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This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

October 13th, 2019



Wednesday, October 9th at 6 p.m.

The Visioning Task force will be meeting.




Next Tuesday

October 15th

Council Meeting at 7 P.M.

It is hoped that all Action Groups will be represented.



The Salem Haunted Magic Show at Tabernacle Church.  Once again Chris Bolter is bringing his Magic Show to our Emerson Hall month of October.  This is a new and different show from last year.  In addition Chris will holding separate Mind Reader Shows and a late night Séance Show.  There is a $3.00 discount on all tickets for Tabernacle Church members.  Go the following websites for dates, times and more information:



A message from our Minister -In- Training….

Dear Tabernacle Friends and Family –

As you may be aware, Rev Joe is on vacation this week.  Please join with me in sending him warm wishes of rest and renewal in his time away.

Well deserved, Rev Joe, enjoy your respite.

In the meantime, life continues here at Church. And how!

This is such a busy, lively time of year for Tabernacle Church, for Salem, for families, for youth sports. This is especially true for silly, sometimes creepy Halloween holiday events that bring hordes of tourists to town. And Tabernacle is indeed in the middle of it all!

Our building is just bustling with spirit-filled gatherings. Last Thursday we hosted Jonathan Kruk as he captivated us with a lively telling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. All day Saturday several hundred youth sung their hearts out at Haunted Harmonies. Later, Emerson Hall filled up with folks seeking something more darkly magical, mysterious and mind-boggling.  All the while our parking lots provided tourists with convenient parking spots for those eager to join in on all local festivities.

And, and, just to keep us on our toes during the week, and throughout the year, the basement fills up with children from the Boys and Girls Club here for safe, afterschool time.  As write this, I hear the pitter patter (stomping and jumping?) as they hurry in to drop their packs, find their snack and homework. By the sounds of things, it will be a while before their homework comes out. Either way, what joy and excitement they bring to this place!

And then, as the young people go home late in the day there is a brief lull before folks show up for AA meetings, church action group meetings and (Zilber Beatles) band practice.

All this excitement, activity and energy provides a good challenge for me (your minister-in-training) as I try to focus on the sermon for this Sunday. We are reading from 2 Kings and Luke, see the reference to them listed here in “This Week.”  I invite you to look up the scriptures ahead of time.

As I read the verses from 2 Kings and the Luke passage about the lepers and healing, my mind swirls with what to do with it all. How about you?

Here are some of my questions:

Who gets to be healed? And what do they do once they are healed?

How do you say “thank you” for the healing?

To whom do we give thanks when we are healed?

What wounds do you have that might need healing?

What questions do you have about these passages?

We will gather again on Sunday morning, that time set apart from all the busyness of October in Salem. So, bring a friend! Or two!  Together we will praise and give thanks to God as we continue to seek guidance from the One who invites us into His beloved life-giving community.

God’s grace and peace to you,


Sunday, October 13th,  is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday’s Readings are:
Old Testament : 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15c
New Testament: Luke 17:11-18

Reverend Joe’s office hours for the Week of October 14th:
Tuesday, October 15th:  2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16th: 2:00 p.m. to  7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October  17th: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, October 18th: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



Sunday, October  13th, 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in the Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow room
Monday, October 14th, 2019  Columbus Day Office is Closed
7:00 p.m. AA meeting in the dining room
7:00p.m. Zilber Band Rehearsal in the  Bigelow Room
Tuesday, October 15th,2019
7:00 p.m. Council Meeting
Wednesday, October  16th,  2019
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Mind Reader Show in Emerson Hall
8:00 p.m. AA Meeting in the dining room
Thursday, October 17th,  2019

9:00 a.m. Historical Room Visit
8:00p.m. AA Meeting in the dining room
Friday, October  18th,  2019
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting
6:00 & 8:00 p.m.  Salem Haunted Magic Show – Emerson Hall
10:00 p.m. The Salem Séance Show in Emerson Hall
Saturday, October  19th, 2019
2:00. 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Salem Haunted Magic Show – Emerson Hall
10:00 p.m.  p.m. The Salem Séance Show in Emerson Hall
Sunday, October  20th, 2019 2019
10:00 a.m. Worship Service  in the Sanctuary
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow room
2:00 , 4:00  & 6:00 p.m. .  Salem Haunted Magic Show – Emerson Hall



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 October are:

Sarah and Dave Woolfenden

Phone: 810-358-1638



The lighting of our Steeple for the month of October is provided by
Claire and Jim Bailey in celebration of their Wedding Anniversary


Message from the Fair Committee…

The Fair Committee is planning a

“Friendship Dessert Fair”

Sat. Nov. 9th

2:00-4:00 p.m.

They are  looking for donations for the silent auction

With everyone’s help this could be a fun afternoon!

Any questions, or for more information

contact Jen Strom. Fair Chairman

See Form in Sunday’s Bulletin or Call the office.


Missions Action Group News
Salem Backpack Program

The Missions Action group will be supporting the Salem Backpack program again this year. The Backpack program provides a weekend’s worth of nutritious food to Salem children in need. Many children rely on free breakfasts and lunches provided in school during the week, and they do not get enough to eat on the weekends.  Tabernacle has also supported the summer meal program during the past four years, another way in which Salem children who are food insecure can get nutritious, free meals when school is not in session. We would appreciate your donations of items listed below.  This is a specific list that we received from the program organizers. Please only get items on this list because they have been chosen for their low sugar, low sodium content and their nutritional value. The Backpack program receives other meal items from the Salem Food Pantry. Please leave your donations at the front entrance of the church (Washington St. side). Any questions please speak to Vickie Dawson, the donation coordinator for Tabernacle and a Salem Backpack program volunteer.

Thank you so much for your support of this very important program!

Vickie Dawson and The Missions Action Group.

-Belvita breakfast bars- cinnamon or blueberry

-Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey crunchy granola bars

-Dole mandarin orange slices- 4 ounce cups in water (not in syrup or stevia)

-Snyder’s of Hanover 100 calorie mini pretzels

-Smartfood popcorn- 5/8 ounce individual bags

Altar Flower Opportunities – A special way to remember or honor a loved one or special event is to donate altar flowers for our Sunday Services.  To find out what dates are available please contact Jen Strom at .

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.

  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.