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OUR CORE VALUES Worship 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.

Fellowship 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.

Mission 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.

Discipleship 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

Handbell Choir

Handbell Choir

Worship Worship Explorers 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Small Groups

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 Handbell Choir

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. - 12:00 p.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, 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, 9:30 a.m. - 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 congregation. 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!

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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 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.

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.

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Children

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.

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 school8


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. Our older children will also begin working on the annual Christmas pageant later in the Fall. They will have a chance to hear and wonder about the stories in Godly Play and then will experience and participate in them as they rehearse for the pageant. The Christmas pageant has become a muchloved tradition among our congregation and particularly among our children. The pageant, along with Godly Play, offers children the opportunities to hear and wonder about stories of our faith. Consider joining us for an evening to experience the joy of Godly Play. Megan Strollo, Anna Tuckwiller and Christen Schumacher, our Godly Play leaders, can be contacted at bonanner@hotmail.com, megan.fullerton@gmail.com or christenschu@gmail.com.

Children’s Music Program 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. (weekly) The Older Children’s Choir will learn songs that enhance the stories they will be exploring in Godly Play. They will begin with songs about the creation and other stories from Genesis. They will move to working on the music for the Christmas Pageant as the fall moves toward Advent. Julie Gaines will lead the Older Children’s Choir and Jessica Corbitt will be directing the Christmas Pageant. contact Julie@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

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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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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.

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YOUTH

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.

Youth Handbell Choir 6:30-7:30 p.m. Handbell Choir for the youth will involve lessons in note reading, counting and handbell techniques. We will learn songs that we can share in worship. There is a place for everyone in a handbell choir. All you need to do is be a willing learner and capable of counting to four----in any language! We will spend some time studying the texts of the hymns we are learning to play and sharing our prayer concerns with one another. Judy Fiske will be leading the Youth Handbell Choir. Contact judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information

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ADULTS

Sunday Mornings 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.

“Come, Follow Me”:The Life and Character of Christ A new Sunday School Class for Adults of all ages, meets weekly from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Stanley Hauerwas has said, “You cannot know who Jesus is after the resurrection unless you have learned to follow Jesus during his life.” That is because Hauerwas understood that before Christ offered salvation, he issued a single invitation: “Come, follow me.” This was a call to more than a church pew or potluck. It was a summons to an entire way of being -- to authentic living (John10:10)! Those first disciples found in Jesus’ life something to be emulated. But where they perceived a gift, others saw a threat -- a threat to their way of living and to their understanding of God. The way Jesus lived among his contemporaries brought some to his side and created in others the desire to see his way of life crucified. Who is this figure that provoked both humanity’s deepest kinds of loyalties and harshest kinds of reactions? This accessible 17 week Sunday School class will focus on the life and work of the Master and help us build a solid foundation for our lives and for the sake of the world. Join us in the Conference Room as we strive to discover together, through the life of Jesus, what it means to live as people of hope in a broken world. 13


“Come, Follow Me”:The Life and Character of Christ Schedule: Sept. 9: Hello, My Name is Jesus: An Introduction Sept. 16: A World Pregnant for a Savior: The Birth Sept. 23: Tidying Up: John the Baptizer Sept. 30: Water and Wasteland: From Baptism to Temptation Oct. 7: A Nazarene's Manifesto: Preaching Oct. 14: “And With What Authority!”: Teaching Oct. 21: “Your Faith has Made You Well”: Healing Oct. 28: A “This is my Son...” Redux: The Transfiguration Nov. 4: “White-Washed Tombs” and Other Harsh Words: Confrontation Looms Nov. 11: A Week Worth Dying For: The Passion Nov. 18: Crucifying a Way of Life… or Not?: The Trial and the Cross Nov. 25: Unconditional Love: The Resurrection Dec. 2: Advent Encounters: A Time for Celebration Dec. 9: Advent Encounters: “Who Do You Say that I Am?” Dec. 16: Advent Encounters: The Point of Decision Dec. 23: Advent Encounters: A Woman’s Gift

Led by: Dan Schumacher, Pastoral Resident (schumacher@tbcrichmond.org) and Joseph Perdue, Pastoral Intern (perdue@tbcrichmond.org)

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11:00 a.m. (weekly) on Sunday mornings in the Church Sanctuary 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. Worship is the most important thing we do. 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. Please contact the pastoral staff if you are interested in volunteering.

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ADULTS

Worship


Handbell Choir 4:00-5:00 p.m., rehearsals take place weekly on Sunday afternoons The Handbell Choir is open to people of all ages and musical abilities. Handbells are a wonderful way to get to know both music and people. Plan to attend. Please let Judy Fiske know if you plan to attend so that music can be selected and bells assigned. Contact Judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Small Groups 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. The three purposes of small groups are: DISCIPLESHIP: First and foremost, small group ministry is intended to become a vehicle by which we commit ourselves to living under Kingdom principles, both individually and collectively. It is not just the discovery of calling, but also the decision to live in obedience to that calling. This happens in small groups as we read our own lives next to scripture and are challenged by it and by others to growth and further commitment. The group, then, may act as a mirror that reflects back to us a reality that is difficult for us to see without help.

What this might look like: * Honest discussion together about scripture and its role in our lives * A safe place to ask difficult questions concerning life experience and the life of faith * Confession, not just of failure, but also of doubts and fears in the context of a wider community * Christians taking responsibility for spiritual maturity of one another * Times beyond weekly worship for people to pray and encourage one another

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FELLOWSHIP: We believe no one is an island unto themselves – that each of us are better off with all of us. While the primary goal of small groups is discipleship, we also believe that inherent in the process of Christians growing in Christ is the process of Christians growing together. Small groups challenge us to not simply pretend to live as a community of believers, but rather require us to live in community. A small group gathering is not a church meeting, but an opportunity to live life together. By joining a small group, you are committing yourself to others, no matter their socio-economic, political, or ethnic differences. You are committing to live as Christians in a warm and caring environment, even when (not if, but when) you disagree.

What this might look like: * Regular shared meals that help people get to know one another * Celebrating those milestone events in each others’ lives (birthdays, engagements/marriages, babies born, etc…) * Taking time for one another outside of regular gatherings * Sharing in everyday kinds of activities, like a daily jog, grocery shopping, yard work, etc… * Caring for one another in tangible and intangible ways when tragedy strikes or someone is facing a difficult period of time, like by making a lasagna (tangible) and committing that one to prayer (intangible)

MISSION: At TBC, we believe in Missio Dei – that is, in God’s mission. We affirm that this Mission is God’s and not ours, and we believe that we are tasked with joining God in that mission. Furthermore, we believe in taking the whole gospel to the whole person. A successful small group will not only engage and care for the whole person as members of the group, but also move those persons to give themselves wholly to the fulfillment of God’s purpose for humanity in the world. In other words, what happens in a small group should not stay in a small group! We believe that when small groups take their discipleship and fellowship seriously, a commitment to God’s mission will ensue and creative acts of service will unfold.

What this might look like: * Being open and willing to invite newcomers and neighbors who would benefit from the gift you’ve been given. * Deciding together that you will serve monthly through a local ministry or school * Committing to a community garden project that donates its harvest to low income families or church members * Committing to join other small groups in an annual mission trip

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Frequently asked questions concerning Small Groups: What do you do in these groups? The most important group activity is simply “ordinary life” lived out together and with an eye cast to the Kingdom. Small groups are comprised of people who are committed to living out the Kingdom together in our city, and that naturally extends beyond gathering times. During gathering times, we expect groups will engage in a variety of activities, whether that be sharing and prayer, confession and accountability, Bible study, service, meals, and fun. From time to time, the pastors may suggest different seasons of focus for the groups, but it really is up to the group how that time is spent.

Who leads these groups? Groups have at least two spiritually mature leaders who are the Core Leaders. This is more of a pastoral role rather than a teaching role. Even if these folks are not doing the regular teaching in the groups, they at least are in a position of spiritual oversight and are willing to accept some responsibility for the spiritual health of those in the group. Furthermore, Core Leaders are willing to be a point person for the group by relaying group concerns and needs to the church staff and organizing group facilitators. Having said that, the expectation of small groups is that everyone will lead by facilitating discussion, leading Bible study, or organizing a service project. Members will also claim responsibility in the group by taking part in making decisions about the groups’ focus, meeting time, and frequency of gatherings. Most importantly, small group members will lead by caring for other members of the group.

What kind of people are in these groups? Our hope is that groups would reflect the diversity of TBC itself. However, many of our members will be more comfortable with a more traditional type of discipleship that revolves around the Sunday school model. Because of this, we imagine that these groups will be made up mostly of young adults and parents of young children. Ideally, groups are made up of 8-10 members, with a maximum of 12-13 members before the group decides to create another group. Under this model of ministry, we believe that size does matter and that if a group becomes too big, it is likely that some members will feel like their voice and place in the group is being lost. We encourage the groups to have some loose geographic basis, but we also realize that people will be drawn to certain groups because of relationships.

What about children in these groups? It is in the spirit of TBC to see children and youth as full participants in the body of Christ, welcoming them in every dimension of the church’s life. Therefore we want to view children not as an obstacle to our gatherings, but to invite their presence and participation. We also want our children to see parents in loving, supportive relationships with one another and other adults, and to see spiritually discipling relationships develop between children and adults, even adults other than their parents. How this works out practically will be dependent on the groups and the number and age of the children present. TBC also has a fund available to help with childcare if a group needs it. 18


What happens as the groups grow? It is our hope that these groups will be inclusive, welcoming broken people and making the Church accessible to all sorts of folk. As a result, it is also our hope and expectation that groups will change and shift and grow, acting as open, dynamic communities and not closed, static accountability groups. While we recommend groups consider multiplying when they have reached 12-13 regular attendees, we do leave it up to the groups to decide when the formation of a new group should occur. Our hope is that new leadership will arise from these groups.

How do you join a group? Ideally, our small groups will be keeping an eye out for you and you’ll receive an invitation (or two!) before you can even ask this question. If, however, this doesn’t happen for whatever reason, consider doing one of the following: Speak to one of the pastoral staff at worship and let us know that you’re interested in joining a small group and we’ll get you in touch with Core Leaders from potential groups. Contact info: Dan Schumacher, Dan@tbcrichmond.org or 804.355.0134 If you know one of the core leaders, feel free to ask her or him to help you get plugged in. Go with a friend to a small group gathering and see if it’s a good fit. Consider starting a small group in your part of town and get trained to be a leader.

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.

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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!

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.

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Wednesday Night Bible Study Welcoming God and other Strangers: Hospitality in the Church Today 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (weekly), September 5-26, 2012 Christian hospitality is more than “entertainment” or being nice. It's best lived and understood as an extension of our worship of the triune God, a God who cannot be domesticated but comes in strange and surprising ways. How are Christians called to practice such hospitality today? In this study, Dr. Newman will address the following topics: “McDonaldized” hospitality versus Christian hospitality (Sept. 5), worship as hospitality (Sept. 12), hospitality as the “little way” (Sept. 19) and hospitality and the stranger (Sept. 26) A word about our guest leader: Dr. Elizabeth Newman (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (Brazos Press, 2007), and is currently completing Attending to the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision (Cascade, forthcoming). Her husband, Jon Baker, pastors Epworth United Methodist Church in King William County. She has a daughter, Jessica (15) and a son, Jacob (12) Contact schumacher@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

Wednesday Night Bible Study Oh, What Saviors!?! 6:30 - 7:30 p.m (weekly), Oct 3 - 24, 2012 Have you ever wished that you lived back in "Bible days" when God led God's people through giants of faith, and spoke directly to believers, guiding them specifically through their lives? What if it turns out that God related to the heroes of Israel's faith such as the Judges (and of the early church such as Peter and Paul, for that matter) much as God relates to us? What if the heroes of the faith were not always so heroic? What if living as people of faith in the real world has always been messy? In this study of the stories of four of Israel's judges, we will explore these questions and more.

A Word about our guest leader: Mark Biddle (Doctorate of Theology, University of Zürich) is author of several books including Missing the Mark: Sin and Its Consequences in Biblical Theology (Abingdon, 2005) and Deuteronomy in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Series, as well as the Old Testament Area Editor for that series. He has written numerous articles and more than 90 book reviews. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and at the Polish Baptist Theological Seminary. He has 21 served as pastor and interim pastor in Indiana, Germany, Switzerland and Tennessee.


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. Come join the Sanctuary Choir as we prepare for the fall, Advent and Christmas. Contact Judy@tbcrichmond.org for more information.

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Mark Your Calendars 2012 September 5 September 9 September 23 October 7 October 12-14 October 19-20 November 6 November 13-14 November 10 November 17 November 18 December 2 December 9 December 16 December 21 or 22 December 22 December 24

Wednesday Evening Program resumes Promotion Sunday + Annual Church Picnic Ministry Fair after worship World Communion Sunday + Family Photo on portico steps Richmond Folk Festival Church Wide Retreat at Camp Alkulana Election Day (volunteers needed to hand out coffee and greet neighbors) Virginia Baptist Mission Board Annual Meeting in Roanoke, Va. Richmond Marathon Fan Feast Commitment Sunday First Sunday in Advent TCCC Children’s Program Children’s Christmas Pageant in Worship + Christmas in Fan Concert Christmas Baskets to be delivered on either Friday or Saturday (TBA) Sanctuary Choir at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg Christmas Eve Service

2013 January 24-26 March 1-2 February 13 March 31 April 1-5

Marriage Retreat All-State Choir Ash Wednesday Easter Sunday Spring Break

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