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This Week at Tabernacle


April 22nd  through April 29 th

A Message from the Pastor

Dear Members and Friends,

 Who knew?  Did you? 

 Did you know there’s a Creative County Initiative to strengthen Essex County arts and culture?

I didn’t until last Friday.  And why am I asking you if you knew?

 There was a common theme that emerged from the six book study groups initiated by our Visioning Action Group this winter: music, music, music.  It appears if there’s one thing we would like to see happen in our building and for the community as part of our mission it would be to enhance music and the arts. 

 So when the leaders of our Vision Group met with the City Planner last month we shared a vision of Tabernacle becoming a venue for music and the arts and asked if that seemed like a reasonable goal.  He told us about an Essex County Arts and Culture Summit being held last Friday at The Cabot in Beverly that he and his staff would be attending.  I signed up and attended with about 400 other Essex County folks!

 There I learned about a Creative County Initiative to expand and enhance artistic and cultural opportunities for the arts in Essex County.  There were presentations from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative and low and behold our own Mayor!  The event was sponsored by Essex County Community Foundation, which along with grants from the Barr Foundation are inviting organizations to apply for Public Art  Partnership Grants and Creative Placemaking Partnership Grants.

 There were workshops and networking opportunities which had my head spinning as I talked with Salem’s Chamber of Commerce Director, the Chair of the Salem Arts Association, Salem’s Public Art Planner, and the founder of Creative Salem which is now Creative North Shore.

My head is spinning because I kept thinking “this may be the start of something big” for us at Tabernacle.  Perhaps a vision of Tabernacle becoming a cultural art hub/venue is not only cutting edge but timely!  The wheels are spinning locally for this to happen.  

 We have the talent and experience in this congregation that just might be able to pull this off. 

What do you think Tabernaclers?  Does this excite you as much as it excites me?  Can I get a loud “Amen!”?  Are there some of you willing to step forward and work on this?  It could be huge.  It could be wonderful.  It may be what God is calling us to be as we reimagine Tabernacle.

 Meanwhile, see you in church!

Rev Joe




 Reverend Joe’s Calendar 

Monday, April 23rd: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24th:  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25th:  12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 26th: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Church Calendar for the Week of the April 22, 2018:

Sunday, April  22nd, 2018

9:00 a.m. Hymn Choir Rehearsal led by Rev Joe

10:00 a.m. Worship Service

11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room


Tuesday, April 24th,2018

7:00 p.m. Council Meeting


Wednesday, April  25th, 2018

7: 00 p.m. Bible Study

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting


Thursday, April 26th,  2018

7:00 p.m. Music Committee

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting


Friday,  April 27th, 2018

6:30 p.m. AA Meeting


Saturday, April 28th, 2018

7:30 p.m. Peace Pipes Concert


Sunday, April 29th,  2018

9:00 a.m. Hymn Choir Rehearsal led by Rev Joe

10:00 a.m. Worship Service and New Member Reception and the Baptism of Kelsey Greer Angeles Guilmartin

11:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room




Information, Invitations and Announcements


 8th Annual Peace Pipes Concert

To benefit


 Tabernacle Church

50 Washington Street

Salem, MA

April 28th, 2018 7:30 pm

An Evening of Scottish and Irish Music


The North Shore Pipe Band

Jen & Bob Strom

Michael O’Leary and Isaac Chute

 Suggested Donation $15 ($10 Students and Seniors)

For additional information

Contact Jack MacLean 978-468-1876


Saturday, May 12th




 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.