This Week at Tabernacle


May 22nd, 2022




The Rainbow Doors task force presented an update design to Council and we are now ready to move onto the painting. 

Please join us this weekend for our painting party!

Saturday, May 21st, at 10am and Sunday, May 22nd, at 11 am

in the Federal Street parking lot.

Thank you to those of you who have donated already.

We are still accepting donations to cover the remaining cost of the new doors and painting supplies. 

Contact Kathy Dougherty, Sarah Davin, Sara Woolfenden, Jean Karam

or Rachel Lutts with any questions



Walk for HAWC update

from the Missions Action Group

The Missions Action Group has decided not to walk as a team in the walk for HAWC because we realized the walk begins at 10:15 am on

Sunday, June 5th, which conflicts with our worship service.

Please go to HAWC’s website at to register to walk in person, or to participate virtually.  Also, at the top of the page there is a donate button for you to donate online.

Thank you



A message from Reverend Joe

Dear Members and Friends,

A few years ago we hosted a packed monthly meeting of ECCO in the Bigelow Room.  I was impressed with the diversity of people and religious organizations represented in the room.  It was an historic meeting for ECCO.  We were divided into two groups: people of color and white.  There were difficult conversations in each group as to how ECCO should evolve.  Over time those of us who identify as white who had been in primary leadership positions realized that we needed to step aside and allow people of color to take over the leadership if, indeed, we want to serve that population equitably.  The next two years were a bit frustrating as we went through this transition.  Frankly I feared we were adrift at sea without a rudder for a while.  Eventually ECCO organized a strong steering committee which surveyed the needs of those identified as the most vulnerable and in need of services for the North Shore.

Until that time, ECCO had made immigration issues a priority and many of us worked hard on the local and state level.  The new steering committee let the rest of the organization know that the new priority was affordable housing!  That was identified as the most important issue of many if our immigrant population were to survive in our communities economically.  As a result, ECCO has adopted a Campaign for New Affordable Housing.

When the clergy caucus of ECCO met to discuss how we would support this campaign, some pastors expressed that their congregations may need to hear the message from someone other than their own pastor.  That’s when I proposed we do a pulpit exchange.  The other clergy thought it was an excellent idea and ECCO set May as the month for us to exchange pulpits.  Our names were put into a hat and we were paired up with another pastor.

I was thrilled when I found out that we had been paired up with the Rev. Bernadette Hickman-Maynard, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lynn. You are in for a very special treat this Sunday!  From the first time I met Rev.

I’m sorry not to be present but I will look forward to watching our zoom recording!  This week-end we will be Provincetown for our annual celebration of Jim’s birthday.

Next Sunday I will be preaching at Bethel AME in Lynn.  I am looking forward to that with fear and trepidation but trusting the Holy Spirit will guide me in what I have to share with that congregation.

Pray for us all!

Rev Joe



Good morning,

Below is a summary of the work/meetings that the Legal/Financial committee for affordable housing project has been working on over the last couple of weeks.

  1. Documents from the CDC were sent to Tabernacle on May 7, 2022.
  2. All documents were forwarded to the legal/financial committee on May 7, 2022.
  3. The Legal/Financial committee met on May 9, 2022, for our initial discussion and to generate questions concerning the “Draft Summary” that they provided
  4. Questions were generated, documented, and the committee met on May12, 2022 to continue the discussion.
  1. A disclosure agreement by our attorney, Scott Grover was discussed and forwarded to our co-moderators for signing.
  2. The disclosure agreement was signed on May 15,2022 and has been sent over to the CDC for their signature.
  3. The Legal/Financial committee will begin developing a “Memo” with our concerns pertaining to the draft summary the CDC has provided to us.

This “Memo” will be forwarded to the CDC to begin a discussion.

So that is where we stand at this point.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Thank you and be well,

Bob Strom, Chair



A Special Invitation from Partners in Development-Guatemala

Dear Tabernacle Church-

We are happy to invite you to PID’s first live panel discussion on Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 pm. The topic is:  “PID’s Child Sponsorship program and the effects of COVID 19 on the educational system in Guatemala.”

Higher Education student Daniel Coroy will be a Guest Speaker. Participants include: PID’s President Tali Marcelin, María Yurrita – Field Director, Alejandra Pira – Social Worker, Dulce Coroy – Tutoring Teacher, and Brenda Barco – Computer Teacher.

Please register on our Facebook page:

or on PID’s website:  www.pidonline.or

We look forward to sharing this unique event with you!


**A note from the Missions Committee**

As a church we sponsor Meledy Montufar a young woman from the village of Ixtacapa in Guatemala.

Meledy has completed her Basics education program and is the  second year in the Higher Education program that will be highlighted during the May 26th program.  




Sunday, May 22nd, ,2022
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Worship Service Virtually via Zoom

Wednesday,  May 25th, 2022
7:00 Bible Study via Zoom

Thursday, May 26th, 2022 
7:00 p.m. AA meeting downstairs in the Dining Room

Friday, May 27th, 2022
6:30 p.m. AA meeting in the downstairs Dining Room

Sunday, May  29th, 2022
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Worship Service Virtually via Zoom



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 .


Steeple Lighting opportunities available for 2022.   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.  July, August, September, October and December are available.


The Deacon for the month of May is Betsey Bennett.


The Lighting of the steeple for the month of May is provided by Lou Amico to celebrate “The Amico Family Anniversaries”


Bible Study tonight May 18th,  2022 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom



Readings for Tonight and Sunday…

  Numbers 27:1-11           New International Version           Zelophehad’s Daughters
The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward  and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said,  “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons.  Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”   So Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord said to him, “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.  “Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter.  If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers.  If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers.  If his father had no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan, that he may possess it. This is to have the force of law for the Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.’”