Get Plugged In

"Live your life in a way that is worth telling stories about."  In doing this, be ready to step out your comfort zone and try something new.  We have many opportunities at Tabernacle.  Take a chance and join your church family in one of the following areas.

Lent Study

Draw the Circle:  The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson begins at 6:30 p.m. on March 14th and goes through April 11th.  Sign-up sheets are located outside the Fellowship Hall and the MPR.  This is a forty-day devotional aimed at helping us "experience a deeper, more passionate, persistent, and intimate prayer life.  The study is taught by Beth DiDonato.

 School Dressing Days – July 26th & July 27th

Due to the earlier School starting dates, School Dressing Days has been moved to July. The set up dates will be July 24th and July 25th with the event on July 26th and July 27th. More information will follow in the coming months. 


Vacation Bible School – June 24th – June 28th

Vacation Bible School 2019 will be June 24th through June 28th from 9:00 a.m. until Noon daily. Theme to be announced. It will be lots of fun. We're not lion! If you would be willing to help or lend a hand in ANY way, please let us know! This is one of the biggest ways we have to reach out to our community, and your help is what makes VBS such a huge success. Please see or contact Melissa Keylor at


Church Yard Sale – April 5th & April 6th

The Missions Committee will be sponsoring a Church Yard Sale. Proceeds will support our local and internations Missions. Volunteers needed starting on April 3rd. Donation drop-off times available starting April 3rd. (No Clothes). See flyers around the church for more information or contact Judy Schrader at 540-847-8243 or at


Book Club Starting February 10th

A new book club is starting.  This book club is based on the United Methodist Women 2019 Reading Program.  Our first meeting is on Sunday February 10th at 4:30 p.m. in Room 413.  At this meeting, you will learn details about the club to include:  the books to be read, how these books are chsen by the UMW, the dates/times of meetings, and other important information.  April 10 is the next meeting.  For questions, contact Sherri Stadtler at 540-548-1629 or


Youth Lent Activities

The Youth made Lent boxes and a 40 Day Challenge for the congregation.  Boxes are available for each family to use during the Lent season and are in the MPR.  There is a pamphlet included in each box to describe the items and how to use them.  Take one and enjoy over the Lent season..  Feel free to grab one for each person in your household.  You may use with your family or individually to focus on the meaning of Easter during this preparation time called Lent

The Youth Group would also like to challenge everyone to a 40 items in 40 days mission.  You remove one item from your closet you no longer wear or need and put it in a trash bag each day of Lent.  At the end of 40 days, donate these items to SECA or MICAH or any place that can share them with someone who can use them.  The Youth Group is supplying the trash bags.  These items will be on the table with the Lent boxes.


Mission Possible Kids (MPKids) is back!   MPKids is for kindergarten through 5th grade, come see what the new mission is. 


 Mission Partners

Would you like to help with Missions at Tabernacle but have limited time?  If so, you could become a Mission Partner and plug in when you are able.  There are many ongoing activities needed to keep Missions going.  Examples include making phone calls, packing zip lock bags with soaps and lotions for Micah, delivering donations to Micah or SECA, making informational posters for mission projects, helping to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at Tabernacle, designing or putting together displays, making announcements at worship services, and much more.  Mission help is needed throughout the year.


Volunteers Needed For SECA 

Volunteers are needed at SECA for approximately one hour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  SECA needs volunteers to pick up food at the Courtland Food Lion at 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and take it to SECA.  Choose a day and come and volunteer!  For more information or to volunteer, please call 540- 582-2465.


Worship Committee Invitation

The Worship Committee would like to extend an invitation to Tabernacle members who would like to share their talents in the following areas:  Communion Steward and Lay Reading at the Traditional services.  We are currently looking for those who would like to be Lay Readers.  On average, a Lay Reader takes part in four services a year and assists the Pastor in the opening of Worship Service.  We are in need of Lay Readers for the 11:00 a.m. Service for the month of September.  Please contact Donna Jones to volunteer or to find out more information.  540-207-5348 or fdesigns2000@icloud


Contemporary Service Volunteers

The Contemporary Service is in need of volunteers to be Greeters, Ushers, and Communion Servers.  Sign up sheets will be located by the entrance to the MPR.  You can sign up for just one Sunday or multiple Sundays.  We are also looking for volunteers to set up and take down coffee time for the Contemporary Service.  There will be a sign up sheet for those who are interested in helping with that.


An Opportunity to Serve Once a Year

You may have wondered who puts the bread and grape juice on the communion table for the 8:15 and 11:00 communion services.  There are twelve faithful communion stewards-one person for each month.  We currently need volunteers to fill upcoming vacancies.  If you have questions, please contact Janet Craig at 757-784-5354 or Margaret Kackley.


Micah Ministry

Tabernacle families continue to support feeding those who are struggling in our community.  Our next meal is Friday, March 15th.  We will be serving beef stew, garlic bread, salad and dessert.  If you can help with serving the meal, that's awsome!  The meal is served at Shiloh Baptist Church, 525 Princess Anne Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Sign-up sheets are located outside the Fellowship Hall, in the MPR.   If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact  Linda and Bob Dooley at 540-455-2850.    


Nursery Helpers Needed

If you are able to help in the nursery during any of the services as a backup to our regular workers, please stop in the nursert to sign up.  Please Note:  A background check is required.  Thank you!



Lay Reader.  Assist with Traditional Services.  Make announcements before the service and lead Affirmation of Faith and Prayer of Congregation as printed in the bulletin.  On the first Sunday of the month, assist with Communion. 

Greeters.  Assist with giving out bulletins, greeting individuals, seating individuals, and meeting visitors.  Give visitors Gift Bags and make sure they know where various areas, such as bathrooms and Fellowship Hall, are located.  For more information and questions, call Donna Jones at 540-207-5348 or email


The 4th Tuesday of each month, people from Tabernacle and Peace UMC go to Woodmont Nursing Facility from 10:00–10:45 a.m. to visit, have fellowship, sing hymns and have a short devotion. If you are interested in participating in this inspirational and personally uplifting ministry, please contact Amy King at (540)786-2419.


Communion for Shut-Ins
The 1st Sunday of each month take communion to shut-ins, people in the hospital, and those who are unable to attend church.  For more information, contact Susan Pleasants at (540)786-6162 or


Prayers and Squares Quilting
Each Wednesday and the second Saturday of the month, individuals make quilts for those who need prayer and healing.  This group meets from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Kim Wainwright at


 MOPS Kids Need You

Hey you . . . yes you!  Are you good with kids that are younger?  Do you love babies?  Can you spare 3 hours a month to provide a much needed service?  Do you like chocolate?  Well, do I have a place for you!  MOPS is in need of volunteers for childcare.  It is truly only 3 hours a month.  And yes, you will receive chocolate!  Please come and play with our little ones so our MOPS moms can have some much needed support and growth time.  It is awesome if people can commit to all meetings, and I would be grateful for people who can come to one or two meetings.  Please contact me, Melissa Keylor, with any questions, ideas, or to work out a possible time commitment.  I work in the nursery part time or you can email me at  Thank you.


MOPS March 11th

Neighbor's Table will be our topic at the next MOPS meeting on Monday, March 11th from 9:15 until 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  How many of you know your neighbor?  What do they do for a living?  What is their favorite meal?  Do you know what happens when people gather around the table and share their stories?  LIVES TRANSFORM!  The power of community is a newly re-launched phenomenon.  My mother always talked about this thing called a "community", and it takes one to raise a kid.  Well, I am all in if it means I have 6 more pairs of hands that are in the same situation as me and want support with the power of God as the basis!  Come join us for a talk on Neighbor's Table shared by Kerry Whitmoyer.  Afterwards, we will be getting crafty making something that everyone can do.  The theme for this meeting is Lucky to Have Each Other!  Wear your best green outfit and bring your favorite Irish dish to share to honor St. Patrick's Day.   Childcare will be provided in the nursery.


Join the Choir

Do you like to sing?  Do you like to have fun?  Then we would love to have you in our church choir!  We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Like to sing but don't want to make a full time commitment?  Why not think about joining us for the Christmas Cantata!  Please see Melanie Bolas or Donna Steckler with any questions.


Cherub Choir for 3 year olds through first grade.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Youth Chancel Choir for grades 2 through 8.  Practices on Sunday morning from  9:30 to 9:50 in the Music Office.   For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Chancel Choir for 14 year olds and up meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Catherine Stanley Ringers (Bell Choir) for high school to adults and should be able to read music or willing to learn.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Praise and Worship Team for high school to adults and must audition to participate.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Sunday School Classes
Contact person for Sunday School classes is Brenda Bishop (540)786-0720.  Sunday School classes meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. with the exception of Women of Faith that meets at 11:00.

Adult Classes

The Mary Thomas Class (Room 412) uses Adult Bible Studies, a quarterly publication which focusses on a different theme each quarter.  Each lesson in the quarter is based on scripture passage.  

The Leon Anderson Discovery Classs (Room 411) will begin a Psalm study on March 17th using the book Praising God Through Prayer and Worship by Kay Arthur and Pete DeLacy.

The Upper Room Class (Room 304) is beginning the study of Ephesians by John F. MacArthur.

The Seekers (Room 413) meet from 9:45 to 10:45 and will continue their study using The Bible for Dummies by Jeffrey Geoghegan.

The Women of Faith (Room 413) meet from 11:00 to Noon.  Their next study is TBA.

You are welcome to drop in to see what these classes are about.  We concourage you to come "Just as you are" in your faith journey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eileen David at

Youth Classes
Curriculum is topic based and designed to help the youth live out their faith in every day life.

Middle High
Youth in grades six to eight.  They meet in 414 (yellow hall).

Senior High
Youth in grades nine to twelve.  They meet in 112 (old building).  They will be studying What Makes a Hero?  The Death Defying Ministry of Jesus.

Curriculum based material which introduces the children to the Bible.  The classes are divided as follows:

Three to Four year olds - Rm 407 (green hall)

Kindergarten to First grade - Rm 406 (green hall)

Second to Third grade - Rm 403 (green hall)

Fourth to Fifth grad - Rm 402 (green hall)

United Methodist Men
Provide discussion on spiritual topics of interest to men and discussion of fund raising opportunities to support church and community projects.  UMM meets the second Sunday of each month.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. in room 413.  For more information, contact David Kellison at 540-786-3930.

United Methodist Women
Provide a creative and supportive fellowship where women can continue their spiritual growth while exploring mission opportunities in the church and the community.  The theme for our programs in 2019 is a Sisterhood of Grace.  We meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10th, April 7th, June 9th, August 11th, and October 13th to share in a program about our Sisterhood of Grace, plan our mission giving, and support each other.  We also have smaller groups meeting monthly called Circles.  We are hosting a Mother/Daughter Ladies Tea on March 31, 2019.  We go on regular monthly lunch outings to the Micah Community Cafe.  We will host the annual church wide Advent Luncheon on Sunday December 1st.  Also, new for this year, we are starting a book club based on the books from the United Methodist Women Reading program.  For more information about the United Methodist Women and how you can get plugged into a multigenerational, inspiring group of ladies, please contact Sherri Stadtler at 540-548-1629 or


Women's Circles
Dorcas Circle meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at a member's house.

Rosa Miller Circle meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the church in room 413.