Update from Pastor Patrick
(Tabernacle Baptist Church, January 15, 2021)
Dear Church Family,
We had a wonderful conclusion to 2020 as a church family. Even though we experienced a strange and trying year, we ended our budget year having received nearly $50,000 more than our budget requirements! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and thank you for your generous stewardship!
In addition to this good news, I can also share that we ended 2020 strongly sharing the good news of Jesus. We have heard numerous reports of how the Lord used “Can’t Cancel Christmas” mightily to get the gospel to many people. Thank you for your commitment to shining the light of Jesus!
I am thankful for all the Lord did amongst our fellowship in 2020. Despite trying times, we were still able to be the church and follow after our God-given priorities. Throughout the month of January, we have been focusing on the vision He has called us to. I’ve shared about how our purpose is rooted in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We’ve talked about how we exist to connect people to their ultimate purpose in life in Jesus Christ. We have also talked about how four priorities help us fulfill that purpose — fellowship, worship, discipleship training, and outreach. Though seasons may change, and society may be hectic, our purpose and priorities remain the same!
I have a burden for us to stay focused on our priorities, even though things may be a bit strange in our world right now. It is for this reason I want to share some important news with you related to each of them:
Fellowship — We will return to in-person LifeGroups on February 28! More information about this return can be found in a note from Benjy Linder, our Associate Pastor of Families and Discipleship, at the bottom of this page.
Worship — We will return to having three in-person worship services on February 28! Gathering for praise and preaching is a must for every believer. Our attendance has been increasing and we want to provide an additional service for the purposes of safety and social distancing.
Discipleship Training — We will launch a special program for this COVID season on March 13 that will help us engage in discipleship training during this strange time. We will call this program Follow Me. It will involve a weekly lesson you can use to be discipled or make disciples. More information will be coming soon. We believe this will be a great pathway to engage in discipleship training!
Outreach — Though things are different right now, we can still share the gospel! Along with the Follow Me lessons that will start March 13, we are going to provide some Follow Me challenges each week. These will be simple and straightforward ways for you to share the gospel this spring.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the Lord is going to use us as we pursue His purpose and priorities for His church!
Great days are ahead! Know that I love you!
Dear Church Family,
We are excited to announce that on February 28 we will offer three morning services at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. We will also resume LifeGroups for all ages: preschoolers, kids, students, college, and adults!
Preschool LifeGroups will be available during the 9:30 am and 11:00 am services. Preschoolers can attend both hours so parents can attend both worship and a LifeGroup.
Kids and students will have LifeGroup opportunities at both 9:30 am and 11:00 am. The family-focused service will be held at 11:00 am. Families can worship together one hour and attend LifeGroup another hour. In the past, middle school and high school students met at separate hours. Starting on February 28, students can choose to attend LifeGroups at 9:30 am or 11:00 am.
The College LifeGroup will meet at 11:00 am.
Adult LifeGroups will be available during all three worship hours.
Be on the lookout for more details from your ministry area in the weeks to come.
By His Wounds,