Come and See

Standing in the stairway, welcoming a neighbor into the building, our conversation follows a familiar path. “How is your family? You know I’m always going to ask you that because I know your family is important,” they say. This neighbor, despite their own complex family history and solitude living situation, consistently takes the time to ask about my loved ones. There is nothing unusually deep or unique about the conversation, yet it yields empathy and compassion. It’s the moment I see the best of my neighbor.

This is when I recognize Christ in my neighbors face. It’s this moment where we are genuinely caring for each other, that I see a more complete picture of my neighbor. This pushes me towards deeper empathy and understanding.

Holy moments happen all the time. They unfold in normal conversation, with the participants leaving knowing they were on holy ground. They don’t depend on your ability to fix or assist, but rather on simply being present and authentically engaging with others.

Amidst the holy moments on Saturday mornings, we offer a hot meal, food and clothes. Food might be the “why” that brings people into the building but it should not trump getting to know our neighbors. When we look at our neighbors with love, we see the best parts of them—we see Jesus. Come and see.


Saturday, May 18, 7:30 – 11:15 a.m. We would love for you to join us on Saturday morning. There is an opportunity for everyone: signing in neighbors, cooking breakfast, assisting neighbors with shopping, restocking, organizing clothes, loading cars and of course the best opportunity of all— enjoying time with neighbors around the table. 

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Looking Ahead with Hope and Anticipation (Revised)

Over the course of these last two months, we’ve seen God at work specifically through:
– the deepening of relationships 
– growing unity among leadership
– the offering and receiving of caregiving in our fellowship
– and the blessing of renewed hope

The list below offers a roadmap of opportunities for us to continue to gather, serve, and grow together. As it relates to your participation, we encourage you to pray for God’s guidance in your faithful “yeses” and “nos” alike. Which of these events might offer you the most joy and/or sustenance in the season ahead? Are there a handful of events God might be calling you to prioritize? Which events do you need to skip in order to be faithful to a calling God has already placed on your heart? Let’s commit to remain open to the holy nudges and assume the best in one another’s decision-making.
 Every time two or more are gathered, God brings opportunity for thriving and growth in community. You are a blessing to those of us that have found a home at Tabernacle and a key part of the unfolding blessing we are called to be in the larger community. Steady on, Church……steady on! 


Saturday, October 21 – Community Ministry
Saturday, October 28 – Leadership Retreat with Mark Tidsworth (consultant)
Sunday, October 29 – Congregational Meeting with Mark Tidsworth (consultant), Sunday, October 29 – 8:00-8:30 PM – Way S’nah Htoo’s Baptism Service


Saturday, November 4 – Community Ministry
Saturday, November 4 – B&G meeting with Carson Dean (consultant)
Saturday, November 4 – Remember to move clock back an hour prior to going to bed (Daylight Saving Time ends)
Sunday, November 5 – All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 5 – Quarterly Business Meeting (after worship), including initial report from B&G’s work with consultant. 
November 10-12       Youth Group to CBF Virginia Retreat at Eagle Eyrie
Sunday, November 12 – Informal Fellowship on the church portico (after worship)
Sunday November 12 – TBC hosting Rachel Pierce’s Ordination Service (3 p.m) Monday November 13 – Book Club Discussion on “Caste” by Isabell Wilkerson
Monday, Nov. 13 – 15 – Annual BGAV General Assembly Meeting at Bon Air Baptist Church Saturday, November 18 – Community Ministry
Sunday, November 19 – Church-wide breakfast in the Fellowship Hall
November 20 – 24 – Mission Team to Metro Baptist Church, NY
Tuesday, November 21 – Tabernacle and Pine Street Baptist Churches join FBC Richmond for a Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship Service


Saturday, December 2- Community Ministry
Sunday, December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 10 – Children & Youth Christmas Parties Thursday, December 14- TCCC Christmas Pageant Friday, December 15 –  packing of Christmas baskets
Saturday, December 16 – Christmas Basket Ministry (morning)  + Bruton Parish Concert in Williamsburg (evening)
Sunday, December 17 – Sanctuary Choir will share their Bruton Parish Concert Music during worship. Following worship, we will celebrate with Terry Witt, as she is retiring from the staff after 25 years of service, in the Fellowship Hall
Sunday, Decembber 17 – Voting for the TCCC Assistant Director closes at 2 PM.
Sunday, December 17 – Annual Christmas in the Fan Concert
Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service


June 12-15   –  Older Children to Passport Kids Camp
June 30 to July 5 – Youth Group to Passport Choices  at Converse College

Stay Posted:
Details each of these events will be shared in the upcoming weeks, via TabWeekly, the webpage, and church calendar. 

Bob Hutchinson Memorial Service, 10.14.23

We continue to lift up the Hutchinson family as they grieve his death and rejoice in his homecoming. We’ll gather in the church sanctuary to thank God for Bob’s life, next Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 10am.

Family will be available for visitation from 9:00am-10:00am.

Burial will follow at Hollywood Cemetery for family.

Robert Hutchinson Obituary

“What kind of train does bubble gum prefer?” Bob would answer, “the Choo-Choo!” Bob thought he had the most hilarious jokes. He would literally crack himself up and his laugh was infectious. 

Robert Hutchinson Jr, “Bob”, was born in Richmond VA on September 20, 1944. He attended St. Christopher’s School followed by University of Richmond. He could be described as a home body, marrying Cindy and setting up his businesses in RVA. Bob found a passion in photography, starting with Weddings by Hutchinson on Grace Street followed by the VA Photo shop on Main Street. Bob had a passion for black and white photography, and developing his own pictures. He owns a patent for a developing chemical he created in 1982. Bob also had a love of physical fitness and was a regular “gym rat” at the Franklin St. YMCA for many years. After retiring VA Photo, Bob became a certified personal trainer, helping people at the MAC and American Family Fitness gyms in Midlothian. He loved watching people take control of their lives through exercise and fitness. 

Bob had a sincere and eclectic personality. He missed his calling in meteorology as evidenced by his daily weather advice for anyone who would listen. Bob enjoyed making his own natural concoctions and Kombucha tea. There was always a vitamin to fix an ailment and a natural remedy to aid in recovery. He loved sharing these passions with his family and friends. He loved baseball, swimming, diving and musical theatre. Bob wouldn’t miss his kid’s plays, concerts, baseball games or dive meets. You could count on him eating a crunchy peanut butter sandwich for lunch every day, making rock hard fudge in family bake offs, and butt dialing one of his kids. Running a car into the ground was also a special skill of his. He had a real appreciation for theology, and you could find Bob reading his Bible late at night and preparing Sunday school lessons.

Bob died on September 21 2023 in the early morning with Cindy by his side. He had just celebrated his 79th birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents Ann (Lipford) and Robert Hutchinson Sr. He leaves his wife of 44 years Cynthia (Walker), 3 children Ashley Stigall (Wesley), Meredith Hutchinson (Korrey Allen), and Bobby Hutchinson (Lauren), 6 grandchildren Quinn, Sloane, Sullivan, Kody, Maya, Maisy, Bobby’s little one on the way, and brothers, Walter (Sharon) Hutchinson and Foster (Mindy) Hutchinson, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ann (Lipford) and Robert Hutchinson Sr. He grew close with Cindy’s mother, Carole Walker over the last year as she stepped in to care for him when Cindy was working. He loved his family fiercely and was their number one fan through it all. Bob truly lived until the very end, he never gave up. 

Bob’s life will be remembered and celebrated at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 1925 Grove Avenue on Saturday October 14, 2023 at 10am. Family will be available for visitation from 9:00am-10:00am. Burial will follow at Hollywood Cemetery for family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Bob’s memory.

If you would like to view the service by Livestream, click here.