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This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

June 23rd, 2019



Hollywood is  filming on Federal Street on the following dates:

June 22nd and 23rd, and June 29th . We have been told the street will be Closed to Traffic on those dates.

We have rented our Federal Street lot to them, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on those dates.





A big shout out of THANKS to our float designers Emma and Kelsey Currier Dougherty, Roger Spanos, Victoria Levasseur, Jean Karam, Beth Currier, and Betsey Bennett.

In 3 short hours, we painted “doors” and two large signs to hang on either side of the truck.



Saturday morning at 9 AM, we will meet in our Washington Street parking lot

(Federal Street lot is rented out for the weekend)

We need to put the “doors” and signs on the truck, along with other stuff we might decide to use as decorations.

Wear your Tabernacle Team T-Shirt.   After we decorate, we will walk and drive down to Shetland Park to get our parade assignment.

The parade kicks off at 12 noon.  

For more information contact Betsey Bennett: 508-8435780 


The booth: ON THE COMMON

Brenda and Anne will need help setting up the booth and putting up the tent (works best with 4 people)  over the table.

They could use some assistance from time to time during the day so they can see other vendors, stretch their legs, and generally have a break.

The booths will open at 12 noon.

Anne and Brenda plan to be at The Common around 10:30.  Just search them out.

For more information Contact Brenda Lewis : 978-744-17789


Sunday, June 23rd, 4:00 p.m. In the Sanctuary

Brookline Consort Presents

          “Sacred Service”

An Exploration of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Sacred Music

Go to www.Brooklineconsort .org for more information





The Salem Summer Meals (for children) program begins

Monday, July 8th at the Salem Library.

The Salem Library site will be open Monday through Friday, July 8th – August 30th.

Tabernacle volunteers will “host” each Monday, Wednesday, & Friday

12:00 (Noon) – 1 p.m.  (Note the new time!)

Please contact Sara Woolfenden at 810-358-1638 if you are willing to support this wonderful program.

Whatever time you can give is appreciated.(Students of middle-school age on up – we’d love your help!)



Starting time is 10:00 a.m.


Sundays, July 7 and 14 we will worship in Emerson Hall at Tabernacle Church.

Sundays, July 21 and 28 we will worship at the Bennett’s, 90 Orne Street, Salem.


Sundays, August 4 and 25 we will worship in Emerson Hall at Tabernacle Church.

Sundays, August 11 and 18 we will worship at the Bennett’s, 90 Orne Street, Salem.

Please make a note of the outdoor worships in your calendar.  

If it rains we worship at the church.  

A message from our Student Minister…

Dear Tabernacle members and friends,

Its Pride Week in Salem! This is a busy week of celebrations for a world getting a little more equitable in how we treat each other regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Its also a time we set aside to remember that we need to keep fighting for a world that more fully embraces people of all identities. We are ALL made in God’s image, beautifully and wondrously made, beloved and invited to love as God intended.

This Thursday evening, at 7:00 P.M. Tabernacle Church will once again host the annual Interfaith Pride Service, kicking off Pride Weekend.  There will be music, singing and chanting and we will hear from journalist/writer John-Manuel Andriote, author of Stonewall Strong. Here is a link to his book: 

Have you heard of Stonewall? The 1969 Stonewall riots set off a liberation movement for the LGBTQI community. Fifty years ago, facing off a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City, people said enough is enough, fought back and raised their voices. This kind of history is so important but often lost in time if not shared broadly with each generation.  Thankfully, there are journalists and historians that offer a deeper glimpse into pivotal moments in our history that might otherwise be overlooked. So, Please come on Thursday evening, join the fun, and help us remember that we are all loved equally. And bring a friend (or two).

Saturday is the Pride Parade! There is a team at Tabernacle decking out the Bennett’s truck as a “float” for the parade. Parade walkers/riders are gathering at the starting point at Shetland Park at 10 A.M. to get organized. The parade kicks off at noon. Pray for sunshine! and Wear a rainbow!   And, and, and, if walking in the parade is not your thing, join Brenda and Anne at the Salem Common to help with Holy Communion, or just show your support.

On Sunday, we will gather in the Sanctuary for worship, to sing our hearts out. Its a Hymn sing Sunday, so think of your favorite hymns and be ready to join in. Singing is like praying twice – so this promises to be a very prayerful Sunday.

See you in Church!

God’s grace and peace,

Holly (your student minister)


Sunday, June 23rd,  is Second Sunday of Pentecost
Sunday’s Readings are :

                                 Psalm 22

                                    Galatians 3:23-29


Reverend Joe will be away starting  June 18th through July 1st

He will return on July 2nd.

Rev. Joe is attending the Open and Affirming National Gathering and the UCC General Synod in Milwaukee, WI from June 16 through 22nd.   

From June 23 through 27 he will be on the faculty of the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. 

He will then spend the weekend with his grandchildren in Appleton, WI returning home on July 1st.

Our Student Minister, Holly Brauner (781-632-2864), will be ‘on call’ for any pastoral emergencies during this time.  The Rev. Ian Holland of First Congregational Church in Swampscott is her back up. 



Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Movie production company using Federal Street Lot
10:00 a.m. Worship Service   in the Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room

4:00 p.m. Brookline Consort Service and Concert in the Sanctuary


Wednesday, June 26th,  2019
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
8:00 p.m. AA Meeting

Thursday, June 27th,  2019
8:00p.m. AA Meeting

Friday,  June 28th, 2019
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Movie production company using Federal Street Lot

Sunday, June 30th,2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Bigelow Room

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



Update on Tony Romano…
Tony was released from MA General on Monday afternoon.  He is at home.  He will begin Chemo treatment to battle two types of Cancer. ( 2 each day , 3 days a week )at MA General as an outpatient.  Please keep Tony in your prayers and thoughts as he continues his battle.


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 June:

Betsey Bennett

Phone 978-745-6931


The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of June is provided by Chuck Parthum in appreciation of Reverend Joe and all he does for our Congregation


A BIG THANK YOU to Noreen Nelson for making the beautiful cards of the sanctuary with the cross decorated with Easter flowers.
The cards are on sale for $5 each, and all proceeds will go to the mission trip to Guatemala.
Please contact Rachel Lutts if you would like to purchase some cards. Thank you!

Come have FUN and support ECCO

 Annual Boat Cruise !!!!

When: Sunday, June 23rd, 7-9:30pm.  Arrive by 6:45pm to get on the boat!

Where to meet: 63 Rodgers St., Gloucester, MA

What: You are invited to ECCO’s annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser, the best social justice dance party of the summer!  Join us for an evening of schmoozing, DJ and dancing, and cash bar/light refreshments with ECCO’s vibrant and diverse community.

Reserve Your Tickets!: Tickets are $50, $25 for kids, with scholarships available.  Cut and paste the following address in your browser to reserve and purchase tickets


Visioning Task Force Update


On May 19th, after the worship service, the Visioning Task Force presented an update after two years of meetings, book discussion groups with members of the Congregation and meetings with the mayor, city planner and other community members involved in the Arts. Last summer three different sub-committees of the Visioning Task Force researched and studied the feasibility of three possible uses for the church building: Housing, A Cultural Arts Center or The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem acquiring the building for all of their programs. In September, on Rally Sunday, the sub-committees presented their findings. The two most viable options were presented on May 19th: Affordable Housing and/or a Cultural Arts Center (we could have a combination of both).

In the past month, we have had three requests from potential developers to tour Tabernacle. Mickey Northcutt, CEO of the North Shore Community Development Coalition (CDC), presented a preliminary plan for affordable housing at Tabernacle. Affordable housing certainly fits into our mission of serving the community, and the North Shore CDC has an excellent track record of past developments. We would like to hear from everyone! Mickey is on the agenda of the next church council meeting on July 16th. The meeting begins at 7 pm, and Mickey will speak at 7:30 pm. Come and ask questions! Thank you from the Visioning Task Force!

Below you will find the minutes from our last meeting

Visioning Task Force Meeting Minutes

June 17, 2019, 6 pm

Present: Rev. Joe Amico, Mickey Northcutt (CEO, North Shore CDC), Vickie Dawson, Beverly Strauss, Maire MacLean, June DeRoin, Beth Currier, Betsey Bennett, Rachel Lutts

-Mickey Northcutt reported that he toured Tabernacle with the MA Design group, a non-profit architecture firm, and he presented a very preliminary plan for the addition of affordable housing at Tabernacle.

-Mickey said the MA Design group determined that the space behind the sanctuary is big enough to fit a project that the North Shore CDC can finance.

-We talked about keeping the sanctuary and the basement to accommodate our worship/education and mission outreach needs.

-Mickey outlined the key next steps:

  1. Tabernacle decision-making point- decisions will be made on the legal and financial aspects of the affordable housing project, the Congregation will be well informed of the details and asked for feedback, then we will have a Congregational vote.
  2. Site control agreement- this is some form of right for North Shore CDC to acquire or lease the church building. A meeting with our attorney, Scott Grover, and the North Shore CDC attorney, Kim Martin Epstein,  is scheduled in July to begin these discussions.
  3. Pre-development capital- financial decisions need to be made on how the costs associated with development planning will be financed (I.e. legal costs, design costs).

-The general idea at this point is that Tabernacle will maintain ownership of the sanctuary and the basement, which will be renovated to accommodate offices, education classes and hopefully a new kitchen. Some of the basement space may be shared so the associated costs would be split with Tabernacle and North Shore CDC.

-Several people had questions about the plan that was presented, but Mickey explained that the plan is just preliminary and done to show that the space is adequate to accommodate a financially sound affordable housing project.

-Mickey will attend the church council meeting on July 16th. He is on the agenda for 7:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to attend and ask questions.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rachel Lutts



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.

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. 

  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.