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.

Rebuilding Together--April 28th

Tabernacle is participating again this year in Rebuilding Together, which will take place the las Saturday in April.  The home we will be working on is just a short distance west of Thornburg on 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.


Micah Ministry Leten Services--Wednesdays

Throughout the Lenten season, Micah's collaboration of churches will join for Ecumenical Worship at noon on Wednesdays.  Lunch will be served immediately following each service.  There is no cost for the lunch or fellowship; however, the churches will be accepting  monetary donations for Micah.  Below is the schedule of services.  This is a great way to support the Micah Ministry.
February 28th - The Presbyterian Church - Rev. Aaron Dobynes
March 7th - St. George's Episcopal Church - Rev. Anthonly Parrish
March 14th - Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) - Rev. Kent Rahm
March 21st - Fredericksburg UMC - Father John Mosiman


24Hour Prayer Vigil

Our 24 Hour Prayer Vigil will begin on Good Friday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. through Holy Saturday March 31st at 8:00 p.m.  We are asking two things of you.  First we are inviting you to make a specific prayer request for yourself, your family members, a friend, finan cial situation, etc.  These requests will be written on 3X5 index cards available in the Sanctuary and the MPR.  Please fill out a card with your request and include your name at the top of the card.  There will be a blue Prayer box at the church for the collection of these cards in the Sanctuary and a blue Prayer box in the MPR.  These cards will be used by those who are praying in the Sanctuary during the Vigil.  The second request is that you also consider being one of those individuals praying in the Vigil.  The sign up poster for this is located outside the Fellowship Hall.  There will be security during the late hours and early hours of the Vigil.  For questions or to make a prayer request, call Susan Pleasants at 540-786-6162 or email her at



Volunteers needed on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. to help pack up clothes for SECA at Second Times the Charm Consignment Store.  The store Location is 32305 Constitution Highway, (Rt. 20), Locust Grove, 22508.  We also need help to unload the bus when we get to SECA at 8812 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania.  Help is needed at both locations.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Potts at

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, March 16 at Shiloh Baptist Church.  The menu is is a beef stew recipe of your choice or use the recipe by the Micah sign up sheet.  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 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, 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.  Remember, delivery is possible for some items on Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the entrance by the Fellowship Hall.  All stew needed by Noon on Friday.   


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?


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

Please join us at our next MOPS Meeting on Monday, March 12th starting at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  The topic of the meeting will be Small Steps that Teach Big Ideas.  We have the opportunity to make the world a better place for our children by giving them a chance to change a little piece of their own world right now.  Parents can teach big concepts in small teachable moments.  These moments include going first.  How ofen are you ready to be first; for coffee, chocolate, or free stuff.  But, what do you say when it  comes to subjects that are less gratifying such as forgiveness and starting a tough conversation.  We will be discussing what it means to go first and how that reflects on our children.  Kelly Kobiolka will be sharing the devotional at this meeting.  Stephanie Stewart, Publisher mom from Macaroni Kid, will also be joining us to present on parenting.  We are so excited to have her and look forward to getting some great ideas from her.

Let's keep the theme simple and ehlp everyone with a little luck for the month of March.  The theme is green!  Bring your favorite dish or treat that is green!  There will be childcare provided by the amazing Moppet Volunteers.  See you there, and we look forward to catching up with everyone!


 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

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.