Tabernacle United Church

Progressive Christianity for a change

United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church (USA)

3700 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 - 215-386-4100 - Worship Sundays at 10 AM

We are called into compassionate community, Following Christ, Advocating for peace,
justice and reconciliation And celebrating God's loving embrace of all creation.

June 2016 Newsletter

Note on Using the Online Newsletter

In the version of the newsletter that is posted online and sent in email, every month you will find links in the articles, and these links are not all created equal.

  • In the Bible Study article there are links to Bible Passages so that you can immediately see what the topic(s) of discussion will be.
  • In many articles, you will be directed to contact the the church office or a member of the congregation. If you click on one of these links your default email program will automatically open up, with the email address for the office (or another peron) in the "To:" field and an appropriate subject line already filled in, allowing you to begin composing an email to exactly the right person with exactly the right subject line. So if you thought that just that person's name appearing in the article (or just the words "the church office") meant you had to go hunting for the email address for that person, hunt no more! Everything is right there for you, with a click of your mouse!
  • Other articles have links to other websites, to the Tab Blog, or to things on the Tab website, like the Mailing List FAQ, which has clear, easy instructions for subscribing to Tab's various email lists. (The FAQ file also has clickable email links--everything is so easy!) Other links allow you to open up the current version of the Rotation schedule, current Pledge and Time & Talent Forms, etc.
So if you were wondering what all of those links in the newsletter were for, now you know!

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Celebrate in June!

The Outreach Team invites all Tab members and friends to come out and celebrate Pridefest with us in June. Pridefest is an annual celebration for the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. Tab has a long history of sharing God's love and inclusive welcome at this event. Join us on June 12. You can march in the parade from 11:30 am to 1 pm; or play and chat at the table from 10:30 am to noon (includes setup); or help us to staff the table from noon to 2 pm, 2 pm to 4 pm, or 4 pm to 5:30 pm (includes taking down).

We will have Tab brochures, fun giveaways & God's love to share. At the event we'll be inviting folks to join us for a fun game of kickball in Clark Park Saturday, June 18 @ 1pm.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join the fun! To sign up for the celebration or if you have questions please email Lucinda Megill Legendre.

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Council Corner

This month Council celebrated successes and made more exciting plans for the future! The meeting began with discussion about the recent Council-led Pentecost service, in which we announced plans going forward with the Vision report and invited the congregation to join committees to move the work forward. The committee sign-up sheets have been added to a bulletin board in the church lobby, so that this work can continue over the next few weeks.

As a part of our effort to share stories and connect with each other, Donald Wargo shared his personal faith story about his relationship with God and his daily spiritual practices. Katie shared news from the Minister of Music search committee--interviews are to begin soon for a few promising candidates.

Council discussed practices for space rentals, specifically use of the building by groups unknown to anyone at Tab, and making the A/V equipment more accessible for rentals. Council then spent the bulk of the meeting discussing future events, considering the guidance we received from reading Real Good Church. The first page event will be a Welcome Back weekend for the fall, including a Block Party! We outlined major plans for the party and determined what should begin happening over the summer in order to make this event successful. We also briefly discussed planning a retreat for the Spring. It is a very exciting time at Tab, full of lots of opportunities and possibilities! ~ Sarah Hill

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Pastor's Notes / Sermon Excerpt

by Pastor Katie on May 22 (based on Psalm 139)

A phrase I used to hear a lot when we lived in Georgia, was the phrase “being called out of my name.” I heard this phrase often in Bible study discussions at the church where I worked at the time, where people shared stories of being locked in the hell of poverty and addiction, stories of broken families and hurtful words hurled at them from a young age. I would hear people say, “I was called outta’ my name, called everything BUT a child of God.”

Being called out of your name presupposes that your true identity is a child of God, but being called out of that name means that your experience is one in which that true identity is not af-firmed or nurtured. I learned through those Bible studies that if you were living in poverty, if you didn’t have stable housing, if you had dark skin color, if you were anything other than “straight” in terms of sexual orientation, the more likely it was that you had ex-perienced being called out of your name.

Being called out of our name brings with it internalization—we can learn easily to call ourselves out of our name. Which is maybe the strongest demon we will ever fight. One of the demons I discovered when I was coming out to myself in my early twenties was my own internalized homophobia—the hatred I had for myself that I had internalized. I had learned to call myself out of my own name.

Little did I know the meaning these words that I memorized as a kid from Psalm 139 would have on my life when I was coming out to myself: You have searched me and you know me, you know when I sit down or when I stand… I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, wonderful are your works, that I know very well. These words have helped me to live more deeply into the truth that I am a child of God, beloved by God just as I am. This is one of the most difficult things that we will ever grasp in our lifetime. Very few of us know that we are loved without conditions or limits.

We are children of God. AND, we must continue to become children of God. We must nurture this truth in ourselves and we must nurture this truth in one another – especially those who are frequently called out of their name, whether it be on an individual level or through the structures and the culture of our society.

We continue to need the voices of the poets like in Psalm 139 who proclaim to us and to others over and over again: God knows you. She has formed you in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

May we allow this truth to permeate our lives today. We give thanks for the witness of Jesus from Nazareth, who lifted up the lowly, the children, the despised, the disinherited and called them children of God. Thanks be to God. Amen.

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Service & Bulletin Roles

Date Preacher Prayers Liturgist Children's TimeSunday School A/V Tech Quote
June 5 Katie Aikins Deb Burnham Barbara Purdom Katrina Culley Geneva Butz Jessica Culley Katie Aikins
June 12 Katie Aikins Katie Aikins Ken Gritter Katie Aikins Nicole Diroff Barbara Purdom Heather Bargeron
June 19c Naomi Leapheart Chris Purdom Deb Ahrens Jessica Culley N/A Richard Kalwaic Pauline Abernathy
June 26 Meagan Mcleod Lucinda Megill Legendre Ginny Rice Deborah Ahrens N/A Chris Purdom Lucinda Megill Legendre

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Supporting Roles

Date Greeters Coffee Hour Counters Recycling Food Transport
June 5 Deb Ahrens & Chris Purdom Mike Ehling & Cord Briggs Jean Erb & Chris Purdom Jim Gerhard Lee Pugh
June 12 Katrina Culley & Heather Bargeron Geneva Butz & Deb Ahrens Ginny Rice & Sarah Hill Deb Ahrens Jim Gerhard
June 19 Jim Thacker & Cord Briggs Jim Gerhard & Verona Stern Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter Ginny Rice Ginny Rice
June 26 Sarah Hill & Genienne Navarro Martha Gritter & Genienne Navarro Deb Ahrens & Deb Burnham Ginny Rice Sarah Hill

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Communion Rotations

Date Co-Officiating Set-up & Serving Clean-up & Serving Picking up Bread +
June 5 Nicole Diroff & Katie Aikins Russell Baldwin Jessica Culley Barbara Tilley

+ Bread donated by Four Worlds Bakery, 47th & Woodland.; it should be picked up the day before.

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If you have ideas or suggestions for future sessions or series, please contact Andy Lees.

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The SECOND quarter schedule for 2016 is available on the website and on the Greeter table. Each monthly schedule is also in the newsletter, and the schedule for the following 3-4 WEEKS is in the bulletin weekly. Check the schedule ASAP in case you are going out of town and need someone to swap for you. Contact the office to get a copy or download it from the blog. Call or email the office when swapping dates. Send all swapping requests to the Tab-news mailing list.

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Presbytery Proceedings

Upcoming Meetings:

  • The Southeast Regional Commission will next gather on Tuesday June 14, 6:00-8:30 pm at Christ's Presbyterian Church (South Philly, 1020 South 10th Street).
  • Meeting of the full Presbytery is scheduled for Saturday July 30, 9 am-Noon, more precise time and place TBA. Highlighted will be reports and experiences from the 222nd General Assembly in Portland, Oregon from the Philadelphia delegation.
  • The Presbytery's Older Adults Ministry Network will present, on Saturday October 22, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, a program at Wayne Presbyterian on "Empowering Older Adults."

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United Church of Christ Spring Meeting

The Pennsylvania Southeast Conference UCC is June 10-12, 2016 at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Go HERE to register.

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Bible Study

The Bible study group will meet on Wednesday, June 1 and 29 at 5:30 pm in the community room. On June 1, we will discuss: 1 Kings 17:8-24; Galatians 1:11-24; and Luke 7:11-17. For May 29 we will discuss: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:1-16; and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. If you have any questions, contact Jean Erb.

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Food Donations

Don't forget: food donations (NON-PERISHABLE, and with GOOD EXPIRATION DATES) are more needed than ever. Let's bring in something for the food donation basket next to the kitchen door each Sunday and help to keep those pantry shelves stocked! It's so easy to do. Whenever you shop, just buy and put aside a couple of small items for the pantry at the same time; if you drive, just leave them in your car to bring to Tab on Sunday.

Some suggestions: Remember that people who are desperately in need of food may not have great kitchen equipment, so consider items that can be prepared in the microwave OR on the stove. People may not have milk, butter, or vegetable oil, so try to include some items that can be prepared with just tap water. Single-serving portions are nice, so people don't have to refrigerate leftovers. Single-serving foil packs of potatoes or flavored instant rice can often be bought in store brands for about a dollar apiece. You can often find sales on instant oatmeal with eight single-serving packets.

Another thing to remember: Glass can break during transport to the food pantry, so it might be better to avoid glass jars. (We had a very small accident once.) Plastic jars of peanut butter are great, though.

We want to increase our donations to the food pantry, so let's all try to help. With even one or two small items a week from everyone who comes to worship, our weekly contribution to the food pantry will increase considerably. ~Mike Ehling

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Tab Online

Tab's website has info about affinity groups, events, news, a calendar, sermons, and more! Go to the Tab Blog on Livejournal to stay up-to-date on the current worship themes, to download forms and schedules (the rotations schedule, Time & Talent forms, Pledge forms, the choir schedule), or just take advantage of the links to Tabernacle's Cafe Press shop, Artwell, the Christian Association and other groups. If you have any questions about the mailing lists, read the Mailing List FAQ! You can also go to the Tab Facebook page and "Like" us! (And then you can receive updates from Tab in your Facebook Newsfeed.)

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Newsletter Deadline

The JULY newsletter will be in Tab mailboxes on JUNE 27; send all material for the JULY newsletter to the church office by MONDAY, JUNE 20.

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Clothing Closet Thanks

Thanks to all of you who have contributed needed clothing items for our clothing closet to benefit the homeless who come to our door. We have an embarrassment of riches! That is, enough good stuff to meet the need, at the moment. So, if you are doing a spring clean-out, please hold your items for a future time, or donate them to your local thrift store. Thank you. ~Ginny Rice Contact

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