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This Week at Tabernacle

November 19th,2017

Mark Your Calendar!!!

Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m. the Salem State Community Chorus, under the direction of Valerie Peterson, will be performing a Fall Welcome Concert at Tabernacle.  Please plan on joining  us for an evening of song.  Light refreshments will be provided after the performance.

 A Message from the Pastor

Dear Members and Friends,

 Two of my neighboring pastors in Brattleboro, VT organized mission trips to Kenya every two years to support the work of the Kakamega Orphans Care Center.  Their enthusiasm for this program and listening to the excitement of the youth from our community who went on these mission trips was infectious.  Since our church didn’t have a youth group some of our youth and one of our mothers went on these trips.  They were life changing experiences.

 My friend and colleague, the Rev. Carra McFadden, was then pastor of the larger UCC in Brattleboro and now she is here in our Northeast Association as pastor of the United Church in Dracut.  She is also the President of the Friends of Kakamega.  When she asked if we’d like to have the Director of the orphanage come speak to our congregation I ran it by our Missions Action Group and they immediately and enthusiastically said “YES!”

So, this Sunday I am happy to share the pulpit with Pastor Nelson Ida (pronounced “E-dah”).  Pastor Ida is a Quaker pastor who has worked at the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre (KOCC) since 2008, initially as a pastor/counselor and, since 2016, as the Administrator, overseeing the different programs of KOCC.  He is an extraordinary individual who inspires children, staff, and all who come in contact with him.  He brings deep thoughtfulness, spiritual insights, energy, and a loving perspective to his work with the children and project.  He is forward-thinking, aware of the need for changes, extremely personable, and totally devoted to his work.  Ida is a funny, compelling and stimulating speaker.  

 We will take up a special offering to support the work of Pastor Ida and the Kakamega Orphans Center during our service so please bring your check book with you to church.  Pastor Ida will show pictures of the children and the orphanage during coffee hour.  If you’d like to learn more about the program please go to their website:

 I’m looking forward to what Pastor Ida has to share and learning more about the great work they do at Kakamega.

See you in church!

Rev. Joe





Reverend Joe’s Calendar for the week of November 19th :

Monday, November 20th :  12:00  p.m. to  5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21st  : 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. , 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15th : 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Church Calendar for the Week of November 19th:

Monday, November 20th, 2017
7:00 Visioning Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, November 21st,2017
6:30 p.m. Friendship Fair Meeting

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
7:00 p.m. AA Meeting
7:00 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017    Thanksgiving – office is closed
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting
7:00 p.m. Council Meeting

Friday, November 24th ,  2017   office is closed
5:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Sunday, November 26th, 2017
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Christmas Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary


 Information, Invitations and Announcements

Deacon for the Month of November is Jen Vlasuk.

The Lighting of the Steeple for the month of November is provided by Jean and Doug Karam in loving memory of Marcia and Bill Olsson.


The next meeting of the Visioning task force will take place on November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Bigelow Room.