50th Anniversary Celebration

Our Guest Speaker Today , Sunday, March 31, 2013 . . .

2013 04 02 Cannon 059We are honored to have Steven Yeakley and his wife, Shelley, with us today. Steven has worked for over nineteen years as one of the ministers at the Faith Village Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas. He is also the grandson of Flavil Yeakley, Sr. who served as the minister of this congregation beginning in 1973. How fitting it is to have Steven stand and proclaim the good news of Christ to us in the same place where his grandfather proclaimed it 40 years ago! Preach the Word, Steven!

2013 04 02 Cannon 034Celebration Schedule:

9:00 AM — Bible Study

10:00 AM — Worship Assembly

11:30 AM — Fellowship Meal

1:00 PM — Congregational Singing and Devotional

2:00 PM — Dismiss for the Day

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Hilda Whitson has been a member of our congregation since it began in 1963.




Where We Have Been . . .

In early 1963, several Christians living in the area began meeting as members of the Church of Christ. A charter was granted to the Highland Lakes Church of Christ on March 30, 1963. Land was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Forest for the erection of a building just West of downtown Kingsland on Ranch Road 1431.

In the interim, about 25 families worshipped briefly in Barrow Hall, with Luther Norman as minister, before moving their meeting place to the V.F.W. Hall. In September 1964, a rock building was completed by Aubrey Hallmark of Llano, Texas. Brother Norman continued as the preacher for about two years and was followed by Darrell Debo, who commuted from Burnet for about 9 years.

Elders who were appointed in 1972 were Melvin Brazzil and Claude Mashburn. Upon the death of Claude Mashburn, J.L. Barker, J.O. Durst and Hurston Hallmark were added to the eldership.

On August 15, 1973, Flavil Yeakley, Sr., was selected as the local minister. An increased membership and the influx of many visitors necessitated the building of a larger auditorium the following year. Therefore, the present white buff brick building was erected just East of the rock structure in 1975.

Other ministers who have served the congregation are Tom Green, Willard Tedford, Norman Ewell, Preston Parham, Henry Allan, Michael Wyatt, Bill Darnell, Scott Payne and Bill Blackstone. The current preacher is Joe Winnett who came in 1996. The current elders are Don Bryan, Ken Darnell, Claude Fletcher, Troy Futrell, Charles Greenawalt, Larry Moore and Kenneth Thuleen.

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Where We Are Going . . .

With thankfulness for God’s past blessings, the Highland Lakes congregation is looking forward to the opportunities at hand. Membership development and local evangelism remain a vital focus. Through efforts such as our Community Pantry, the Visiting for the Master program and the Ladies’ Ministries, this congregation is touching lives and building bridges into the hearts of others.

While seeking the lost in this community, the congregation’s commitment to World Evangelism remains strong. For well over thirty years this congregation has taught the Word of God to tens of thousands of students through our Bible correspondence work. We are proud to be partners with many dedicated missionaries around the globe: George and Quentin Funk in South Africa, P.J. Krupalini in India, S. A. Imogoh in Nigeria, Sylvanus Obi in Nigeria, Richard Emperado in the Philippines and Dennis Welch in Cambodia.

The opportunities for service are many and with God’s grace, the spiritual family of God at Highland Lakes will do the work to which we have been called.

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2013 04 02 Cannon 120LIFE IN 1963 (The year our congregation began)

 First flight of a Boeing 727 jet

 “The Fugitive” premiers on ABC TV

 Mutual of “Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC

 First class postage raised from 4 cents to 5 cents

 AFL’s Dallas Texans become the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs

 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

2013 04 02 Cannon 128 27th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

 Houston Colt .45’s Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1

 American Heart Association is 1st agency to campaign against cigarettes

2013 04 02 Cannon 139 Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios in London

 US postal service institutes zip code (Zone Improvement Plan)

2013 04 02 Cannon 089 Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech at Lincoln Memorial

 CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes

 Jim Brown sets NFL single season rushing record, 1,863 yards

2013 04 02 Cannon 099 John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

 The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TAB cola

 Average cost of new house $12,650.00

 Average income per year $5,807,00

2013 04 02 Cannon 057 Average cost of new car $3,233.00

 Gas per gallon 29 cents

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