Easter Sunrise Services on The Flower Mound (the Mound) will be extra special this year. The Summit Club of Flower Mound, along with the Women of Flower Mound, have hosted this event since 1974.
The Summit Club is making new replica crosses. The previous crosses needed replacement and members wanted a more realistic experience for the sunrise service.
Claudio Forest, President of Summit Club, researched and drew plans to construct the crosses. “While no one knows exact, the crosses are as close as the research indicates”, according to Claudio.
The main cross is 14′ tall the smaller crosses are 10′ tall. They are made of milled red cedar, but are hand carved to replicate how the Roman Crosses were made. New sleeves to hold the crosses in the Mound are being installed as well. The new cross design is expected to last decades.
The first sunrise service on the Mound was held when Edward Marcus owned the Mound in the early 1970’s. Marcus told Bob Rheudasil that The Flower Mound would be a perfect setting for an Easter Sunrise Service. Bob and some ranch hands made crosses for the first sunrise service in 1971. The Summit Club & Women of Flower Mound have continued the tradition since.
Sunrise services are rotated between local Churches each year. Rockpoint Church is conducting the service this year. Rotating churches brings new people to the Mound every year and helps grow the event. Recent years have turned out up to 1,400 people.
Services this year start at 6:30 a.m. and it is suggested that attendees arrive at 6:15 a.m. Many bring lawn chairs. Parking is in the Tom Thumb parking lot West of the Mound and The Women of Flower Mound provide coffee and donuts.
Light refreshments and coffee are being provided by local merchants, and will be available after the services. Please come, and join us.
Find information at www.summitclub.org.
If Heavy rains are occurring, the service will be canceled.
Little known facts about the Easter Sunrise Service.
Shortly after the Summit Club was organized, they decided that the Sunrise Service would be a good way to bring the people of Flower Mound together. Many had been feuding and fighting over annexations and de-annexations for several years. At the time Flower Mound only had a few hundred citizens and most knew each other. The Town had become sharply divided over politics. The town’s namesake, the Flower Mound was privately owned by Edward Marcus, a Jew. Buddy Dwyer was given the task of asking Mr. Marcus if they could use the Mound for the Easter Sunrise Service. Mr. Marcus was gracious and allowed them to use of his property. The rest is history.
For more information, please contact Albert Picardi.
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