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St. Andrews By-The-Lake To Celebrate 50th Anniversary


June 8, 2017

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This open-sided chapel of St. Andrews By-The-Lake is 50 years old. It is home to non-denominational services in the summer.

St. Andrews By-the-Lake's was established at Lake Toxaway in 1964 under the direction of St. Philip's Episcopal Church. Services for the first two years were held at the Moltz Mansion, which is now the Greystone Inn.

The open, outdoor chapel was constructed in 1967. In the 1970s it took on a non-denominational, which it remains today. Ministers from different denominations conduct services at 11 a.m. during the summer.

In recent years, significant funds were raised to upgrade the chapel and grounds and to establish gardens around the chapel; expand the parking lot; purchase new pews, altar, lectern and new organ; add protective curtains around the chapel; build two mediation patios; make repairs to the building, including a new roof; and build a columbarium for the burial of ashes. Also, the chapel published two hymnal/ psalm/prayer books for use at its services.

Each year the chapel contributed between 25 and 40 percent of its revenues to outreach, mainly to help support Transylvania County charities, medical organizations and schools.

St. Andrews By-the-Lake is located on Highway 281 North in Lake Toxaway, approximately 0.6 of a mile from Highway 64 West.

The service schedule for June and July is:

June 11: Our traditional first service of familiar hymns, hymn stories, prayers and scripture readings.

June 18: The Rev. Thomas Lewis, retired Presbyterian minister, has led several pilgrimages to Israel and lives in Brevard.

June 25: The Rev. Robert W. Caswell, Epis-copal priest, who has pastored several churches and now serves as executive director of Hope For Homes.

July 2: The Rev. Kenneth Henry is a retired Episcopal priest living in Brevard. His father, Rte. Rev. George Henry, consecrated the chapel 50 years ago. There will be a 50th anniversary celebration following the service.

July 9: Dr. Billy Hanks Jr., is the Billy Graham Evangelist Association's "minister at large."

July 16: Dr. Timothy Brittain, Methodist minister and a member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, retired after 40 years in the ministry.

July 23: Dr. Ron Bigalke is an ordained minister, Georgia State Minister for Capital Commission, and has led many discipleship and evangelistic ministries.

July 30: Dr. Kent Reynolds is a Christian leadership director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Houston, Texas and lives in Lake Toxaway.

Everyone is invited and welcomed. Visit the website at for current and additional information on the chapel.


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