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Fri, Feb 9
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A Day In The Life
    January 14, 2018
    Genesis 37
    Terry Cosby


The Trip Home
    January 7, 2018
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Terry Cosby


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ission  Financial Aid Students Send Thank You Notes
 oment  Posted January 18, 2018

White Bluff Chapel’s Educational Aid program, led by David Briggs, contributes valuable support to area students toward achieving their higher educational goals. This project is sponsored by the Education Mission Committee under Peggy Mitchell’s leadership. Briggs recognizes the Chapel members who have provided guidance to award recipients through the mentorship initiative. Many mentors have stated that they benefit personally from the relationships developed with their students.


Students on the Financial Aid program periodically express gratitude for the springboard that both the financial help and the mentorship provide them as they journey through their higher education career. WBC has recently received thank you notes from three recipients. Nicholas Davis received his award in 2017 and has been mentored by Wes Mitchell. Both Adriana Arredondo and Whitney Brantley have been on the program for three and ½ years, having received their awards in 2014. They are mentored by Becky Watkins and by Jim and Ann Duncan, respectively.

Read here the thank you notes sent in by Nicholas, Adriana and Whitney.



      
ission  Christmas Letter from Foundation Ministries
 oment  Posted January 18, 2018

Becky McKee, Chapel liaison for Foundation Ministries, received a Christmas letter from Rene and Elizabeth Brown that touched on some of their events of 2017.  A portion of the letter focused on the number of children who have been coming to the orphanage in Kenya requesting food.  In December, this website posted a Mission Moment article by Becky McKee that related the story of Pastor Luke and his wife Susan taking in three orphans waiting outside their home for food. 

The Global/National Missions Committee led by Vicki Thompson has supported the Widows and Orphans program.  The main goals are helping with the building of more homes and providing food for the many orphans who arrive at their doors daily.  With more children come the additional expenses of food, clothing and education.  That increases their need for more support.


      
ission  Global Missions Annual Report:
Widows and Orphans, Hope Project and
Foundation Ministries
 oment  Posted January 18, 2018

by Becky McKee

Back in May what a pleasure it was to get pictures of the college graduates from the Widows and Orphans in Kenya. Wow! They made it and are now on their own to follow their careers. Some will be going into teaching and some into the ministry. This felt like I had been playing basketball for ten years and now could sit on the bench for a period of rest. That proved to be momentary, as unplanned things begin to happen.

Orphans showed up at Susan Allen’s house hungry and desperate for a place. The first few soon changed into 15. While this was happening, a local orphanage closed and Joseph and Sarah took seven of these into their home for a total of 22 new orphans. These are young kids; one was only 3 years old. It’s off the bench! But Lord Wait, I am ten years older- a slight feeling like Moses must have felt when called to go back to Egypt.

Meanwhile, back in Africa it rains and the house of one of our widows collapses and will require rebuilding. The homeowner suffered injuries, which required hospitalization.  She is now out of the hospital and is being taken care of by another one of the widows.

Our request to the Chapel to fund the building of some houses was approved by the Global Missions Committee. Therefore, the funding request will be split, if received as follows:

  • One new house
  • Rebuild collapsed house
  • Food for new orphans
  • Uniforms and tuition for these new orphans

Some Chapel members have expressed disappointment in not having the Pastors from Africa here for a visit. They flew to San Antonio and on to Kerrville, where they held their meetings. The HEB foundation graciously provided their home (the original Oakhurst) for two weeks. Speakers were brought in from a number of places to provide teaching to the Pastors. Perhaps we can have them here this year or some can plan to attend a session in Kerrville.

Vicki Thompson, chair of Global Missions, and I plan to present a recorded 90-minute video of some of the sessions provided by Elizabeth Brown, a project we are looking forward to doing in the near future.

Everyone at WBC has been so faithful with gifts and prayers for this group.

These Pastors have been called by God to do not only the work of providing for the widows and orphans but also that of shepherding many churches they have started in Africa. These whom God has chosen are not only educated but are dedicated, tender-hearted Christian men.

In Him Always,
Becky McKee


What's Happening


Annual Winter Bible Study: February 23-25
Posted January 18, 2018

Jody Yarbro, Chair of the Adult Education Committee, has announced the dates of our upcoming annual Winter Bible Study Weekend.  Return guest speaker will be Dr. Hulitt Gloer.  Those of you who attended last year's study will remember Gloer as a powerful and knowledgeable speaker.  Dr. Gloer is a Preaching Professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, and past interim Associate Pastor at White Bluff Chapel.

The opening session is slated for Friday night, February 23, with morning and afternoon sessions provided on Saturday, February 24.  Dr. Gloer will also deliver the sermon at Sunday’s Worship Service. Watch for follow-up announcements revealing the theme of this year's study along with additional relevant information.


Because of how well Gloer was received at last year's event by our strong turnout of members, we fully expect another full house this year.  A signup sheet will be available in Fellowship Hall and it is recommended that those wishing to attend secure your reservations early.


Men's Ministry…"CALL US!"
Posted January 18, 2018

by Rick Faught

Good Morning and Happy New Year to our White Bluff Family!

Please allow me, on behalf of White Bluff Chapel Men's Ministry, to express our gratitude to the Chapel congregation, Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance, Texas Ramp Project, and the Hill County residents who utilized the services we were able to provide in 2017.

2018 is already shaping up to be a great year of service. We have many men anxious to get to work. One new addition to the program is our "Minute Men" who have volunteered to be available to assist on short notice. When you need help NOW, reach for the phone and CALL US!

We are in the process of updating the Men's Ministry and Handyman pages on the Chapel website. They will detail what we've done and list many (but not all) of the projects we are available to do.

I and many other members were Boy Scouts whose slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily." That's what we do. Consider us to be a group of mature Boy Scouts! I can assure you there is no finer feeling than to have helped someone with no expectation of compensation other than intrinsic gratification.

Now, the purpose of my message: Please allow us to make your life easier this year: CALL US!

When Father Time has you questioning your ability to do the job and Mother Nature is questioning the wisdom of attempting the job, CALL US!

Lastly, if you would like to be a part of this ministry, we have a spot for you and would love to have you join us.

Thank You and God Bless us all in 2018,
Rick Faught
White Bluff Men's Ministry Chairman
817-913-0777
rjfaught@yahoo.com


Annual Valentine Banquet on the Horizon
Posted January 18, 2018

One of the highlights of White Bluff Chapel’s yearly Fellowship Calendar is our Valentine Banquet. This special evening for 2018 is scheduled for Friday, February 9, in Fellowship Hall, which promises to be bedecked in splendid Valentine décor. 


A choice of regular lasagna or meatless lasagna will highlight the menu and be accompanied by traditional side dishes and a delectable Valentine dessert, at a cost of $15.00 per person. Following the upcoming three Sunday services of January 21, 28 and February 4, there will be a table in Fellowship Hall where folks can make their reservations. All will be asked to pay for their meal at that time.



Those who have attended these dinners in the past will tell you that everyone is in for a quite a treat. Mary Parish and her Hospitality team always provide a wonderful array of good-humored fun, food, fellowship and entertainment.  Past events have typically brought a full house, so early reservations are highly recommended.



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On the Road Again


An Artist's Journey
Posted January 18, 2018

by Toni Wengler

At a recent art show in which I was selected to show my work, the participating artists were asked to share their personal Artist Statement. This statement was intended to reveal the inspiration gained from painting with different art media.

Here is how I revealed my own artistic inspiration. Perhaps you can find some inspiration in it, as well!

Ten years ago I began my journey as a neophyte artist. Passionate about my newly discovered craft, I began to use many different media, experimenting and creating with great joy and curiosity and with a playful attitude. I loved them all! I began to realize art is about searching, creating, and evolving as an artist through self-discovery.

[Editor's note: What is the meaning of "media" in art terms? "Media" is just the plural of "medium." A medium is simply a substance that an artist uses to make art. website reference]

I found that each medium offers distinct advantages. Here are some examples:

Painting with colored pencils takes a lot of patience. Many hours of concentrated effort are spent building layer upon layer of color to obtain a translucent effect. It is so worth the effort, for it often ends up looking like an oil painting.

Pastel is all about pure color and it teaches one to see and select the right values for each painting.

Collage teaches good design.

Use of water media offers much diversity and, for me, is well suited for creating abstract art. It opens the mind to new, creative possibilities. It challenges one's fears, such as self-doubt about not being in control of the creative process. It brings out the inner self for unique experiences and opens one's vision wide to develop and embrace one's full expression as an artist.

Thus, through the working process, experimentation, and God's added inspiration, I am happily discovering my own individual, unique style.


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What We've Done


Men's Ministry Receives $5K Grant
Posted January 18, 2018

The Dorothy Gaines Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the WBC Men's Ministry to support the Chapel's efforts in Hill County on behalf of the Texas Ramp Project, Waco Region. Several updates regarding the handicap ramps that the Men's Ministry has built for those in need have been posted on the Chapel website. The January 4th update contained information on how the ramp project operates, as well as other recent projects.

Attached is the application submitted in August by The Texas Ramp Project seeking a grant from the Dorothy Gaines Foundation to provide funds for materials needed to build handicap ramps in Hill County.  A team of volunteers from White Bluff Chapel provides the labor for the construction.  This is the second year in a row that $5000 was awarded for the ministry.  It is clear that the Gaines charitable foundation appreciates our work here in Hill County.  The Men’s Ministry also received a $2000 grant from HILCO Roundup and $2000 from ExxonMobil in 2017.  They plan to keep up the good work and not tire of helping others!
2018 already has several ramp projects in the works with many more to be added as applications are received. Those interested in getting involved with these projects should contact Ron Williams at 254-694- 9680.



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