Below are some recent ministry events.
Helping Whitney Neighbors
As a result of the generosity of our members, White Bluff Chapel has establised an Emerging Needs Committee with the purpose of identifying and supporting neighboring community helping agencies. One of the identified agencies is “Veteran’s Pardners,” a local organization that assists area Veterans. In the pictures above, the Director,Donna Picket met with Rick Faught, Perry Gaudet, Randy Marshall and Betty Newman to explain the various needs of our area Veterans. A financial gift was given to them to assist in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of Veterans and their families.
Another organization the Emerging Needs Committee has identified is the Lake Whitney Senior Center. The Senior Center offers a variety of activities that serve the needs of Senior Citizens. A financial gift was also given to support the Center’s ongoing efforts.
July 4th Celebration
White Bluff Chapel had an exceptional July 4th Worship Service. We celebrated our nation’s freedom as well as the spiritual freedom we have in Christ. The Ring of Praise handbells began our service with “America the Beautiful”. Trumpets, played by Dwane Redding and Brad Lundberg, added a special effect to hymns and to the anthem, Battle Hymn of the Republic.
July’s Student of the Month
Wyatt Jackson is a 2016 graduate of Whitney High School. When asked if he’d consent to be recognized as our Student of the Month, he happily said “yes”. Following is his response.
“I always knew that I liked working with my hands. When I started seeking college options that offered hands-on learning, I decided to apply to Texas State Technical college. The career options they offered provided exactly what I was looking for. So, I enrolled in their Automotive Technology program.
The campus was a friendly environment with a balance of learning and recreational opportunities. With your help, I really enjoyed my time in school. I was able to live on campus. With the expenses of books, tools, supplies, and basic needs, the WBC scholarship relieved the financial stress to make it all possible.
After completing my studies and graduating, I was fortunate to be offered a position at United Rentals in Cleburne, Texas. I am currently a Service Technician II, and each day I find great satisfaction using the knowledge and skills acquired at TSTC. I am proud of the work I do.
Thank you to the members of White Bluff Chapel, and to my mentor, Howard Clement, for your prayerful support.”
White Bluff Chapel Chippers
The “White Bluff Chapel Chippers” is a woodcarving club with Harry Seurkamp as master carver/teacher. After viewing the Nativity Scene and other carvings that Harry had made for the chapel, several came to Harry and asked for instruction on how to carve. The numbers quickly grew and a club was formed. The club is open to anyone in the community who is interested from novice (beginners) to intermediate and advanced carvers. They meet the 2nd Thursday and the 4th Tuesday of every month to pursue new carving projects or receive help with projects they are trying to complete.
Ladies Bible Study Luncheon
Our Ladies Bible Study who met weekly during the school year, gathered on Friday, June 25th for an end of year luncheon at Pat Griffin’s Ranch. Pat led us in a review of our Max Lucado study, “Experiencing the Heart of Jesus”. She encouraged everyone to continue the study through the summer. Plans for the fall include a second Ladies Bible study on Tuesday afternoon in addition to the Friday morning Bible study.
Safety Response Team Lends Welcome Hands
White Bluff Chapel has a “Safety Response Team” in place to help our membership in all areas of safety. You will see them out front during worship services, in our halls and in our sanctuary, helping others to keep safe. In an earlier post last February, you saw them sweeping snow from sidewalks or you may have seen them helping someone on a walker or a member who didn’t feel well.
On Saturday, June 5, our Safety Response Team had a day of excellent training from professionals with a combined 47 years of experience in the military. Jaime, Walker and Drew, our own trusted trainers, provided information on how to handle a confrontational situation. Expertise in de-escalation and threat security was enacted to help our team be better prepared.
We are incredibly grateful for these men and women who volunteer their time and talents to help keep us safe.
Athletes in Action
I recently had a conversation with an athlete that was going through a tough moment in his life. His relationships were falling apart, loneliness was setting in, despair felt imminent. He described how he felt like a boat that lost its tether to a dock, drifting out to sea. He was feeling the emptiness of living without God's presence in his life, the damage he caused in some relationships and most importantly, how he had forgotten parts of himself.
In the midst of this hardship, he felt like his relationship with God was coming alive again. He began to see how parts of his past-life were isolating, destructive even, to his own spiritual growth, his intimacy in relationships, and his career. He saw how choices he had made were slowly eroding the closeness he felt with God and his motivation to pursue deep, repentant reliance on that relationship felt like a distant memory.
He felt rattled by this and it was time to make some changes.
Moments like these are like buying a house: location, location, location! We have to put ourselves in the way of the Spirit. We must ask ourselves, "How can I get smacked in the face with God's presence?"
I believe at any point in our spiritual journey, but especially moments like these, we have to make ourselves a target for encountering God's spiritual movement, both in our personal lives and the lives of those around us. Whatever you need to do: go to church, listen to worship music or sermons, create a space for prayer, get in the scriptures, serve others intentionally, take a slow walk outside with no distractions. We have to aggressively create space to listen to and to encounter God's Spirit moving within and around us. We have to make ourselves a target for God's work.
These practices ought to be part of our everyday life regardless, but at moments like these where we feel like we are coming apart, we must aggressively and intentionally put ourselves in the way of the Spirit. If the tendency is to reach out to anything but God for survival, we have to attempt to rely on the living presence of God to be our restorative power.
Paul describes the work of the Spirit this way in Galatians:
"For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want."
Our work as Jesus-people, then, is to discern what is the work of the self (the flesh) and what is the work of God (the Spirit). If you have ever done a "spiritual discipline" before, you have felt this battle palpably. Anytime we intentionally carve out time and space to meet with God, we will feel this tension almost immediately.
But this is where the rubber meets the road: in real life. It is during the mundane Tuesday, the laundry, the work meeting, or our lunchtime walk, when we have the opportunity to place ourselves in the way of the Spirit.
How can I place and posture myself to encounter God's presence?
How can I let the Spirit restructure and rearrange my life?
These are the questions that reorient us when we are disoriented.
As we are entering into our busiest part of the year, I am so thankful to have a team like you supporting us.
Please remain in prayer for us as we travel and serve athletes this summer. The speed of the year is picking up and the craziness is about to set in! As we leave this last year of varied uncertainty and a difficult professional year for may athletes, we are more excited than ever to walk with them in their journeys.
I cherish this work and you make it happen. Sending love to you all this lovely spring day!
Critters at the Chapel
Since the fall of 2001, small handmade stuffed pillows called "Critters" have been provided to several local hospitals and clinics. This ministry was started with Sandy Cannon at the helm, making stuffed animals for children passing through the emergency rooms of hospitals in Hillsboro and Whitney. Providing Critters has expanded to all children who need a special smile or just a little comforting in our area hospitals.
Are you a “Critter Lady?” If not, you are invited to join the group. You don’t need to know anything about sewing, nor do you need any special talent. Just come for the fun and they’ll show you how to “stuff.” The ladies meet from 10 am until noon on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall of the White Bluff Chapel. If you would like to be involved but cannot attend the meetings, you can still contribute to the Critter efforts by sewing and/or stuffing at home. There is also a group of Knit and Crochet Ladies who make special creations for senior adults who need caps and afghans.
Currently, Critters are provided to Whitney Family Medicine Clinic, Whitney Health-Now Urgent Care, Hill County Regional ER, CPR in Hillsboro, EMT and Police Departments in Whitney, Goodall-Wicher Clinic in Clifton and Mission Hillsboro Medical clinic. Critters are also made for Shoeboxes at First Baptist Church and the Whitney Food Pantry at Christmastime.
Senior Sunday, May 30, 2021
Senior Sunday is a wonderful celebration of God’s grace in the lives of White Bluff Chapel’s scholarship recipients. Twelve graduates and their families were honored in our service this year. As students were introduced to the congregation and their WBC mentors, their mentors presented an award Bible to them in commemoration of the event. Mentorship is the foundation of our program’s success. The mentor’s role is to pray for the student, offer encouragement and assistance regarding any difficulties being faced in navigating the college experience. Many of our members have mentored at least one student over the years providing friendship and guidance to students just beginning their advanced education.
This was our seventeenth year of awarding educational aid to deserving Whitney area graduates. We want to congratulate these young people for their courage and endurance in this difficult pandemic induced remote learning year. We also want to recognize and the thank the caring members who are providing mentorship to them.
Jessica Brooke Allen Susie & Randy Marshall
Kylie Lynn Booth Debbie & Mark Hamner
Holland Liberty Paige Burkett Vicki & Dale Thompson
Dawson Brady Hightower Maura & George Collins
Grace Ann Karr Linda Yeary
Valerie Ashley Panuko. Becky & Paul Jacobus
Isiah Deshonte Payne. Gerry & Linda Mayer
Cassie Paige Pettigrew Kay & Jay Miller
Fritz Edward Sauer John & Kathleen Knightstep
Maebry Analyn Sneed Jil Tankersley
Madison Brook Strickling Susan & Bill Borg
Kirstyn Mikayla Ward Gina & Brad Blankenship
A new ministry engagement opportunity has begun at White Bluff. The initial meeting of the White Bluff Links Fellowship was held on Friday, May 21nd at the White Bluff Resort Old Course pavillion. Over 40 men and women met over hamburgers and chips to hear Drew Hamilton, the Texas regional Links Coordinator. Nationwide, Links Fellowships unite around five tenets: Love God and others, Integrate Christ’s reign and integrity into all of life, Network friends together in Christ, Kindle compassion for the poor and needy, Share Christ through the great game of golf. To learn more, check out . The White Bluff Links Fellowship will be meeting monthly. More details to come!
June Student of the Month
Clay Richters - Class of 2018
As a WHS student, Clay was a star receiver on the football team. He aspired to become a Texas Game Warden. People joked that he would be transferring his skills from catching footballs to catching poachers.
Three years later, Clay is on track to achieve that goal as he stated in this e-mail message:
“I am having a great time at college, despite the ongoing problems regarding Covid. I started working for a fishing guide service on Lake Whitney, which has been challenging between school and work. But I am still keeping up with my school work, making the Dean’s list every year. This scholarship has helped me greatly in paying my tuition so I can complete my degree. I am still a criminal justice major, and I plan to be a game warden.”
Jack Maddux, former game warden, and his wife, Ruth, have been Clay’s mentors.
Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance
The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance met in person on May 12, 2021, for the first time since March 2020. The meeting took place at the Whitney Senior Center with numerous representatives from other churches and volunteer groups. These individuals work together to ensure that our community can offer services to those needing food, clothing, school supplies while also addressing spiritual and emotional needs. The Lake Whitney Senior Center provided lunch for the attendees after their meeting.
Caring Meals Ministry
Every Tuesday evening, Mary Parish makes meals for our Caring Meals ministry. Anyone can sign up for a meal and make a donation as they pick up their meal at our “drive-thru”. This service is designed to help those during Covid-19 that needed a meal brought to them at least once a week. It has become so popular with others who want to make a donation and have a great meal, that we serve around 40 people each week.
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 6th, was the National Day of Prayer in the United States, a tradition that began in 1942 when President Truman signed into law the annual event. White Bluff Chapel participated in the community prayer service hosted by the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance to observe this day. Pastor Randy helped lead that service by praying for our military. Other community leaders Ron Roberts, the chaplain of the LWMA as well as Chief Chris Bentley also led prayers for our national, state, and local leaders as well as our police force.
May Student of the Month
Our student of the month is Ashtyn Thompson, a 2018 graduate of Blum High School. The following letter from her is heartwarming, and bears witness to the influence WBC’s Educational Aid/Mentoring mission is having on the lives of local students.
“My name is Ashtyn Thompson, and I am classified as a J2 (Junior semester 2), Nursing Student at the Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing located in Dallas. Once I am finished with this semester, I will have one year left to complete and I will graduate with my BSN in May 2022. This semester I have been providing care during clinical visits to mothers and their infants, as well as to U.S. Veterans. My college experience has been a rollercoaster to say the least, but I have learned so much and made many new friends along the way. The biggest challenges I have so far faced are the COVID-19 pandemic like everyone else, and depression. I struggle with depression and on my bad days it can make me feel like I am worthless and a failure even though I have accomplished so much and continue to succeed every day in nursing school. Despite my depression, I have an amazing support system and I pray that God will keep me strong and faithful. I have also been taking the time to learn to take care of myself and my mental health which has helped a lot. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a challenge as my courses are now all online, even in nursing school. I do get to attend clinical rotations and that is a huge blessing as I have encountered many patients who had so many kind and encouraging words to say to me. Online learning is much harder than one realizes but I do my best and try to be optimistic. After all, my future career will be rewarding for all my hard work and I cannot wait to be blessed enough to be able to take care of those who will one day become our future which is our children.
The support I have received from WBC was truly a Godsend. My family struggles financially and I was worried from the beginning of my college experience that I would not be able to finish due to a lack of money. The scholarship from WBC has helped to relieve that fear and the stresses of finances. Some of my scholarship money from one semester was also saved and helped me afford to buy a better car that would be safer and cheaper gas wise to drive back and forth to Dallas for nursing school. I also need to mention my mentors, Nancie and Jody Yarbro. The support I have received from them has been amazing as well. They make sure to ask me if I ever have any prayer requests and continue to pray for me. They have also been very invested in my college journey and continue to text me asking for updates and how I have been. I want to thank them as they are absolutely wonderful and God-fearing. WBC is lucky to have such amazing people in their congregation who are whole-heartedly invested in their students.
Thank you for everything, Ashtyn Thompson”
Ladies Bible Study
The ladies in our community have several options for Bible Study at White Bluff Chapel. “Experiencing the Heart of Jesus,” by Max Lucado, is taught on Wednesday via Zoom and on Fridays for those who prefer to meet in person. This allows not only a choice of meeting in person or on Zoom, but also the opportunity to attend either day of each week for the same lesson.
Education Mission Committee
Each year White Bluff Chapel serves a burrito breakfast to the teachers and staff at each Whitney School in appreciation for their contribution to our community. Our “Teacher Appreciation” includes a Montes Wildcat burrito, a bottle of water, and a homemade cookie. This year we also gave each one a “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed” candle as a token of our recognition of their sacrificial service to our children during this challenging pandemic. They were so appreciative of our recognition and our support.
This is one of our local missions in which we recognize the contributions of those who serve our community enriching the lives of those who live in our neighborhood.
Wee Can Know
Wee Can Know recently sent us a thank you card for our continued support of their mission. They let us know that our recent donation to their ministry helped purchase 300 Resurrection resource/goody bags which were distributed during Easter week, benefitting nine various ministries. Phil and Debbie are continuing their “Good News Club” with the children by Zoom each Tuesday evening. The numbers of children are down, but Phil and Debbie are grateful that they can still connect with children and parents.
Phil and Debbie are meeting in person at Gethsemane Preschool and First Baptist after-school care each week. Ninety children participated with their parents at the Easter weekend “Resurrection Egg Drive-Thru” on the parking lot of First Baptist Chalmette. They also donated 210 of their resource bags to eight additional churches and ministries!!
Men's Ministry Trash Pick Up
Our Men's Ministry is composed of men dedicated to glorifying God while ministering to others. This week the men participated in the Great Texas Trash off. They collected sixteen large bags of trash plus a lot of items that would not fit into the bags. Later in the week, the men helped a White Bluff neighbor with yard maintenance. We are grateful for these men who never tire of serving and helping others.
April Student of the Month
Jackson Justus is our student of the month for April
A 2018 WHS graduate, Jackson Justus, is our Student of the Month. In high school, Jackson played baseball and football, and was a tuba, baritone, and trombone player in marching and jazz bands. He started his higher education at Victoria College where he utilized his scholarships to completely pay for his freshman year.
Jackson was then accepted into the CSPI program with the US Coast Guard where he completed basic training at Cape May, New Jersey in August of 2020. He said “it wasn’t the best summer I ever had, but it was worth it!” Now he is on active duty while he continues his college studies, fully financed by the Coast Guard, and earning an E-3 military salary. He will receive his BS degree in computer science after three more semesters at TAMU Galveston.
Jackson said that his biggest challenge has been balancing his time among his Coast Guard duties, his studies, staying in shape, and maintaining his relationship with his girlfriend. When he is feeling overwhelmed, he relies on prayer, asking for peace in his heart and mind, and it is always granted to him.
Jackson’s mentor, Jim Lindsey, relates that Jackson has always seemed in control of his education goals, and has required little assistance from him.
In Jackson’s last note to me, he said “I forgot to mention something rather important. Over Thanksgiving, I got engaged to the love of my life and high school sweetheart, Madeline Ayers!
Easter weekend at White Bluff Chapel was filled with worship and activities as we focused on the Easter message – He lives! We began with our Maundy Thursday service where we reflected on God’s commandment to love one another, while also sharing in a time of Communion. A meaningful and somber Tenebrae service followed on Friday with beautiful music and Scripture readings. These worship services reminded us of the last days of the earthly ministry of Jesus, including His death and burial.
Families joined a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Our Children's ministry provided face painting, a bubble station and egg dying stations for all to enjoy. With almost forty children, plus their parents and grandparents present, Pastor Randy told the Easter story to the children before the big hunt.
Resurrection Sunday celebration began with a Sunrise Service overlooking the White Bluff marina. Over 70 people gathered on the chilly morning as we prayerfully reflected on the events of the first Easter morning. We were reminded that though there was darkness and despair over the death of Christ, Sunday morning brought the incredible message of hope and joy! The celebration continued in singing hymns of praise and hearing God’s truth during our two chapel worship services Our first service had a turnout of over 90 people and our second service had over 175 people. The Easter morning worship services were truly times of celebration and joy for what Christ has done and continues to do in our lives. It also reminded us to tell the Good News to a world in need - “He lives, He lives! Christ Jesus lives today!”
Did you know? We support Foundation Ministries which has an African team in Kenya that is directly involved in supervising various parts of the Orphans and Widows Hope Project in Kenya. Foundations supports 48 widows and 347 orphans who receive food, medical care, clothing and school expenses. All of the orphans live with church members many of whom are widows that the Hope Project assists. Foundations does not have any brick-and-mortar orphanages. The children grow up in the same atmosphere as most rural Kenyan children which is a grass and mud hut home.
To help, Foundations has done the following:
Growing gardens — They have given out seeds, seedlings and fertilizer and sometimes a hoe to dig with. This has been a huge success. Most importantly it adds healthy items to their diet. Church members grow green beans, kale (greens), cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and corn to eat fresh.
Goat & Chicken Projects — Foundations is gradually helping widows get some chickens and/or goats. This provides both food to eat and something they can sell to purchase other necessities.
Passing out dry foods — Foundations provided rice and beans and will give out 3-5 pounds of these items when destitute people come to Team Members’ doors. In the African culture, they expect anyone who is eating to share some of their food.
Did you know? Despite all the precautions and limitations required to keep us safe, God is still changing lives at White Bluff Chapel! We are still studying, worshipping, praying, and ministering together. Our friends and neighbors are still visiting and joining our membership. In fact, since June 2020, we have welcomed 17 new members to White Bluff Chapel. Several others are discerning if White Bluff Chapel will be their church home. This month, we have had two “Pastor Chats” following the 10:30a.m. Worship Service. The Pastor’s Chat is an informational meeting providing an opportunity for Randy, Tom, and Betty to share with members and prospects about the mission and ministry of the chapel. A special thanks to our amazing New Member Committee for organizing these important events.
March Student of the Month
"I had the honor of being awarded the WBC scholarship in my graduating year of 2018, and since then I have obtained my associates degree and more. I am currently enrolled in classes at Tarleton State University through the university center provided by McLennan Community College in Waco. My goal is to graduate with a degree in psychology and use this degree to become a criminal investigator. Classes at MCC and TSU have been great. In May of 2019, after my first year of MCC, I decided that I wanted to become a Marine Reservist. My marine/radar operator training concluded in March of 2020. I had been gone from my classes for almost a year, which meant that I was a semester and a half behind schedule. No biggy, that just meant I had to take summer classes and a minimester to get back on track. I was able to catch up and am now on track to graduate fall of 2022. That is where I am up to this point in time, but I wouldn’t have been able to get here if it wasn’t for WBC’s support, and my mentor's, John Jaskie's, guidance." --- Juan Arredondo
Juan's mentor, John Jaskie, had this to say about his experiences mentoring Juan:
"I have enjoyed being a mentor for Juan. He is a fine young man with a bright future. We have had some really good talks about school, life and fun. We have enjoyed fishing and golfing together. He beat me both times. He has a real solid life plan that has included going through the marine boot camp for reserves. He will utilize this training for his future plans. Juan is greatly appreciative of the opportunities his WBC scholarship has opened for him."
We are excited to know that our loving support of students like Juan is making a difference in their lives. And we want to thank the congregation and all who have made designated gifts to make this program possible.
Water, Water Everywhere
Pastor Randy arrived at the Chapel office early on Wednesday of the ‘Big Freeze Week’ to find a flowing fountain in our kitchen. Within minutes, volunteers began showing up to help shut off the water, sweep and vacuum, and clean debris that had fallen from the ceiling. We are so grateful to our men’s ministry and others in our community who rushed in to help in-between power outages. Although we had to suspend activities for a few days, we were back in the chapel again fairly quickly.
February Student of the Month
Our “Student of the Month” is a 2018 WHS graduate, Emily Hudechek. When asked to update us on her status, our high school band head majorette characteristically responded in a thorough and efficient manner:
Where I’m studying:
Junior at Texas A&M, College Station, environmental geoscience major concentrating on the human impact on the environment, military studies minor, and GIST (geographic information systems and technology) minor.
Army ROTC contract, interested in engineer or logistics branches in active duty. I am going through a Talent-based branching program, which is the army’s selection process to receive your branch (job).
Surprises or challenges I have encountered:
The biggest challenge that I have faced, personally, is finding the time and patience to talk to God and read the Bible. With the workload of academics, the Corps, and Army tasks, I would at times go days without stopping to focus on the Lord. This last spring, however, I was able to better prioritize my time, allowing me to pray and do devotionals. I’ve been able to find one or two people to do devotionals with me or watch church virtually in our dorm room.
I find that being involved in the White Bluff Chapel through this scholarship program has been very helpful. I think prayer has been the most powerful thing. Having my mentors thinking of me and praying for my success through the challenges of college is amazing and I appreciate it greatly. I know both Bill and Betsy are there for me if I ever need anything, and just knowing that there are people back home thinking about me brings me comfort while I am away from home.
I would like to also send a prayer request. We have seen a mass increase in mental health problems this year in the Corps and have lost two people to suicide since 2021 began. We, as student chaplains, have increased our presence around the organization and have connections to resources for those who need help, such as a counselor or person to talk to. I would just like to ask that you guys pray for cadets to be introduced to Jesus and that those of us who are followers will have the courage to reach out and plant seeds of hope in others.
Thank you again and I hope to visit you soon,
Note to David Briggs, WBC Scholarship Chairman, from Bill and Betsy Torman, Emily’s Mentors:
Emily has been such a dedicated student and has been honored several times for her leadership. We are privileged to be her sponsors and to recognize that the Lord is using her in a special way.
Delivery of School Supplies
Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance provided classroom, school, and cleaning supplies to the Whitney ISD schools for the second time around this winter. The schools are most thankful and send appreciation to all of the community for their continued support.
The Whitney Middle School was in need of sweatpants for students. Working together with the King Memorial United Methodist Church Thrift Store, the school and the community joined hands in providing just what was asked for. Paul Booth and Allyson Cliett accepted the sweatpants and other supplies which were ordered from Amazon.
The hard-to-obtain disinfectant wipes were found in-stock at Dollar General. Rayna Whitney, school secretary, and Jean Thompson, school nurse, as well as substitute and retired principal, Melaney O’Neil, graciously accepted canisters to be distributed to each classroom.
Whitney Elementary School received some surplus supplies that had been ordered in the fall and not distributed. Sipper Bonner, school secretary, accepted the supplies during the last full week before her retirement. Sipper will be missed and is wished the very best.
January Student of the Month
I am the proud mama of Garrett Michael. Mrs. German sent me your information. I meant to get this to you sooner.
Garrett graduated WHS 2015. He was blessed with a scholarship from White Bluff Chapel. Garrett went to Texas A&M and was a proud member of The Fighting Texas Aggie Band and the Corp of Cadets. Garrett did not graduate.
In May 2019, Garrett joined the US Navy. Garrett graduated Basic Training #5 of 504. He said his time in the Corp at A&M helped prepare him for the challenges of Basic Training. (Especially "Hell Week”) Garrett went on to Charleston, SC to Power School to study Nuclear Power. He graduated power school #4 of 35. Currently, he is in Prototype School. Garrett is a Petty Officer Third Class.
Garrett has accomplished so much since joining the Navy. He was just awarded a $40,000 bonus. He is super grateful for the scholarship WBC gave him. Even though his path veered from the original target, the prayers and support WBC gave him pathed the way.
Thank you for all you do,
White Bluff Chapel wanted to show their appreciation to the White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department for all that they do for our community. With the artistic help of Peggy Mitchell, we were able to take “s’mores in a cup” treats to the firemen at their meeting on February 8th. The WBVFD began in 1995 with one brush truck and a few volunteers. It has grown to 17 dedicated, community serving people who are highly capable and proud of their profession. WBVFD has a Firefighter Assist and Support Team (F.A.S.T) that provides food and water to care and rehabilitate our firefighters while they are on fire scenes. The support team also plans and coordinates fund raisers for the Fire Department. White Bluff Chapel is proud to have several of our members on this team of firefighters as well as financially support the department.
White Bluff Retreat
Our White Bluff Chapel trustees met for a “retreat” on Saturday, January 30th. In the past, all of the trustees and the pastoral staff have spent a day in early January getting to know each other at a designated area where team building activities as well as personal stories have been shared. The purpose of the retreat is to get to know each other better as we begin a year working together for the good of the chapel. This year, due to COVID, they met by Zoom.
Wee Can Know
Phil and Debbie Smith are the founders of Wee Can Know, WCK, since February 2004. Their Ministry is located in New Orleans, LA. Prior to WCK they were Directors for Child Evangelism Fellowship, CEF, from November 1994 to January 2004. Preceding that venture, Debbie served as Director for CEF of Central Alabama from 1989 to 1994. Phil recently retired from the military as Chaplain of the Louisiana National Guard and served a tour in Iraq.
They have been involved with reaching out to teach children about Christ and training adults to tell His story.
The Chapel began supporting Wee Can Know in 2013 and they have been able to expand their reach as a result.
Their website is www.weecanknow.com