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.

May 2017 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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Pastor's Notes

We are moving now past our 100 Days of Resistance at Tab! What have we been doing? We've been worshipping the God of Life and Liberation. We've been marching in the streets for justice. We've been supporting on another over shared meals and in hanging out. Those of us classified as white have been studying our White Privilege and we've been working on fighting the powers of White Supremacy in our lives. We've been seeking to follow the Black Jesus who leads us in paths of righteousness and justice. We've been doing all this in these past 100 days and we will not stop any of this work now that we approach day 101! The church is a faithful church when it is continuously living in resistance to Empire's death-dealing ways. And so we will continue to work to be people of resistance. But as Lauren Giaccone pointed out to me not too long ago, we need tools to keep us resilient in order to continue to be people of resistance. And so in this season of Easter and Resurrection we are going to shift our focus just slightly from "resistance" to "resilience." Our guiding questions in this season are, How do we stay grounded and resilient in our faith in this time of anxiety and fear in our country? What are the spiritual practices that help us build resilience so that we can be people of resistance? How do we live faithfully into our calling to be a "resurrection people," a hopeful people?

In our sermons during the month of May we are going to look at some of the spiritual practices that can help us build resilience in our work and our walk of faith. Psalm 23 will be one of our guiding Scriptures in this season. The message of Psalm 23 is that "the Lord is our Shepherd. Therefore we have everything we need." We will be meditating on this Psalm, singing this Psalm and teaching our children this Psalm so we can carry it with us in our hearts in this time.

We would like to hear from you! What keeps you resilient and grounded in faith and hope these days? Will you share your thoughts with us? Send a note to Pastor Katie. We are also excited that Minister Naomi Leapheart will be sharing her thoughts on this theme when she preaches for us on May 21. We give thanks for her ministry and look forward to hearing from her.

Know that I keep you in prayer and in my heart these days. May we continue to hear the good news of Easter – that God has called us by name, to be a people of hope and resistance to the powers of death all around us.

Peace, Pastor Katie

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Looking Ahead

  • Every Third Thursday join Tab at 6 pm for fun and fellowship at Clark Park. Meet at southwest corner of 43rd and Baltimore. Rain plan: meet at Clarkville restaurant across the street from park. Next meet-up is May 18!
  • Thursdays 8-10 am: Visit with Pastor Katie at Green Line Cafe (44th and Locust).
  • Sunday, May 7: Outreach Team Planning. At table in Community room following worship. Contact Lucinda Megill Legendre for details.
  • Fri, May 12, 7-9 pm: Gospel Drag Show with Ark of Refuge
  • Sat, May 13, 4 pm: Service of Ordination for Meagan McLeod
  • Thur, May 18, 6:30 pm: Worship Team meeting. Location TBD. Contact Pastor Katie for details.

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Council Corner

At our March Council meeting, we interviewed and recommended Lauren Giaccone to the Philadelphia Association of the UCC as a Member in Discernment. In addition, we will celebrate the ordination of Meagan McLeod into Christian ministry of the United Church of Christ in our sanctuary on Saturday, May 13 at 4 pm. We can feel proud that Tab is helping to form and celebrate new pastors in our midst!

Council had another productive meeting. Highlights include:

  • Continued preparation for Easter Sunday Worship and the Easter Sunday Love Wins Brunch Party.
  • Planning for 2 building improvements - making the elevator more accessible and AIR CONDITIONING for the community room!
  • Celebrating the success of the collaborative Easter Egg hunt last Saturday.
  • Looking forward to Stewardship season and the BLOCK PARTY!
  • Voted to approve the baptism of Elizabeth Megill Legendre for Sunday, May 14, during worship.
  • Received with joy the news that Meagan McLeod will be ordained on Saturday, May 13 at 4 pm.
~ Megan Gibson

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Service & Bulletin Roles

Date Preacher Prayers Liturgist Children's TimeSunday School A/V Tech Quote
May 7 Katie Aikins Deb Burnham Susan Wargo Ken Gritter Lucinda Megill Legendre Barbara Purdom Sarah Hill
May 14 Katie Akins Eloise Chevrier Angela Kent Lucinda Megill Legendre Geneva Butz Fletcher Chmara-Huff Deb Ahrens
May 21 Naomi Leapheart Katie Aikins Todd Koser Pauline Abernathy Nicole Diroff Genienne Navarro Chris Purdom
May 28 Katie Aikins Susan Wargo Geneva Butz Todd Koser Verona Stern Fletcher Chmara-Huff Heather Bargeron

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Supporting Roles

Date Greeters Coffee Hour Counters Recycling Food Transport
May 7 Anne Whiting & Michael James Andy & Lynn Lees Angela Kent & Lucinda Megill Legendre Jim Gerhard Anna Demaree
May 14 Heather Bargeron & Lucinda Megill Legendre Ken & Martha Gritter Geneva Butz & Susan Teegen Geneva Butz Sarah Hill
May 21 Andy & Lynn Lees Angela Kent & Jim Gerhard Chris Purdom & Jim Gerhard Deb Ahrens Jim Gerhard
May 28 Ginny Rice & Den Ahrens Russ Baldwin & Lucy Miller Sarah Hill & Lucinda Megill Legendre Ginny Rice Verona Stern

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Communion Rotations

Date Officiating Set-up & Serving Clean-up & Serving Picking up Bread +
May 7 Katie Aikins & Nicole Diroff Chris Purdom Heather Bargeron Anna Demaree

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

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Tab Songleaders

Do you like to sing? You can raise your voice to lead the congregation in singing by joining the TAB Songleaders! This ensemble of singers meets before the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month to learn and lead songs that will be used in the service.

We'll meet on May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18 and July 2 at 9:15am to rehearse for that Sunday's service. Let me know if you're interested in singing, and I'll add you to our Songleaders email thread. There's no obligation to come every time—we sing with whomever is available!

If you have an interest in sharing or leading in worship as a soloist or instrumentalist, contact Pax Ressler, who will be glad to talk about how we can use your gifts in Sunday services. Thank you! ~Pax Ressler

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We collected $1,287 for One Great Hour of Sharing on Easter Sunday!

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Bible Study

On May 17 we will discuss Acts 17:22-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21. On May 31 we will discuss Acts 2:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23.We meet at 5:30 pm in the Community Room. Contact Jean Erb with questions.

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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 May newsletter will be in Tab mailboxes on JUNE 2; send all material for the JUNE newsletter to the church office by MONDAY, MAY 22.

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