Below are some recent ministry events.
September 10th was an exciting day for our Chapel. We added a new Kidzone Sunday time! Children may now choose to attend Sunday morning at 9:00 or at 10:30. During our kickoff Sunday, children participated in Bible study, jumped in a bounce house and ate snow cones. After the 10:30 service, there was a pizza luncheon for children and parents in the Fellowship Hall.
Youth Fellowship Kickoff
On Sunday, September 10 the White Bluff Chapel Youth Group met at the Cascade Pool for a Pizza & Pool Party. Their parents met simultaneously at the Lonestar Room for an informational gathering. 30 students and 20 parents attended this event which served as the Fall Kickoff to Sunday evening Youth Fellowship Groups that meet in the homes of students each Sunday at 6PM.
Back to School
One of the missions that WBC supports is the School Supply Program. We assist the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance purchasing school supplies and filling the wish lists of teachers who are in Whitney and Blum. LWMA orders in bulk to help stuff the teachers’ closets. Materials provide the teachers with basic essentials, so when children are in need, supplies can be given.
Choir Kickoff 2023 was a huge success. There were over 40 choir members present with 5 new prospects in attendance. After a desert fellowship and a “get to know you” game, the choir had a short rehearsal looking ahead to music for the fall. Are you interested in joining the choir or being a part of the WBC Worship Ministry? Please reach out to Aaron today!
Young Talented Musicians
Sunday during worship, we were treated to some special music. Claire Schneider played “Amazing Grace” on the piano, EJ Franklin played, “How Great Thou Art” on the Saxophone, Reed Schneider played “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” on the piano, and Luke Leverett played a “Gospel Medley “on the fiddle.
These young musicians also brightened the summer days at the Country Club Retirement Community. They played for the residents five times this summer.
WBC Columbarium and Prayer Garden
Having a memorial on church grounds can be a source of personal emotional support for members. It provides a dignified, yet serene place to pray and meditate. The Columbarium is accessible all year and its setting is pastoral and peaceful so families can visit and be comforted. With an increasing awareness of the benefits of cremation, WBC can provide through a columbarium a dignified, aesthetically pleasing resting place for cremains at a significant cost savings.
Cost of a funeral and burial today is between $15K—$25K. Two funerals/burials might be twice this amount; however each niche can hold two urns reducing the overall cost.
If you have questions, you may contact any of these Columbarium Committee Members:
Betsy & Bill Torman, Chairman
Marilyn & Mike Pollard
Maura & George Collins
Kathleen & John Knightstep
Ice Cream Social
What do you do when it is 108° outside? You have an ice cream social! Over 50 friendly faces gathered for some ice cream and delicious desserts. After cooling off with ice cream, they played a game with their table.
Pastor Randy has been preaching a series of sermons through the 23rd Psalm entitled, “A love song in the summer of ’23.” On the Sunday before the celebration of our nation’s independence, we celebrated the freedom we all have in Christ. As Pastor Randy said, “Overlaying this Psalm with the theme of freedom is appropriate because the only freedom we can enjoy is the freedom that results from following the Good Shepherd – Godly freedom that leads to true fulfillment and lasting peace.”
The worship service included patriotic music as well as songs of the cross. Both remind us that freedom comes with a sacrificial cost.
Special Music for Father’s Day
In a conversation with new members, Brent and Julie Leverett, we discovered that Brent and his son Luke enjoyed playing the guitar and fiddle together. It was a treat to hear Brent and his son, Luke play “Barbed Wire Halo” for the special music on Father’s Day. This father and son duo touched our hearts with their beautiful music.
The chapel has been blessed beyond measure with the pastoral leadership of Dr. Randy Marshall and Aaron Franklin. It is hard to believe how fast time flies! During the Wednesday night weekly Acts 2:42 meeting, we celebrated Randy’s third anniversary as pastor of White Bluff Chapel. The following Monday, on the first day of Vacation Bible School, Aaron was recognized as being the Minister of Family/Music.
Our second Baby Dedication Sunday was held on Father’s Day. Conley Elizabeth was presented by her parents Clint and Katy Gober. Conley was given a pink New Testament Bible and a certificate, as well as a handmade blanket from the ladies of the Knit and Crochet group.
All were reminded that “Children are a heritage to the Lord.” (Psalm 127:3) and each child is a special gift of God.
Celebrating Memorial Day…and a Birthday!
Once a month, Pastor Randy leads a Worship Service for Whitney’s Country Club Retirement Community (CCRC.) At the most recent Service, residents invited him to a Monday Memorial Day picnic. Randy was able to be a part of their Memorial Day Observance as he visited the residents and led a prayer. He was also able to have his picture taken with one of the residents who was celebrating a birthday.
TAPS ACROSS THE NATION
White Bluff residents joined 100,000’s of trumpets around the nation to remember more than 1,000,000 brave men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom. Larry Smith organized this local event which was held on the front yard of the Inn. Colonial Randy Marshall led a short service. At precisely 3:00, Taps was played by Brad Lundberg.
Holy Week Services
What a powerful week! Christ the Lord is risen! He has risen indeed!
Holy Week started on Palm Sunday as we proclaimed,” Hosanna! Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!” Throughout the week, all were encouraged to reflect upon the sacrifice of Jesus. Maundy Thursday and Friday Tenebrae Worship Services were meaningful with over 100 attendees in each service. During the Maundy Thursday service, communion was served to all who chose to receive the elements. The Tenebrae service was a touching service with members who read Scripture as the lights were dimmed. The choir sang “Arise, My Soul, Arise”, accompanied by Dr Rogerio Nunes on the violin.
Over 450 adults and children attended the services Sunday morning. The Sunrise Service started at 7:00 a.m. overlooking picturesque Lake Whitney. The 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services were held in the chapel with joy and celebration. In the Chapel, Jesus’ cross was beautifully decorated by flowers brought from people’s garden representing new life and new beginnings. The services ended with the choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Hallelujah! May the joyful celebration of our risen Lord resound as we glorify and serve Him!
If you would like to view a service during Holy Week and our Easter Celebration Service, you may go to the link on the front page of this webpage.
Our First Baby Dedication Service
Four precious babies and their families participated in our first Baby Dedication Service. Each child received a baby blanket, created by our Knit and Crochet ladies, a New Testament Bible in pink or blue, and a certificate.
Children were presented by their loving parents along with family and friends who gathered for the special event and Worship Service. The babies dedicated to the Lord were: Emmitt, Ruthie, Taysam, and Quinn.
All were reminded that “children are a heritage to the Lord.” ( Psalm 127:3) and each child is a special gift of God.
Our Worship Service on Sunday was highlighted with the Ordination of Aaron Franklin, our Minister of Music and Family. Family and friends from Aaron’s former churches were present to read scripture, pray, and encourage Aaron as he goes forward in his ministry.
2022 Christmas Gathering
Guests gathered in homes for appetizers and then returned to the chapel to enjoy a time of fellowship and desserts during the annual Chapel Christmas Gathering. We were entertained by a quartet made up of Brad Lundberg, Steve Triplett, Bob Geirtz and David Wood as they sang Christmas songs. The audience joined in for Christmas Carols before enjoying sweets and treats in fellowship hall.
Community Veterans Recognition 2022
The Whitney community gathered at the Whitney Senior Sunday on November 11th to honor our Military Veterans. The event, sponsored by the Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution organized school, community, and military-support organizations to highlight the contributions of our military men and women. A special WBC thanks to the event organizer, Madeleine Lively; the WBC choir; WBC Men’s Ministry; and Keynote speaker, Pastor Randy for their participation and assistance in making this a memorable event.
Paw Pals Garage Sale
Our Men’s Ministry recently helped our local animal shelter (Paw Pals) with a garage sale. We are always amazed how God works in our ministry. We had planned to work for a couple of hours. Life changes and we ended up helping several White Bluff families who have been going through some rough times. We were there to help, but visiting with these families gave us tears, re-connection and life awareness. It is amazing how God works in our ministry. Several in our neighborhood are moving and were ready to donate items to the garage sale. The men gladly helped load and take the items to the sale. Those assisting were Rick Faught, Ron Stone, Jay Miller, Larry Lucas, Terry Newman, Kathy Coons, Roy Ringwald, Reba and Mike Miller.
Fall Festival 2022
What a wonderful idea!! We had booths, hot dogs, plenty of candy, prizes and lots of volunteers from our chapel to help with our first annual Fall Festival. Over 300 came to enjoy the games and festivities. A huge thank you to our many volunteers including our project directors, Gwen Williams and Cathy Maze, for helping us coordinate and celebrate.
Safety Response Team
The White Bluff Chapel has a well-trained Safety Response Team. These men and women are trained to handle medical, as well as security, emergencies. Their training is frequent and ongoing to sharpen their skills and ensure our safety. Below is a picture of their recent training on gun use and safety. Thanks to Ron Roberts for sharing his shooting range, expertise, and leadership!
Supporting the Baylor Volleyball Team
Recently, the Baylor University Women’s Volleyball team visited White Bluff Resort for a weekend retreat of team building. The team visited the chapel and participated in our 9:00a.m. Sunday Worship service by reading scripture and providing a prayer. We were delighted when we were invited to attend their exhibition match against Texas A&M at Baylor’s Ferrell Center and participate in a pot-luck dinner afterwards. Several from White Bluff Chapel attended and enjoyed visiting with the team, coaches and others in attendance. Team members and coaches also provided prayer requests that were distributed at the following Acts 2:42 Fellowship.
Celebrating the Franklin’s with a “Pounding”
We had a large turnout to welcome and celebrate the Franklin’s arrival by giving them a “pounding”. In years past, people would welcome their neighbors by bringing them a “pound” of useful items. Thanks to a well-organized team, we were able to fill the Franklin’s pantry, refrigerator as well as their laundry room with “pounds” of needed and useful items for their new home.