members and Friends,

For the past 50 years since I was ordained, I have always struggled with Mother’s Day.  No matter how I (or any pastor for that matter) approach it, it will please some, upset others, or just plain cause folks to stay away because it’s an uncomfortable or complicated day.  While researching resources for this week’s lectionary I came upon these words by the Reverend. Dr. Derek Weber which helped put my feelings in perspective:

“It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. What a delicate and difficult commemoration. How do we ignore the many whose experience of mother was more painful than joyous? How do we pretend that being motherly isn’t something that is bestowed with the birth or reception of children under care? What about those who long to be a mother but for some reason are not able to receive that blessing? What about those mothers whose children are no longer around to send them cards or buy them flowers? And what about those who love their mothers but no longer are able to speak in a language she can hear or comprehend? Mother’s Day, what a delicate and difficult occasion.

So now what? Yea or nay to Mother’s Day? The truth is neither response is completely satisfactory to everyone. Someone will be upset either way. We may not hear about it, but wounds might be inflicted. Are we being overly sensitive? Some think so. It’s a cultural event, for heaven’s sake; don’t make a theological issue out of it.

Except, that’s what we do. We followers of Christ. We examine everything we do, everything our culture does, from a theological point of view. We ask how is Christ celebrated, how is Christ honored, how is Christ followed in this event? OK. So, how?

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you”

(John 15:12).”

So, thank you Dr. Weber.  That’s what I will do this Sunday.  I will focus on these wonderful scriptures that speak of love.  Love from God.  Love for God.  Love for one another.


See you on zoom!

Reverend Joe


Special Invitation from Reverend Joe…..

We are planning a recognition for our high school and college graduates.  If someone in your family is graduating this spring, please contact so he can include them in the celebration.


The Title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon is “Do Your Best to Love


The Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 9th

 Acts 10:44-48

  John 15:9-17





The Deacon for the month of May is Victoria Levasseur.


The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of May is provided by the Amico Family in loving memory of Adelaide and Louis Amico.




Sunday, May 9th,2021  Mother’s Day

10:00 a.m. Worship Service  Followed by Virtual Coffee time via Zoom

Wednesday,  May 12th, 2021

12:00 p./m. Getting to know you with Staff of the CDC via Zoom

7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom

Sunday, May 16th, 2021

10:00 a.m. Worship Service  Followed by Virtual Coffee time via Zoom




Bible Study Tonight, May 5th,2021

at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Contact the church office for the link at (978)n 744-3164 or

Readings may be found at the end of this newsletter.



Acts 10:44-48
10:44 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.

10:45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles,

10:46 for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said,

10:47 “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

10:48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.


John 15:9-17
15:9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.

15:10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

15:11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

15:13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

15:14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

15:15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.

15:16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.

15:17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another