"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."
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Trains pastors for service in their home churches in Africa and Romania.
WBC helps to distribute Bibles in the Whitney, Blum, and Hillsboro school districts, as well as at Hill College.
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.
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.
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
There are many varied volunteer opportunities through this community ministry. To learn more about this organization, go to the LWMA website.
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.
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.