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TAB Blog: This Christmas Season

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

We are in the midst of the Christmas Season, which is filled with joy and happiness, for many people. Activity seems to be at a peak for the year, fueled with new energy, and a fresh wave of optimism. We are in our fourth month of viewing Hallmark Christmas Movies, where names and places change, but the plot remains rather constant. The advertising gurus are constantly reminding us if we wear certain attire, own a specific type of vehicle or electronic gadget, we too can look or be special.

Baking of holiday treats, decorating houses inside and out, attending house parties is the order of the day. We strive to make our homes to look like sets used for photo-shoots for “Better Homes & Gardens.” Of course there is shopping!!! What would this holiday be without the hunt for that perfect gift, even if requires that “you shop until you drop?” But it is Christmas and we consider the price of the pursuit not excessive, or at least for the immediate.

Christmas season is wonderful, and should be enjoyed, but it may not be that way for everybody. It is a study of contrasts, joy and despair. In the midst of great celebration, there are those who have encountered loss, or fear what lies ahead for the family. Their holiday season is not likely to have a great amount of joy, as they deal with broken relationships, an unfavorable health report, or the loss of employment due to a company down-sizing. Even though we may not be able to turn their situation around, it is a time when our Tabernacle family can minister to people by demonstrating true care and concern. Perhaps the most important thing is to simply let them know they are not forgotten, however that may be expressed.

In the midst of all the activity, have 2020 vision.

With the activity & fatigue levels so high, we may fail to remember 2019 is rapidly coming to an end. It seemed like only yesterday when we were determined to do some things differently. Whatever they were, we are now being faced with the success or failure of those intentions. The “books” are about to close for 2019, and it is time to prepare for a new year. Unless changes are made, 2020 can be a replay of prior years.

Please allow me to make some suggestions for this holiday season!

• Really believe that God loves you and thinks you are very special.
He is your provider and not reluctant to share His goodness and provision with you. Give Him first place in all your festivities.
• Make this holiday season a time for family and to the best of your ability, enjoy peace on earth (and in your home). It is not about the perfection of the meal or price of the gift, it is about what it represents.
• Reach out to those who are in a difficult season of life. Make the phone call, send a card with a heart-felt message that encourages, share your blessings with others. You will enjoy your Christmas even more.
• Relax! Laugh about the things that didn’t come out perfect. It seems that we remember what was goofed up more than what was perfect. Make memories! Take pictures!

Most of all, thank the Lord for His gift of life. Jesus has come that we might have abundant life!

Merry Christmas and 20/20 sight for the New Year!
Pastor Al Baun

TAB Blog: “Welcome Home” A Musical

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Light the Christmas trees, hang the stockings, bake those cookies, sing those carols…the holidays have officially begun! Today, we invite you, your family, friends and co-workers to begin the Christmas Season with us, your Tabernacle family, tonight with our Christmas Musical & Festival.

This incredible night features our annual musical, “Welcome Home,” with live orchestra and vocal team. Performances are:

Sunday, December 8th at 7:00pm

90 minutes prior to the performance, our Christmas Festival will begin which will host our Basket Auction, Timeless Treats at our Confectionary, Holiday Beverages, Photo Booth, String Quartet, “Pastries by Camille” Crepes, and much more! It’s the perfect time to invite your loved ones to your church home; those who you deeply desire to share the love of Christ. This beautiful night is the best opportunity of the year to do that! We have free tickets in the atriums for you to use as an invitation. Keep inviting, keep reaching out…you never know who will say, “Yes!”

Christmas. Just the simple mention of the day can elicit a strong reaction; anywhere from excitement to dread. Maybe you immediately think of that one year when everything went wrong…The kids found your secret hiding place for their presents and raided it at 3pm on Christmas Eve and then did a not so great job of rewrapping them in an attempt to cover their tracks. Then the cat climbed the Christmas tree and down it went…the oven broke but you had no idea until you went to take out the long awaited golden brown bird and you found it ice cold & raw.. Microwave dinners for everyone! Or maybe you think of your first Christmas as a parent…The way your child’s eyes got wide with wonder as the lights twinkle in the night and how they were much more interested in the torn wrapping paper than the gift that was in it.

Close your eyes. Imagine, it’s Christmas morning. In the distance you can hear Christmas music on the radio, slightly overpowered by Grandpa’s TV as he watches McGyver way too loud because he’s too proud to use his hearing aid. The mouthwatering aroma of the coming feast wafts through the air as Grandma pulls the dish from the oven and places it on the table next to her mother’s gravy boat. You hear the crunch of gravel beneath car tires and the dog starts barking to announce it’s arrival. The kids jump out of the car as soon as it comes to a stop and immediately burst through the front door, their excitement is almost tangible and their laughter fills the air. After a flurry of hugs, laughter and “Merry Christmas’s” you carry the gifts to the tree. You can’t help but linger there for a moment and admire it. There is nothing particularly stunning about it, except the way it tells the story of your family. It chronicles everything. The hand carved wooden tree that Grandpa made for the first Christmas he and Grandma were married. The “baby’s first Christmas” ornament they bought when your Dad was born. The tin can lid ornament your Dad made in Kindergarten with his picture and too much glitter on it, that hasn’t aged well and always made you question his teachers craft choices. It’s this moment every year, when you see the tree, when the memories surround you that you release that deep exhale of comfort and contentment. Suddenly, the kids yell from the dining room that it’s time to eat and you find your place at the table. Grandma reaches her hands out to either side of her and everyone joins hands. She is beaming as she lovingly looks at each face and says “Welcome Home”.

Today, we say to you, “Welcome Home to the Tabernacle!”

Much love,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Welcome Home

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Light the Christmas trees, hang the stockings, bake those cookies, sing those carols…the holidays have officially begun! Today, we invite you, your family, friends and co-workers to begin the Christmas Season with us, your Tabernacle family, next weekend, December 7th & 8th, for our Christmas Musical & Festival weekend.

This incredible weekend features our annual musical, “Welcome Home,” with live orchestra and vocal team. Performances are:

Saturday, December 7th at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 8th at 7:00pm

90 minutes prior to each performance, our Christmas Festival will begin which will host our Basket Auction, Timeless Treats at our Confectionary, Holiday Beverages, Photo Booth, String Quartet, “Pastries by Camille” Crepes, and much more! It’s the perfect time to invite your loved ones to your church home; those who you deeply desire to share the love of Christ. This beautiful weekend is the best opportunity of the year to do that! We have free tickets in the atriums for you to use as an invitation. Keep inviting, keep reaching out…you never know who will say, “Yes!”

Christmas. Just the simple mention of the day can elicit a strong reaction; anywhere from excitement to dread. Maybe you immediately think of that one year when everything went wrong…The kids found your secret hiding place for their presents and raided it at 3pm on Christmas Eve and then did a not so great job of rewrapping them in an attempt to cover their tracks. Then the cat climbed the Christmas tree and down it went…the oven broke but you had no idea until you went to take out the long awaited golden brown bird and you found it ice cold & raw.. Microwave dinners for everyone! Or maybe you think of your first Christmas as a parent…The way your child’s eyes got wide with wonder as the lights twinkle in the night and how they were much more interested in the torn wrapping paper than the gift that was in it.

Close your eyes. Imagine, it’s Christmas morning. In the distance you can hear Christmas music on the radio, slightly overpowered by Grandpa’s TV as he watches McGyver way too loud because he’s too proud to use his hearing aid. The mouthwatering aroma of the coming feast wafts through the air as Grandma pulls the dish from the oven and places it on the table next to her mother’s gravy boat. You hear the crunch of gravel beneath car tires and the dog starts barking to announce it’s arrival. The kids jump out of the car as soon as it comes to a stop and immediately burst through the front door, their excitement is almost tangible and their laughter fills the air. After a flurry of hugs, laughter and “Merry Christmas’s” you carry the gifts to the tree. You can’t help but linger there for a moment and admire it. There is nothing particularly stunning about it, except the way it tells the story of your family. It chronicles everything. The hand carved wooden tree that Grandpa made for the first Christmas he and Grandma were married. The “baby’s first Christmas” ornament they bought when your Dad was born. The tin can lid ornament your Dad made in Kindergarten with his picture and too much glitter on it, that hasn’t aged well and always made you question his teachers craft choices. It’s this moment every year, when you see the tree, when the memories surround you that you release that deep exhale of comfort and contentment. Suddenly, the kids yell from the dining room that it’s time to eat and you find your place at the table. Grandma reaches her hands out to either side of her and everyone joins hands. She is beaming as she lovingly looks at each face and says “Welcome Home”.

Today, we say to you, “Welcome Home to the Tabernacle!”

Much love,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: The Word, The Spirit, The Name

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Three Keys to the Book of Acts

This was the prayer of the early church. Acts 4:29-31 “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

The Book of Acts is the standard of what it means to be a Christian and a follower of Christ; it demonstrates Christ at work through men and women who surrender themselves to Him.

When we study The Book of Acts, we find it to be an illustration for the church today. The facts are, God has never changed. The ministry of the church has never changed. Jesus Christ has never changed. The purpose of miracles has never changed. The world is waiting for the church to return to the order of The Book of Acts in its fullness and glory.

God’s Word is still as creative and as powerful as it was when God spoke it. If God said, “I am the Lord that heals thee” (Exodus 15:26) 4000 years ago, that Word is as much in power today as His Word that keeps the heavens and the earth in place.

There are three keys, three facts which unlock the treasure book of apostolic power. They are not new; they are not even profound! They just work!

Number One ~ They not only preached the uncompromising Word of God; they believed every word they preached.

Number Two ~ They were not only filled and anointed with the power of the Spirit, they depended on Him fully. It is The Spirit that produced the miracles.

Number Three ~ They knew the authority of, and the use of the Name of Jesus. It was the Word that convicted and convinced, but The Name was their credentials and authority.

Those are the three keys to the Book of Acts. The Word, the Spirit and The Name. Three keys that are still the keys to healing, miracles and world evangelism in this generation. Be a keeper of the Keys!

Blessings,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo

TAB Blog: Thankfulness

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A five year old was learning about creation and posed a question to the children’s pastor, “What day did God create BLUE?” Chuckles and smiles ensued in the Facebook post as adults saw the simplicity of the question. I got excited. My emoji hand shot up in the post. I wanted to answer. Science and creation summoned together to explain one of the great wonders of the Bible.

On Day 1 God created Blue. And yellow. And red. And all the millions of other shades of colors as on that day, God created light. Genesis 1:3 is a simple first command from the Great Creator, “Let there be light!” I recently bought a prism to show how light refracts, and in that refraction, we see all the colors of the rainbow and multitudes more. In the very first act of creation, God created color. Without light, there is no color.

In the dark void of Genesis 1:1-2, the Spirit of God was hovering over the water as darkness covered the earth. Then God spoke light into existence. Color became a reality and God called it good. We experience the wonders of following a sunset as light shines through the layers of atmosphere to create spectacular colors. We are filled with awe as we watch the spectacular stars on a night sky, view the amazing pigments of sea life or observe the display of changing colors in the fall season. Color is all around us and God declared it, “Good!”

I am amazed at the variety of color. Colorists will tell you there are 1000 shades of gray in just one category of color. The fine detail of God’s creation was not defined by one box of 8 Crayola colors. No. On Day One, the Great Creator made color that could not be defined by any of man’s designs but one in which we have worked to capture the height, depth, and broad spectrum of creation through our finite considerations for thousands of years.

In this month of thankfulness, I am giving thanks for the color Blue. And red. And Orange. And every other shade God spoke into existence on Day One. I am thankful for the light that shines in darkness and reveals the very heart of an incredible God who continues to enjoy His creation. I am grateful for all that His hand provides.

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor Sharon Baldwin
Preschool Ministries/Southwestern Day Care