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August 2018

TAB Blog: I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.’ (Ps. 139:14, NKJV) This has been a scripture placed upon my heart for some time now. It not only represents a beautiful devotion to our God in recognition of everything seen and unseen that was created by Him, but I also ponder the knowledge of just how wonderfully made we are!

How we care for the entire body through the food we eat greatly influences our mood/emotions, decisions/choices, and lifestyle. We rarely think of how daily habits affect our health. Sometimes it’s out of an unknowing that we make unhealthy choices, sometimes it’s out of deception of what is good/pure/whole in our world, and sometimes we fall into the lies of the enemy that heredity is greater than our decisions; that our earthly family history takes precedence over the Family history we have been grafted into.

Given half a chance, the body will heal itself; that is how amazing this earthly vessel is! Illness equals imbalance. Many imbalances are ones that can be addressed at home with simple tools: food, rest, prayer, and exercise. Simplicity is made complicated by our uncertainties of where to begin and how to proceed, but it doesn’t have to be! It is important to listen to our bodies, seek knowledge/resources available, and begin to build vitality in all areas of our life. When God formed us from dust He breathed HIS life into us; transferring into our very beings the ability to hear His voice, feel His pain, and find peace and HEALING in His hands. We are literally an extension of His presence! And in His Presence there is fullness of joy! (Ps. 16:11)

Beginning Sunday, September 9 from 9:00 – 10:00am in the Reid Leadership Center, we will be diving into the amazing world of wellness. Topics include: bio-individuality, Primary and Secondary foods, gene expression, forming daily habits, emotional roots to physical ailments, cooking demonstrations, prayer, and so much more! Please sign up in the Atrium!

Blessings,

Danielle Cofta,
Ms.Ed.; IIN Health Coach

TAB Blog: Train Up a Child in the Way They Should Go

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A number of people have been credited with the quote, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” There seems to be universal recognition that children are vital to the future of a country. This is also true regarding the future of the church. Today’s children will be the leaders of tomorrow. We are responsible for teaching and training them to fill the roles that we hold today. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 stresses the importance of teaching God’s word “diligently to your children.”

No one would dispute that parents carry the primary responsibility for the life of a child. They must provide for the child and attend to the daily tasks of child-rearing. Parents are the ones who must “train up a child in the way that he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6), However, a child’s life is also shaped by the influence of many forces other than their parents. Every experience, encounter, relationship, whether positive or negative, has an impact on the life of a child. The child psychologist, Haim Ginott, says, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”

I can look back on my own life and appreciate the influence of a number of adults: an aunt who took me with her on trips and showed me a world beyond the mountains where I grew up; my grandmother who sat with me on the porch and taught me the beauty of simple things and the joy of quiet reflection; my pastor who challenged me to go to Bible College, a decision which changed the course of my life. Many of you are making an impact on the lives of the children in your world. Teachers, mentors, coaches, neighbors, extended family… “one sows, another waters.” Whether deliberate or unintentional, our interactions with children influence who they will become.

As we move into a new school year, won’t you take time to consider how your gifts and talents might be used to build the future of the church? We need teachers on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, assistant teachers, and nursery workers; teachers for older students and for babies. We need people who are willing to serve every Sunday and we need workers who can only help once a month. Whatever your preference and your availability, our boys and girls need your help!

I have a plaque in my office which says, “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Dwight L. Moody said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God.” Who knows the lasting impact you might have on the life of a child if you decide to become involved in children’s ministry?

If you’d like to join me in this most rewarding ministry or would like more information about areas where you might serve, please call me at 675-2888, ext. 1711.

For the Children,

Pam Kellner

TAB Blog: Covenant Relationship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you have been enjoying this wonderful summer season. Here in WNY, summer weather seems to come and go so quickly. Soon, we will be making changes in our routines to accommodate the activities associated with the changing seasons; all while we seek to enjoy every last bit of summer that we possibly can.

At The Tabernacle, we are also preparing for another year, when the various ministries resume normal activities. One of those activities is the class titled “Discovering Church Membership,” which begins September 9, 2018. Whether you have recently determined to make The Tabernacle your place of worship or you have been part of this congregation for a longer period, you are invited to attend this class and discover the importance of this step.

The Church is created and designed by God to provide spiritual development and care for believers. It also provides a community of faith through which the gospel is proclaimed and, in every generation, His will advanced. The Tabernacle is a living community of covenantal relationships centered around prayer and worship. God calls us to live in this type of harmony with each other so we can live in unity with Him. Have you considered entering into covenant membership at The Tabernacle?

There is a journey into Covenant Relationship, which is illustrated in the structure of Herod’s Temple. Each of the courts represent a portion of the journey, drawing us closer to the Holy of Holies, drawing us closer to God.

• The Court of the Gentiles Connection
• The Outer Court Cooperation
• The Inner Court (The Holy Place) Commitment
• The Holy of Holies Covenant

On September 9th a new Discovering Church Membership class will begin at 9:00am in the Atrium classroom (“the Matthew Room”). In the 8 weekly sessions, we will meet for approximately 45 minutes to discover the significance of membership. We will discuss the role that you have in building a healthy church.

If you are interested in more information and signing up for the class, there are information packets in the Atrium that contain a document, “Getting to Know You.” Please complete that information and give it to a pastor or staff member. An alternative is to call the church office at 675-2888 and speak to the receptionist and a packet will be sent to you. If I can answer any questions for you, please contact me at my office either by phone at
712-1708 or email at bauna@thetab.org.

Please let us know if you are considering attending this class. It will help us in our planning.

In His Service,

Pastor Al Baun

TAB Blog: Become Like Little Children

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Good morning!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing summer. I am excited to share with you for the first time in this way since coming on staff! We are gearing up for All Star Kids Camp starting tomorrow! Please pray that God’s Spirit is very present among the kids and our amazing team! I pray that each child who is with us experiences and gets to know Jesus more and more each day!

In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV) This verse is on my heart during this time. Not only are we to teach children, we are to be like them as well. It has been a huge blessing for me to be a part of the lives of many Tab Kids so far. Furthermore, it is truly amazing to see how they trust God and know God’s Word. When Jesus says for us to “change and become like children,” it strikes me that we all used to be children. He is pointing out that we have already made a “change” and stopped being as children. Children are trusting; they are forgiving; they are eager to learn and explore. They are even, at times, extremely fun to be around! I think Jesus is reminding us to be trusting of Him, to forgive each other and ask for forgiveness, to be eager to learn from God and to remember that God can be fun too!

As a proud father of two boys, I reflect on how they act towards me. Being a parent or grandparent shows a wonderful reflection sometimes of how we need to be towards God. My youngest son often times will come running into the room and jump into my arms; totally trusting I will catch him. He is trusting that he is safe when blindly leaping. He is believing that I will not allow him to fall. While I am a fallen person and sometimes will make mistakes, Jesus will never let us down. If only we can trust Him in that way and know that He will not let us go; we may even find ourselves enjoying those moments when He calls us to jump.

Special thanks for Jen Cupicha and Pastor Aimee as they have been a huge blessing during this time leading up to Kids Camp. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us all!

Blessings,

Pastor Adam