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TAB Blog: A Mother’s Heart

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Dear Tabernacle Family, Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m so privileged to write today’s blog spot. Thank you for becoming family to us over the past 4+ years. God has truly been good to us in giving us such a wonderful place to minister and live.

Recently, Jim and I went on a mini-vacation to Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. It’s a beautiful, peaceful setting right on Lake Ontario and in the midst of countless vineyards. This time of year, there aren’t any leaves on the grape vines. They’ve finished tying up the branches to help yield the best possible crop with very little chance of spoiling the grapes. In particular, I noticed one vineyard that had taken a different approach to renew their fields. In between each aged grape vine stalk, a new plant had been put in. The new vines were very fine and had to be covered with something to shield them from the high winds and weather they experience. It reminded me of the scripture in Titus 2:3 where Paul is telling the older women how they should live and how they should teach the younger women to love their husbands and their children.

Growing up in a Christian home I had the privilege of having a godly mom and dad as my example. Beyond my home, and within the few churches Jim and I have had the joy of pastoring, I have always felt the need to have older women in my life. Some taught me how to quilt and make jelly. Some taught me the value of being at home while raising our sons. Others taught me to enjoy every minute of my life and to realize that God truly has a purpose for me to fulfill. I am forever grateful for each of these women who have been and are currently in my life.

Many years ago, within another church, I began a mentoring network for the women. With some help from a friend we matched younger and older women together. It was quite a challenge getting it to all work together, but we did it. Every other month we would get together for a ministry time and the testimonies would blow my mind when they told of the things they had in common. Many of those relationships are still flourishing today.

Let me encourage you today, determine to be a mentor to someone younger than yourself. Take time to bless them and to help them grow up in their holy faith. They in turn will be equipped to help someone else to do the same. Imagine how fruitful the body of Christ will become if we all take time to bless someone in this special way.

From a mother’s heart,

Mari-Lee Ruddy

TAB Blog: Kairos School of Ministry: My Third-Year Experience

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This third season of being a part of the Kairos School of Ministry has been an awesome experience! Having been a part of the school of ministry for two years already, I can definitely say that this year has been different in so many ways, and there is so much that has been highlighted to me over this season. One of the ways that this year has been so impactful to me, is how incredible the classes have been. I feel that this year I have been able to sit under and be poured into by so many different, incredible leaders from all over our region. It has been amazing to have the opportunity to draw from so many incredible wells and receive so much Godly training from these leaders. God has spoken to me about my calling as a leader through these classes this year.

This year as a third year student, my main roles have largely played out in the youth ministry here at The Tabernacle. I have grown more in my leadership roles this year and have the opportunity of discipling our young people, preaching in different youth services, and helping plan and coordinate all of our youth events. In this season, I feel I have discovered more of who I am in this role of youth ministry, and have grown in areas that aren’t in my strength and gift mix. All in all, I feel I have grown and received much insight and leadership opportunities in these areas. I’ve been able to connect in a deeper way relationally with our students as well.

I am excited for all that I can look back on this year and reflect on what God has done. I can definitely say that I have learned to trust Him more in this season, and even with my future steps I will take. I realize now that finding God’s purpose for our life is not just about taking the perfect steps, it’s simply about being obedient to take the next step. As I graduate and move on, I’m praying that dozens of young adults will find a place of spiritual growth at the Kairos School of Ministry.

Erika White

TAB Blog: Love Others as You Love Yourself

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22:37-40 The Message Bible

We are so excited to see these scriptures imparted on a weekly basis on Thursday nights in our ministry of Operation Dignity that offers a safe place to address hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Every week we impart the living word that is the bondage breaker for hurts, hang-ups and habits. It is a place to increase your passion to love the Lord with all your heart, and mind; and to find your place in serving the body of Christ.

Operation Dignity will be providing a faith-based training for those who would like to become mentors. We are in need of men and women from the body of Christ to serve on Thursday nights as teachers and small group facilitators. Prayer warriors are always welcome. We are looking to do the training in August 2018 on a Saturday beginning at 9:00am until 2:00 or 3:00pm. We will provide a continental breakfast and a break for lunch. There would be a time for questions and role playing. As participants you will be well equipped to be a mentor with the Freedom in Christ Curriculum. There would be an opportunity for prayer and impartation. Come expecting to taste and see the goodness of the LORD!
For more information, please text Pastor Dee Bernardoni at

In His Name,

Pastor Dee

TAB Blog: Pastor Jo Ann Angelo and Pastor Tom Rinn

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

As I pass the 30-year anniversary of my tenure as an Associate Pastor at The Tabernacle, I hope it’s okay if I reminisce a little. I was led to the Tabernacle in 1983. I felt the call of ministry, so I began to prepare by attending Houghton College where I graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Counseling. Upon graduation, we were each asked, “What is your dream for the future.” My answer was, “To be an integral part of a World-Wide Ministry.” Little did I know God would connect me to the dreamer of all dreamers, Tommy Reid! I was ordained to ministry by Pastor Reid. I have had credentials with Elim Fellowship, CovNet and I am currently Ordained with The Assemblies of God.

My relationship with Bishop Reid, Wanda and Aimee was strong from the very beginning and has been a blessing to me over these many years. I will always be grateful to them not only for trusting me in ministry, but for their love and encouragement both personally and professionally. Because of them I have met and served the greatest teachers, preachers and world leaders of our time. I am also thankful to Bishop Robert Stearns. I was privileged to be here for the first East Coast Leadership Conference and though my time here is changing it is not ending. The dream continues as a new world of leaders and ministry has opened to me through Eagles’ Wings.

In my time here, I have had the opportunity to touch thousands of lives through the several ministries I was given oversight to: The TV Department, Pastoral Care, Dean of Students at Buffalo School of the Bible also called “The School of the Prophets.” Also traveling and teaching in the Philippines and in Honduras. After the school became part of Elim, I became the Director of Pastoral Care. In addition to counseling and visitation I officiated at many weddings and funerals. Some of my favorite times here were being part of the intercessory and altar teams during Renewal with Pastor Dennis Shearer, teaching the Wednesday night service for so many years and overseeing the World Prayer Center. But without a doubt my greatest memories are of the times I spent with Marilyn Hickey and calling her friend. Thank you Pastor Ruddy and my Tabernacle family for allowing me to fulfill my dreams in unbelievable ways and to still be here to dream into the future.


Pastor Jo Ann Angelo


“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father …” Ephesians 5:20

I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the ministry of The Tabernacle for over 50 years. It has been noted in many contexts that life is a tapestry. Each strand intertwined with others from birth into the senior years. As I gazed upon my own tapestry I am drawn to the brighter splashes of color.

At the age of 11, I had an encounter with God at the Lakeview Gospel Camp and was filled with the Holy Spirit. This instilled within me a strong desire to be used by God for His purpose. Little did I know that Pastor Tommy Reid would come to the Buffalo area in 1963 and that God would use him to shape my life.

I first served as the Youth Pastor and as a member of a Youth Ministry Team that traveled throughout the Northeast on weekends ministering at churches with a message to other teenagers. In 1980 I was invited to join The Tabernacle staff and had the opportunity to serve on the Board for many years as well as participate on mission trips to Europe and the Philippines.

Within the local church we witnessed tremendous moves of the Holy Spirit. I saw God’s miracles first hand. I have had the opportunity to sit at the feet of great men and women in the faith such as Oral Roberts, Fern Olson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Harald Bradeson, T.L. Osborn and many others. We were always challenged by God to stay on the cutting edge of what He was going to do. First came the Catholic Charismatics, and then the Jesus People. I witnessed lives that were dramatically changed by the power of God during these times and church attendance ‘exploded.’ Many of those touched by the Holy Spirit became future pastors, ministers, missionaries and church leaders. It was an exciting time.

Cheryl and I are so blessed and thankful to be a part of The Tabernacle family heritage; to see the children and grandchildren of the early saints continue to worship the Lord in this house. Their sacrifices, prayers and labor continuing to carry the living Word to future generations.

Life has certainly added color to my tapestry. What appears the brightest? The day I said yes to Jesus!

Pastor Tom Rinn

TAB Blog: God-Given Gifts and Talents

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Almost daily we hear about covert operations that are carried out under the covering of secrecy. Military planes have been designed to avoid detection by radar, a critical ability if you are piloting a plane whose mission is to deliver its payload on an enemy target. There are situations that should not be openly shared, but what about the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to us?

It is a great privilege to serve in the role of leading the Jubilee Ministry at The Tabernacle. It is interesting not only to see who has the largest collection of grandchildren pictures but to hear them talk about their desire to experience God’s presence and a desire to have Him touch their family and church family

Many have been walking with our Lord for many years but struggle in an unfamiliar role, being unable to perform the tasks that were such a normal part of earlier days. But they do have a common theme, which is the faithfulness of our Lord, and how they desire and pray that their children and grandchildren serve God.

I am continually amazed at the heart of these individuals, and their desire to have a role in The Great Commission. They are ready to respond to a call to rally around those that are in need. Despite having limited resources, it is amazing how they are willing to contribute to help someone who is unable to buy Christmas gifts, pay a utility bill, etc.

In our planning sessions, we seek ways for our group to be able to minister to those in need, especially those who are no longer able to attend services and other church activities. At one particular meeting, the conversation became focused on the number of gifted individuals within the Jubilee group. We were amazed as we learned of the artists, writers, painters, etc. that we hadn’t known. As a result, it was determined that we would attempt to feature the individual giftings at our lunches.

The April 18th Jubilee Luncheon will have Felicia Ponder sharing her ministry and gifting. Music will be provided by Burnie Scott, a favorite who’s talent and gifting has not been flying below the radar.

Our March guest wasn’t really Jubilee age, but the grandson of Marv and Louise Rupe who arranged for Christopher Rupe to be with us. Christopher co-authored “Contested Bones” with a former atheist and renowned geneticist, Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University. Despite his Christian heritage, he wondered if his parent’s faith in Christianity was misguided. At 17 years of age, he started researching topics relating to creation, evolution and the Bible. He has a burden from the Lord to preach the Gospel and bring clarity to the topic of origins.

These thoughts are not just directed to the Jubilee folk but to all ages. What has God placed in you that needs to be brought into “the light?” What is keeping you from pursuing that dream? Do you have a hobby that might be used to minister to others?

Have you even shared your desire with someone else or are you concerned that they may make fun of your idea? Don’t allow someone to steal your dream or talent. There may be someone who is looking for an opportunity to exercise their gifting by helping an emerging artist to better perfect their talent. Maybe you will encourage someone else to take that step. What is in your hand?

Pastor Al Baun