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TAB Blog: Jesus Eats with Everyone

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“The Table” – Darlene Zschech, copyright 2018 Integrity Worship Music

No palace worthy of our King
Too many walls to keep Him in
But a mansion worthy of this Son
Was a stable that said, “Welcome”

A journey on a starry night
The wisest ones followed the light
They gathered ‘round the Holy One
Who was born to love and lead us home

A child who is the King of Kings
Who made a way of grace for sin
Our humble Saviour gave it all
So we’d be seated with the Lord

Hark the herald angels sing
Hear the sound and enter in
There’s a place reserved, just come
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

Oh, hear the whisper of His heart
The goodness of our saving God
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Come one, come all, come as you are
We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Just seek and you will find Him, come as you are

Songs have such a way of expressing the beauty of a heart filled revelation. “The Table,” is a beautiful reminder to me of what Christmas is all about. It’s about the gift of our Savior. It’s about a humble manger where He was born. It’s about a cross where He would one day give His very life for all mankind. And Christmas is about a table where all are welcome to come and dine, “for Jesus eats with everyone.”

This Christmas may we all be reminded of the table of the Lord, lovingly prepared for all that says, “There is a place for you here. You are loved, and you belong.” In a culture where reality has become relative and connections are often made phone to phone rather than face to face…may we all listen a little closer to the voice of the Father calling us home to His table. May we look for opportunities to welcome others, and even sit down with one another heart to heart, face to face. May we embrace our loved ones even closer, and extend our arms to the lonely. No matter who or where you are in this Christmas season, know there is a table prepared for you by a Father Who loves you with an everlasting love.

Merry Christmas,

Erin Paolercio

TAB Blog: Nursery and Preschool Ministries

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“From infancy you have known the holy scriptures…” (2 Tim 3:15)

How exciting it is to be BACK at The Tabernacle as Pastor over Nursery and Preschool Ministries as well as our Day Care. Every Sunday morning at 10:00am and Tuesday at 7:00pm our youngest worshippers are being encouraged to engage in worship, scripture, prayer and activities that surround our BIG GOD STORY and theme for the day. We believe that young children, much like Samuel the prophet, will get their start in hearing from God when they are very young. It is our calling to foster a spiritual ear to hear the Holy Spirit as He works His formation in their young lives. Kids in nursery through age four, dance and praise in our large group setting. Teachers give the BIG GOD STORY from the Bible and then walk the children through activities that provide a place for their hearts to respond to the message each week. We follow a similar theme for our Rainbows Club on Tuesday nights as the kids interact with the Bible stories and life applications.

The BLESSING
Each week we take time to BLESS the children and to lay hands on them and pray. The children are receptive to this and lay their faces to the carpet or bow their heads as we take time to pray a blessing that we believe God has given for that week. The Presence of the Holy Spirit is evident as the staff prays.

How can you be involved?
Volunteer a Sunday each month. New children are attending, and families are receiving ministry through the concerted efforts of our staff. At least 4 new adult and youth assistants are needed to team with our teachers as we continue to grow in our children’s ministries.
Pray. A prayer team is sweeping our preschool building in prayer in each week to pray over the building, the staff and the young children who attend the programs in our building each week. Please join your prayers with them as God establishes His Presence and purpose in the lives of our children both in our church ministries as well as our Day Care.
Recruit. Invite new families to attend our Preschool Ministries and to utilize our awesome Day Care services throughout the week.

We are Laying a Foundation of Faith in our youngest worshippers.

Yours for this New Season of Ministry,

Pastor Sharon Baldwin
Director Nursery/Preschool Ministries and Southwestern Day Care

TAB Blog: “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!”

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Imagine…
Imagine that the universe is not a random series of chances.
Imagine that you’re not here by happenstance.
Imagine that there’s a Great Architect, a Great Creator, a Great Father,
Whose plan is to give you hope and a future.
Imagine that you are a part of His ever-expanding Kingdom.
Praise forever Jehovah-God, the God of Israel!
He is the one and only God of wonders, surpassing every expectation.
The blazing glory of His name will be praised forever!
May all the earth overflow with His glory!
Faithful is our King!

What an absolutely transformative time we have had engaging with the Spirit of God through our 2018 Christmas Musical, “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!” The Tabernacle Christmas Orchestra and Vocal Team have outdone themselves in presenting the awe and wonder of the incarnation – the reality of God becoming man in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Hundreds have already been impacted by the message of Jesus’ birth communicated through the sights and sounds of this captivating musical, and fortunately, we have one more opportunity to witness this amazing presentation and allow its inherent grace to touch us even more deeply. Please plan to join us this evening at 7:00pm for the final performance of “Imagine: The Wonder of Christmas!” Surely there are those in your circle of influence whose lives could be forever changed by your kind invitation for them to join for this evening’s performance. Why not reach out to them today and invite them to share the joy of this special season with you?

As part of this evening’s encore presentation, we invite you to join us beginning at 5:30pm for a 90-minute family time. Our campus comes to life featuring a Silent Auction, Café & Bake Sale, Food Trucks, Music, Family Games and Photo Booth. Once you’ve shared this most exciting time, you can then take you seats for the premiere Christmas Production in WNY.

With the wonder of Christmas,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Pamela Kellner

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Dear Friends,

Many of you already know of my decision to retire from my position as Director of Southwestern Daycare Center and Director of Preschool Ministries at The Tabernacle. All of my family live quite a distance from Western New York and I feel that I am missing valuable time with my grandchildren, as well as with my mother and my own two children.

The church has hired Sharon Baldwin to fill the positions that I am vacating. Sharon began work on September 10th. She is a gifted leader and will be a great asset to the daycare and to the church. We have been working together so that she becomes familiar with the position and is acclimated to the regulations and daycare operations. Sharon has completed all the necessary training and all her required approvals with the state of New York are in place.

I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity to have been a part of the ministry of this great church. I am excited about the future of Southwestern Daycare Center and The Tabernacle. I believe that God’s hand is in the timing of my retirement and in the selection of my successor.

Please do not think of this as “Good-bye!” Until our house sells and we move out of the area, I will continue to be a part of the body here. This decision will just afford me the flexibility to travel with Gary and to visit my family whenever I like… and the weather permits!

Thank you again for the privilege of serving with you these last sixteen years. Both Gary and I pray for God’s richest blessings on the church, the daycare and on each of you.

Sincerely,

Pamela Kellner

TAB Blog: Buffalo Celebrates Israel

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you are planning to join me and members of the Christian and Jewish communities this evening, starting at 6:00pm at Resurrection Life for “Buffalo Celebrates Israel!”

Pastor John Tonelli, and the wonderful congregation at Resurrection Life, will be hosting this special evening as we gather to demonstrate our solidarity with the Jewish people, join in a wonderful celebration of the Nation of Israel, and express our commitment to Judeo-Christian values that are under assault in our day.

This “Night to Honor Israel” will feature uplifting anthems, powerful worship and other special presentations. Among our many honored guests, our keynote speaker will be Rabbi Jon Hausman from Congregation Ahavath Torah in Stoughton, Massachusetts. You won’t want to miss his amazing insights and challenge to the people of God in this hour.

Beloved, Israel is facing great challenges in the world right now and it is important that you add your voice to those in our region who are expressing Jesus’ heart for His covenant people. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that Evangelical Christians are “Israel’s best friends.” Speaking to a large Evangelical gathering in Washington, Netanyahu declared, “America has no better friend than Israel, and Israel has no better friend than America.” Then, referring to those in the audience, he continued, “And Israel has no better friend in America than you!

Wow! As Christians we are absolutely humbled by the Prime Minister’s statement and deeply challenged to demonstrate the truth of these words. I’m asking each of us to prioritize this once-a-year evening and honor the Lord and His ancient covenant people as we gather together. Your presence in this evening’s service will go a long way in communicating Jesus’ love to the members of the Jewish Community.

I’m looking forward to seeing you this evening at Resurrection Life!

Bishop Robert Stearns

Details: Buffalo Celebrates Israel
When: This evening!
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Resurrection Life, 2145 Old Union Rd, Cheektowaga, 14227

TAB Blog: Come and Dine

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In less than 2 weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day, a time heavily traveled as individuals make their way to that special place where they will celebrate with loved ones. It is special for me, because the focus of the day is on families and friends gathering to share life around the table, and giving thanks to our Lord for His bountiful provision.

My childhood memories of Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house remain very special. It was a time when relatives would show up, sometimes without notice, but there was always a place at the table, as well as enough food. The adults would discuss events of the day, while the children were exiled to the “smaller” table, awaiting the time when they would graduate to the “big folks” table. Memories of the aroma from the kitchen and the feeling of warmth and acceptance remain after many years.

Times around the table are so much more than merely taking care of the physical needs of our bodies. They are times when we share life, recount memories. How special it is to receive an invitation to a person’s home and there enjoy the host’s hospitality. It is a time to shut out the worries and distractions of our lives and simply enjoy the fellowship of the moment, especially if we have mastered the art of listening.

There are numerous biblical stories where the setting is at the dinner table. I am thinking about two in particular that seem to go with these memories.

The first (John 21) is after Jesus’ resurrection, when Peter and other disciples went fishing, something they were skilled at doing. But after an entire night, they caught nothing. But at the direction of Jesus, they cast their nets on “the other side,” and caught a great multitude of fish. When they came to shore, they discovered that Jesus had made provision for them to be fed, and He invited them to “come and eat …” It was following their breakfast on the beach that Jesus restored Peter.

The second is when Jesus is requesting entry into the world of the Laodicean church (Rev. 3:20). “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Notice the process. Jesus is knocking on the “door” to enter their life. It requires ears, not tuned to other sounds, to be able to hear His voice. For those who hear, an action is required to open the door for Him to gain entrance into our life. BUT, those are the individuals that will have the opportunity of hosting Him at the table.

As you spend time with your family and friends at your Thanksgiving Dinner, enjoy those precious moments together. May I also suggest that we don’t overlook the individual who, for various reasons, may not have a place to spend the holiday.

Give thanks for God’s provision, and fellowship with your friends and family.

Blessings,

Pastor Allen Baun

TAB Blog: “Imagine the Wonder of Christmas”

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Imagine” provokes one to create an image in your mind that challenges your understanding and perception of something. “Imagine the Wonder” takes us to an expanded image of something that is beyond the concrete and into the sublime…evoking a sense of awe, excellence, grandeur, and splendid beauty. Now, “Imagine the Wonder of Christmas.” May our hearts in this season be provoked to wonder, and may we find that deep sense of awe of the King of Kings born fresh in our hearts once again.

“Imagine … the Wonder of Christmas”
Presented by The Tabernacle Christmas Orchestra & Vocal Team
December 1st & 2nd
Saturday at 3:00pm & 7:00pm; Sunday at 7:00pm

Each year The Tabernacle hosts two main Christmas Outreaches to our community, our food baskets distributed to 1200 families at Thanksgiving & Christmas, and our Christmas Musical the first weekend of December.

As part of the Musical weekend, we will be hosting a beautiful family time 90 minutes prior to each performance that will feature a Silent Auction, Cafe & Bake Sale, Food Trucks, Music, Family Games, and Photo Booth. Then you will take your seats for the premiere Christmas Production in WNY. Included in your bulletin today are free tickets for you to distribute to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

We are asking for your help in three ways:

1. Grab posters and postcards to display in local businesses, schools and community centers.
2. Take tickets and personally invite at least 10 people to join you.
3. Donate new items, gift certificates, or themed baskets for our Silent Auction.

In the Atrium today is a table where you can get more info and sign up for the Silent Auction donations. Tickets, Postcards, and Posters are also available in both the side and rear Atriums for you to take.

Thank you for your help, Tab Family, and “Welcome home to Christmas at The Tabernacle.”

Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Boxes of Love

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays right around the corner, we at The Tabernacle Food Pantry are well on our way to help those in our church and community who have struggles in there lives. The holiday boxes are now called “Boxes of Love,” as the food pantry is centered around love, towards volunteers and clients. Our motto is ‘enter as strangers, leave as friends.’ Unconditional love is a hard training ground! This ministry has taught us the meaning of those words.

Jesus said, “I give you a new command, love one another as I have loved you. You must also love one another. By this all peoples will know you are my disciples,” John 13:34.

Loving people you like is easy, but how about loving those who use or are against you? Can you look past their brokenness and reveal Jesus’s love to them? Or have you put conditions before your love? “We will LOVE them if…” Are we as patient as Jesus is with us? We have learned our shortcomings at the food pantry as we must come to the place of surrender here. The truth is you must walk with Jesus to prevail here. As we enter this holiday season at the pantry and in our personal lives, it comes front and center. Who deserves our love? Who are we thankful for? As a follower of Jesus, we know the answers. But can we personally get there? Not without a close personal relationship with Jesus. Pray and walk with us as we enter this season of following this command to love one another until Jesus reveals Himself in a new and powerful way.

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

Finally, please know the door to serve in the Food Pantry is always open. 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,

Lisa & Jim Delmont

TAB Blog: The Resurgence of Millennials in the Church

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As I walked throughout high school and college, I witnessed so many friends and acquaintances my age who were searching for truth and for answers. I watched as some found false comforts, while others suffered in isolation and depression. As I also battled and navigated through my own life, I clung to the Father and felt His love sustain me. This love was something that provided me a means for joy and fulfillment each day. The more I understood how loved I was, the more I longed to see those around me experience this same knowledge and understanding. God has put a burning in my heart to see young adults open their eyes to truth, open their minds to understanding, and open their hearts to true love.

I’ve been so humbled to be able to continue to answer that call through our young adult ministry, ‘Activate.’ Over the past few weeks, God has been drawing Activate into a new season of hunger and encounter. Our community is coming to a new level of desperation and intentionality to bring all that we are and press into the presence of the Lord. Over the past year, I’ve watched young men and women re-commit their lives to the Father. I’ve seen a new urgency emerge within them. They have chosen to chase after the Lord’s promises and callings on their lives. They have chosen to lay down false idols, and have looked to a true comfort. My heart has been so full as I’ve seen the transformation of both the culture of the group, but more importantly the personal lives of those who attend.

As we surrender our hearts and lay down our flesh each week together, we’ve been able to host the presence of the Lord in such a powerful way. God has empowered us to foster a community that loves one another, and allows newcomers to feel the love of Christ the minute they walk through the door. We want young adults from all over the region to feel the love and the presence of the Father when they visit!

Please help us spread the word so that we can continue to reach out and shift this next generation for the kingdom! We meet every Monday at 7:00pm in the ‘Activate House,’ ages 18 – 30.

Many Blessings!

Andrew Thiel

TAB Blog: His Promises

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

In The Ark, we use September as the kickoff to our year. When summer ends, “real life” is back. Homework, sports, clubs, projects, teachers, classes, friends, sleepless nights, and early mornings all return. I know it probably sounds simple to some, but when mishandled these things can grow in impact. We begin to discover who is a master of time management or who procrastinates. Whether you fall into group one or two, you either feel too busy or buried.

Mathew 4:4 states, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

A reality in life is that every day is different. There is no resolution, no strategy, no plan that will not need adjustment in our lives. God’s word over us, however, will keep us satisfied until the end. In an ever changing world, the steadiness of our God is the only absolute we have.

This past month, students of The Ark have refocused their lives to not be mastered by life itself, but be fueled by the Master of life. This is not so we can eliminate responsibility, but to make sure God is above all. Let the seed of His promises take you beyond any earthly plans!

In His Name,

Anthony Salerno
Ark Youth Leader