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This Week at Tabernacle

A Message from the Pastor….

 Dear Members and Friends,

 This is Transfiguration Sunday:  the last Sunday in the Epiphany season before we enter the Season of Lent.  It brings to a close the season where we talk about Jesus being the light of the world before we enter the somber season of Lent where we talk more about penitence and inward reflection. 

 Lent always opens with Ash Wednesday when the leftover palms from last year’s Palm Sunday where we celebrated following Jesus into Jerusalem are burned and the ashes are offered for us to mark our penitence in not always following in his ways after all. 

 As I mentioned previously, this year we are joining churches all across the country in “taking the Gospel to the streets” with “Ashes to go.”  Taking ashes on the road started in 2007 in St. Louis when the Rev. Teresa K.M. Danieley, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, decided that if people can grab breakfast on the go, they should be able to get their ashes in a flash. “It started sort of half-jokingly, but it became something pretty profound,” she told Religion News Service in 2012. 

Back a few years ago when Anne Bogan came back from the MA Conference Annual Meeting fired up to serve communion at the North Shore Pride Festival some of us were dubious.  However, having witnessed the tears and gratitude of those who have received communion on Salem Common the past few years it is now part of our annual tradition of service to the LGBTQ+ community.

 This year we start a new tradition:  offering ashes to those on their commute to or from work.  In our busy workaday world there are folks who either don’t have time to stop and worship at church or just don’t even think about it.  This year we will offer ashes, a short prayer and a card with an explanation as well as invitation to Tabernacle church to those at the commuter rail station from 6:15-9 am and out front of our church on the corner of Washington and Federal streets from 5:30-7 pm.  You are welcome to join the Deacons and me during any and all of this time.  You do not have to be clergy to share ashes, a prayer or hand our information.   Wear your Team Tabernacle T-Shirt!

At 7 pm we will have an extended Bible Study based upon Godly Play with the opportunity for the imposition of ashes for those who wish to receive them in the context of worship. 

Rev. Wendy Miller Olapade of Sanctuary Church (UCC) in Medford has been doing Ashes to go for several years.  She reports that she goes to City Hall and up and down the businesses with a sign around her neck saying “Ashes to Go” and 80% of the people she encounters request the ashes!

 So who knows how this will be received in Salem but it may yet be another way Tabernacle is known to the community as the church who cares about the community and brings the church to the streets!

 See you in church Sunday and perhaps on the street corner Wednesday!

Rev. Joe


Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room
11:15 a.m. Deacon meeting

Monday, March 4th, 2019
7:00 p.m. PAC meeting

 Wednesday, March 6th,2019  Ash Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday service in the Bigelow Room
8:00 p.m. AA Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 2019
8:00p.m. AA Meeting

Friday, March 8th, 2019
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

 Saturday, March 9th – Daylight Savings Time begins

Remember to set you clocks ahead when you go to bed
7:00 p.m. Pre St. Patrick’s Day Concert in the Bigelow Room

Sunday, March 10th, 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room



  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 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.