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Pastor’s Pen: Give Thanks

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“… Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Psalm 100:4b-5

Dear Tabernacle Family,

This past Thursday, our annual All-Church Dinner was held in the Activity Center with approximately 175 from our church family in attendance. It was such a privilege for the Jubilee Ministry to be able to sponsor this event for The Tabernacle family. Thank you for giving us the opportunity. I want to thank all who worked so hard to make it possible. It is our desire that those who attended were able to enlarge their circle of acquaintances and that they will develop further into friendships.

Personal memories of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday in that we don’t get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping for presents and becoming totally exhausted before the day arrives. Some of my fondest and deepest holiday memories are centered around the family Thanksgiving table at my grandparent’s house. Friends or family members, not seen regularly, would appear for dinner. There was always a place at the table and plenty of food. This generation, which seemed so old to me, was forever influenced by their life experiences of the Great Depression and World War II. While not remembering the content of their stories about a world I didn’t know, I was fascinated by the stories they would share.

My grandmother and the other ladies would work their culinary skills to transform the turkey, etc. into a wonderful feast for the family. Then came that very special time as we sat at the table when my grandfather or father would lead the family in thanksgiving to the Lord for His goodness and all that He had bestowed upon us.

Maria and I have now moved into that older generation role, and hope and pray that we are demonstrating to our family similar values and memories as we have received.

Thanksgiving Day.

This week our nation will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day. For many, it will be merely a time of uncontrolled consumption of food and beverage and watching football. For others, holidays can be a lonely season; for those serving in the military away from home or those who have recently lost a member of their family. Look for an opportunity to bless someone who will not have someone to share the day with.

Let us demonstrate to the world around us that this is a time for families to share life experiences; and bless the Lord and give thanksgiving to Him.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor Al Baun

Pastor’s Pen: Worship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

It is an honor to address you through this week’s Pastor’s Pen. Whether you are a life-long Tab member, or, maybe this is your first time visiting, there is no denying that there is something tangible happening in the worship of this House. Each week, I am blessed to see the congregation engaging in Throne-worship with all of us on the platform. As we focus on the restoration of the House of David – we as the One Call Worship Team work hard to help foster an atmosphere of freedom in worship.

Psalm 22 comes to mind as I write this to you. David was an author who never held back what he was thinking or feeling. Much like him, we come into church with so many things on our minds and hearts; some of which are too hard to even talk about. But David reminds us that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people, and that He does not ignore or belittle our cries. When we reach out to our God in worship, be encouraged that He not only hears our cries, but inhabits them as well. Verse 26 says that “All who seek the Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will be filled with everlasting joy” (NLT).

So, when the worship team takes the platform and begins with a high-energy song of praise, or we are in a moment of intimate worship directed toward the throne of the Almighty, know this: It is not WE the worship team, and YOU the congregation. It is ALL of US together – The Tabernacle, reaching out to God, joining with the great assembly to offer the Almighty our highest praise. Hallelujah!

On that note, we are always looking to expand our team. If you are an experienced musician and/or vocalist, and feel called to a worship ministry, we would love to meet you. Please inquire via email at cjprmusic@me.com.

Also, please save the date for this year’s Christmas musical, “Wrapped in Love,” December 2nd (3:00pm and 7:00pm) and December 3rd (7:00pm). It’s going to be incredible!

In Christ Alone,

Christian Rainville
Worship Director, One Call Worship

Pastor’s Pen: Our Food Pantry

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Approximately 10 years ago I was called by the Lord to serve at the Food Pantry. God directed me to show the kind of compassion that would represent a Great King. I was to serve every client as if I was serving Jesus Himself. I knew that each of the clients that we would serve would be the test, and that we must apply the Word of God that we had learned to every situation that would arise. We were instructed to look at the Food Pantry as a type of outpost and outer-gate to the Lord’s Kingdom. Every person who came to this gate must be given our best, without judgment, condemnation or favoritism. Furthermore, we were to treat everyone as equal, with respect, honor and dignity, as if we were serving Jesus.

In doing so, we have been allowed to see many miracles. There have been salvations, healings, and countless other prayers that have been answered. Our clients enter as strangers, but leave as friends. We laugh and cry with them as they experience both good and hard times. Little did we know that as we helped others we were being brought closer to Jesus in our own lives.

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

We are inviting you, our brothers and sisters in this Church Body, to join us in assembling and giving out these boxes of food, and experiencing the great joy of being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Will you join us?

Thanksgiving: Boxes assembled on Sunday, November 19 following the 10:00am service
Boxes distributed on Monday, November 20 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Christmas: Boxes assembled on Sunday, December 17 following the 10:00am service
Boxes distributed on Monday, December 18 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Finally, please know that the door of opportunity to serve in the Food Pantry Ministry is always open to you. 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,

Jim & Lisa Delmont and each of the Food Pantry Volunteers

Pastor’s Pen: The Next Generation

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

God is raising up a generation of believers who are seeking real truth. Those who want a real, genuine encounter with their Father. As our culture continues to get clouded, and the enemy continues to strike strategically, we are in the midst of a young adult movement.

The Lord is preparing both those who grew up in the church, and those who are newly saved to step into a new hunger for Him. He’s preparing his children to live with boldness, fire, and passion for His kingdom.

In the midst of this new and fresh outpouring that is coming, God is asking the older generations to partner with what He’s doing. The older generation has a unique opportunity: to step into their sonship and to be the much needed spiritual mothers and fathers for this next generation.

As a millennial, I want to encourage you and also challenge you to pray and walk into what God is doing. There’s a hunger for guidance, wisdom, and mentorship that spiritual mothers and fathers have the opportunity to provide. Many of us at this age have this desire to be mentored and sowed into, but the enemy may hold us back. We are either too afraid to speak up, or have pushed this desire deep down to try and ignore it.

Please don’t let the enemy discourage you in these times, but yet rather begin to walk in your identity and destiny. As a millennial, I challenge you to continue to push past the lies of the enemy and seek the Lord’s truth. As an individual from an older generation, please be praying for our country, wisdom for this next generation, and pursue youth who are hungry for mentorship and guidance!

As the new Young Adult Director of The Tabernacle, I’m beyond thrilled with the small beginnings of our young adult ministry, Activate. God has already done such amazing things with the group, and I firmly believe that He’s preparing to call back a generation who has been missed. A generation who has not just been missed in The Tabernacle, but all around our country. It’s all of our jobs, both young and old, to come together and walk ever so deeper with what the Father has already begun to do!

Many Blessings,

Andrew Thiel

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