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Spiritual Formation Lent - Easter (2013)

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Wor!ip We strive to be a congregation rooted in the participatory worship of God, where personal relationships are nurtured and all persons are encouraged to creatively and meaningfully express their unique gifts and stories in the worship experience.

Fellow!ip We are deliberate in our efforts to genuinely love and care for one another and to create an environment where all persons can be intimately known and can grow as members of the family of God.

M#sion We affirm that our local church, as part of the universal Church, has been given the task of living out the life-giving and life-changing message of Christ’s ministry on earth: to minister to the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of all those we encounter. We pledge to use all our resources and lives to share in God’s mission to the world.

D#cipleship

We are a Christ-centered family that is passionate about equipping persons of every age to discover their calling in the world through spiritual formation, leadership development, and faithful living that is shaped by our personal relationships with Jesus Christ, the moving of the Holy Spirit, prayer, study of scripture, and the practices of mission, worship and fellowship.

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Weekly Calendar Sunday

Children

Youth

Adults

9:00 a.m.

Fellowship

Fellowship

Fellowship

9:30 a.m.

Preschool Sunday School

Sunday School

Blanton Class Men’s & Women’s Class

Younger Elementary Sunday School Class

Welstead Class

Older Elementary Sunday School Class

Judson Class Adults Series

11:00 a.m.

Nursery Worship Worship Explorers

Worship

6:00 p.m.

Worship

Small Groups

Mondays 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Fellowship Group

Tuesdays

Adults

12-1:30 p.m

Brown Bag Bible Study

Wednesdays

Children

Youth

Adults

5:00 p.m.

Homework Assistance Preschool Choir

Homework Assistance

Homework Assistance

5:45 p.m.

Fellowship Meal

Fellowship Meal

Fellowship Meal

6:30 p.m.

Nursery Godly Play (6:30) Children’s Choir (7:00)

Youth Music Activities

Adult Study

7:40 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursdays

All Ages

1:30-3 p.m.

Food Pantry/Clothes Closet Ministry

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“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2 Spirituality. It is a loaded word, but, for many of us, its meaning is vague. We think we know what it means but we have a hard time describing it to others. Christian writer, teacher, and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor believes that when we speak of spirituality, we seem to be naming “a longing – for more meaning, more feeling, more connection, more life.” In other words, we seem to understand spirituality not to be an escape from reality, but a means for living more fully into it. It is a yearning for a deeper connection with God on a holistic scale, denying neither heart, mind, nor hands in the search. For Christians, that deeper connection can be found through strengthened relationships with Jesus Christ, with each other, and with our world. Here at Tabernacle Baptist Church, we strive to take spiritual formation seriously. We understand that God calls each of us as individuals, as well as a collective body. This year, we will have numerous opportunities to learn together, laugh together, question together, and (most importantly) pray and worship God together. It is our opportunity to bring greater substance to our lives and to the lives of those around us. God is calling -- calling us to search out ways to love and care for each other and our community. We hope that these offerings will stimulate just such growth, both in our personal lives and in the life of our congregation. We have no doubt that, as we each embark on this journey of spiritual discovery, our paths will meet. We hope to see you along the way and may we all be transformed -- mind, body, and spirit!

Yours in Christ,

Dan Schumacher, Pastoral Resident Joseph Perdue, Pastoral Intern

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Children

Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Spiritual Formation of our children is a very important part of the ministry here at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Hearing stories of faithfulness, love, discipleship, dedication, truth, and mercy enable all of us (especially children) to see the presence of God in our lives. The lessons we learn from these stories will stay with us for all of our lives, and they will provide Divine strength in our times of weakness. Hearing these Biblical stories will help our children to build a stronger, more lasting relationship with Christ. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these!” Here are four ways that our children can be spiritually nurtured by these stories on Sunday mornings. Contact children@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Pre-School Sunday School 9:30-10:30 a.m. All children under 5 years old meet in the Green Room on the 1st floor of the Williams Building. The morning begins at 9:30am with some gathering play time. Following play time, the children are led in a Bible story followed by story-related activities. The pre-school class is led by Jessica Corbitt, Kate Ayers, Kristen Koger, and Kathryn Long. We look forward to seeing your pre-school age child on Sunday mornings!

Elementary Sunday School 9:30-10:30 a.m. All children in Kindergarten-6th grade meet for Sunday School on the 2nd floor of the Williams Building. The children gather at 9:30am to begin activities/word puzzles that introduce them to the Bible story for the day. The children are then led through the Bible story for the day followed by a video that reinforces the key themes from the story. The younger elementary children (K-3rd grade) meet in the “Children’s Sunday School classroom” at the end of the hall, and they are led by Andy and Heather Rose. The older elementary children (4th-6th grade) meet in the “Older Elementary Sunday School classroom” located across from the Coke machine, and they are led by Dick and Jane Denzler. All children are welcome in these classes!

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Children

Sundays, 11:00-12:00 p.m. Worship Explorers 11:00 a.m. We welcome all children in Kindergarten-3rd grade to join us for Worship Explorers during part of the 11am worship service. When indicated in the bulletin, the children will join one of our Children’s Ministry Leaders at the front door of the Sanctuary. They will leave the Sanctuary to engage in a child-friendly lesson and activities that are based on the focus passage for the day. After the sermon, the children will rejoin the congregation in the Sanctuary. We look forward to seeing your K-3rd grader in Worship Explorers on Sunday mornings!

Nursery 11:00 a.m. The nursery is open for all pre-school aged children (birth-4yrs old) in the 1st floor of the Williams Building. During the 11am worship service, the children are led in activities based on the pre-school Sunday School lesson taught earlier in the morning. If your child needs your attention during the worship service, one of the nursery workers will notify you via the pager system in the nursery. We welcome your pre-school aged child in the nursery on Sunday mornings, and we look forward to ministering with them during this special time!

Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Homework Assistance 5:00 - 5:45 p.m (weekly) Reading, Science, History, Algebra, Chemistry‌ the list goes on and on! We know you have a lot of homework! Your church family wants to help you get it done and build great new relationships in the process! We offer a homework time prior to our Wednesday night suppers. This is a time for students of all ages to bring their daily homework and projects to work on with caring, dedicated adults. The program aims to empower students to become confident and competent in their studies. In addition, this homework time will encourage strong, lasting relationships between students and adults. Students: We hope that you will bring your homework and join us for a great time of laughing and learning together! Parents: Please consider bringing your students and, alongside other adults and students, work with them on their homework! Contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information. 6


Pre-School + Kindergarten Music Activities 5:00 - 5:45 p.m (weekly) Music is a central part of the lives of most children. Often they will sing as much as they talk, making up simple songs to express themselves. Words that are put to music and sung will remain in our memories much longer than words that are simply spoken to us. Our children learn much about Christianity and about community by participating in choirs and musical ensembles at church. The music program at Tabernacle strives to give children the tools they need to express themselves through various musical activities from singing to playing instruments. Pre-school and Kindergarten children love to sing and play music. The songs they learn at this age will stay with them for the rest of their lives. These songs will lay the groundwork for both their spiritual and musical development. Music activities will take place from 5:00 - 5:45 PM on each Wednesday. As the older children are working on homework, the children will be involved in music activities that will include singing, dancing, and playing rhythm instruments. The children will be learning traditional children’s songs as well as age appropriate Christian songs. Helen Davidson will lead this activity. Contact Judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Meal 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. (weekly) Fellowship is one of the core values of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Please join the Tabernacle Baptist Church family for a simple supper each Wednesday evening between the children’s and youth homework time and our Wednesday evening classes. This community meal will allow time for both children and adults to get to know one another while they share in food and fellowship. The suggested donation for the meal covers the cost of the food that is served. Volunteers from the church family lovingly prepare dinner each Wednesday. The suggested donation is $4.00 per adult, $1.50 per student over 12 and $1.00 per child. Please never allow the suggested donation for the food prevent you from coming and enjoying this fellowship meal. Contact office@tbcrichmond.org for more information or to make a reservation.

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Godly Play: A Way for Children to Wonder Together 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for younger children, 6:30-7:00 for older children "Godly play" is a term coined by Jerome Berryman to describe an approach to children's spiritual formation that is based on creating a sacred space in which to present the stories of our faith, wonder about them together, and then allow the children open-ended opportunities, usually with art supplies, to engage the story on their own terms. The stories are told very simply, with simple props, and without interpretation or moral instruction. After a story is presented, the children and the storyteller wonder together about aspects of the story that draw their interest. For instance, with the parable of the Good Shepherd, they might wonder together how the sheep felt as they followed the shepherd. Or whether the sheep have names. Or how it might feel to be inside the sheepfold. Finally, the children choose art supplies and create pictures, sculptures, or other projects that represent what they most related to in the story during a time of personal reflection and response. This is play. It is Godly. It is meeting God along with children rather than teaching them what we adults think they ought to know. Our faith stories are very powerful and offer plenty to think about even without our elaboration on what they "mean." Godly play is often deeply satisfying for the adults who engage the stories along with the children. What a gift for parents to bring to our families! This year, both our younger preschool children and our older school-age children will have the opportunity to participate in Godly Play. Our preschoolers will have a full hour to engage in Godly Play. Our older children will spend a half hour in Godly Play and then another half hour in Children's music/choir. Consider joining us for an evening to experience the joy of Godly Play. Megan Strollo, Anna Tuckwiller, Christen Schumacher and Ryan Corbitt, our Godly Play leaders, can be contacted at megan.fullerton@gmail.com, bonanner@hotmail.com, christenschu@gmail.com, or ryan.corbitt@gmail.com.

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YOUTH

Sunday Morning, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30-10:30 (weekly) Youth are at a pivotal time in their lives where they are searching for identity. They are searching for their personal identity, their familial identity, and their Christian identity. Each week the youth at Tabernacle gather together in hopes of finding a piece of that identity. Youth Sunday School is a place where our youth can pray for each other, worship God together through song, and learn the stories of the Bible. We hope to encourage strong personal as well as corporate faith through discussion and reflection in art, music, and writing and to have a lot of fun together as well! Youth Sunday School is geared for students, grades 7 through 12. We base our Bible study on lectionary passages and follow the church year, which helps to bind us with other Christians all over the world Contact davidguion@hotmail.com or julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

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YOUTH Wednesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Homework Assistance 5:00 - 5:45 p.m (weekly) Reading, Science, History, Algebra, Chemistry‌ the list goes on and on! We know you have a lot of homework! Your church family wants to help you get it done and build great new relationships in the process! This year, we are offering a homework time prior to Wednesday night suppers. This is a time for students of all ages to bring their daily homework and projects to work on them with caring, dedicated adults. The program aims to empower students to become confident and competent in their studies. In addition, this homework time will encourage strong, lasting relationship between students and adults. Students: We hope that you will bring your homework and join us for a great time of laughing and learning together! Parents: Please consider bringing your students and, alongside other adults and students, work with them on their homework! Contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Fellowship Meal 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. (weekly) Fellowship is one of the core values of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Please join the Tabernacle Baptist Church family for a simple supper each Wednesday evening between the children’s and youth homework time and our Wednesday evening classes. This community meal will allow time for both children and adults to get to know one another while they share in food and fellowship. The suggested donation for the meal covers the cost of the food that is served. Volunteers from the church family lovingly prepare dinner each Wednesday. The suggested donation is $4.00 per adult, $1.50 per student over 12 and $1.00 per child. Please never allow the suggested donation for10the food prevent you from coming and enjoying this fellowship meal.


Youth Mentoring The youth team is currently seeking adults to serve as encouragers and friends to our teenagers. Generally, we pair one adult to one teen. This intentional model of discipleship provides a wonderful opportunity to serve and make an investment in someone’s life. Mentoring involves roughly one activity a month with your assigned teenager (e.g., going out for ice cream or a meal; helping with homework; going fishing; etc), but it could involve more time. It also involves checking in with the youth at regular church gatherings, praying for our youth, and attending youth outings if possible.

Mentoring provides..... • a way to foster intergenerational relationships with our youth • a way to model ever developing faith journeys and relationships with God • a vehicle for fun with our youth • an intentional effort to check in with our youth on their relationship with God, while providing the youth another adult whom they can turn to with questions • another outlet for practical assistance for our youth

Youth Bible Study 6:30-7:30 p.m. Youth are at a pivotal time in their lives where they are searching for identity. They are searching for their personal identity, their familial identity, and their Christian identity. Each week the youth at Tabernacle gather together in hopes of finding a piece of that identity. Youth Sunday School is a place where our youth can pray for each other, worship God together through song, and learn the stories of the Bible. We hope to encourage strong personal as well as corporate faith through discussion and reflection in art, music, and writing and to have a lot of fun together as well! Youth Sunday School is geared for students, grades 7 through 12. We base our Bible study on lectionary passages and follow the church year, which helps to bind us with other Christians all over the world Coordinated by the Pastoral Staff. Contact pastor@tbcrichmond.org for more information

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ADULTS

Sunday Mornings, 9:50-10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Classes 9:30-10:30 a.m. (meet weekly throughout the year) Sunday School has been a constant through these many decades of changes at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The Blanton and Men’s & Women’s School Classes have been in existence, in various forms, for more than one hundred years. The Welstead Class, primarily consisting of median adults, is our fastest growing Sunday School Class. The Judson Class began four years ago when we welcomed two Burmese families into the congregation. Weekly ESL classes are offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced English speakers. Mentors and new friends are always welcome. Contact Pastor@tbcrichmond.org if you would like to assist our wonderful team of teachers.

Exploring Genesis A new Sunday School Class for Adults of all ages, meets weekly from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (weekly), Jan 13-March 3, Conference Room Genesis is a sensational book. It is filled with strange stories including talking snakes, worldwide floods, and senior citizens giving birth! Over the past century it has become one of the most controversial books in the Christian canon. The question of how to interpret it has led to highly charged disagreements in churches that sometimes spill over into other areas of life as Americans debate the role of science and religion in public high school classrooms. Today questions raised by Genesis consume our imaginations. Does being a Christian require people to reject modern scientific understandings of origins? Did God really flood the entire world? Where did sin come from? Is the Bible historically and scientifically accurate? Over the course of eight weeks we will explore these

Led by Joseph Perdue, Pastoral Intern (perdue@tbcrichmond.org)

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Coffee with the Pastor 9:30-10:30 a.m., March 10-17 2013, Pastor’s Study Visitors and guests are invited to join the Pastor for two informal Q&A sessions about all things “Tabernacle”. This is a great opportunity to come learn about the good things happening in our congregation and also ask questions about things you’ve experienced in your time with us. Discover opportunities to get involved in: one of four primary ministry emphases, spiritual formation classes, etc. Learn about the core beliefs of our faith tradition, the liturgical church year, and church membership. All questions are welcome. Contact Pastor@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

A Whale of a Tale: A Study in the Book of Jonah A new Sunday School Class for Adults of all ages, 9:30-10:30 a.m., March 10-17 2013, Conference Room on first floor At only forty eight verses, Jonah is one of the shortest books in the Bible. There are many Psalms that are longer than the whole book. In spite of its size, it has captivated our imaginations for centuries. The book's strangeness is fascinating, as one sees the story of God's unfailing love unfolding through a reluctant prophet, a giant fish, and animals donning the clothing of the penitent. In only four chapters Jonah captures the essence of who God is in a profound and humbling way, and cuts to the heart of what it means to follow a God who will do pretty much anything in order to save humans. Even humans who are God's enemies. Join us as we study one whale of a tale. March 10, 2013, Go Fish: God loves Those People!?!? Jonah 1-2 March 17, 2013, All You Need is Love, Love. Love is All You Need: Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment!, Jonah 3-4 Led by Joseph Perdue. Contact Perdue@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Long Live the Queen: The Book of Esther A new Sunday School Class for Adults of all ages, 9:30-10:30 a.m. April 14 - May 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room Mystery, intrigue, murderous plots, near-misses, and flamboyant parties - the Book of Esther seems to have the makings of a Shakespearean play! Amidst these scandals, however, is a story of national identity, family ties, and love. In addition to the themes of love and family, the book of Esther is unique in the Old Testament as one of two books that do not mention God at all. The story of Esther is captivating for many reasons! Join us for a five-week session where we delve into the comedy, tragedy, and intrigue of the book of Esther, seeking to find God in the story of a queen and her court. Led by Megan Strollo. Contact megan.fullerton@gmail.com for more information. 13


ADULTS

Worship 11:00 a.m. (weekly) on Sunday mornings in the Church Sanctuary Worship is the most important thing we do. Worship each week at Tabernacle centers upon the scripture passages that are a part of the lectionary cycle in which many of the Christian congregations across the world participate. The scripture passages in the lectionary cycle include a passage from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Gospels and the Epistles. Often all of these passages are thematically similar and are inter-related. The readings, hymns, anthems and other musical selections are chosen to enhance the themes of the scripture passages. Worship is a time when members of the congregation seek to work together to acknowledge and connect with the presence of God in their lives and in the world around them. Congregation members of all ages offer their gifts and talents as a part of the worship service; participating as readers, singers, instrumentalists, artists, and speakers. Participation by members of the congregation is essential for the vitality of our worship. You are encouraged to volunteer to participate by reading scripture, serving as a greeter, offering prayers, playing an instrument, or singing. Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are especially creative times in the worship life of the Tabernacle congregation. Our worship is enlivened by special music and decorations that are unique to the season. Advent and Christmas worship is filled with the traditional music and decorations of the the season with a creative Tabernacle twist. Worship in Epiphany is filled with creative decorations, music and readings intended to enrich our relationship with the person of Jesus. Please contact the pastoral staff if you are interested in volunteering.

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Small Groups As a church, we have decided that one of our Core Values is Discipleship. We have come to think of this as the process of “equipping persons to discover their calling in the world through spiritual formation, leadership development, and faithful living.” In other words, we have committed ourselves to becoming kingdom people – those given over wholly to the concerns and mandates of Christ Jesus. We have committed ourselves to discovery – specifically, the discovery of how each and all of us are called to live out this ancient faith in a modern world. We believe small groups are one avenue for precisely this kind of discovery. We view these groups as more than Bible study (head knowledge), mission teams (practical experience), or support groups (emotional bolstering), but as some combination of all of the above. They are intended to build up disciples in a holistic way, refusing to dissect emotional needs from critical engagement with scripture or spiritual formation from ministerial practice in the world. We believe discipleship happens best when all of these aspects meet in the same place. Tabernacle Baptist Church currently has two small groups that meet on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the homes of groups members. The Northside Group is made up of young adults who are committed to Richmond and serving in the city. Several members have service-oriented occupations as teachers, nurses, and social workers. Some of us are students at theological seminaries and others are young professionals. A few of us have gone through the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute and others of us serve in non-profit organizations. We all have a common desire to be kingdom people for the sake of Richmond and to live in community in intentional and meaningful ways that build up the body of Christ and share God’s love with our neighbors. The West End Group is also made up of families and individuals who are striving to become more like Christ in both word and deed. This group is generally made up of folks who are a little bit further along in establishing their careers and their families. Because of this, one of the unique experiences of this group is the expectation of young children underfoot as we socialize before and after Bible study. This group enjoys engaging in scripture and letting it speak into our lives, even if it makes us uncomfortable in the process. It’s not uncommon for this group to gather and simply enjoy a meaningful conversation around a shared table. Or maybe you’re interested in helping us start a third small group! For more information on Tabernacle Baptist Church’s small groups, visit http://tbcrichmond.org/tbc/ small-groups/. If you’re interested in joining a small group, contact Dan Schumacher (schumacher@tbcrichmond.org).

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ADULTS

Tuesday Afternoons Brown Bag Bible Study 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Bring a lunch and join the Pastor in the Fellowship Hall as we spend some time studying scripture together. This new study is for adults of all ages. The central scriptural passage will be gleaned from the previous Sunday’s worship service. Transportation is available. Contact Pastor@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Wednesday Evenings Tutoring Assistance for our Children and Teenagers 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Kids have a lot of homework these days, that’s a fact. What’s not so evident is that they often need help getting that homework done. That’s where you come in! This year we are offering a homework assistance time prior to the Wednesday night supper. During this time, we hope to empower students to become confident and competent in their studies. We also hope that this time will be a wonderful way to build strong, lasting relationships with our children and youth. Having adults like you in their lives serving as mentors and guides promotes healthy development and encourages strong spiritual growth. Please consider joining us during this time of discipleship and mentoring! Contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information. Please let us know your strong subjects so that we can place you with the right students!

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Fellowship Meal 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. (weekly) Fellowship is one of the core values of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Please join the Tabernacle Baptist Church family for a simple supper each Wednesday evening between the children’s and youth homework time and our Wednesday evening classes. This community meal will allow time for both children and adults to get to know one another while they share in food and fellowship. The suggested donation for the meal covers the cost of the food that is served. Volunteers from the church family lovingly prepare dinner each Wednesday. The suggested donation is $4.00 per adult, $1.50 per student over 12 and $1.00 per child. Please never allow the suggested donation for the food prevent you from coming and enjoying this fellowship meal.

Wednesday Night Lenten Series: The Meaning of the Cross 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Conference Room on first floor, Feb. 20 - Mar. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall The central symbol of the Christian faith is an ancient torture device. Only employed against the most heinous criminals and those guilty of treason, the cross now enjoys a revival of epic proportions.We forge its shape into elaborate jewelry and wear it around our necks with ease. Some of us hang its likeness as decor on the walls of our homes, while others of us have it tattooed on our bodies. We are no longer unnerved by its shape, but comforted by it. It has become a symbol loaded with meaning, but what exactly does it mean? For centuries, it has been imbued with special significance for the Christian faith, but it is no easy symbol. It represents both death and new-life, both a place of great suffering and the means of our restoration. In it, we are reminded of who it is that God sent to save all humankind… and who it was that executed him. The cross is complex, often beckoning us to accept forgiveness in the same moment that it takes us to task about how casually we have chosen to walk through God’s world. In this 5-week series, we’ll consider the complexity of the cross as the central symbol of the Christian faith and how it not only reveals to us who God is, but also who it is that God desires for us to be! Schedule: Feb. 20: Where Fear Meets Hope, Dr. Phyllis Rodgerson-Pleasants Feb. 27: The Event of Judgment and Forgiveness, Rev. Justin Joplin Mar. 6: Both/And: The Cross as Crossroads for People Living Between the Poles, Rev. Dan Schumacher Mar. 13: The Location of Suffering and Healing, Dr. Dan Bagby Mar. 20: An Example to be Rejected and Emulated, Dr. Valerie Carter 17


ADULTS

Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 7:40 - 9:00 p.m (weekly on Wednesday evenings) The Sanctuary Choir rehearses at 7:40 PM in the Choir Room. We will be practicing music for worship and also preparing for Christmas Concerts! If you love Christmas music it is time to begin preparing! If you plan to attend choir please let Judy Fiske know so that a folder can be prepared for you. Choir is a great way to participate in worship and to get to know people of all ages. Sanctuary Choir is actually a rather large “small group” for people who love to use their gift of music in the weekly worship of the congregation. The group welcomes all who want to participate. We have people who are excellent singers who serve as leaders in their sections and we have people who want to learn how to sing who really enjoy being able to learn next to an excellent singer. Singing in a group is an excellent way to get to know people and to participate in worship on a regular basis. The choir participates regularly in worship from September through the end of April. People move in and out of participation depending on their schedule. Rehearsal attendance is important, but it is possible for people to sign in and out of participation according to their work or study schedules. The opportunity to actively participate in the worship service provides an opportunity to study and prepare for each week’s worship service as a part of a group that is making a major contribution to that service. You have an opportunity to understand on a deep level how all of the music, readings and scriptures fit together to express the message of the day. Contact Judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

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The Seasons of Lent and Easter At Tabernacle we follow the Christian year in our cycles of worship. Each season of the year reminds us of certain truths contained in scripture and helps us focus on what is most important about following God. The lectionary is divided into three different years with each of the synoptic Gospels taking the center stage. The Gospel of John is divided and used during special seasons during all three years. We are currently in the third year; year C which follows the Gospel of Luke. LENT: February 13, 2013 - March 24, 2013 Beginning with Ash Wednesday, this 40-day event is a time of fasting in imitation of Jesus' experience in the wilderness of temptation. The story is in the Gospel of Matthew 4:1-11. On Ash Wednesday we remember that we are dust, and will return to dust. We mark our foreheads with ash made from palm branches used on the previous year's palm Sunday. It is a time of preparation for Easter and of repentance. Self examination, control of appetites, and spiritual devotion are obligations for many Christians in all world cultures during Lent. Conscious attention to the tragic evils in the human family is encouraged. We believe that it is impossible to experience the joy of Easter without walking through the trial of Lent. Colors frequently used are purple, ash gray, and red. HOLY WEEK: March 25, 2013 – March 30, 2013 The days between Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday before Easter are known as Holy Week. These days observe the events in the life of Jesus from the entry into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and burial. Palm Sunday is sometimes called Passion Sunday because of the tragic events of the week to come. This is a Sunday of celebration as palm branches are processed throughout the sanctuary in remembrance of Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The primary observances of Holy Week are: Maundy Thursday (instruction of the Eucharist or Lord's Supper); Good Friday (the passion and death of Jesus); and Holy Saturday (the burial of Jesus). The color for Maundy Thursday is purple. On Good Friday the color is black. 19


EASTER: March 30, 2013 – May 19, 2013 The principal and most ancient festival of the Christian church year is Easter. Following the death and burial of Jesus and his resurrection, there was a renewal of the very life of Jesus Christ in the fellowship of believers in the early Church. Eastertide is the season continuing through Pentecost. Each Sunday is a weekly celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The liturgical color for this season is purple.

Our Lenten Theme The Lenten season has always inspired many people to create everything from poems, art and music to a completely new direction in their lives. This Lenten season Tabernacle will be exploring many of those creations in the hope of inspiring you to compose in a medium that is natural for you. The paintings in the Sanctuary are of the Biblical Stations of the Cross. The artist, Grieg Leach, completed them in 2010. They will help us to visualize the events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus. In addition to the paintings there is a Lenten devotional booklet, Return to Me, which is available in print or online. The Stations of the Cross also inspired these devotions, written by Terry York of Baylor University. Living with these two bodies of artistic expression based on the Biblical Stations of the Cross throughout the season of Lent should help us as we seek to return our lives to God by walking with Jesus though his final days. Pray, read, think and return to God. 20


Artist Biography: Greig Leach Greig Leach's work has been widely collected through the United States, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Ethyl Corporation, Phillip Morris, Chubb Insurance and the Progressive Companies. He has exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1708 Gallery both in Richmond, VA, Jasper Center for the Arts in Jasper, IN, Imagine in Jacksonville, IL and the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum in LaGrange, GA to site just a few venues. He just completed serving as a Visiting Artist to the American Academy in Rome, Italy and also as Artist-in-Residence to Columbus State University Corn Center for the Visual Arts. Grieg has served as an Artist-in-Residence for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Webb School in Knoxville, TN and is a current artist on the Artist-in-Education roster for the Virginia Commission for the Arts. He is a past Fellow of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His work graces many private homes, corporate offices and restaurants bringing joy, color and beauty to all who see his creations. Leach's art education has been continually developed in the studio with formal studies at the Corcoran Museum's School of Art in Washington, DC, Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, He and his wife, actor/writer Bridget Gethins share their turn of the century home in Richmond with three dogs and three cats, all mutts and all rescued from the streets. Their two sons, Austin and Kerrigan, also reside in Richmond alongside Austin’s wife, Sidney Caldwell.

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A Community Read During Lent Join the church staff in reading a novel during Lent (February 13 - March 28). We will be reading and chatting about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This novel, written by Rachel Joyce, was published in 2012. The story had its beginnings as a radio drama written by Joyce as she was dealing with the death of her father from cancer. Though the story had its beginnings in sadness it is a delightful book that follows the journey of a retired Englishman who begins a pilgrimage to visit a former co-worker who is dying of cancer. As he walks across the English countryside he encounters many interesting people and situations. Grab a copy of the book and let’s read and talk. It was released last summer so there should be plenty of used copies out there! You can also get the book on your Kindle, Ipad or Nook. Lent is a time of pilgrimage so we will be reading and discussing this joyful and challenging journey to see what we can learn from Harold Fry.

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Spiritual Formation Booklet (Lent 2013)