The Church at Horseshoe Bay and
the Traditions from Which We Come

Prepared by Vera Campbell, 1997

Back to Part II: 1989-1993

Part III: Protestant Congregation in New Church Home, 1993-1996

Ken reported on the first service in the new church at the November 15, 1993 Board meeting. Three hundred and ninety-six people attended the first church service in the new building on November 14. The ushers brought in over thirty chairs for additional seating. The choir could not fit into the designated section. The ushers brought chairs for the extra members. They realized immediately with the influx of new members that they would need two sections of seats. Thirty-one people attended the Bible study class.

Jean Stoneburner presented a resolution from the Benevolence Committee that: "As long as the Benevolence Committee does not exceed twenty per cent of our offerings, we have the authority to spend over and above budgeted items, and in case of emergency, the Chairman of the Benevolence Committee has authority to spend up to $500.00 on emergency requests without polling the committee." Paul Ashby seconded the motion and the motion carried. Jean asked for approval for two amounts that was spent by the Benevolence Committee that had not been in the budget. The Committee gave $300.00 to the Marble Falls Elderly Nutrition Program and $500.00 to the newly formed Marble Falls Housing Opportunity Corporation. Dorothea O'Neill made a motion that these be approved. Jim Griffith seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Ken stated that many people did not have access to hymnals and suggested ordering more. Bill Simpson made a motion that they order one hundred hymnals. Bill Kinney seconded the motion and motion carried. Karen stated she would order them the next day. Patricia Freitag reported due to new choir members they had ordered six more white robes.

Jean Stoneburner stated the Christmas tree they had ordered had arrived and it was a beautiful twelve foot tree. She asked the Board to place perrmanent lights on the tree. This would simplify the raising of the tree and protect the branches. Each year the tree decorating group would place the Chrismons on the tree and then just plug the lights into the outlet. Lindy organized a group to make additional Chrismons.

Dedication of the Church, November 21, 1993


(right to left) Reverend Tom Campbell, Pastor Emeritus; Reverend Ken Forshee, Pastor; and Reverend John Evans, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, who assisted the organizers of the Church by preaching many times and suggesting visiting speakers.


Betty Ann Edgerton, patrticipant in beginning the Church and in dedication of the building.
Flo Buchenau, Supervisor of the nursery in the early years.

The Bell Choir opened the dedication services at 10:50 am on Sunday morning, November 21, 1993, in the Church At Horseshoe Bay. The Pastor led the congregation in a Litany of Praise and Thanksgiving. The Reverend Mr. Campbell, Pastor Emeritus; Ron Bradshaw, Architect, A.I.A.; and the Reverend Mr. Forshee, pastor, spent a few moments of time on reflections. Jim Hawkins, General Contractor; Lew Holder, Development Chairman; and Bill Kinney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke on the key to the future. The pastor led the congregation in a litany of dedication. A reception in the fellowship hall followed the ceremony (Addendum W).

During, and following, the reception members from the Board of Trustees, and the congregation conducted tours through and around the building. Two leaded stained glass church logo windows are located beside the two entrances.

In the sanctuary the guides pointed out the three types of baptismal facilities. To accommodate the ecumenical nature of the congregation, facilities are availablefor baptismal pouring, sprinkling, and immersion. The baptismal pool is beneath the chancel floor and will be opened, filled, and serviced only when needed for baptism of a baptismal candidate.

The altar table is at the center of focus of worship. It is the place for the elements of Holy Communion. Upon it are placed the open Bible, The Cross, and other "appointments" of worship. The chancel has three steps leading to the upper level, signifying the, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The view windows located on the north side or front of the sanctuary are made of clear glass. They are more than just a vehicle for having an aesthetic view. These windows set the congregation at a level of conscious awareness as they look out over the parish they are commissioned to serve. The Church, even in sanctuary is not isolated from the world but is responsible as God's Agents for the world. The view windows should increase the socio-theological consciousness that God has commissioned his followers to go forth into the world to serve God and His people and to declare the claims of the Gospel.

VIEW WINDOWS

The faceted glass windows carry the central Bible themes of the promise given in the Old Testament, the fulfillment from the Gospels, and the empowerment from the remainder of the New Testament.

The promise window, located on the west side, begins with the rainbow, the symbol of God's covenant with Noah. The rainbow (covenant) continues through all the windows of promise, fulfillment, and empowerment. God's promise and covenants are never failing. The two tablets of stone symbolize the ten commandments which God gave to Moses. The burning bush, which Moses experienced on Mt. Sinai, when God called and commissioned him to go and lead the people out of Egypt, surrounds the two tablets. In the center The Hand of God extends down to His people. The scales of justice announce that a righteous God calls His people to holiness and righteousness. The chain with the broken link denotes the counter-balance of God's mercy. He promises that He will break the chains of His people's bondage to sin and death and set them free.

The fulfillment window is located on the east side. The rainbow continues and the covenant is fulfilled in The Christ. Three crowns of the Magi and the two shepherds crooks surround the nativity. The manger cradle and the infant Jesus are radiantly lighted by the streams of light from the Star of the East. The butterfly has for many centuries symbolized the resurrection and the transformed life. The rays of the Easter sunrise illuminate the right half of this window. Near the butterfly you see a white banner with a red cross in it. This was the earliest form of the Christian flag carried by God's missionaries and servants. Next there are two pink crosses and a larger "red" cross symbolizing the three crosses of Calvary.

The empowerment window is located on the south side. The rainbow continues and God's covenant now goes forth and proclaims the gospel in the Church of Jesus Christ. The tongues of fire spoken of in Acts, chapter 2, on the day the Church was born, extend up out of the left side of the window. The Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove (two doves are displayed). The open Bible is the earliest symbol of Protestant Christianity. The Word of God is open to all His people and is for them to study and follow. In the lower left-hand corner of the Bible you can see a chalice and two loaves of bread; symbolic of our Holy Communion the Eucharist. The Scriptures say: "This is the new covenant in my blood."

All of the leaded stained glass windows are set within the modified church logo, the church roof with the cross set on top of the horseshoe. The stained leaded glass windows are located on each side of the two overflow rooms.

In the window located on the north side of the west overflow room the Hand of God extends down in answer to the praying hands of supplication. A large red cross is partially covered by the Hand of God as God gives his Grace Gifts by way of the redemption we have in Jesus' sacrifice.

In the window located on the narthex side the open Bible is superimposed over the chi rho. symbol The Chi (X) and the Rho (P) are the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ.The Bible and the Chi Rho are set in a green circle, symbolic of the whole world.

In the window located on the east side of the east overflow room the brilliant red heart of sacrificial love is the backdrop for the lamp, symbolic of knowledge, wisdom,and enlightenment. The shepherd's crook symbolizes the role of servanthood. Thus enlightened Christians express their love through service.

In the window on the narthex side of the east overflow room the Last Supper is symbolized with the sheaves of wheat as the bread and the grapes as the wine. The CHALICE indicates the communion. Beneath is a basin of water with a towel hanging over. Jesus knelt and washed the feet of the disciples. He calls upon his followers to be servants of all. He said, "The servant is not greater than the master."

The parlor wing adjoining the sanctuary, located on the east side of the courtyard, houses three areas. The parlor area serves many purposes, some of which are meeting room, library, choir gathering room, place of meditation, study, prayer, family room for bereavement gathering, brides room, and small chapel. The sacristy is a special place set aside for storage of worship items, (cross, Bible, altar cloths, communion ware, etc.), preparation for communion, and preparation for services of worship. The choir room contains storage cubicles for each choir member's assigned music. The choir members change their robes and store their robes in the choir room.

The courtyard located to the west of the parlor wing, is built on the historical concept of sanctuary. Historically through the centuries the Church has provided "sanctuary," protection for persons fleeing injustice; not even governments could violate this sacred trust. The open courtyard provided a secured outdoor retreat that was still a protected area. All the buildings built around it focused upon this concept. Covered walks surround the courtyard with the Porte Cochere at the southwest corner. The Porte Cochere provides a covered drive-through for dropping off people when the weather is inclement. The old plantation bell, placed in the Porte Cochere, in the past announced warnings of danger and called the people to meals. It can warn that the world is often a dangerous place for God's people, but they can find sanctuary in the church. It can also be rung to invite people to receive nourishment both physical and spiritual.

Located on the west side of the courtyard, the administrative wing provides rooms for the secretary, pastor, board of trustees, executive officers, committee personnel, storage of records, work and reproduction room, nursery, and a conference room. The nursery when not in use can be used as a large meeting room.

The fellowship hall and food service area, located on the north side of the courtyard and adjoining the sanctuary on the west, provides a comfortable area for dinners, fellowship gatherings, a variety of meetings, receptions, family gatherings, reunions, etc. It provides people with the largest gathering area in the Horseshoe Bay community, and is open for general use. The food service area provides space and equipment for catered and pot-luck dinners.

The Board makes every effort to involve as many people as possible in the business of the church. Each Sunday many of the congregation participate in a fellowship time after the service. The fellowship hour provides an excellent opportunity for new comers to meet members of the church. In the beginning Lindy Goodman headed this project. She asked for volunteers to serve coffee and cookies each time. Through the next years the following people assisted in this endeavor: Obera Godwin, Jean Robertson, Gloria Sams, Mary Lou and Bob Brown. Sometime after the congregation moved into the new church Virginia Wolfe and Winnie Woodruff took over this responsibility. They provided a chalkboard on which people could sign for the Sunday convenient for them. Virginia and Winnie made many calls when a space was left empty and solicited volunteers to fill the vacancy.

Ken reported, on December 16, 1993, that there were one hundred and ninety parking slots and seating in the sanctuary for three hundred and sixty. He said that often a second service would increase attendance by 10 to 15% and he was working on scheduling two services for Sunday morning to better meet the needs of the community. The Board voted to have two services and asked Ken to go ahead and implement the plans. Several members of the church live in Houston, San Antonio, Odessa, Midland, and various cities. With an 8:00 a.m. service available they can attend church and still have ample time to drive home.

He stated he had conducted the first wedding, the first baptism, and the first memorial service in the new building. The marriage of Betty Rattan and Roy Jacobs occurred on November 15, 1993, the day after the first service in the new church. Kirk and Denise Saunders brought Kase Austin, their baby son and the grandson of Will and Carolyn Saunders, for baptism on November 27, 1993. The Reverend Mr. Forshee conducted the first Memorial service for Rod Varner, a beloved member of the congregation, at the end of November, 1993. Photos.

Dorothea reported that the books had been moved and that Lucille Johnson had been invaluable in helping sort the books in preparation for the move. The Library Committee, consisting of Dorothea O'Neill, Betty Hazlett, Dean Comann, and Mary Ann Harris are preparing the library for use.

The nominating committee consisting of Marion Weyrauch, Jim Teague, Jean Stoneburner, and Paul Ashby Recommended that Bill Kinney, Dorothea O'Neill, Beverly Swennes, John Wolfe, and Bill Burks be the new Trustee nominees for the new year. The Board voted to accept the recommended list and present it to the congregation in January. Bill Kinney stated that there was a need for two new committees for flowers and coordinate volunteers in the office. The Board voted to establish the Flower Committee for Chancel flowers and to ask Harriet Zike to chair this committee. (Harriet accepted the position.) They also voted to establish a Committee for Volunteer Office Personnel and to ask Betty Barrett to coordinate this committee. (Betty accepted the position.).

The Reverend Keneth Forshee conducted the first hanging of the greens celebration on December 2, 1993, the first Christmas in the Church at Horseshoe Bay. Denise and Michelle Button-Gilpatrick, Mother-Kim Gilpatrick, presented the Christian symbols of Christmas.


The Christmas tree decorated with
Christmons initiated by Lindy Goodman.

The Christmas Tree, an evergreen, is a symbol of eternity. The beginning use of the tree in the christian faith seems to date back to the sixteenth century. Legend has it that Martin Luther on his way home from church one evening saw an evergreen tree covered with snow catching the light of the moon and stars and it seemed to glitter. He thought that something of such beauty at this time of the year, with it's conical shape pointing heavenward, ought to be brought into the home. He went home, got his ax, cut down the tree and took it home where he placed candles and other items of decorations upon it. August Engard from Ohio brought the first tree into his home in this country. The evergreen tree reminds us that our faith is eternal, the lights represent the stars in the sky, the star symbolizes the star that lead the Wisemen to the Christ child, the crown reminds us of the royalty of the Lord, the Staff tells of the shepherds who saw the star and went to seek the child, the cross reminds us of the sacrificial death of the Lord to assure us of eternal life, the bird represents the dove of peace and the descending of the holy spirit and the life cycle of the butterfly parallels the transformation.

The Bible provides the word of God and reminds us of the sacrifices made so that all may avail themselves of the message. Until the Protestant Reformation the Bible could be read only by those few people specifically trained. After the Reformation the Bible became an open book for anyone to read at any time. The open Bible in the pulpit depicts the openness of God's Word. Thus at Christmas time we share the scripture of the birth of Christ.

The upper leaves of the poinsettia plant turn red creating the blossom . Legend tells that at the time of the sacrifice of our Lord there was a miraculous event that took place. The leaves on the uppermost part of the plant turned red in honor of the sacrificial blood shed by Jesus Christ. In the center of the blossom the gold shows the royalty of the Son of God and the green portrays the hope of eternal life.

The wreath shaped like the crown of thorns has red berries that symbolize the drops of blood from where the thorns pricked the head of Jesus. The red ribbons placed on the wreath represents the blood Christ shed for all and the circle reminds us of eternity and that life is everlasting.

On the first Sunday of advent we light the candle of hope that God will deliver us, the second Sunday the candle of promise that God will send a messiah, the third Sunday the candle of eternal love, and on the fourth Sunday the candle of victory over darkness---no darkness can ever overcome His light. We light the advent candle on Christmas Eve. The Christ candle in the center of the four candles and enclosed within a wreath reminds us that on this evening the Christ was born to assure us of eternal life.

We give gifts in celebration of the richest gift of all, the one that came to us from God when he gave his only son. The gift of life is ours in Jesus Christ.

At the Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service on December 24, 1993 the congregation donated $1,596.00. The Benevolence Committee used these funds to assist people in the basic needs of heat, light, water, food, etc., at this particular time of the year.

Bill Kinney served as Moderator at the Congregation Meeting on January 23, 1994. He presented a brief review on what he called the "State of the Church." He touched on the significant growth the church has experienced during the past few years with three hundred and eighty members representing two hundred and ten families and new members joining almost every week. He commented on the spiritual growth that the congregation had enjoyed under Ken's leadership and the joy of now being in the beautiful new church home. He thanked the multitude of volunteers who had spent numerous hours in bringing the new church to reality. He closed his talk by saying, "We have been blessed immensely and we thank God."

No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the
heart of man conceived of what God has
prepared for those who love him.

1 Cor. 2:9

Jean Stoneburner gave a brief report on the Benevolence Committee's actions with handouts to the congregation. Jim Teague, Church Treasurer, reviewed the proposed Church Operating Budget for 1994, as compared to 1993 actual expenditures and income, with handouts to the congregation. The proposed budget estimated total income of $219,400, total operating expenditures of $168,000.00, transfers to Benevolence fund of $42,000.00 and a net income contingency of $8,600.00. He also reviewed the financial statement. The statement reflected total project costs of $1,800,500 and estimated cost to complete of $10,000 for an estimated total project cost of $1,810,500 and a construction Bridge Loan of $390,000. After all pledges are paid the finance committee anticipates executing a fifteen year loan on or about May 1, 1995, for an estimated amount of $286,700 which represents the estimated balance on the Bridge Loan at that time. The Average attendance was 212 with average contributions of $848.00.

At the January 24, 1994 Board meeting, Jim Griffith, Chairman of the Memorials Committee explained the purpose of the committee. The Memorial Committee would: put together a list of gift opportunities; keep a memorial book with names of donors, item or items given and in whose memory; acknowledge gifts by letter; determine appropriateness of a gift and decline the acceptance of gifts that are not appropriate.

Paul Ashby, Chairman of the Usher and Greeter Committee, reported in the February 21, 1994, Board meeting that there had been record contributions in January and February. With the beginning of two services, 61 attended the first Sunday in the early service and 55 the second Sunday for a total each Sunday of approximately 300 people for both services.

Ken stated that three new vases had been purchased as memorials for the Sanctuary flowers. The Board asked Ken to place an article in the newsletter and in the bulletin suggesting purchase of flowers as memorials on special holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Ken explained the change in worship service to place the announcements and the passing of the peace, shakings hands with surrounding congregation members and prayerfully saying "Peace of God Be With You", to the beginning of the service after the prelude. The Chimes would then ring to begin the Call to Worship. This would provide the opportunity to enter the service in a prayerful attitude. The Board voted to adopt this change. They also asked Ken to place a note in the bulletin stating that Bibles are available in the book rack in the narthex.

Dorothea O'Neill stated that she would write a book review for the news letter to keep the congregation apprised of the books and other materials that are available. Books and tapes of books will be displayed on a library table placed in the fellowship hall . This will provide a convenient method of checking out books as people can browse there during fellowship time.

Melva Martin used calligraphy to enter all gifts, name or names of donor or donors, and name of person memorialized in a book. The committee placed this book with a sculpture of the head of Christ wearing a crown of thorns, by Max Greiner, Jr., on a pedestal in the narthex. The committee purchased the sculpture and pedestal with memorial donations.

Max Greiner, Jr. believes God specifically commissioned him to create art which brings glory to God. His artwork, in all its form, communicates without words the concepts of servanthood, humility, and the incredible love of Jesus Christ-the essence of Christianity. Today Max shares the powerful testimony God has given him at churches, conferences, conventions, revivals, universities, and seminaries across the country.

Max Greiner, Jr. also sculpted the, "Divine Servant," bronze sculpture of Jesus washing Peter's feet. The Memorial Committee purchased the one-third life sized bronze sculpture and the pedestal on which it stands with memorial funds. These are also located in the narthex. This artwork is based on the scripture, John 13: 1-17. Jesus disrobed, girded Himself with a towel and knelt down. Jesus lowered Himself for us, and took the form of a servant. Greiner's artwork is only visual symbols which remind us of God. The Bible tells us to keep reminders of God in front of us at all times. (Deuteronomy 11: 18-21).

The Memorials Committee recommended accepting a painting offered by Lucile Brock. Lucile developed her own technique for the painting of God in his Mandorla with symbolisms from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and gave explanations in blank verse.

VISUAL SYMBOLS - MEDIEVAL I I

O Enthroned God in your Mandorla, symbolic of divinity and holiness,
And St. Luke, the Winged Ox and patron Saint of painters
Guide this poor painters hand
To tell of Sts. Mark, Matthew and John
By their attributes of winged lion, winged man and eagle
And of the spiritual and psychic fish,
Denoting sacrifice and relationship of Heaven to earth.
In your left hand, God, the orb symbolizes the world;
Your right hand is raised in Blessing.


BLESS THEN THEM THAT VIEW THIS PAINTING.

Lucile has been doing different series of ancient art history symbolism for fifteen years. She has done Egypt, Sumeria, Crete, Assyria, and this new series. The one she presented to the church is Visual Symbols-Medieval # II. She used the technique of painting with acrylics on mulberry paper. On this she superimposed white rice paper with jel medium. The picture then shows through the translucent rice paper. The Board voted to approve the recommendation of the Memorials Committee.

On the first Easter Sunday in the new church, eight hundred and sixty eight attended the two services giving $8,328.00, in addition to the Building Fund contributions of $3,355.00, and memorials of $150.00. Forty-one Easter lilies, given in memory of loved ones by members of the congregation, surrounded the chancel.

The Board of Trustees updated the building use policy to include the following: For weddings a package fee would be charged to include the facility; the wedding coordinators, Pete and Lela Clark; the regular church organist, (whether they use the organist or not, for the protection of the organ she/he would have to unlock and lock the instrument); and the wedding coordinators would be in charge of the sound system so they could unlock and lock it to prevent tampering.

A committee consisting of Pete and Lela Clark, Ken Forshee, Bill Kinney, and Vera Campbell selected pictures portraying the building of the church to border on a large picture of the finished church. The Clarks prepared two of these pictures. The church held its first pot luck dinner on April 20, 1994. Bill Kinney presented pictures to Jim Hawkins, Lew Holder, and one of just the church to Ken Forshee in recognition for their efforts in helping to fulfil a seven year dream.

Beverly Swennes, chairman, Inez Varner, Garry Taylor, Obera Godwin, and Lindy Goodman organized the recognition dinner. Ed Elwert assisted and Ron and Evonne Mikkelson finished the cleaning when it was over.

Frankie Ramie, Chairman of the Education Committee, stated that the new nursery and educational program had started on May 15, 1994, with Kara Amador and Allyson Wieweck teaching. Martha Thomas made hand puppets for the program.

Ed Elwert gave a report on the damage from the storm on May 13. The hail caused extensive damage to the air-conditioning machinery and flag. Due to the high winds a flag pole was bent and four trees were badly damaged. Because of the heavy rain fall there was some damage to the edges of the parking lot and some leaks had occurred. A tornado and hailstorm had gone across parts of Horseshoe Bay and on into Marble Falls. There was extensive damage but no loss of life.

Beverly Swennes reported on the calendar of special events. The first new member dinner would be held on September 28, 1994. Ken said that the new member dinner would begin a new tradition and was not just a fund raiser although, the members would be given materials of explanation and the opportunity to make pledges to the building fund. He stated that the Board was invited and suggested that a new member dinner be held every six months or annually. The Special Events Committee would send invitations to all of the new members for 1993 and 1994. (72 people attended).

Karen Carson stated that Al Hallmark, the computer consultant, had been installing the updating materials in the computers. He had the two computers networked but they were unable to talk to each other. He took the two networking boards with him and has them ready and will be back to install them. Jim Teague said that this will be like getting an extra printer, and that the word processing alone would be available on the front computer, with the financial records only accessible on the main computer.

Beverly Swennes and committee members Obera Godwin, Gerry Taylor and Inez Varner, organized a Thanksgiving lunch to celebrate the first anniversary in the new building on November 13, 1994. Two hundred and sixty-six people were seated; many workers did not sit down. The church furnished the drinks, the turkey and dressing, with the congregation furnishing the salads, vegetables, and desserts. The committee took the extra food to St. Frederick's Baptist Church. The wedding party on Friday furnished the flowers for the serving tables with Obera Godwin and Gerry Taylor decorating the fellowship center. The committee plus Nadine Guthrie, Winnie Woodruff, Barbara Racz, Harriet Zike and Lindy Goodman baked the turkeys. Other helpers in preparing and serving were Ann Bailey, Jan Simpson, Betty Stopp, Jim Teague, Lila Munro, Pat Biggs, Monique Wheeler, Cordelia Mitchell, Virginia and David McCoy, Jean and Roger Stoneburner, John and Barbara Racz, Norrie Swennes and John Godwin. Ed Elwert assisted and Ron and Evonne Mikkelson oversaw the cleaning.

September 9, 1994, Bette Taber joined the office staff as secretary to give some much needed assistance. A good indication of the massive amount of work is the fact that eighty-six thousand copies of material had been produced on the copy machine during the year. She will provide clerical, stenographic, receptionist service for the pastor and the church. Also, she is adept with computers and word processors. Karen now serves as office manager.

Since there were approximately fourteen thousand copies of material more than were allowed in the maintenance agreement for the copy machine, the Board paid an additional $233.00. Due to the facts that the machine was three and a half years old, it needed repairs, and payment on the maintenance contract was due the Board voted to purchase an upgraded machine with many more features. They could trade in the old one and avoid renewal of the maintenance contract on the old machine. Frank Jacobs recommended the new Gestetner copy machine. Frank amortized the machine over a four year period at one hundred thousand copies per year.

The Reverend Mr. Forshee conducted the hanging of the greens on December 3, 1995. At the culmination of the advent season he held two candle lighting services on Christmas eve. Six hundred and twenty five attended the service giving almost $3000.00 to be used by the Benevolence Committee.


Pointsettias given in honor of loved ones.

At the January 16, 1995, Board meeting Bill Kinney recognized the excellent work and service that Jim Teague had done as treasurer over the past many years, especially during the critical time of the building program. He also recognized Jean Stoneburner for the time and effort she had put forth in working with the Benevolence Committee. This being their last meeting as Board members, he thanked and praised them for their faithfulness and hard work as Trustees on the Board.

Bill Kinney welcomed the new board members to the Board of Trustees at the meeting on January 23, 1995. Two board members were added bringing the number to fourteen. The congregation re-elected Paul Ashby for a three year term, and elected Marie Snider, Sam Oliphant, George Bennett, and Bob Stephenson. The Board re-elected Bill Kinney as Chairman, Dorothea O'Neill as Vice-chairman, Paul Ashby as Corporate Secretary, and elected Bill Burks as Treasurer. Ken stated that Bob Stephenson had already accepted the chairmanship of the Long Range Planning Committee. Bob stated that the other members of the committee were Dorothea O'Neill, Jim Teague, Bob Brown, John Racz, James Ramey, and Betty Barrett. Ken stressed that this is an ad hoc committee and not a standing committee. The commission is responsible to the Board of Trustees for all actions, plans and procedures it develops. Regular communication with the Board of Trustees is mandated to the commission by the Board. The basic rationale and purpose for having a Long Range Planning Commission is to review the past, discern the present and project the future events and circumstances that will affect the church and develop plans that will aid in meeting the needs of the congregation and the community. The commission will review the purpose of the church as stated in its constitution. From this statement a format for planning shall be developed with a time phase schedule for the commission's efforts.

Several members of the different committees resigned and new members joined the committees. Tom and Jane Campbell left the Altar Committee after many years of service and Obera Godwin accepted the chairmanship with Marion Weyrauch as co-chairman. Betty Jacobs and Dottie Stephenson joined the Altar Flowers Committee. Art Hawkins, Betty Bevil and Betty Barrett joined the Benevolence Committee. Eleanor Ashby and Edna Jenkins left the Care Committee and Marion Lynch and Ann Bailey replaced them. Carolyn Saunders, Irene Kinney, Sue Wagner, and Mary Lou Brown agreed to substitute when one of the care persons was not available. Dan and Dorothea O'Neill, Charles and Wilma Woodruff, Charles Keiser, Homer Snider, and Asa McRae joined Paul Ashby on the Usher-Greeter Committee. Cordelia Mitchell and Betty Jacobs joined the Special Events Committee. Sam Oliphant joined John Wolfe on the Publicity Committee. Paul Harris, Eleanor Ashby, Bonnie Chambless, and Nick Nicholson joined the restructured Music Committee while Wenona Burks, Jackie Copeland, Theresa Payne, Jerry Jenkins, James Ramey, Helen Griffith, and Sarah Forshee left the committee. Jim Teague left the Personnel Committee and John Wolfe joined as Chairman. Carolyn Jacobs and A. J. Oliphant joined the Library Committee. Jim Teague left the Finance Committee and joined Paul Ashby and Bill Chambless on the Audit Committee. Ken left the Fine Arts Committee and Marie Snider, Mickey West, Gloria Faucett, and Iris Bennett joined the committee. Jack Moore left the Insurance Committee. Susie Schumacher remained as chairman of the Caring Cards Committee. Virginia Wolfe and Winnie Woodruff remained on the Coffee Fellowship Committee. The Board organized a Capital Campaign Follow Up Committee with George Bennett as Chairman, and Dick Duggan, Peggy Sartain, Bob Stephenson, and Bill Kinney as members. Since the Board hired an additional secretary they disbanded the Office Service Committee. The other committees remained the same.

The constitution and by-laws state "No committees are named in the Constitution and By-Laws and all such groups are appointed by the Board and serve at the discretion of the Board and may be dissolved by the Board."

Ken held the first Maunday Thursday service in April, 1995. Nine hundred and ninety-two people attended the (second) Easter Sunday services and made contributions totaling $9,739.00. With the increase in the number of services to three there was an increase in attendance of 15% over the 1994 service.

The Fine Arts Committee on the recommendation of the Memorials Committee and with the approval of the Jake Burford family and approval of the Board, commissioned Lindy Goodman to paint an oil painting of a montage of Christ's life with a bust of Christ in the center and different portrayals of His ministry surrounding the painting. Lindy created the painting in verdaccio and it measures thirty by forty inches.


The Life of Jesus
Lindy Goodman

(Clockwise from upper lefthand corner) The Annunciation (Mary and the Angel), Luke1:26-38; The Madonna (Mary and The Christ Child), Luke 2 and Matthew 2; Joseph and Baby Jesus, Luke 2 and Matthew 2; Jesus Teaching the Elders, Luke 2:41-51; The Good Shepherd, John 10:1-18; Suffer the Little Children, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17; In Prayer at Gethsemane, Matthew 26:30, 36-46, Mark 14:26, 32-42, Luke 22:39-46, John 18:1; The Crucification, Matthew 27:17-54, Mark 15:12-39, Luke 23:20-46, John 19:16-30; The Ascension, Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-12.

Marie Snider brought a recommendation on the bereavement policy from the Ad Hoc Committee, consisting of Marie, Vera Campbell, Eleanor Ashby, and Obera Godwin. When the pastor is notified of a death of a church member, the pastor then apprises the chairman of the Care Committee or Care person for the month of the time for the memorial services. She with the help of the pastor and friends of the bereaved will determine the desires and needs of the family concerning a meal or light refreshments. The Church will furnish the meat, bread, drink, condiments, table service, set up and clean up, and dessert and salad will be brought in by volunteers. The Board voted to approve the recommendation.

Due to vandalism and arson, the Marble Falls Methodist Church burned to the ground. The Board voted for the Church At Horseshoe Bay to offer the church facilities to the Methodist Church for weddings and memorial services as needed until their new church facility was completed as a kind gesture of support during their difficult time of being without a church facility.

At the June 19, 1995, Board meeting Ken reported that requests for items to be faxed had increased. The church was currently using Lew Holder's or Allee' Business Center equipment. The Board voted to purchase the Hewlett Packard HP700.

Bill Burks recommended that the Board appoint Barry Lynch as a Trustee. The by-laws allow fifteen members and currently there are fourteen. The Board may appoint a Trustee to serve until the next annual meeting at which time they may bring the name of the nominee before the congregation for approval. The Board voted to accept the recommendation. Due to Barry's background in banking they elected him as assistant treasurer. Ken recommended that Marion Brunette serve as Assistant Choral Director under the supervision and direction of the Music Director, Karen Carson. He assured the Board that Karen and Marion were willing to participate in this endeavor. The Board voted to approve the recommendation.

At the October 16, 1995 Board meeting, Bill Kinney distributed a copy of the pastor's letter of resignation effective May 31, 1996. The Board accepted the resignation with great sadness. They formed a Search Committee from the Personnel Committee of John Wolfe, Chairman, Dorothea O'Neill, Bob Brown, and Bill Kinney. They added Bob Stephenson and Jean Stoneburner to this group. On Monday, October, 17, 1995, this letter along with a transmittal letter from the Board went out to all members of the church. The Search Committee will use publications, classifieds, and congregational recommendations to generate a substantial prospect list.

George Bennett wrote and published a book, Shot Down, about his life as a Prisoner of War during World War II. He donated $340.00 from the proceeds of this book to the church. Bill Kinney recognized George for his contribution and asked him if he was going for a reprint. The church library has a copy of this book.

After discussion concerning the need for a new printer for the recording secretary, Bill stated that Bettie preferred the Hewlett-Packard 5P. This printer provides quality printing with the speed necessary to print in the quantity required. The printer has been pre-funded by a memorial gift. The Board voted to buy the Hewlett-Packard 5P with the memorial funds. Sam Oliphant designed a new bulletin format for the Sunday services. He suggested the one song that was never sung be replaced with recurring notices, i.e., Sunday morning Bible study, Library notices, Nursery notices, Flower information and any other pertinent information. The Board voted to use the new format as soon as the supply of preprinted bulletins was depleted.

The Special Events Committee, Beverly Swennes, Obera Godwin, Cordelia Mitchell, Gerry Taylor, Inez Varner, and Betty Jacobs, baked turkeys and hams and prepared for the second anniversary Thanksgiving dinner. Fran McArthur, Mitzi Roy, David and Virginia McCoy, Flo Bucheneau, Frank Crockett, Wilma Woodruff, Marty Hallmark, and Linda Gibson, Betty Jacob's sister, assisted in the preparation for and serving over 250 people on November 19,1995. Members of the congregation brought salads, vegetables and desserts. Many people express thankfulness that the church is large enough for congregation members to gather in fellowship. The Mikkelsons, assisted by Ed Elwert, did the cleaning after the dinner.

On December 3, 1995, Ken conducted the "Hanging of the Greens" service. Denise and Michelle Button-Gilpatrick again presented the symbols of Christmas. Ken described the symbols in their Christian meaning. Karen Carson arranged and played the music while Marion Brunette conducted the choir in a lovely Christmas cantata on December 10, 1995. The first Christmas in the new church Ken had conducted a candle lighting service to an overflow crowd. It became apparent that two services would be necessary for the following years. Families gather at Christmas time and enjoy the opportunity for worshipping together in such a beautiful service. On the second Christmas Eve in the new church Ken conducted an eleven o'clock service and two candle lighting services in the evening.

The Board, in the January 15, 1996 meeting, voted to reorganize all committees under six departments each headed by a Board member. They named Bill Kirkman to chair the Department of worship which consists of the Altar Committee, Altar Flowers, Music, Special Services and Usher/Greeter Preparation Committee; Peggy Sartain to chair the Parish Services Department including the committees Caring Cards, Coffee Fellowship, Congregational Care, Historian, Publicity, Special Events and Membership; Bob Stephenson to chair the Department of Business Management consisting of the Committees Finance and Treasury, Personnel, Capital Campaign, and Endowment Planning; Sam Oliphant to chair the Department of Church Assets including the committees Property Management and Maintenance, Electronics and A/V, and Memorials/Fine Arts; Dorothea O'Neill to chair the Department of Education consisting of the committees Library, Nursery, Children's Program and Adult Education; Beverly Swennes to chair the Benevolence Department including the following recipients of funds: Family Crises Center, Neighborhood Center, Helping Center, St Fred's Baptist Church, Marble Falls High School Day Care, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, Highland Lakes Ministry, Burnet County Christian Camp, Children's Advocacy, Counseling, Inc., New Horizons, Hospice-Highland Lakes, C.A.S.A., Camp Peniel-Scholarships, Habitat for Humanity, Barry Bennett-Mission in Chile, Erich Barber-Missionary Camp Peniel, Kids Alive International, and Multi-Disability Children's Campership.

At the annual Congregational Meeting on January 1, 1996 Bill Kinney, Chairman of the Board, presided. He summarized the highlights of events of 1995 beginning with the day in August that Ken Forshee told him he wished to retire by June 1, 1996. He stated this was not really a highlight, but a lowlight of the year. He said when he shared this information with the Board, that was the quietest moment in the Board's time he had ever known. However, with the passage of time, the board members realized that Ken and Sarah had reached that point in their lives that many of the congregation had already reached. He reported there will be a time set aside to recognize the many contributions Ken and Sarah have made to Horseshoe Bay and surrounding communities.

The membership increased by 375 members during Kens stewardship. In 1989 the annual income and budget totaled under $90,000.00 while during 1995 the operating income plus contributions to the building fund totaled over $380,000.00. Bill proclaimed that these statistics provided perfect testimony that we are achieving the mission that God intended for His Church at Horseshoe Bay.

Bill explained that the Board appointed a Search Committee to start the unenviable job of finding Ken's successor. John stated the committee had received 64 responses and by January 19 they had narrowed the field to 9. This list will be further narrowed to 5. Because of confidentiality problems in the applicants' home the committee will visit the ministers in their churches. John stated there would be audio and video tapes of their sermons available.

Four trustees leave the Board. Patricia Freitag and Bill Simpson have both served six years. Jim Griffith and Frankie Ramey have both served three years. The Nominating Committee presented the nominees Laurel Mohun, Peggy Sartain, Barry Lynch, Bob Glanville and Bill Kirkmen to the Board. The Board accepted the slate and presented it to the congregation. The congregation voted to accept these five people as the new trustees.

Bill Burks made a presentation on the proposed budget and stated that average attendance in 1995 was 296 which included 53 Sundays. After the congregation approved the budget, Bill Kinney explained that the Board's highest priority is to pay off the building loan. Since tremendous strides have been made in this direction in the last two years, the congregation and Board can look forward to mortgage burning, erection of the bell tower with electronic carillons, covering the porch on the west side and the establishment of an Endowment Fund to provide for future needs of the Church.

Bill referred to the handouts: a letter from the Audit Committee, the proposed budget, Benevolence budget for 1996, status of the building fund loan, and a report from the standing committees. He asked the members to look over the committees, locate one for which they would like to volunteer, and let the office staff know.

After a survey of congregational members as to the preferred times for services, Ken changed the early morning time to 8:30 and left the second service at 11:00. He changed the Bible study time to 9:45 until 10:30. The Bible study class met in the nursery for the first two years. Since the nursery leadership needed the time to prepare the room and the classes for the children, the Bible study group moved to the east end of the fellowship hall.

The Kinneys and O'Neills visited the First Christian Church in Corpus Christi on February 4, 1996, and attended a service conducted by Pastor John Long. They had lunch and visited with John and his wife, Donna. On February 12, Bill Kinney flew John Long to Horseshoe Bay to meet with the Search Committee.

John met all of the criteria and favorably impressed the committee. In the interview he stated "I will spend the first year in getting to know the people and concentrate on Preaching, Teaching and Pastoral care."

Ken stated in the February 19 Board meeting, "This is God's Church and each minister has his own gifts, skills, interests, etc. John Long is a man with 30 years of experience, has reputable seminary training, has a broad spectrum of work experience and is Biblically oriented. The average length of a pastor's stay is 2.9 years and Dr. Long has served five churches from seven to nine years which shows he has a significant ministry. Dr. Long uses the lectionary, which is a selection of scriptures that covers the entire Bible in a period of four to six years." The Board voted to recommend Dr. John Long as the new minister to the congregation.

The Search Committee hosted an introduction to Dr. Long through a video tape during the week of February 26 through March 1. Bill Kinney flew Dr. and Mrs. Long to Horseshoe Bay for a reception at the church on March 2. The Board members came 30 to 45 minutes before the reception to meet the Longs. Approximately 200 congregational members attended the reception and visited with the Longs.

After consulting with Winnie Woodruff, the Fine Arts Committee purchased the tapestry, "Peaceable Kingdom," from the memorial funds for Winnie's mother, Margaret Hoch. Jim Moreland made the hanger and hung the tapestry in the front office. The Committee ordered two five foot candelsticks with memorial funds for Mac McArthur and J. J. McDaniel after consulting with Fran McArthur and Wilma McDaniels.

The Congregation voted to accept the Board's recommendation and invite Dr. John Long to be the new minister. The Board sent a call letter and received an acceptance letter from Dr. Long. Ken will leave after services on May 5 and John will begin his ministry on June 1. The Search Committee secured a list of interim speakers.

Beverly Swennes reported on the permanent lighting of the new and larger Christmon tree. The Board voted to pay $309.75 plus freight and instructed Beverly to order the lights and instructions for wiring from Claudia in Big Springs.

The Church at Horseshoe Bay is larger than 90 percent of most churches in terms of membership and attendance. The Capital Projects Committee presented the following projects to be considered in the near future: Associate Minister, Dividers for the fellowship hall, sunroof over west patio, overflow parking, bell tower and carillons, and possibility of an additional wing. A member of the Church contributed the necessary funds to obtain a new computer for John Long. The computer will be installed on April 26 with network connections to be completed in May.

Beverly Swennes and Patricia Freitag organized a going-away dinner on May 3 for Ken and Sarah Forshee. Melissa Rowe, Judy Perry, Barbara Racz, Kate Cederlof, Sarah Hays, Jean Robertson, and Lindy Goodman sent out invitations. Dorothy Crocket, Russ Wheeler, Joy Payne, Virginia McCoy, Vivian Huie, Inez Hilburn, Gene Dysert, Lorene Mathis, and Nancy Blythe created and placed the flower arrangements. Betty Ann and George Edgerton, June Johnston, Lindy Goodman, and Joe Conkling prepared the reception in the courtyard and kept the punch flowing. Cordelia Mitchell prepared a scrapbook containing pictures given by the congregational members. Vera and Myrl Campbell took video tapes of both the courtyard and Ken's last service for his Horseshoe Bay congregation. Judy and David Standridge took pictures and prepared albums for both the Forshees and the church. Karen Carson and Marion Brunette furnished the music. Ed Elwert, Evonne and Ron Mikkelson took care of the cleaning. Approximately 300 from both the Catholic and Protestant Community attended the celebration and sendoff for Ken and Sarah. There were many teary eyes but also a thankfulness to God for many wonderful experiences this community had shared with them.

On Saturday May 4, Ken conducted memorial services for Dick Wagner, a member of the choir and long time member of the church. Dick survived over five years after receiving a heart transplant. Saturday afternoon three young people from the community were killed in a car wreck. Denise Butler-Gilpatrick, daughter of Kim Gilpatrick, who had served in both "Hanging of the Greens" services in the Church. Donna Knox occasionally presents special music; her son, Sam, was one of the three. The third member was David Hurley, Norman Hurd's grandson.

Ken held his last service on May 5, 1996 and the congregation bid their farewells at a following reception. The Forshees left for Colorado that afternoon. The congregation closed a door but opened another and looked forward to the arrival of the new minister, Dr. John Long, and his wife Donna Long. In the interim the Search Committee arranged for visiting ministers to bring the message. John would be present to preach his first sermon on June 2, 1996.

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