Bethel Tabernacle in Clarksville is planning an expansion and, with a little help from the community, that expansion could be imminent. The design of a new worship center, planned to be added onto the back of the existing building, located on Omar Road, has been in the works for approximately a year, explained the Rev. Dennis Millner.
“It was recommended by our building committee, who’s heading up the project,” he said. “We have the initial design, but we need to raise money for construction costs.”
Earlier this year, the church hosted a turkey-shoot contest, which resulted in a positive turnout.
“We had a great result,” said Millner, “but at the end of August, we’re going to present our first major fundraiser, one on a larger scale.”
On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., Bethel Tabernacle will host the 1st Annual “Summer Fun” concert, offering food and fun for the entire family, as well as live performances from some of the area’s churches and praise bands. Worship groups, such as Bethany Beach-based Talmadim, and choirs from surrounding churches will take to the stage for performances throughout the afternoon.
Spirit of Excellence, Lighthouse Christian School, Dagsboro Church of God, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church and Bethel Tabernacle’s musical group “Pierced” will all be offering their voices and musical talent. Each group performing will be judged, and the first-place winners will receive $500 and a two-hour recording session.
Tickets for the event cost $10 in advance at any of those churches, as well as Amazing Grace Bookstore in Millsboro. All locations selling tickets will keep 20 percent of their sales, as well.
“We want this event to be special and a blessing to those who have taken the time to help us, too,” he said.
Tickets will also be available at the same price at the door on Aug. 29. Children 13 or younger can get in for free.
“The idea of is to really bring churches together,” said Millner. “It’s a way to all praise the Lord and, at the same time, raise money for our house of worship. The churches have all been really supportive.”
Construction of the new building is still a few years off, as the finances are not yet where they need to be to get started. When the project does get started, the current sanctuary will be converted into a worship area for the church’s youth, while a new sanctuary will be included in the addition.
“We plan on making [the concert] a yearly event,” Millner added. “The expansion is definitely needed and will be a great addition to our church. We would like to see it completed in five years, but we have to get our money up, first.”
Bethel Tabernacle is located a quarter-mile west of the Clarksville intersection, on Omar Road. For more information about the 1st Annual “Summer Fun” Concert on Aug. 29, contact the church at (302) 539-5929.