News release from the Ocean City Tabernacle:The Ocean City Tabernacle, a tradition since 1879, will kick off its 136th summer in Ocean City on Sunday (May 24, 2015).This year the Tabernacle will unveil a new organizational look and continue its focus on serving as a trusted resource center for the community.“Dating back to Ocean City’s earliest beginnings, the Ocean City Tabernacle has served as a gathering place for members of the community,” interim President and CEO Paula Bender said. “For decades, residents would turn to the Tabernacle to find help with life’s everyday challenges. As the needs of Ocean City have grown, the Tabernacle has grown right along with them.”Today’s Ocean City Tabernacle offers dozens of programs and events designed to support, strengthen and inspire those who visit Ocean City and call it home. All programs are nondenominational and open to all.Services include: rental facilities for youth weekend retreats; pre-school and nursery programs; the Son Club after-school program; family-friendly entertainment at the Moorlyn Family Theater; summer programs for kids of all ages and Sunday worship services with live music and inspirational speakers.These programs are evidence of the new top-to-bottom focus on making the Tabernacle and its services more accessible to families, individuals, visitors and residents. Leaders say they will even be launching an all-new user friendly website within the next few weeks.“We are chock full of programs and resources that cross the generations,” Bender said. “We can’t wait to open the doors to our membership and we are encouraging folks who have never been here to stop in and see what the Tabernacle is all about.”Jonathan EvansThe public is invited to the Tabernacle’s grand opening festivities on Sunday, which include old-fashioned hymn sings followed by Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.The featured speaker is Jonathan Evans, a former NFL fullback and current chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys, who seeks to impact audiences through faith. Evans is the co-author of “Get in the Game,” a practical guidebook filled with sports analogies and spiritual truths aimed at encouraging readers to live victoriously.