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TAB Blog: God is Moving Amongst the Children

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Greetings Tab Family,

Tomorrow we embark on a whirlwind adventure known as Kids Camp! It is gearing up to be the most exhilarating week of the summer. Amazing things are in store: from our epic drama, super fun games, and life-changing God times, to anointed live worship, incredible crafts, inflatables, variety shows and so much more! My spirit is soaring and my heart is full as I am in great anticipation of what God will do!

We are working on making Kids Camp a place where kids from the community can come have fun and encounter the love and light of Christ. For some kids, this will be the first time that they will encounter the presence of God. For others, this week will mark them for eternity and help change the trajectory of their lives! God is going to do something supernatural and extraordinary! We have been saturating this week in prayer and praying for each child by name. I believe that God is going to move in a powerful way and that kids will have divine encounters with Him. Please keep us in prayer this week and come into agreement with us for this great move of God amongst the children!

We are so excited about this year to bring you The Circus Of Possibilities! Come one, come all as we present the greatest show in heaven and on earth. The Circus of Possibilities will have you on the edge of your seat. Join us as we follow Peder and his talented circus acts to dream the impossible dream. Follow Katy as she discovers who He has made her to be. Becky comes to the circus and finds the strength that is stronger than any other. Follow Destiny as she learns fear doesn’t stand a chance in His love. Watch and be amazed because He still does miracles! This week is full of surprises because anything is possible for those who believe.

We don’t want any kids to miss what is happening and this is a great opportunity to invite your neighbors, relatives, friends, and everyone in between to church. Kids Camp runs from July 15 – 19 from 9:00am – 1:00pm and registration is on our FB page. It’s not too late to sign up and come! Thank you for inviting and praying for us this week. I look forward to sharing with you all the testimonies of how God moved at Kids Camp this year!

PS: If you’re thinking “I sure would love to see the show too!”, we have good news! Now you can! On Sunday, July 28th we are having a dinner theater for all people young and old to come and enjoy The Circus of Possibilities!

In His Love,

Jenn Cupicha

TAB Blog: Enduring Legacy

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Hello Tabernacle Family,
Today is the day we celebrate America, the nation of nations! Immediately following the 10am service, we invite you to join us for International Fest 2019. Here you will be able to sample foods and experience arts and cultural presentations from around the world. In addition to the culture food booths, Coyote Cafe Mexican and the Polish Villa food trucks will be joining us! Bounce Nation is also bringing a bounce house, obstacle course and dunk tank to complete the festival fun! You won’t want to miss this amazing time we will share together as covenant family!

On a personal note, today, my heart is so full of anticipation for the future of The Tabernacle. As Bishop Robert preached weeks ago on June 28th, we stand in this pivotal moment between the “Legacy of the Past” and the “Promise of the Future”!

As I look back over my entire life, I have always been anchored here. “Born on Sunday afternoon, in church on Sunday night,” was always the joke that surrounded my life here as Bishop Reid’s daughter. Coming on staff part-time to fill-in for our receptionist in 1990, I have to laugh, because that fill-in position continued to morph through nearly every department and ministry, and I’m still here! No matter what ministry positions I was offered, and even took, across the country, God would call me back home to continue the Legacy of this house … to see that it is guarded & passed on to coming generations. Looking back, there’s no regrets, only the sovereign hand of the Lord is visible!

From this perspective today, I can speak with complete conviction that we stand today a significant corporate mantle in this house of worship! We are not an ordinary church, and certainly not a typical American dream ministry … we are a house where the Lord has dwelled! We have sent thousands across the world in ministry, built dozens of churches, established countless para-church ministries, worked alongside our generations ministry generals, inspired generations of people with a once very-unpopular Kingdom message, and so much more! This is but a glimpse of what it means to be an Apostolic house.

This corporate mantle carries much weight and is about to become
very visible and tangible to us in the coming days.

On Sunday evenings, I had the privilege of launching us into a series with this same theme “From Legacy to Promise.” We have studied revival history and the mantles of some of the great generals of the faith. Up to now we have learned and experienced the ministries of Kathryn Kuhlman, Leonard Ravenhill, William Seymore & the Azusa Street Revival, and Charles Spurgeon. Last Sunday night, Pastor Mark brilliantly took us through the parallel history of significant prophetic fulfillment moments in Israel’s history and examined how it lines up to the actual same years of great revival movements in the church. Next Sunday PM we will continue this series and begin studying greats like Maria Woodworth Etter, the Healing evangelists, TL Osborne and many more. Visit our video archives online for the last 6 weeks of Sunday evening services and see for yourself the Hall of Faith experience, and how we are to take up their mantles and continue the race set before us!

This is The Tabernacle! You are part of an enduring legacy! Lift your eyes and see with the eyes of your spirit … revival is on the horizon! Our children’s, children’s children will one day live under the continuously expanding mantle of this house … and will be telling the next generation of what is about to happen in the NOW!

All for His Glory,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: International Fest

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Isaiah 66:18
“It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.”

Hello Tabernacle Family,

Many of you may remember the incredible times our church family shared many years ago at our International Festival. This event was such a beautiful representation of the many cultures that comprise not only our Tabernacle family, but our community and our nation. This year, we are bringing back this tremendous festival to the Tab, July 7th.

Immediately following the 10:00am service on July 7th, we invite you, your family and friends to join us for International Fest 2019. Here you will be able to sample foods and experience arts and cultural presentations from around the world. In addition to the culture food booths, Coyote Cafe Mexican and the Polish Villa food trucks will be joining us! Bounce Nation is also bringing a bounce house, obstacle course and dunk tank to complete the festival fun!

Today, advance sale tickets are available for a significant discount. Come by the table in the Atrium to pre-purchase your food tickets as well as gather more information on all that is going on and how you can become a part!

International Festival is the first of two outreach Festivals that the Worship & Arts ministry of The Tabernacle will be hosting in 2019. The second is our Christmas Festival which will be held December 7 – 8th. This Christmas Fest will feature our Christmas Wonderland and Christmas Musical, “Welcome Home.” So don’t forget to mark your calendars for these two incredible Festivals!

If you are able to volunteer on a deeper level to assist us in either of these events, please let Michael Wulf know at the table in the Atrium today or via email at worship@thetab.org. We would love to have a few more countries represented through food, music, dance or cultural displays. There is also a need for general volunteers, and don’t forget the coming Christmas Festival volunteer opportunities and auction basket donations. Please also consider sponsoring the festivals on a financial level — many levels are available for you to consider on an individual, family or business level.

There is so much to do together as a family to accomplish these incredible Festival Outreaches!

In this coming week when we celebrate the birth of our Nation, we celebrate what truly makes this nation great … that we are a “nation of nations” free to be united in our diversity! So, come celebrate with us, International Festival 2019!

God is truly gathering the nations, and all the peoples here at The Tabernacle … and as Isaiah 66:18 declares, “they shall come and see My glory.” This is our dream — that we would be a multi-cultural gathering place for ALL people, that they would come and truly see His glory!

All for His Glory,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Vote for Jesus

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

In the current political climate of Erie County, the State of New York, the United States of America, and the world as a whole, this is a difficult passage of scripture with which to align. The vitriol used on both sides of the aisle seems averse to “a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” It is something that sounds good as a stump speech on the campaign trail, but simply impossible. As we go to the polls this Tuesday for the Erie County primaries, let us remember the words of Bishop Robert Stearns, “We’re not to be concerned with the agendas or platforms of the elephant or the donkey. We’re called to be people of The Lamb!”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2

When we vote, we use our God-given free will to voice our needs and values to our elected leaders. Let us be mindful of that and vote in submission to the “perfect will of God.”

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. – Romans 13:1

I find comfort in these words regardless of the outcome of any election. The Apostle Paul is not addressing the rule of the Romans when he wrote this letter. He is chiefly concerned with the understanding and whole submission to the resurrected King Jesus, The Lamb of God. When we understand that Jesus is King over all, we begin to understand the true rendering of “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks.” These actions are for our elected officials and not simply for compliance with our personal beliefs. It is, instead, the complete submission to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

I implore you, as your brother, for absolute submission to King Jesus. Vote for Jesus!

With love,

Joshua Ogle

TAB Blog: Happy Father’s Day

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Happy Father’s Day; the day we honor our earthly fathers and worship our Heavenly Father.

Anyone who takes the time to read the Bible will quickly come to understand that the love of God is not presented in some sappy, sentimental way. Instead, God’s love is communicated in the most concrete and tangible terms. For instance, in John’s First Epistle – not his Gospel, but the first of John’s three letters – you’ll find that the Apostle introduces the subject of God’s love in Chapter 2; briefly discusses the love of God in Chapter 3; and then fully explains this love in Chapter 4.

If you hear John’s heart in 1 John, Chapter 3, I believe you’ll see what I’m getting at. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” John starts with the strongest of terms as a way of calling our attention to the way God’s love has been manifest among us. He uses the word “Behold” or “Look.” This word is only used 6 times in the New Testament and it always implies great astonishment. As he considered the love of God, John is gripped with amazement. This love is so unparalleled in human experience that John doesn’t even have words to describe it.

The love of which John speaks is not some impersonal force but finds its source in God. Notice further, that John doesn’t speak of God in indifferent terms, but uses the most intimate title of “Father.” He purposely chose this word to describe the Father-child relationship that is ours through redemption. God is eternally the Father of Jesus Christ, and through Jesus, He is our Father. Through Jesus we receive the Father’s love and are called children of God. What an honor! God calls us His children and then gives us the assurance that as his children we are heirs and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. This thought is simply too great for John to wrap his head and heart around, so all he can do is declare, “Behold!”…“what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (NIV). And that is what we are!

Please note that becoming a child of God is not something that is reserved for some future day, but it is the description of what we already are – presently! This is not a promise from God that will be fulfilled in “the great bye-and-bye,” but it describes the status those of us who have come to God through faith in Jesus already enjoy. “Dear friends, now we now God’s children.” (1 Jn. 3:2), and as such, we are entitled to all of the rights and privileges our adoption entails, all because we have come to know God as our Father!

In the Father’s Love,

Pastor Jim Ruddy