This Week at Tabernacle

This Week at Tabernacle Church

January 19, 2020



Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Tour of NSCDC Affordable Housing Project
4:30 pm
325 Cabot St., Beverly.
Everyone is invited!
Please RSVP to Rachel Lutts if you would like to attend.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

6:30 p.m. in the Bigelow room

An architect will address the congregation to show us what kind of housing the CDC has in mind for our building and what it may look like.


Please take notice..

Council will not be meeting in January.

 Our next meeting will take place on February 18th at 7:00 p.m.


A message from our Minister…

Dear Members and Friends,


I’m filled with hope and gratitude as we enter 2020.  Our first Sunday of the year in Emerson Hall required setting up additional chairs.  The meeting following worship to discuss the congregation’s role during my Sabbatical in 2021 was attended by 30 people and was ably led by Lynda Coffill with post it notes, newsprint and all kinds of energy and volunteers to come to additional meetings for planning.


This past Sunday our Annual Meeting had positive energy, no concerns about meeting a quorum, hearing that we ended 2019 with a surplus helping us to present a balanced budget for 2020, volunteers from the floor to fill the few vacancies on the Nominating Report, and unanimous votes to continue our discussion with North Shore CDC on using our building for affordable housing.   Upbeat, positive and hopeful.  What a great annual meeting and great start to the new year!


So, let’s keep that going!  Let Rachel Lutts know if you can gather in Beverly this Tuesday to view the kind of apartments the CDC is proposing for our building.  Put Tuesday, the 28th, at 6:30 on your calendar to hear what the CDC’s architect has to say about possibilities for our space and building.  Several folks have already volunteered to serve on whatever the next steps will be in our implementation phase of this process.

And, guess what!?!  As if that isn’t enough, our congregation is branching out in other ways to serve our community.  Even though the affordable housing issue could be hugely time consuming, our Missions Action Group and newly named Faith Formation have all kinds of potential in the pipeline to address local and wider church needs from working with ECCO to sponsoring educational events for our congregation on a number of important and timely issues to sending folks to a national youth event in Indiana. 

Lots to celebrate.  Lots to do!  Lots of opportunities.  Lots to pray and sing about.

Meanwhile, see you in church!

Rev. Joe



Sunday, January 19th,  2020, is the Second Sunday after Epiphany

The Readings for Sunday are:

                                                 Old Testament: Isaiah 49:1-7 

                                                 New Testament: John1:29-42   


The title of Reverend Joe’s  sermon is : “ What Does it Mean to be Called”

Reverend Joe ‘s office hours for the week of January 19th: 

Tuesday, January 21st: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22nd: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 23rd: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.



Sunday, January 19th, 2020
10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Emerson Hall
11:00 a.m. Fellowship Time in the Bigelow Room

11:15  a.m. Deacon Meeting

2:00 p.m. Sacred Harp Singers in the Bigelow Room


Monday, January 20th,  2020 Martin Luther King Day

Office is closed

7:00 p.m. Zilber Band rehearsing in the Bigelow Room

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


Tuesday, January 21st,2020

4:30 p.m. meeting with the North Shore CDC in Beverly


Wednesday, January 22nd,2020 
7:00 p.m. Bible Study
8:00 p.m. AA Meeting

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

7:00 p.m. Northeast Association Board meeting here at Tabernacle in the Bigelow Room
8:00p.m. AA Meeting

Friday, January 24th, 2020
6:30 p.m. AA Meeting

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Emerson Hall
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 January is:

Bob Anthony

Phone: 978-744-8998




36th Annual

International Food Fair

Saturday, February 1, 2020


First Church Swampscott, UCC

40 Monument Ave

Swampscott, MA


Funds raised at this event will help build much needed homes, both on the North Shore and Internationally. Two-thirds of the proceeds of this fair will go to Habitat for Humanity—North Shore and one-third of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity—International.

Silent Auction

Come and Enjoy foods from around the World!

Tabernacle is participating in this event!



The Missions Committee would like you to know about an initiative the Southern New England Conference is proposing around helping individuals and families with medical debt. The goal is to help those at or below the poverty level to pay off medical debts they would not be able to pay on their own.

Supporting this program the Missions Committee has pledged $100 from our missions budget to join other UCC churches in addressing the medical monetary crises faced by so many.

Thank you as always for your interest in reaching out to others.


An Important Message from The Missions Action Group

Update on the North Shore Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition

The North Shore Sanctuary Coalition, part of Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), was formed to support our immigrant neighbors who are facing unjust deportation. The coalition is made up of church communities across the North Shore, all connected with ECCO. Through the coalition, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn will provide physical space for an undocumented immigrant seeking protection, and congregations in the coalition will provide support. The Tabernacle Missions Action Group has decided to support the coalition by providing volunteers and in whatever way we can. As stated in the coalition covenant, “as people of faith, we are mindful of our sacred calling/moral duty to welcome the stranger, protect the vulnerable, and accompany the oppressed”. Rachel Lutts is a member of the coalition steering committee, and she will be the volunteer coordinator for Tabernacle.

It is important to note that this is a missions action group initiative only at this time, and we plan to have informational/educational sessions in February for anyone interested in learning more. There are two opportunities to join congregations doing education about sanctuary in January:

  1. Sunday, January 19th, 10:30 am, Aviva Herr-Welber will be helping co-lead service and giving a sermon and workshop themed on racial justice and sanctuary at First Church (UU) in Salem.
  2. Sunday, January 26th, 10 am, Alexandra Pineros Shields, ECCO’s executive director, will be giving a sermon on sanctuary at First Church in Swampscott.

Please stay tuned for February/March workshops at Tabernacle.

The Missions Actions Group

We have been asked to spread the word…

The Census Bureau  is hiring literally hundreds of new employees from Salem to work great jobs.  Most people are being hired as Census Takers.  These positions have highly flexible work schedules so they would appeal even to those currently working full or part-time jobs.  Pay rate for Essex County is $27.50/hour and pay is even higher for those who work after 6 p.m. or on Sundays.

Call 1-800-JOB-2020





Steeple Lighting Opportunities are available for 2020. 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 the office to reserve your month.

Volunteers Needed.  We are looking for Ushers and Coffee Pourers 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.