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November 2017

Pastor’s Pen: Wrapped in Love

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Hello Tabernacle Family,

The holiday season is in full swing for all of us! Allow me to be the first to say, “Welcome Home to Christmas at The Tabernacle!”

This past week we organized, packed, and distributed approximately 600 food baskets for Thanksgiving through the ministry of our Food Panty, under Jim and Lisa Delmont. Stories continue to pour in of the miraculous events that took place as each basket was taken to Individual homes: stories of salvation, reconciliation, provision and miracles.

Now we kick-off the Christmas Season this week with our Christmas Musical, “Wrapped in Love.” Our incredible Worship & Arts team has spear-headed a production that truly depicts the only love that will consume the longing of every heart!

“Who would have guessed that in that time and place One would be born into our world who would one day fill His life so much with the experience of God, so much with the love of God, that in Him thousands upon thousands would be moved to make the incredible claim that they had actually met their God in person.

This is the night when God sent out a love letter of cosmic proportions. This is the night in the little town of Bethlehem when God and humanity were joined as a bride and groom on their wedding day.

And as Jesus grew and went out into the world, so our understanding of just how much God loves us also grew.
We find in Jesus that God’s love doesn’t demand perfection, that forgiveness isn’t given away sparingly but recklessly and indiscriminately, that unconditional really means unconditional, and that God’s love is completely and thoroughly inclusive.”

Narration, “Wrapped in Love”
Excerpt from a sermon by Rev. Bill Adams
“The Original Love Story” 2001

With every moment of this production, you will be deeply moved by narrations such as this alongside beautiful music of our professional orchestra and Tabernacle vocal team. What an amazing opportunity we have to share the unconditional love of Christ with so many hearts that are open this time of year!

May I encourage you to make every effort to attend one or more of the performances this coming weekend? We also need your help to spread the word throughout our community. There are still some posters, postcards, and tickets available at the information counters in both Atriums for you to distribute — any businesses you may frequent or community hubs near you will be glad to hang our posters or carry a stack of tickets.

May you find yourself intimately wrapped in the love of God, as we enter the Christmas season together as The Tabernacle Family!

See you this weekend at “Wrapped in Love” …
Saturday, December 2nd at 3:00 and 7:00pm
Sunday, December 3rd at 7:00pm
Pre-service live jazz combo begins a half-hour before each performance.

Pastor Aimee

Pastor’s Pen: Give Thanks

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“… Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4b-5

Dear Tabernacle Family,

This past Thursday, our annual All-Church Dinner was held in the Activity Center with approximately 175 from our church family in attendance. It was such a privilege for the Jubilee Ministry to be able to sponsor this event for The Tabernacle family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity. I want to thank all who worked so hard to make it possible. It is our desire that those who attended were able to enlarge their circle of acquaintances and that they will develop further into friendships.

Personal memories of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday in that we don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping for presents and becoming totally exhausted before the day arrives. Some of my fondest and deepest holiday memories are centered around the family Thanksgiving table at my grandparent’s house. Friends or family members, not seen regularly, would appear for dinner. There was always a place at the table and plenty of food. This generation, which seemed so old to me, was forever influenced by their life experiences of the Great Depression and World War II. While not remembering the content of their stories about a world I didn’t know, I was fascinated by the stories they would share.

My grandmother and the other ladies would work their culinary skills to transform the turkey, etc. into a wonderful feast for the family. Then came that very special time as we sat at the table when my grandfather or father would lead the family in thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness and all that He had bestowed upon us.

Maria and I have now moved into that older generation role, and hope and pray that we are demonstrating to our family similar values and memories as we have received.

Thanksgiving Day.

This week our nation will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. For many, it will be merely a time of uncontrolled consumption of food and beverage and watching football. For others, holidays can be a lonely season; for those serving in the military away from home or those who have recently lost a member of their family. Look for an opportunity to bless someone who will not have someone to share the day with.

Let us demonstrate to the world around us that this is a time for families to share life experiences; and bless the Lord and give thanksgiving to Him.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor Al Baun

Pastor’s Pen: Worship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

It is an honor to address you through this week’s Pastor’s Pen. Whether you are a life-long Tab member, or, maybe this is your first time visiting, there is no denying that there is something tangible happening in the worship of this House. Each week, I am blessed to see the congregation engaging in Throne-worship with all of us on the platform. As we focus on the restoration of the House of David – we as the One Call Worship Team work hard to help foster an atmosphere of freedom in worship.

Psalm 22 comes to mind as I write this to you. David was an author who never held back what he was thinking or feeling. Much like him, we come into church with so many things on our minds and hearts; some of which are too hard to even talk about. But David reminds us that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people, and that He does not ignore or belittle our cries. When we reach out to our God in worship, be encouraged that He not only hears our cries, but inhabits them as well. Verse 26 says that “All who seek the Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will be filled with everlasting joy” (NLT).

So, when the worship team takes the platform and begins with a high-energy song of praise, or we are in a moment of intimate worship directed toward the throne of the Almighty, know this: It is not WE the worship team, and YOU the congregation. It is ALL of US together – The Tabernacle, reaching out to God, joining with the great assembly to offer the Almighty our highest praise. Hallelujah!

On that note, we are always looking to expand our team. If you are an experienced musician and/or vocalist, and feel called to a worship ministry, we would love to meet you. Please inquire via email at cjprmusic@me.com.

Also, please save the date for this year’s Christmas musical, “Wrapped in Love,” December 2nd (3:00pm and 7:00pm) and December 3rd (7:00pm). It’s going to be incredible!

In Christ Alone,

Christian Rainville
Worship Director, One Call Worship

Pastor’s Pen: Our Food Pantry

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Approximately 10 years ago I was called by the Lord to serve at the Food Pantry. God directed me to show the kind of compassion that would represent a Great King. I was to serve every client as if I was serving Jesus Himself. I knew that each of the clients that we would serve would be the test, and that we must apply the Word of God that we had learned to every situation that would arise. We were instructed to look at the Food Pantry as a type of outpost and outer-gate to the Lord’s Kingdom. Every person who came to this gate must be given our best, without judgment, condemnation or favoritism. Furthermore, we were to treat everyone as equal, with respect, honor and dignity, as if we were serving Jesus.

In doing so, we have been allowed to see many miracles. There have been salvations, healings, and countless other prayers that have been answered. Our clients enter as strangers, but leave as friends. We laugh and cry with them as they experience both good and hard times. Little did we know that as we helped others we were being brought closer to Jesus in our own lives.

As you know, we are currently working on our Thanksgiving and Christmas Outreaches. We will be assembling 600 food boxes for each holiday that will be distributed throughout our region as an expression of Christ’s love. Of course, we certainly want to assist anyone in need of food from our Congregation. Simply sign up at the Welcome Center if we can assist you. Thank you!

We are inviting you, our brothers and sisters in this Church Body, to join us in assembling and giving out these boxes of food, and experiencing the great joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Will you join us?

Thanksgiving: Boxes assembled on Sunday, November 19 following the 10:00am service
Boxes distributed on Monday, November 20 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Christmas: Boxes assembled on Sunday, December 17 following the 10:00am service
Boxes distributed on Monday, December 18 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Finally, please know that the door of opportunity to serve in the Food Pantry Ministry is always open to you. We hope you will consider volunteering to serve Jesus by serving others through this vital outreach and expression of God’s love.

God bless you,

Jim & Lisa Delmont and each of the Food Pantry Volunteers