Summer 2018 Newsletter
Welcome! As we head into the second part of the season, I wanted to reflect on a few highlights to date in 2018.
Opening day with Lee Strobel preaching on, “A Case for Miracles” was fantastic! Our new band Dismas continues to provide motivating and uplifting music, as does Jeff Seals on the organ and Carolyn Lothian on the piano. And, how about our new worship leader, Lee Martin, with his ability to set the stage each Sunday for worship?
I hope you have enjoyed our returning speakers like Bruce Main and Ellie Lofaro as well as first-time speaker Mike Singletary. I also was thrilled to hear John Taylor’s special music. We are looking forward to many other returning speakers such as Duffy Robbins, David Akers, Karen Abercrombie and Steve Arterburn to the Tabernacle. Please do not forget to get your tickets to Sandi Patty for Sunday, August 12!
The Tabernacle was again honored to host the Ocean City High School Baccalaureate Ceremony on June 10. The speaker was our own Jonathan Gonzalez, the Tabernacle’s Director of Buildings and Grounds as well as Youth Pastor at Praise Tabernacle in Egg Harbor. Jonathan gave a moving testimonial about his walk with God and encouraged all the graduates to make a difference and continue to seek God’s guidance.
Game On! is the theme of the 1st session of Vacation Bible School (VBS) in July and in August we have our 2nd session — Shipwrecked — both sessions still have spots open to register. Sign up online or call the office. VBS is a free event for all children preschool ages four through the 6th grade and is supervised by wonderful volunteers and staff. Anyone interested in sponsorship please contact the Tabernacle office.
Our boardwalk services are off and running at 8 a.m. each Sunday in July and August at the Music Pier. Take a stroll or ride your bike and stop for the live music and the Bible lessons offered. What better way to start the week with the tranquility of worshiping God and listening to the sounds of the ocean!
Bible study on Tuesday mornings with Terry Lothian starts July 10th continues through August. It is a great way to continue your weekly Bible study while on vacation.
I would be remiss if I did not thank everyone for their continued support of the Tabernacle. We have so many blessings here I cannot begin to list all of them. Like any organization, the Tabernacle has gone through many stages of its 139-year history and will continue to do so. I paraphrase from a note to the Trustees titled:
Going into the 1990s
- The 1st stage included the Tabernacle’s founding and the first 54 years.
- The 2nd stage encompassed the hard years between 1933 and 1948.
- In 1948 a new era of rebirth and rebuilding began, culminating in the erection of the “new” building in 1957 — the one that’s here today.
- In 1987 the Tabernacle entered its 4th stage when the endowment fund was established and the Luff years ended.
- The 5th stage began in 1993 with the arrival of Bob Buck and later Dick Stanislaw as chief executive officers (CEOs). The Tabernacle’s Narthex and Children’s Wing, as well as the Kull Youth Center, were added along with the donation of the Moorlyn Family Theatre.
- We are now entering the 6th The way has been set, the path is clear, and we are waiting and searching for God to lead us forward!
With God’s blessing and guidance, we hope to have an announcement shortly on a new CEO as we continue with our latest stage and move towards 2020.
In his name,
Chair, Board of Trustees
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Celebrating our 28th Year of Sunday Services on the Boardwalk!
An Ocean City tradition that draws walkers, runners and bikers in July and August to hear live music and preaching, the Tabernacle’s Sunday Services at Music Pier began in the summer of 1991. The Tabernacle’s Bill Luff and Boyce Adams were instrumental in securing city approvals to bring services back to the boardwalk, and the Tabernacle was the first house of worship to do so early on Sunday mornings.
During the first several years, Sunday Services were held at 7:00 a.m. To attract more early risers, the Tabernacle’s Bob Buck made sure everyone on the boardwalk heard the service with a live band and a full set of drums! Many current attendees were first introduced to the Tabernacle through the boardwalk services — including Richard and Mary Anne Kull.
The Tabernacle’s Sunday Services at Music Pier now begin at 8:00 a.m. And today, just as they did nearly 30 years ago, they serve as a place for many to stop and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, sing a little with their neighbors, and enjoy our beautiful town and its seaside location!
Fast Fact: The history behind the Camp Ground Cannon
Boom … then bust! Believed to be salvaged from the British Brig Delight which sank in Corson’s Inlet, the Camp Ground Cannon was donated by Thomas R. Marshall and placed on the Tabernacle grounds in 1906. The Ocean City Association and the New Jersey State Society for the Daughters of the Revolution sponsored the project. However, in June of 1965, the cannon was stolen from the grounds and has never been recovered.
Vacation Bible School
It’s summer fun for all! We offer two sessions with unique themes designed to keep kids entertained while making friends and learning valuable lessons from the Bible.
Dr. Dan Schwartz, Sunday School teacher profile
A volunteer teacher for middle school-age children each Sunday during the summer, Dr. Dan Schwartz has been teaching the word of God at the Tabernacle for over 12 years.
Dr. Dan was born in Venezuela to missionary parents. Bible stories taught by his mother influenced him to accept Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of three, and he taught his first Sunday School class at the age of 17.
This year will mark his 56th year of teaching “How to Serve God?” to middle school students in grades five through eight. He loves to teach Bible stories that show young people Jesus Christ is in control. By getting to know God, they are better able to make correct decisions during their journey of life.
Dr. Dan is married to Paula, who helps him every Sunday in his class. The couple has been blessed with three daughters, a son and eight grandchildren — all of whom worship at the Tabernacle. In the winter months, the family attends Calvary Chapel of Gloucester County, where Dr. Dan continues teaching middle school children.
A practicing dentist for over 46 years, Dr. Dan can be found on the golf course, tennis court or spending time with his family during his days off.
7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 5
Driven by a passionate spiritual message, Veritas is a five-piece vocal powerhouse that brings a fresh, dynamic twist to the contemporary classical genre of male vocalists.
7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12
Don’t miss Sandi Patty’s return to the Ocean City Tabernacle this summer! As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, she is simply known as The Voice.