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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.


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.


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