MISSIONS

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:19-20
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Feed the Wildcats

White Bluff Chapel's Men's Ministry was honored to assist the Whitney Wildcats Football team in starting the 2021 season on a positive note. Our very own BBQ master, Danny Bodeker, provided meat and, our designated shopper, Larry Turner procured all the fixins to include a "Best Wishes for The Season" cake that was enthusiastically consumed in large quantities by the team and coaches.

 

The other men, Perry Gaudet, Terry Newman, and Rick Faught provided the labor with vigor. Randy Marshall delivered a great devotion on teamwork and helping others when they miss the mark.  He concluded by saying, 

“What is true on the football field is true in life.  It is full of ups and downs, highs and lows.  Know that failure is not final.  Know that we can and should encourage one another.  As a church, we would like to remind you of the greatest friend, the greatest encourager, the One who can not only embrace us but forgive us of our sins and lead us on a path of true success. He is the friend, encourager, redeemer we call Jesus.”

 

As in years past the event was a positive experience for all concerned and an opportunity for the young men to see Christian Men serving others.   

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September’s  Student of the Month

Elizabeth Prado Posos - Class of 2014

 

Dear Educational Aid Committee,

I want to thank you for your generous scholarship which enabled me to pursue my dream of going to college as the first in my family to do so.  Your help has been a blessing to us.  My parents have always been very supportive of me and my brother, encouraging and instilling in us the value of education.  I wanted to make them proud. 

When I received your letter announcing the scholarship award, I was surprised and grateful.  It boosted my confidence that I could really earn a college degree.

There have been ups and downs over the past six years.  I am so grateful to my mentors, Sara and Harold Edwards, for their encouragement and guidance.  They have treating me like a member of their family.

Recently, I graduated from Texas A & M University with a degree in Human Resource Development.   I am currently employed by Bryan ISD in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and I am also working toward obtaining certification as a bilingual science and math teacher in the same school district.

White Bluff Chapel’s scholarship and mentoring program is making a big impact on the lives of many young adults from the Whitney area.  Thank you for your love and support.

 

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Prado Posos

Back To School ​Bash

Back To School ​Bash #1 was a success.  The weather was nice, the food was delicious, plentiful and the fellowship was the best part.  I heard many of those attending state this was needed just to take a break from thinking about Covid 19 for a few hours.  Yes, it has been a different time these past 20 months or so.  This gathering was old school; pot luck food, picnic tables, swimming, lots of sodas, chips, burgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmings, baked beans, watermelon, and a beautifully decorated sheet cake!  Someone brought the biggest, most luscious tomatoes I have seen in a long time.  Not everything in Texas is big, but those tomatoes surely were.

 

The students enjoyed seeing old high school classmates again.  The stories they shared with one another and with the mentors who attended were funny at times, a little worrisome at other times, and always heartwarming.  The chapel has done a wonderful job with the scholarship program and the mentors continue to guide these young people in a way that God would want. 

 

We, personally, would like to say "thank you" to everyone who was there, mentors and students, and also to those who couldn't attend, but contributed in other ways.  It was our first attempt and we're looking at ways to improve, possibly by scheduling an earlier date.

 

We are excited about having a "Back to School ​Bash​ #2 next year.  

 

Take care and God bless,

 

Paul and Becky Jacobus

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Crosses Everywhere at White Bluff

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What’s up with all the crosses?  I’m glad you asked!

Simple white crosses have been displayed in the yards of White Bluff for many years due to the efforts of Steve Baffic who is a long time resident and member of the Cowboy Church.

Early this summer the Men’s Ministry was asked by Steve to continue this ministry because he believed we have the manpower and energy to succeed in this type of project. We accepted the invitation, offered to build them and make them available free of charge at the Men’s Bible Study. The offer was enthusiastically accepted and now we’re pleased to report there are over 50 crosses in the front yards all across the community and back yards of homes on the golf courses.

The cross has significance as a reminder of what Jesus did for us. It is a powerful symbol to remind us of the price paid for our redemption.

Whether we display it or just think of it, the cross can, and should, draw us nearer to the One who hung on it. Beneath the cross we are one. There are no races, no political parties, no rich, no poor, just a family of believers. Public display of the yard crosses in White Bluff sends the message that God is here and everyone knows God is Love.

Crosses are available at no cost from the White Bluff Chapel Men’s Ministry.

Contact:

Rick Faught  817-913-0777

Howard Clement 254-266-5056

White Bluff Chapel Office 254-694-7060

August’s Student of the Month

Taylor Gilchrist is a 2017 graduate and recipient of a White Bluff Chapel scholarship.  Following is an update from her on her college experience.

 

I spent two years at McLennan Community College where I obtained my Associates's degree before transferring to Texas State University.  While at MCC, I maintained a job at Silos Baking Co. and earned 120 hours of observation at Baylor Scott and White while shadowing physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons.  After arriving in San Marcos, I was hired as a server for The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar where I worked until now.

 

My time at Texas State University has been amazing.  I have definitely had some tough, demanding classes, but I loved every minute of them and have learned so much.  I graduated in May, 2021 with my Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science.  I will continue my education at the University of St. Augustine in south Austin to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  I was recently hired as a physical therapy tech at Physical Therapy of Wimberley where I will work full time till I start at St. Augustine.   Along with all of these exciting events, I just got engaged to my high school sweetheart, Gavin Ruesch!

 

These past four years have been the most difficult, yet most rewarding and fun years of my life.  I am so blessed that WBC has been a part of it!  I am thankful for the scholarship I received, but even more thankful for my amazing mentors, Monte and Marelia Geren. During every step of the way I have been able to go to Monte and Marelia for prayer and encouragement and that is something for which I will forever be grateful!  They have shown me so much love and support, and I know that they will continue to do so for the rest of our lives.

 

Thank you, White Bluff Chapel, for everything you have done for me and so many students in our community!

 

Taylor Gilchrist

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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’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.”  

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Athletes in Action

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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!

-Brian 

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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.

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         Student                                                   Mentors

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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”

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.

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Below are mission ministries White Bluff Chapel supports financially through our church budget.  If you would like more information and/or would like to be directly involved as a volunteer, please contact the church office at office@whitebluffchapel.org.

GLOBAL MISSIONS

Athletes in Action

Winning athletes to Christ by earning the right to be heard, walking them towards Jesus, molded-in deep relationships. Showing up at bike races, ready to serve and show the love of Christ when many others are not.

Casa Bernabe Ministries

A Christian orphanage in Guatemala City that serves 150 children.

Christian Dental Society

Provides scholarships to dental students doing mission dentistry in Guatemala and other poverty-stricken countries.

Foundation Ministries

Trains pastors for service in their home churches in Africa and Romania.

Gideons International

WBC helps to distribute Bibles in the Whitney, Blum, and Hillsboro school districts, as well as at Hill College.

OneCry Ministry

Guides Christians on a journey to rediscover a vibrant walk with Jesus through national and local Zoom prayer calls.

Orphans and Widows Hope Project

Pairs orphans with widows in Kenya Africa. The goal is to help orphans grow up healthy, educated and to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Wee Can Know

A ministry in New Orleans to reach children for Christ through partnerships with local churches and schools.

LOCAL MISSIONS

Angel Tree

Provide Christmas gifts for children of prisoners.​

Cedar Creek Youth Ministry

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

Critters

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

Isaiah's Place Retreat & Learning Center for the Deaf

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

Joint Committee for Christmas

Originally 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.

Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance

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

There are many varied volunteer opportunities through this community ministry. To learn more about this organization, go to the LWMA website.

LWMA Benevolence

Benevolence function of the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance. To learn more about this organization, go to the LWMA website.

Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic

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

Our Daily Bread

Whitney area food pantry.

Providence Hospice of Whitney

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

Sandy Creek Bible Camp

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

White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department

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

EDUCATIONAL MISSIONS

College and Career Day

Sponsors with the Whitney community a half-day career program for Whitney High School Juniors. Members participate on panels which explain the educational requirements and rewards of various careers.

Educational Aid Committee

Provides numerous scholarships for seniors graduating from Whitney and Blum High Schools for university, junior college, and trade school tuition. In addition, to help students develop their spiritual as well as educational lives, we link each recipient to a chapel member who serves as a mentor, providing encouragement and advice.

English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Classes

Provides an opportunity for Spanish speaking people to learn English and become better equipped to function as parents, employees and citizens in our community.

School Supply Program

Assists with the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance annual drive to provide school supplies for needy students.

This program provides school supplies for needy students in grades pre-K through 5th. Volunteers help purchase, package, and deliver the supplies to the schools.

Teacher Appreciation Day

Express the support and gratitude of White Bluff Chapel to the staff in the Whitney Schools by taking snacks to each of the schools annually.

Wesley Foundation at Hill College

Offers a place for Christian activities at Hill Community College. Chapel members provide lunch twice a year.