Volente eNews

May 05, 2010

Fish Fry Photos; Volente History

Fish Fry Photos Are Online

Photos by Roger & Maureen Marcum are posted on our Facebook page (click on filmstrip)
Filmstrip from Fish Fry 2010
The Volente VFD Auxiliary reports another fabulous Fish Fry with more than 465 meal tickets sold. We have posted photos on the Volente eNews Facebook page, so take a look. Facebook account holders: feel free to tag photos and to post your comments and your own photos.

Volente History Lesson - St. Luke's Beginnings

The Bait House, original home of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (click to enlarge)
Photo of the Bait House, original home of St. Luke's
 The Bait House on Volente Rd (by Anne Cole Steichen)
In 1960, a bait house located at FM 2769 and RR 620 (across the street from an old bar, The Rocking V), became the original home of St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church, now located a few miles north overlooking Lake Travis.
As the story goes, Louise Skidmore asked the Rev. Malcolm Riker of St. George's, Austin, if he would start a mission out on Lake Travis near Volente.  She probably asked him more than once.  He challenged her to find five families, and if she did, he would do so.  She did, and he did.
The first telephone call Riker received was from Col. Herman Hoffman. This call led to five families meeting at 5 pm at that abandoned bait house for services on Sunday, December 4, 1960, the First Sunday of Advent.  Soon there were 25 members, and more to follow. They worshipped there for two years before the new site was found, and the first of several buildings was constructed.
St. Luke's will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year with many activities being planned throughout the year.  

The history of St. Luke's is being written now.  Neighbors and friends are encouraged to contribute their historically significant stories about St. Luke's.
Please send your memories including any photos, to Anne Cole Steichen at asteichen@austin.com

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