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TAB Blog: Back to School! Back to Church!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Back to School!” Those words signal the changing of the seasons as the freer routines of summer give way to the more structured regiments of fall. I so enjoy seeing the “Back to School” pictures being posted by so many dads, moms and family members on Facebook. I can almost relive my childhood as I peer into the priceless expressions on the faces of these young people ready to move forward into a new and exciting day. What a joy to join with these families in praying blessings over each of their children as they take the next steps forward in their most amazing lives. Thanks for letting us share your joy.

“Back to Church!” In a similar way, the change of seasons invites us to make a fresh reconnection and recommitment to the House of God. Refreshed by our summer getaways and vacations, we now settle back into the solid rhythms of life that involve connecting our hearts with Christ and His Body – The Church. The more relaxed pace of summer has allowed us to catch our breath, and now, with hearts full of anticipation and expectation, we look forward to what this next season brings. Hopefully, it will result in a deeper and more satisfying relationship with the LORD, and a greater heart-connection with the amazing people God allows us to relate to at The Tabernacle.

Today and this week, we reopen the core ministries that help to disciple us as followers of Jesus. This is your invitation to find your place among Jubilee (Seniors), Men of Valor, 3D Woman (AM & PM), Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Activate Young Adults, Ark Youth and related classes, Royal Rangers, MPact Girls and Rainbows. From the oldest to the youngest among us, these ministries exist to help each of us thrive in our walk with the LORD. Check out the bulletin for times and make the decision today to connect with one of these life-giving ministries. Feel free to call the church office for more clarification or help in discovering where it may be best for you to connect.

Often, when I ask individuals if they are planning to join a discipleship ministry, they answer, “I’ll try” or “We’ll see!” Over the years I have discovered that those answers result in very few positive outcomes. Instead, determine today, “I will!” Choose to not “try” or “see,” but instead, determine today that you will take the next step in relating to the LORD and to the people who make up this life-giving Church where God has led you.

May God bless you richly as you come “Back To Church!”

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Home Life Groups

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!

Great News! Home Life Groups are relaunching with a purpose!!!

As our Fivefold Apostolic Ministry Team steadfastly leads, Home Life Groups are following in step with the Acts 2:42 – 47 model for producing disciples and creating ever increasing community. We are relaunching with a Fivefold Purpose to:

Know God * Build Relationships * Discover Purpose
Influence Others * Produce Disciples

Family, if we truly believe that we are standing in the threshold of a great move of God (and we are), then we have to do all we can to accommodate all that He wants to do. The Lord’s business is catching people.

He is about to launch us forth to capture a net-breaking, boat-sinking catch of men! We need to be trained and equipped to know how to accommodate those He sends to us! When this catch comes in, these new fish will need to be cleaned, fed, directed, aided, cared for and loved on. In other words, we are preparing to be the Church: we are preparing ourselves to embrace and make room for those who hear the call and come home to be made part of the family.

We might call it a catch or a harvest and negligently overlook the reality that these are people whom the Lord has saved, is saving, or wants to save. These are real people, with real issues and needs, who need real solutions to their very real problems. God wants them delivered, He desires to see them free and transformed. The heart of our Father wants these people welcomed, embraced and connected into a vibrant thriving community where Kingdom culture is the norm and those real issues can be lovingly and adequately addressed because we are a people who know our God.

Home Life Groups are the God ordained answer to this process, just as it was with the early Church! (v46)… breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. Beloved, YOU are the answer!! YOU plugging into Home Life Groups with a purpose is a very powerful tool in the hand of our Savior.

As we expectantly anticipate the favor of the Lord to add to our congregation daily (v47) we must actively prepare to receive and assimilate the Lord’s harvest into our Home Life Group communities. We must unite in the Lord’s Kingdom purpose with a willingness to serve. Please join us by becoming the crucial element the Lord uses to bring in the catch and keep it! Please sign up! YOU are needed!!

Much love,

Sherry Jankowski

TAB Blog: I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.’ (Ps. 139:14, NKJV) This has been a scripture placed upon my heart for some time now. It not only represents a beautiful devotion to our God in recognition of everything seen and unseen that was created by Him, but I also ponder the knowledge of just how wonderfully made we are!

How we care for the entire body through the food we eat greatly influences our mood/emotions, decisions/choices, and lifestyle. We rarely think of how daily habits affect our health. Sometimes it’s out of an unknowing that we make unhealthy choices, sometimes it’s out of deception of what is good/pure/whole in our world, and sometimes we fall into the lies of the enemy that heredity is greater than our decisions; that our earthly family history takes precedence over the Family history we have been grafted into.

Given half a chance, the body will heal itself; that is how amazing this earthly vessel is! Illness equals imbalance. Many imbalances are ones that can be addressed at home with simple tools: food, rest, prayer, and exercise. Simplicity is made complicated by our uncertainties of where to begin and how to proceed, but it doesn’t have to be! It is important to listen to our bodies, seek knowledge/resources available, and begin to build vitality in all areas of our life. When God formed us from dust He breathed HIS life into us; transferring into our very beings the ability to hear His voice, feel His pain, and find peace and HEALING in His hands. We are literally an extension of His presence! And in His Presence there is fullness of joy! (Ps. 16:11)

Beginning Sunday, September 9 from 9:00 – 10:00am in the Reid Leadership Center, we will be diving into the amazing world of wellness. Topics include: bio-individuality, Primary and Secondary foods, gene expression, forming daily habits, emotional roots to physical ailments, cooking demonstrations, prayer, and so much more! Please sign up in the Atrium!


Danielle Cofta,
Ms.Ed.; IIN Health Coach

TAB Blog: Train Up a Child in the Way They Should Go

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A number of people have been credited with the quote, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” There seems to be universal recognition that children are vital to the future of a country. This is also true regarding the future of the church. Today’s children will be the leaders of tomorrow. We are responsible for teaching and training them to fill the roles that we hold today. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 stresses the importance of teaching God’s word “diligently to your children.”

No one would dispute that parents carry the primary responsibility for the life of a child. They must provide for the child and attend to the daily tasks of child-rearing. Parents are the ones who must “train up a child in the way that he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6), However, a child’s life is also shaped by the influence of many forces other than their parents. Every experience, encounter, relationship, whether positive or negative, has an impact on the life of a child. The child psychologist, Haim Ginott, says, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”

I can look back on my own life and appreciate the influence of a number of adults: an aunt who took me with her on trips and showed me a world beyond the mountains where I grew up; my grandmother who sat with me on the porch and taught me the beauty of simple things and the joy of quiet reflection; my pastor who challenged me to go to Bible College, a decision which changed the course of my life. Many of you are making an impact on the lives of the children in your world. Teachers, mentors, coaches, neighbors, extended family… “one sows, another waters.” Whether deliberate or unintentional, our interactions with children influence who they will become.

As we move into a new school year, won’t you take time to consider how your gifts and talents might be used to build the future of the church? We need teachers on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, assistant teachers, and nursery workers; teachers for older students and for babies. We need people who are willing to serve every Sunday and we need workers who can only help once a month. Whatever your preference and your availability, our boys and girls need your help!

I have a plaque in my office which says, “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Dwight L. Moody said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God.” Who knows the lasting impact you might have on the life of a child if you decide to become involved in children’s ministry?

If you’d like to join me in this most rewarding ministry or would like more information about areas where you might serve, please call me at 675-2888, ext. 1711.

For the Children,

Pam Kellner

TAB Blog: Covenant Relationship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you have been enjoying this wonderful summer season. Here in WNY, summer weather seems to come and go so quickly. Soon, we will be making changes in our routines to accommodate the activities associated with the changing seasons; all while we seek to enjoy every last bit of summer that we possibly can.

At The Tabernacle, we are also preparing for another year, when the various ministries resume normal activities. One of those activities is the class titled “Discovering Church Membership,” which begins September 9, 2018. Whether you have recently determined to make The Tabernacle your place of worship or you have been part of this congregation for a longer period, you are invited to attend this class and discover the importance of this step.

The Church is created and designed by God to provide spiritual development and care for believers. It also provides a community of faith through which the gospel is proclaimed and, in every generation, His will advanced. The Tabernacle is a living community of covenantal relationships centered around prayer and worship. God calls us to live in this type of harmony with each other so we can live in unity with Him. Have you considered entering into covenant membership at The Tabernacle?

There is a journey into Covenant Relationship, which is illustrated in the structure of Herod’s Temple. Each of the courts represent a portion of the journey, drawing us closer to the Holy of Holies, drawing us closer to God.

• The Court of the Gentiles Connection
• The Outer Court Cooperation
• The Inner Court (The Holy Place) Commitment
• The Holy of Holies Covenant

On September 9th a new Discovering Church Membership class will begin at 9:00am in the Atrium classroom (“the Matthew Room”). In the 8 weekly sessions, we will meet for approximately 45 minutes to discover the significance of membership. We will discuss the role that you have in building a healthy church.

If you are interested in more information and signing up for the class, there are information packets in the Atrium that contain a document, “Getting to Know You.” Please complete that information and give it to a pastor or staff member. An alternative is to call the church office at 675-2888 and speak to the receptionist and a packet will be sent to you. If I can answer any questions for you, please contact me at my office either by phone at
712-1708 or email at bauna@thetab.org.

Please let us know if you are considering attending this class. It will help us in our planning.

In His Service,

Pastor Al Baun