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This Week at Tabernacle


 October 21st, 2018 


Message from the Pastor

Dear Members and Friends,

 What NOW?  Over the past three centuries Tabernacle has been known for a number of different reasons:  the church of the lighted steeple, the church with the rainbow doors, the church where Calvin Coolidge attended while at his summer White House, the ordination of the first foreign missionaries.  And now, (drum roll please), the church of the Halloween Carnival!

 Everywhere I go around town for the past two weeks I’ve been asked how we are doing with the carnival.  Well, we’ll know better starting this weekend.  I have had to dispel rumors and set the record straight.  No, it’s not Tabernacle’s Carnival.  No, we don’t get a kick back (although, yes, the city agreed to reimburse us for any loss of revenue for parking spaces in our Federal  St. lot), and no, we didn’t endorse or support having the carnival on our corner.  I do admit, however, that the mayor did contact us prior to making it public to ask what our concerns would be if the carnival were placed here and I then quickly add that she and the city have met all the concessions we requested!

 First and foremost, the carnival will not open on Sundays until noon giving us amble time to celebrate the Lord’s Day as we always do at 10 am and still have time for fellowship after worship and get out of “dodge” before it all begins!

 So that means you can still get into  both our Washington/Lynde St parking lot (easiest) and Federal St lot ( a bit more challenging to get to but still open despite Federal St. being closed).  So, I’m giving you all notice I am not accepting (what I’ve already heard from folks ) as “I’m not coming to church because of the carnival” as an excuse for not coming to worship!  Yes, I understand the traffic is the worst it’s ever been (tell me about it:  I could barely make it to Haunted Harmonies after a cousin’s funeral in Peabody last Saturday).  However, as I told my family who I’ve invited to both Haunted Harmonies and the Magic Shows, Salemites know to get here via Beverly instead of Peabody and that works just fine. 

 So, for those of you who live in Salem (most of you) these next two weeks are just part of what it means to live here.  I’m sure you still go to work, school, do grocery shopping and other necessities.  For me, as a person of faith, going to church is a necessity.  So, c’mon folks, even if it’s a bit more inconvenient to get to church, there’s not really any excuse (in my book) for not being here and praising our Maker for good things in our lives!

 In fact, if you don’t come this Sunday, you’ll miss our second pop artist service.  Everyone raved about our first David Bowie experience so don’t miss Elton John this Sunday.

 So, as I always close this letter, I mean it!

See you in church!

Rev. Joe



 Reverend Joe’s office hours for  the week of October 21st:

Monday, October 22nd: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24th: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25th: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Sunday,  October 21st,2018
9:00 a.m. Let’s Sing with Rev Joe in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Magic Show in Emerson Hall

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
7:00 p.m. Mike Boudo Band rehearsal in Dining Room
7:00 p.m. Trustees Meeting at the Coffill home.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
7:00 p.m. Bible Study

8:00 p.m. Stewardship Meeting
NOTE: AA meeting Cancelled

Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Note: AA Meeting Cancelled

Friday, October 26th, 2018
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting
4:00, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. Magic Show in Emerson Hall

Saturday, October 27th, 2018
2:00, 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. Magic Show in Emerson Hall

Sunday, October 28th,  2018
9:00 a.m. Let’s Sing with Rev Joe in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow room
2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Magic Show in Emerson Hall
4:00 to 8:00 pm Spooktacular organ Music in the Sanctuary


Information, Invitations and Announcements


Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2018.  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 any one 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.