Get Plugged In

"Live your life in a way that is worth telling stories about."  In doing this, be ready to step out your comfort zone and try something new.  We have many opportunities at Tabernacle.  Take a chance and join your church family in one of the following areas. 


Disciple Fast Track Bible Study--Begins September 4th

TABUMC will be offering Disciple Fast Track Bible Stduy beginning September 4th and runs for 24 weeks.  The class will be held on Tuesday nights from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Room  413.  

Disciple is a 24 week program of disciplined Bible study aimed at develping strong Christian leaders.  The study involves both Old and New Testaments, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God.  Disciple draws upon the work of scholars, the personal daily Bible reading of 20-30 minutes, and dynamic group discussion to aid in the understanding of the Bible.

We will be using two text books, one for the Old Testament and one for the New.  The cost is $13.00 each.  If you have further questions or are interested in signing up, please see either Bob Gallagher, Eileen David or contact Eileen at or 540-374-5266.


Pastor's Bible Study

The Pastor's Bible Study is on Thursday mornings.  The Study meets weekly starting at 9:30 a.m. in room 413.  The group is currently studying the book of Psalms. 


65th Annual Thanksgiving Auction

On November 20th, Tabernacle will hold its 65th Annual Thanksgiving Auction and Dinner.  For the auction to be a success, we need donated items.  As you begin your summer canning, make a few extra jars for the auction.  If you are talented in woodworking, quilting, sewing, crafting, etc., make an extra item or two for the auction.  If you have a service related talent like babysitting, adult sitting, landscaping, yard work, home repair, etc., offer your time in the auction.  If you hold season tickets to an event and would like to share a pair of tickets, we would love to auction them.  Baked items are always a wonderful addition to the auction table.  If you have any questions, contact Vedi Ellis at 540-455-6076.  The dinner begins at 5:00, and the auction begins at 6:30.  There will be a Pre-Sale of items in the Library on Sunday November 18th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30  p.m.  If you would like to donate handmade items, you can drop them off by 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 16th.  Donated food items need to be dropped off by Noon on Tuesday, November 20th.  Pies are needed by the UMM to sell during the dinner.  If you are willing to bake or buy, please bring to the MPR by 4:00 p.m.


MPKIDS on November 11th

Mission Possible Kids (MPKids) is back!  Join us at the meeting on Sunday, November 11th from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the MPR.  Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade, come see what the new mission is.


 Mission Partners

Would you like to help with Missions at Tabernacle but have limited time?  If so, you could become a Mission Partner and plug in when you are able.  There are many ongoing activities needed to keep Missions going.  Examples include making phone calls, packing zip lock bags with soaps and lotions for Micah, delivering donations to Micah or SECA, making informational posters for mission projects, helping to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at Tabernacle, designing or putting together displays, making announcements at worship services, and much more.  Mission help is needed throughout the year.


Volunteers Needed For SECA 

Volunteers are needed at SECA for approximately one hour on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  SECA needs volunteers to pick up food at the Courtland Food Lion at 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and take it to SECA.  Choose a day and come and volunteer!  For more information or to volunteer, please call Robert Newton at 786-6447.


Worship Committee Invitation

The Worship Committee would like to extend an invitation to Tabernacle members who would like to share their talents in the following areas:  Communion Steward and Lay Reading at the Traditional services.  We are currently looking for those who would like to be Lay Readers.  On average, a Lay Reader takes part in four services a year and assists the Pastor in the opening of Worship Service.  We are in need of Lay Readers for the 11:00 a.m. Service for the month of September.  Please contact Donna Jones to volunteer or to find out more information.  540-207-5348 or fdesigns2000@icloud


Contemporary Service Volunteers

The Contemporary Service is in need of volunteers to be Greeters, Ushers, and Communion Servers.  Sign up sheets will be located by the entrance to the MPR.  You can sign up for just one Sunday or multiple Sundays.  We are also looking for volunteers to set up and take down coffee time for the Contemporary Service.  There will be a sign up sheet for those who are interested in helping with that.


An Opportunity to Serve Once a Year

You may have wondered who puts the bread and grape juice on the communion table for the 8:15 and 11:00 communion services.  There are twelve faithful communion stewards-one person for each month.  We currently need volunteers to fill upcoming vacancies.  If you have questions, please contact Janet Craig at 757-784-5354 or Margaret Kackley.


Micah Ministry

Tabernacle families continue to support feeding those who are struggling in our community.  We served 100's of people the past four months with our spaghetti dinner and stew.  Our next meal is Friday, November 16th.  We will be serving Spaghetti.  If you can help with serving the meal, that's awsome!  The meal is served at Shiloh Baptist Church, 525 Princess Anne Street beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Sign-up sheets are located outside the Fellowship Hall, in the MPR and by the main door of the Sanctuary after the 11:00 a.m. Service. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact  Linda and Bob Dooley at 540-455-2850.    


Nursery Helpers Needed

If you are able to help in the nursery during any of the services as a backup to our regular workers, please stop in the nursert to sign up.  Please Note:  A background check is required.  Thank you!



Lay Reader.  Assist with Traditional Services.  Make announcements before the service and lead Affirmation of Faith and Prayer of Congregation as printed in the bulletin.  On the first Sunday of the month, assist with Communion. 

Greeters.  Assist with giving out bulletins, greeting individuals, seating individuals, and meeting visitors.  Give visitors Gift Bags and make sure they know where various areas, such as bathrooms and Fellowship Hall, are located.  For more information and questions, call Donna Jones at 540-207-5348 or email


The 4th Tuesday of each month, people from Tabernacle and Peace UMC go to Woodmont Nursing Facility from 10:00–10:45 a.m. to visit, have fellowship, sing hymns and have a short devotion. If you are interested in participating in this inspirational and personally uplifting ministry, please contact Amy King at (540)786-2419.


Communion for Shut-Ins
The 1st Sunday of each month take communion to shut-ins, people in the hospital, and those who are unable to attend church.  For more information, contact Susan Pleasants at (540)786-6162 or


Prayers and Squares Quilting
Each Wednesday and the second Saturday of the month, individuals make quilts for those who need prayer and healing.  This group meets from 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Kim Wainwright at


MOPS October 22nd

MOPS next meeting will be on Monday, November 12th in the Fellowship Hall from 9:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  In the ever popular and historical words of Bobby McFerin, "Don't worry, Be happy".  Are you living an intentional life?  Do you worry?  Are you happy?  While worry is the absence of something, Gratitude is the presence of something.  If you worry, you give up being happy.  Melissa Keylor will be discussing the possibilities of gratitude instead of worry and optimism instead of pessimism.  We will be exploring the Three Good Things Gratitude Challenge and embracing Mr. McFerin's time honored phrase, "Don't worry, Be happy".  November is our month of service so we will be putting together our Operation Christmas Child boxes.  Please bring any items you are able to donate, pay for shipping of a box, or feel free to help pack the boxes with the group.  Also, if you have agreed to bring an item for the Auction Basket, please make sure to bring it to this meeting.  We will be gathering the items to begin putting the basket together for the Thanksgiving Auction which is on November 20th.  If there is time, we will complete a small craft to align with our theme of gratitude.  Please bring a side dish you are grateful to have in your recipe box.  Makesure you have it written down so you can share it.  Childcare will be provided by our lovely MOPPET volunteers.  Looking forward to seeing everyone and grateful for all of you!  If you have any questions, contact Melissa Keylor at or Teresa Gerney at


 MOPS Kids Need You

Hey you . . . yes you!  Are you good with kids that are younger?  Do you love babies?  Can you spare 3 hours a month to provide a much needed service?  Do you like chocolate?  Well, do I have a place for you!  MOPS is in need of volunteers for childcare.  It is truly only 3 hours a month.  And yes, you will receive chocolate!  Please come and play with our little ones so our MOPS moms can have some much needed support and growth time.  It is awesome if people can commit to all meetings, and I would be grateful for people who can come to one or two meetings.  Please contact me, Melissa Keylor, with any questions, ideas, or to work out a possible time commitment.  I work in the nursery part time or you can email me at  Thank you.


Join the Choir

Do you like to sing?  Do you like to have fun?  Then we would love to have you in our church choir!  We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Like to sing but don't want to make a full time commitment?  Why not think about joining us for the Christmas Cantata!  Please see Melanie Bolas or Donna Steckler with any questions.


Cherub Choir for 3 year olds through first grade.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Youth Chancel Choir for grades 2 through 8.  Practices on Sunday morning from  9:30 to 9:50 in the Music Office.   For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Chancel Choir for 14 year olds and up meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Catherine Stanley Ringers (Bell Choir) for high school to adults and should be able to read music or willing to learn.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Melanie Bolas at (540)786-6162 or

Praise and Worship Team for high school to adults and must audition to participate.  Meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Sunday School Classes
Contact person for Sunday School classes is Brenda Bishop (540)786-0720.  Sunday School classes meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. with the exception of Women of Faith that meets at 11:00.

Adult Classes

The Mary Thomas Class (Room 412) uses Adult Bible Studies, a quarterly publication which focusses on a different theme each quarter.  Each lesson in the quarter is based on scripture passage.  The Spring quarter's theme is "Acknowledging God," and uses scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments.

The Leon Anderson Discovery Classs (Room 411) will be studying The Ten Commandments by J. Ellsworth Kalas.

The Upper Room Class (Room 304) will start a new study beginning October 7, 2018.  The book is Half Truths by Adam Hamilton.  This book has 5 chapters  and will run approximately until Christmas.

Other adult classes include The Seekers (Room 413) and Women of Faith (Room 413).  All Sunday School classes meet from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, except for Women of Faith which meets from 11:00 to Noon. 

You are welcome to drop in to see what these classes are about.  We concourage you to come "Just as you are" in your faith journey.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eileen David at

Youth Classes
Curriculum is topic based and designed to help the youth live out their faith in every day life.

Middle High
Youth in grades six to eight.  They meet in 414 (yellow hall).

Senior High
Youth in grades nine to twelve.  They meet in 112 (old building).  They will be studying The Wesley Challenge.

Curriculum based material which introduces the children to the Bible.  The classes are divided as follows:

Three to Four year olds - Rm 407 (green hall)

Kindergarten to First grade - Rm 406 (green hall)

Second to Third grade - Rm 403 (green hall)

Fourth to Fifth grad - Rm 402 (green hall)

United Methodist Men
Provide discussion on spiritual topics of interest to men and discussion of fund raising opportunities to support church and community projects.  UMM meets the second Sunday of each month.  They meet at 7:00 p.m. in room 413.  For more information, contact David Kellison at 540-786-3930.

United Methodist Women
Provide a creative, supportive fellowship where women can continue their spiritual growth while exploring mission opportunities in the church and the community.  UMW meets on the second Sunday of each month except in July and August.  They meet at 3:00 p.m. in the Library.  For more information, contact Sherri Stadtler at or 540-548-1692.

Women's Circles
Dorcas Circle meets the second Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at a member's house.

Rosa Miller Circle meets the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the church in room 413.