Tabor Presbyterian Church
Traditional in Service,
Progressive in Outreach
5804 Tabor Street (PO Box 446) Crozet, VA 22932
Ash Wednesday Service with Holy Communion
February 10, 2016
Please join us for our Ash Wednesday service with Holy Communion on February 10, 2016 at 6 PM. All guests are welcome to join us.
Lectionary Texts for Ash Wednesday- Joel 2: 1-2 or Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 51: 1-17; 2 Corinthians 5: 20b - 6: 10; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21
Shrove Tuesday Supper
February 9, 2016
We are having a Mardi Gras themed Supper on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6 PM in the Pickford-Chiles Fellowship Hall.
The church is providing red beans, rice, and gumbo. Members please bring a friend or two and a side dish to share. We welcome any and all guests to join us for supper. If you wish to bring a dish, please do, if not, please still join us!
UPDATE: After the dinner, we are pleased to have a talented local singer/songwriter, Matthew McAllister, perform for us in the sanctuary. We will take up a love offering to show our appreciation, and Matthew will sell his CDs.
Check out his Facebook page and listen to a few recordings.
We are in for a big treat!
Tabor Women of the Church Bible Study
Second Wednesday of every month
Pickford-Chiles Fellowship Hall
Leadership rotates among the group each month.
"Anne's Bible Study"
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Led by: Marilyn Whitley
"Anne's Bible Study" is a women's ecumenical Bible study that began 25+ years ago. It is named in memory of Anne Royals, one of the study's founders. The group meets on Thursday mornings at 10:00 September- November and January- April in the Pickford Chiles Fellowship Hall.
Tabor News and Information
For questions or more information on events please contact the office at 434-823-4255 or by emailing us.
Children's Sunday School
11:00 am ( after the children's sermon)
Our Place Our Space
Sunday School is being led by Gibbs Gresge and Molly Jones. Children are encouraged to bring a small donation of giving. We can provide a nursery as needed.
Nancy Davis is looking for volunteers to provide flowers for our Sunday worship services. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall or you can contact Nancy directly at email@example.com.
1. 40 Days-40 Items: In the spirit of treading lightly upon the earth; reduce, reuse, recycle. What do we need to give up? Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home or closet that you no longer need. Bring your filled bags on Easter Sunday and we will combine by content and prepare for distribution to those who can use them. (Bags will be given out at the Ash Wednesday service.)
2. Single Practice of Mindfulness: Consider the question to yourself, in every decision and encounter: Is it NECESSARY? This doesn’t mean we always decide to do what is necessary -- that would be no fun! (If I want to order the fries, I order the fries!) It just means we use discernment in decision-making; we pause, to reflect, the hallmark of Lent. This is also a spiritual practice insofar as stewardship of the earth is concerned.
3. Using the letters of Lent as a practice: L.E.N.T.
Earning a degree requires a process. Getting from one end of the pool to the other is a process of agility, respiration and stamina! So, too, is our spiritual life a process, a movement through stages and season, ups and downs, doubts and fears, joys and celebrations. Lent, in particular, marks the time in the church year when we devote ourselves to self-examination, inward focus, and confession. When Easter comes, we will be readied, to celebrate the culmination of a process. We have prepared. As Advent is a time to wait, Lent is a time to reflect.
To keep focused, I’ve created a tool using the letters of Lent to keep me close to the “reason for the season.” Take a look; maybe you can come up with your own! (email me!)
•L: Listen - Listen to voices other than my own. Listen to the “still, small voice.” Listening can be hard when we have made up our mind. Listening can be hard when we have something important to SAY. Jesus was a superb listener, and in hearing, could heal. •E: Examine/Entertain - Entertain new ideas. Examine assumptions. Entertain people outside our comfort zone. Examine motives. Entertain perspectives that differ from your own. •N: Name - Name my darkness. This is the part of us that we keep hidden from others, that part of us that brings us shame. Name your “demons.” Name what needs the light of Christ (what needs confessing, changing, understanding). •T: Tenderness - Treat yourself and others kindly. This doesn’t mean we must all agree, or avoid difficult topics and proposals. But if you treat yourself with kindness and tenderness, it is easier to treat another with kindness and tenderness. Implied in “Love your neighbor as yourself” is self-love, borne of Christ’s love for us.
4. LENT PRACTICES from Rev. Ressler (from his book 40 Things to Give Up for Lent and Beyond) (shared with permission)
1.Fear: God is on my side. 2.The need to please everyone: I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please. 3.Envy: I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. 4.Impatience: God’s timing is the perfect timing. 5.Sense of entitlement: The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace. 6.Bitterness and Resentment: The only person I am hurting by holding onto these is myself. 7.Blame: I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions. 8.Gossip and Negativity: I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic and bring other people down. 9.Comparison: I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me. 10.Fear of failure: You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fall forward. 11.A spirit of poverty: Believe with God that there is always more than enough and never a lack. 12.Feelings of unworthiness: You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139) 13.Doubt: Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize. 14.Self-pity: God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 15.Retirement: As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die. 16.Excuses: A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do. 17.Lack of counsel: Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum. 18.Pride: Blessed are the humble. 19.Worry: God is in control and worrying will not help.