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Pastor’s Pen: The Blessed Life

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you have been encouraged by your reading of Robert Morris’ best-selling book, The Blessed Life. I have been challenged again regarding the stewardship of my finances, wanting to show myself faithful with what God entrusts to me, knowing it is the key to my receiving the true riches of The Kingdom! (See. Luke 16:11).

As you know, a most important time in each of our services is when we present our tithes and offerings to the Lord. Each time a believer gives to the Lord, our gifts are expressed in three dimensions or time-zones: the past, the present, and the future.

Every offering expresses gratitude for what God has done in the past.
2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Our tithes and offerings reflect our gratitude for the grace and mercy of God that allows us to be transformed from spiritual poverty to a life of true prosperity. When we give to God, it’s not out of pressure, but out of appreciation for what He has done for us in the past.

Every offering allows the believer to prioritize the present.
Jesus declared in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” It’s obvious that God doesn’t need our money. Instead, we need to analyze what we’re doing with our money and giving allows us to prioritize our present by making sure we are putting God first in our lives.

Every offering plants a seed for the future.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6 Paul writes, “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Sowing and reaping don’t happen on the same day or even in the same season; but each seed planted today insures a harvest tomorrow. As you give today, you’re not only investing in the future of the Kingdom, but in your own future as well.

While “The Blessed Life” involves far more than money, it does include this pivotal area of everyday living. As you give today or in the future, recognize your offerings are spanning three time-zones, including a past that has been redeemed, a present that makes sense, and a future that is secure. I pray you’ll have a great day and enjoy The Blessed Life!

Sincerely,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Buffalo Celebrates Israel!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

The day we have been long anticipating has finally arrived and this evening we have the wonderful privilege of joining together with both the Jewish and Christian Communities of WNY for “Buffalo Celebrates Israel!”

Tonight at 6:00pm we will fill the Sanctuary at New Covenant Tabernacle, 345 McConkey Dr, Buffalo, NY 14223, to express 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.

The evening will feature uplifting worship with Bishop Robert and the Eagles’ Wings worship team and a special presentation by the Kedimah School. We are especially excited to hear from Rabbi Pini Dunner of the Beverly Hills Synagogue, New York Senator Timothy Kennedy, along with other leaders from the faith community of Greater Buffalo.

During the service an offering will be received to support the Feeding Centers that Eagles’ Wings sponsors in Jerusalem and Tiberius, along with the good-will work that is done throughout the Land. A highlight of the evening is when the offering will be presented before the Jewish Community as a demonstration of our genuine love for Israel. Please come prepared to share in this freewill offering.

Tabernacle Family, it has never been more urgent than now for us to respond to our Scriptural call to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to stand as Watchmen on the Wall. Israel is facing many challenges in the world right now and in this pivotal hour it is important that you add your voice to those of others in this region expressing Jesus’ heart for His covenant people. This is not the hour to be silent but to arise and stand together as we seek the blessing of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We’re asking all 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 expressing the love of Jesus to the Jewish Community.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this evening!

Bishop Robert Stearns and Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Keepers of the Flame

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

The Lord is moving here at The Tab and forming us into a House of Prayer! As we continue to embrace the move of God, it’s important to realize that we must not sit back in what He has already done, but instead, continue to actively press into Him as He moves among us.

This Friday evening we have an opportunity to come together at Keepers of the Flame for a time of worship and prayer with special guest worship leader Rick Pino. I have personally been deeply impacted by the ministry of Rick Pino. I had the opportunity to be in many services with him when I was a teenager; and those times of worship were some that marked me for life. Rick has a powerful revelation of worship and intimacy. He carries a unique anointing to lead others into powerful encounters that draw people into the face of God.

As we press into a Tabernacle of David culture, I encourage you to take advantage of times like this Friday evening at Keepers of the Flame. It’s in these moments of extended worship and prayer in the atmosphere of His presence that He forms us into a House of Prayer.

“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” Leviticus 6:13 NIV

Blessings,

Amanda Fisher

Pastor’s Pen: Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Today is the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. All over the world millions of Christians in 175 nations are gathering to pray in accordance with Psalm 122, agreeing for God’s blessing and Shalom on the city where the Lord said “I will put my name” (2 Kings 21:4).

“Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!” (Psalms 122:2)

As you read this, members of The Tabernacle, along with myself and believers from all over the world are literally “standing in the gates of Jerusalem” leading a global prayer meeting that is being broadcast to 192 nations around the world on GOD TV. (You can visit daytopray.com/godtv to see the broadcast times.)

The scripture goes on to say , “For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’” (Psalms 122:8)

We stand linked today, through God’s covenant plan, to our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. The scriptures makes it clear that we have a responsibility as the wild olive branch grafted in (Romans 11) to pray for and support the Jewish people, while also agreeing for God’s blessing for the Arab people. As we pray this way, we are praying in alignment with God’s heart.

This passage concludes with “Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.” (Psalms 122:9)

There is a “house” that God is building here at The Tabernacle and around the world; it is the “house of prayer for all nations.” Praying for Jerusalem and her inhabitants on this day and every day releases the blessing of the Lord on this house, on your house, and the city of Jerusalem. Your voice counts, your prayers matter, so take your place today as “watchmen on the wall” (Isaiah 56:7) as we lift up a united prayer.

Here are some of the ways you can participate today:
– Jerusalem Prayer Card – You should have received a Jerusalem Prayer Card as you came in with a simple prayer you can pray and scriptures for further study and declaration.

– Participate in the 24-hour “Virtual Prayer Room” conference call until midnight tonight. Led by trained prayer leaders, join in with others from around the world interceding for Jerusalem and Israel all day. To participate Dial 712-432-0075, and enter passcode 7739242#

– Get more prayer resources at www.daytopray.com/pledge – There are downloadable resources with more scriptures and prayers you can pray.

Whatever way you choose to participate, I want to thank you for joining in this global cry declaring, “Peace be within your walls…Jerusalem!”
(Psalms 122:7)

For Zion’s Sake,
Bishop Robert Stearns

Pastor’s Pen: The Blessed Life

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I am so excited to be engaging with you in our All-Church Study of “The Blessed Life” by Pastor Robert Morris. I am confident that the truths we will unlock will help position us to be a great blessing to the work of God’s Kingdom.

Please receive the following encouragement from Robert Morris, Pastor of Gateway Church in Lakeview, Texas, and author of “The Blessed Life.”

“Hi everyone at The Tabernacle. I love you guys so much and I’m so proud of how God is using you to expand the kingdom in your area! As you know, Bishop Robert Stearns and I have been close friends for many, many years, through our work together on the Kings University Board and having ministered together. I love Robert and have the upmost respect for him.

I’m so excited that you’re going to be going through the series and the book “The Blessed Life.” As an international best-seller, having been translated into about 40 languages, God has literally used this book to transform and change people’s lives all over the world.

I know you are going to be greatly impacted from the truths you’ll discover. I like to say this way, “We get to give, we don’t give to get!” When we get that right in our hearts, then God blesses us so that we can be a blessing. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the book and that you’ll join a home-group, and that you will let God speak to you through this series, so that you can be blessed, and so you can be a blessing!”

Today, we begin in earnest both our individual and corporate study of The Blessed Life! I’m confident that the Holy Spirit, who delights in leading us into all truth, is going to illuminate some key principles from today’s message that will bring you into a deeper, fuller understanding of how much God desires to bless you. Let’s expect, as we faithfully respond to the message, that God will give us fresh insight into the eternal principles set forth in His Word, and that He will lead each of us into a rich, and full, and Blessed Life!

With joy,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Media Ministry

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I am so happy to report that we are experiencing growth within our Media Ministry both in our volunteer base and our virtual audience. God is so faithful! Our goal is to produce high quality video and audio products that help to spread the Gospel here locally, nationally, and globally. We are permeating the virtual world with Kingdom Culture and The Father Heart of God.

In the media world we are at the ground level of our capabilities. We have so much to grow into and that really excites me!!

The Media Team Volunteers are some of the most dedicated, talented and fun group of people that I get the honor to work with. We are all learning and growing together. Both technically and spiritually. If you are interested or would like to learn more about joining our team, please feel free to email me at cleight@thetab.org.

Through Social Media we are growing exponentially. Through Facebook our post reach is now hitting nearly 10,000 people with 1,890 people following The Tabernacle. For our 10am Facebook Live services we are averaging 1,300 views. Keep sharing, following and joining in with us!

In case you didn’t know, The Tabernacle now has an App. Please be sure to download the App today by searching in your App store for:  The Tabernacle of Orchard Park. This is growing to be our central hub for all information, resources and events. Be sure to connect with us here and receive push notifications for The Bible in 3 Years, bible reading plan. We want to help you stay on track and be accountable to each other to reach our goals.

Blessings,

Cheri Leight

Creative Media Director, The Tabernacle

Pastor’s Pen: Tab Life Tuesdays

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

We’re excited to announce, “Tab Life Tuesdays,” starting on Tuesday, September 12th. Please accept this invitation to join us as we open this new season of ministry for everyone, for all ages, from all walks of life. Plan to join us on the journey of discovery, learning who we are in Christ, and being discipled in God’s Presence and His Word.

Tab Life Tuesday Schedule

9:15 – 11:30am – Women of Focus, Ladies Bible Study; Activity Center

6:00 – 7:00pm – Kairos Kids, Worship & Arts Training Program (K – 6th grade) Upper Room

7:00 – 8:30pm
– Nursery & Rainbows: Boys and Girls, Pre-K; DayCare
– MPact Girls Ministry: K – 6th Grade; Family Life Center
– Royal Rangers Boys Ministry: K – 12th Grade; Family Life Center
– The Ark Youth Ministry: 7th – 12th Grade; The Ark
– 3D Woman: Womens Ministry; Reid Leadership Center
– Men of Valor: Mens Ministry; World Prayer Center

Parents, this Tuesday evening, please be sure to register your children for their respective program, and then plan to join the Men of Valor or 3D Woman so you too can benefit from the rich ministry of this House. Beyond great teaching and impartation, you’ll discover the joy of connecting with others, and deepening relationships with others at The Tab.

Very often, I hear from those who are seeking to go deeper in their relationship with God, as well as wanting to develop meaningful friendships within the Church. This is what Tab Life Tuesdays are all about: connecting your heart with God, and with others who have determined to share life together. Here’s your invitation to share in the joys of Tab Life, as you commit to joining us this week.

Sharing Life,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Becoming a Covenant Member

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

It is a privilege for me to be able to greet you on this Labor Day Weekend!

Traditionally, this weekend marks the end of our summer, and students enjoying the last few days of “freedom” before returning to the routine of school and studies. This Sunday also marks the beginning of a new ministry year at The Tabernacle as the various ministries resume a normal activity schedule.

It is also a time when we invite and encourage those connecting with our congregation to consider entering into covenant membership at The Tabernacle. This invitation is extended to you whether you are relatively new to this House or have attended for a longer time but have not considered membership before.

Covenant membership is much more than an organization, such as Rotary, or Lions Club, that you join. It is entering into a relationship with a body of believers called to corporate worship of The Living God; caring for fellow believers, drawing strength from this body of believers in your time of need, and being a representative of the King and His Kingdom to the world.

On September 17th, an 8-week seminar will begin that will prepare you to enter into covenant membership at The Tab. The class is approximately 45 minutes long and meets at 9:00am on Sunday mornings in the Atrium Classroom (Matthew Room). Greg Collins and I will present a Biblical understand of the Church, along with pertinent information about The Tabernacle and its history, mission and calling. The classes will provide an opportunity for you to further investigate and consider covenant membership at the Tabernacle.

If you are interested, we have a packet of information we would like to give you in advance. There is a portion of the packet that asks you for information so we can prepare for your attendance in the class. You may obtain a packet at the Welcome/Information Center in The Atrium or by calling our office (675-2888) and ask our receptionist. Today, I will be at the Membership Table during the Ministry Fair to meet you and answer your questions.

Blessings,

Pastor Al Baun

Pastor’s Pen: Kairos School of Ministry

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Tabernacle family,

What an exciting moment in history at The Tabernacle. Today launches the 2nd official year of the Kairos School of Ministry. As many of you may know, in 1977, Bishop Tommy Reid founded the Buffalo School of the Bible to fill the need of biblical education for the thousands of new Charismatic Christians who were being saved. It began with one class and grew to a curriculum that produced the “School of the Prophets” experience that raised up a new generation of leaders. It became one of the premier local church centered Bible Schools. The most important legacy of the Buffalo School of the Bible is that thousands of students were able to complete the program because it was local, affordable, and provided high-level learning and discipleship. Many of the graduates of Buffalo School of the Bible are still in ministry today serving the Lord all over the world.

Many years later and a few towns away, Bishop Robert Stearns founded the Eagles’ Wings 9-month Internship program. The Lord spoke to Bishop Robert about discipling the next generation in the spirit of Elijah’s “School of the Prophets.” Little did he know that God would begin sending young adults to Eagles’ Wings from all over the world to participate in a ministry internship. A community of traveling ministers who did life together was born. Hundreds of graduates from dozens of nations have been impacted by this program.

Now, after almost 40 years since the founding of the Buffalo School of the Bible and 20 years since the Eagles’ Wings internship launched, the Kairos School of Ministry is being launched here on our campus. I am so excited about the future of the Kairos School of Ministry here at The Tabernacle. As a church family we’ve been contending for a spiritual legacy for our children and grandchildren and I believe the young people discipled through this school will play a major role in seeing that promise come to pass. Will you welcome with fresh faith our new students for this year’s school year?

For Messiah, and the Next Generation,

Pastor Mark Passarella

Pastor’s Pen: Children’s Ministries

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The Tabernacle has a long history of ministry to children and families. Many of the adults who sit in our pews on Sunday mornings grew up in the Sunday School classes where their own children now worship and learn. We have been blessed with excellent staff and volunteers who have enriched the lives of our children.

Southwestern Daycare Center is a part of that heritage. The daycare center, owned and operated by The Tabernacle, has served the church and the community for over 50 years. Just like the church, the daycare has served generations of families. With a dedicated staff of nurturing teachers, the center’s small classes appeal to those who prefer a more individualized approach to child care. All of our teachers know all of the children and we work together to meet each child’s needs.

A unique feature of Southwestern is the availability of flexible scheduling. We work hard to accommodate the needs of our families. Some children attend all day five days a week and others only attend one day a week. Working parents often do not have a choice about their schedules and we are willing to work with them as much as possible.

If you know someone who is looking for child care, please tell them to give us a call at 675-0019. We are open Monday through Friday from 6:30am until 6:00pm. We offer full-time care for children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Lower elementary students attend before and after school, as well as during vacations and holidays.

Our Tabernacle preschool children’s ministry serves infants through age 4. Activities include Sunday morning classes at 10:00, Sunday evening child care for children who are not yet in school, and Rainbows on Tuesday evenings. If your child is not already involved, I encourage you to stop by and see us. We have great teachers and the children love their classes.

If you are looking for a ministry area where you can serve, please consider the preschool department. We can always use helpers who are willing to work about once a month. Trust me when I tell you that nothing is more rewarding than working with little children, sharing the love of Jesus and teaching Biblical truths. Every time you serve, you will leave with joy in your heart and a story to tell!

Pamela Kellner,
Director of Christian Education and Southwestern Daycare Center