Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
Tab Women's Ministry seeks to glorify God by strengthening our personal walks with Christ and by building relationships between women in our congregation.
We want every woman to know Christ personally and be committed to extending His kingdom in her life, home, church, community and throughout the world.
Please contact Address Card Tab Women's Ministry with questions.
My Dear Sisters in Christ;
Happy New Year! It is that time of year to reflect on the past year and set some goals for 2024. No matter what last year was like for you, we can dedicate the year ahead to growing in our love for our Savior and following His will for our lives.
I have two personal goals for this year that I want to pursue: thankfulness and friendship.
Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Sadly, my own default mode in prayer is often complaining and asking. The scriptures are full of commands to be thankful in all circumstances and to thank God for His love, His grace, His compassion, and provisions to us. When I take time to focus on God’s goodness and blessings and hope, my whole perspective changes and discouragement is replaced by joy. Together, let’s spend time meditating on God’s character and blessings that are ours in Christ and thanking our Heavenly Father, no matter what this year brings.
Our book club just finished reading the book Made for People: Why We Drift into Loneliness and How to Fight for a Life of Friendship by Justin Early. The author states that loneliness is epidemic in our society and our life of busy distractions prevents us from forming deeper relationships. He makes the case that friendship is a gift from God and that Jesus spend his earthly life among his friends. We need meaningful, lasting relationships if we are to grow in our Christian walk.
On March 7-9 we have an opportunity to join with other women of the Blue Ridge Presbytery to attend a women’s retreat at nearby Rockbridge Alum Springs. Megan Hill, author, pastor’s wife, and mother, will be speaking on the topic God’s Grace in Seasons of Change. My prayer is that you attend, and together we will be encouraged in Christ and in our relationships with each other.
I’m thankful to the Lord for each one of you and our whole Tabernacle family. Call me and let’s do lunch!
In Christ’s love,
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls, her friend can help her up. But pity the (wo)man who falls and has no one to help her up!
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Click each section to get acquainted with the women's ministry leadership:
Daza grew up in Houston Texas in a Christian home. She made a profession of faith at the age of eight and was baptized. She married her high school sweetheart, Jack, and he served in both the Coast Guard and the Navy for over 20 years. During that time, she and her family moved 13 times and had three children born in Japan, Colorado and Russia. Trained as a librarian, she worked almost 30 years in medical, engineering, school and public libraries.
She has been a member of Tabernacle since 2011.
She has a great desire for women to grow in their Christian walk and in relationship with one another in the Body of Christ. She has been blessed to be part of the Women’s Ministry Leadership Team, Women’s Support Team, and Tuesday morning Bible studies for the past several years.
Her hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening and visiting their grandson in California. She just finished reading All My Knotted Up Life by Beth Moore and highly recommends it. She and her husband grow vegetables and grapes and enjoy birdwatching together.
Katie spent her childhood in a variety of places - Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut before her family settled in Charlotte, North Carolina for her teenage years. She attended the UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and afterwards moved to Charlottesville to complete her Master’s in Teaching at the UVa.
Since then, Katie has worked in Albemarle Public Schools as a bilingual immersion Spanish teacher. Katie met her husband Parker in 2018 and they married in 2020 - right in the middle of the pandemic! Katie and Parker have been members of Tabernacle PCA for 2 years.
They live in Stuarts Draft with their 2 cats and flock of chickens. The Dells are delighting in their first child, a daughter, born in September 2023. Katie is thrilled to be starting this new chapter of life as a mother.
Her hobbies include: swing dancing, board games, reading, and occasionally sewing. She and Parker love to travel and explore new places.
Katie is excited to begin serving in Women's Ministry and is hopeful that her organizational and leadership skills from the workplace will translate well into helpful contributions at Tab. As Assistant Director, Katie will be supporting Daza both practically and in prayer. She is also co-leading one of the summer women’s book studies and helping to plan the fall Women’s Conference. Katie is most passionate about looking for ways to include and serve women who feel on the fringes of the church community.
If Katie had to pick a verse of particular meaning for her life, it is John 3:14-15. That’s not a typo. Ask why.
Kara has lived in the Shenandoah Valley her whole life. She became a member of Tabernacle along with her husband Brian in 2005. Kara and Brian celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary this past December. They have two adult children, Garrett and Ella, who are also members of Tabernacle.
Kara taught in various roles in public school as an elementary educator, a reading specialist, and an instructor for adult ESL students for sixteen years. She homeschooled her children for seven years.
Currently, Kara is using her gifts and talents of organization, attention to detail, and love for people to serve as office manager for Love In The Name of Christ. Kara is humbled to serve alongside an amazing staff at Love INC and blessed to work with churches in our community committed to serving our neighbors in need. Kara has a new understanding of the power of prayer, and God’s power to equip his people for his work.
Kara’s hobbies include running, tandem biking with Brian, hiking, cooking, and reading. Kara is finishing the book The True Woman by Susan Hunt. She and Brian also complete the daily Bible reading Seeing Jesus Together.
She is excited to use her connections to bring opportunities for Mercy Ministry for the women of Tab.
Carol grew up in New Jersey as a beach lover but headed to the Midwest for college. Shortly after graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois, she moved to Philadelphia and met her husband Ron at Tenth Presbyterian Church where they shared a common love for the preaching of their favorite expositor, Dr. James Boice, whose teaching planted in her a love for Reformed Theology.
She and Ron have been married for 47 years and raised their four children in the Boston suburbs. They currently have four grandchildren but are hoping for a few more!
With a love of homemaking and hospitality, Carol has primarily been at home with her children, but has enjoyed a variety of interests outside the home including volunteering in the church and community. A great joy has been hosting missionaries who have become dear friends. She also loves reading all kinds of books, music, gardening, sewing, hiking, swimming and studying the Word.
In their retirement years, Ron and Carol have been privileged to travel and enjoy making plans to visit new places. Highlights of each summer include family reunions at Capon Springs WV and “Grandparents Camp” when she relishes free rein with her favorite kids and together they enjoy fun outings, science experiments, cooking and digging into God’s Word.
A verse that has long been a guide and solace is Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path.”
Rebecca and her family have attended Tab since 2019 but have been residents of the area much longer. She graduated from Grace Christian High School in Staunton and graduated with a degree in English Language & Literature from Bridgewater College. She and her husband Nick live in Augusta County with their two young boys.
Rebecca spends her days working in digital marketing, ghost writing, copywriting, homeschooling, dog-walking, chasing boys around, maintaining a home, and doing many other various activities.
In what little free time is left, she enjoys reading and dabbling in creative activities like crochet, watercolor, and sourdough baking.
Nostalgic Fun with Paper Snowflakes
Take time to craft with kids, friends, or neighbors with this simple, but lovely activity.
- Regular printer paper (white or color!)
Use the link below to find step by step picture directions as well as an instructional video for making beautiful paper snowflakes.
Decorate your windows, walls, and/or share your creations to bless others.
LORD, thank You for the unique love that You have for each of us, Your children. We marvel at the Truth that You know the intricacies of all our thoughts, worries, needs, and You draw near.
In this season, help us to notice how You have designed us for Your Glory. Lift our eyes to see and appreciate You, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
You are Trustworthy and True. Lead us forward in what You have planned in our days. Help us to honor You in this new year.
The following resources have been an encouragement to women in our church. If you have books, Bible studies, podcasts, or other resources to recommend, contact the Address Card Tab Women's Ministry.
Gospel-Centered Hope to Fulfill Your God-Given Design
by Sarah Ivill
bookmark Available to borrow from church
by Paul David Tripp
bookmark Available to borrow from church
by David Mathis
bookmark Available to borrow from church
by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb
by Darby Strickland