The Church at Horseshoe Bay and
the Traditions from Which We Come
Prepared by Vera Campbell, 1997
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Part I: The Beginning of Horseshoe Bay 1970-1982 and
Organizing the Protestant Church 1982-1989
The Protestant church stands on a hill overlooking the community of Horseshoe Bay located six miles west of Marble Falls, Texas on the banks of Lake Lyndon Baines Johnson, commonly known as Lake LBJ. The constant level lake is fed by the Llano and Colorado rivers and is controlled by The Lower Colorado River Authority. In addition to supplying water for a power plant, the lake provides opportunities for skiing, fishing, boating, and sailing.
The church had its beginning with the early settlers of the community, therefore this chronicle includes a brief history of Horseshoe Bay. In 1969 Norman Hurd went to Dallas, called his cousin Wayne Hurd and told him that he would like to discuss a business proposition with him. Wayne agreed to meet him and, at this meeting, Norman asked if Wayne would look at some property in the highland lakes area for the purpose of establishing a resort. After a lengthy discussion Wayne agreed to join Norman and his wife Dorothy, in Marble Falls. They spent two days touring the Highland Lakes area and looking over various locations. The main object of Norman's interest was the Coca-Cola Ranch owned by the Lupton family of Ft. Worth. The Luptons also owned several Coca-Cola bottling plants throughout Texas. The ranch contained over 43,000 feet of water front. The land located near the Wirtz Dam on the south side of Lake Granite Shoals (later to be named Lake LBJ), consisted of 700 acres flooded by the lake and 2,300 acres of rambling hills, deep valleys, live oak trees and abundant wild life. Wayne agreed to investigate the possibility of buying the ranch. He ran into many obstacles and after several attempts to buy, he received a call from the law firm of Cantey, Hanger and Gooch of Ft. Worth, attorneys for the Luptons, stating the ranch was not for sale. At a later date Wayne received a communication from Tiny Gooch of the law firm stating he would be willing to negotiate the sale of the ranch.
Finally, on March 11,1970, after numerous hours of negotiations, the owners of Hurd Properties paid $15,000.00 for an option to purchase the land. They exercised the option in June, 1970, and tendered the first payment from the proceeds of a loan made through Ralph Giesecke (Home State Bank in Marble Falls). This gave time to arrange for major financing for the project. The Hurds finalized financial backing on May 5, 1971, the "official" starting date of Horseshoe Bay. In late 1972 the Hurds purchased another ranch from Fritz and Annlies Matern Wennmohs. Development began in 1977 on what today is known as Horseshoe Bay West, Applehead and Applehead Island. Since Mr. Tiny Gooch was a key person in bringing about closure of the purchase, the Hurds gave him a lot with the understanding that he would build a house on it. Mr. Gooch built the first single-family dwelling in Horseshoe Bay. In 1971 Norman and his wife Dorothy moved to the area from Houston to take charge of the project. Later in the year Wayne and his wife Eileen moved to Horseshoe Bay from the Dallas area.
In 1970 The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) met with Wayne and informed him that they owned the Baird property that divided portions of the Horseshoe Bay property and were planning to build a power plant and power lines. After negotiations the LCRA agreed on the following:1. Place the power lines at the edge of the Horseshoe Bay property and along the highway.
2. Allow access through their property to Horseshoe Bay property that became known as the Lighthouse Area.
3. Use the material from the excavation for the plant to widen and extend this peninsula to the Lupton property line which was located under water, further extend the peninsula to divert the warm water toward the dam, and allow a lighthouse to be built on this extension.
4. Allow fill to be placed in the lake to add to shoreline property.
In October , 1970, LCRA lowered the lake 31 feet and started construction of the power plant. The company of Hurd Properties began cleaning and deepening the water along the shore line and constructing peninsulas. Wayne had written down a list of proposed names for the project. Since a creek that ran through the property was called Horseshoe Creek and the waterfront formed a rough horseshoe shape, he had put Horseshoe Bay at the top of the list. While Wayne and Norman walked along the sandy exposed bottom of the lake they discussed the choice of names. Wayne picked up a rusty horseshoe from the sand and this was the deciding factor in naming the development Horseshoe Bay.
The Hurds built an airport with a six thousand foot runway, large enough to land a DC-9. This has been an important feature in attracting people from 34 foreign countries, 7 Canadian provinces and 48 of the 50 United States.Wayne and Norman established the Property Owners' Association early in 1973 and Eileen ran it for several years. After a time, the POA asked John Munro to help with the books and organization. John agreed to help and asked that they hire Lillian Demarest as secretary. In May, 1980 they hired Lillian. The POA elected John as President, and he worked on a voluntary basis maintaining the books and keeping the organization going for the next two years. In 1982, when the POA could financially do so, they hired Tom Sams as manager.
In 1979, Wayne and Eileen Hurd, realizing that to become a community and not just a development, there should be a church facility that would meet the needs of people with diverse religious backgrounds. They were anxious to express thanks for the fine development and to provide the catalyst that would create a community atmosphere. After interviewing numerous religious organizations, they found the Catholic diocese of Austin would accept the responsibility for raising additional funds and make a commitment to provide continuity of support and create an ecumenical environment. The Hurds donated 2.214 acres of land located on what was to become known as Thanksgiving Mountain. They also donated $500,000.00 to establish a facility where different religious groups could worship, as well as hold baptisms, weddings and other religious activities.
Wayne and Eileen Hurd set the goal and started the process. Wayne obtained the architect, Ron Bradshaw, and it was a matter of three years from inception to the completion of the Chapel in 1982. Groundbreaking took place on August 28, 1981, with people from various religious groups throughout the state participating in the event (Addendum A).
Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Chapel of Horseshoe Bay, August 1981.
Father Dalton, John Munro, and John Wailor. (Standing behind Father Dalton is Rev. Rick Waters.)
Father Walter Dalton had begun Catholic services in 1972. These were held in homes, various other locations, and finally at the Property Owners' Association headquarters, Quail Point Lodge. Protestants living in Horseshoe Bay had been attending the Catholic services as well as various churches in Marble Falls. Charles and Merle Keiser, having observed the plans for the Chapel posted on the wall at Quail Point, pondered the idea of a Protestant service. They discussed the use of the Chapel for this purpose with Father Dalton.
Charles and Merle Keiser and Betty Ann Edgerton conceived and nurtured the idea that was to create a Protestant church and establish some cohesiveness in the community. Merle Keiser invited Betty Ann, Ann Randle and Flo Buchaneau to lunch at the Yacht Club, where they discussed the feasibility of a Protestant church. Since Ann and Flo were involved with churches of their own, they chose not to participate at that time. They thought it was an excellent idea to establish a church and encouraged Betty Ann and Merle to proceed with their plans but stated they would not leave their churches. (At a later date they both became staunch workers and supporters in the Protestant Church at Horseshoe Bay.) Merle and Betty Ann marshaled their forces and forged ahead to lay the foundation. From this meeting they went directly to Wayne Hurd to present their desire for establishing a Protestant service in the to-be-constructed chapel. Wayne was amenable, and told them that he had a contractual relationship with the Catholic Diocese to permit this.
After several investigative meetings Charles and Merle Keiser and Betty Ann and George Edgerton visited the community church at Lakeway. Members of the congregation there graciously provided valuable information and assistance. Ralph Keller with a group of the leaders of Lakeway Church later came over to meet with the committee and give them guidance. They generously contributed history, documents, and suggestions for the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant). The information obtained by the committee provided the groundwork for the establishment of the Protestant Church at Horseshoe Bay.
Charles Keiser chaired the organizational committee and steered it through its early days. He suggested they ask John Munro, past president of the Property Owner's Association, to accept the responsibility of chairing the committee. He felt that John knew the law and history of the area and had a rich experience in management. Charles and Merle Keiser went to him to ask his assistance and pursuaded him to accept the chairmanship of the committee. He acted as liaison to the Catholic community in establishing a rental agreement for the use of the Chapel for Protestant services. John provided valuable assistance to the committee until they hired the Reverend Mr. Campbell, who then took over the leadership. The organizing committee members were Merle and Charles Keiser, Betty Ann Edgerton, Norman Goodman, Lillian and John Demarest and Tom Sams. Many others joined this group as they diligently worked to fulfill their goal.
In November, 1982, the committee approached the Reverend Mr. Campbell, a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and asked him to help organize a Protestant Church. After considering their request for a short time, he agreed to join the organizing committee in their endeavor.
Tom Campbell served in World War II as a United States Navy line officer and subsequently chaplain in the United States Air Force in Korea and Vietnam. In 1978, after he retired from the Air Force, Tom and his wife Jane moved to Horseshoe Bay. He occasionally preached in the surrounding communities and was the only ordained minister in Horseshoe Bay at that time.
A visitor from Minnesota presented a movie and gave a talk at Quail Point before the church was actually finished. Following the presentation Lindy Goodman and Obera Godwin organized the first CARE group, managed the food pick-up and distribution, and scheduled for other needs as they arose. Women and men signed up to provide and deliver food, drive patients to Austin for treatment, read to the sick, and sit with patient to allow a break time for the care-givers, and to do whatever was needed.
Father Dalton issued an invitation to the Reverend Mr. Campbell to take part in the ecumenical services on December 5, 1982 for the dedication and blessing of the Chapel. The most Reverend Vincent M. Harris, Bishop of Austin, gave the Homily in a Roman Catholic service of Blessing at 10:00 a.m. At 3:30 p.m. the Reverend Mr. Campbell led an Interdenominational Service of Thanksgiving and Sharing. Pastors and congregational members of other churches in the Hill Country and surrounding areas participated in the dedication (Addendum B). The Reverend Mr. Campbell gave the following benediction at the dedication:
May the grace of Christ our Savior, and the Father's boundless love,
with the Holy Spirit's favor, rest upon us from above.
Thus may we abide in union with each other and the Lord,
and possess, in sweet communion, joys which earth cannot afford. (John Newton 1725-1807)
On December 12, 1982 the Reverend Mr. Campbell conducted the first Protestant service in Horseshoe Bay at the Chapel, thus creating a binding tie to the entire community whereby Catholics and Protestants would spend the next twelve years worshipping in the same facility (Addendum C). Finally the Hurd's dream of ecumenicity became a reality. Trudy Flippo, organist, organized and led an ecumenical choir with five members at the beginning, Tom and Gloria Sams, Lindy Goodman, Melissa Rowe and Shirley Christie. Then Shirley Steiler joined and others joined later (Addendum D). This small group presented the first Christmas Cantata in December 1983. Margie Jones held a luncheon and asked both Catholics and Protestants if they would be interested in starting a Bible Study group. Thus she organized the Ecumenical Bible study which continues in active existence fourteen years later. Numerous other ecumenical activities took place especially around holidays.
The following article appeared in The Highlander of Marble Falls on December 16, 1982:
The initial construction and furnishing of the inspiring spectacular chapel at Horseshoe Bay has been completed and building appropriately dedicated. Wayne and Eileen Hurd, who are Presbyterians, donated the site and the largest gift of cash. Many others have given generously of money, talent and time. The Hurds wisely insisted that this be a community organization and personally contacted several religious groups to find one willing to ensure the continuity of operation and a guarantee of operating costs. The Catholic Church has contracted to provide this stability and management.
Sunday (Dec. 12, 1982) some 85 Protestant residents met for what is hoped to be the first of a continuing Interfaith fellowship. This group drafted Reverend Tom Campbell of Horseshoe Bay, a former chaplain, to lead the initial steering committee. Some 50 people signed their intent to be members of the initial group. Non-Catholic Interfaith services are being held each Sunday at 11 o'clock.
The charter membership continued through January, 1983, and closed with 92 members (Addendum E). As in any new organization, there existed many varied responsibilities. The first cadre of workers included those who would create a Board of Trustees, the articles of confederation (Addendum F), and the constitution and the bylaws (Addendum G). The Board of Trustees established other committees to see to the day-to-day running of the church (Addendum H). This organizing committee formed a springboard that would catapult the new Protestant Church into a new building some 12 years later. It consisted of the following people and their responsibilities: Tom Campbell, Chairman; Lillian Demarest, Secretary; John Demarest, Treasurer and Finance Committee; Betty Ann Edgerton, Pulpit Supply; Norman Goodman, Ushers and Greeters; Ione Menasco, Property and Altar; Charles Keiser, Publicity; John Godwin, Benevolence and Outreach; Merle Keiser, Ecumenical relations, Library and nursery; and Dick Roberts, Music. John Munro, who gave so generously of his time and expertise, helped set up the record keeping and mechanics of this committee. Charles Keiser chaired the Board until the Reverend Mr. Tom Campbell accepted the pastorship.
Back Row: Dick Roberts, John Godwin, Norman Goodman, the Rev. Mr. Campbell, Chairman and Minister, Betty Ann Edgerton, Charles Keiser and Paul Weyrauch. Front Row: Lillian Demarest, Secretary, Ione Menasco, and John Demarest. (Merle Keiser served until August when Paul Weyrauch took her place.)
The Reverend Mr. Campbell obtained a copy of the constitution of the First Christian Church of Llano, Texas. Merle Keiser took this instrument and the material obtained from the Lakeway Church and with suggestions from the Trustees organized a constitution and bylaws to fit the needs of The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant). In March the Board of Trustees and Protestant Congregation voted to adopt the Constitution and Bylaws.
The Board agreed upon a budget which included the cost of the rental agreement established by the liaison with Father Dalton (Addendum I and Addendum J). In addition to cash donations for day-to-day expenses, money was given by different members for special acquisitions such as a piano, Fair Linens, Communion service set, offering plates, Altar Cross, Pulpit Bible, four altar cloths, hymnals, as well as library equipment and books . Also money was given specifically for the pastor's discretionary fund. Other donations included stainless steel flatware, microwave oven, kitchen supplies, silver trays, bowl and pitcher, Christmas tree, toys and clothes for needy children and toys and equipment for the nursery. Because more money was given than was needed for the purchase of hymnals, The Reverend Mr. Campbell asked the donors if the excess could be used to buy choir robes. The donors gave their permission and the Board purchased the first choir robes.
The following article appeared in The Highlander on March 17, 1983:
Following several weeks of 11 a.m. worship services in the new Chapel at Horseshoe Bay more than 90 residents and part-time area protestants approved resolutions and bylaws for formal organization. A nine member board elected by the congregation met to establish procedure.
Board officers are: Tom Campbell, Chairman; Charles Keiser, vice-chairman; John Demarest, treasurer. Other members are Betty Anne Edgerton, John Godwin, Norman Goodman, Merle Keiser, Ione Menasco and Dick Roberts. Tom Sams is financial officer, Lillian Demarest, church executive secretary; and Trudy Flippo is organist and choir director. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. and are open to all area residents and visitors. The first communion service is planned for Easter Sunday, April 3, with Chaplain Tom Campbell conducting the Protestant worship. A nursery is being provided for children under 5.
The following excerpt was taken from a letter written by the Reverend Mr. Campbell and sent to visitors who attended the Protestant service at the Chapel:
Each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. an interdenominational Protestant service is held in this beautiful chapel. The Reverend Thomas M. Campbell, minister, usually conducts services on the first and third Sundays with guest ministers on the other Sundays (Addendum K). The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) is managed by a nine (9) member Board of Trustees elected by the congregation. Major matters are submitted at congregational meetings for final decision.
There are (2) types of membership: Full and associate. Full membership means membership in the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) as one's only church home; associate membership allows affiliation with The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) while retaining one's church membership elsewhere. Full and associate members have identical rights, privileges and responsibilities" (Addendum L).
Article III of the constitution provided the availability of dual membership and reads as follows:
Membership of this congregation, as a part of the whole family of God on earth, shall consist of the following: Those who are now members of the congregation; those who shall unite with it by confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, giving expression of their faith through baptism and commitment to Him; and those who unite by transfer of membership, thereby reaffirming their faith and commitment to Christ.
An Associate membership will be available whereby an individual may affiliate with The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) and still retain membership in a denominational church in a different geographical location. Associate members are entitled to full rights, privileges and responsibilities in all activities of The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant).
Betty Ann Edgerton created and maintained a list of potential ministers to fill the pulpit on alternate Sundays with the Reverend Mr. Campbell (Addendum M). The visiting preachers received an honorarium, and travel expenses for those coming long distances. In the early days Norman Hurd provided the Sunday Buffet at the Yacht Club for the guest preacher and his family, as well as for the local hosts of the day.
This fledgling church existed like an intimate family. When they wanted to start social functions Marg and Dick Roberts donated a microwave oven, other members gave paper goods, Jackie Fry donated 100 silverware place settings, and Dorothy and Frank Crockett gave 50 place settings. Lindy Goodman and Obera Godwin bought the remainder of the needed kitchen supplies. Lindy and Obera organized the potluck dinners and they continued under Gloria Sams and then Jean Robertson until 1989 when the congregation outgrew the space available at the Chapel.
Ernie and Eleanor Trochta gave the first Christmas tree to be used in the Chapel. Several people had heard of Chrismons, Christ's Monogram, and Lindy created designs for the cross, star, dove, fish, angel, bell, etc. and women from the Bible Study group made them. They made 35 for the first Christmas.
In May 1983, the Board created the Benevolence/Outreach Fund by designating ten per cent of the donations and naming a chairman. Over and beyond the regular Benevolence/Outreach donations to charitable organizations, the Board established the Pastor's Discretionary Fund to be used for humanitarian efforts, for times of individual and family crises.
From numerous requests for assistance the Board of Trustees elected to make donations of $50.00 a month to the Salvation Army, the Neighborhood Center, and the Family Crisis Center of Marble Falls that first year. In January 1984, they increased the donation to the Crisis Center to $75.00 a month. In February they donated $500.00 to the Highland Lakes Leisure Ministry Program Services, held at Inks Lake during the summer months, with singing services on Wednesday night, and $250.00 to the Highland Lakes Ministerial Alliance. On April 5, 1984, the Board increased the amount for the Benevolence/Outreach Fund to fifteen percent of the church's income. On December 10, the Board voted to double contributions to the Neighborhood center, the Salvation Army and the Crisis Center.
In 1985, the Board of Trustees increased the amount to the Benevolent /Outreach Fund to twenty percent of the gross receipts, and they continued to add charitable organizations to their list of recipients. Even though theirs was a fledgling church, the Board set as its goals ministering to those in need financially as well as spiritually.
Throughout 1983, their first year in existence, the Board of Trustees discussed the advantages and disadvantages of having members sign pledge cards to insure continuity of operating expenses. In October, following a pot luck dinner, the Board brought this idea before members of the congregation. They found the members were not amenable to the pledge card. The Board subsequently dropped the idea as a result of further consideration.
On August 29, 1983, Merle Keiser resigned from the board stating that she had taken a position with the Austin Community College. She said that she would be teaching classes on Monday and Wednesday nights and would not be available to attend board meetings but would continue her responsibilities with the library. The Board of Trustees appointed Paul Weyrauch to serve the unexpired term and Flo Buchaneau to manage the nursery.
The Board discussed establishing an endowment fund to insure sufficient future operating expenses. On December 10, 1984, the Board asked Paul Weyrauch to research how it could be accomplished. Paul met with Chris Daugherty, an Austin lawyer who had previously been involved with endowment formations, to discuss the mechanics of establishing such a fund. Mr. Daugherty provided the information and stated it was the practice of the firm to charge a fee and return it to charitable organizations as a donation. Paul presented the material to the Board and asked the board members to study the material and be prepared to discuss them at a later date. The Board discussed the information at subsequent meetings and finally came to the conclusion that an Endowment Fund was not feasible at that time.
On December 10, 1984, John Demarest stated that he would like to resign as treasurer because of the demands of his duties as Justice of the Peace. At this time some of the board members learned that John had been doing this work without pay. After considering the time required for keeping the financial records they made the decision to hire a bookkeeper. The Reverend Mr. Campbell asked John if he would remain on the board until election in January, 1986, when his term expired. He agreed to do this in order to make a smooth transition in the bookkeeping. In February, 1985, the Board hired Wanda Otto to take over the bookkeeping duties. She worked closely with John to learn the procedure that had been used.
On April 1 and 8, 1985, the Board outlined the duties for the secretary, treasurer, and bookkeeper. They were as follows:
Secretary: Record minutes of meetings and distribute to Trustees one week before the scheduled meeting, if possible. Prepare worship service bulletins, deliver to the printer and pick up on Friday; issue purchase orders for items authorized by the Board; prepare correspondence necessary for the functioning of the Chapel, including transfer of membership letters for "full" members; alternate check signer; pick up mail from postal box and pass bills, etc. to Bookkeeper for action; prepare agenda for Board meeting, and acknowledge special contributions.
Treasurer: Serve as Chairman of the Finance Committee and negotiate the annual rental agreement (lease) with Father Dalton; make deposits; authorize disbursements and present statement monthly to the Board.
Bookkeeper: Prepare checks weekly for the visiting minister, the secretary, the organist and the nursery attendant; prepare checks at end of month for The Reverend Mr. Campbell and regular contributions to the Salvation Army, Family Crisis Center, and Marble Falls Neighborhood Center; prepare rent check for Father Dalton on the first of the month; prepare checks to pay for purchased items; deliver all checks to the treasurer for signatures and then mail them if required; develop and maintain financial records and accounts for the congregation; prepare monthly financial statements for treasurer to present at board meetings; prepare annual statement for presentation at the Annual Congregational Meeting; prepare all matters relating to withholding taxes, FICA taxes, W-2's, 1099's, etc. develop and maintain financial records from identifiable individual contributors.
On April 1, 1985, John Demarest resigned from the Board and the Board appointed Lewis Holder to fill the unexpired term. Charles Keiser took over duties of the Treasurer with Dick Roberts as Assistant Treasurer. The Board directed the Reverend Mr. Campbell to ask George Bergman to serve on the Finance Committee to replace John Munro. George agreed to accept this responsibility. At the August 12, 1985 Board of Trustees Meeting he stated that he would be glad to take over the accounting affairs of the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) with no charge. In September the Board notified Wanda Otto that George would be taking over her responsibilities after September 30 and asked her to acquaint George with the books. He took over these duties as Comptroller on October 1, 1985.
On August 12, 1985, the Finance Committee presented a resolution to establish a Development Fund (Addendum N). The Board voted to accept the resolution, thereby establishing the framework for such a fund. The Board asked the committee to establish the mechanics and structure them in a form that could be presented to the congregation. On December 9, 1985, the Finance Committee brought a rough draft before the board. After discussion and some changes in wording, the Board accepted the revised copy of the Development Fund and asked Lillian to type and send it to the printers. At the Annual Congregational Meeting in January, 1986, Paul Weyrauch distributed the Development Fund brochures (Addendum O) and explained the necessity of establishing such a fund.
On September 9 , 1985, the Finance Committee recommended that $15,000.00 of surplus funds be used to seed the Development Fund. Dick Roberts made the motion to make the transfer of funds. Betty Ann Edgerton seconded it and the motion carried, thus establishing a monetary cushion for the operation of the church. On December 8, 1986, the Board transferred $15,000.00 to the Development Fund. Again on December 14, 1987, the Board transferred $10,000.00 into the fund.
On November 11, 1985, the Board of Trustees appointed Lew Holder, Paul Weyrauch and Norman Goodman to serve on a Bylaws Review Committee with Lew as Chairman. This team recommended some revisions and Lew mailed copies to each board member. On December 9, 1985, the Board voted to adopt the proposed changes. On January 19, 1986, the congregation voted to accept these changes, thereby amending this instrument for the first time since the church had been organized in early 1983.
At the Annual Congregational Meeting on January 19, 1986, the congregation elected Betty Ann Edgerton and Lew Holder to the board for another term. They also elected George Bergman Comptroller, to the board.
Dick Roberts resigned due to health problems on March 2, 1986. On March 17, 1986, the Board of Trustees appointed Don Victorin to serve the unexpired term. At that time the Board deemed it advisable to have a Corporate Secretary and appointed Lew Holder to that position. They asked him to prepare incorporation papers but while attempting to do so Lew discovered the church had been incorporated in 1983.
Early in 1986, The Reverend Mr. Campbell asked the board to appoint a committee to begin a search for a full time minister. The Search Committee consisted of Paul Weyrauch, Chairman, Betty Ann Edgerton, Charles Keiser, George Bergman and Tom Campbell. The committee constructed a questionnaire to solicit comments from the Protestant community. Mr. Campbell wrote a cover letter and Lillian mailed this along with the questionnaire to all members.
The Search Committee compiled the returned questionnaires and on August 11, 1986, Paul Weyrauch gave a report to the Board. He stated that it was the consensus of the committee, from survey results, that most people wanted a full time minister. The Board decided however, that the members probably did not understand that the Reverend Mr. Campbell wanted to stay on as an administrative minister on a temporary basis. The Board asked the Reverend Mr. Campbell to continue as the administrative pastor to fulfil the pastoral care duties, i.e., home and hospital visits, weddings, funerals and visits to prospective members and to preach on the Sundays of his choice. The Search Committee would continue to seek qualified ministers to preach when the Reverend Mr. Campbell was not available.
At the Congregational Meeting on January 18, 1987, the congregation elected Lea Kutner and Mervin Mull to replace outgoing members Ione Menasco and Paul Weyrauch. They also elected Don Victorin to continue in the position to which he had been appointed.
The Board of Trustees, realizing the Protestant congregation had outgrown the physical facilities of the Chapel, in 1988 launched an investigation into possible methods of expansion. They pursued the following ideas: increasing seating capacity in the Chapel, building a fellowship hall with rooms for offices on adjoining property, holding two worship sessions, using Quail Point for Sunday School, etc. The Board asked Don Victorin to prepare demographics to show growth rate of the community and Protestant membership to ascertain the extent of expansion needed.
Lew Holder asked Bob Fallis, designer, to draw some plans for a fellowship hall. The Board approached Father Dalton with the idea of the expansion of the sanctuary seating area. Father Dalton stated the Catholic Diocese had no desire to make any changes. The Board continued throughout 1988 to explore possibilities for expansion.
After having served for five years, Charles Keiser, John Godwin and Norman Goodman left the board and the congregation elected Charles Woodruff, Marion Weyrauch, and Hugh Robertson in January 1988. The Reverend Mr. Campbell appointed Merv Mull and Don Victorin to the Search Committee. The Reverend Mr. Campbell asked the committee to begin a more diligent search for a full time minister and to bring a list of prospective ministers before the Board as soon as possible.
The committee prepared a letter and sent it to ministers who were frequent guest speakers asking if they were interested or knew qualified ministers who might be interested in becoming a full time minister in the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant). Through these efforts they compiled a rather lengthy list of prospective ministers and on July 11, 1988, presented it to the Board. The Board asked the committee to bring a more select list from this broad field. On October 10, 1988 the Search Committee presented a revised list to the Board for their consideration. Tom Taylor, a resident of Horseshoe Bay, had asked his brother-in-law Ken and sister Sarah Forshee if they would consider the pastorship of the church. Ken said he would enjoy being a visiting minister for a Sunday. Tom , feeling encouraged, submitted his brother-in-law's name to the committee. They added the new prospective minister, Ken Forshee, to the list. The committee asked the Reverend Mr. Forshee to give the sermon on November 20, 1988. Ken and Sarah made their first visit to Horseshoe Bay on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. They enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner with the congregation. The group ate in three shifts because of the crowded conditions. This would be the last Thanksgiving dinner the congregation shared in the Chapel. Ken met with the Search Committee and they asked him to return the first Sunday in February to give another sermon.
By December 12, 1988, the Search Committee had narrowed the field to three prospective ministers, Cleve Wheelus, G. Taft Lyon and Ken Forshee. These three would be asked to return to conduct services in the following months until a choice had been made.
In January 1989, Jean Stoneburner and Asa McRae were elected to the Board of Trustees replacing Betty Ann Edgerton and Lew Holder. Betty Ann agreed to continue on the Search Committee and Lew Holder agreed to continue as Corporate Secretary. George Bergman was reelected. By this time the position for minister was between Ken Forshee and G. Taft Lyon. On February 5 The Reverend Mr. Forshee gave his second sermon and on February 19, The Reverend G. Taft Lyon gave a sermon. On March 20 the Search Committee recommended Ken Forshee as the new pastor to the Board of Trustees. The Board voted unanimously to accept their recommendations and proceeded to plan a meeting of the congregation. They directed the Search Committee to notify G. Taft Lyon and Ken Forshee of the decision.
On April 9, 1989, the Board called a special Congregational Meeting and asked the congregation to affirm the calling of Ken Forshee as the full time pastor. The congregation unanimously voted to accept the Reverend Ken Forshee as the full time pastor. On April 10, 1989 the Search Committee contacted Ken and asked him to come as the full time pastor (Addendum P).
In April Norman Hurd sent a letter to the Reverend Mr. Campbell offering to donate a parcel of land to the Protestant congregation. The Board voted to accept the gift from Norman and his wife Dorothy. The Board informed the congregation of this gift in a letter. After the Board discussed the response from the letter, they voted to pursue building a new church facility on the land offered by Mr. Hurd. Mr. Hurd made several stipulations regarding the gift, one of these being the hiring of Ron Bradshaw as the architect. The Board asked Bob Fallis from Marble Falls to work with Mr. Bradshaw. The Board called a special congregational meeting and discussed the need for the proposed construction of a church facility on the land offered by Mr. Hurd. The congregation voted to go ahead but many held ambivalent feelings about leaving the Chapel. The Board Authorized Lew Holder to hire someone to build a road to the proposed site and to clear the underbrush. Many of the congregation visited the site over the next several months.
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