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Pastor’s Pen: Pastoral Care

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

I’m grateful to be able to share with you about the ministry that I am honored to be a part of…Pastoral Care! I am happy to be a part of your lives in a very special way and to share in your stories. To be able to support and care for people in times of sadness, loss, and fear, as well as in times of happiness, achievements, and successes is such a privilege. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in you at all stages and seasons, to cry with you, laugh with you, and pray things through together.

Romans 12:4-5 (NIV). “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

We have a wonderful Pastoral Care team who go above and beyond to make people feel that they are special and that they are a part of our community. The Pastoral Care team ministers to our church family in many ways; by making visits in hospitals, nursing/rehab centers, and homes, by sending cards to members who can no longer attend services, and by making calls throughout the week to connect with people. Pastoral Care also attends to the needs of people interested in being water baptized, having their children dedicated, and we are there for them when they have to walk through a loved one’s funeral, or the excitement of a wedding. This church could not have the impact that it does without the help of the Pastoral Care Team.

If you think you would like to be a part of this ministry, if you have a heart for people and would like to serve them, please call or come by and see me or Pastor Jo Ann. We would love to hear your story, too!


Jamie Procknal

Pastor’s Pen: Fresh Opportunities to Seek the Lord

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Dear Tabernacle family,

As we enter the New Year, we have several fresh opportunities to seek the Lord together in corporate worship, fellowship and the study of God’s Word. As you know, Pastor JoAnn Angelo has begun a new study on the Miracles of Jesus each Sunday morning at 9:00am in the Reid Leadership Center. I know that you will be enriched by sitting under her ministry and learning more about the amazing life and ministry of our Savior.

Next, this past Wednesday evening, I had the joy of opening a brand new study of The Life of David. Although this past week focused on an entire timeline of the Old Testament, showing where David fits into the marvelous story of redemption, this Wednesday night, we will begin our study of David’s life in earnest. We’ll start with an in-depth look at Saul, Israel’s 1st king; his selection by the people and how his disappointing fall from grace opened the door for David to arise, a man after God’s own heart.

Each week, we provide study notes so you can do further study and go deeper in the Word. Also, the services are live streamed on Facebook and you can download the study notes as you are watching.

Our Wednesday evenings are not only about studying the scripture, but also about entering The Tabernacle of David as we pray together and experience the nearness of God‘s presence. I hope you’ll consider joining me as we go further into the Word and the Spirit, learning and growing together as disciples of the Lord.

Finally, let me encourage you to purchase Bishop Robert’s book, “Prepare the Way,” and sign up to join a home group to study together. These choice occasions will give us more opportunity to draw closer to God and to one another.

Thank you for being part of a family that desires to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. I’m looking forward to an amazing year with you.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: The Miracles of Jesus

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Removing the miracles of Jesus from the Gospels would leave gaping holes in the truth of God’s Word. This study is about Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever! Hebrews 13:8. Jesus came with a plan. It was to proclaim the Glory of the Father and to reestablish the Kingdom of God through the manifestation of His divine power in action. It was Heaven touching earth to demonstrate His power and authority. Jesus came to raise up a people who would rule in this Kingdom. Those who were hungry and thirsty for God’s presence and power in their own lives and in the world around them. It was through miracles, signs and wonders that He confirmed the true revelation of the power and glory of God.

Acts 2:22 Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God
to you by miracles signs and wonders which God did through Him in your midst.

A Miracle is a supernatural intervention by God into a situation that would not otherwise change (healing, raising the dead). A Sign is a miraculous act that appeals to the understanding (related to fact ‘I saw you under the fig tree’). A Wonder is something strange causing the beholder to marvel (turning water into wine). All three are divine manifestations that indicate a supernatural power at work. Jesus did these things in their midst but not all understood. But, Jesus became the model for all who would accept the invitation to invade the impossible in His name. He performed signs, wonders and miracles as a man in right relationship with God, depending on the Holy Spirit.

It is important for us to remember, Jesus never allowed His supernatural acts to interfere with His prayer life and His devotion to the Father. His miracles were always accompanied by prayers of thanksgiving, giving God all the honor and glory. When He tells us “Greater Works will you do” He is counting on the fact that we understand all miracles that demonstrate power and authority come from the Father and we only access them through prayer, fasting and faith.

In His Name,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo

Pastor’s Pen: God’s Faithfulness

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Today, on this 52nd Sunday of 2017, we bring another year to a close. As we anticipate the fresh year that awaits, let me encourage you to pause and reflect upon God’s faithfulness to you over these past 12 months. Yes, we could delve further into the past than just these last 365 days, but take a moment to remember where you were at this point last year. What was happening in your life when 2016 was coming to an end? Were you experiencing heartache or sorrow over a recent loss? Perhaps you were fearing what the next days or weeks might have in store as you stepped into the New Year? Where there relational, medical, financial, or some other areas of concern, that gripped your heart in that hour? Can you remember wondering, “How will I ever make it?”

Well, beloved, here you are, a full year later; so, let me celebrate with you today: You made it! By God’s grace, and His faithful grip on your life, He held onto you, guiding, and guarding your heart through what may have been the most turbulent time of your life. He was there, each of the days that comprised the past dozen months – hour by hour, moment by moment, breath by breath. He was there, although at times you may have sensed His absence more that His presence. He was there, though He seemed silent when it seemed you needed to hear His voice the most. He was there – His eyes upon you and His heart toward you, fully confident in His ability to bring you through the days you never thought you would survive.

He was there, and He is here! It may be that everything that you were facing as 2017 opened has yet to be fully resolved, but take hope in this: The same God who walked with you throughout this past year has promised to walk with you in the New Year. No matter what circumstance or situation you are facing today, you can declare with confidence, “I am going to make it!” Such a pronouncement does not arise from a sense of self-reliance, where you think you have what it takes to make it on your own, but instead, it bursts forth from a heart of Christ-dependence. Having personally experienced God’s faithfulness in your past and present hours, you are now fully persuaded that He will be just as faithful in the days that lie ahead.

In God’s grip,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Make Room for Jesus

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Most of us are familiar with circumstances of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary were turned aside by a “No Vacancy” sign at the Inn. As a result, the incarnation occurred in the lowliest of places, as Mary, “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Lu. 2:7).


It was a difficult night in Bethlehem. The City was overcrowded with people coming to register for the Caesar’s census. Every available accommodation was taken. A more important guest would never come knocking, Jesus was turned away.

Jesus explained the kind of difficulties He continually faced: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Mt. 8:20)

After His mock trial, Jesus died an agonizing death on another man’s cross. He took the place of Barabbas, who was released from the penalty of his crime because Jesus died in his place (Lu. 23:18-24).

After Jesus had died, Joseph of Arimathaea, requested His body from Pilate. After preparing the Lord for burial, he laid Him in the tomb Joseph had intended for himself. Jesus could not even claim His own grave (Mt. 27:57-60).

Jesus’ resurrection was refuted by the Jewish religious leaders and then covered up by lies and falsehoods. (Mt. 28:12-15). Even to our day, this supreme victory is doubted and criticized.

There was “No Room” for Jesus in His Birth, Life, Death, Burial or Resurrection, but you and I can write a different story. This Christmas, with open and joyful hearts, let’s determine to do everything we can to make room for Jesus! Merry Christmas!
With joy,

Pastor Jim Ruddy