This Week in Texas Methodist History October 7
Lay Retreat Draws 1266 Men to Lakeview, October 10-13, 1957
The Texas Annual Conference lagged behind the other annual conferences in
in establishing encampments. The West
Texas Conference opened Mount Wesley in Kerrville
in 1924. The Northwest Texas Conference
bought 315 acres in
two years later. The Central Texas
Conference bought property at Glen Rose in 1939. It was only after World War II that the Texas
Conference established Lakeview in Palo
Duro Canyon . Anderson
Even though it may have been late getting started, Lakeview was soon filled with retreats, youth camps,Wesley Foundation events, Bible studies, and many other assemblies. Both men’s and women’s groups used Lakeview for their conference-wide gatherings.
The Lay Retreat (really men’s retreat) of October 10-13, 1957 was a good example of the way the men combined inspirational messages, fellowship, and training for work in the local church.
Pat Thompson of
City who had been conference lay leader since 1944, reported that registration for the event
They were treated to devotional messages from Bishop W. C. Martin, of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the Honorable Tom Reavley, a distinguished member of the Texas bar who had already served as Texas Secretary of State and was later to become a District Judge, State Supreme Court Justice, and member of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Workshop topics related to the committee structure of the local church. Thompson’s own pastor from
Bay City, the
Rev. Garnet House teamed with Ed Curry of the Texas Methodist Stewardship
Movement to talk about the committees of finance and stewardship. Roy Farrow of the Texas Methodist College
Association provided training for members of the Official Board. Other workshops dealt with local church
committees on education, evangelism, and so on.
An unnamed benefit of such meetings was promoting friendships across the vast distance of the Texas Conference which stretched from
Texarkana to Bay City and
from the Sabine River westward to Falls and . Although the program does not say so, we can
state with some confidence that domino games went long into the night; long
lines stretched out of a cafeteria inadequate for such a crowd; and that some of
men probably woke up early to try their luck at fishing. Milam Counties
From an undeveloped patch of
forest to an encampment of more than 1200 men in less than ten
years—that’s the Lakeview story.