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Joy, Sometimes It's Hard to Find
    Dec 14, 2014
    Hebrews 12:2-3
    Betty Newman

Not as the World Gives
    Dec 7, 2014
    John 14:27
    Terry Cosby

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  Resumes Jan 6

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Sundays, 6:30 pm
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 10 am
Gospel Sing-Along
3rd Tuesdays, 2 pm
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3rd Tuesdays, 7 pm
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ission  Santa's Workshop Held
at Park Plaza Nursing Home
 oment  Posted December 18, 2014

Santa’s Workshop/Gift Day was held at Park Plaza Nursing Home in Whitney on Wednesday, December 17 this year. Each year White Bluff Chapel volunteers collect gift items that the Park Plaza residents can select as gifts for their relatives and friends, or even just for themselves! The residents are each assisted in making their selections by a personal shopper from among the WBC helper elves, and that personal shopper also wraps the gifts for the resident.

Personal shopping elves turning out to bring Christmas cheer to the Park Plaza residents were Gayle Kralik, Amy Dupree, Schelly Storm, Vicki Shultz, Martha Gordon, Carol Bartlett, Ginger Seurkamp, Jena Bodecker and Ken Cole. Charlie and Chris Whisenand were the chief elves who organized the project.

What's Happening

New Trustees and Committee Chairs Set to Serve in 2015
Posted December 18, 2014

The White Bluff Chapel Board of Trustees will install its new, incoming trustees on December 28, 2014. They include Gary Comer, Ron Roberts and Nancie Yarbro. The continuing members of the Board include Terry Newman, Charlie Whisenand and Cheryl Robinson, who will retire at the end of 2015, and Liz Umble, Bubba Radke, Larry Turner and Was Mitchell, retiring at the end of 2016.

Also on the 28th, the new Board will elect its officers for the 2015 term. Resigning from the current Board after completing their three-year term will be President Jean Rose, Nancy McGinnis and Larry Chapman.

President Rose has released the names of the committee chairs who will serve in 2015. They include:

Audit Committee - Dale Wilkinson

Adult Education - Larry Turner and Marilyn Pollard (co-chairs)

Audio/Visual/Lighting - Jim Duncan

Benevolence - Caroline Upchurch

Child Protection - Ann Duncan

Children’s Ministry - Debbie Bradley

Finance - Mike Pollard

Food Bank Director - Diana Van Wagner

Membership Care - Bubba Radke

Men’s Ministries - Larry Turner

Missions Committee - Tommy Edgar, Becky Watson (co-chair)

Nominating Committee Representative -  to be determined

Property - John Knightstep

Publicity and Public Relations - Madeleine Lively

Special Gifts - Jamie Barnes

Weddings - Linda Yeary and Dottie Redding

Worship Committee - John Upchurch

Staff Relations & Lay Person - Tommy Edgar/Carolyn Kuhlmann

Shop and Earn Free Money to Support Your Chapel
Posted December 18, 2014

Many Christmas shoppers have recently become aware of the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and convenient shopping experience as offered at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations to support, and White Bluff Chapel is one of those!

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on the site will result in a donation. And if you forget and just go to your regular Amazon site, when the item you are purchasing qualifies for this program, you will receive a pop-up option to purchase the eligible item through the AmazonSmile program, at no extra cost!

You are charged absolutely nothing extra for your purchase.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases, including many items offered in special sale promotions. The purchase price is determined by the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by the consumer. You can even change your charity of choice at any time.

Think about it. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, every time you shop and throughout the year!

New Bible Study to Debut in New Year
Posted December 18, 2014

Associate Pastor Betty Newman has announced that the Wednesday morning Bible study class will be starting up again on January 7 with a new study to run for six weeks. The new study will focus on Gideon and be complemented with a video series by Priscilla Shirer. The group meets at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall.

Go to the What's Happening page for prior news & events.
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On the Road Again

On the Road to the Castello
Posted December 18, 2014

by Bill Burris

I'm sure you know by now that when Marcie and I travel it's usually to be near water. We enjoy the Napa/Sonoma wine country of California just as much. On one of our visits we learned that one of the winery owners had purchased some land on Diamond Mountain in the northern part of Napa Valley. He intended to build a 8,000 square foot home there. What he ended up building was a castle. Castello di Amorosa is a wonderful site to behold and to tour. If you like to learn about medieval times, you'll really love the tour. There's even a moat you cross upon your entrance into the castle.

During the construction, they held true to 13th, 14th and 15th-century stone work in the courtyard. The owner brought over two stone masons from Italy, as well as importing all of the stone from Italy. He also brought over two artists from Italy to create all of the paintings and other artwork within the walls of the castle. Also included inside the walls is a chapel with a 15th-century confessional booth. When you enter the chapel you can sense the presence of our Lord.

The Castle doubles as a fully-fledged winery with underground storage for their wine. If you find yourself in Napa Valley, make it a point to visit this wonderful structure. And be sure to take the extended tour; you'll be amazed at what you see. The extended tour includes an upscale wine tasting, and during holidays, they also stage great seasonal celebrations. It's another example of how our Lord assembled the talents of others to create something of beauty.

I'm sure that some of you may have already visited this site; if not, you should give it some thought. A lot of great wine will await you in the area as well. You can visit their website for some history of the Castello: www.castellodiamorosa.com. If you've not been to this area, we could recommend wineries, lodging and dining locations we've found to be great visits.

Go to the On the Road Again page to see prior "On the Road Again" articles.

On the Road to Recovery

Go to the On the Road to Recovery page to see prior "On the Road to Recovery" articles.

What We've Done

Duncans Share Joy on Advent Wednesday of Joy
Posted December 18, 2014

For the past few years, Jim and Ann Duncan have chosen a Wednesday evening Advent service to bring joy to the service participants. Their contributions to the congregation have come in the form of a generous array of homemade pies, with most of the recipes having originated from Ann’s mother. This year, they chose December 10, following the service of Joy, to surprise the congregants with pie and coffee. Ann even wheeled in her sister-in-law, Nancy Duncan, to contribute a pecan pie to the spread.

And preceding the service that evening, Jim Duncan regaled the early arrivals with a piano solo!

Woodcarvers Donate Proceeds from Ornament Sale
Posted December 18, 2014

The “Chapel Chippers,” as are called the members of Harry Seurkamp’s woodcarving class, raised $705.00 from their 2nd annual Christmas Ornament Sale this past weekend. This is their way to thank the Chapel for allowing them to meet in Fellowship Hall on Monday evenings throughout the year. The proceeds earned were donated to White Bluff Chapel, half going into the general fund and other half to the missions that we support.

The woodcarvers would like to thank all those who purchased Christmas Ornaments and made this such a success. They started with 50 ornaments, and it was a complete sell out. $230.00 was raised on the Silent Auction of the School Mascots. The Baylor ornament went for $75.00, Texas Tech for $50, Texas A&M for $50, TCU for $30 and UT for $25.

Choir Celebrates with Annual Caroling
Posted December 18, 2014

The White Bluff Chapel Choir once again hit the trails of White Bluff to bring their voices and cheer to those who are ill or those who are more or less confined to their home. Choir Director Tom Reedy organized the venture for Monday evening, December 15, and the group divided itself into three teams under the leadership of John Upchurch, Charlie Whisenand, and Reedy.

Those benefitting from the visits of the cheerful carolers included Howard & Linda Yeary, Jim & Cindy McMahan, Phil & Doris Loveless, George & Allete Feather, June Mills, Mike & Linda Bell, Mary Jane & Thomas McMillin, Pam Larson and Bea Box at CCRC, Wendy and Dane Anderson, Dale Moore, Lois McKibben, Bob Harris, Alminice Harrison, and Catherine Shires at the Blankenship’s home.

Before setting out on their venture, the choir members and their guests gathered at Fellowship Hall to partake of an array of appetizers. Then, upon their return, it was a buffet of desserts, hot cocoa and eggnog that greeted the chilled but invigorated carolers. What a nice tradition for this choir to share with our community!

WBC Hosts Community Christmas Service
Posted December 18, 2014

The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance originated the Community Christmas Service in December of 2005, according to Robert Rowe, president of the organization. Custom is that the hosting duties rotate each year among member churches of the Alliance, and White Bluff Chapel has hosted the event on several occasions, in addition to participating every year. Tom Reedy, Choir Director of White Bluff Chapel, was the emcee this year for the Sunday evening gathering on December 14.

A standing-room-only crowd from throughout the Lake Whitney community turned out for the service, which consisted of Christmas carols sung by the congregation, prayers and scripture readings offered by visiting clerics, and performances by several choral groups. Betty Newman, Associate Pastor of White Bluff Chapel, welcomed the congregation and offered an opening prayer, while Robert Rowe brought greetings from the Ministerial Alliance. The WBC choir was the first choral group to perform, offering a moving rendition of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” featuring young Amanda Taylor as soloist.

Philip Wottrick, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, delivered the scripture reading from John 1:1-14. Greg Johnson of the First Church of the Nazarene gave the Offertory prayer and Betty Newman performed a piano arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” during the offering, which was designated as benefitting the LWMA Joint Committee for Christmas project.

Additional choral selections were performed by First Church of the Nazarene, singing “Baby Boy” and “King of Kings”; Whitney High School Concert Choir and Jazz Cats, with “Avanza Navidad” and “Sing We Now of Christmas”; and First Baptist Church delivering “Glory to the Newborn King Medley.” The White Bluff Chapel choir then returned to the dais to present “African Alleluia” before Carl Jennings of First Baptist Church closed the service with the benediction. Beth Botten of WBC played the prelude and postludes on the organ.

Richard and Patty Turner served as ushers and afterwards, Mary Parish and her Hospitality Committee received the group with a reception of delectable seasonal treats.

Advent Service Features Reading Written by WBC Author
Posted December 18, 2014

White Bluff Chapel continued its Wednesday evening Advent services on December 10 and 17 with the candles of Joy and Love being lit on the traditional Advent wreath. On December 10, Larry Turner presented his reflections on “Find Joy in Everything,” a reading by Marv Knox. Knox’s essay was taken from the Buckner Advent Guide of 2013. Sharon Dey then lit the candle of Joy following the scripture reading from Philippians 4:4-7 by her husband, Bob Dey.

Marcia Kane presented a reading entitled “Tingling Anticipation” by Kay Lea Scott, which you can listen to here. Scott is a popular local writer who has shared quite a few of her entertaining and inspirational writings through the Chapel’s Advent Devotionals and in the WBC website’s “On the Road Again” series. Kane closed the service with the Benediction. Dwayne Redding led the congregation in the singing of traditional Christmas carols based on the subject of Joy.                

December 17th’s Advent service featured the week of Love. Ann McAlpin brought forth a reading, “Greatest Gift is Love,” by the well-known women’s author, Janet Denison, who is the wife of Dr. Jim Denison, writer of the daily Denison Forum.

John and Glenda Bettina conducted the Advent wreath lighting ceremony by presenting the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 and lighting the candle of Love. Wes Mitchell closed the service with a delivery of Jim Bishop’s “Holy Birth” and the Benediction. Tom Reedy led the singing of Christmas hymns based on Love.

Kay German has served as the Worship Committee coordinator of the Advent services for 2014.

Go to the What We've Done page to see prior "What We've Done" articles.