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Tabernacle Baptist Church

Authentic Church Focusing On Christ

Volume 56, Number 8

The Tidings

February 20, 2013

Worship At Tabernacle

Attention, Ladies . . .

Second Sunday in Lent February 24, 2013

GET A GRIP… it don’t amount to a hill of beans.

Preacher Dr. Jimmy Gentry, Senior Pastor Authentic Church Focusing on Christ is... “A Lamenting Community” Luke 13:31-35 (eighth of seventeen)

Speaker Ida Claire Purtle from 88 Kentucky

Extinguishing the Second Candle in The Lenten Thorn-Wreath

New TLC Check In/Out Procedure Coming Soon

8:15 a.m. KAINOS in The TLC Music led by Mr. Stuart Morris and The KAINOS Band and Singers

10:30 a.m. Worship Gathering in The Worship Center Music led by Rev. Alan Schantz, Associate Pastor for Music and Worship The Tabernacle Choir The Celebration Ringers

Church Approves Recommendation to Partner with the Center for Congregational Health in a Spiritual Discernment Process for Strategic Visioning To begin the strategic visioning process, a Leadership Team will be formed. This group, comprised of 12-15 church members, will be responsible for providing leadership and covering organizational details as the process moves forward. If selected by the Committee on Committees and approved by the church, each member will be required to participate in ALL congregational meetings (three to four) and ALL committee meetings (at least six), in addition to a leadership retreat that will last approximately six hours on a Saturday. It is our desire to begin the congregational meetings and committee meetings soon and, hopefully, conclude the congregational meetings by late May. If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, please contact a member of the Committee on Committees or one of the Deacon Officers. Their names are in Dr. Gentry’s Passages for Our Journey on page two. Kim Jones, Deacon Body Chairperson

Women’s Celebration March 21, 2013

Beginning March 1, a new sign in/out procedure for using the TLC during open gym time will be implemented. Participants will be given an ID card that will be used to sign in/out by simply scanning the barcode on the card at the TLC desk. So that ID cards may be prepared, participants are asked to complete a TLC Registration Form, which may be obtained in the church office, at the welcome desk outside the worship center, or at the TLC desk. When completed, forms may be returned to the church office or TLC desk. Members will be notified when their ID card is ready for pickup at the TLC desk.

Employment Opportunity Tabernacle is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant. Applications may be obtained in the church office and will be accepted through February 24, 2013.

Calling All Men . . . Workday at the Church Saturday, February 23 9:00 a.m. until finished The D.O.T. has given Tabernacle permission, on this day ONLY, to clean off the property along the bypass at the back of the parking lot. Please bring work gloves, cutting equipment (chain saws, shears, etc.), and any equipment you have that might be useful. DON’T FORGET SAFETY GEAR! Breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 8:00 a.m. See you there!

Passages for Our Journey The church, in a Called Conference on Sunday, February 17, voted to engage the services of the Center for Congregation Health to assist Tabernacle in a discernment process over the course of four to six months. 126 voted “yes” and 13 voted “no.” Because it was a four-day weekend for the city schools and Winter Break for the county schools, several were unable to be present for the conference. Many of these, however, expressed passion about the church affirming the recommendation. Deacon Chairperson Kim Jones did an outstanding job in making the presentation. She is to be commended for her leadership. Moderator Phil Wilkins guided the meeting with skill, making sure everyone who had a question or comment was heard. The meeting was not rushed. The discussion was considerate and thoughtful, which is Christ-like. We were having “holy conversations”, and the church needs to have more of these. Tabernacle is a very diverse congregation. While diversity, according to the Scriptures, is a strength, unless it is harnessed by the Holy Spirit, it can be a weakness, even a deterrent to ministry. Many opinions abound, and I’ve heard most of them, including mine! As I’ve reminded us previously, there is nothing wrong with an opinion. But as a Jewish rabbi noted, “Everyone is entitled to his

or her opinion, but no one is entitled to be wrong in the facts.” Fact and opinion are not always the same. During the course of the conversation on Sunday afternoon, I was asked to share my thoughts and did. I spoke about each of us having an opinion as to what the next step for Tabernacle is to be. I challenged us to heed the observation located in Proverbs 18:2, which states “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion” (NRSV). Let us always long for understanding and avoid playing the fool. I confess that I’ve played the fool many times. All have at one time or another. The Committee on Committees is receiving nominations from the membership for candidates for the Leadership Team, which will consist of twelve to fifteen people. Janet Cleland and I will serve as ex officio members. This team will be a working group. It will require a significant commitment of time and a number of meetings. Members of the Committee on Committees include Dick Slate, Chairperson; Kay Bullock, Tillie Denney, Neal Herndon, Elaine Holcombe, and Dwain Mathis. Pray for the committee as it works through many names, praying over them as it seeks the Lord’s guidance. The committee will recommend the Leadership Team to the church for its approval or rejection in a Called Church

Kubernesis Take Up Our Crosses Just as Christ endured the cross on the path to Golgotha “for the joy set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2), so He calls us to take up our crosses and follow Him – willingly, joyfully, and triumphantly. Acceptance of the cross indicates that we are willing to serve in Christ’s name to a hurting world. We are willing to do His work for His glory, willing to minister to His people through His Spirit, even willing to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Deacons of the Week February 24 - March 2 Frank Shoppe Jean Traylor Tommy Traylor

A Thank You Note has been received from: Anne Davison

Conference. Two groups have been faithfully involved in this process. One is the Deacon Administrative Committee (DAC) elected by the Deacon Body. These include Brad Smith, Chairperson; Cindy Bagwell, Jim Blevins, Houston Cole, Joey Collins, Steven Holmes, Daniel Jackson, Scottie Jennings, Kim Jones, and Tim Warren. The other is the Deacon Officers: Chairperson Kim Jones, Vice-Chairperson Tim Warren, Secretary Jeanie Oliver, DAC Chairperson Brad Smith, and DAC Secretary Joey Collins. I list these so if you have any questions, you may contact one or all of these good men and women who, perhaps, will provide clarity for you. This is an exciting time in Tabernacle as she looks for a common goal, a common vision through the power of the Holy Spirit and the careful ministry of Bill Wilson and the Center for Congregational Health. I look forward to this process of discernment with you. Through it all, let us remember to think like Christ, speak like Christ, and act like Christ. That is our challenge during Lent. That really is our challenge for life. Think, speak, and act like Christ. It is possible. Yes. It is possible to think, speak, and act like Christ. So be it. Jimmy Gentry

WITH SYMPATHY To Meri Whitlock and family on the death of her father, Jack Caswell, on February 19.

Minister On Call: February 25 - March 3 Alan Schantz - 770-990-9716

Carroll County Soup Kitchen Needs You The Carroll County Soup Kitchen will be open to serve hot meals and deliver sack lunches this week, February 18-22, from 8:15 a.m., concluding with clean-up around 1:00 p.m. Volunteers are especially needed during the first few hours of that time and also especially Monday through Wednesday, when there has been a shortage the past few months. Thank you, Tabernacle family, for your continued support of the Soup Kitchen through your prayers, gifts, and volunteering.

Student Ministry News Youth to Banning Mills Saturday, March 9 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $49.00

Children’s Ministry News RA and GA Racer Derby Wednesday, February 20 6:00 p.m. in the TLC Gym

Leave the church at 12:30 p.m. (eat lunch before you come). We will do level 1 zip lining and then canoe and hike. Sign up on third floor by February 24. 15 are needed in order to make the trip!

Students to Work at Rockridge Tuesday, April 2

Camp Pinnacle

If you are home during spring break, mark your calendars to help. We will leave the church at 9:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch and wear work clothes.

for GA’s in Grades 3-6 June 24-28, 2013

Big Stuff Camp

Please go online at to pay your deposit and register.

June 5-9 Cost is $360 per student. $50 deposit due by February 27. Please sign up on 3rd floor.

North Georgia Mountains Missional Journey June 18-22 Cost is $50 plus cost of one meal on the way up. $15 deposit is due by March 13. Please sign up on the 3rd floor. Details for these trips were emailed to parents on February 15. If you did not receive the information, please call with your email address, and the information will be forwarded to you. The students also have announcements that include some details.

Camp Kaleo for boys in Grades 4-6 July 8-12, 2013 Contact the children’s office for more information.

“Let’s Party!” An opportunity for kindergarten through third graders to experience learning about some of the Jewish festivals will be offered during the 10:30 a.m. children’s worship hour during April and May. Adults will have the opportunity to learn about Judaism on Wednesday evenings in April and May with Pastor Jimmy.


Men’s Softball League Tabernacle will be participating in a men’s softball league that begins in March. If you are interested in playing, please contact Marnie in the church office.

February 25 - March 2, 2013 Rosetta Hall Barbara Swayngham John Avery Stuart Houghton Tam Tamukati Carol Campbell Tezzo Tamukati Charles DeMore Ann O’Quinn Jim O’Quinn Wilma Upchurch Cynthia Drewry Jim Wilkes Sharon Eggleston Milton Poteat Ethan Satterfield Mary Wolfe Don Hall Gary Solomon

Memorials and Honorariums Wednesday Lite Lunch Menu February 27, 2013 Cost: $2.50 Hamburger, fries, iced tea, dessert

Wednesday Night Supper 4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cost: Adults - $6; Children - $4; Family Max - $20

Menu for February 27 Adult: Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, vegetable, salad, biscuits Children: Chick-Fil-A 8 piece chicken nuggets, chips, fruit Dessert: Ice cream and cookies (Make your reservation by Noon on Tuesday.)

February 17, 2013 General Church Budget in Memory of: Mr. Roy O’Hern Journey in Faith in Memory of: Dr. Virginia Slate Mr. Jon L. Slate Open Hands United Christian Ministries in Memory of: Mrs. Delores Carter (Mable Patterson’s Daughter) World Missions in Memory of: Mr. Jerry Keene (Betty Keene’s Husband) World Missions in Honor of: Mrs. Marnie Lipham

Opportunities This Week

Volunteers This Week

Sunday, February 24

Thursday, February 28 8:15 am Children’s Worship for KAINOS 8:30 am MMO (Rooms 101, 103, 107) (First Floor, Room 301) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground 8:15 am KAINOS (Gym) (Closes 12:00 pm) 8:30 am Instrumental/Praise Band Rehearsal 2:30 pm Open Gym & Playground 8:45 am Deacons’ Prayer Gathering (Chapel) (Closes 5:30 pm) 9:15 am Bible Study for All Ages 10:30 am Children’s Worship (Rooms 252, 254, 301, 317) 6:30 pm Open Basketball (Gym) Friday, March 1 10:30 am Worship Gathering (Worship Center) 8:30 am MMO (Rooms 101, 103, 107) 12:00 pm Collins Class Covered Dish (Café) 8:30 am Carroll County Schools 2:00 pm Student Praise Band Practice (Room 316) Literary Meet (Second Floor) 4:00 pm S.W.A.T. (Room 222) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground 5:00 pm Connection Training (Off Campus) (Closes 12:00 pm) 5:30 pm Sunday Evening Handbells (Room 235) 9:30 am Friday Bible Study (Room 206) Monday, February 25 11:00 am Stretching for Seniors 8:30 am MMO (Rooms 101, 103, 107) (Room 315) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground (Closes at 12:00 pm) Saturday, March 2 9:30 am Staff Meeting (Room 206) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground 2:30 pm Open Gym & Playground (Closes 5:30 pm) (Closes 12:00 pm) 5:30 pm College Praise Band Practice (Rooms 314, 316) 6:30 pm Cub Scout Meeting (Third Floor) 6:30 pm Boy Scouts (Gym, Room, 256)

Extended Teaching Care Sunday, February 24, 2013 Team Leader: Tara Ferguson Babies/Creepers (Room 107): Mr. & Mrs. Albert Warren Toddlers (Room 101): Susan Rowell Jenny Sambuco 2 Year Old (Room 106): Lisa Herndon Ellen Farish 3 Year Old (Room 120): Mr. & Mrs. Joe Murrah 4 Year Old (Room 124): Cheryl McDonald

Tuesday, February 26

8:30 am MMO (Rooms 101, 103, 107) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground (Closes 12:00 pm) 12:00 pm Tuesday Handbells (Room 235) 2:30 pm Open Gym & Playground (Closes 5:30 pm)

Wednesday, February 27

8:30 am MMO (Rooms 101, 103, 107) 9:00 am Open Gym & Playground (Closes 12:00 pm) 9:15 am Stretching for Seniors (Room 315) 9:45 am Senior Adult Council Meeting (Room 206) 10:30 am PraiSingers (Room 222) 11:45 am Lunch & Prayer (FSH) 12:30 pm Women’s Celebration Meeting (Room 206) 2:30 pm Open Gym & Playground (Closes 5:30 pm) 4:00 pm Student Missions Wednesday (Off Campus) 4:45 pm Wednesday Night Supper (FSH) 5:15 pm Children’s Ministry Council Meeting (Room 206) 5:15 pm TLC Volunteer Training (Gym) 5:30 pm Preschool Choir (Room 128) 5:30 pm Music Makers Choir-Grades 1-3 (Rooms 123, 125) 5:30 pm Young Musicians-Grades 4-6 (Room 209) 6:00 pm Men’s Bible Study (Room 234) 6:00 pm Flawed Families of the Bible (Room 211D) 6:15 pm Praise Team Rehearsal (Worship Center) 6:15 pm GAs and RAs (Gym, Rooms 254, 256, 258, 260, 262, 301, 317,319, 321) 6:15 pm Mission Friends (Rooms 120, 123, 126, 252) 6:30 pm Connect (Rooms 311, 312, 313, 314, 316) 7:00 pm Tabernacle Choir Rehearsal (Room 222) 7:30 pm Tab College Ministry (Rooms 254, 256, 258, 260, 262) 8:30 pm KAINOS Band Practice (Gym)

Pastoral Team Janet Cleland, Associate for Children Charles Cox, Associate for Connection and Senior Adults Jimmy Gentry, Senior Pastor Bruce Minett, Executive Associate Pastor

Needs for February: Baby wipes, Diapers, Socks (infant through adult) Deposit items in containers near Fellowship Hall.

Sunday’s Report February 17, 2013 Worship Gathering KAINOS Worship Center ETC Children’s Worship Total Worship

68 314 32 17 431

Sunday Bible Study On Campus Cottage Landing Total Bible Study

S.S. Active Enrollment (January) 655

Stewardship Report

YTD (Fiscal Year: October-September) 2/17/13 YTD Budget $ 17,552.04 Budget Year to Date $ 672,407.80 Contributions Year to Date $ 638,849.47 Expenditures Year to Date $ 602,930.03 Journey in Faith $ 1,332.50 Journey in Faith Year to Date $ 68,844.73 World Missions $ 165.00 World Missions Year to Date $ 9,805.36

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Alan Schantz, Associate for Music and Worship Chad Sipes, Associate for Students J. Howard Cobble, Pastor Emeritus 1967-1974, 1995-2000

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