Bishop Webb to host discussion on homosexuality UMC
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will be visiting each district as part of his 2017-2018 District Days tour. The theme of the tour will be “A Way Forward.” The Binghamton District will host Bishop Webb on Thursday, March 1st at Endwell UMC. Laity session will be held from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.
This year’s District Days is set up in such a way that will facilitate active discussion. In each District, conversations will be had in small groups based on questions originating with the United Methodists Commission on a Way Forward, which is a group of laity and clergy from across our global church that was gathered together by the Council of Bishops to work on the issues related to human sexuality which arose from the 2016General Conference. The goal of these conversations is not to reach a consensus on the answers to the questions, but rather to record an array of thoughts and ideas to send to the Commission. In the words of the Conference’s Human Sexuality Task Force who have designed the day, “we will discuss the United Methodist Church, and what changes we might need to make, to make it more like God wants us to be.”
Tuesdays with the Pastor — Our new study/discussion using Brian McLaren’s Way of Life is underway. A short video introduces each night’s topic for discussion. Copies of the book will be available, but are not necessary reading. All are welcome, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. each Tuesday. We are NOT meeting on Feb. 27th due to a scheduling conflict. Next session is March 6th.
On January 28th we celebrated 10 years as part of the Reconciling Ministries Network. Thanks to everyone who contributed and was present.
The Tabernacle family grieves the loss of the Rev. Dr. Brolin C. Parker. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, January 20th. After retirement from the ministry, Brolin chose Tabernacle as his church home. As recently as the December Christmas Pageant he wrote part of the liturgy.
Missions – We just completed a major project to provide newborn supplies (blankets, cribs, toys, diapers, clothing, etc.) to support the UHS “Baby Bucks” program.
Steps in Faith Community Meal
Thank you to everyone who has helped us in providing for the Wednesday night community meals in the way of monetary and food donations!! Our need is still great as we continue to not receive enough food from Broome Bounty to provide a full meal. Recently there have been 65 to 100 community members in attendance, including 16 to 25 children. We have seen a large rise in the number of children and families that are coming to the Wednesday night dinners. Some people have asked what items we are particularly in need of, the following is a list of items that we purchase regularly: coffee, tomato sauce, #10 cans of vegetables (six are used per meal, pasta, instant mashed potatoes, packaged drinks. Please feel free to call Pat at 724-3894 if you have any questions.
We have a need for a volunteer to dust the parlor, coffee house and narthex. Johnson’s maintenance is contracted to clean floors, rugs and bathrooms, window sills and dusts window sills.
Thanks to everyone who helped make our Back to School clothes effort a great success. Tabernacle gave complete outfits and sneakers to 51 children and teens, and Centenary Chenango St. UMC covered another 28 and most of the socks and underwear.
Garden Walkway Brick Venture
The garden walkway committee invites you to participate in our ongoing exciting project at Tabernacle. Bricks still may be purchased blank or engraved with up to a three line message creating an everlasting tribute to memorialize or honor family and friends. You may call the church office (723-8983) or Ron Platt (723-7174) for more information. We thank Bev Rainforth for keeping this special area so beautiful for all to see.