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TAB Blog: Pastor Jo Ann Angelo and Pastor Tom Rinn

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

As I pass the 30-year anniversary of my tenure as an Associate Pastor at The Tabernacle, I hope it’s okay if I reminisce a little. I was led to the Tabernacle in 1983. I felt the call of ministry, so I began to prepare by attending Houghton College where I graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Counseling. Upon graduation, we were each asked, “What is your dream for the future.” My answer was, “To be an integral part of a World-Wide Ministry.” Little did I know God would connect me to the dreamer of all dreamers, Tommy Reid! I was ordained to ministry by Pastor Reid. I have had credentials with Elim Fellowship, CovNet and I am currently Ordained with The Assemblies of God.

My relationship with Bishop Reid, Wanda and Aimee was strong from the very beginning and has been a blessing to me over these many years. I will always be grateful to them not only for trusting me in ministry, but for their love and encouragement both personally and professionally. Because of them I have met and served the greatest teachers, preachers and world leaders of our time. I am also thankful to Bishop Robert Stearns. I was privileged to be here for the first East Coast Leadership Conference and though my time here is changing it is not ending. The dream continues as a new world of leaders and ministry has opened to me through Eagles’ Wings.

In my time here, I have had the opportunity to touch thousands of lives through the several ministries I was given oversight to: The TV Department, Pastoral Care, Dean of Students at Buffalo School of the Bible also called “The School of the Prophets.” Also traveling and teaching in the Philippines and in Honduras. After the school became part of Elim, I became the Director of Pastoral Care. In addition to counseling and visitation I officiated at many weddings and funerals. Some of my favorite times here were being part of the intercessory and altar teams during Renewal with Pastor Dennis Shearer, teaching the Wednesday night service for so many years and overseeing the World Prayer Center. But without a doubt my greatest memories are of the times I spent with Marilyn Hickey and calling her friend. Thank you Pastor Ruddy and my Tabernacle family for allowing me to fulfill my dreams in unbelievable ways and to still be here to dream into the future.


Pastor Jo Ann Angelo


“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father …” Ephesians 5:20

I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the ministry of The Tabernacle for over 50 years. It has been noted in many contexts that life is a tapestry. Each strand intertwined with others from birth into the senior years. As I gazed upon my own tapestry I am drawn to the brighter splashes of color.

At the age of 11, I had an encounter with God at the Lakeview Gospel Camp and was filled with the Holy Spirit. This instilled within me a strong desire to be used by God for His purpose. Little did I know that Pastor Tommy Reid would come to the Buffalo area in 1963 and that God would use him to shape my life.

I first served as the Youth Pastor and as a member of a Youth Ministry Team that traveled throughout the Northeast on weekends ministering at churches with a message to other teenagers. In 1980 I was invited to join The Tabernacle staff and had the opportunity to serve on the Board for many years as well as participate on mission trips to Europe and the Philippines.

Within the local church we witnessed tremendous moves of the Holy Spirit. I saw God’s miracles first hand. I have had the opportunity to sit at the feet of great men and women in the faith such as Oral Roberts, Fern Olson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Harald Bradeson, T.L. Osborn and many others. We were always challenged by God to stay on the cutting edge of what He was going to do. First came the Catholic Charismatics, and then the Jesus People. I witnessed lives that were dramatically changed by the power of God during these times and church attendance ‘exploded.’ Many of those touched by the Holy Spirit became future pastors, ministers, missionaries and church leaders. It was an exciting time.

Cheryl and I are so blessed and thankful to be a part of The Tabernacle family heritage; to see the children and grandchildren of the early saints continue to worship the Lord in this house. Their sacrifices, prayers and labor continuing to carry the living Word to future generations.

Life has certainly added color to my tapestry. What appears the brightest? The day I said yes to Jesus!

Pastor Tom Rinn

TAB Blog: God-Given Gifts and Talents

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Almost daily we hear about covert operations that are carried out under the covering of secrecy. Military planes have been designed to avoid detection by radar, a critical ability if you are piloting a plane whose mission is to deliver its payload on an enemy target. There are situations that should not be openly shared, but what about the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to us?

It is a great privilege to serve in the role of leading the Jubilee Ministry at The Tabernacle. It is interesting not only to see who has the largest collection of grandchildren pictures but to hear them talk about their desire to experience God’s presence and a desire to have Him touch their family and church family

Many have been walking with our Lord for many years but struggle in an unfamiliar role, being unable to perform the tasks that were such a normal part of earlier days. But they do have a common theme, which is the faithfulness of our Lord, and how they desire and pray that their children and grandchildren serve God.

I am continually amazed at the heart of these individuals, and their desire to have a role in The Great Commission. They are ready to respond to a call to rally around those that are in need. Despite having limited resources, it is amazing how they are willing to contribute to help someone who is unable to buy Christmas gifts, pay a utility bill, etc.

In our planning sessions, we seek ways for our group to be able to minister to those in need, especially those who are no longer able to attend services and other church activities. At one particular meeting, the conversation became focused on the number of gifted individuals within the Jubilee group. We were amazed as we learned of the artists, writers, painters, etc. that we hadn’t known. As a result, it was determined that we would attempt to feature the individual giftings at our lunches.

The April 18th Jubilee Luncheon will have Felicia Ponder sharing her ministry and gifting. Music will be provided by Burnie Scott, a favorite who’s talent and gifting has not been flying below the radar.

Our March guest wasn’t really Jubilee age, but the grandson of Marv and Louise Rupe who arranged for Christopher Rupe to be with us. Christopher co-authored “Contested Bones” with a former atheist and renowned geneticist, Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University. Despite his Christian heritage, he wondered if his parent’s faith in Christianity was misguided. At 17 years of age, he started researching topics relating to creation, evolution and the Bible. He has a burden from the Lord to preach the Gospel and bring clarity to the topic of origins.

These thoughts are not just directed to the Jubilee folk but to all ages. What has God placed in you that needs to be brought into “the light?” What is keeping you from pursuing that dream? Do you have a hobby that might be used to minister to others?

Have you even shared your desire with someone else or are you concerned that they may make fun of your idea? Don’t allow someone to steal your dream or talent. There may be someone who is looking for an opportunity to exercise their gifting by helping an emerging artist to better perfect their talent. Maybe you will encourage someone else to take that step. What is in your hand?

Pastor Al Baun

TAB Blog: The Power of Scars

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The Power of Scars

Revelation 12:10-11 – Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11 NKJV)

There are 2 things that overcome the enemy – the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Who among us has not experienced grief, pain, heartache, confusion? The Lamb of God shed His blood for the sake of our salvation. He sacrificed Himself that we might endure the trials that inevitably come our way. It is not more difficult to live for God as some may think. Pain and suffering is no respecter of persons. But as we live our lives completely dependent on the Holy Spirt of God we are afforded the benefit of seeing with different eyes. We see the pain, the suffering, the heartache for what it really is – a transformative testimony of ultimate victory!

Let us recognize the trials in our lives for what they are – opportunities to bring Glory to the God of our salvation. Let us endure as we go through the tribulations and the uncertainties that we face. Let us take the scars that we bear and use them as the testimony of the goodness of God and overcome the enemy and his attacks. He has no power because ALL the victory is God’s and we WILL overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

Our trials, persevered and endured, become the testimonies that overcome. What you walk through today, in confusion and even hopelessness, is tomorrow’s victory song! Let the scars of your yesterday be the testimony of your today.

In His Name,

Dena DePasquale

TAB Blog: Christ is Risen

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Dear Tabernacle Family!

Today we greet each other with the glad refrain, “Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed!” Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, the supreme fact of history!

Sadly, doubt and disbelief mark the hearts of many in our world who choose to reject the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ resurrection. Some critics of the Gospel purport that belief in a risen Messiah arose from the passion of a hallucinating woman; meaning that Mary Magdalene was in love with Jesus and deluded herself into thinking that she had seen him alive when she had actually only seen the gardener. This thought is preposterous, when considering the last person Mary expected to see walking in the garden was Jesus. The only reason she was there was to anoint his crucified body (Mk. 16:1).

Likewise, there is no evidence that any of the disciples anticipated the Lord’s resurrection (Mk. 16:10), for those closest to Jesus were in complete despair (Jn. 20:19). Thomas, for one, was adamant in his disbelief (Jn. 20:24-25), and others, like the Emmaus disciples, were scattering (Lu. 24:13-17). Yet, despite all this, we find within a matter of days after the Lord’s resurrection, all of them were convinced of what beforehand they thought impossible! Having encountered the risen Jesus, they went forth to tell about Him, persisting in their conviction in the face of great peril, threats, persecution, and ultimately death.

That same testimony has been carried through the centuries, as countless believers have died for their faith in the Risen Savior. Tradition says ten of the original apostles gave their lives as martyrs for Christ, as did the Apostle Paul. History records the deaths of those who died in the Roman arena for their faith. Throughout the centuries, and now in our day more than ever, believers suffer persecution and martyrdom because they are convinced of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 6:9; 14:9; Rev. 1:18)

Beloved, we do not draw back from our faith-filled declaration, “Christ is Risen!” Today, as we gather in the Presence of the Risen Lord, let us rejoice for the living hope that is ours in our resurrected Messiah.

With Easter joy,

Bishop Robert Stearns

TAB Blog: Palm Sunday

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Dear Tab Family

The Triumphal Entry of Christ refers to the entrance of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem on the Sunday prior to His crucifixion. John 12:13 tells us the people, “Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” It is from this reference that we derive the name “Palm Sunday.”

This event is recorded in each of the four Gospels with each adding certain details to the account. Jesus instructed his disciples to go to a neighboring town where they would find a young donkey – a colt. Jesus mounted the animal and made His way into Jerusalem. There a large crowd applauded Him, spreading their garments and palm branches on the road. Palms were used in the various Jewish festivals as banners of rejoicing and were regarded as symbols of both beauty and prosperity. The images of palms were used in the decoration of the Temple and were part of Ezekiel’s vision of the new Temple.

This Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is of vital significance in understanding His messianic mission. The Bible teaches that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the Old Testament promises of a perfect King. Israel’s hope for the future included a vision of a new king like David, called “the anointed one,” or “Messiah” in Hebrew. Prior to this moment, Jesus had refused to allow any public acknowledgment of His being the Messiah. By conducting His ministry outside Jerusalem, He had avoided the ongoing conflict with the religious leaders, but now, the time was at hand. The riding upon the colt, the garments and palm branches in the road, and the shouts of Hosanna from the multitude all pointed to Jesus as The Messiah – The Savior – The King!

The theme of this great day is Christ the King! We might say, that on that great day in Jerusalem, the door of heaven opened a bit so that for a brief moment His true kingship appeared to people on earth. Jesus claimed that had the people kept silent on that historic occasion, the stones would have cried out to proclaim Him King. Today we lift our voices and do just that: Proclaim that Jesus is The King, the Messiah of Israel, who has been given power and glory, whose dominion is everlasting and whose Kingdom shall never pass away.

Rejoicing in our Messiah,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: 3D Woman

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Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study
9:30am in the Family Life Center

Privilege and Passion​ describe the wonderful opportunity of sharing the Word of God with the ladies of The Tabernacle. Here we discover the 3D dimensions of Determination, Distinction and Destiny ​God wills for all of us. At times we lose sight of discovering these virtues as we continue on in our journey in life. Truly with the unexpected events that challenge our progress, God, through His Word, provides the needed “Determination” to maintain our course.

Being created in His image with value and the “Distinction” of purpose, we realize we are important to God and chosen specifically with a plan for our lives. Now the aspect of “Destiny” is herein included and sets the goal of accomplishing the work of the Kingdom by our life. God truly honors His Word as together we trust Him when not only the unexpected challenges arise but the wonder of His glorious presence that causes us to rise above it all and know He is always there, “never leaving or forsaking us.”

We are so happy to see God’s healing power continuing to restore Sister Mari-Lee Ruddy’s foot after having such intricate surgery and now being able to walk on it somewhat. It is good to have her back with us again.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our Tabernacle Ladies Fall Luncheon on Saturday, September 22 at 11:30am at The Columns Restaurant. What a delightful and delicious time we had last year and I know it will be just the same as again we gather together. More
information and ticket sales will be forthcoming in a few months.

Please know you are so welcome to come and be with us at anytime. It is not a closed membership group and you will be warmly welcomed.

In His Name,
Wanda Reid
Mari-Lee Ruddy

TAB Blog: Singles Ministry

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To Our Tab Family,

Greetings in Jesus Name! It is a privilege for us to share our hearts with you about the Singles Ministry.

Christ Covenant Singles is a ministry dedicated to walk with singles in their development of the Character of Christ, the building of healthy relationships and in experiencing wholeness in their personal lives. It’s a joy for us to facilitate an atmosphere where singles can discover their calling in the body of Christ.

The Author in Ecclesiastes 3:1 said it best “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under Heaven.” In this we know that singleness is a season and it is not our forever identity. It is in this time we develop who we are called to be. As there is preparation for every season we enter into naturally, there is preparation for our season of singleness. Being single is a natural state. We were not born and birthed into this world in a relationship; we were not married at birth. The first thing we need to understand is being single is normal. It is a part every person goes through whether you intend to get married or not. Let us not go into despair; rather let us live a full life in our singleness. It is the cry of my heart that we as singles become more in tune with God and with ourselves. Knowing how to be in a healthy relationship, setting healthy boundaries, learning who are safe people and how to resolve conflicts that might arise in relationships are all crucial. If you are in search of a community that will uplift and encourage you on your journey, join our singles community. We meet the first Friday of every month in the Fireside Cafe at 7:00pm. Let’s grow together.


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When we really sit down to think about it, mothers are on the forefront of changing history as they raise the future history makers – pastors, politicians, missionaries, teachers, medical professionals, IT workers, worship leaders, community leaders, and the list goes on. Yet how can they raise up this next generation to love God and love others, the greatest commandment we have, if they themselves are weary in the journey?

The Tabernacle Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry has become that “oasis” for moms to get the fresh cup of water they need: a time to hear a fresh word from the Lord and encouragement for the journey, a time to laugh and use our creative energies, and a time to be REAL and share the challenges we all face. Many moms who aren’t able to make it to a Sunday service or don’t even attend The Tabernacle have joined these meetings, and we have seen God changing hearts and lives through this ministry. As these moms have had their own cups filled up, they have then had that much more to pour out to their kids and family, and it’s beautiful to see.

Over the last few years we have been involved with MOPS, we have learned how to breathe again and not take ourselves too seriously as moms. We now remember what it’s like to have friends again and what it feels like to laugh. We had forgotten how healing laughter is to the heart and soul. Having girlfriends and fellow moms to lean on in the unsteady seasons of life is invaluable!

When we think about MOPS, we know how it changed our lives as moms. You don’t realize before having kids how being a mom can be a very lonely place, especially when your babies are small. You are home alone all the time, it’s hard to get out because of feedings, naps and sheer exhaustion. Participating in MOPS helped us understand that we are not alone. We are not the only moms that loved motherhood, but hated the seclusion it brought. It helped us realize that no matter what, we were absolutely doing a good job! No mom is perfect, but we all love our families perfectly. Sometimes, that is all that has to matter. MOPS is the best kept secret that we do not want to keep secret! We see moms’ lives change one at a time by simply providing community and a safe place to share our laughter, our tears, prayers for each other and feed our bodies as well as our souls. I believe that any woman who is called mom needs to check out a meeting. It has changed our lives and it can change yours!

We build circles of moms who love each other like family. Our gatherings are where moms can meet to share their hopes, fears and insights, in a format that works with their schedules, that doesn’t neglect their faith nor their womanhood, their motherhood nor their purpose, their heart nor their mind.

So no matter who you are or where you come from – whether you have five kids and have found a good rhythm in life, or are struggling to make it through the day with one child; whether you are married, single, or divorced; whether you are enjoying most days or struggling with all the daily demands – we are inviting YOU! Come check us out and bring your kids too!

We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30am in rooms 11/12 in the Family Life Center and childcare is provided. Our next meeting will be held on March 14…

We hope to see you there!
The MOPS Leadership Team
Danielle Cofta
Kaitlin Derstine
Lisa Schaefer
Cara Sobkowiak

TAB Blog: Grief Share

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Grief Share Program at The Tabernacle
Facilitated by Brenda Knight and Ann Crinzi

Jesus said “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” (Mt. 5.4)

Grieving takes courage. It takes courage to walk in pain and still rely on Jesus. He knows what you are feeling. He is the only one who really knows your heart. Jesus lamented in the garden. Lamenting is an expression of faith. It’s about being honest with God. The word “Grief” means intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death); something that causes great unhappiness. To “share” means to have in common. The Grief Share team is a group of people who love God and realize God’s understanding is without limits. He cares for you, enough to give you His Son. We are here to share the love of God with you, to listen and to pray with you. “Comfort and speak encouraging words to one another” (1Th.5.11).

During a time of loss over my loved one, I said to the Lord, “I am alone.” Jesus answered, “Don’t I take you by the hand?” He said to me, “You use a GPS- can’t I be your guide?” He said to me, “I got you. I will bring the right people your way.” I cried “No one is here to hold me.” Jesus answered “No one can snatch you out of my hands, I am holding you in the palm of my hands.”

We are passionate about Grief Share because it displays God’s Love for you. There are provisions made for you to have a safe place to go with your grieving heart, to share and unburden. The Bible says: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(Mt.11:28-30).

At Grief Share meetings we provide a quiet place to share in a small group setting. We meet once a week for 13 weeks. We pray with you, we listen if you care to talk and we watch a Grief Share DVD filled with heart felt interviews of people young and old who share with us their grief and how they learn to move forward with their lives. A workbook is strongly suggested to support you and offer comforting acknowledgement of God’s plan of hope. The 13 week Grief Share program encourages you to take steps to search the deepest depths of your heart, in order to express your thoughts and tell Him what you are going through, only Jesus will truly understand.

If you know someone who is grieving over the loss of their loved one, this program will offer them encouragement, compassion, love and support. Please contact the Main Office of The Tabernacle for
information on connecting at the start of a Grief Share Program.

TAB Blog: Preparing the Way

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I have the great honor this week to encourage you to actively participate in our Church-wide book study, Prepare the Way, (or Get out of the Way). We have the unique opportunity and the rare privilege to dive into the deep spiritual reservoir of our very own Bishop Robert Stearns. His book is uniquely prophetic in scope, transcendent in reach, and ripe with the potential to greatly impact our generation. Within the pages of this book is a divinely generated pathway to unity. Our Bishop has discerned practical wisdom from on High, relevant for transforming and shaping the Body of Christ.

This book, written nearly 20 years ago, prophetically reveals 12 apostolic concepts for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry. These acted upon concepts will edify the body and unify us in our faith (Eph. 4:12-13). These are make or break issues that need to be gleaned, imparted, assimilated and implemented within the hearts of individuals for positive change in our Christian culture. Let your heart be stirred as you get a taste of these pivotal chapter titles:

*Passion for Jesus * Ears to Hear * Global Relevance and Release * Living Stones * Creativity Unleashed * One Body, Diverse Members * Spiritual Authority * Citywide Family of God * Abiding in the Secret Place * Heart for the Poor * Restoring the Tabernacle of David * Israel *

You can read and glean from this book on your own and you will be blessed doing so but participating in home groups will energize your faith by building authentic lasting relationships where real life issues can be addressed. We need each other. Genuine relationship with God and His people is the bedrock of Christianity; we are created with a deep longing for relationship. As we begin to walk in unified purpose with a shared perspective we will become the strong, united, overcoming growing force in the earth that the world urgently needs to see manifested in our generation. Please join us in ‘Preparing the Way’ of our soon coming King!

Much Love,

Sherry Jankowski