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

Prepared by Vera Campbell, 1997

Back to Part I: 1982-1989

Part II: Building a New Church and a New Pastor Arrives, 1989-1993

In June, Ken and Sarah Forshee moved to a rented house in Horseshoe Bay and in seven months they would move again into their home on Broken Arrow. On June 12, 1989, the Reverend Mr. Forshee started his pastorship in the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant), located in a picturesque setting filled with dedicated people who desired a steadfast church with a full time pastor. These people would provide support, love, prayers, and challenges to him as he ministered to them . George Bergman said to Ken, "One thing you can say about this community you will find these are caring people."

The Reverend Mr. Campbell, on June 12, 1989 presided over the installation of the Reverend Kenneth L. Forshee as the new pastor with the following ceremony:

Greeting - Paul Weyrauch:
As chairman of the Search Committee of The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant), I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, the head of the church in heaven on earth. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every burden which weighs so heavily upon us, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. Let us look to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was waiting endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Presentation-Merv Mull:
The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant), under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has called Kenneth L. Forshee as its pastor and we are going to install him in this ministry among us. We have prayerfully examined him and found him equipped and qualified to be our pastor and teacher and friend. (Speaking to the congregation) "Hear these words from the Apostle Paul: 'We beseech you, brothers and sisters, to pay proper respect to those who work among you, who guide and instruct you in Christian life. Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves'."

(Speaking to Ken) "Ken, we urge you as our pastor to lead us, to encourage those of us who are timid, to help us when we waver and are weak, and to be patient with all. Help us to seek to do good to one another and to all. Help us to be joyful always, to pray regularly and to be thankful in all circumstances. Help us to serve God and to make him a constant and regular part of our lives."

The Covenant-Tom Campbell:
(Tom addressing Ken) Ken, seeing that you were long ago called to the ordained ministry by the grace of God, the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant) has been led to call you as pastor and teacher, are you willing to enter this covenant with the members of this congregation?

Ken responding:
I am willing, and I promise to serve this congregation faithfully, preaching and teaching the word of God, administering the sacraments, and fulfilling the pastoral office, according to the faith and order of the constitution and bylaws of this congregation.

Tom speaking to the congregation and to Ken:
Let us pray. "Almighty God, you have called your servants to make promises before you, now enable us to keep our vows that we may remain steadfast in faith and fruitful in every good work. Bless, we pray, your servant Ken, to whom the care of your people in this church is now committed. Pour out your Holy Spirit on him, on the people of this congregation, and on all those who profess faith in Christ Jesus, that our mutual ministry may be served with all faithfulness, diligence, and courage. Grant us the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. Make our common ministry a means of awakening the careless, strengthening the faithful, comforting the afflicted, building up your Church, and bringing others to know you. Guard us against the snares of temptation that we may be kept pure in heart, fervent in spirit, and valiant against evil. And at last, by your grace, receive us in your eternal home, where with you and the Holy Spirit, Christ reigns in glory, one God, for ever and ever".

Declaration-Tom Campbell: (Tom speaking to Ken)
In the name of Jesus Christ, and on behalf of the congregation of The Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant), I declare you, Ken, duly installed as our pastor and teacher and friend. "Thanks be to God".

Ken Forshee and Sarah Taylor met at Philips University at Enid Oklahoma. While still in school, Ken began his ministry in the little town of Amorita, Oklahoma. Every other Sunday he drove the ninety miles to Amorita to deliver his sermon and then ninety miles back home. Ken and Sarah were married in the summer of 1953.

In his first meeting with the Board of the Horseshoe Bay Church the Reverend Forshee suggested that they honor Tom Campbell with the title of Pastor Emeritus; present an appropriate certificate to him; and place his name and new title on all stationary of the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay (Protestant). The Board voted unanimously to do this. Furthermore, they would hold a dinner, inviting the congregation, to honor him for his outstanding work with the church. At the dinner Tom and Jane Campbell were presented with a certificate for a golf cart. Funds for the golf cart were donated by members of the congregation that he had served so well.

The Board rented the space for an office in the Breedlove Building on June 1, and two weeks later Ken moved into the newly rented offices. He came to a congregation located in a rented space that was overflowing. It had become apparent to the Board of Trustees and many of the congregation the need for expansion if the membership and attendance continued in the growth pattern already established.

In July Ken suggested this order be followed regarding proposed construction of the new church facility on the property donated by Mr. Hurd:

1. Have architect prepare final plans and specifications.
2. Prepare brochure and prospectus.
3. Organize a financial campaign.
4. Enter construction phase, including furnishings, with Lew Holder as Chairman of Construction Committee.

The Board approved these suggestions. On September 11, 1989, the Board appointed Merv Mull, Charles Woodruff, Marion Weyrauch and Ken Forshee to oversee establishing a building committee. They asked Lew Holder to bring his expertise to this committee.

The Board discussed the architect's preliminary plans and several members made suggestions for change. They also discussed a letter from George Bergman which included preliminary cost estimates from Glen Rick Enterprise. After studying this and the new line drawings with requested changes they set two meetings for members of the congregation. The Board discussed the plans and projected cost with members of the congregation on October 8 and 9. Several members expressed their concerns about leaving the chapel and participating in such an undertaking.

Lillian Demarest served as part time secretary for the church from its beginning in December, 1982 until October, 1989. She served at a difficult time with no office and the responsibility of caring for the minutes and church business papers. She also served as part time secretary to the POA at the same time. Due to health problems she resigned in October, 1989. Lynda Shephard replaced Lillian and continued as part time secretary from October, 1989 until April, 1993.

Lew Holder distributed letters from those who had submitted preliminary estimates for the building plans to the Board on November 13. On December 1 the Board discussed the estimates from four companies. They passed a resolution to recommend the building of a new church. They decided the best way to acquaint the congregation with the plans and estimates of cost was through cluster meetings. These would be held in homes with small groups in order to allow question and answer sessions.

1989 Christmas Cantata in the Chapel

The Board decided to schedule the cluster meetings early in 1990. Jean Stoneburner, Marion Weyrauch, Charles Woodruff, Don Victorin and Ken Forshee volunteered to be presenters at these meetings. To distribute uniform information these presenters would all use the same fact sheets for the cluster meetings

After the Board discussed the reaction of some of the members in the October meetings, they requested that Ken, Merv Mull, Charles Woodruff and Wayne Hurd meet with Father Dalton and make one last effort to see what options for expansion were available. Father Dalton was not available so George Bergman and Ken Forshee met with Bob Hansen and Jim Jones from the Catholic community, who stated the Catholic Diocese had no interest in enlarging or modifying the physical structure in any way, and furthermore, the door was closed on this matter.

The Board directed the Reverend Mr. Forshee to make a request in writing to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese in Austin so they could have a document for their files. Ken wrote a letter to the Bishop explaining the situation. In March 1990 the Bishop sent a letter to the Reverend Mr. Forshee stating emphatically there would be no changes to the physical structure of the Chapel. He asked that the Protestant Congregation consider going to two services. Since the Catholics held Mass two times and the Protestants held a service in the morning, the only time for a second service would be in the afternoon.

The Board had already questioned many of the congregation concerning an afternoon service and found most were not amenable to the idea. During further discussion the Board agreed that all solutions they had sought were only stop gap measures. They realized that if the church was to grow to its potential there must be a new building that would provide for this expansion. A church like any other organization does not remain static but either grows or diminishes.

The new year brought a time of great change. The Board decided to increase the number of trustees to twelve, adding one in 1990 and two more in 1991. In 1990 the congregation elected James Huie, Patricia Freitag, Bill Simpson and reelected Don Victorin to the board. In February Jim Teague joined the board replacing George Bergman. The organization of the financial records and other financial input by George were of tremendous value. The entire community mourned his loss. Only death could bring an end to his excellent work and dedication to the church.

The following excerpts are from the Reverend Mr. Forshee's first report to the Congregation on January 21,1990:

It has been a joy and privilege to build upon the excellent foundations laid by those who have served through the years. Together we have inherited a rich heritage upon which we may continue to build and work toward the future. Only the Lord knows all the possibilities before us, as we look to the future.

We have seen our attendance continue with a healthy growth. Our financial support has been extremely encouraging and most generous. The response to our call for help with "Christmas for Others" was simply overwhelming.

We have received 28 new members since I arrived, for just a little less than one new member per Sunday. Our goal, of course, is to reach everyone and to invite all persons.

We celebrated a beautiful Christmas Eve Service for the first time with approximately 220 persons in worship. We commenced a Sunday morning Bible study group this morning at the Breedlove Building in the Conference Room.

Perhaps additional week-day Bible study groups can be added to the fine Ecumenical Women's Bible Study that meets each Monday.

Together we will continue to glean the richest blessings as we follow the Lord's leadership, and serve Him with faithfulness. I cherish your prayers and pray for your continued love and support, as together we honor God.

On March 19, 1990, after discussion of Bishop McCarthy's letter in answer to Ken's request, the Board decided to forge ahead with preparations for building a new church facility. The growth in membership and attendance had exceeded the projections of the demographics prepared in 1988 by Don Victorin. They voted to launch a capital Funds Campaign for the development of a new church facility, established the following sub-committees: Prayer Emphasis, Resource Development, Fund Solicitation, Memorials Emphasis, Bonds/Loan Development, Mailing List Development and Special meetings. Pete Dysert accepted chairmanship of the Capital Funds Campaign Committee. The Solicitation Committee developed a brochure to be sent to members of the community. John Glover, a member of the Solicitation Committee, developed the logo, a church with a cross rising from the top resting within a horseshoe. The Board adopted the new logo and Ken wrote a letter asking Ron Mitchell for permission to use the "Horseshoe".

The Board agreed they needed to proceed with the cluster meetings and determine how the congregation felt about building a new facility. Between February 12 and March 8, 1990, the presenting committee conducted fifteen meetings with total attendance of 183 in the homes of the following volunteers, T. A. and Audrey Brown, Myrl and Vera Campbell, Tex and Marion Chachere, J. C. and Harriet Foster, Jim and Helen Griffith, Herb and Inez Hilburn, Asa and Mona McRae, George and Billie Moorman, Dan and Dorothea O'Neill, James and Frankie Ramey, Hugh and Jean Robertson, Will and Carolyn Saunders, Roger and Jean Stoneburner, Paul and Marion Weyrauch and Charles and Louise Young.

The presenters used the same fact sheets based on demographics developed by Don Victorin in 1988 and updated in 1990 (Addendum Q). The facts were based on data obtained from the Property Owner's Association on increase in new home construction and on data from increase in voter registration in the Horseshoe Bay precinct. This data covered a period of five years. They focused on the following:

1. Past and projected growth rates of the community of Horseshoe Bay
2. Past and projected growth rates of the attendance
3. Past and projected growth rates of the membership
4. Necessity for expansion based on the following projections:

A. Average attendance will exceed regular pew seats of 180 by end of 1990
B. Average attendance will exceed maximum design capacity of 210 by 1992

5. Estimated cost of a new building

The Board decided to follow up immediately on the Cluster meetings with the launching of the Capital Funds Campaign. They mailed the solicitation brochures with pledge cards to members of the community.

Ken stated in a report to the Board, "We continue to live and work in the expectation that if the Lord intends for our efforts in this development endeavor to succeed, our labor shall be successful. It behooves us to do the best we can to be faithful co-workers with Him in this work."

Ken reorganized the committees, as requested by the Board, and added a new committee to further meet the needs of the community (Addendum R). The Congregational Care Committee would organize and provide assistance for those in need and in times of crises . In May, Vera Campbell agreed to chair the committee and assist in obtaining a volunteer for each month. If for some reason the volunteer for the month was not available when needed, the chairperson would take over the responsibilities.

In May the Board received permission from Ron Mitchell to use the "Horseshoe" in the logo designed by John Glover. The logo could now officially be used on all church materials. In July, the Board voted to change the name of the church to "The Church Of Horseshoe Bay." Don Victorin moved to amend the name to read "The Church At Horseshoe Bay". The apostle Paul wrote to people "at" different locations in the Bible therefore "at" seemed the more appropriate. The Board voted to adopt the amended name change.

By June the number of Pledges received from the members indicated a clear mandate to go ahead with the construction of a church. Ken stated that it was time to move from Campaign Council to the Building Development Council.

At the August 20, 1990, meeting the Board decided to investigate other property on which to build the church that would better fulfil the needs of the community. They voted to send a letter to the members informing them of such a change in plans. Lew Holder stated that Wayne Hurd had some property that might be purchased. They all agreed to search for possible sites.

At the September 17 Board meeting, Ken stated that there were three qualities important to a church: visibility, accessibility and aesthetics. Throughout the next few months the Board viewed several properties keeping these qualities in mind. They knew that the site would have to be similar to the setting for the Chapel with a view that offered peace and serenity, if the people were to be willing to leave a place in which they were entrenched. In October, Ken gave a progress report on procurement of a church site to the congregation. The Board spent the rest of the year searching for possible sites and viewing property.

In January, 1991, the congregation elected Will Saunders, Dorothea O'Neill, Bill Kinney and Bob Brown and reelected Marion Weyrauch. They elected two to replace Charles Woodruff and Hugh Robertson and elected two to bring the board to twelve members.

After considering several sites the Board decided on two sites on Hi Ridge, owned by Wayne Hurd. In January the Board voted to purchase property on Hi Ridge, giving the Development Chairman, Lew Holder, authorization to negotiate for the best site on Hi Ridge. Pete Dysert agreed to activate the Campaign Council and prepare information and solicitation brochures to raise additional funds.

Wayne and Eileen Hurd sold the church 4.5 acres of land on Hi Ridge for $100,000.00 which was only 23 per cent of par value. Again these gracious, caring people came to the rescue of a church group. The Board closed on the property on Hi Ridge in March. They voted to supply funds not to exceed $4,000.00 for Lew Holder to have the property cleared except for the trees and to have a topographical map made. The Board directed that Lew contact Ron Bradshaw, architect, requesting that he draft new plans since the building would be on a different site. The Board discussed the location of the building on the property and agreed that the parking should be in front next to the road. Input from the Board included the following suggestions: Provisions for physically, visually, and hearing impaired individuals; nursery; placement of choir; room for piano and organ in sanctuary; access between sanctuary and fellowship hall; shape of seating arrangement in sanctuary, access to kitchen area; U-shaped complex enclosing a patio; covered walk areas; area for plants; roof line; etc. The Board then examined the flow chart prepared by Don Victorin for income and outgo of cash. Ken stated that the flow chart would have to be redone many times as more people participated in giving. The Board finished organizing the following committees: Building Design, Capital Funds Campaign Council, Construction, Electronics, Fellowship Center, Fine Arts, Fine Furnishings, Food Service Area, House and Grounds, Landscape, Long-Term Financing, Memorials, Piano/Organ, Prayer Emphasis, Sacristy, Solicitations and Visitations Solicitations (Addendum S).

Marion Weyrauch, at the March Board meeting, recommended since most of the money given to the Salvation Army goes to the Helping Center, rather than have the money go through another agency it be given directly to the Helping Center. The Board voted to discontinue giving to the Salvation Army The focus of the Benevolence/Outreach is giving at home in the Highland Lakes area. Since the church is non denominational there are no denominational allocations required. All benevolence money can be used to help local people who are in need. The hungry are fed, homeless are housed, medical needs are met, clothing for the needy is supplied, utility bills are paid and people in crises are helped. The Church joins the Marble Falls Police department, local churches, etc. in providing clothing, toys, and food in the "Christmas for Others" program. Locally, the application of the funds is direct, with minimal administrative overhead. The church directly monitors distribution. In addition to money given, many church volunteers help in the Crises Center, Helping Center Board, Day Care Center at the Marble Falls High School, Medical Center Board, and the Neighborhood Center Board. They assist with the meals program at St. Frederick's Church. Erling and Lorraine Landfried agreed to be coordinators between church volunteers for benevolence work, with the organizations who need help. Marion stated the mandate for the Benevolence/Outreach committee was one of exploring possibilities and making recommendations to the Board on their findings. John and Obera Godwin coordinated the Christmas for Others program from the inception in 1982 and they continue to accept this responsibility each year. Lindy Goodman created the designs for the Christmons to decorate the christmas tree and organized seven ladies from both the catholic and protestant church members to do the work. They made thirty-five Christmons for the tree. When the time came for a larger tree Lindy asked for volunteers to make more Christmons for decorations. Again Lindy created all of the designs and supplied all of the materials. Members of the congregation created additional ornaments to decorate the new and larger tree.

Lew Holder reported at the April 15, 1991, Board meeting that the clearing of the church property had been completed. Each tree had been marked with a number for identification during construction. He asked for design and church placement ideas from the Congregation and the Trustees to be put in writing and he would pass them on to Ron Bradshaw. Ken stated that Ron would meet with the Design Committee and any Trustee was welcome to attend. The Board voted to approve Patricia Freitag's recommendation to spend $400 for a dolly for the piano as one leg had been splintered in moving it from the fellowship hall to the sanctuary each Sunday.

At the June 17, 1991 Board meeting, Ken presented the preliminary sketches of the church facility submitted by Ron Bradshaw. He pointed out that the crown on top of the Sanctuary is a cross and a star. The architect said the building costs would be between $70.00-$75.00 per square foot for the Fellowship Hall and Administrative Wing, and $100.00 per square foot for the Sanctuary. The Board approved the authorization for the architect to proceed on the preliminary sketches.

The Design Committee met with Ron Bradshaw on August 26, and agreed on a flat fee of $71,000.00. He deducted $14,000.00 from his fee for what Bob Zelsman would do in mechanical, plumbing and electrical work. Lew Holder stated that the money paid to Ron for work already done would be deducted from the $71,000.00 total fee. Ken said that Lew was drawing up a letter to contact the 10-15 building contractors. Pete Dysert, Campaign Chairman, suggested that some personal meetings be planned to tell everyone the progress and ask for suggestions.

The Design Committee named a sub-committee to bring recommendations for a building contractor. The Board directed them to search for a qualified contractor that would accept a fixed fee. The committee decided to use the figure of $55,000.00 or less and interview those contractors whose bid fell within this range. They interviewed five contractors. Jim Hawkins submitted the low bid of $25,000 above cost for his company Condoco, Incorporated. He stated that he wanted to contribute something to the community. Jim met all of the criteria set by the committee. The Sub-Committee recommended hiring Jim Hawkins. The Design Committee accepted their recommendation and presented their findings to the Board of Trustees. Lew stated that Jim did his own supervising on the job site and was an engineer by trade. The Board voted to accept the recommendations of the Design Committee and hire Condoco, Incorporated.

The Music Committee, consisting of John Wolfe, Maurine Vanderpool, Tom Sams, Patricia Freitag and Ken Forshee, established procedures for approval of invoices and shipping of music materials. The Board stated that any music to be copied would be copied in the office to insure no violation of copyright laws.

Bob Brown and Bill Kinney met with different church personnel to hear their suggestions for their job descriptions. They were assisted by Ken Forshee and Patricia Freitag when appropriate. At the conclusions of the meetings Bob Brown presented job descriptions for all church personnel to the Board. They gave unanimous approval.

In November Ron Bradshaw provided the board with transparencies and black and white copies of the plans for the church. The Board shared these with the congregation at four meetings on November 19, 20, 22, and 23. Different Design Committee and Board members attended the meetings and assisted in disseminating information and questionnaires . Ken asked the congregation to write their concerns and suggestions for changes. The Design Committee collected and compiled these papers at a later date. They incorporated several of the suggestions into the plan.

In the January 6, 1992, Board meeting Pete Dysert stated that the Capital Funds Campaign Council had prepared information for a new campaign to raise more money for the construction of the new church. Lew Holder gave the estimated cost projections made on a square footage basis. Bill Kinney then presented the plan for financing the construction. He said the council believes that there is the capacity to raise enough funds to be able to incur a debt of between $300,000 and $400,000. He presented the plan to have a team visit with each church family and certain community members to explain the total needs, how they can give and the memorial options. The team would also leave a brochure with a catalog of items, photos, costs for memorial gifts and a pledge card with them and ask that it be returned by a certain date. Pete Dysert stated that this should be done before the congregational meeting in order to give them an up to date report on the financial status, and progress made. The Board voted to accept the Council's recommendation.

Marion Weyrauch stated that she and Eileen have been meeting and that they had planned a trip to Austin to look at kitchens and sacristies in five churches. Then they would go to supply places to look at equipment and prices.

Ken presented the nominating committee report. He noted that Jim Teague, Asa McRae, and Jean Stoneburner's terms were ending. The committee had spoken with all three and Asa preferred not to renew his term, but Jean and Jim agreed to serve another three-year term. The committee asked Paul Ashby if he would be willing to serve. He told them he would be accept that responsibility. The Board voted to accept the committee's recommendation and place his name in nomination for the vacancy.

Ken stated in the January 20, 1992, meeting that with the building of a new church on the horizon that many things will change and there is a need for a revision in the constitution and bylaws. He said that Bob Brown and George Moorman had agreed to serve on a committee for that purpose. Dorothea O'Neill agreed to help with the revision.

In the February 24, 1992, Board meeting Dorothea O'Neill reported on the status of the present library and the needs in the new building. She stated there was a need for 130 feet of shelving, lower storage cabinets, and some shelves low enough for children to reach. Patricia suggested some guidelines needed to be set for kinds of books to be accepted. Jim Huie suggested a purpose statement and Bob Brown suggested the Library committee write a policy based on the stated purpose. Dorothea stated these were valid suggestions and that she would incorporate them in the preparation for the new library. Don Victorin reported that the inventory of property was up to date and in the computer. This makes it possible to have a more extensive and readily accessible list of property.

Blessing the Site for the Church at Horseshoe Bay, March 8, 1992

Bill Kinney, Myrl Campbell, Lucille Brock, Jean & Bill Rieniets, Jackie Copeland, Barbara Racz, Pete Dysert, Trudie Huie, Vivian & James Huie, Jan & Bill Simpson, Wayne & Eileen Hurd, Tex & Marion Chachere, Mary Ann & Paul Harris, Don Victorin, Ross & Sue Chapin, James Ramey, Asa & Mona McRae, Erling & Lorriane Landfried.

Pete Dysert, Bill Kinney, Jean Reinierts, Laurel Mohun, Trudie Huie, Vera Cambell,
James Huie, John Mitchell, Rev. Ken Forshee.

On March 8, 1992, approximately 150 people met on the property at Hi Ridge Road for a prayer meeting and ceremony to bless the site for the new church. The Reverend Mr. Forshee and the Reverend Mr. Campbell offered prayers for the blessing. The Reverend Mr. Campbell spoke of the beginning of a dream and the presence of the God's Hand in guidance. Betty Ann Edgerton read scriptures from the Bible. Bill Kinney talked about the fulfillment of a dream, and the willingness of so many to give of both money and time. After such a moving experience, the members then met at the Chapel for some light refreshments before the regular church services.

The Board presented the financial and progress status to the congregation on April 5, 1992. After discussion the congregation passed the following resolution:

that The Church at Horseshoe Bay build a sanctuary, church parlor, fellowship center, administration center, Porte Cochere, and parking lot (hereinafter called "church"), in accordance with the general design and floor plan presented at this meeting, on its 4.417 acre tract of land in Horseshoe Bay, Burnet County, Texas, with appropriate furnishings and landscaping, at a cost of approximately One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,500,000); and

that the Board of Trustees is granted full and complete authority to implement this resolution, including, without limitation, the authority to enter into construction contracts, purchase contracts, insurance contracts, employment contracts, loan agreements, promissory notes, and deeds of trust, upon such terms and conditions as the Board may, in its discretion, deem necessary or appropriate; and

that long-term borrowings shall not exceed Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000); and

that all actions heretofore taken by the Board of Trustees related to planning, financing and constructing the church are ratified and confirmed; and

that this resolution is adopted at a special meeting of the congregation called for this purpose and that all legal requirements for conducting this meeting have been met.

The Board voted at the April 13 meeting to have the ground breaking ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 1992, at 10:00 a.m. Jim Hawkins agreed to place stakes and cords to show the outline of the building. Ron Bradshaw and Jim Hawkins agreed that they could be ready to start construction by the first of June. Dorothea OíNeill stated that the prayer committee meets regularly to offer prayers for the people involved in the endeavor of planning and building. The Board discussed naming the circle drive in front of the new church. Marion Weyrauch moved that it be named "Campbell Drive" in recognition for all the work Tom Campbell had put forth in helping to establish a protestant church. Will Saunders seconded the motion and the Board voted unanimously to name the circle drive in front of the new church Campbell Drive.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Church at Horseshoe Bay
May 3, 1992

Floy Brown, Thelma & Tommy Thompson, John Wolfe, Don Upshaw, Betty Rattan, Paul & Mary Ann Harris, Jody Mikulas, Tom & Gerry Taylor, Ralph & Sybille Herter, Susie Schumacher, Laurel Mohun, Jackie Copeland, Sarah Forshee, Charles & Wilma Woodruff, Charles & Libba Miller, B.J. Freitag, Will & Carolyn Saunders, Ed & Ann Staley, Wenona Burks, Tom & Gloria Sams, Dorothy Davidson, Betty Barrett, Floyd & Ann Ward, Cordelia Mitchell, Irene Kinney.

Approximately 200 people met for a ground breaking ceremony on May 3, 1992, on the site located at 600 Hi Ridge Road. The Pastor, the Reverend Mr. Forshee, welcomed and greeted the people. Don Victorin gave a scriptural call to worship. Winona Burks lead the group in singing "How Firm a Foundation" and "We Gather Together". Paul Ashby gave the invocation and Lord's Prayer. Betty Ann Edgerton read the scripture, Peter 2: 1-10 from the Bible. A Chorus sang "Lord, Be Glorified". The Reverend Mr. Campbell and Father Walter Dalton gave some thoughts and reflections that had brought them to this day. Patricia Freitag led a Responsive Reading from "Psalms" (Addendum T).

Jim Hawkins, Pete Dysert, Bill Kinney, Tom Campbell, Betty Ann Edgerton, Eileen & Wayne Hurd, Merle Keiser.

Link to more Ground Breaking Photos

The pastor asked that everyone join in this historic, symbolic event. He asked the following people to turn the first shovels full of dirt: Wayne and Eileen Hurd, who first dreamed the dream of the faith community in Horseshoe Bay; Lew Holder, General Chairman of the Development Committee (Mr. Holder had been called away and could not attend.); Peter Dysert, Chairman of the Capital Campaign Council since 1990; and Reverend Tom Campbell, Pastor Emeritus and the Founding Pastor of the protestant church from 1982 through 1989. After the first shovels full of dirt had been turned many of the congregation dug their shovels into the soil. The Pastor closed with some thoughts on the beginning and continuing ecuminicity of the community and a prayer of thanksgiving.

Lew Holder kept a photographic report of the building from beginning to completion, and kept the Board apprised of the progress. Ken Forshee reported at the July 20, 1992 Board meeting that on July 8, the Corporate Secretary, Lew Holder, and Treasurer, Jim Teague, signed the legal document for a loan of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars,($300,000) to be used when and if necessary. Paul Ashby stated that Six Hundred and Thirty Three Thousand Dollars ($633,000) had been received. Based on pledge cards this brought the amount available to One Million, Two Hundred, Fifty Three Thousand and Five Hundred Dollars, ($1,253,500). Don Victorin reported that the Music Committee recommended purchasing the two-manual Allen organ antiphonal system. The Board voted to accept the recommendation and purchase the organ.

Ken stated at the September 21, 1992, meeting that Jim Hawkins recommended hiring Butch Floyd as superintendent on the job when he had to be away from the site. Ron Bradshaw felt he needed someone on the job eight hours a day so that when somebody needed an answer to a question there was someone qualified to give such an answer. Ron stated that Butch could read plans, anticipate problems, was a good layout man and had been working with Jim Hawkins for twelve years. The congregation's owner representatives, Ed Elwert, Dale Andrews, and Lew Holder recommended hiring Butch. The Board voted to hire Butch Floyd as superintendent when Jim Hawkins was away from the site.

Ken stated the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Chapel would be held December 4, the first Friday in December. He and Father Dalton asked Betty Ann Edgerton, Lucille Johnson, and Margaret Ford to plan the reception to be held at the Yacht Club following services at the Chapel

Ten Year Celebration, December 1992

Trudy Flippo, the Ecumenical choir, Father Dalton, Betty Ann Edgerton, George Edgerton, the Reverend Mr. Campbell, and the Reverend Mr. Forshee participated in the tenth anniversary celebration service. (Addendum U)

The Reverend Mr. Campbell gave the following talk at the celebration:

On Sunday, December 5, 1982, we had the first worship service here in the Chapel. It was Sunday morning, a service of Blessing and Dedication. It was a Roman Catholic Service with the homily given by the Most Reverend Vincent M. Harris, Bishop of Austin.

On that afternoon at 3:30, we had the first worship service--a service of Thanksgiving and Sharing. Father Walter Dalton conducted the service, I preached the sermon, and several local clergy from Marble Falls and Burnet participated, as did the former Executive Director of the Texas Council of Churches and the former Executive Director of the Texas Catholic Conference.

We gathered here to ask God's Blessing upon this beautiful Chapel and upon all who would participate in its life. We saw the Chapel at Horseshoe Bay a dedicated effort to help us lift our eyes to see the beauty of God's work in all our services. Every gathering for worship here on Thanksgiving Mountain would be a time of praise and thanksgiving. We dedicated our efforts to the Patron Saint, St. Paul the Apostle, who spent his life in the untiring effort to unite the brothers and sisters of all humanity.

On Sunday, December 12, 1982, we held our first protestant service. I conducted the service and preached. Greetings and announcements were given by Wayne Hurd and the late John Munro. John Munro had said, "You can't have a community without a church." Trudy Flippo was our organist and we sang three hymns this day: "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," "Sweet Hour of Prayer", and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing". We received individuals who wished to affiliate with our congregation either as full members or as associate members. By the end of January, 1983, when we closed our "charter membership," as such, we had received ninety some members. We had also established a choir with Trudy Flippo as the organist and choir director.

Following the two special services on Sunday, December 5, 1982, we had two catholic masses and one protestant service each Sunday thereafter. Father Dalton conducted the masses and I, along with various lay persons, conducted the protestant services. We began by having various clergymen preach the sermons. After a while it became evident that we needed a bit more continuity on the protestant side and I was selected as the resident protestant minister, preaching every other Sunday, and hosting the visiting clergy the other Sundays. We continued this procedure for several years with a few variations from time to time until Ken Forshee was called as the full time resident minister in June of 1989.

Soon after we started having regular Sunday protestant services, a committee was established to write a constitution and bylaws. These were approved by the congregation in early 1983. A Board of Trustees was elected and meetings were conducted monthly. The procedure was established to have a general congregational meeting annually--usually in early February. The first Board of Trustees consisted of Betty Ann Edgerton, Merle Keiser, Ione Menasco, Charles Keiser, John Godwin, Dick Roberts, Norman Goodman, John Demarest, treasurer, and Lillian Demarest was our Secretary.

There were various activities shared by the Catholics and Protestants. We had regular fellowship dinners until we could no longer accommodate the crowd. We shared cantatas in Advent and Lent. We supported special Christmas giving of gifts to needy children in the Marble Falls and surrounding area. We supported various humanitarian and outreach programs, both locally and in the state and country. We truly established an ecumenical fellowship here in the Chapel.

I know I'm embarking on dangerous ground, but, nevertheless, I want to mention a few names because of their contributions--to Wayne and Eileen Hurd who really instigated our Chapel by their gifts of land, money and guidance. In addition to our original Board of Trustees, already named, stellar roles were played by George Edgerton, Bob and Marie Hansen, Dale and Lucille Johnson, Frank and Sheila Thompson, and Betty Delisle. For those I have not mentioned, I apologize. What everyone did is and was sincerely appreciated.

And, finally, we should recognize the significant part played by Sister Mary Peter Tremont, a sculptor and liturgical designer. I don't know if Father Dalton has additional copies of this brochure on the chapel art work, but it is well worth reading and having.

The Reverend Mr. Campbell gave the benediction and the congregation sang "Let There Be Peace On Earth." Many of the congregation then went to a reception at the Yacht Club.

Tom and Jane Campbell, Betty Ann Edgerton, Margaret Roberts, and Charles Keiser.

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee, consisting of Dorothea O'Neill-chairperson, Bob Brown, George Moorman, and Charles Woodruff, after a period of several months of work and input from the Board and various sources, presented their recommendations for revisions in the constitution and bylaws to the Board. The Board accepted their recommendation and planned the presentation to the congregation for approval. In January, 1993, Dorothea O'Neill fulfilled the constitutional requirements for change by reading the changes to the congregation on three consecutive Sundays. At the congregational meeting, the congregation voted to accept the proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws.

Bud Garland presented the landscaping plans for the courtyard and general area to the Design Committee. The committee gave a unanimous approval to the plans. Lew reported that the building was at the stage where the rock layers and tile layers would begin and that construction on the building was approximately one third finished. After discussion about kneelers the Board voted to place them on the front pews in the four center sections only to allow room for more seating. Since the congregation is interdenominational, they felt these would be sufficient to meet the needs.

The Board, after a discussion of the need for someone to be in charge of the numerous events that would be necessary for the church dedication, selected Frankie Ramey to head the committee. Jean Stoneburner volunteered to help Frankie.

Ken said he and Father Dalton have discussed having a brochure that would be distributed on behalf of the churches at Horseshoe Bay, both Catholic and Protestant. A brochure would include such things as the location of both facilities, list of service opportunities, the ecumenical history, a basic statement of mission, a list of group meetings, and a brief statement about the pastors and pastor emeritus. Marion Weyrauch stated that quantities of these could be distributed to Realtors and the Property Owners' Association, a basic mailing sent to people new to the community, and by placing them in the post office and the 7-11 store. The Board voted to do this as soon as the move was made to the new church.

Building the physical structure of a church can be compared to establishing
the philosphical and religious body of a church.

First you prepare and lay the FOUNDATION.

Next you provide the SUPPORT.

Followed by the FRAMEWORK.

Finally, you enter the ongoing process of bringing the building to completion and creating a cohesiveness to the church community.

In the January, 1993, meeting, the Board elected a lay person, Bill Kinney, as Chairman, Dorothea O'Neill as Vice-chairperson, and Jim Teague as Treasurer. They also authorized Jim to search for a qualified person to act as a consultant in setting up a computer system that would fit the particular needs of the church.

Woody and Jo Colvin, who had received donations for Bibles from some members of the congregation, gave two slide presentations of their trip to Russia and the distribution of the Bibles. Everyone had a very positive feeling about the work they were doing to bring God's word to people who had long been without it.

The Benevolence committee gave funds through the Colvins to assist in the building of three churches in Russia.

At the March 15, 1993, Board meeting, Ken reported that he was involved in an outreach ministry in the development of low-cost housing in the Marble Falls area . He stated that there was no low-cost rental property available in Marble Falls and public housing has a long waiting list.

Trudy Flippo resigned in February and the Board hired Karen Carson as music director. Since Lynda Shepard was moving in March, the Board hired Karen Carson as the secretary. Karen now served half time as music director and half time as secretary. Patricia Freitag stated that eventually the Music Committee would like to hire a choir director, and keep Karen as Music Director. Bill Kinney stated that the Board could expect growth in the choir. Patricia Freitag said that the choir now had thirty-two members. Patricia noted that the Choir Committee, consisting of herself, James Huie, Myrl Campbell, Margorie Victorin, and Karen Carson, had held two meetings and would continue to meet every second Wednesday of the month. She stated that they were exchanging music with some of the local churches.

Ken noted the need for several committees to oversee the move and ongoing business of the church. Ed Elwert agreed to head the Building and Grounds Committee. Ken suggested a committee that deals basically with education in general with the nursery under this umbrella. Lindy Goodman and Obera Godwin agreed to accept responsibility for working with the Kitchen Committee (Addendum V).

The Board requested that Lew Holder notify the office when the steeple would be set in place, so that the congregation could be notified and be there to see the installation of the steeple and cross. Approximately one hundred came to observe the placing of this sentinel to the community. The CELTIC cross, rising thirty five feet above the roof, is a Roman Cross set in a circle symbolizing that the cross and its message is for the whole world.

Raising the Steeple and Cross

Bill & Jan Simpson, Lila Munro, Pat Biggs, Billie Moorman, Tom & Jane Campbell.

Wenona Burks, Pat Biggs, Bob Brown, Marg Roberts, Vera Campbell, John & Barbara Racz,
John Glover, Willa Dungan, Allison Wieweck.

As the Board worked so diligently to keep everything in perspective there existed the constant pressure "Will there be enough money to build to the expectations of the community?" Through prayers and trust the money always seemed to come through. One such incident occurred on July 4, 1993, when Jim Teague received a check in the amount of thirty five thousand dollars ($35,000) for the stained glass windows. Also, the Board had received the funding for a six-foot four-inch Boston (Designed by Steinway) high gloss grand piano.

In the September 20,1993, Board meeting Frankie Ramey stated that her committee consisting of the Ashbys, Onckens, and the Rameys had planned a barbecue for the workers and their spouses to show appreciation for the tremendous effort put forth. Jean Stoneburner reported that the dedication and open house would be on November 21. The invitations would list the Church service at 11:00 a.m. with the reception and tour following. Ken stated that he had set September 29 as the moving date for the office materials. He also indicated a need for volunteer assistance for office help on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ed Elwert reported on the progress and purchases he had completed on the building and grounds care. He also stated that Ron Mikkelson had agreed to clean the entire church after the contractor was finished, and keep an accurate record of the time spent for his record of contribution. This would help to determine how many hours would be needed for a maintenance person.

After discussion on building policy as it refers to smoking and alcohol use at the October 18, 1993, meeting, Jim Griffith made a motion to have a smoke-free facility and that the courtyard also be smoke free, but that receptacles be placed along the terraces and in the Porte Cochere for disposal of cigarettes. Will Saunders seconded the motion and the Board approved the motion. They also voted to have an alcohol free facility. Ken reported that the choir was working on music for the first Sunday and the dedication. He asked the Board to designate someone to be at the chapel on November 14 and November 21 to direct anyone who does not know about the move.

Continue with Part III: 1993-1996

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