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                                 On Pastor Katie's Mind... 


Hi Tab, 

February is here and the beginning of Lent is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for our Ash Wednesday evening service (Feb 14th) with the Christian Association and Ark of Refuge Tabernacle Church. We will have a simple shared meal at 6pm and worship service will follow at 7pm. 

This past couple of weeks I have started to put some plans in place in order to be away on parental leave starting February 19th. February 18th will be my last Sunday at Tab until I return 12 weeks later on May 15th. I will be spending a lot of quality time with Oscar while Heather goes back to her work at Project HOME. We are staggering our leave so that each of us can spend 12 weeks at home with Oscar, and we are grateful that both of us have this opportunity.

So before I get into any details of what will happen while I’m away, I want to say thank you to all of you. Tabernacle has an exemplary personnel policy that allows me to take this paid leave time, and it is a tremendous blessing. Furthermore, I serve a loving and supportive congregation and so many of you have encouraged me to take this time and have also taken on extra leadership to make this possible for me. So I thank you.

The big news is that we are excited to welcome Melissa Berkey-Gerard to Tab as our Interim Pastor for the time that I’ll be away. Melissa works primarily as a spiritual director. She has an MDiv from Princeton Seminary and her current home congregation is Germantown Mennonite Church. She’s an experienced worship leader and recently served as Interim Pastor in a congregation in New York. Best of all, she’s a lover God and justice, and she’s a joy to be around. Melissa will be working 10 hours per week, and she will cover many of the administrative aspects of my job (email correspondence, staff meetings, communication with the congregation). She will also help with worship leadership for most of the Sundays I’m gone, and she will share the Word through preaching on a couple of Sundays as well. Please welcome Melissa and greet her when you see her at Tab!

Pastoral care, preaching and worship planning will be led mostly by members of the congregation. Rev. Jean Erb and Rev. Maurine Doggett will be available to provide pastoral care in my absence. You can contact either of them if there is a need. We also have a robust worship team that has taken charge of planning our worship services for the Lent and Easter seasons. Susan Teegen is chairing the worship team, and Lucinda Megill Legendre is overseeing communication for the team. Please talk to either of them if you’re interested in helping or have thoughts/suggestions for them to consider. 

Thanks again to each of you for your support and love in this important time of transition for my family. You will be very close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks.  

In Peace,
                      
-Pastor Katie
 

A Note from Pax Ressler, TAB's Minister of Music:                                                                     

I'm excited to tell you that there are lots of ways that you can be involved with music at TAB! Consider singing with the TAB Songleaders, a group that rehearses before select Sunday services to add beauty and leadership to music and worship. This group helps the congregation learn new songs and enhance our music. If interested, there is absolutely no obligation to sing every Songleader Sunday—only when it works for you! Reach out to me with your interest and I'll make sure you are included in the email invitations. 

If you're an instrumentalist or vocal soloist, your gifts are very welcome in Sunday morning worship. Do you have interest in playing prelude and offertory? Playing or singing with me on songs or special music? I'm grateful for your gifts and would love to find ways for you to share them with the TAB community. 

To contact me about these opportunities or to ask questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Pax (they/them) at paxressler@gmail.com. Thank you!

 
                                                         Council Corner

TAB Council has set the date for and is excitedly preparing for the 2018 Council Retreat. There was discussion of the Capital Campaign that was presented at the December annual meeting. We elected Sarah Hill to be Vice Moderator, re-elected Todd Koser as Treasurer, Jim Gerhard as Clerk of Session/Council and Mike Ehling as Commissioner to the Presbytery. We examined incoming members Pauline Abernathy, Meagan McLeod and Chris Purdom and approved them for installation. We approved Personnel Team’s recommendation for a .5% increase in Katie’s salary over that approved at the December annual congregational meeting and set Sunday, February 4, 2018, for a brief congregational meeting to ratify the new Terms of Call for Katie. Finally, we heard a report about the plans for an interim pastor to handle Katie’s administrative duties during her upcoming parental leave period.

Have you seen Tab's new website?


Did you know that there is a section for our stories? Tab has a long history of reaching out to those who haven’t always experienced welcome by the church, and personal stories are one way we can make our welcome tangible. Many folks who eventually come to Tab check out our website first. Could your story be the one that draws someone in? Could God's work in your life help someone else to hear the Spirit's call? 

Here are the stories currently on our website; if you would like to add yours please email Lucinda. Enjoy!

What's Happening at Tab...


Bible Study: The Bible study group will meet on Wednesday, February 7 and February 21 at 5:30 pm in the community room to continue our study of the Gospel according to Mark. In March, we will meet on Wednesday, March 7 and March 21 at 5:30 pm in the community room to continue our study of the Gospel according to Mark. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Erb.

Lent is just around the corner! Come and join us for our Ash Wednesday evening service at Tab, with Ark of Refuge Tabernacle and the Christian Association. We begin the season of Lent by receiving ashes on our foreheads, remembering our mortality and reflecting on the ways we are called to turn around (repent) and turn toward God and the ways of justice in our lives. A shared simple dinner will be at 
6pm, with a worship service to follow at 7pm.

February Worship Themes: For the first three Sundays in February we will explore stories of healing in Mark’s gospel. Why is healing such a big part of Jesus’ ministry? What does healing mean? Is it always about “getting better” or overcoming an illness? How does Mark’s gospel shed light on social and political forces at work in creating illness in people’s lives? What does prayer have to do with healing? If Jesus practiced healing and called his disciples into healing ministry, how are we included in that call? What does healing work look like for us?
  • Feb 4 / Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
    • Texts: Isaiah 40:21-31 and Mark 1:29-45
      Theme: Why is the healing ministry of Jesus so important in the gospels? At the very beginning of his ministry in Mark, Jesus begins to heal people. Satan and the demons combat this ministry and are often at work to prevent healing in people’s lives. What is this all about? 

       
  • Feb 11 / Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
    • Texts: Isaiah 25:6-9 and Mark 5:1-20
      Theme: In this bizarre healing story from Mark’s gospel, there are political and personal issues at play. What does sickness/healing have to do with political and socio-economic factors? This story gives us a view into the imperialistic and oppressive structures that prevent true healing and wholeness to occur in people’s lives. When Jesus announces the new Reign of God, he’s simultaneously announcing abundant health care for all.
Lent 2018 - Wilderness VoicesIn the gospels, prophets like John and Jesus spend time in the wilderness/desert. The people of Israel journeyed in the wilderness for 40 years in their quest for freedom and struggled to remain faithful to God’s ways. An angel appears to Hagar in the wilderness, after she’s been abandoned. The theme of wilderness is all throughout the Scriptures. 

The theme of “Wilderness Voices” can be wide-ranging and invite reflection around these questions:
  • Why the call to wilderness in our spiritual history? 
  • Where is wilderness now? 
  • Could we consider wilderness as a practice (for the call of Lent)?
  • How have you heard from prophets and from God in a time of wilderness in your life? Have you been called to the wilderness? 
In a slightly different way, the theme of wilderness can be explored in terms of how God tends to work and “show up” ie. on the edges and the margins of life. So a different line of reflection could be:
  • Who are the voices calling to us today from the wilderness?
  • Who are the voices in the wilderness calling us to repentance (to turn your life around) and calling us to truth?
In this way, a sermon could focus on a particular “wilderness voice/witness”. It could be Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, or Ella Baker or Fannie Lou Hamer or even a community of witness.
  • Feb 18 / First Sunday in Lent
    • Texts: Mark 9:14-29  
    • Theme: “This kind can only come out through prayer”. Another story of healing in Mark’s gospel ends with this puzzling statement from Jesus and leaves us with many questions. One question we’re left with is, “what does prayer have to do with healing?” And what does it mean when we pray fervently for healing that doesn’t happen? These are difficult questions that we’ll wrestle with this morning.
Opportunities to Engage with Mission Partners
  • New Sanctuary Movement  General Assembly Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3pm. This is a great opportunity to connect with other members of NSM and participate in building campaigns. There is also an orientation for ally members who wish to know more about how to be supportive of NSM at 2:30. Hope to see you there!
  • The Interfaith Center has an Interfaith Ally Workshop coming up on February 11. Visit https://www.interfaithcenterpa.org/ally for more information and to register. 
  • Heeding God's Call is hosting an opening reception and fundraiser for a new art exhibit, "Soul Shots: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence. Click the image below for more information.

Important Dates
  • Feb 4 - G(reet)E(at)M(eet) Potluck - No Tab.Edu scheduled, 11:45 am
  • Feb 7 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room 
  • Feb 11 - Tab. Edu,  Sermon Discussion. Join Pastor Katie for a discussion on healing and the Gospel of Mark
  • Feb 13 - Council Meeting, 6:45pm
  • Feb 14 - Ash Wednesday, 6pm dinner, 7pm service.
  • Feb 18 - Tab.Edu, OneBookOnePhiladelphia Discussion of Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson 
  • Feb 19-May 15 - Pastor Katie on parental leave
  • Feb 21 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Feb 25 - Tab.Edu, Kick-off of Lenten series conversations, 11:45am
  • Feb 26 - Submission Deadline for February Newsletter

Tab.edu: February 2018

FEBRUARY 4: G(reet)E(at)M(eet) Monthly Potluck – No Tab.edu scheduled.

FEBRUARY 11: Sermon Discussion -Join Pastor Katie for a discussion on healing and the Gospel of Mark. 

FEBRUARY 18: OneBookOnePhiladelphia Discussion of ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson - Connect with other readers of this year’s city-wide novel, led by Free Librarian Deb Ahrens.  Another Brooklyn is a coming-of-age story set in 1970’s Bushwick that explores home, memory, loss, and friendship. Free copies of the book are in the community room mailbox area. 

FEBRUARY 25: Details to follow.  Kick-off
 of Lenten series conversations.

More details will be available in your bulletin throughout the month of February. Tab. edu meets from around 11:45am-1pm. If you have ideas or suggestions for future Tab.edu sessions or series, please contact Deb Ahrens


February Service & Bulletin Roles
 

February Supporting Roles
 


February Communion Rotations
 

Tabernacle Church  Staff

Ministers ……………..........................................................................................................................TAB congregation
Pastor ………...….....................................................................................………......…..……………...........Katie Aikins
Minister of Music …...............................................................................………….........…........Pax Ressler (they/them)
Nursery Caregiver ……...................................................................................……………………………….Lisa Jacobs
Office Manager….................................................................................…..........……………....….............. Chelle Bruhn
Sexton ……………………..................................................................................................…………….. Patrick O’Brien

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