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.


Souper Bowl Sunday

On Sunday,February 4th, the Jr. and Sr. youth groups along with the UMW will be working together to provide a Soup-pervolous luncheon following the 11:00 a.m. service.  The luncheon will be in the Fellowship Hall.

In order to prepare for this, the youth will be collecting canned goods in order to attempt a 2nd annual Can-struction design that will be in progress and viewable during the luncheon.  All canned foods and/or monetary donations will be gladly accepted and used to assist with the Can-struction and to donate to SECA following the Souper Bowl luncheon.  Some particulars concerning the Can-struction may follow at a later date if needed.

The canned goods may be dropped off in the MPR and the Fellowship Hall in the areas designated "SECA-Souper Bowl Collection:.  Monetary donations may be made out to Tabernacle UMC with SECA/Souper Bowl on the message line and put in the collection basket.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Potts at or Christine Potts at


UMCOR Health/Hygiene Kit Collection

January is the time of year for "white sales".  We are targeting the month of January to collect health/hygiene kits.  These kits include items that are typically on sale this time of year.  These kits will be delievered to Conference in June to support UMCOR relief efforts.  Instructions for the kits can be found in the MPR and outside the Fellowship Hall.  All kits can be brought to these locations as well.  Individual items can also be turned in so that they may be combined toi make additional kits.  Items being collected include:  hand towels, washcloths, 6 inch or longer combs, 3 oz. or larger bath soap (no Ivory or Jergens due to moisture content), toothbrushes, 3/4 or 1 inch adhesive bandages, and $1.00 bills for toothpaste and shipping costs.  Instructions can also be found at  Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.


Lenten Devotional Study--January 30th

Come join a Lenten Devotional Study on Fasting starting January 30!  A Place at the Table :  40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor by Chris Seay is the book we will be using for this study.  It is "a realistic, honest, and compassionate treasure.  A journey of surrender to God that will usher us to transformed living," says Lysa Terkeurst.  It is a book on the United Methodist Women's Reading Program list but this study is open to all who want to take their Lenten experience to a deeper level.  We will meet on Tuesdays starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  We will come together for a simple meal of soup and bread then watch a DVD component and discuss the learnings of the week.

We will start the study on Tuesday, January 30th.  This is so we can hand out the books, connect with each other and to do the readings that help prepare us for the 40 day Journey that will begin Shrove Tuesday, February 13th.  Sign-up sheets are located outside the Fellowship Hall and in the MPR.  Please sign-up by Wednesday, January 24th to ensure there is a book for you!  If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Stadtler at 540-548-1629.


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, January 19th at Shiloh Baptist Church.  The menu is spaghetti.  Signup sheets are in the MPR and outside the FH.  We thank you for stopping by one of the tables to indicate what you plan to provide for the meal.  Financial contributions are also appreciated.  Items can be brought in Thursday evening before the meal, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:oo p.m. and Friday before Noon.  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.  For more information, see the Micah display or contact (text or call) Andy and Debra Keyes at 916-705-2837 or Linda and Bob Dooley 540-455-2850.   

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:  those holiday decorations you didn't use this year.  Bring them by January  28th to the Mission Possible Kids table in the MPR.


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.


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

Come tomorrow to our next MOPS meeting from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  in the Fellowship Hall.  MOPS will be handing out permission slips to everyone to be who they are!  Welcome back ladies!  It is time to share our stories from the holidays and come together again for a fun filled morning.  We are starting the year off with a bang and focusing on where it all begins . . . You!  Teresa Gurney will be delivering the devotional on giving yourself permission to be who you are and what it means to be emotionally aware.  We aren't stopping there.   MOPS is welcoming Stephanie Stewart, publisher for Macaroni Kids Fredericksburg, who will be speaking on parenting in today's world.  Please bring a side dish of your favorite food.  We would love for you to bring a friend and share our good word.  As always, we will be saving a chair for you and looking forward to greeting you with a smile.  Childcare will be provided by the amazing MOPS KIDS volunteers in the Nursery.  Please come join us if you are expecting a child or raising a child from infant through KIindergarten, 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 tgerney79@gmail,com,



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
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.