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    Feb 10, 2019
    Multiple Verses
    Terry Cosby & Dylan Price


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    Feb 3, 2019
    Daniel 3
    Terry Cosby


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ission  Understanding the Goal and Scope
of the Chapel's Mission Programs
 oment  Posted February 14, 2019

by Tommy Edgar
Chair, Missions Committee

In the early 2000’s, a group of people had a vision of forming a church for the White Bluff community.  With no building and no pastor, this group held bible study sessions in their homes.  It wasn’t long before God gave them a pastor and Double Diamond allowed them use of their conference center.   From that humble beginning, the Chapel has grown to about 300 members from many denominations.

One of the goals of this early group was to have 50% of the Chapel budget designated for missions. The Missions budget for 2019 is about $130,000 which represents close to a remarkable 40% of the Chapel budget. From Whitney to Africa, our gifts are being blessed by God and helping many, many people. Sharing God’s word from Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the earth is what we are about.

With so many recently-new members to the Chapel, this article was put together to heighten awareness of the missions that are sponsored in part by the Chapel.  As you can see below, there is a large variety of missions supported.  This will be a three-part series beginning with the Local Mission sub-section of the main Missions Committee.  Education and Global/National Mission sub-sections will follow in subsequent publications.

If you check with anyone involved with the Chapel's mission program, they will tell you how rewarding it is to be able to assist these missions with their efforts in sharing God's word.

You can find information and updates on all of the missions by clicking on "Get Involved with Missions" in the menu at the top of any page of the Chapel website.  The website is whitebluffchapel.org.


Local Missions


  Adopt an Aunt or Uncle

WBC Sponsor: Charlie & Chris Whisenand Email

Befriend a local nursing home resident; participate in Chapel-hosted picnics and other events.

Through the Chapel's Adopt an Aunt or Uncle program, volunteers regularly visit residents of Town Hall Estates nursing home, especially those who have no local family or friends.

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  Angel Tree

WBC Sponsor: Kay Miller Email

Provide Christmas gifts for children of prisoners.

The Angel Tree Ministry is a unique ministry which gives churches an opportunity to share Christ's love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. Angel Tree Christmas works by connecting parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. Local churches and volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children in the name of their prisoner-parent.

White Bluff Chapel also provides a summer camp opportunity for these children by arranging for them to attend the Sandy Creek Bible Camp in August. The Chapel pays the camp tuition for each child and volunteers provide transportation to and from the camp. W.B. Chapel provides backpacks and money for snacks, etc. while the children are at the week-long camp.

To learn more about Prison Fellowship you can go to their web site at www.angeltree.org.

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  CASA

WBC Sponsor: Dottie Briggs Email

Provides advocacy for foster children as their cases are dealt with in the court system.


  Cedar Creek Youth Ministry

WBC Sponsor: Tommy Edgar Email

Pays for a portion of the van expense for transporting kids to Wednesday night bible study.

Volunteers of White Bluff Chapel have joined with the membership of Cedar Creek Baptist Church for the purpose of leading as many children as possible to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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  Child Protective Services

WBC Sponsor: Becky Watkins Email

Financial funding to CPS, which provides shelter, clothing and other essential items for children suffering from neglect and child abuse.

White Bluff Chapel supports the Hill County Child Protective Services Board as one of its local missions. The purpose of the Board, acting as an extension of County Government, is to make decisions on how and when funding from Hill County is spent to assist the children of Hill County who are in foster care or family-based care and who are under the conservatorship of Child Protective Services of Texas.

The CPS Board has non-profit, 501c3 charity, status that allows it to seek additional funds through donations from outside sources. Funds are used to further assist the children on items such as clothing, Christmas gifts, beds, special medical expenses or equipment, air-conditioners for special needs children, and other such items that are not State approved expenditures or when County funds are insufficient to cover needs.

Trained facilitators are retained by the CPS Board to train groups or organizations in Identifying Sexual Abuse and Prevention. Statistics show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 12.

In 2011, the State of Texas had 68,326 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect for children. 17,183 cases resulted in children being removed from the home. Nearly all do not have the most basic of needs – shoes, socks, clothes, diapers, formula, car seats and beds.

Currently Hill County has 87 children in conservatorship care, 58 in foster care and 29 with family based care.

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  Critters

WBC Sponsor: Cheryl Robinson Email

Critters stuffed animals Make hand-crafted stuffed animals for children in crisis situations, small gifts for nursing home residents and caps for cancer patients.

This group of volunteers meets twice a month to make stuffed animals to donate to various organizations serving the community. By the beginning of 2008, they had made over 7,000 gift items which have been donated to hospitals for children, to local nursing homes, and included in gift boxes for children in Iraq and Africa.

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  Food Pantry Building Fund

WBC Sponsor: Tommy Edgar Email

A building fund has been established, under the auspices of the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance (LWMA), to build a new center for the Food Bank.

It will also allow for all other organizations under LWMA to be housed in the same building. This will greatly enhance the services that are provided to the community.


  Isaiah's Place Retreat & Learning Center for the Deaf

WBC Sponsor: Diane Frederickson Email

Assist in various events at a local retreat and learning center for the deaf community.

Guests hailing from locales throughout Texas receive enrichment materials and participate in activities geared to building communication skills, confidence and self-esteem. They also have the opportunity to develop relationships with an appreciation for the country/ranch lifestyle and its Creator. Visit Isaiah's Place's web site at www.isaiahsplace.org.

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  Joint Committee for Christmas

WBC Sponsor: Kathy Murphey Email

JCC at workOriginally formed over 20 years ago, the Joint Committee for Christmas (JCC) is organized to discover the real needs of individuals at Christmas time, and to avoid unnecessary duplications in the efforts to meet those needs.

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  Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance

WBC Sponsor: Betty Newman Email

Umbrella organization for multitude of services for those in need in the Whitney Area, including the Food Bank, Benevolence and Joint Committee for Christmas.

The purpose of Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance, a non-profit organization, is to provide an organization through which churches and other organizations in the Lake Whitney area may cooperate with pastors and ministers of the Lake Whitney area in meeting the needs of people who reside in or visit the Lake Whitney area. Committees include benevolence, chaplaincy, and community worship.

This association qualifies recipients and distributes funds through the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program. It is the umbrella organization for Our Daily Bread, the local food pantry, Joint Committee for Christmas and the area School Supply Project.

There are many varied volunteer opportunities through this community ministry.

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  LWMA Benevolence

WBC Sponsor: Becky Watkins Email

Benevolence function of the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance.



  Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic

WBC Sponsor: Becky McKee Email

Provide medical services for the working poor in the area who do not have insurance. 

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  Our Daily Bread

WBC Sponsor: Diana VanWagner Email

Distribution

Whitney area food pantry.

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  Providence Hospice of Whitney

WBC Sponsor: Ed Bercier Email

Provide care for those facing end of life issues; medically, spiritually and emotionally.

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  Prairie Valley After School Bible Study

WBC Sponsor: Becky Watkins Email

Reach Middle and High school students from Whitney and Aquilla with the truth of God's Word.

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  Sandy Creek Bible Camp

WBC Sponsor: Bob Buckner Email

Provide funding for local disadvantaged children to attend a Christian summer camp.

A nondenominational, not-for-profit camp for children and adults in a relaxed rural setting. Visit Sandy Creek Bible Camp's web site at www.sandycreek.org.

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  The Salvation Army

WBC Sponsor: Harry Seurkamp Email

WB Chapel members assist The Salvation Army in its annual fundraiser by ringing Christmas bells to raise money for needs in Hill County.

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  White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department

WBC Sponsor: Harry Seurkamp Email

WB VFD truckDonations from the Chapel missions committee are generally used to assist with the cost of equipment for the firefighters.

Staffed entirely by volunteers who are on call day and night to put out fires and provide other emergency services in White Bluff Resort and surrounding areas. The WBVFD provides emergency services for the White Bluff community and also provides reciprocal aid assistance to the other VFD's in the local areas.

Several members of White Bluff Chapel volunteer with the fire department.

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ission  Athletes in Action - A Glimpse of Glory
 oment  Posted February 14, 2019

Brian Firle with Athletes in Action (AIA) regularly submits a report of his activities and growth of his ministry within the Pro-Cycling world.  His latest report, "A Glimpse of Glory," contains a wonderful recounting of cycling with two of the pros he has been working with for several years. It provides firm evidence that Brian and the AIA team is making wonderful inroads within that arena.

Brian has started a blog that promises to be quite interesting. It is based on the past reports he has generated and should be very meaningful for anyone searching to better know our awesome God or to share with someone who may be just searching for God.  You can sign up for his blog at brianfirle.com.  The following is a portion of Brian's latest report.

If you want more information about Brian and AIA you can contact Bill Burris, Chapel liaison for AIA.


A Glimpse of Glory

Anyone living a missional life in Jesus, or really chasing any endeavor that has a deep and long-lasting meaning in life, takes time. I've previously shared how ministry is really about playing the "long game." Whether you are attempting to change the culture in your corporate work place or painstakingly praying for friends to come to church with you, it takes patience, seeing the big picture, and faith that God is working despite your utter failures. 

I was out riding last week with two guys whom I have spent loads of time discipling and encouraging in their faith. They are two pros that have really weathered the storm of professional sport and are somehow still in one piece, both physically and spiritually.

They were riding hard that day, much too hard for me as I only had a few weeks of consistent riding in my legs. But that day I was given a gift. Of course I hear their stories one-on-one and work with them through the majority of their big issues, but this was different. I sat behind both of them, like one sitting behind two thoroughbreds as I eavesdropped on their conversation. For over an hour, riding north out of Boulder, I listened to them recount their last year of racing and struggling to know God in the midst of it. Rarely do I get to hear athletes share their story to one another. Usually these conventions take place when I'm not around... on a team bus, training camp, or over a post-race meal. But for this hour I sat behind them in their draft, and listened to them explain all that God had done within them through the ups and downs of 2018. Both had sustained major injuries, both had started and stopped relationships with significant others, both had toed the line with the world's best and had come out the other side. From moments of complete despair, from moments of elation one receives upon crossing the finishing line first, they unpacked their last year before me. 

I was blown away. I sat behind them shaking my head with a smile from ear to ear as I listened to them encourage each other in all that God was accomplishing within them. Both of them had matured greatly in 2018, now seeing life from a higher perspective; not bogged down with the day-to-day funk, but seeing the forest through the trees; seeing God in the mundane and experiencing His presence. God was in our midst, in their midst, and I was a fly on the wall. Read more>>


What's Happening


"Lord, Teach Us to Pray," Title of Winter Retreat
Posted February 14, 2019

Dr. Hulitt Gloer, former Preaching Professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, will soon be in Whitney again to present White Bluff Chapel’s annual Winter Bible Retreat of 2019. Jody Yarbro, Chairman of the Adult Education Committee of the Chapel, is pleased to announce the popular Dr. Gloer’s third retreat here in a row, which will be entitled “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” It is scheduled for the weekend of Friday through Saturday, February 15 – 16. He notes that Gloer is a powerful and knowledgeable speaker who always draws a large crowd and provides an engaging message. Additionally, Dr. Gloer previously served as past interim Associate Pastor at White Bluff Chapel.

The retreat will begin at 7:00 PM on Friday evening, February 15 and will continue on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 AM until early afternoon.  Dr. Gloer will also provide the Sunday sermon at the Chapel's 9:15 AM Worship Service on February 17. 

The WBC Winter Retreat is open to the Whitney community.  Those interested should contact the Chapel office week-days between 9:00 AM and noon at 254-694-7060 to confirm their planned attendance. The Chapel's Hospitality team will provide refreshments on Friday evening and a light lunch on Saturday.


Isaiah's Place to Present an ASL Movie
Posted February 14, 2019

An invitation from Isaiah's Place invites the local community to join them for an American Sign Language movie, "The Book of Job," on Saturday, February 16, from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  The movie is produced by Deaf Missions and contains rich acting. Discussion of the film and snacks will take place after the movie.  The bunkhouse will be available for overnight guests. 

Isaiah's Place will also have a young deaf man coming in monthly to share Christ with the deaf in the area.  Watch for regular updates about the schedule.



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Valentine Dinner and Entertainment Score Big Hit with Full House
Posted February 14, 2019

Approximately 90 people attended the Chapel's annual Valentine's Dinner on Friday, February 8.  For it, Mary Parish's Hospitality team put together exquisite decorations and a wonderful meal that included a choice of chicken cordon-bleu or chicken and broccoli with two sides and a variety of cheesecake for dessert.

Following the dinner, Nancy McGinnis served as emcee for the evening's entertainment.  She began by acknowledging the many heroes at the Chapel for their volunteering attitude and praised Mary Parish and her team for the efforts spent putting together the evening.  She then introduced Dwayne Redding, David Wood and Jody Yarbro to start off the entertainment with a few popular songs that encouraged many of the attendees to sing along.  Afterwards, while accepting the enthusiastic applause, Dwayne indicated that they were NOT the main attraction. That was still to come!

McGinnis then announced the main event as she brought out the "Ladies of the Evening."  The sexagenarian, septuagenarian and octogenarian "Ladies" entered in house robes, with walkers, and began dancing around to music of "Pretty Women" by Roy Orbison.  They brought the house down with their show.  It was a hilarious event.  The cast of Ladies consisted of Mary Parish and her team of eight Hospitality volunteers and performed a routine created and choreographed by Nancy McGinnis. What great sports these ladies were to present such a fun show for this special occasion!

Thanks go to Anne Fox for providing the video excerpts of the “Ladies of the Evening” performance. Linda Wilmarth used her technological wizardry to get around some of YouTube’s copyright limitations in order to bring this video to you, which necessitated muting the copyrighted music recording of “Pretty Women.” But the video is still oh! so highly entertaining.


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And in case you can’t remember or weren’t here for a similar performance at our 2012 Valentine Banquet, check out the video presented at that event by our “Gentlemen Synchronized Swimmers of White Bluff.” Thanks to them and to the creator and choreographer of their routine, (again) Nancy McGinnis, they started a great tradition of light-hearted, affectionate competition.

Now see if you can pick out which of the “Ladies of the Evening” in the 1st column go by which of the monikers in the 2nd row:

Mary Parish

Marshmallow Millie

Patty Turner

Polka Dot Dottie

Mildred Jackson

Lollipop Linda

Terry Pierce

Madam Mary Milky Way

Dottie Redding

Baby Ruth Ann

Linda Yeary

Doris PayDay

Doris Hollingsworth

Lemon Drop Linda

Ruth Ann Cashon

Patticake

Linda Turner

Hot Tamale Terry




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