This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

March 7th, 2021

 

Asylum Seeker Needs Our Help
Please be sure to read Reverend Joe’s message this week.   

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A message from the Flower Committee

 

The Easter Flower Cross – WE Need YOUR Help….

Things will be different this year, just like so many.

The flower committee will be decorating our Easter Cross on Saturday so that it will be ready in our Sanctuary for Easter Morning, and on display during our Zoom Easter service.   After the service as in the past the cross will be moved outside for all to see.   We need your help making this happen.

Would you like to donate toward the expense of the “Easter Flower Cross” this year?

Any amount, no matter how small, is welcomed. We will be accepting donations until March 28th.  You can send a check through the mail, or go to our website and click on the donate button.  Just be sure to write the memo section that the money is for the “Flower Cross”.

Thanking all in advance….

Jen & Bob Strom, Jane Kelly

Flower Committee

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A message from Reverend Joe….

Dear Members and Friends,

You may have seen the Worcester fire where three people lost their lives on Friday, February 12th.  We learned this week that building was also the home of Luchaine, an LGBT asylum seeker.

You’ll recall that a few years ago the Hadwen Park UCC in Worcester came with several LGBT asylum seekers to inform of us about their very specialized ministry to take in LGBT folks who flee their home countries where being LGBT is punishable by death and torture.  Our youth group visited Hadwen Park UCC to learn more about their ministry and our congregation supported Hadwen Park’s LGBT Asylum Task Force.  Members of the Task Force have come to our Interfaith Pride Service every year since then.  Some of our members have gone to Hadwen Park’s LGBT Asylum Task Force annual dinner and fundraiser.

Besides losing his friends and neighbors, Luchaine lost his beloved cat Elvin, and everything that he owned – furniture including a brand new bedroom set, clothing, personal belongings. Everything needs to be replaced and he and his husband need to move.

If you can help, there is a gofundme account set up for donations. No amount is too small and Luchaine says he is very grateful for any contribution. The account can be accessed here:

Fundraiser by Luchaine Whyte : Help Luchaine Get A New Home & Replace Furniture (gofundme.com)

You can read about the fire in the Worcester Telegram here.

As of today, just over $12,000 has been raised toward a goal of $15,000 needed.  Once again, Tabernacle’s generosity could make the difference for this couple.

Blessings on you if you can help.  If you want a refresher on the Task Force and it’s ministry here’s the link to their web site:  http://www.lgbtasylum.org/

See you on zoom,

Rev Joe

 

The title of Reverend Joe’s sermon for this Sunday is

“Seeing Commandments as Affirming, Not Punishing”      

The Readings for Sunday, March 7th:

Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-17
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

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“Tea Time with Rev Joe”

Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Brew a cup of tea or coffee, or whatever beverage you choose, pull up a chair and zoom in to join

Contact the office at (978)744-3164 or office@tabernaclechurch.org

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CHURCH CALENDAR

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion and Virtual Coffee time via Zoo

Wednesday,  March 10th, 2021

7:00 p.m. Bible study via zoom

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

2:00 p.m. Tea Time with Reverend Joe via Zoom

Sunday , March 14th, 2021
10:00 a.m. Worship Service and Virtual Coffee time via Zoom

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INFORMATION

The Deacon for the month of March is Jack Kiernan.

 

An Anonymous donor is providing the lighting of our Steeple for the month of March with these words in mind..

“May God’s Love bring Light into the Dark…

 

Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2021.

July, August, September, October, and December are available.   

Call or email the office if you are interest in lighting our steeple to remember a loved one or to honor a special event, and reserve your month.

 

The cost is $150.00 for the month.  

 

Bible Study Tonight, March 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Contact the church office for the link at (978) 744-3164 or office@tabernaclechurch.org

Readings may be found below

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR BIBLE STUDY       

OLD TESTAMENT READING              

Exodus 20:1-17
20:1 Then God spoke all these words:

20:2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;

20:3 you shall have no other gods before me.

20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,

20:6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

20:7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

20:8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

20:9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.

20:10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work–you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.

20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

20:13 You shall not murder.

20:14 You shall not commit adultery.

20:15 You shall not steal.

20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

NEW TESTAMENT READING   

 

1 Corinthians 1:18-25
1:18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1:19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

1:20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

1:21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.

1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,

1:23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

1:24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

1:25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.