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60 Carved Christmas Ornaments Find a Home
Posted December 19, 2013

Chris and Charlie Whisenand topped the Silent Auction bid for the 60 wood-carved ornaments and the Christmas tree that were offered up in a silent auction on the week-end of Dec. 14-15. Chris and Charlie wrote a check to White Bluff Chapel for $500.00.

The tree and ornaments where supplied by the wood carvers who regularly use the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall for their carving meetings. The money will go into the general fund of White Bluff Chapel. The ornaments where carved by the wood carvers, and the tree and the wood was supplied by a donation from Steve Short.

The wood carvers would like to thank all who participated in the auction.

Chapel Choir Brings Christmas Caroling to WB Homes
Posted December 19, 2013

A full-capacity turnout of choir members, their spouses and guests spread throughout White Bluff Resort on Tuesday evening, December 17. Their purpose was to bring the joyful sounds of the season to the homes of ten special neighbors, primarily those who don’t get a chance to get out much because of illness or surgery. The choral group first gathered at the home of Music Director Tom Reedy and his wife JoAnn, using the Reedy residence as a ‘home base’ before being split into three teams that set out to visit their designated homes.

Residents receiving visits from the festive carolers were Howard and Linda Yeary, Steve and Diana Van Wagner, Jim and Cindy McMahan, Phil and Doris Loveless, Mike and Linda Bell, Tom and Mary Jane McMillan, Tom and Winona Childress, Ruby Clausen, Adela Garza, and new White Bluff residents, Richard and Lisa Hill.

The evening started with appetizers and ended with hot chocolate and desserts. The choir presented the Reedys with a very special gift designed and crafted by Harry Seurkamp. It consisted of a word-carved Santa in the role of choir director (complete with Santa suit sporting tuxedo tails) directing his choir, the members of which are portrayed in a color photo background.

WBC Celebrates Love for Fourth Week of Advent
Posted December 19, 2013

After the opening hymn of “There’s a Song in the Air,” Lanette Browder offered the opening reading of “An Invitation” to herald in the fourth week of Advent service at White Bluff Chapel on Wednesday evening, December 18. Rick and Holly Faught lit the Advent wreath, adding the Candle of Love for this week. Browder then led the congregational scripture reading, “Worry Not,” from Luke 12:32-33, and gave the prayer.

Ann McAlpin delivered the featured reading, “Christmas Joy,” by Emmy Arnold. Music Director Tom Reedy led the congregation in the hymns, “O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You,” and “How Great Our Joy!” Pianist Betty Newman accompanied the hymns and provided the prelude. McAlpin closed the service with the benediction.

The Advent series of Wednesday evening worship services has been organized by Kay German, Chair of the Adult Education Committee.

WBC Celebrates Third Week of Advent
Posted December 12, 2013

After the opening hymn of “There’s a Song in the Air,” Gary Comer offered the opening reading of “An Invitation” to herald in the third week of Advent service at White Bluff Chapel on Wednesday evening, December 11. Jim and Fran McGraw lit the Advent wreath, adding the Candle of Joy for this week. Comer then led the congregational scripture reading, “Worry Not,” from Luke 12:32-33, and gave the prayer.

Madeleine Lively delivered the featured reading, “Christmas Joy,” by Emmy Arnold. Music Director Tom Reedy led the congregation in the hymns, “O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You,” and “How Great Our Joy!” Pianist Betty Newman accompanied the hymns and provided the prelude. Lively closed the service with the benediction.

Ann Duncan treated those in attendance to a reception of homemade pies prepared from her family’s favorite recipes. She assembled a small committee to assist in the serving of the desserts and coffee.

The Advent series of Wednesday evening worship services is being organized by Kay German, Chair of the Adult Education Committee. The final Advent service will be held on December 18.

WBC Celebrates Second Week of Advent
Posted December 5, 2013

Mildred Jackson opened the second week of Advent with a vocal solo of the hymn "Of the Father's Love Begotten" at White Bluff Chapel on Wednesday evening, December 4. Gary and Kathleen Copple lit the Candle of Peace following Howard Clement's opening reading of "Claiming True Peace." The congregational scripture reading, "Blessings Abound," was taken from Colassians 3:12-15.

George Feather delivered the featured reading, "When the Time Was Fulfilled," by Eberhard Arnold. Music Director Tom Reedy led the congregation in the hymns, "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Pianist Betty Newman accompanied the hymns and provided the prelude. George Feather closed the service with the benediction.

The Advent series of Wednesday evening worship services is being organized by Kay German, Chair of the Adult Education Committee. The final two Advent services will be held on December 11 and 18.

WBC Sparkles and Glows for the Christmas Season
Posted November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, was the annual Church Clean-up and Decorating Day in anticipation of the Christmas season. Chapel members turned out in full force to brush cobwebs, clean out pantries and cupboards, wash windows, and change smoke alarm batteries, all the kinds of jobs that don't fall under the responsibility of the weekly janitorial services.

Then boxes of Christmas decorations were dragged down from the attic while the brave ones mounted ladders to hang garlands and wreaths. The Chapel's crowning glory of the Christmas season, our Chrismon tree, was set up in the Sanctuary and decorated. This special Christmas tree is adorned with hand-made ornaments crafted by Chapel members and representing a great variety of Christian symbols of the holiest of seasons.

A warm pancake breakfast was prepared by members of the Men's Ministry and served to the volunteers who turned out early on the crisp, cold morning to fuel their holiday spirits and energies.

Cold Rain Greets Food Drive Volunteers
Posted November 27, 2013

More than a dozen White Bluff Chapel volunteers showed up for a two-hour shift of accepting and sorting food items for the Food for Families drive last Friday.

It was a cold day on the Whitney Church of Christ parking lot, but there was plenty of work to do at the beginning of the shift. However, when a cold rain began to fall, contributions slacked off to almost nothing. As a result, volunteers spent about as much time indoors keeping warm as they did outside.

The goal this year was to gather 85,000 pounds of food for Our Daily Bread Food Bank which serves the Whitney, Blum and Aquilla areas. The food drive continues through the end of this month.

The total collected last week exceeded 65,000 pounds and should easily go over 70,000 pounds this week. But contributions are needed to continue in order to reach the stated goal of 85,000 pounds. Additional food items can be delivered to the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall at White Bluff Chapel.

WBC Celebrates First Week of Advent
Posted November 21, 2013

Wednesday evening, November 20, marked the celebration of the first week of advent at White Bluff Chapel. Bill and Becky McKee lit the Candle of Hope following Marcia Kane’s opening reading of “More Than Gifts.” The congregational scripture reading, “Visit of the Wise Men,” was taken from Matthew 2:1-2 and 9-11.

Adult Education Committee Chair, Kay German, delivered the featured readings, “Hope” and “Watch for the Light.” Music Director Tom Reedy led the congregation in the hymns, “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.” Kathy Ward accompanied the hymns on the organ and provided the prelude. Kay German closed the service with the benediction.

Veterans Day Flags
Posted November 14, 2013

White Bluff Chapel took on a patriotic appearance over Veterans Day weekend as small flags surrounded the church and the grounds.

Seven patriotic citizens planted the flags under the direction of our resident "flag man" Bob Hatherly.

Originally known as Armistice Day, the holiday celebrated the end of World War I. Later, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Trunk or Treat
Posted October 31, 2013

It was an evening of ghosts, goblins and monsters at the annual Trunk or Treat festivities in downtown Whitney last week. Also, there were several of "Jesus' disciples" from White Bluff Chapel shelling out treats to the kids.

Mildred Jackson, Ann McAlpin, Scotty and Kay Lea Scott dressed as disciples for the event. In addition to candy treats, they handed out pencils and pens with Christian messages.

The Halloween tradition began several years ago on the Chapel parking lot, then moved downtown four years ago. White Bluff Chapel was the first church ever to participate in the downtown Whitney event.

More than 800 kids attended Trunk or Treat.

Inspirational Author Brings Pearls of Wisdom to WBC Women
Posted October 17, 2013

A gathering of 32 guests enjoyed sharing fellowship and good food while receiving pearls of wisdom at the October 14 luncheon sponsored by the Wednesday Morning Women’s Book Study group. Associate Pastor Betty Newman, leader of the group, introduced the keynote speaker for the event.

Inspirational author and speaker Janet Denison discussed the motivation behind writing her book, “Content to be Good-Called to be Godly." The Book Study class is currently studying Denison’s book, which encourages Christians to work towards a higher standard for their spiritual lives.

The lessons taught in this book are for those who want to make the choice to mature in their faith. These are lessons that Denison has learned through the years as she developed spiritually.  Being a preacher's wife, reading the Bible, attending all or most of the functions at the church, and even speaking or teaching were not adequately satisfying to her.  She learned that listening to the Bible rather than simply reading the Bible was the answer.  Listening for God's voice instead of having your own agenda was what we are intended to do.

“Content to be Good-Called to be Godly" contains many of Janet's thoughts, scripture passages and thought-provoking questions to help examine our spiritual lives and encourage us to experience the life God has called us to live.  

To quote Janet, "I can recognize those who are content with being good instead of godly because I saw that person in my own mirror for a long time.  But Jesus taught his disciples - including Janet – to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread."  We need God's presence and nourishment on a daily basis.

To date, the Wednesday Morning Women’s Book Study class has only completed five chapters of “Content to be Good-Called to be Godly", half of the book’s ten chapters. Anyone interested in joining the class at this time is welcome, and there are still books available. Contact Betty Newman at 254-694-7290 or bnewman52@gmail.com.

Cosby and Carrell Honored for Their Service
Posted August 28, 2013

Sunday, August 25, was a special day for honoring special people. It was the 5th year anniversary of Pastor Terry Cosby's having come to White Bluff Chapel; it was a day of recognizing Harriet Carrell's service to Kid's Klub as she announced her retirement from its directorship; and it was a day to honor students 'graduating' from our traditional Sunday School program.

Using 'back to school' Sunday and Carrell's retirement as a smoke screen to surprise Cos with the combination reception for his five years of service was particularly fun, for he really was totally surprised. Associate Pastor Betty Newman had 'control' of the pulpit (sermon-wise), and Hospitality Queen Mary Parish and her underling hostesses went the extra mile by decorating Fellowship Hall in purple and gold with flowers and a beautiful fruit platter and cake to honor Harriet and Cos. The scripture on the top of the cake was Philippians 1:3 - "I thank God in all of my remembrances of you."

VBS Newspaper, Final Edition, Is Released
Posted July 4, 2013

The Final edition of "The Dirt Clod Hitchin' Post" has been released. Click here to read about all the fun the kids had learning about Jesus at this year's Vacation Bible School.

Pictorial History of VBS 2013
Posted July 4, 2013

As Vacation Bible School drew to a close, exhausted, weary but gratified sighs emanated from young and old alike, acknowledging what a successful session it was. Enjoy the following pictorial stroll through a happy and successful week:

WBC Baptism Highlights Father's Day
Posted June 20, 2013

White Bluff Chapel celebrated Father's Day with the baptism of Robert Woods. Along with wife, Ellie, were Robert's two children and about forty friends from the Chapel to witness the event at the pool of Mac and Linda McClary. (BIG thanks to the McClary's--perfect hosts!). Brother Terry detailed his own history with Robert from Howard Payne University and shared how the Lord began to speak to Robert about this step of faith. After several months of prayer and contemplation, Robert became sure of his commitment and asked Bro. Terry to baptize him. Baptism paints a "living picture" of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and our identification with Him.

We congratulate Robert on this act of obedient faith and thank him for his willingness to follow Jesus. 

17 Complete Disciple I Bible Study
Posted June 6, 2013

A group of fourteen participants, under the leadership of Ann McAlpin, Jean Rose and Sandy Moore, recently completed an ambitious 34-week study of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelations.  The goal of the course was to biblically nourish people so that they are committed to live as disciples. Each lesson involved reading Scripture and responding to questions designed to relate Scripture to our lives.
The study, which was a major commitment for the participants, concluded with a service of Holy Communion and Covenant. Participants in the Disciple I course were Madeline Newstrom, Aggie Gladbach, Glenna Bodeker, Canda Cox, Jane Osborn, Debbie Bradley, Phyllis Olson, Betty Newman, Kay Lea Scott, Scotty Scott, Larry Dix, Shelly Storm, Sharron Lively, and Becky Watkins.

Comments provided by the course participants included:

  • I see God's constancy and love for mankind throughout the Bible.
  • It is impossible to understand the New Testament without knowledge of the Old Testament.
  • I loved having Scotty and Larry in the class.  It was nice to have a man's point of view.
  • I realize that I can't grow in my spiritual life unless I stay in God's Word.
  • It was enlightening to discuss issues in small groups.  The sharing made me look more carefully at what I was reading.
  • The Bible is not just a book of Biblical times; it's a book for the present.

We are not much different from the Israelites.  We still fail to follow God's Will.  The difference is that we have Jesus to intercede for us.

Scholarship Committee Members Give Generously of Their Time & Talents
Posted May 30, 2013

David Briggs and the members of his Scholarship Committee (consisting of Canda Cox, Bill McKee, Ann McAlpin and Cheryl Robinson) have been very busy throughout the last two months. They have updated and refined scholarship application forms, collected and reviewed the applications from a large pool of students from Whitney and Blum High Schools, scheduled and conducted personal interviews, compiled the scores from the paperwork and interviews, reviewed the financial needs of students and determined the distribution of $47,000 among the designated winners, solicited and assigned mentors for each winner, and then attended the awards programs at White Bluff Chapel and at the two respective high schools.

Tired, anyone? Kudos to this remarkable team of volunteers for the unselfish giving of their time and talents in a job well done!

Scholarship Recipients Reveal Varied Interests
Posted May 30, 2013

As May has come to a close, new high school graduates look forward to their futures, many of which include higher-education plans. White Bluff Chapel has selected eleven local students (ten from Whitney High School and one from Blum) to receive $47,000 in scholarship funds for their higher education over the next four years. WBC Scholarship Chairman David Briggs provides biographical sketches of the 2013 scholarship recipients, who display a wide range of scholastic interests and career aspirations.

These students' profiles, along with those of the 2012 scholarship recipients, will be followed on the WBC Scholarship Recipients page throughout their college years.

Famous Blind Hymn Writer Featured at Brunch
Posted May 16, 2013

"Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind ... for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Savior." Fanny Crosby, a prolific writer of church hymns, said this to her mother when she was yet still a child. She was the subject of a fascinating duo presentation at the Chapel’s May 11 Mother’s Day Brunch.

Crosby’s story was told in a very special way by Betty Lee of Cleburne and Janie Jones of Fort Worth. They were instrumental in developing this program a number of years ago and have shared it with many different groups.  Our own Betty Newman accompanied them on the piano for the musical numbers. The affair was attended by mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends and neighbors, all decked out in the vibrant colors of the spring season.

Blind for all of her life, Fanny Crosby, the greatest hymn writer in the history of the Christian Church, later wrote, "And I shall see Him face to face, and tell the story - saved by grace." Over 8,000 of her poems have been set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs have been printed. As many as 200 different pen names, including Grace J. Frances, were given her works by hymn book publishers so that the public would not know that such a large a number of the hymns in the book were written by the same person.

Providing background music for dining during the event was Dwayne Redding’s new band, the “White Bluff Instrument Group.” They had made their debut only two weeks earlier for Larry Turner’s Wednesday evening Bible Study class. The instrumentalists consist of Monica Allen on the trumpet, Pam Larson on the bass guitar, Chris Whisenand on the 6-string acoustic guitar, Lou Storm on the 12-string guitar, Dwayne Redding on the euphonium and Betty Newman on the keyboard. Amy Coppell is also a member of the group but was unable to perform on Saturday.

Some of the Fanny Crosby’s hymns that appear in our W.B. Chapel hymnal include Praise Him! Praise Him!; To God Be the Glory; Near the Cross; Rescue the Perishing; Jesus is Calling; Pass Me Not; I Am Thine O Lord; Give Me Jesus; Blessed Assurance; He Hideth My Soul; and All The Way My Savior Leads Me, among many others. 

Missions Group Meets Visiting
Children's Leaders
Posted May 9, 2013

Dale and Vicki Thompson recently hosted a potluck dinner at their lakehouse in honor of Phil and Debbie Smith of the ‘Wee Can Know’ Ministry.  Members and spouses of the Global/National Missions Sub-Committee, Pat Griffin, and Tom and Jo Ann Reedy were in attendance.

During the evening, all had an opportunity to fellowship while enjoying wonderful food, good conversations, a great sunset and a presentation by Phil and Debbie. The Smiths’ presentation included an explanation of the work they had done prior to establishing ‘Wee Can Know’ and how they have learned, during their 35 years of working with children, to reach children and to teach them about Christ while leading them to being saved.

Phil and Debbie began working with children through Child Evangelism Fellowship, (CEF) in Mobile, Alabama, where they became CEF Directors. Mobile is Debbie's home town.  After a while, they felt God calling them to New Orleans, just in time to experience Hurricane Katrina.  That is where they created ‘Wee Can Know’ in 2004.

During and following the Smiths’ presentation, there was much discussion on how their programs could be of use to White Bluff Chapel as we look for ways to support children in the Lake Whitney area. Phil and Debbie spoke further about their work at WBC’s worship service on the following Sunday morning.

LWF 'Changing the World' Award Featured at Worship Service
Posted May 2, 2013

Dr. Dale Thompson, Founder & CEO of the Irving company, Leadership Worth Following, LLC (LWF), showed up with a large entourage in tow for WB Chapel’s worship service on Sunday, April 28. The purpose of their visit was to present the bi-annual “Changing the World” award and its accompanying $50,000 check to the Chapel’s scholarship mission program. A plaque inscribed with “For innovative and world-changing vision, passion, and service to your communities and beyond” described the reason for the award.

Dale Thompson opened the service with a welcome message, an explanation of the history and traditions related to the LWF Changing the World Award, and an introduction of special guests and their roles.

Guille Peralez, director of the Lilies program in the San Benito Valley of Texas and previous recipient of the LWF Changing the World Award, offered the pastoral prayer in Spanish, after which Vicki Thompson read the scripture. Reverend Serbando Peralez, also from San Benito, delivered the sermon, “You Give Them Something to Eat.”

During the formal presentation of the award to White Bluff Chapel, former pastor Maurice Martin was invited to speak on the initial vision for missions and education at WBC. Wayne Findley, who co-chaired with his wife, the late Krista Findley, our first Missions Committee ten years ago, shared reflections on the initial scholarship program. Acknowledgements by Dale Thompson included former student recipients of the scholarships, members of the congregation who have served as mentors, Scholarship Committee members, Missions Committee members, and the congregation of White Bluff Chapel.

Myranda Grahek, Vice-President/General Manager of LWF, made the formal announcement of the award, after which Thompson, Steve Leven, Lead Director of LWF and Vicki Thompson presented the plaque and cheque. Receiving the award for WBC were Maurice Martin, Wayne Findley, Current Scholarship Committee Chair David Briggs, and Pastor Terry Cosby.

A reception was held in Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall following the service. During the reception, Sandy Cannon, founder of the Critters ministry, presented critter gifts to Guille Peralez to take back to her Lilies Ministry in San Benito and to Vicki Thompson to deliver to the Agape Youth Clinic in Dallas.

Contemporary Gospel Blue Grass Featured in Concert
Posted May 2, 2013

The Prowell Family Band presented a concert of contemporary gospel blue grass music at White Bluff Chapel on Sunday evening, April 28. Based out of Lenexa Kansas, the group plays gospel music in a progressive, acoustic Americana style featuring a multitude of bluegrass instruments. They also write their own music, which they have released on 2 CDs entitled “Music Is Our Mission” and “Potluck Supper.”

The family has played in 22 states over the last three years and averages about 100 concerts per year. They spend their winters in south Texas entertaining snowbirds at RV parks and events, and share their all-gospel set at local churches year-round. Check out their website.

Easter Sunday School A Big Hit
Posted April 4, 2013

Forty children were received for Sunday School on Easter morning, guided and taught by a crew of ten Children's Ministry committee members with the help of three granddaughters and a husband. After placing flowers on the Easter cross in the Sanctuary, the children were taken to their respective Easter activity areas.

Each age group participated in a Sunday School lesson using children's Bibles to read the Easter story. Flannel board, word searches and cross word puzzles were used to reinforce the learning. The children rotated through stations that dealt with Bible lessons, crafts and refreshments.

They made (and ate) an Easter snack that they started by frosting a graham cracker, building a cross with red licorice and adding other Easter-themed goodies to the treat. They were guided in making age-specific Easter crafts, such as necklaces, bookmarks, greeting cards and other creative arts. Finally, as a group, the children reviewed the passion and resurrection as they found hints to the events that occurred inside a dozen plastic eggs.

Kay Lea's best moment came when she greeted a child as he left the Chapel hand-in--hand with his grandfather. "Did you have fun today?" He held up his craft and the plastic bag holding what remained of his Easter snack, gave her a big grin, and nodded his head. Then she asked, "Are you going to come to the Chapel again?" Kay Lea received an emphatic nod of the child's head and with his eyes sparkling, he said, "Uh-huh!" And she had worried that this little fellow might be overwhelmed and not want to come back to Sunday School. Silly girl. She remembered that God was in charge Easter morning too.

Easter Treasure Hunt Proves Great Adventure for All
Posted April 4, 2013

Prayers were answered on Easter Saturday as we were blessed with more eggs, cookies, volunteers and rain-free time than we could have imagined possible. (On Tuesday of Hunt week, co-leaders, Ann Duncan and Kay Lea Scott were a little concerned that the event would face some challenges.)

Counting a couple of very special "big kids" in the group, approximately fifty children (infants to 11 years old) attended. Add the adults they brought along, and we had a crowd.

  • Ann Duncan was Mistress of Ceremonies.
  • Ann McAlpin told the Resurrection Story.
  • Charlie and Chris Whisenand led the children in singing Easter carols while Betty Newman and Ann Duncan joined them in teaching the children the "Bunny Hop."
  • Ginger Seurkamp handled refreshments.

  • We added a bubble table this year. Chasing bubbles proved to be a favorite activity for some of the wee ones.
  • Although we have no idea how many eggs we had, several hiders estimated we must have hit the 1000 mark.

Kids were divided into age groups, 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-11. Hunt leaders led them to their areas of the chapel grounds and the hunts were on. The children's excitement was only slightly exceeded by the enjoyment of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

Children hunted eggs filled with candy, coins, stickers and small toys. Other treasures, toy cars, rockets, jelly bracelets, cross and bunny necklaces and bouncy balls were also waiting to be discovered.

All egg and cookie donors and volunteers are gratefully thanked for making the event a resounding success.

Seder Meal Marks 1st Day of Passover
Posted March 28, 2013

Jon Pollard, a messianic Jew (Christian of Jewish origins) and father of WBC member Jena Bodeker, made the trip to White Bluff from Fort Worth to lead an assembly of about fifty participants in the Seder Meal celebration of the first day of Passover, which occurs this year on the Monday of Holy Week. Pollard explained the symbolism of the various elements of the ceremony and of the meal, together with the origins of many of our Christian practices and vocabulary. Messianic Jewish theology is the study of God and Scripture from the perspective of Messianic Judaism, considered by most Christians and Jews to be a form of Christianity.

Those in attendance participated in choral readings of ancient scripture and prayers from the Hagadah, the Jewish book of prayers, as well as in the ritual of sampling various food items served because of their special significance and symbolism.

The Seder meal was prepared and served by Mary Parish and members of her Hospitality Committee, using several of the traditional recipes of Jena's Jewish grandmother. Participants generally agreed that the meal was delicious, and that perhaps the most unique item served was the roasted radishes in the dish of roasted vegetables. They were served along with matzo ball soup, brisket, fruit salad and merinque macaroons for dessert.

Kay German Wins 2013 Chili Cook-Off
Posted March 28, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year, the women reign over the White Bluff Chapel Chili Cook-Off annual event as Kay Germen used her renowned cooking skills to win the Grand Champion trophy over ten other entries. The judges for the competition were Monica Allen (former 2-time Grand Champion), David Briggs, Brett Schiftner and Larry Lively.

The winners of the four categories included Ron Williams for his Wild Game Chili, Denise Wright for Chili with Beans, Kay German for her Medium to Regular (spiced) Chili, and Danny Bodeker in the Hot Chili category. From the four category winners, German scored the highest, qualifying her for the Grand Champion trophy. The event was attended by 75 people, all of whom received a sample taste of Kay's prize-winning chili.

The Men's Ministry sponsored the contest to raise money for their various projects that they carry out throughout the year. Contributions amounting to $650.00 were received. The Men's Ministry thanks all for their generous contributions, as well as the competitors and the judges.

Harry Seurkamp originated the competition and has organized the event each of the four years that it has been held.

Valentine Banquet Popular Event
Posted February 14, 2013

Great dining and touching, romantic entertainment were the perfect ingredients in W.B.C.’s recipe for a delightful Valentine Banquet. The event was held for a capacity crowd on Saturday evening, February 9, in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall of W.B. Chapel. After guests were greeted with a tasty punch, Mary Parish and her Hospitality committee cooked and served up scrumptious lasagna accompanied by a shrimp cocktail appetizer, tossed salad, sautéed green beans, French bread and cherry or blueberry tarts.

Nancy McGinnis emceed a fun program in which she called on “volunteers” from the audience who each came forward with their spouse. They either serenaded their spouse with a romantic song or regaled them with a touching poem, earning a long-stemmed red rose and a Valentine box of candy for their contribution.

Those providing the entertainment included Beth Botten and Ron, Caroline Upchurch and John, David Briggs and Dottie, Gus Larson and Pam, Chris Whisenand and Charlie, Bob Hatherly and Gail, and Nancy McGuiness and Guin.

Music Tribute Honors McAlpin
Posted January 24, 2013

During the Sunday worship service on January 20, musicians Betty Newman and Kathy Ward spun their keyboard magic on the piano keyboard with a 4-handed duet to honor Ann McAlpin on the day of her retirement reception.

Enjoy their rendition of "Praise to the Lord", arranged by Raney.

WBC Honors McAlpin Upon Retirement
Posted January 24, 2013

On Sunday, January 20, a crowd of over 200 White Bluff Chapel congregants gathered in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall to offer sentiments of appreciation to Ann McAlpin and share in the beautiful reception prepared to honor her upon her retirement.

Karen Williams, President of the Board of Trustees, presented Ann with a Book of Memories that contains hand-written notes and pictures from congregational members and friends. Karen told Ann the Book of Memories is our opportunity to tell her how very special she is to each of us and how much we all love and appreciate her. Karen added how much we all thank her for “your wisdom and guidance and your contribution to our lives, our Chapel, Whitney, Texas and the World!!”

McAlpin thanked the attendants for such a special gift and reminded the gathering that all things are possible through Christ. Ann said she appreciates the opportunity Terry gave her in being our Associate Pastor and thanked our founding families and individuals for the leadership and guidance they gave, along with God, for making White Bluff Chapel so special.

Williams added that all will miss Ann in her role as Associate Pastor but that we have comfort in knowing she will still be here so that we may continue to depend on her wisdom and leadership. She offered special thanks to Milt Bergman and his committee in getting the Memory Book together and to Mary Parish and her Hospitality Committee for the beautiful and delicious spread they served. She ended her comments with, “Thank you, Ann! We love you and know God had a purpose when He sent you to White Bluff Chapel!”

McAlpin offered an overview of her sentiments at the moment, including reflections on the journey she had shared with us in her role as Associate Pastor. In a note of appreciation that she followed up with, McAlpin wrote:

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” – Psalm 103:1-2

As I praise God for all his benefits, I lift up White Bluff Chapel and the beautiful reception on Sunday. My heart overflows with love and gratitude for all the hugs, kind words and sweet notes. The special treasure book is the best gift that I could ever receive! Many of the notes recalled special times that we shared together - some brought tears and others brought laughter as I read them. I will never grow tired of reading these notes and remembering each person who has touched my life deeply.

Thank you for all the planning and work that went into making the event so very special. Yes, I praise God for bringing me to White Bluff and letting me share my life with such wonderful people. I will never forget this benefit!

In Christ’s love,

Anyone wanting to add to Ann’s Memory Book is welcome to do so. Additional blank pages can be obtained from Glenna Bodeker in the chapel office.

Christmas Eve Worship Features
Candlelight Services
Posted January 3, 2013

White Bluff Chapel's traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service attracted a capacity crowd at its 7:00 hour and a more intimate group at the 11:00 late service. Featured at the early service was the children's Christmas pageant, "Headin' Down to Bethlehem," in which members of the Kids Klub recited lines of scripture and performed songs that told the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Enacting the role of Mary was Kathy Lenardelli, and Braden Hennig played Joseph. Angels were Sophie Hennig and Tanner Tyson, while the shepherds were portrayed by Kailee Lenardelli, Brooke Allen and Bree Quast. Claire Allen played a lamb and Skyelar Robinson presented the scripture reading. Glenn and Harriett Carrell are the directors of the Kids Klub.

The lighting of the Christ Candle, communion by intinction and an inspiring candlelight ceremony were observed. Pastor Terry Cosby's sermon was entitled, "Fixing Time". In lieu of the offertory, an offering basket for Our Daily Bread, Whitney's food bank, was available in the foyer.

Special music at the Christmas Eve services included the choir's rendition of "Candlelight Carol" and solos of "Oh, Holy Night" by John Upchurch and "What Child is This?" by Patti Moreland. A piano/organ duo of "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" was performed by Betty Newman and Kathy Ward. Tom Reedy is the Chapel's Music Director.

WBC Trustee Leadership for 2013 Announced
Posted January 3, 2013

At a Special Chapel Membership Meeting of the congregation, held following worship service on December 30, the Board President of 2012, Milt Bergman, announced the newly-approved officers who will lead the Board of Trustees through the year of 2013. Karen Williams will serve as Chair, Jean Rose will be the Vice Chair; Howard Clement will be Secretary; and Bob Harris will continue as Treasurer.

Bergman asked the congregation to mark their calendars for Sunday, January 20, when we will honor outgoing Associate Pastor Ann McAlpin with a reception in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall, immediately following the worship service.

The meeting concluded with Treasurer Bob Harris presenting the WBC Budget for 2013.

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