Get Plugged In

Have you ever wanted to help out but was not sure where to start?  The church ministries invite you to look at the following opportunities to see if something interests you.  Check it out and see if your gifts and graces fit in with one of the opportunities.  This would also be a perfect chance to step out your comfort zone and try something new.


VBS 2018/Shipwrecked and in Need of Help

We are looking for volunteers for VBS 2018.  VBS will be 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. daily from Monday, June 25th through Friday, June 29th.  Shipwrecked is our theme this year.  The children will be learning how God is always there for them and how he can rescue us.  If you would be willing to help with a group, help with snacks, make crafts, 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.  Registration will begin on April 23rd for both volunteers and children.  There will also be tables outside the MPR and the Fellowship Hall with information concerning times, volunteering, and donationg items .  Later this month, there will be tables  outside the MPR and the Fellowship Hall with information concerning times, volunteering, and donating items.  Please email Melissa Keylor at or Judy Schrader at if you need more information or have any questions.


Rebuilding Together--April 28th

Tabernacle is participating again this year in Rebuilding Together, which will take place the last Saturday in April.  The home we will be working on is just a short distance west of Thornburg, 5801 Morris Road.  The work includes repairing stucco on the side of the house; replacing siding on a rear enclosed porch; rerouting a vent pipe on the outside of the porch; installing a storm window set and repairing another broken window; replacing the floor in the laundry room; repairing the ceioling in the laundry room and changing out the ceiling light; repairing some shingles and the flashing around a roof vent hood; cleaning the rain gutters; and doing some yard cleanup.

We also need to do some advance work on Thursday, April 26th that involves removing the old floor in the laundry room to determine if there is deterioration of the floor joists.  If you can hlep with advance work on the 26th and/or main work day on the 28th, please contact Joe Crisafulli at 54-661-7801 or or Gary Gross at 540-786-8060 or  Together, in partnership with the community, Rebuilding Together repairs homes for low income residents, particularly those who are elderly and disabled, striving to make their homes warm, safe, and dry.  Tabernacle has a long history of helping yearly with Rebuilding Together.


 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 Robert Newton at 786-6447.


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.  Please contact Donna Jones to volunteer or to find out more information.  540-455-3209 or fdesigns2000@icloud


Head Ushers Needed for 11:00 a.m. Service

The 11:00 a.m. Service is in need of Head Ushers.  Our current Head Ushers are unavailable for a few months.  This is an important role to help the service run smoothly.  The main duties are collecting the offering, coordinating Communion flow, and being available to assist congregants.  If  it is in your heart to help, please contact Donna Jones for details at 540-455-3209.


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

Our next meal will be Friday, April 20 at Shiloh Baptist Church.  The menu is is spaghetti.  After this, we will transition to our summer menu.  We are looking only for filling in the dessert menu this week.  We need ten batches of 12 items, which is the minimum to feed the guests at our table.  Please consider taking the time to commit to a dozen cookies or cupcakes.  We wish our Tabernacle family a blessed Easter Season as you gather with family and friends.  Signup sheets are in the MPR, outside the FH and in the vestibule of the sanctuary.  We thank you for stopping by one of the tables to indicate what  dessert you plan to provide for the meal.  Financial contributions are also appreciated.   If you can help with serving the meal, that's awesome!  The meal is served at Shiloh Baptist Church, 525 Princess Anne Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact (text or call) Andy and Debra Keyes at 916-705-2837 or Linda and Bob Dooley 540-455-2850.     


Mission Possible Kids Celebrate Huge Success!!

The "Busy Bags" we made with the generous donations of used crayons, stickers and coloring books were such a big hit at our local Department of Social Services that we have been asked to keep them coming!  So please continue donating leftover coloring or craft supplies.  Our collection box will be in the MPR under the MPKids banner.  We are so excited to have made such a big impact on children in the community.
February 25 MPKids from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Spy Games Mission Hint:  What do you see?


Volunteers Needed--Children's Ministry
The Children's Ministry at Tabernacle is committed to sharing the joy and love of Jesus Christ with our children and to help them grow as part of the body of Christ.  While we do have a lot of fun, we also stay focused on this purpose.  Those who work with our kids treasure the experience.  We are in need of more volunteers to join us!  There are many ways you could help:  teaching Children's Church, filling worship bags, helping with Preschool Power or MPKids, or prepping crafts and projects as they arise.  If you have a heart for children and would like to help, we will find a great fit for you!  Please direct questions to Judy Schrader at or 540-847-8243.


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 Jeffrey and Kimberly Wainwright at 540-786-9833.


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/Mothers of Pre Schoolers

Let's Make Something Yummy!  MOPS is stepping out for a night.  On Monday, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., we will be meeting at Dr. Yum's Project Kitchen.  The address is:  10482 Georgetown Drive, Suite A at the corner of Courthouse Road and Leavells Road.  This event should be yummy and fun!  At the Dr. Yum's Project Kitchen, we will be learning to make delicious and healthy treats for children.  We will have some discussion about preschool eating habits, introduction recipes and tools on the Dr. Yum website as well as some cooking.  It will be a lot of fun for our group! Dr. Nimali Fernado will be leading the demonstration and discussion.  The cost is $30 for each person to participate.  We ask that you cover as much of the cost as you can.  MOPS will cover the rest.  We need at least 8 people and no more than 12.  So, it will be first come first serve.  Please let me know if you can make it by texting me at 703-210-4795 or by emailing me at  Dress comfortably and be ready to have fun!


 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.


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.  For more information, contact Wendy Green at (540)786-6162 or

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 Spring quarter's theme is "Acknowledging God," and uses scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments.

The Leon Anderson Discovery Classs (Room 411) is currently studying the book The Thirteen Apostles by J. Ellsworth Kalas.  Each chapter features a key passage of scripture and gives a portrait of each of Jesus' apostles as a servant in ministry, a human being, and an individual.  This portrait is drawn from scripture as well as historical writings and tradition.

Other adult classes include The Seekers (Room 413), The Upper Room (Room 304), and Women of Faith (Room 413).  All Sunday School classes meet from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, except for Women of Faith which meets from 11:00 to Noon. 

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 The Wesley Challenge.

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, supportive fellowship where women can continue their spiritual growth while exploring mission opportunities in the church and the community.  UMW meets on the second Sunday of each month except in July and August.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, contact Sherri Stadtler.

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.