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.

July 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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Presbytery Proceedings

Upcoming Meeting: The full Presbytery is scheduled to meet Saturday, July 30, 9 am to 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.

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March for Clean Energy

Tab's Environmental Action encourages you to participate in this critical event with us and other faith communities from around the country on the eve of the Democratic Convention at City Hall, Sunday, July 24 at noon. For more information visit:

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Service & Bulletin Roles

Date Preacher Prayers Liturgist Children's TimeSunday School A/V Tech Quote
July 3 Katie Aikins Fletcher Chmara- Huff Heather Bargeron Deb Ahrens NA Barbara Purdom Pauline Abernathy
July 10 Katie Aikins Katie Aikins Pauline Abernathy Katie Aikins NA Chris Purdom Deb Burnham
July 17 Katie Aikins Mike Ehling Deb Burnham Pauline Abernathy NA Katrina Culley Lucinda Megill Legendre
July 24 Lucinda Megill Legendre Heather Bargeron Geneva Butz Todd Koser NA Jessica Culley Katie Aikins
July 31 Katie Aikins Barbara Purdom Meagan McLeod Ken Gritter NA Peter Mowen Sarah Hill

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Supporting Roles

Date Greeters Coffee Hour Counters Recycling Food Transport
July 3 Mark Rader & Jessica Culley Jim Thacker & Verona Stern Pauline Abernathy & Deb Ahrens Barbara Purdom Deb Burnham
July 10 Ginny & John Rice Mike Ehling & Russell Baldwin Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill Jim Gerhard Lee Pugh
July 17 Jessica Culley & Lucinda Megill Legendre Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice Russell Baldwin & Angela Kent Sarah Hill Mark Rader
July 24 Charlene & Vic Compher Katrina Culley & Geneva Butz Ken Gritter & Sarah Hill Geneva Butz Jim Gerhard
July 31 Jim Thacker & Genienne Navarro Charlene & Vic Compher Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice Jim Gerhard Sarah Hill

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Communion Rotations

Date Officiating Set-up & Serving Clean-up & Serving Picking up Bread +
July 3 Katie Aikins Jim Thacker Ken Gritter Lee Pugh

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

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Bible Study

The Bible study group will meet on Wednesday at 5:30 pm in the community room. July 6 we will discuss Amos 7:7-17, Colossians 1:1-14; and Luke 10:25-37. On July 13 we will discuss Amos 8:1-12; Colossians 1:15-28 and Luke 10: 38-42. 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 AUGUST newsletter will be in Tab mailboxes on JULY 31; send all material for the AUGUST newsletter to the church office by THURSDAY, JULY 21.

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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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