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TAB Blog: 3D Woman

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Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study
9:30am in the Family Life Center

Privilege and Passion​ describe the wonderful opportunity of sharing the Word of God with the ladies of The Tabernacle. Here we discover the 3D dimensions of Determination, Distinction and Destiny ​God wills for all of us. At times we lose sight of discovering these virtues as we continue on in our journey in life. Truly with the unexpected events that challenge our progress, God, through His Word, provides the needed “Determination” to maintain our course.

Being created in His image with value and the “Distinction” of purpose, we realize we are important to God and chosen specifically with a plan for our lives. Now the aspect of “Destiny” is herein included and sets the goal of accomplishing the work of the Kingdom by our life. God truly honors His Word as together we trust Him when not only the unexpected challenges arise but the wonder of His glorious presence that causes us to rise above it all and know He is always there, “never leaving or forsaking us.”

We are so happy to see God’s healing power continuing to restore Sister Mari-Lee Ruddy’s foot after having such intricate surgery and now being able to walk on it somewhat. It is good to have her back with us again.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our Tabernacle Ladies Fall Luncheon on Saturday, September 22 at 11:30am at The Columns Restaurant. What a delightful and delicious time we had last year and I know it will be just the same as again we gather together. More
information and ticket sales will be forthcoming in a few months.

Please know you are so welcome to come and be with us at anytime. It is not a closed membership group and you will be warmly welcomed.

In His Name,
Wanda Reid
Mari-Lee Ruddy

TAB Blog: Singles Ministry

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To Our Tab Family,

Greetings in Jesus Name! It is a privilege for us to share our hearts with you about the Singles Ministry.

Christ Covenant Singles is a ministry dedicated to walk with singles in their development of the Character of Christ, the building of healthy relationships and in experiencing wholeness in their personal lives. It’s a joy for us to facilitate an atmosphere where singles can discover their calling in the body of Christ.

The Author in Ecclesiastes 3:1 said it best “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under Heaven.” In this we know that singleness is a season and it is not our forever identity. It is in this time we develop who we are called to be. As there is preparation for every season we enter into naturally, there is preparation for our season of singleness. Being single is a natural state. We were not born and birthed into this world in a relationship; we were not married at birth. The first thing we need to understand is being single is normal. It is a part every person goes through whether you intend to get married or not. Let us not go into despair; rather let us live a full life in our singleness. It is the cry of my heart that we as singles become more in tune with God and with ourselves. Knowing how to be in a healthy relationship, setting healthy boundaries, learning who are safe people and how to resolve conflicts that might arise in relationships are all crucial. If you are in search of a community that will uplift and encourage you on your journey, join our singles community. We meet the first Friday of every month in the Fireside Cafe at 7:00pm. Let’s grow together.


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When we really sit down to think about it, mothers are on the forefront of changing history as they raise the future history makers – pastors, politicians, missionaries, teachers, medical professionals, IT workers, worship leaders, community leaders, and the list goes on. Yet how can they raise up this next generation to love God and love others, the greatest commandment we have, if they themselves are weary in the journey?

The Tabernacle Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry has become that “oasis” for moms to get the fresh cup of water they need: a time to hear a fresh word from the Lord and encouragement for the journey, a time to laugh and use our creative energies, and a time to be REAL and share the challenges we all face. Many moms who aren’t able to make it to a Sunday service or don’t even attend The Tabernacle have joined these meetings, and we have seen God changing hearts and lives through this ministry. As these moms have had their own cups filled up, they have then had that much more to pour out to their kids and family, and it’s beautiful to see.

Over the last few years we have been involved with MOPS, we have learned how to breathe again and not take ourselves too seriously as moms. We now remember what it’s like to have friends again and what it feels like to laugh. We had forgotten how healing laughter is to the heart and soul. Having girlfriends and fellow moms to lean on in the unsteady seasons of life is invaluable!

When we think about MOPS, we know how it changed our lives as moms. You don’t realize before having kids how being a mom can be a very lonely place, especially when your babies are small. You are home alone all the time, it’s hard to get out because of feedings, naps and sheer exhaustion. Participating in MOPS helped us understand that we are not alone. We are not the only moms that loved motherhood, but hated the seclusion it brought. It helped us realize that no matter what, we were absolutely doing a good job! No mom is perfect, but we all love our families perfectly. Sometimes, that is all that has to matter. MOPS is the best kept secret that we do not want to keep secret! We see moms’ lives change one at a time by simply providing community and a safe place to share our laughter, our tears, prayers for each other and feed our bodies as well as our souls. I believe that any woman who is called mom needs to check out a meeting. It has changed our lives and it can change yours!

We build circles of moms who love each other like family. Our gatherings are where moms can meet to share their hopes, fears and insights, in a format that works with their schedules, that doesn’t neglect their faith nor their womanhood, their motherhood nor their purpose, their heart nor their mind.

So no matter who you are or where you come from – whether you have five kids and have found a good rhythm in life, or are struggling to make it through the day with one child; whether you are married, single, or divorced; whether you are enjoying most days or struggling with all the daily demands – we are inviting YOU! Come check us out and bring your kids too!

We meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30am in rooms 11/12 in the Family Life Center and childcare is provided. Our next meeting will be held on March 14…

We hope to see you there!
The MOPS Leadership Team
Danielle Cofta
Kaitlin Derstine
Lisa Schaefer
Cara Sobkowiak

TAB Blog: Grief Share

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Grief Share Program at The Tabernacle
Facilitated by Brenda Knight and Ann Crinzi

Jesus said “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” (Mt. 5.4)

Grieving takes courage. It takes courage to walk in pain and still rely on Jesus. He knows what you are feeling. He is the only one who really knows your heart. Jesus lamented in the garden. Lamenting is an expression of faith. It’s about being honest with God. The word “Grief” means intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death); something that causes great unhappiness. To “share” means to have in common. The Grief Share team is a group of people who love God and realize God’s understanding is without limits. He cares for you, enough to give you His Son. We are here to share the love of God with you, to listen and to pray with you. “Comfort and speak encouraging words to one another” (1Th.5.11).

During a time of loss over my loved one, I said to the Lord, “I am alone.” Jesus answered, “Don’t I take you by the hand?” He said to me, “You use a GPS- can’t I be your guide?” He said to me, “I got you. I will bring the right people your way.” I cried “No one is here to hold me.” Jesus answered “No one can snatch you out of my hands, I am holding you in the palm of my hands.”

We are passionate about Grief Share because it displays God’s Love for you. There are provisions made for you to have a safe place to go with your grieving heart, to share and unburden. The Bible says: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(Mt.11:28-30).

At Grief Share meetings we provide a quiet place to share in a small group setting. We meet once a week for 13 weeks. We pray with you, we listen if you care to talk and we watch a Grief Share DVD filled with heart felt interviews of people young and old who share with us their grief and how they learn to move forward with their lives. A workbook is strongly suggested to support you and offer comforting acknowledgement of God’s plan of hope. The 13 week Grief Share program encourages you to take steps to search the deepest depths of your heart, in order to express your thoughts and tell Him what you are going through, only Jesus will truly understand.

If you know someone who is grieving over the loss of their loved one, this program will offer them encouragement, compassion, love and support. Please contact the Main Office of The Tabernacle for
information on connecting at the start of a Grief Share Program.

TAB Blog: Preparing the Way

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I have the great honor this week to encourage you to actively participate in our Church-wide book study, Prepare the Way, (or Get out of the Way). We have the unique opportunity and the rare privilege to dive into the deep spiritual reservoir of our very own Bishop Robert Stearns. His book is uniquely prophetic in scope, transcendent in reach, and ripe with the potential to greatly impact our generation. Within the pages of this book is a divinely generated pathway to unity. Our Bishop has discerned practical wisdom from on High, relevant for transforming and shaping the Body of Christ.

This book, written nearly 20 years ago, prophetically reveals 12 apostolic concepts for the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry. These acted upon concepts will edify the body and unify us in our faith (Eph. 4:12-13). These are make or break issues that need to be gleaned, imparted, assimilated and implemented within the hearts of individuals for positive change in our Christian culture. Let your heart be stirred as you get a taste of these pivotal chapter titles:

*Passion for Jesus * Ears to Hear * Global Relevance and Release * Living Stones * Creativity Unleashed * One Body, Diverse Members * Spiritual Authority * Citywide Family of God * Abiding in the Secret Place * Heart for the Poor * Restoring the Tabernacle of David * Israel *

You can read and glean from this book on your own and you will be blessed doing so but participating in home groups will energize your faith by building authentic lasting relationships where real life issues can be addressed. We need each other. Genuine relationship with God and His people is the bedrock of Christianity; we are created with a deep longing for relationship. As we begin to walk in unified purpose with a shared perspective we will become the strong, united, overcoming growing force in the earth that the world urgently needs to see manifested in our generation. Please join us in ‘Preparing the Way’ of our soon coming King!

Much Love,

Sherry Jankowski