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The Ocean City Tabernacle holds a Dedication Ceremony for the Richard and Mary Anne Kull Youth Center on Sunday, August

3, at 9:40 a.m., between the two morning services. The public is invited. Kull Youth Center is named in honor of Richard and Mary Anne Kull, principal benefactors of the building. Both are Trustees of the Ocean City Tabernacle, with Richard serving as Chairman of the Board. The Dedication Ceremony comes nearly one year after the Groundbreaking Ceremony, which took place on July 29, 2007.

The Youth Center will have a variety of uses: Bible lessons, activities, and concerts for the summer youth ministry. The Tabernacle Son Club, an after-school tutoring program, will relocate into the Youth Center. Local youth groups will use the facility. Out of town youth groups are able to rent the facility year round for retreats. Community events will also take advantage of the facility, including First Night. As one Trustee said, "We want this building to wear out, not rust out."

The two-story Youth Center is designed for teens in mind, with durability the important consideration. On the first floor, there is a large multi-purpose room designed for dinners, concerts, and sports. An adjacent kitchen meets the needs of both caterers and youth group chaperones. There is also a game room, with foosball, pool, and air hockey tables. The second floor houses two identical breakout rooms, which can hold meetings throughout the day, then house up to 60 students and chaperones overnight on sleeping bags. A lounge with large windows completes the second floor, allowing groups to hold meetings and Bible lessons.

The Youth Center is designed to be eco-friendly. Solar panels are installed to collect energy year-round. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) and operable insulated windows were used to reduce heat and AC loss. High efficiency HVAC units and ceiling fans will move the air more effectively. Tankless water heaters are exclusively used for kitchens, sinks, and showers in the building. High efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs are installed throughout the facility. The Tabernacle lost only 3 parking spaces due to the building, and planted 11 trees on the Tabernacle property. Bicycle racks, benches, and unpaved parking complete the eco-friendly changes on the outside.

The Youth Center was designed by Jim McAfee of Hyland Design Group. Ed McLaughlin of Gabriel Building Group is the project manager. Herb Adams, member of the Tabernacle Board of Trustees, is the chairman of the Tabernacle Building Committee. Many Ocean City companies served as contractors and suppliers of this facility, including Avalon Carpet, Tile and Flooring, Commercial Maintenance & Cleaning, D&B Printing Fox Electric Supply, Gleeson’s Audio Video, Harbor Electric, Johnson’s Appliances, Just Mark & Company, Richard Kurtz Concrete, and Shoemaker Lumber Company.

The historic Ocean City Tabernacle, between 5th and 6th Streets on Wesley Avenue, is a summer community ministry providing nationally-influential speakers, fine music, and a welcome worship setting.

Information: Brandon Schmidt 609.399.1915 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.