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TAB Blog: Pastoral Care

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share on the ministry that is so dear to my heart, Pastoral Care! I am honored to be a part of your lives in a very special way. Supporting, caring, and loving people in times of sadness, loss, and fear, as well as in times of happiness, achievement, and success is such a privilege. Being able to share in what God is doing in all seasons, and create a safe, comfortable atmosphere where people can be vulnerable, and allow you to cry with them, laugh with them, and even let you pray with them, is so special.

Jesus said, “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” John 13:34-35 (AMP).

We have a Pastoral Care Team who go above and beyond to make people feel that they are loved and part of our community. The Pastoral Care Team ministers to our church family in many ways; by making visits in hospitals, nursing and 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 walk through a loved one’s funeral, or the excitement of a birth or a wedding. This church could not have the impact that is does without the help of the Pastoral Care Team.

If you have a heart for people and would like to serve them, please call or come by and see me at the Church Office. Let’s love one another together!

Love and Blessings,

Pastor Jamie Procknal

TAB Blog: Love After Marriage

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Can you believe that the Valentines season is already upon us? That means The Tabernacle Marriage Workshop called, LOVE AFTER MARRIAGE is fast approaching from January 30th – February 2nd. The Marriage Workshop will be a compilation of live teachers facilitating: activations, teaching videos, real life testimonies, tools for conflict and more. Below is a word from Barry and Lori Byrne: the Founders of LOVE AFTER MARRIAGE!

Marriage can be really hard. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married a month or 20 years… We’ve all had those times of escalating conflicts, feeling hurt and frustrated toward each other, and experiencing the pain and stress of disconnection – even hopelessness at times. We understand, and have helped thousands of couples learn how to restore, maintain, and deepen the connection in their marriage relationship, regardless of their history.

Unfortunately, almost all of us enter into married life with a lack of skills and tools to help create the marriage we desire – one filled with love, intimacy, enjoyment, hope, and security. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. THERE IS HOPE. Love After Marriage (LAM) has helped countless married couples experience a level of relationship they never thought possible. With disarming transparency and vulnerability from our own lives, we share insights on how to draw closer to your spouse and the overwhelming benefits of pushing past the hurts and disconnection that we all have felt from time to time.

When you go through LAM, you will:
1. Learn how to develop deeper intimacy by inviting God to play an active role in your relationship.
2. Practice implementing simple and practical tools that will help you build and protect your connection. With the right tool set, even the most stressful and difficult of problems becomes an opportunity to become even closer with your spouse.
3. Gain insight and wisdom on how to further connect on an emotional, sexual and spiritual level.

Don’t let pain and conflict go unresolved in your marriage. If we are unintentional in this area, we are leaving room for disconnection to grow. Build and protect the intimacy in your relationship by getting equipped with the right skills and tools, and learning to navigate the intricacies of marriage with God. By investing the time and energy now, it will create deeper connection between you and your spouse for decades to come.

Sign up for the Love After Marriage workshop today online at
http://thetab.org/marriage-ministry/
Why? Because why wait any longer to begin experiencing the marriage you’ve hoped for?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Lots of love,

Krystena Nightingale

TAB Blog: IGNITE – The Tabernacle Kids Ministry

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!

I wanted to take a moment to first thank you for welcoming me here at The Tab and allowing me to shepherd your kids. It’s one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. I love your children and they have already won me over.

Let me share a little bit of my heart and greatest passion in life. I believe that when Jesus told us the Kingdom of heaven belongs to the children (Matt. 19:14), He meant it. I see the Kingdom when I look at these kids. One of the truths I have been emphasizing to them is that they are more than “just kids.” The same Spirit. who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in THEM (Rom. 8:11), and God doesn’t give them a junior Holy Spirit! My heart beats for them to genuinely encounter Him and hold fast to the truth of who they are in Christ.

With that being said, we are so excited for the relaunching of the Kids Ministry here at The Tab, beginning next Sunday, January 13th. I am honored to announce “IGNITE – The Tabernacle Kids Ministry” – to ignite the flame of God and keep it burning in our hearts. Now that we are IGNITE, we will be introducing a lot of effective methods to ignite the fire and keep it burning. We’ll be having themed message series, related dramas, more awesome times of prayer and worship, deeper classroom times, monthly themed parties/events, outreaches, new check-in system, video announcements, a parents resource board, and of course, lots of FUN!

My appeal to you Church-family and intercessors, is that you would keep us in prayer, and please feel free to join us as our team meets regularly for prayer as well. I believe with all my heart that these kids will experience the grace and wonder of the fire of God’s love for them. Having you to undergird us in prayer is what it is going to take to make it all happen. Thank you in advance, and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Many Blessings,

Jennifer Cupicha
Children’s Pastor

TAB Blog: Yesterday, Today and Forever

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

 

”Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Because our world is in constant change, it is difficult for us to comprehend the unchanging nature of the LORD God. Our moods, dispositions, situations and circumstances are constantly in flux. Time and the passing of it brings about great change, yet God never changes. Time doesn’t alter His heart toward His people nor His compassion for the lost. He never grows weary. His patience is never exhausted. His hands never tire of reaching toward each of us.

Jesus, the Christ of Yesterday! There have been some wonderful yesterdays in each of our lives: the birth of children, schooldays, graduation, marriage, careers, friends; spiritual times of great joy, salvation, baptism, healing and renewal. So too, we have faced our share of difficult days: sickness, death and opened graves, family problems, divorce and adversity. Only the grace of God can enable you to make peace with your past. Jesus is the Christ of Yesterday.

Jesus Christ is also the same Today! In one sense, today is the only day we really have. Tomorrow is a myth. Tomorrow is the day to which we put off those things we should do today. Because of our procrastination tomorrow is the day that never comes. To the contrary, the Psalmist declares, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). We rejoice over the fact that the God who never changes is with us, and anything He has ever done at any time, He can do today! He is the All-Sufficient Changeless One!

Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever! We’re all fascinated with the future because that is where we will live the rest of our lives. While we might dream of what is to come, we are never to worry or fear a future day. The same God Who has walked with us though our past, and Who is with us in the present hour, this same, Changeless-Christ will never leave us nor forsake us throughout all eternity.

Yes, our lives are uncertain, but we can close this final week of 2018 and open a brand-New Year confident that our Yesterday’s are forgiven, our Today’s have meaning, and our Forever is secure in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

 

TAB Blog: Merry Christmas!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Thanks so much for joining us for Christmas Worship! How wonderful it is to share our love for God through the beautiful gift of worship! There are many customs and traditions which are associated with the Christmas holiday. The trees with ornaments, tinsel and lights. The family get-together, complete with turkey and feasting. The carols, parties and festivities. And of course, the giving and receiving of gifts. When we seek the origin as to why we give gifts at Christmas, our search takes us back to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ, the greatest gift, was initially presented to the world.

We might want to say that the Wise Men started it all when they presented him gifts (See Matthew 2:1-12), but in truth, gift-giving really began with God Himself. Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given!” From our earthly perspective: “a Child is born;” but from God’s heavenly perspective, “a Son has been given!” Jesus himself declares in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God is the consummate giver! He gave His love to the world in the person of His Son. He gave the Shepherds an angelic birth announcement heralding the glory of the hour. He gave the Wise Men a star that brought them to the Christ Child. And in response to these gifts of God’s grace, Mary gave her submission to the will of God. Joseph offered his reputation and his faith. The Shepherds gave their worship and their testimony. The Wise Men presented their gifts of honor and praise, and we present our hearts to God in surrender and adoration as we declare with the Apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

On behalf of Bishop Robert, along with each of the pastors and staff of The Tab, we pray you will experience a most blessed and Merry Christmas and that your heart will be continually filled with the wonderful gifts of God’s love and grace.

With Christmas Joy,

Pastor Jim Ruddy