June 03, 2016 by: Abby MacInerney

On May 28, members and friends of Cross Trails Ministry gathered together to celebrate the dedication of the new chapel for Ebert Ranch Camp. It was also a precursor to the beginning of camp for the summer, on June 5. The celebration included: tours of the Lela Haus, one of the bunkrooms; Archery and Slingshots; Gaga ball; Lawn games; visiting the many animals, inlcuding horses, bunnies, and chickens; visiting the communal garden; and visiting the camp store. The pinnacle of the celebration was the first service performed inside of the chapel, full of singing, joy, and thanks to God for enabling the camp to be able to build the Peace Zion Chapel.

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Many organizations were involved in the building of this new chapel. The closing of two San Antonio churches, Peace Lutheren Church and Zion Lutheran Church, accounted for nearly all of the funding. Both churches decided to give portions of the funds from the sale of the church buildings over to Cross Trails Ministry to help fund their first indoor meeting space. Heimsath Architects was then contacted to design the chapel, a building that was designed to be both a place of worship, as well as a place for the campers to gather indoors. The initial plan called for a bell tower, but the funds appeared to be unable to streach far enough. Fortunately, the Zion Lutheran Church in Fredriksburg stepped up and donated some of the funds a parishoner, Helen Weiss, had left to them. Through this, both the bell and bell tower were able to be purchased, and the final piece of the chapel was complete. In addition to these donors, Heimsath Architects also donated half of the architectural fee.IMG_8808.jpg

Worship Space/ Church Design & Construction