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This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

August 18th, 2019


August 25th, 2019

This is a 2 week “This Week”



This Sunday, August 18th, our Worship Service will be at the home of Betsey and Ed Bennett (90 Orne Street in Salem) starting at 10:00 a.m.

Please bring some cut-up fruit to share and a lawn chair.


Tuesday, August 20th Council will be meeting at 7:00 p.m.

It is hoped that all Action Groups will be represented.


Sunday, August 25th, our Worship Service will be in the Bigelow Room at Tabernacle Church starting at 10:00 a.m.


A message from our Minister…

Dear Members and Friends,

Today is Part 3 of my book report and gleanings on “Memorial of the Old and New Tabernacle” by Samuel M. Worcester, pastor 1834-1860.  Last week I left off with the 1804 gale that took off the dome.  In 1805 the steeple was raised and “for the first time, the tones of a harmoniously sounding bell of the Tabernacle were heard…….the first bell in Salem, that was rung for an evening lecture!…. But no stoves were yet, save those which the hand could bring.”

As I mentioned previously, this Dr. Worcester was the son of the first Dr. Worcester so he grew up here and later returned as pastor when they tore down the 1777 building in 1853 and erected the second building on this site.  In his farewell sermon to the 1777 building Dr. Worcester writes:  But whatever our hopes for the future, and whatever the joys that gild and enliven our fond anticipations, the new Tabernacle will never be as the old to not a few, who to-day are parting forever with the old.  To them, this is a sad hour, indeed! We naturally feel an attachment to things to which we have long been accustomed, and in which we have had much personal satisfaction and delight, through successive years of very diverse experiences.”

As we meet over the next few months to hear the proposals and view the architect visions for a future Tabernacle I would have us draw upon the lessons of our forbearers.

Dr. Worcester wrote: “My aged friends, it may well be supposed, that no one of you could come to this parting hour, without feeling that it is almost too much for me and my co-evals to ask of you to bear the burden that we lay upon you, as you leave your seats, this afternoon, to return to them no more!  But, in your early days, were you not greatly blessed by the enterprising labors and the generous sacrifices of those who went before?  Will you not, then, while you weep, rejoice also, no less than those, who stand between the aged and the young,-that the God of our fathers hath disposed and enabled them to show their gratitude, for his loving favor to us all, by erecting a new holy, and more beautiful house for the honor of his adorable Name, and a rich blessing to thousands yet unborn. “

Since one building cannot be torn down in a day and another built in its place the congregation was once again displaced.  I had known from Kay Piemonte’s history that when our current building was under construction Tabernacle met at South Church.  Dr. Worcester’s farewell to the first building includes this statement:  “For public worship on the next Sabbath and onward, the Essex County Commissioners had kindly granted the use of the pleasant and commodious Court-Room, in the granite building, which, by its nearness and its elegance of model, had perhaps contributed to hasten the end of the old Tabernacle.”

Hmm.  What’s that saying?  Turnabout is fair play?  Here we are at a new apex when the city is to decide what happens to the old courthouse even as we decide new purposes for our beloved building.  Dr. Worcester concluded that sermon with 2Corinthians5:1, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”  Amen!

See you at the Farm this Sunday!

Rev. Joe


Sunday, August 18th is the Tenth Sunday of Pentecost
The title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon is: “The Challenge of Believing in God”
Sunday’s Reading is: Luke 12:49-56


Sunday, August 25th is the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

The title of Reverend Joe’s Sermon is: “If Jesus Broke the Law, Should We?”
Sunday’s Reading is: Luke 13:10-17


Reverend Joe’s Calendar for the next two weeks

On August 21st, my partner, Jim Dunlap, is having a surgical procedure which will require him to be chair bound for a minimum of six weeks.  Anticipating this last year, I held over two weeks of my 2018 vacation.  For the next few wee,ks I will be mostly operating from home.  I’ll still be conducting worship on Sundays and attending most church meetings.  I will be able to leave the house for limited amounts of time.  Please feel free to contact me via my email ( or my cell phone (603-852-3168).  I anticipate being back in full swing the week of September 8.  Rev. Joe

Church Calendar for the Week of August 18th, 2019

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service at the home of Betsey and Ed Bennett


Monday, August 19th, 2019

7:00 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs in the dining room


Tuesday, August  20th, 2018

6:00 p.m.  Trustee Meeting

7:00 p.m.  Council Meeting


Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

7:00 p.m. Bible Study

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs dining room


Thursday, August  22nd, 2019

7:00 p.m. Music Committee Meeting

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting


Friday, August  23rd,2019

6:30 p.m. AA Meeting


Saturday, August 24th, 2019

12:00 p.m.  Memorial service for Francis Burnham

                   Greenlawn  Cemetery. 


Sunday, August 25th, 2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Bigelow Room

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

Church Calendar for the week of August 25th:


Sunday, August 25th, 2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in the Bigelow Room

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


Monday, August 26th, 2019

7:00 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs in the dining room


Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting downstairs dining room

7:00 p.m. Bible Study


Thursday, August  29th, 2019

8:00 p.m. AA Meeting


Friday,  August  30th, 2019

6:30 p.m. AA Meeting


Saturday, August 31st , 2019

6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  Mind Reader Show in Emerson


Sunday, September 1st, 2019

10:00 a.m. Worship Service with Communion in the Bigelow Room

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





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 Deacon for the month of August is:
Jen Vlasuk
Phone: 978-317-7269


The Deacons for the month of September are:

Betsey Bennett

Phone: 508-843-5780


Brenda Lewis

Phone: 978-744-1178




Sunday, September 8th, we will be back in the Sanctuary for Service.  Please join us that day for a Pot-Luck Luncheon.


Mickey Northcutt, CEO of the Northshore Community Development Corp, (The CDC) will be presenting information on the possibility of areas of Tabernacle Church becoming affordable housing.


Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what it is about,  and ask questions about this  possible future project, and how it can benefit Tabernacle Church and the community




Roger Spanos and Brian Knowles have moved to Florida , therefore we need to replace Roger as our Conference Delegate and Brian as our Association Delegate.

Please speak to Rev. Joe if you are interested and willing to consider these important roles on behalf of our congregation.  The Conference Delegate attends the Annual Meeting (this year November 1st and 2nd in Worcester).  The Association Delegate is responsible for two meetings per year (typically a Saturday in the Spring and Fall) and any Ecclesiastical Councils and Installations that come along (varies from year to year).



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.    September, October and December are available.


  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.