This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

February 16th, 2020


Tuesday, February 18th, Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

It is hoped that all Action Groups will be represented.


A message from our Minister…

Dear Members and Friends,

Congratulations to Amy Davin and the vote Sunday at the Ecclesiastical Council to ordain her pending an ordainable call.  Congratulations to you, church, as well.  During Amy’s presentation she highlighted growing up in this church giving thanks for her church school teachers, youth group leaders and confirmation mentor and the role they played in her spiritual development.  Of note Amy pointed out that these formidable adults encouraged questioning and welcomed doubts along the way so that Amy always knew she could return to this inclusive, welcoming community at any time on her journey.  What a beautiful testimony to who we are as Tabernacle Church and what we stand for.

The next step for Amy will be to complete her Ministerial Profile and submit it to the Profiles Office of the UCC.  Once everything is approved and validated her profile will then be ready to be circulated to churches looking for a pastor.   Churches searching for a pastor often receive as many as 50 profiles!  Their Search Committee then culls the stack of profiles and narrows down their top candidates to interview.   Once the local church Search Committee decides on their candidate, that candidate preaches at the searching church where the congregation votes whether or not to call that person as their pastor.  Once the call is confirmed, the written call comes back to our Northeast Association Committee on Formation to determine that it is an ordainable call and meets conference guidelines for compensation and other benefits.  At that juncture the Association will consult with us at Tabernacle to set a date for Amy’s ordination which will take place here in our Sanctuary!

So as you can tell there are still a few bumps in the road and Amy continues to need our prayers as she completes her profile and meets with potential churches.  May God continue to bless her in this process.

Meanwhile, see you in church!

Rev Joe


Sunday, February 16th, 2020 is the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

The Readings for Sunday are:

Old Testament: Sirach 15:15-20

New Testament:1 Corinthians 3:1-9


The title of Reverend Joe’s sermon is “ We have Choices”


Reverend Joe ‘s office hours for the week of February 16th:


  Tuesday, February 18th  2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

   Wednesday, February 19th 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 20th  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Sunday, February 16th, 2020

10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room

11:15 Deacon Meeting

Monday, February 17th, 2020 Presidents Day

Office is closed

7:00 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs dining room

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 19th ,2020 
7:00 p.m. Bible Study

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting
Thursday, February 20th , 2020

8:00p.m. AA Meeting

Friday, February 21st, 2020
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Sunday, February 23rd,2020

10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room


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 Deacons for the month of February is:

Sara and Dave Woolfenden

Phone: 810-358-1638



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

A Message from Faith Formation…

In recognition of Black History Month Faith Formation invites you to view the Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum Sunday February 23rd at 11:45. This exhibit explores the early decades of the republic pairing images depicting the struggles of democracy with text from the Founding fathers and underrepresented historical figures. A group will leave from the Bigelow Room at 11:30 and walk over together for those interested. Contact Kathy Dougherty with any questions


A Message from Holly…

Tabernacle’s Hopes and Dreams meetings – Have you met with Holly yet to share your hopes, dreams, thoughts about the possible creation of affordable housing here at Tabernacle?  This is a chance for all of you to sit down with Holly, share your views on this plan in confidence, and join in this very important study of what God might be calling Tabernacle to be in the years to come. What are your hopes and dreams? Do you have concerns about this plan?  Have you come to the meetings dealing with this study?  Call or email Holly to set up a time to meet. Remember that this is confidential, your thoughts will be shared without your name.  Day time, evening, Sunday after church – Holly is making herself available to be sure that your voice is included in this study.  Call or email Holly at 781-632-8964;  

An Important Message from The Missions Action Group
The North Shore Sanctuary Coalition, part of Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), was formed to support our immigrant neighbors who are facing unjust deportation. The coalition is made up of church communities across the North Shore, all connected with ECCO. Through the coalition, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn will provide physical space for an undocumented immigrant seeking protection, and congregations in the coalition will provide support. The Tabernacle Missions Action Group has decided to support the coalition by providing volunteers and in whatever way we can. As stated in the coalition covenant, “as people of faith, we are mindful of our sacred calling/moral duty to welcome the stranger, protect the vulnerable, and accompany the oppressed”. Rachel Lutts is a member of the coalition steering committee, and she will be the volunteer coordinator for Tabernacle.   Anyone interested in volunteering call Rachel Lutts, 978-979-7130


Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2020. 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 the office to reserve your month.

Volunteers Needed.  We are looking for Ushers and Coffee Pourers 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.