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On Pastor Katie's Mind...

Hi Tab,

I am looking forward to the month of October and not just because it is the month of my birth! October is also stewardship season at Tab when we renew our commitments to serve God by offering our time and talents to build up our community. So we will be asking you in the coming weeks to think about ways you feel called to serve among us. We hope you take that call seriously and pray about it because we need each other in order to foster a compassionate and justice-seeking community.

In our worship services during stewardship, we will be venturing out into deeper waters yet again. We will consider our call to stewardship as it relates to God’s creation and non-human forms of life. Evolutionary biologist, Stephen Jay Gould said, “We won’t fight to save what we haven’t learned to love.” The climate crisis and the devastation it is already wreaking, especially upon poor communities all across our world, demonstrates how we have failed to love not only our human siblings, but the air, soil, trees, plants, animals, and water that we all depend upon for life. Through our worship, we want to learn (perhaps re-learn) to see our connectivity to non-human forms of life. We want worship to be a time of re-orientation to another worldview, one that is centered on the reign of God and our kinship to all of God’s creation. A devastating product of white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy* is in teaching us to believe we are disconnected from other people and all life forms. Kinship to non-human life is inherent in indigenous and non-western spiritualities. We want our worship services to be informed by the witness of non-human life and by indigenous spirituality and then ask how this wisdom is calling us as people to deeper connectivity, reverence, and solidarity with God’s creation. And so we hope to see you in October as we venture out into deeper waters again. 

As I approach my 39th birthday and look forward to celebrating 7 years at Tab (in February of 2020!), I find myself filled with gratitude to God for gifting me with such a vibrant, justice-loving, funny, and beautiful community to serve. My love for you has deepened over these years. And I want you to know that I am truly excited about renewing my commitment to minister alongside you this year.  

In Peace,
Pastor Katie 



*cisheteropatriarchy: In its wider definition, patriarchy is the manifestation and institutionalization of male dominance over women and children in the family and the extension of male dominance over girls, women, and gender nonconforming people in society in general. Patriarchy is deeply connected with cissexism and heterosexism through the perpetuation and enforcement of the gender binary. 
From www.theantioppressionnetwork.com

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 an 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!

Stewardship 2019: Live in a New Way

October 6—Theme: Earth
Texts: Leviticus 25:1-19 & Psalm 24:1-2 

Focus on land and soil. Our history may be one of separation from land and natural rhythms of the land, the forced labor of the land. What it would mean to take sabbath seriously for the land?

October 13—Theme: Air
Texts: Revelation 22:1-6 & TBD

Focus on trees in relationship to air: The life-giving nature of trees, what gifts trees give to humans, our kinship to trees, what trees do to clean our air.
    
October 20—Theme: Water  
Texts: Jeremiah 8:18-23  & TBD 

Focus on water in form of glaciers and oceans. What life do glaciers sustain? Connecting with the sorrow of melting ice. Can we rise as people to action, even as the waters rise? 

October 27—Theme: Animals      
Texts: Psalm 148  & TBD                                         

Focus on birds and fish as kin to us. Even animals praise Yahweh (Psalm 148). The necessity of animals who we don’t find “useful” or even beautiful. 

Nov. 3  (All Saints Sunday)—Theme: Ancestors/Spirit  
Welcome Guest Preacher: Chantelle Todman Moore

Chantelle Todman is the co-founder of unlock Ngenuity a consulting, research and coaching business, where she practices co-creating pathways for liberation both individually and collectively. Chantelle is an Anabaptist, Caribbean, afro-latinx contemplative and uses she/her/hers pronouns. She talks a lot about embracing and celebrating ALL people as Divine image-bearers, seeking justice as a mandate, the conundrum of the church and being moved to act by love. The sandy soil of Miami is where she was grown but now you can find her growing food and community in Northeast Philadelphia with her family. Chantelle Todman will be wrapping up our sermon series for the stewardship season, and will be preaching on All Saints Sunday, November 3.                                           

What's Happening at Tab...

October-December Rotation is Available.  The 4th quarter rotation is done! It will be posted on the bulletin board outside the community room, and online here: bit.ly/TABrotation.  If you'd like a PDF copy, please email Chelle

Bible Study. The Bible Study group will meet next on October 2 & 16 to study the texts below. Meetings are 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the community room. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Katie Aikins.

  • October 2: Leviticus 25:1-19 & Psalm 24:1-2.

Reflection Questions: What would it mean to take the sabbath seriously for the land? What could it have meant in our nation's history?

  • October 16: Jeremiah 8:18-23 & Psalm 148

Reflection Questions: What is the role of lament in this time of climate crisis? And what, conversely, is the role of praise?

Prayer on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays this fall. Would you like to cultivate a more intentional practice of prayer in your life? Join us from 6-6:45pm to pray on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month. If you are new to prayer, if you have questions about it, are not sure how to pray or what we do when we pray, then please join us. Upcoming times for prayer are Oct 9th and Oct 23, 6-6:45pm. Contact Pastor Katie with questions.  

Important Dates
  • Oct 2 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Oct 6 - G(reet)E(at)M(eet) Monthly Potluck– No Tab.Edu scheduled.
  • Oct 9 - Cultivating Friendship With God: Prayer Gathering, 6pm in Tab Community Room
  • Oct 12 - Philadelphia Family Pride Conference, 9am-3pm
  • Oct 13 - Tab.edu, Environmental Action Team discussion, 11:45 am
  • Oct 13 - Outfest Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • Oct 16 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Oct 20 - Tab.edu, Rethinking and Renaming “Mission” Giving, 11:45 am
  • Oct 23 - Cultivating Friendship With God: Prayer Gathering, 6pm in Tab Community Room
  • Oct 27 - Tab.edu, Environmental Action Team discussion, 11:45 am
Tab.edu - October 2019
 
October 6:Gg(reet)E(at)M(eet) Monthly Potluck– No Tab.Edu scheduled.

October 13: Eloise Chevrier of the Environmental Action Team (EAT) will lead a discussion on articles related to climate change and environmental justice. Articles will be made available in advance for those who are interested in joining the discussion.

October 20: Rethinking and Renaming “Mission” Giving. Tab Council members Chris Purdom and Megan Gibson will be reviewing the discernment process Council went through to decide how they are going to select the community partners Tab will be funding going forward, and what that selection process will look like for the first year.  The process will be evaluated and revised every two years, and Council looks forward to congregational input, feedback, and recommendations for partners.

October 27:  Eloise Chevrier of the Environmental Action Team (EAT) will lead a second discussion on articles related to climate change and environmental justice. 
 
Tab.Edu questions/concerns: tabernacleunited@gmail.com
October Service & Bulletin Roles


October Supporting Roles
 


October Communion Rotations
 

Tabernacle Church  Staff

Ministers ……………......................................................................................................TAB congregation
Pastor ………...…..............................................…..……….......................................Katie Aikins (she/her)
Minister of Music ….......................................................……..….........…........Pax Ressler (they/them)
Sunday School Teacher...............................................................................Nathalie Cerin (she/her) 

Nursery Caregiver …….............................................................…………………….Lisa Jacobs (she/her)
Office Manager .....................................................................…..........….............. Chelle Bruhn (she/her)
Sexton …………………….........................................................................……….. Patrick O’Brien (he/him)

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