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Worship Themes for The Season of Epiphany

Jan. 22

Texts:Psalm 27:1, 4-9& Matthew 4:12-23



The Jesus Agenda
In some ways the gospel lesson today couldn’t be any simpler. And yet as often is the case, the lesson sure is hard to put into practice. Jesus says to the brothers Simon, Peter and Andrew: Follow me. Leave your nets. Fish for people. This just about sums it up. The question to us is, will we follow? And what will we need to leave behind? Following Jesus means committing ourselves to an alternative agenda, the Jesus agenda. In the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, we are going to commit ourselves to Jesus’ counter-agenda. Are you in?


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Jim Gerhard
Children's Time: Nicole Diroff
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters: Michael James & Ann Whiting
Coffee Hour: Barbara & Chris Purdom
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Geneva Butz
Taking Recycling: Katie Aikins
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Verona Stern


Jan. 29

Texts:Psalm 27:1, 4-9& Matthew 4:12-23




Preaching: Nickolas O'Rourke
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: N/A
Quote: Chris Purdom
Greeters: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour: Angela Kent & Mike Ehling
Counting Offering: Lucinda Megill Legendre & Lynn Lees
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard


Feb. 5

Texts:Matthew 5:13-20& Isaiah 58:1-12



“Shout out and don’t hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!” This is what the prophet Isaiah imagines the people doing as they live more fully into the reign of justice. The fast that God chooses, Isaiah says, “is to loose the bonds of injustice, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke...to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your home.” Jesus preaches as if he has studied and embodied this text from Isaiah. Like Isaiah, Jesus calls us to choose a kind of justice that exceeds the status-quo, “letter-of-the-law” justice. What kind of justice will we choose? How can we shout out and not hold back in these times?


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Barbara Purdom
Children's Time: Martha Gritter
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: N/A
Quote: Deb Ahren
Greeters: Ken & Martha Gritter
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Susan Pierce
Counting Offering: Angela Kent & Deb Ahrens
Taking Recycling: Deb Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Anna Demaree
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Jean Erb
Setting Up & Serving: Todd Koser
Cleaning Up & Serving: Susan Wargo
Picking Up Bread: Anna Demaree




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PASTOR'S NOTES

Joining the Resistance: The First 100 Days

When the church has been most faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout history, it has been a church at odds with the Empire. When the early Christians proclaimed “Jesus is Lord” they were making a spiritual claim. They were also making a deeply political claim. “Jesus is Lord” means Caesar is not! “Jesus is Lord” means Herod is not! “Jesus is Lord” was a courageous and bold proclamation which moved people to do things that the Empire did not believe in doing: welcome refugees and strangers, feed the poor, cloth the naked, set prisoners free.

It is no different today. If the church is to be faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ today, we will inevitably be at odds with the Empire and its ways. There is just no way around it.

We are nearing the time of a new presidency when "Emperor" Trump’s agenda will be unfolded before our eyes. The one who used misogyny, racism, and greed for his own advancement and built his campaign around a vow to build a wall to keep out foreigners, will soon take the seat of the President of the United States.

The people most subject to violence, harassment, prejudice and poverty are under attack.

Though it has always been a good and right time for the church to take a stand, we need to renew our commitment to take a stand now! Can we proclaim “Jesus is Lord” today? What will it mean for us?

I was inspired when I read a short article by Rev. Cory Sanders, a Baptist minister, who is calling his church community to “join the resistance” and commit to a 100 day counter-agenda for the church. After reading his article, I thought to myself, Tab is gonna’ do this too! We are going to join the resistance and call for a 100 day counter-agenda for the church. During the first 100 days of the Trump presidency we are going to worship, work and witness to a counter-movement. It is the counter-movement of God’s reign. During these 100 days we will commit to being vigilant, to staying awake. We will be prayerful, we will practice our faith by deepening our spiritual practices, strengthening our relationships and support of one another, stepping out to offer welcome and hospitality to others who feel most threatened, and engaging in bold political action. We will point to the world as it ought-to-be (God’s reign) not as-it-is, nor as the Trump administration will call for it to be.

Tabernacle!! Are you in?

Here are some of our initial plans (more details to come in the coming weeks):

Saturday, Jan. 21:

*The Women’s March on D.C and on Philadelphia is January 21. Tab folks will be going to both!

*We will kick-off the 100 days on this evening with the amazing Asha Lindsey in concert at Tabernacle,7 pm. Her concert entitled “Black Joy as Resistance” will get us fired up! You don’t want to miss this. Details to come. Mark your calendars and plan to bring friends!

Sunday January 22:

Official kick-off the 100 Day Resistance in worship at Tab. Join us at 10am!

The 100 days will then take us through the season of Epiphany, Lent, Easter Sunday and two Sundays after Easter. We will be exploring themes of sanctuary (Epiphany), anti-racism and reparations (Lent) and Resurrection-as-resistance (Easter) in worship. We will conclude the season with a “Sing-Off” worship service and a Block Party in the late spring!

Every week we will put out an invitation for you to join the church (and the resistance) in the following ways:

1. Worship with us on Sunday mornings! Every Sunday at 10am we will be gathering together to worship and draw strength from the God of Liberation.

2. Deepen your connections with the Tab community – we will offer weekly opportunities to engage with the community through prayer, study, conversation, or just hanging out.

3. Take action – we will offer weekly opportunities to take political action and to serve through practicing welcome and hospitality.

4. Share! We will be encouraging you to share about what you’re doing in your life or with the church in the work of resistance. Use the hashtag #100daysofresistance and share with us about what you’re doing.

Let’s stay strong together in love in this new season.

In hope and peace,

Pastor Katie




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Worship Theme for MLK Sunday

Jan. 15

Texts:Luke 11:5-8



"Knock at Midnight"
In celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Meagan McLeod will preach a sermon based on Dr. King's "A Knock at Midnight".

Preaching: Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters: Andy & Lynn Lees
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Ginny Rice
Counting Offering: Ken & Martha Gritter
Taking Recycling: Andy Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh




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Worship Theme for Epiphany Sunday

Jan. 8

Texts:Isaiah 60:1-6& Matthew 2:1-18



When God is a Star
Today is Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany means “divine revelation”, a time when God’s divine purpose is revealed in some way. Today we will hear the story of Epiphany from Matthew’s gospel, and how God used a star to reveal God’s purposes to the magi. Epiphanies can be powerful and challenging, because though they reveal a path for us to follow, it’s not necessarily an easy path. It may mean taking risks and a willingness to lose our comfort.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Todd Koser
Children's Time: Don Wargo
Sunday School: Trudy Kawal
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Susan Wargo
Greeters: Susan Wargo & Deb Ahrens
Coffee Hour: Verona Stern & Susan Teegen
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Susan Teegen
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Anna Demaree




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New Year's Day Worship

Jan. 1

Texts:Psalm 80& Matthew 25:31-46




Our sermon time today will be discussion based. We will look at the powerful text from Matthew’s gospel and reflect on how our commitments for the New Year might be shaped in light of this text. What is the Spirit calling us into individually and corporately in the coming year? May our hearts be open to God’s calling!


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Russell Baldwin
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara- Huff
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeters: Deb Ahrens & Katrina Culley
Coffee Hour: N/A & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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Christmas Day Worship Service

Dec. 25 / CHRISTMAS DAY

Texts:TBA





Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Heather Bargeron
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote: Deb Burnham
Greeters: Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Mike Ehling & Martha Gritter
Counting Offering: Jean Erb & Jim Thacker
Taking Recycling: Deb Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: N/A




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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Dec. 24 /Christmas Eve

Join us on Christmas Eve for our annual Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at 6:30 pm.




Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Pauline Abernathy
Children's Time: Ken Gritter
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Katie Aikins
Greeters: Ken & Martha Gritter
Coffee Hour: N/A
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: N/A
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: N/A




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Worship Themes for Advent 4

Dec. 18 / Advent 4

Texts:Psalm 80:1-7,17-19& Matthew 2:1-15


Jesus, A Refugee
Everything we read in Scripture is in a political and religious context. What we notice in our reading today is that Jesus was born in the midst of an incredibly hostile political climate. The Empire looms large; it threatens and kills. It is within this context that the parents of Jesus became political refugees, fleeing for their lives. As we light the candle of love today, we will wonder: where is Christ a refugee today? How can we welcome the Christ child in our world?



Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Russell Baldwin
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara- Huff
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeters: Deb Ahrens & Katrina Culley
Coffee Hour: N/A & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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First Quarter Rotation Schedule

The rotation schedule for the FIRST quarter of 2017 is now available:

FIRST QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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December Newsletter

The December newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

(Includes the list of newsletters, blog links and the calendar)

Just the December newsletter.

A printable version of the December newsletter.




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Worship Theme for Advent 3

Dec. 11 / Advent 3

Texts:Luke 1:46b-55& Matthew 1:18-25


Heather Bargeron will be preaching for us today on the third Sunday of Advent. She will share with us about the radical nature of God’s incarnation - the coming of Christ, born in a barn, to poor parents, in the midst of hostility and danger. Join us today as we light the candle of joy and reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Heather Bargeron
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Eloise Chevrier
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Trudy Kawal
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara- Huff
Quote: Susan Wargo
Greeters: Susan Teegen & Jaron Teegen Case
Coffee Hour: Lynn & Andy Lees
Counting Offering: Susan Teegen & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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Worship Themes for Advent 2

Dec.4 / Advent 2

Texts:Isaiah 11:1-10& Luke 1:26-33, 46-47


On the second Sunday in Advent our service will be intergenerational, and we invite the children to come forward for the sermon time. Lucinda Megill Legendre will lead us in a time of story-telling with the children about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, using the format from our Young Children in Worship curriculum. People of all ages can engage in the worship service. Join us today as we light the candle of peace and reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Eloise Chevrier
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote: Sarah Hill
Greeters:Lauren Giaconne & Deb Ahrens
Coffee Hour: Susan Teegen & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Todd Koser & Jim Gerhard
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Susan Wargo
Setting Up & Serving: Deb Burnham
Cleaning Up & Serving: Todd Koser
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley




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Worship Theme for Advent 1

Nov. 27 / Advent 1

Texts:Romans 13:11-14& Matthew 1:1-17


Who are Jesus’ People?

Usually we skip over Matthew’s long genealogy in the beginning of his gospel. But this season, on the first of Advent we are going to read it together! We will reflect on the question, Who are Jesus’ people? Why does Matthew want to include names of “nobodies” and women in the list? This is most unusual. What might Matthew being telling us about God’s purposes in including these names in the family line of Jesus? Join us today as we light the candle of hope and begin to reflect on our role in welcoming the Christ child into our world.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Heather Bargeron
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Katherine Huseman
Greeters:Geneva Butz & Verona Stern
Coffee Hour: Lucy Miller & Russ Baldwin
Counting Offering: Russ Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Heather Bargeron
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Verona Stern




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November Newsletter

The November newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

(Includes the list of newsletters, the blog and the calendar)

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Worship Themes for November

November 6
Texts:Deuteronomy 6:4-15& Matthew 6:19-21

(Ref. Psalm 86:11)
Our seventh (and final!) deadly sin to explore is Greed. As the reading from Deuteronomy suggests, having plenty brings with it the temptation to forget the giver. It also brings with it the temptation to keep more than we need for ourselves. Who among us has not wrestled with greed? We all have. This deadly sin can find its way into our hearts, and can even take hold of us in some destructive ways. Today we will look at greed, how it's roots are nurtured in fear, and then reflect on the power of generosity to help us move out of greed.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Trudy Kawal
A/V Tech:Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Chris Purdom
Greeters:Mike Ehling & Lauren Giaconne
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Mike Ehling & Chris Purdom
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Jean Erb
Setting Up & Serving: Susann Wargo
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ginny Rice
Picking Up Bread: Lee Pugh

November 13
Texts:Psalm 24& Deuteronomy 8:11-19

(Ref. Psalm 86:11)
Today is Stewardship Sunday! We will continue our focus on the theme of generosity and gratitude and how both of these powerful virtues can help us fight our battles with the deadly sin of greed. Since money is such an idol in our country, it is good to spend more than one Sunday talking about it! So we conclude our series today on the seven deadly sins reflecting again on God’s call on our lives to be attentive to our hearts and those things that are standing in the way of our ability to love.

Preaching: TBA
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Chris Purdom
Children's Time: Pauline Abernathy
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Andy & Lynn Lees
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Counting Offering: Andy Lees & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Deb Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Barbara Purdom

November 20
Texts:Jeremiah 23:1-6& Colossians 1:11-20

(Ref. Luke 23:33-43)

The United States has a new President. Emotions may still be high since the election. We are wondering what is going to happen and what kind of country we are going to become. Today is the Sunday before Advent begins and in the Christian calendar it is called “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday. It is a time to reflect on our allegiance to Christ above any other allegiances we might have. Is Jesus really the One we want to follow? Is this the One we want as President of our lives? If the answer is yes, then what will happen to us? What kind of people will we become?

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Katherine Huseman
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour:Ginny Rice & Jim Gerhard
Counting Offering: Ginny Rice & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard



November 27

TBA




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October Newsletter

The October newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

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Worship Themes for October

October 2
Texts:Philippians 3:17-21& Mark 4:1-4


“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”
The third sin we will look at is Gluttony. Like many of the vices, gluttony has been misunderstood and oversimplified. Perhaps the simplest thing to say about gluttony is that it is about a focus on one’s own excessive pleasure. Pleasure is not a bad thing, in fact pleasure is a wonderful gift. It is when a gift is misused, when it turns into greed, that it can become a destructive force. The virtue of “temperance” is then about practicing limitations for the sake of our own good, and the good of our neighbor...and even our earth and the rest of creation.

Preaching: Lauren Giaconne
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Susan Wargo
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech:Peter Mowen
Quote:Heather Bargeron
Greeters:Barbara Tilley & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Katrina & Jessica Culley
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Donald Wargo
Taking Recycling: Katie Aikins
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Nicole Diroff
Setting Up & Serving: Sarah Hill
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ken Gritter
Picking Up Bread: Mark Rader

October 9
Texts:Psalm 42:1-5& Matthew 11:28-30



The fourth deadly sin - SLOTH – suggests laziness. But this is not accurate. The desert fathers and mothers used a better word: acedia. Acedia means “lack of care” and so it is closer to the word apathy. Acedia can manifest itself as a restless boredom that can make us hate our jobs, or our marriage, which then leads to our attempt to fill our boredom with solutions that may leave us feeling the same – empty. Acedia can stem from exhaustion, it can also stem from searching for meaning in life from things that do not give ultimate meaning.



Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Trudy K.
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Peter Mowen
Coffee Hour: Charlene & Vic Compher
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Mike Ehling
Taking Recycling: Lynn Lees
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice

October 16
Texts:James 1:19-21& Ephesians 4:26-27


*Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod preaching on fifth Sin: Wrath and the virtue of Forgiveness
"Righteous Anger Needed"

Preaching: Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Mike Ehling
Liturgist: Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Sarah Hill & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour:Mike Ehling & Jean Erb
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Jean Erb
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard



October 23

Texts:Matthew 5:27-30& Song of Songs 1:1-5, 2:1-7, 7:6-7& I Corinthians 13


The sixth sin might raise some eyebrows: Lust. If we are going to talk about lust, we have to talk about sex! Can we talk about this in church, please? Why is it so taboo to talk about in church? Both our culture and our churches send mixed (and yes often wrong and shaming) messages about sex. If God created sex and pleasure as gift, we need to be able to talk about it particularly within the gospel framework of seeking love and joy.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Dick Fernandez
Children's Time: Eloise Chevrier
Sunday School: Verona Stern
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Susan Pierce
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Ken Gritter
Counting Offering: Geneva Butz & Megan Gibson
Taking Recycling: Verona Stern
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader



October 30
Texts:Luke 19:1-10& Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4


*Susan Wargo preaching
The world is full of injustice, violence, hate and greed. It is many times difficult to find good news. And where is God in all this injustice, violence, hate and greed?
As people of God, how do we live through these times?


Preaching: Susan Wargo
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Lauren Giaccone
Children's Time: Deb Burnham
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Sarah Hill
Greeters:Deborah Ahrens & Jim Gerhard
Coffee Hour: Mike Ehling & Chris Purdom
Counting Offering: Sarah Hill & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling: Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh




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FOURTH QUARTER ROTATIONS

The rotation schedule for the FOURTH quarter of 2016 is now available:

FOURTH QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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September Newsletter

The September newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

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Worship Themes for September

September 4
Texts:Deuteronomy 6:4-9& Romans 7:14-25




Today we will introduce our fall theme “Cultivating Wholy Habits”. Often it is what we do that demonstrates what we love. This means that sometimes what we think we love isn’t necessarily what we actually love. And this can be a startling discovery! It is good to slow down and pay attention to how our heart is being trained to love and not to love.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Heather Bargeron
Greeters:Mark Rader & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Jim Thacker & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Sarah Hill & Deb Ahrens
Taking Recycling: Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Susan Teegan
Setting Up & Serving: Sarah Hill
Cleaning Up & Serving: Jessica Culley
Picking Up Bread: Mark Rader

September 11
Texts:Genesis 4:1-8& Galatians 5:16-6:5




ENVY is the first deadly sin we’ll explore in our series. What is envy? It is feeling bitter when others have it better. To be envious means we have to play the comparison game. Joseph Epstein said “of all the deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all”. How does envy manifest itself in us? Does our materialistic culture depend on envy as a marketing tool? Has facebook and other social media opened up new pathways for unchecked envy?


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Mark Rader
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: Lucinda Megill Legendre
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Mike Ehling
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Deborah Ahrens & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh


September 18

Texts:II Kings 4:8-37& Matthew 11:1-6,11-15,28-29



Jesus speaks plainly—the reign of God exists in a world of violence, death, and loss. This reality calls forth a little-remembered Scriptural story about a woman who built a holy room—and then faces death and must decide what to do with that death. This is a meditation on how loss and grief can make us more authentic, stronger bearers of the good news.

Author of The Soulmaking Room, Dee Dee Risher preaching

Preaching: Dee Dee Risher
Prayers: Susan Wargo
Liturgist: Susan Wargo
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Dick Fernandez
Greeters:Geneva Butz & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling: Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader


September 25
Texts:I John 2:15-16&Philippians 2:1-11


VAINGLORY is our second deadly sin. Vainglory comes from the greek word “kenodoxia” meaning “empty glory”. It is not a term we use often, but we are very familiar with this vice in our lives! It is the excessive and disordered desire for recognition and approval from others. Instead of seeking excellence, vainglory seeks whatever will give the greatest public applause. Does this seem like something we might struggle with? And what is the glory or greatness that the gospel calls us to seek instead?



Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Lynn Lees
Children's Time: Nicole Diroff
Sunday School: Geneva Butz
A/V Tech: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Quote:Susan Wargo
Greeters:Charlene & Vic Compher
Coffee Hour: Katrina Culley & Geneva Butz
Counting Offering: Ken Gritter & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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August Newsletter

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Worship Themes for August

August 7
Texts: Hebrew 11:1-3,8-16



What is faith? The writer of Hebrews says that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Abraham – by faith—went out not knowing where he was going. Sarah—by faith—was able to bear a child though she was barren and past child-bearing age. Faith is seeing the promise in front of you and living into it, even though you may in fact never experience the promise fulfilled. The writer of Hebrews has much to say about the nature of faith and what it looks like for us to be people of faith. We will be exploring the meaning of faith and some of the key passages in Hebrews during the month of August.


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Angela Kent
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Todd Koser
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Barbara Purdom & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Verona Stern
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Barbara Purdom
Co-Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins & Nicole Diroff
Setting Up & Serving: Todd Koser
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ginny Rice
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley

August 14
Texts:Jeremiah 23:23-29&Luke 12:49-56&Hebrew 11:29-12:2



Living in times of tension, reading the signs of the times... "Peace is not merely the absence of tension, but the presence of justice." -Dr. King

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Jean Erb
Children's Time: Susan Pierce
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote:Katrina Culley
Greeters:Russ Baldwin & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Deb Ahrens & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh



August 21

Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10


Second Reading: Lyrics from "On Children" by Sweet Honey in the Rock

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

What Parenthood has Taught me about the Divine
With thanks to the Tab Community for accompanying me over the past two-and-a-half years as I've been a new mom, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the things parenthood has taught me about the divine.

Preaching: Nicole Diroff
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Todd Koser
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Deborah Ahrens & Katrina Culley
Coffee Hour: Ken Gritter & Martha Gritter
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling:Jim Thacker
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard


August 28
Texts: Hebrew 13:1-8,15-16



What is faith? Faith is mutual love. Faith is showing hospitality to strangers. Faith is remembering those in prison as though you were in prison with them. Faith is keeping your lives free from the love of money and resisting the temptation to live in fear. Wait, what? This all sounds like action more than believing! That’s right: According to Hebrews, faith is only ever faith when it is faith-in-action. If the writer of Hebrews were posting on social media today, you might see something like #faithinaction! #faithwithoutworksisdead!

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Liturgist: Russell Baldwin
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Deborah Ahrens
Greeters:Nicole Diroff & Deb Ahrens
Coffee Hour:Lucy Miller & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Jim Gerhard & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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July Newsletter

The July newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

(Includes the list of newsletters, the blog and the calendar)

Just the July newsletter.

A printable version of the July newsletter.




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Worship Themes for July

July 10
Texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14 & Luke 10:25-37



God has not set the bar too high for us and indeed God is very near to us: “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (Deut. 30:14). What does it mean to have the word near to us especially as we hear again today the sometimes trivialized story of the Good Samaritan? It is a story as scathing as a prophet would tell; a story about caring for the needs and the wounds of an enemy.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Pauline Abernathy
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote:Deb Burnham
Greeters:Ginny & John Rice
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Russell Baldwin
Counting Offering: Deb Burnham & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh


July 17
Texts: Genesis 18:1-10a & Luke 10:38-42



Many have called Abraham a "friend of strangers," philoxena, because of the kindness he and Sarah offered to strangers. More than just letting these strangers use the toilet, they go out of their way to offer hospitality! In a different story, Mary and Martha offer hospitality to Jesus. Martha serves the community. Mary sits and listens to Jesus. Both are necessary for us to do.

Preaching:Katie Aikins
Prayers: Mike Ehling
Liturgist:Deb Burnham
Children's Time: Pauline Abernathy
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Katrina Culley
Quote:Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Jessica Culley & Lucinda Megill Legendre
Coffee Hour: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Angela Kent
Taking Recycling:Sarah Hill
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Mark Rader

July 24
Texts: Matthew 28:1-10 & Ephesians 3:14-21


We know that reaching out, being present, and working for love in our world is our mission. However, we also know that it is not easy--it can be draining and frustrating. It can feel like being blown around in a hurricane. God's word helps give us a how-to, best summarized by singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, "We can dance in a hurricane, but only if we're standing in the eye." In worship and fellowship we root ourselves in love; we stand in the eye of God's strength that brings freedom and tells us not to be afraid.

Preaching: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Prayers: Heather Bargeron
Liturgist: Geneva Butz
Children's Time: Todd Koser
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote:Katie Aikins
Greeters:Charlene & Vic Compher
Coffee Hour: Katrina Culley & Geneva Butz
Counting Offering: Ken Gritter & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling:Geneva Butz
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard

July 31
Texts: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14 & Ecclesiastes 2:18-23 & Luke 12:13-21



We constantly forget what is truly valuable. We forget that the barns we build may eventually be burned or torn down. Despite the fact that the writer of Ecclesiastes may be just about the most depressing voice in the Bible, perhaps it’s not a bad idea to heed the warning that our striving can become damaging and “perfectly pointless” (Eccl 1:2 – Common English Bible).


Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Barbara Purdom
Liturgist: Meagan McLeod
Children's Time: Ken Gritter
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Peter Mowen
Quote:Sarah Hill
Greeters:Jim Thacker & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour: Charlene & Vic Compher
Counting Offering: Chris Purdom & Ginny Rice
Taking Recycling:Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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Worship Theme for July 3

July 3 / Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Luke 10:1-11 & Galatians 6:1-16


Today we will reflect on Paul’s powerful words in Galatians: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.”

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Fletcher Chmara-Huff
Liturgist: Heather Bargeron
Children's Time: Deb Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote:Pauline Abernathy
Greeters:Mark Rader & Jessica Culley
Coffee Hour: Jim Thacker & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Pauline Abernathy & Deb Ahrens
Taking Recycling:Barbara Purdom
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Deb Burnham
Officiating Communion: Katie Aikins
Setting Up & Serving: Jim Thacker
Cleaning Up & Serving: Ken Gritter
Picking Up Bread: Lee Pugh




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Worship Theme for June 26

June 26 / Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary Texts: Genesis 1:1-3 & Matthew 12:33-37


Dismantling Evil in a Beautiful World

Preaching: Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Deborah Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters:Deb Ahren
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Mike Ehling
Counting Offering: Deborah Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard




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Worship Themes for June 19th

June 19 / Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 21:1-10 & I Kings 21:11-21a


"Have You Sold Out?"

We will look at how the text compels us to examine abuse of political power, exploitation of the resources of the poor for the (usually arbitrary) benefit of the elite, and the kind of feudal/oppressive system that produces dysfunctional leaders, like Ahab and Jezebel. The Bible gives us the faith witness of Naboth, who refused to sell all he had to the highest bidder, even if the bidder was the king. He paid for that refusal with his life, and that kind of resolve, to hold precious what we have inherited -- our land, our families, our communities, our values -- is what is needed to withstand the current political environment, in which everything can be bought and sold.

Preaching: Naomi Leapheart
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Deborah Ahrens
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: (Summer Holiday Observed)
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeter(s): Jim Thacker
Coffee Hour: Martha Gritter & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice




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Third Quarter Rotations

The rotation schedule for the THIRD quarter of 2016 is now available:

THIRD QUARTER SCHEDULE (for letter-sized paper)




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June Newsletter

The June newsletter is on the news page of the website! Here are the links:

The News page.

(Includes the list of newsletters, the blog and the calendar)

Just the June newsletter.

A printable version of the June newsletter.




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Worship Themes for June

June 5 / Communion Sunday/ Third Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 17:8-16 & I Kings 17:17-24 (Reference Psalm 146)



The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

“The Lord hears the cry of the poor, blessed be the Lord” is the refrain in John Foley’s song based on Psalm 34. This refrain is the conviction of Elijah the prophet, whose story we share today. Elijah is convinced that God will hear the cry of the widow as she weeps over the death of her son. This faith is an audacious faith in a world where we would rather silence the cries of the poor and in so doing declare that their lives don’t matter.
Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Deb Burnham
Liturgist: Barbara Purdom
Children's Time: Katrina Culley
Sunday School: Geneva Butz & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Jessica Culley
Quote: Katie Aikins
Greeters: Deborah Ahrens & Chris Purdom
Hosting Church Potluck: Mike Ehling & Cord Briggs
Counting Offering: Jean Erb & Chris Page
Taking Recycling: Jim Gerhard
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Lee Pugh
Co-Officiating Communion: Nicole Diroff & Katie Aikins
Setting-Up & Serving: Russell Baldwin
Cleaning- Up & Serving: Jessica Culley
Picking Up Bread: Barbara Tilley
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June 12 / Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: Galatians 2:15-21 & Luke 7:36-8:3




It’s easier to come to the table with a list of our accomplishments and the things that we are proud of, rather than come to the table with our shame, embarrassment and vulnerability. We can look at Facebook posts to see this truth in action! But if we are looking for real transformation in our lives, we have to be willing to come to the table with vulnerability. And that's just plain difficult.

Preaching: Katie Aikins
Prayers: Katie Aikins
Liturgist: Ken Gritter
Children's Time: Katie Aikins
Sunday School: Nicole Diroff & Meagan McLeod
A/V Tech: Barbara Purdom
Quote: Heather Bargeron
Greeters: Katrina Culley & Heather Bargeron
Coffee Hour: Lucy Miller & Deb Ahrens
Counting Offering: Ginny Rice & Sarah Hill
Taking Recycling: Deborah Ahrens
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Jim Gerhard


June 19 / Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Texts: I Kings 21:1-10 & I Kings 21:11-21a


"Have You Sold Out?"

Preaching: Naomi Leapheart
Prayers: Chris Purdom
Liturgist: Deborah Ahrens
Children's Time: Jessica Culley
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Richard Kalwaic
Quote: Pauline Abernathy
Greeters: Jim Thacker & Cord Briggs
Coffee Hour: Jim Gerhard & Verona Stern
Counting Offering: Russell Baldwin & Ken Gritter
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Ginny Rice


June 26 / Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Lectionary Texts: II Kings 2:1-2 & Galatians 5:1, 13-25 & Luke 9:51-62


TBA

Preaching: Youth Pastor, Meagan McLeod
Prayers: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Liturgist: Ginny Rice
Children's Time: Deborah Ahrens
Sunday School: N/A
A/V Tech: Chris Purdom
Quote: Lucinda Megill Legendre
Greeters: Sarah Hill & Genienne Navarro
Coffee Hour: Martha Gritter & Genienne Navarro
Counting Offering: Deborah Ahrens & Deb Burnham
Taking Recycling: Ginny Rice
Taking Food Donations to Cathedral: Sarah Hill




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