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HELP US WRITE HOLIDAY CARDS FOR OUR FRIENDS IN PRISON. On Sunday, following our worship service, we will have cards available for each of the people we write to as part of Tab's Prison Ministry. We would love for you to add an encouraging note or quote to send along. Stop by the designated table in the Community Room after the worship service to participate.
PRAYER STARS DURING ADVENT. Throughout the season of Advent, you are invited to write out a prayer on a star and place it on the Christmas tree. Stars are provided at the end of the pews and on the table near the entry of the sanctuary. During the offertory every week, you may come forward and place your prayer star on the tree. And we will lift up our common prayers this season.
OFFERING FOR THE CLOTHING CLOSET. Help us provide basic winter necessities for folks who come to our clothing closet. Please bring items as you are able and place them in the baskets or manger at the front of the sanctuary during the offering. We are in need of:
• Hats and gloves (no wool)
• Undergarments (t-shirts and underwear) size L, XL, and XXL
• Hoodies and sweatshirts size L, XL, and XXL
• New socks
• Coats (no wool)
ADVENT BIBLE STUDY. On Wednesdays in December we will be reflecting on the gospel readings from Matthew and from the prophet Isaiah, as assigned in the lectionary calendar. We will also be hearing Walter Brueggemann's reflections on those passages from his book "Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent". Join us for meaningful study, conversation and prayer in this season! We meet in the Community Room from 5:30-7pm. The readings for each Wednesday are:
• December 11: Matthew 11:2-11 & Isaiah 35:1-10
• December 18: Matthew 1:18-25 & Isaiah 7:10-16.
SANCTUARY DINNER. Those of you who were here this past Sunday may have had a chance to meet Oneita, Clive, and their son Timothy and daughter Christine. This family is currently in Sanctuary at FUMCOG (First United Methodist Church of Germantown) and came to visit us in worship. We were blessed by their presence with us. Oneita asked specifically that Tab be invited to their monthly fundraising dinner at the West Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church (4527 Haverford Ave). Details are below. Please feel very welcome to attend and support this family and their work to keep their home, and keep their family together. The next dinner will be Thursday, December 12th.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT PASTOR KATIE & HEATHER’S HOUSE (126 E. Cliveden Street in East Mount Airy) on Saturday, December 14th, 3-6pm. Stop over for a hot beverage and cookies and enjoy some time together. We may even sing some carols if the mood strikes! You're invited to bring a favorite holiday treat to share if you'd like. You also don't need to bring anything but yourself. Kids are welcome. Hope you can stop in for a bit. —Pastor Katie, Heather, and Oscar.
COMMUNITY MEAL. Tabernacle Church is holding a community meal on Saturday, December 21 from 1 to 3 pm. We want this meal to nourish everyone: our neighbors, who might be hungry and lonely, and ourselves, who might be hungry for connection with others and lonely in the midst of a crowded world. We want the difference between “neighbors” and “ourselves” to vanish as we share soup and bread.
Please join us on Saturday, December 21st from 1pm-3pm.
If you can help set-up, clean up or make soup for the event please sign up at bit.ly/communitymealvolunteer or on the bulletin board outside the community room.