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.


Rise Against Hunger (Formerly Stop Hunger Now)

This Fall Tabernacle will again join with other churches to pack 75,000 meals for International Hunger along with 200 Thanksgiving Food Baskets for local families in need.  The event will be held at Riverbend High School on November 11th starting at 1:00 p.m.  This is a great hands-on family mission opportunity!  We are also fundraising to fulfill Tabernacle's financial commitment to help Rise Against Hunger.  There are specially designated donation envelopes in the pews and a link on Tabernacle's website is available for online giving.  The website link will also provide the sign up to help pack meals.  Please prayerfully consider your support and participation in this vital ministry.


Fall Bible Study

Our Fall study is Moving Mountains:  Praying with Passion, Confidence, and Authority by John Eldredge.  In this book, Eldredge gives us key ideas to improve our prayers.  For example, we sometimes ask God for guidance while we are considering all the options in our own mind.  This defeats the purpose of the prayer doesn't it?  Join us as we learn about powerful prayer.  The study will be held on Wednesday evenings and will begin on September 27th and run for five weeks.  We will get started each week with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall then begin our study at 7:00 p.m.  Sign-up sheets are available in front of the MPR and the Fellowship Hall.  Please see or contact Susan to pick up your book.


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


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
On the 3rd Friday of each month, volunteers from Tabernacle provide a meal for Micah Ministry.  Sign-up sheets are out for the next Micah Meal scheduled for Friday, September 15th at Shiloh Baptist Church.  If you can help with donations of food or supplies, please stop by one of the sign-up tables outside of the Fellowship Hall or in the MPR and indicate what you plan to provide.  The main menu items will be pasta, salad, French bread, and homemade desserts.  For those who would like to help prepare and serve the meal, please meet at Shiloh Baptist Church, 525 Princess Anne Street at 4:00 p.m.  Many thanks for your support of this monthly meal; for your donations, your time, and your talents.  For more information, contact David or Janet Craig at 757-784-5353 or


Micah, More Than Monthly Dinners

Micah Ecumenical Ministries is a Christ-inspired community helping homeless people reach their greatest potential by providing for their physical and emothional needs, and guidance and services to assist in other areas.  Micah has recently been blessed with new space to open a Furniture Bank.  If you have furnitureor mattresses to donate, know of someone in need of furniture, have a truck or trailer to donate, or would like to volunteer with this important ministry, please call 540-693-0472.

The most exciting change for Micah will be the opening of the Community Cafe that is located at the Caroline Street entrance of Fredericksburg Baptist Church.  The Cafe will open October 1st serving lunch to the homeless and to those able to pay and willing to visit with those less fortunate.  What a wonderful opportunity to share Christ's love "for the least of these".  For more information and to volunteer, please visit their website at

Calling All Agents!  Mission Possible Kids Needs You!

Please be on the lookout in the next few weeks for MPKids collection boxes.  We have so many awesome projects coming up!  The best part is that. in most cases, we are re-purposing used items.  Here's what we need:

Used crayons, pencils, sheets of stickers, coloring books, Christmas cards, medium and large shoeboxes, leftover scrapbook pages, small new or used Christmas decorations

In October and November, we will be having our annual food drive for SECA, adding a collection of pet food and supplies, and a collection of new child size socks.  A huge Spy Five thank you from our AMAZING TOP SECRET AGENTS!


Children's Church
Leaders needed for Children's Church at 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. services.  This is a worship time designed specifically for three to six year olds.  Curriculum and supplies are provided.  There is no preparation necessary other than reviewing the lesson beforehand.  Beginning in June, our children will experience Children's Church with Hands On Worship from Group Publishing.  Our kids will be encountering God with new music, Bible adventures, and prayer.  We are excited to bring a fresh new experience to Children's Church and to worship with our kids in a fun and meaningful way!  Each volunteer working in Children's Church must complete a background check prior to working with the children.  For more information on how you can become involved, contact Judy Schrader at or 540-847-8243.


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.


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
MOPS is gearing up to start on their new adventure for 2017-18.  We will be celebrating freedom, love, and being confident this year through our new theme, "Free Indeed".   It should be an exciting year of growth, personal limit breaking, and renewed support for our moms.  MOPS will be having our first meeting on September 11th from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  We will be gathering in the Fellowship Hall for a meeting and some yummy treats.  Child care will be provided in the nursery by our amazing MOPS KIDS volunteers.  Please come join us if you are expecting a child, raising a child from infant through Kindergarten, and you want to hang out with some super women who are welcoming and understanding of just what it takes "to mom" nowadays.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Keylor at or Teresa Gerney 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.


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, Young Adult, and Adult.  They meet at 11:00.

Adult Classes
Mary Thomas
Curriculum based Bible discussion which meets in 412 (yellow hall).

Discussion of various faith and society issues which meets in 413 (yellow hall).

Discussion of various topics of faith which meets in 411 (yellow hall).

Women of Faith
Will be discussing A Confident Heart by Rene Swope and meets in 413 (yellow hall).

The Upper Room
They will study the Book of James as provided in the book James--Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life by John MacArthur.  This twelve week study will begin Sunday, February 19th and will take us through May 7th.  The group meets in 304 (old building).  Contact Bev Graham at 540-840-4006 with questions.

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 Sue Hilt.

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.