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On Pastor Katie's Mind...

Hi Tab,

Summer is certainly upon us. July is here and the temperature outside is currently in the 90’s and humid. In light of this reality I am giving thanks that the first phase of the air conditioning project at Tab is complete and our Community Room and Nursery will be cool just in time for us to move downstairs for worship this summer. Thanks to your financial gifts to our Capital Campaign and thanks to gifts of time and talent from Barbara Purdom who has spearheaded the A/C project, as well as the entire Renovations Team, we are on our way to making the physical space at Tabernacle more hospitable. Thank you Tab for sharing your gifts in all these ways.

Over the last couple months, I’ve asked for input from you about the stirrings and longings that are on your heart. The idea has been to craft a summer sermon series based on your desires to “go deeper” (Tab’s theme for the year is “Come out into deeper waters”). I received 15 responses and I was able to categorize these into 4 different focus areas, though they certainly intersect in a variety of ways.  

Here’s how I broke up the categories:

1. Navigating difficult/challenging/brave conversations with people different from me/us.

Praying for enemies and those working against justice; Understanding across faith, or people with no faith; Conversations with people not like me, who hold very different beliefs; How to hold brave conversations regarding systemic oppression when not in a spiritual community

2. Environmental Justice / Creation Spirituality

How to have hope in the midst of climate change; Environmental justice - can we become a Creation Justice Church in the UCC; Fear of future and diminished life on the planet; Environmental justice, I want to go deeper

3. Prayer

I desire more contemplation/mediation; Moving from head to heart, how do I cultivate more contemplation in my life; What does it mean to pray without ceasing; Praying for enemies, those working against justice

4. Fear (x3)

Fear of the future and diminished life; Society and civilization as it is now, is ending. How then do we live; Exploring fear based on Howard Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited, both personal fears and societal fears.

Other areas of "tension" and feeling stuck: Longing for more chanting/music; How do I respond to folks on the street/homelessness; I want to be a part of justice work on a team at Tab, not just as an individual, I want to be a part of a meditation group at Tab, not just do it on my own (same individual as comment above)

I wanted to share these results with you so that you could get a sense for what is stirring in people’s hearts at Tab. And over the next months, we will try to find ways to wrestle with these longings and stirrings in our preaching and worship and small group opportunities.

Perhaps when looking at these four categories you are thinking “Yes, this is what is on my heart as well.” If so, drop me a note and let me know, so I know that you are resonating with one or more of these themes. Or perhaps when you look at this list you are thinking, “Something is on my heart that is not reflected in this list.” If that is the case, drop me a note as well and let me know what’s on your heart and what you might want to explore in greater depth as it relates to your faith and justice work journey.

In terms of a sermon series, we have decided to schedule this for the fall instead of the summer, when more folks will be in town. So, starting in September, we will kick off a sermon series focusing on environmental justice and our role at Tab in fighting for the life of our planet. The series will be in concert with the organizing work of Tab’s Environmental Action Team. So stay tuned for more.


Wishing you God’s peace and blessings in this season,

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 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!
Council Corner
 
At our June 18th Council meeting we enjoyed the new air conditioning that has been completely installed in our Community Room and nursery. It was lovely to experience the fruit of our work. The noise level is low so it will mean that we can worship in the Community Room this summer in a relatively cool and silent atmosphere.  Thanks to all who made this installation possible, especially Susan Wargo and Barbara Purdom, as well as our Capital Campaign contributors.
 
Among other items that we considered and adopted were:
  • A review of Pastor Katie’s new job description.
  • A proposal from the Environmental Action Team to enter a discernment period to consider if and in what way we might as a body become engaged, with impact, on our present environmental crisis which threatens the viability of life on earth. 
  • A report on the very positive reception we had at Philly’s Pride Parade on June 9th. Though some logistics need to be worked out in the future, it was a fun-filled and positive experience for the nearly 20 people involved from TAB.
  • A proposal from the Stewardship Committee that we move our reserve funds from the United Church’s “Beyond Fossil Fuel Fund” to Vanguard ESG Fund. Both funds have social filters that excluded fossil fuel stocks, liquidity, and a large broad-based mix of stocks that track a major stock index. The reason for the transfer is because the fees of United Church Fund are very high in comparison to Vanguard’s fees. It is estimated that TAB will save approximately $1,100 per year with Vanguard. 
  • A Review of our Mission Giving for 2019. We agreed to fund five categories of giving: LGBTQIA, racial justice, immigration, poverty/food insecurity, and environmental justice. Each category would receive $3,000 to be divided among several organizations. Discussion will continue at our July meeting with the hope of finalization of the grants and amounts in September.

July-September Rotation


The Rotation Creation is Underway! If you would prefer to be assigned to dates/roles in the July-September rotation, please send any blackout dates to the office as soon as possible. Also, if your interests have changed or you'd like to try out a new role, please let Chelle know that too!

If you prefer to sign up for dates/roles on your own (i.e. how we created the 2nd Quarter rotation) you can do so at this link: bit.ly/Q3rotation. If you sign up on your own, we'll assume you don't want to be assigned to any additional dates/roles, so please let Chelle know if that's not the case! 

As availability is less predictable over the summer, we've decided to simplify coffee hour. We will have snacks available, so hosts will only need to get the coffee started and set out those preordered snacks. Since it's a scaled down job, only one person needs to sign up for each week in July and August. 

Thanks so much to those who‘ve already signed up or sent dates, and to everyone for lending your time and talents to keep Tab going every week!

What's Happening at Tab...

Compost Conversation on Sunday.  Did you know that discarding your food scraps into landfill creates methane, a greenhouse gas more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide?  A super important thing you can do for the environment is composting your food waste, and the Environmental Action Team is here to help you!  Come today and bring your eats to our "compost conversation" table at coffee hour and share information, experiences, and questions about composting.  

New Weekly Announcements Email. In an effort to streamline communication about church events and important announcements, we'll be sending a weekly “round-up” email on Friday afternoons. This will include things like scripture and theme for Sunday worship, Tab.edu topics, any upcoming meetings or events at Tab, community events in the coming week, and more! The longer monthly newsletter will go out the last Friday of each month.  If you have announcements to include, please feel free to send them to Chelle by Friday 10am for the week you‘d like them shared. You can also use the form: www.bit.ly/tabunitedevents to let us know about any upcoming events.


Bible Study:  The Bible Study group will meet on July 17 & 31 to discuss the texts listed below.  We meet at 5:30 pm in the community room. 

  • July 17: Amos 8: 1-12; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42
  • July 31: Hosea 11:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21.
If you have any questions, please contact Jean Erb or Pastor Katie. Join us!

Missing! A small, yellow dinosaur who used to sit on Chelle's desk in the Tab office has disappeared! Investigators do not suspect foul play, but are asking the community to report any suspicious activity or information you might have regarding his whereabouts. Thank you!

Important Dates
  • Jun 30 - Worship moves downstairs for the summer!
  • Jun 30 - Compost Conversation with Environmental Action Team, following worship
  • Jul 17 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
  • Jul 31 - Bible Study, 5:30-7pm in Tab Community Room
Tab.edu - Summer Hiatus
 
HAPPY SUMMER, TAB FOLKS!  During the summer, Deb Ahrens will be working on EDU programming for autumn 2019 and beyond. Please feel free to bring any suggestions to her attention for future sessions: very much appreciated and needed for EDU to continue!
 
July Service & Bulletin Roles


July Supporting Roles
 


July 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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