CURRENT EVENTS

Below are some recent ministry events.

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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!  

Care Groups

A great way to “plug-in” to the White Bluff Chapel is to be a part of a Care Group.  A Care group is small group of individuals that meet on a regular basis to share a portion of God’s Word, pray for the needs of our community, and build relationships with others.  Normally, these groups meet in homes.  True to the culture of White Bluff Resort, many times food is involved!  All are invited to be a part of these informal groups.  If interested to join a group, please, please email the church office at office@whitebluffchapel.org.

One of our newest groups formed is the Hamner Care Group.  Debbie Hamner shares, “Activities such as tracing all our paths that brought us to White Bluff, bringing family pictures and yearbooks to share our past, and attending the Promise of Easter at Glen Rose (after eating at Hammond's BBQ, of course) have drawn us all into a real family together!  The common thread that binds us all together, though, is the LOVE of God.  We all look forward to growing stronger together!”

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Kid Zone Kick Off

The Children’s Ministry of White Bluff Chapel held a fun filled morning of activities for the kick off of “Kid Zone”.  We were thrilled to have all enjoy bounce houses, snow cones, face painting and games on a beautiful Saturday morning.  Each Sunday morning from 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m., we will host “Kid Zone” for children birth – 5th grade which will include activities, songs and stories for the children. 

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Mission Sunday

While fulfilling the Great Commission directly through our local chapel ministries, the White Bluff Chapel also has a rich legacy of an impactful ministry beyond our corner of the world.  Through specialized funded missions, we share the Good News of Jesus Christ locally, nationally, and internationally.  Through our tithes and offerings, a portion of our financial gifts goes to specific areas that our Mission Team has identified.  On August 28th, we highlighted our 21 specialized funded missions on “Mission Sunday” with individuals demonstrating their area of missions with a “missions’ parade” at the conclusion of both Sunday morning Worship Services.  A time of fellowship followed which encouraged all to gather and view the creative mission displays.

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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.

Training the Mentors

Each year, White Bluff Chapel gives not only financial help, but also spiritual mentoring to qualified graduates of Whitney and Blum High School who seek to further their education.  David Briggs and Debbie Hamner offered to coach those who have volunteered to mentor our students.  They offered numerous suggestions for building rapport and communication with the students.  The audience had opportunities to share meaningful stories and experiences with all.

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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.

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School Supplies 2022

Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance has fulfilled some educational wish lists requests from teachers in Whitney and Blum schools. LWMA is able to order in bulk to help “stuff the closets” at the schools. Therefore, teachers are provided with some basic essential supplies that they can give students who are in need.  Some Backpacks were also given to Blum from the Lake Whitney Senior Center.​

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Blum schools: Chantelle Hurt, Principal (left) Samantha Maxwell, School Secretary (right )​​

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Whitney Middle School – Rudy Hikel, Vice Principal (left) Kendra Hensley, Principal (right)

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Whitney Elem. School – Julie Trevino, Secretary

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August Student of the Month

 Andre Ribeiro

 

Andre Ribeiro, a 2016 WHS graduate, was mentored by Ava and David Wood. He recently provided the following update when I asked him to be our Student of the Month. 

 

“I was fortunate enough to have an excellent college experience at The University of Texas at Austin filled with intellectual growth, majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in business, and more importantly followed by spiritual growth towards the end of school as my faith became a greater part of my life. 

The COVID pandemic affected many aspects of my life, primarily my academic plans of going straight to medical school following my undergraduate education. Because of the pandemic, many test dates for the MCAT, the medical school entrance exam, were canceled in 2020 and 2021.

 

At the end of 2020, I applied for and was hired to work as a neurophysiology technologist in Dallas and Austin to gain medical experience as I concurrently applied to medical school. As a neurophysiology tech, I monitor the neuronal integrity of patients intraoperatively during neurosurgery, particularly in spine and brain surgeries, ensuring that patients’ motor nerves (voluntary/involuntary movements) and sensory nerves remain intact. This helps prevent mistakes during neurosurgical procedures that could otherwise lead to deficits and paralysis.

 

Gaining this experience has given me a greater desire to pursue neurosurgery.  As I worked the past year (2021), I was finally able to simultaneously study for and take the MCAT exam, and was blessed to score well enough to apply to medical school this year. These challenges have tested me and grown my faith in relying solely upon God for his provision and his timing rather than my own.

 

In pursuit of a medical degree, students often accumulate upwards of $250,000 in debt.  I was incredibly blessed to receive scholarships for my undergraduate education, with the most generous scholarship coming from the White Bluff Chapel. I am eternally grateful for the continued support of White Bluff Chapel throughout my education. During times of financial difficulty in the midst of the COVID pandemic, your generosity allowed me to eat and pay for living expenses without accumulating debt. I feel incredibly blessed to have had your support throughout the years, making it possible for me, a small-town boy, to pursue my wildest dreams. 

 

I humbly request that your church body continue to pray for me, for God to open the doors to medical school, and that He would lead me to where I may bring him glory. 

 

Sincerely yours,

Andre Ribeiro"

Helping Whitney Firefighters

In an effort to help our local firefighter, the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance recently purchased "Smart Water" which has electrolytes in it and 6 cases of Gatorade which also has electrolytes.   "Cold Packs" were also purchased and can be used around firefighter's necks to cool them off during the heat.   The cold packs do not need a freezer to become ice cold.  All you have to do is squeeze the center of the flexible ice pack and it will instantly become as cold as regular ice.  The effect will last long enough to give relief to the person using it.

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Vacation Bible School 2022

After a two year pause due to Covid-19, White Bluff Chapel was thrilled to host almost 60 children at our annual Vacation Bible School.  Cathy Maze was our VBS director and help coordinate our volunteers as they took the children on a “Faith Quest”.  Based on Joshua 1:9, the students were reminded to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Saying Thank You to Lois

Lois Partridge was approached to be an interim music director in August 2020, while we searched for a new music minister.  What a treat for the congregation at White Bluff Chapel and those on the staff who served with her.  We were witness to God equipping Lois with creative ideas, musical talent, a tremendous work ethic and most of all a joyful attitude that overflowed to all.  With the hiring of our new Music/Family Minister, we had a “Thank You Party” for Lois on June 12th.

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July’s Student of the Month

Ashtyn Thompson – 2018

When I contacted Ashtyn, a 2018 scholarship recipient, to ask her to be our Student of the Month, she enthusiastically said “yes!”, and within three days I received this response from her.

“David, thank you for taking the time to reach out to me! I would love to send you a short summary of how life has been and how impactful the scholarship was on my education! 

College was a new experience for me which I will never forget. I went from being very introverted and afraid of going out to being outgoing and the one who put a smile on the faces of those around me.  While college was amazing, I also learned a lot about myself and how to deal with the challenges I faced. I developed depression my second year of college, 2019-2020, and to further fuel that depression, the pandemic hit in the spring semester. For a long time, I was contemplating if I could really pull through with college, but then I remembered I had so many people supporting me, and that I had God on my side. 

 

Fast forward to 2022, and I recently have graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I will begin residency at Texas Health Harris-Methodist in Cleburne on the Acute Medical/Surgical floor in mid-July. I will also be getting married in October to my high school sweetheart, about which we are both incredibly excited. 

My college experience and opportunity would not have been possible, especially nursing school, without the aid of the White Bluff Scholarship. I come from a poor family which was unable to provide much towards college tuition and funding. I had to work hard as a waitress and then as a cashier during the summers for non-college bills. I want to thank the members of White Bluff Chapel for their dedication to the scholarship program and for providing the opportunity for those who are in financial need. Thank you also to my mentors, Nancie and Jodi Yarbro, as they kept up with my college journey and offered uplifting scriptures and prayers   for me and my family.  Most  importantly, I thank God, for without Him none of this would have been possible.”

Ashtyn’s younger sister, Averi Thompson, is a 2022 WBC recipient, and is being mentored by the same family, Nancie and Jody Yarbro.

Moving Day for the Chapel Offices

In an effort to obtain more space for children and youth activities at the chapel, the offices of White Bluff Chapel have moved to “The Palms”.  “The Palms’ is an office building just outside and across the street from the gates of White Bluff Resort.  We will be open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   The men’s ministry of the chapel took on the challenge of moving the furniture and helping unpack.

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June’s Student of the Month

Mackenzie Riney

I am currently classified as a pre-nursing junior and have approximately two years left before graduating from Tarleton State University.  

When I started college in the fall of 2020, the Covid pandemic was in full swing.  All my classes were online, yet, I lived on campus.  It was a struggle because I spent the majority of my time on my computer in my dorm room.  Classes are no longer online and college is much more enjoyable now.  I am able to speak with my professors and engage in my classes.

The White Bluff scholarship program has been amazing.  My mentors, Pat and Jim Griffin have been so kind and thoughtful to work with me.  I am thankful for their prayers and support when I need them.  The money from the scholarship has been and continues to be a great help in meeting the tuition, books, etc. expenses of a college education.

Thank you, the members of White Bluff Chapel, for the love and support you have given me.

 

Sincerely yours,

Mackenzie Riney

A New Music and Family Minister at WBC

The White Bluff Chapel has a new minister!  After much prayer and deliberation, capped off by a great weekend, the congregation (unanimously) voted to extend a call to Aaron Franklin to become our new Minister of Music and Family.  Aaron will begin on Sunday, June 19th – a day before Vacation Bible School! 

Aaron was born and raised in Missouri. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music from Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO and a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft Worth.  He has over 20 years’ experience in ministry having served in churches in Texas, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.  For the past 10 years he has served as Minister of Music and Senior Adults in Greeneville, Tennessee.  

Aaron and his wife, Erin have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Anderson and E.J.  Anderson will be a 10th grader and enjoys playing baseball; EJ will be an 8th grader and enjoys running cross country as well as playing the saxophone. Erin has a Bachelor’s Degree from TCU and a Master’s Degree in Christian Education with an emphasis in church recreation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Athletes In Action Update

God Meets Us Where We Are
Brian Firle – Athletes In Action Update
 

The origin of every coming-to-faith story I hear has the same theme: God meets us where we are. Whatever our personality, whatever our experiences, God comes to us in our context, speaks our language, and reveals himself to us in ways that are personal to us. 

The origin of every coming-to-faith story I hear has the same theme: God meets us where we are. Whatever our personality, whatever our experiences, God comes to us in our context, speaks our language, and reveals himself to us in ways that are personal to us. 

We see this in the way Jesus interacts with each person. In the Gospels, Jesus uniquely draws near to Peter, Mary and Martha, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, Roman officials, and even Pilate the Roman governor who ordered his flogging. We aren't asked to self-actualize or wise-up in order to know God. It is precisely where we are, where God meets us with his love and presence. 

Last fall, a pro rider that had been on the fringes of our community for years had this experience. He has a typical engineering mind: logical, calculated, and historical. God met him there. It was through no work of ours, but through Lee Strobel's book, "The Case for Christ," that brought him to his knees. In his reading of a historical and literal resurrection of Jesus that convinced him of God's real power and presence. Those truths translated into his life at that moment. 

Since then, we have been pouring into his life weekly, meeting with him in Bible study, processing life and relationships, and supporting him at events. At a time when professional sport can consume our identity, this athlete is putting his relationship with Jesus first, trusting God's plan for his life and living into that hope.

What always strikes me in these moments is how rapidly our affections can change. One minute our affection is wrapped up in sport or a relationship, and the next, focused preeminently on Jesus. With no help from us, God works behind the scenes shaping and molding hearts for him. There may never be a point when this doesn't surprise me: the supernatural work of God in the hearts of men and women.

Easter Children's Celebration 2022

Our Children’s Ministry provided our annual Easter Celebration with the gospel story, games, activities, and of course an Easter egg hunt.  We had over 40 children and many adults who participated in a fun Saturday morning celebration of our Risen Savior.

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Mission Moments

Recently our Acts 2:42 fellowship hosted Elizabeth Brown, who represents Foundation Ministries, for a Mission Moment.  Elizabeth was delightful in telling us about the ministry opportunities and conditions in Africa.

We also had Jody Yarbro, and Vicki Thompson share their adventures in Guatmala where they went for a mission dental ministry.  A team of 22 people, which included dental students, dentists, and hygienists, to San Raymundo, Guatemala.  It’s about two hours out of Guatemala City in the low mountains.  In four days of clinic, they saw 540 patients, which were mostly children.  Vicki and Joe talked with the children about Jesus and salvation before they entered the clinic.  Every day 6 – 10 Guatemalan dental students and instructors came out of Guatemala City and joined them.  

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May Student of the Month

Mayte Arredondo WHS 2015

As a first-generation student, I have navigated through many financial, psychological, and social challenges. To overcome these hurdles, I sought social support, maintained a work-life balance, and worked with student support programs. 

The WBC scholarship helped alleviate financial burdens in college and provided an amazing mentor, Gail Heinen, to work with. 

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication in 2019, I found it necessary find a “leveling program” to acquire the necessary pre-requisites for becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist, without having to earn a second bachelor’s degree. After much frustrating research to find such a program, I located one with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

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The course work there was very challenging because my communication degree didn’t align well with the new material I was learning.  However, this only fueled my desire to become a better student, and I ended the program by making the dean's list, and earning a Speech Therapist certification.

I am thrilled to report that I have just been accepted into graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Texas Health Science Center.  As a Speech-Language Pathologist, my goal will be to improve the quality of life for clients by providing the skills to increase confidence and security in oral communication.

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Chili Cookoff 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the White Bluff Chapel Chili Cookoff was at full capacity in number of entries and number of consumers.  The food was delicious and there were lots of variety. Category winners were Ava Wood, Joan Gaudet, Louis Hicks and Tom Partridge.  Monica Allen was the overall winner for the evening.  

Esther Sousa’s Senior Recital

The White Bluff Chapel organist, Esther Sousa, is a senior music major with an instrumental emphasis on the saxophone at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.  As part of her degree requirements, she must perform a senior recital to be able to graduate.  Those attending enjoyed an incredible 45-minute performance which showcased Esther’s phenomenal talent as she played duets and quartets with other instruments as well as her solo performances.  Afterward, a reception was held to celebrate her marvelous performance.

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Mission Hillsboro

After 2 ½ years, the dental clinic at Mission Hillsboro finally opened this past Saturday.  Jody and Nancie Yarbro, with the help of a volunteer hygienist named Deb, started seeing patients for the first time in a modern two-chair dental clinic.  The clinic is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month, seeing patients who are underserved and uninsured.  This is a mission that White Bluff Chapel supports, and was originally sponsored by Becky McKee.  We are looking for other volunteer dentists and assistants to help.

April Student of the Month

Dear White Bluff Chapel,

 

I was beyond grateful when I opened the letter from you informing me that I had been awarded a generous scholarship.  Being a first-generation college student from a large family, financing a college education would be a huge hurdle.  

Armed with determination, and my scholarship, I enrolled at MCC in Waco, Texas.  There I succeeded in obtaining my AS degree.  I then transferred to Texas State University in San Marcos.  My first semester at TSU taught me a lot about the need for time management skills.  In spite of juggling jobs, extracurricular activities, and study time, I was able to earn my BS degree with honors in Exercise and Sports Science.

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After graduating from TSU, my plan was to take a gap year and apply for a Physical Therapy Doctoral program.  While doing that, I began working at an inpatient rehab hospital, as a Rehab Therapy Tech.  This experience cemented my desire to become a Physical Therapist. 

Physical Therapy is a more competitive grad program than I had realized.  I applied to six schools in Texas, and was interviewed by three of them.  Despite being very confident in two of the interviews, I did not receive placement in either one.  The disappointment of those setbacks was substantial, but I was taught to not give up.  God had other plans for me.  Overcoming adversity requires perseverance and passion to achieve one’s goal.  I have both!  My new plan is to enroll in a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program to bolster my resume, and then to reapply to the Doctoral programs in pursuit of my advanced degree.

WBC played a significant role early on in my college experience.  The scholarship allowed me to work less and study more to earn higher grades.  I am grateful for the prayers, assistance, and encouragement from my mentors, Carol and Bill Campbell, and for all the other WBC mentors who obviously care about the students they support.” 

 

Blessings,

Sanjuana Delgado  

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The Critters Go to Guatemala

A team of creative ladies at the White Bluff Chapel gather together twice a month to cut, sew and stuff cotton into “Critters”.  Critters are small stuffed animals made for children to hold in times of distress.  Recently, Jody Yarbro and Vicki Thompson went on a dental mission trip to Guatemala with a team of 22 people, which included dental students, dentists, and hygienists, to San Raymundo, Guatemala.  It’s about two hours out of Guatemala City in the low mountains.  In four days of clinic, they saw 540 patients, which were mostly children.  Vicki and Joe talked with the children about Jesus and salvation before they entered the clinic.  Every day 6 – 10 Guatemalan dental students and instructors came out of Guatemala City and Joined us.  On our free day we visited the old city of Antigua.  

March Student of the Month

Allison Powers is a 2020 graduate of Whitney H.S. and recipient of a WBC scholarship.  She was an outstanding student participating in diverse activities demonstrating leadership skills and a broad range of interests.  She earned 33 college credit hours while in H.S.  Allison was very focused on a career goal of becoming an airline flight attendant.  The following message we recently received from her indicates that she has embraced her career choice and has a solid plan to achieve that goal.

 

“I want to thank White Bluff Chapel for the impactful scholarship that I was awarded. It has helped me immensely throughout college. Being assigned a mentor greatly influenced the decisions I made in planning my career path.

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Currently, I am a student at McLennan Community College pursuing a degree in Hospitality Management. I am striving to become a flight attendant. As of right now, I am an employee at Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Waco as a front desk agent and I have gotten to meet some amazing coworkers. 

 

I personally want to thank my mentor, Maura Collins. She has definitely been the best part of receiving this scholarship. I especially love our Tres Hermanos lunch dates where she gives me guidance and supports the choices that I’ve made. She has been the greatest help during college and continues to encourage me to push through the hardships. The mentor program is very beneficial because you get to form a bond with someone that will always be there to support you in your future endeavors. 

 

Thank you, White Bluff Chapel, for awarding me the scholarship that helps pay for my tuition, but also pairs me up with an incredible mentor.”

 

Allison Powers

Local Education Mission Presentation

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Your White Bluff Chapel takes very seriously being the hands and feet of Christ.  To kick off the start of our 1st Wednesday Fellowship on February 2, 2022, Debbie Hamner presented all the activities in our various Local and Education Ministries.  They are listed below with their leaders:

 

  • Scholarships/Mentor Program - David Briggs

  • School Supplies - Betty Newman

  • Teacher Appreciation - Linda Yeary

  • English as a Second Language - Wes Mitchell, Lynette Moore, and David Briggs

  • Critters - Linda Yeary 

  • Providence Hospice - Aggie Gladbach

  • Isaiah’s Place - Diane Frederickson

  • Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance (Benevolence, Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Meals, and Joint committee for Christmas and Angel Tree) - Betty Newman

  • Summer Camp Scholarships - Tommy Edgar

  • White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department -Randy Marshall and Betty Newman

  • Cedar Creek Youth Group - Tommy Edgar

  • Hillsboro Medical and Dental Clinics - Jody Yarbro

  • Whitney Senior Center - Betty Newman

  • Prison Angel Ministry - Kay Miller

 

Our Chapel reaches out to all, and you can rest assured that our Missions Outreach is alive and well thanks to all the leaders, volunteers, and those who give financial support to the church!  THANK YOU.

Valentine Banquet

On February 11th, the White Bluff Chapel celebrated its annual Valentine Banquet.  It was a beautiful evening for fun and fellowship with family and friends.  About one hundred met at the local event center in Whitney to eat a delicious dinner and be entertained by “Patsy Cline” aka our own Gail Warren.  Debbie Hamner provided musical entertainment and the evening ended with a dance.  All agreed the evening was spectacular!

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Men’s Ministry Breakfast

The Men’s Ministry is alive and well at White Bluff Chapel!  On January 15th the men gathered in the Fellowship Hall for a Men’s Breakfast.  In addition to the great food, the participants were challenged by Pastor Randy to be the “Salt of the Earth.”  Certainly, their spiritual and practical “salty,” influence is felt throughout our area by their hands-on mission projects, great fellowship, and servant attitude.  Thank you men for all you do!

February ​Student of the Month

Summer Fargason is a 2019 WBC Scholarship recipient, mentored by Pat and Jim Griffin.  She was delighted to be featured as a Student of the Month, and has shared the following comments about her experience.

 

“The WBC scholarship has allowed me to avoid an immense amount of stress throughout my time in college.  I’ve not had to worry about buying books or supplies, because the award has covered those expenses for me.  My mentors have provided wonderful support during this time.  They are always available to give the BEST advice!  Both have been college professors, so their wise counsel has been very beneficial.

 

I am a junior at Tarleton State University, majoring in education.  I am hoping to be accepted into Tarleton’s teaching program at the Fort Worth campus, which is much closer to my home in Blum, Texas.

As for my current status, I am making all 100’s in my education classes, and I have a 3.96 GPA.  My goal is to graduate by May, 2023 with a BA in Education, and my EC-6 teaching certificate.  My focus is early education, and I can’t wait to be pursuing my dream in the classroom as an educator.

 

Thank you, White Bluff Chapel, for making my life goals and aspirations actually become attainable.  As a first-generation college student, I am especially grateful that you have provided this opportunity to me.  Without it, I may not have been able to get a college education."

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January ​Student of the Month

Itzel Guille Chavez

Itzel is a 2019 WBC Scholarship recipient. She is mentored by Jim and Anne Duncan, mentors of many WHS tennis players who have become scholarship recipients. Itzel is very grateful to them and to the WBC congregation for their financial and spiritual support.

She says “Because of my WBC scholarship, I was able to graduate with a General Associates Degree, debt free. Through my first two years at McLennan Community College, I was able to receive my CNA license, Associates Degree, and I am currently working on my Phlebotomy License.


Thanks to your assistance, I can move forward on my nursing career path through the University of Texas at Arlington. I appreciate everything you have done for me and I can’t wait to see how many other students succeed because of your support.”

The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance

The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance Community Christmas Worship Service was held at the First Baptist Church, Whitney on Sunday, December 12th. The White Bluff Choir sang as well as choirs and soloists from churches in the area.  The Whitney High School choir joined us as we worshiped together.  Approximately 250 from the Whitney Community enjoyed the service as we sang, worshiped and then had desserts afterwards.

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Community Christmas Tree Lighting

The White Bluff Chapel Choir was delighted to lead the singing at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting.  A parade, singing, lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa made for a fun and festive evening.

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Adopt A Highway

It’s a memorable day when eight men come together to pick up 18 bags of litter from the roadside in 30 MPH wind. The Men’s Ministry not only did the job but had a good time while doing it.  Special thanks to Todd Williams, Danny Bodeker, Jodi Yarbro, David Kernan, Mark Hamner, Ed Helmbeck, Randy Marshall, and Rick Faught

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Each year White Bluff Chapel volunteers ring bells at our local Walmart for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser.  Through the generosity of others, the Salvation Army can help our many neighbors who need food, shelter, and other emergency assistance — and most of all hope.  The years 2020 – 2021 marked the most significant jump in poverty since the government began tracking it. Millions of Americans, including families are reeling from the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.  Members of our congregation took turns ringing the belsl on a beautiful Monday. 

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December Student of the Month

Noelia Delgado

My name is Noelia Delgado, a 2019 White Bluff Chapel (WBC) Scholarship recipient. I am a third-year student at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) pursuing a degree in Applied Movement Science and Business of Healthcare on the pre-physician assistant path. As a first-generation student, navigating college and finding ways to finance my education    has been a challenge.  As I enter my third academic school year, I am excited to learn from brilliant professors and see the challenges that I can overcome.

UT has offered me many opportunities to gain leadership experience through student and community involvement. I was selected to be a part of the Texas Education Scholars in which I get to mentor students and speak in panels about healthcare professions. In the summer of 2020, a couple of students and I co-founded a nonprofit organization, Texas MedstART, dedicated to exploring the intersection between art and medicine. This organization raised money by selling artwork to help pay medical expenses of families impacted by the pandemic

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We also run a virtual art class for the children at Dell Medical Center, the Helping Hands Home for Children.  We also facetime calls with nursing home residents. This provided those who are more at risk a chance to socialize with students and be creative during this time of isolation. I also received a research internship with CommUnityCare Health clinics, where we conducted research on health disparities and proposed solutions to reduce inequalities.

I work as a Patient Care Technician on the cardiovascular unit concurrent to my studies at UT. I attend training classes, complete modules, and learn rules and regulations for the floor. Each shift I care for a variety of patients with different ailments. In the third surge of the pandemic, I was floated to struggling COVID units. Though this created a new and stressful working environment, I embraced the challenge. My work during COVID has taught me more patience and empathy than any previous experience. It has been a challenge working long hours at the hospital and managing my college courses. However, I have learned to balance work and school by using a planner and better managing my time.

Through my research internship, I was assigned to a physician assistant in urgent care. Shadowing her has shown me that PAs listen not only to heal, but to educate and understand. I plan to attend an accredited Physician Assistant program after I graduate from UT. Additionally, I hope to work to improve access to medical care irrespective of socioeconomic constraints, language barriers, or health literacy.

I have been able to attend UT with the help of the WBC Scholarship, reducing my financial burden and allowing me to focus on schoolwork.  I am so grateful for the support and inspiration received from my WBC mentors and sponsors.  Becky and Paul Jacobus have shown me so much love and care which has helped me get through some of the challenges that I face. I am extremely honored to be a scholarship recipient.  The award has opened many doors and has introduced me to amazing people. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

Hook ‘em,

Noelia Delgado 

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Decoration Day at the Chapel

With many hands and lightning speed, the chapel was decorated in record time for the Christmas season.  Those who arrived early were treated with coffee and donuts.  Everyone took an area and began their work by 9:00a.m.  Before noon our chapel was cleaned, decorated and ready for Worship.  We look forward to this Advent Season as the chapel prepares to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ Child. 

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Community Thanksgiving Service

The Community Thanksgiving Service, hosted by White Bluff Chapel, focused on the many blessings that God provides for us including the blessing of being able to come to our Heavenly Father on a personal basis.  Pastor Randy emphasized that nothing from our past can separate us from the love of our Lord.  Using Psalm 95, Pastor Randy emphasized that God wants to have a meaningful relationship with him.  Approximately 100 people from the community gathered as we worshiped and then joined together for a time of cookies and punch.

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