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Duncans Share Joy on Advent Wednesday of Joy
Posted December 18, 2014

For the past few years, Jim and Ann Duncan have chosen a Wednesday evening Advent service to bring joy to the service participants. Their contributions to the congregation have come in the form of a generous array of homemade pies, with most of the recipes having originated from Ann's mother. This year, they chose December 10, following the service of Joy, to surprise the congregants with pie and coffee. Ann even wheeled in her sister-in-law, Nancy Duncan, to contribute a pecan pie to the spread.

And preceding the service that evening, Jim Duncan regaled the early arrivals with a piano solo!

Woodcarvers Donate Proceeds from Ornament Sale
Posted December 18, 2014

The “Chapel Chippers,” as are called the members of Harry Seurkamp’s woodcarving class, raised $705.00 from their 2nd annual Christmas Ornament Sale this past weekend. This is their way to thank the Chapel for allowing them to meet in Fellowship Hall on Monday evenings throughout the year. The proceeds earned were donated to White Bluff Chapel, half going into the general fund and other half to the missions that we support.

The woodcarvers would like to thank all those who purchased Christmas Ornaments and made this such a success. They started with 50 ornaments, and it was a complete sell out. $230.00 was raised on the Silent Auction of the School Mascots. The Baylor ornament went for $75.00, Texas Tech for $50, Texas A&M for $50, TCU for $30 and UT for $25.

Choir Celebrates with Annual Caroling
Posted December 18, 2014

The White Bluff Chapel Choir once again hit the trails of White Bluff to bring their voices and cheer to those who are ill or those who are more or less confined to their home. Choir Director Tom Reedy organized the venture for Monday evening, December 15, and the group divided itself into three teams under the leadership of John Upchurch, Charlie Whisenand, and Reedy.

Those benefitting from the visits of the cheerful carolers included Howard & Linda Yeary, Jim & Cindy McMahan, Phil & Doris Loveless, George & Allete Feather, June Mills, Mike & Linda Bell, Mary Jane & Thomas McMillin, Pam Larson and Bea Box at CCRC, Wendy and Dane Anderson, Dale Moore, Lois McKibben, Bob Harris, Alminice Harrison, and Catherine Shires at the Blankenship’s home.

Before setting out on their venture, the choir members and their guests gathered at Fellowship Hall to partake of an array of appetizers. Then, upon their return, it was a buffet of desserts, hot cocoa and eggnog that greeted the chilled but invigorated carolers. What a nice tradition for this choir to share with our community!

WBC Hosts Community Christmas Service
Posted December 18, 2014

The Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance originated the Community Christmas Service in December of 2005, according to Robert Rowe, president of the organization. Custom is that the hosting duties rotate each year among member churches of the Alliance, and White Bluff Chapel has hosted the event on several occasions, in addition to participating every year. Tom Reedy, Choir Director of White Bluff Chapel, was the emcee this year for the Sunday evening gathering on December 14.

A standing-room-only crowd from throughout the Lake Whitney community turned out for the service, which consisted of Christmas carols sung by the congregation, prayers and scripture readings offered by visiting clerics, and performances by several choral groups. Betty Newman, Associate Pastor of White Bluff Chapel, welcomed the congregation and offered an opening prayer, while Robert Rowe brought greetings from the Ministerial Alliance. The WBC choir was the first choral group to perform, offering a moving rendition of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” featuring young Amanda Taylor as soloist.

Philip Wottrick, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, delivered the scripture reading from John 1:1-14. Greg Johnson of the First Church of the Nazarene gave the Offertory prayer and Betty Newman performed a piano arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” during the offering, which was designated as benefitting the LWMA Joint Committee for Christmas project.

Additional choral selections were performed by First Church of the Nazarene, singing “Baby Boy” and “King of Kings”; Whitney High School Concert Choir and Jazz Cats, with “Avanza Navidad” and “Sing We Now of Christmas”; and First Baptist Church delivering “Glory to the Newborn King Medley.” The White Bluff Chapel choir then returned to the dais to present “African Alleluia” before Carl Jennings of First Baptist Church closed the service with the benediction. Beth Botten of WBC played the prelude and postludes on the organ.

Richard and Patty Turner served as ushers and afterwards, Mary Parish and her Hospitality Committee received the group with a reception of delectable seasonal treats.

Advent Service Features Reading Written by WBC Author
Posted December 18, 2014

White Bluff Chapel continued its Wednesday evening Advent services on December 10 and 17 with the candles of Joy and Love being lit on the traditional Advent wreath. On December 10, Larry Turner presented his reflections on “Find Joy in Everything,” a reading by Marv Knox. Knox’s essay was taken from the Buckner Advent Guide of 2013. Sharon Dey then lit the candle of Joy following the scripture reading from Philippians 4:4-7 by her husband, Bob Dey.

Marcia Kane presented a reading entitled “Tingling Anticipation” by Kay Lea Scott, which you can listen to here. Scott is a popular local writer who has shared quite a few of her entertaining and inspirational writings through the Chapel’s Advent Devotionals and in the WBC website’s “On the Road Again” series. Kane closed the service with the Benediction. Dwayne Redding led the congregation in the singing of traditional Christmas carols based on the subject of Joy.                

December 17th’s Advent service featured the week of Love. Ann McAlpin brought forth a reading, “Greatest Gift is Love,” by the well-known women’s author, Janet Denison, who is the wife of Dr. Jim Denison, writer of the daily Denison Forum.

John and Glenda Bettina conducted the Advent wreath lighting ceremony by presenting the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13 and lighting the candle of Love. Wes Mitchell closed the service with a delivery of Jim Bishop’s “Holy Birth” and the Benediction. Tom Reedy led the singing of Christmas hymns based on Love.

Kay German has served as the Worship Committee coordinator of the Advent services for 2014.

Choir Accompanies 14-Year Old on Her Birthday
Posted December 4, 2014

Amanda Taylor, an 8th grade student at Whitney Middle School and long-term member of White Bluff Chapel, highlighted her 14th birthday on Sunday, November 30 by performing the solo lead in the choir’s first Sunday of Advent call to worship selection of “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” The song can be heard here, performed under the direction of choir Director Tom Reedy.

 Amanda has appeared before the WBC congregation on several occasions, having previously sung the solo lead in “By Our Love” (also with the choir), and “Happy Birthday Jesus” with a children’s group. She has appeared in several of Harriet Carrell’s Kids Klub Christmas plays, as well and has volunteered as an aide for the chapel’s Easter Egg hunts and for Vacation Bible School. The young lady manages to maintain an A average in school while working out on the Sigma swim team at Cleburne Splash Station and participating in UIL One-Act Play competitions both last year and this year.

A rather unique Christmas anthem was also performed by the WBC choir in the November 30th worship service. Accompanying the choir on traditional African percussion instruments were Chris Whisenand on the triangle, Nancy McGinnis with the shaker, and Dwayne Redding, playing the drums. Take a few moments to enjoy “African Alleluia.”

Advent Service Features Lighting of Peace Candle
Posted December 4, 2014

Among the favorite practices of White Bluff Chapel are its Wednesday evening Advent services, which anticipate the four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas. December 3 marked the lighting of the second candle on the Advent wreath, the Peace candle, carried out by Andy and Sandy Dayton.

Harry Seurkamp opened the service with a reflection on the Advent wreath and its symbolisms. Listen to “Lesson on Peace” as Seurkamp presented it.  John Upchurch led the gathering in the singing of three traditional Christmas hymns, dispersed throughout the service and accompanied by pianist Betty Newman.  Andy Dayton read the scripture verses, Isaiah 9: 6-7 and John 14: 27 while Sandy lit the 2nd candle on the traditional Advent wreath.

Madeleine Lively interpreted a moving dramatic monologue by Kenneth Gire. Listen to “Meditation” here. She then closed the service with a benediction.

The candle of Hope was lit for the 1st week of Advent by Jim and Lanette Browder. Kathy Dorsey and Kay German presented the selected readings for the week of Hope.

WBC Members Honor Our Veterans
Posted November 20, 2014

November 11 of this year marked 100 years exactly since the Armistice was signed to end World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1914. Now, veterans from all wars are remembered and honored on this day each year. Several observances were held throughout Hill County on this anniversary, where WB Chapel members participated in remembering and honoring our veterans from all wars and branches of military service. The day started off with Bob Hatherly's gift to our community by decorating the Chapel grounds with small stick flags.

Fort Graham Chapter TXDAR members honored our Hill County veterans on November 11 by attending ceremonies in both Hillsboro and Whitney. Regent Susan Johnston laid a wreath in memory of our fallen military of past wars at Hill County's 23rd Annual Veteran's Day celebration in Hillsboro. Honorary Regent Madeleine Lively and First Vice Regent Rhonda Bass accompanied her, along with Johnston's grand-daughter, Ellie Sophia Johnston. The event was held in the gymnasium of Hillsboro Junior High School, where Gary and Cheryl Comer serve on the faculty of the school. The Comers, who are members of the WBC choir, led a sextet of student singers in the presentation of a patriotic song.

Later in the same morning, a standing-room-only crowd attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the Lake Whitney Public Library. The event was organized by Aggie Gladbach, Volunteer Coordinator of Providence Hospice, and veterans John Upchurch and Bill Burris were among the honorees. (Note the Smart TV in the background of the group photo of the veterans. The Smart TV system was a gift to the new Library from White Bluff Chapel.) John Upchurch gave the keynote address for the event. DAR Regent Susan Johnston presented the patriotic wreath to remain on display at the Library throughout the month of November in honor of our veterans.

On Tuesday evening, the monthly POA Covered Dish event met at White Bluff Chapel. Each veteran in attendance was recognized and asked to tell about his time in the service....which branch of the military, time period in which he served, where he was stationed, etc.  Their stories entertained as well as touched the hearts of their audience.  The speakers included Doc Bradley, Guin McGinnis, Ray McGinnis, Bill Campbell, Ron Conway, Bill Moss, Larry Dorsey, and Dwayne Redding.

Ladies Enjoy Festive Fall Luncheon
Posted November 20, 2014

The White Bluff Chapel ladies and their guests enjoyed a festive fall luncheon on Wednesday, November 12. The event was proposed by Associate Pastor Betty Newman and organized by Hospitality Chair Mary Parish. Keynote speaker Ann McAlpin delivered a faith-based motivational address that was well-received by all sixty-four ladies in attendance.

Patty Turner coordinated the decoration efforts and provided seasonal-themed décor from her personal collection. Additionally, eight potted Christmas cactus plants served as door prizes, with one going to a guest at each table. Other members of the Hospitality Committee assisting with the decorating, cooking and clean-up included Dottie Redding, Mildred Jackson, Vickie Shultz, Becky Watkins, Carol Campbell and Madeleine Lively.

New Trustees Elected to Chapel Board
Posted November 20, 2014

Jean Rose, President of the White Bluff Chapel Board of Trustees, has announced the election of three new trustees who will serve the three-year term from 2015 – 2017. Gary Comer, Ron Roberts, and Nancie Yarbro will begin their new terms in January, replacing the three retiring trustees, Jean Rose, Nancy McGinnis and Larry Chapman.

The continuing members of the Board include Terry Newman, Charlie Whisenand and Cheryl Robinson, who will retire at the end of 2015, and Liz Umble, Bubba Radke, Larry Turner and Wes Mitchell, retiring at the end of 2016.

New Members Honored
Posted November 20, 2014

Seventeen new members to White Bluff Chapel arrived at Worship Service on Sunday, November 9 to be greeted with a red carnation boutonnière and afterwards, at a Reception in Fellowship Hall. Carrie Hicks organized the function which featured a reception line and a special cake honoring the new members.

Upon joining the chapel, the newcomers had received a welcome bag with White Bluff Chapel coffee mugs, a church directory, a listing of the various church committees, Time & Talent surveys,  and information about the various missions we serve.

The honorees included Bob and Sharon Dey, Jim and Vickie Gorman, Chris and Melissa Hayes, Joe & Beth Manders, Madeline Newstrom, Jerry and Vicki Shultz, Ron and Ursula Stone, and Robert and Ellie Woods. To our new members, we say, “We look forward to receiving your filled-out Time and Talent Surveys, and remember, sign-ups are encouraged at the ‘Sign-up Church’!

When you see any of these new members, be sure to extend to them a sincere Welcome.

Annual Chapel Clean-Up
Posted November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, was the annual Church Clean-Up Day in anticipation of the Christmas season. After a warm breakfast prepared by WBC men was served up to the volunteers who turned out early on the crisp, cold morning to fuel their holiday spirits and energies, clean-up day began. Due to many conflicts, only about half as many workers showed up, but they got the church sparkling and ready for the Advent/Christmas season.

The busy bees took on such tasks as brushing cobwebs, cleaning out pantries and cupboards, washing windows, dusting pews, and changing smoke alarm batteries, all the kinds of jobs that don't fall under the responsibility of the weekly janitorial services.

SRO at Arts and Craft Show
Posted November 6, 2014

The famous phrase of SRO (typically “Standing Room Only” in the theater world) could easily be applied to the Art and Craft Show held at White Bluff Chapel on the first week of November. But this time the “Standing Room Only” refers to so much traffic throughout the exhibits that folks could hardly move at all, just stand and admire! So lots of fellowship naturally resulted. People did manage to turn in orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas baking and make a lot of purchases for their Christmas shopping list.

Praise God for all the gifts of talent evidenced at this event, talent that folks are exhibiting in the honor and glory of our Lord!

Chapel Members Jam at Library
Posted November 6, 2014

Joining with the community to spread good will and camaraderie with their musical talent were various members of White Bluff Chapel. Showing up to strum their guitars/ukulele were Dwayne Redding, Lou Storm, and Chris and Charlie Whisenand.

The new Lake Whitney Public Library has a lovely patio area with surrounding grounds that are in the process of being landscaped. Among the many community events planned at the new facility are periodic outdoor jam sessions open to the public.

Griffin Ranch BBQ Draws Crowd
Posted October 23, 2014

The autumn barbeque at Pat and Jim Griffin's J-G Ranch on Saturday, October 18, was a rousing success. A crowd of about 100 members of White Bluff Chapel gathered to enjoy the crisp fall weather, good food, and great fellowship. Barbecue beef, pork, venison and sausage were furnished by the Griffins and prepared by chef Danny Bodeker, and the guests furnished a scrumptious array of potluck side dishes that was served up by Mary Parish and members of her hospitality committee.

A big thank you goes out to the Griffins for their generous hospitality and for making this occasion such a highly-anticipated and enjoyable fellowship event.

"Art of Marriage" Event Draws Praise
Posted October 9, 2014

An “Art of Marriage” event occurred at White Bluff Chapel during the week-end of September 26-27. Wes and Peggy Mitchell directed the affair for twenty couples who participated in a series of short video-driven sessions and follow-up activities.

The event had hardly ended when the buzz being heard all around was, “When will it be offered again?” Participating couples were full of praises about the relevance to their lives, and they were recommending it to their friends.

John and Kathleen Knightstep and Glen and Madeleine Lively assisted the Mitchells in greeting couples, setting up and hosting the occasion. The Men’s Ministry cooked and served burgers for lunch.

For more than 35 years, a Christian-based organization called FamilyLife has been helping couples understand God’s plan for relationships. The group released “The Art of Marriage” video event in 2011. Since then, more than 400,000 people have participated in the small-group series, resulting in 97% saying they would recommend it to other couples. The event weaves together expert teaching, real-life stories, humorous vignettes and more to portray both the challenges and the beauty of God’s design.

Ice Cream Social Beats the Heat
Posted August 28, 2014

With August finally bringing in a taste of its triple-digit heat, Mary Parish and her hospitality committee recently helped folks cool off with our annual Ice Cream Social. The forty people in attendance were treated to a selection of eleven different flavors of ice cream (not one of which was vanilla!) and a delectable assortment of pastries and baked goods.

Carol Campbell directed the entertainment activity for the evening, which consisted of an old-fashioned game of charades. A delightful evening was had by all, who offered thanks to Parish and her group of hostesses. The helpers included Carol Campbell, Vicki Schultz, Kay German, Mildred Jackson, and Linda Turner.

Farewell to Kathy and James Ward
Posted July 17, 2014

In recognition of Kathy and James Ward's last Sunday with us, we held a reception in their honor after the worship service on July 6. Jim has been a teacher and baseball coach at Whitney and Itasca High Schools and Kathy, a Hillsboro Junior High School teacher, has been our talented organist. They arrived at White Bluff Chapel just in time for Kathy to consult on the purchase of our Allen Protégé organ in 2011. We've learned to love them through Kathy's inspired musical contributions during worship services and throughout James' ordeal as he endured a double-lung transplant. His witnessing to the congregation during that time was particularly moving.

Music Director Tom Reedy and the WBC choir presented Kathy a framed picture with a Bible verse (Proverbs 3:5-6) on it. At the reception, they also presented Kathy with the love offerings received.

James has accepted teaching and coaching positions in Menard (in west Texas) and Kathy accepted a teaching position in Eden. (Cos warns Kathy to watch out for the snakes!) Their new location will put them much closer to their sons, who live in west Texas and New Mexico.

Pianist Betty Newman's and Kathy's last joint-presentation offertory to the congregation was a beautiful (and emotional) four-handed piano duet of "Come Thou Fount."

The Voice Top 6 Finalist Leads 5th Sunday Sing
Posted July 3, 2014

Holly Tucker, a top 6 finalist on The Voice in 2012, led the 5th Sunday Community Sing at White Bluff Chapel to a capacity crowd on June 29. The charismatic singer who drew national attention as a member of Blake Shelton's team on the nationally-acclaimed televised vocal competition was sponsored by the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance. WBC served a complimentary reception following the concert.

Tucker was accompanied by her own band and joined by her parents, who shared the vocals. Her brother played the "box."

The twenty year-old artist has accomplished a lot in the past 8 years of beginning her career in country music, but her musical story begins even before she was born. Her parents, Johnny and Cheryl Tucker, founded a professional Christian band when they were in college called Revised Edition. They traveled all over the U.S. but eventually wound up back in Texas falling in love, getting married, and having 3 beautiful children, the last of which would carry on their love of music.

Holly began singing from a very early age and got on stage for the first time at her home church of FBC Woodway, outside of Waco, when she was 7 years old. She got serious about her career around the age of 12 when she jumped into a little car with her parents and traveled the highways of Texas and Louisiana, singing in country music shows, talent competitions, churches, local opry shows, and radio shows.

Needing product to sell at these Texas gigs, Holly began her studio singing career at age 14 when she recorded her first full-length CD, "It's About Time." When in school at Baylor University, Holly was a part of a student-run record label called Uproar Records and recorded "Something To Be Said." At the WBC concert, Holly was available to sell autographed copies of her CD's.

In addition to following her ultimate dream of being a solo artist in the country music industry, Holly plays the guitar, piano, and alto saxophone. In order to further her career, she has written songs of her own and has co-written with other songwriters. Between all of this, she graduated from Lorena High School with honors, and now attends Baylor University, double majoring in Speech Communications and Spanish.

The Voice was the most recent of Holly's successes. In July 2012, she was in Dallas for a different singing opportunity and had some spare time. She heard about the open call auditions for the show and decided to audition last minute. She ended up making it through a few callbacks that landed her a spot in the blind auditions. On that stage, Holly sang Garth Brooks' song, "To Make You Feel My Love" and got the attention of all four coaches who turned around to campaign to get her on their team. Holly chose Blake Shelton as her coach, and the rest, as they say, is history. She competed and made it to the Top 6 out of over 40,000 hopeful auditioners in the nation.

SonTreasure Island: Population 130
Posted July 3, 2014

Aloha!  Were you there?  Did you see it?  White Bluff Chapel was transformed into a tropical island during the Vacation Bible School week of June 23 – 27.  Over 70 kids and 15 teen helpers (along with about 45 adult volunteers) found the true treasure at SonTreasure Island – God's Love! 

The younger treasure seekers, ages 3 – 9, had a great time rotating through snack, craft, recreation, and Bible story centers each day.  They made nativity scenes, sun visors, treasure chests, ate snacks like cupcake islands or beach towel graham crackers, and competed in all kinds of relays while improving their hula hoop skills and getting just a little wet.

The older attendees, ages 10 – 12 and also referred to as our Fishers of Men, presented skits which related to the daily Bible stories, shared God's love with residents at Park Plaza Nursing Home, washed the WBVFD fire trucks, and collected loads of canned goods and about $292 for the Whitney Food Bank. 

In addition, 130+ pairs of new children's shoes were collected from VBS attendees during the week to be distributed later by Buckner International.  All participants learned or were reminded that God's Love Is Giving, Kind, Caring, Forgiving, and Forever!

Smiling kids and teenagers left the luau Friday committed to following Jesus and Walking His Way!  The older, hard-working and dedicated volunteers left smiling, too, but were just a little slower dragging to the parking lot.

Words cannot express the gratitude of the great VBS team for their commitment to serving our Lord and our kids.  Also, a special thank-you goes to the WBVFD for letting donating their space for the Fishers of Men to meet.  To God Be the Glory!

Reception Honors Scholarship Recipients
Posted June 5, 2014

Hospitality Chairman Mary Parish and Scholarship Committee members Patty Turner and Cheryl Robinson prepared a lovely reception to honor the WBC Scholarship recipients on Senior Recognition Sunday, June 1. Following the special worship service, the fourteen graduates gathered in Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall to receive the congratulations of the congregation. The students were joined by members of their families and by their newly-assigned mentors.

Mother-Daughter Luncheon Draws Large Crowd
Posted May 22, 2014

The biggest turn-out in the history of the Chapel’s annual event to fete mothers and daughters enjoyed festive spring décor, pastel colors, potted plant centerpieces that doubled as door prizes, a scrumptious menu and great entertainment. Eighty-four ladies visited together and enjoyed lunch with their mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, friends and neighbors.

At the culmination of the luncheon, the ladies processed from the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall into the Sanctuary, which had been converted into a theater complete with stage and sets. There they were presented the play, “Founding Mothers,” by members of the Fort Graham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The troupe of actors donned authentic period costumes to bring stories of their roles in the American Revolution to the audience.

Caroline Harrison (Mrs. Benjamin Harrison), 1st President General of the DAR and wife of the 23rd U.S. President, was portrayed by Candice Haverkorn. She welcomed the audience to her home where she was entertaining (through the magic of time travel) several of the women who participated in the founding of the United States. Madeleine Lively portrayed Deborah Franklin (Mrs. Benjamin Franklin), Mildred Jackson was Martha Washington, and Annette Adelman played Martha’s mother-in-law, Mary Ball Washington. Debra Farrow, as Betsy Ross, explained how she designed the flag with five-pointed stars, and Shelba King recounted how she took over cannon duty when her husband was wounded on the battlefield. Susan Johnston revealed how, as Peggy Shippen Arnold (Mrs. Benedict Arnold) she influenced her husband to become a traitor. Two of our country’s first ladies, Abigail Adams (enacted by Jane Osborn) and Dolley Madison (Susan Eubank), gave insights into their early tenures in the White House.

Mary Parish, Chair of the WBC Hospitality Committee, emceed the event. She welcomed the guests, catered the meal, and organized her committee of helpers who decorated, cooked, served and cleaned up. Assistant Pastor Betty Newman arranged for and introduced the play.

Enthusiastic Crowds Attend Easter Services
Posted April 24, 2014

Easter Week Observances drew large crowds this year, with even an overflow group on Easter Sunday morning in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Terry Cosby's sermon was so well received that it drew an enthusiastic applause at the end! Then it was followed by the choir's spectacular rendition of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus. Listen to it here.

Additionally, 115 rose early to attend the Sunrise service, with many following up by attending the breakfast hosted by the adult Sunday School class. Good Friday's Tenebrae service was particularly moving. In lieu of a sermon, featured were a dramatic dialogue of the Bible's rendition of the casting of lots and three original readings authored by Terry Cosby and delivered by members of the congregation. You can hear the service here.

Easter Treasure Hunt Joyous Occasion
Posted April 24, 2014

The colorful annual Easter Treasure Hunt was held at White Bluff Chapel on Saturday morning, April 19. The 24 children in attendance enjoyed singing, the bunny hop, making bubbles, playing bunny ears ring toss, and making an Easter craft, as well as refreshments of cookies and lemonade. The Easter story was told by Ann McAlpin and Chris and Charlie Whisenand provided the music for the sing-along.

A lot of help was provided for hiding Easter eggs, providing refreshments, and setting up and cleaning up. Ann Duncan thanks all who participated in the joyous event.

Sunday School Kids Observe Passover
Posted April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 6, during the Sunday School time, the children were introduced to a Passover meal. The class discussed that the Chapel was being served Communion on that day and that it is a remembrance of the Last Supper. They learned that the Last Supper occurred on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday preceding Easter.

Jenna Bodeker and her father led the teachers and the eight children in attendance through the steps of the Seder. They talked about what items are served in the Seder, the significance of each, and their ties to Communion. The children helped decorate the table with candles and vases of flowers in preparation for the Seder meal.

Trashy Folks Clean Up 933
Posted April 10, 2014

On Saturday, April 5, which was Texas' designated state-wide trash pick-up day, Bob Hatherly organized a team of White Bluff Chapel members to clean up our "adopted" two-mile section of FM 933. Helping Bob with the project were ten able-bodied and good-natured volunteers, including Gary Copple, Scotty and Kay Lea Scott, Harry Seurkamp, Larry Dix, Guin McGinnis, John and Glenda Bettina, John Knightstep and Clayton McConnell. The two-mile stretch of Hwy. 933 that is the Chapel's responsibility needs to be cleaned up about three to four times a year, and Chapel members never cease to rise to the occasion.

Men Sweep Chili Cook-Off
Posted March 27, 2014

Not only did the men of White Bluff Chapel rise to the challenge this year to dethrone the women in the Men’s Ministry Annual Chili Cook-Off, but the men actually swept the entire slate of winners at the Sunday, March 23 event. For the first time in five years, a man has won the Grand Champion trophy, following two-time winner Monica Allen and follow-up winners Sandy DiLorenzo and Kay German. This year, Jerry Shultz captured the Grand Champion trophy, scoring the highest amount of points of all entries with his Mild Chili recipe. Shultz will also have his name inscribed on the permanent plaque that hangs in the Chapel kitchen.

There were 16 entries, the highest number ever, in this year’s competition. Louis Hicks won the “Wild Game Chili” category, which had three entries in it. Rick Faught reigned supreme over the four entries in the “Chili with Beans” category, Danny Bodeker won the “Hot Chili” category of four competitors, and Jerry Shultz, who ran away with the “Mild Chili” winner in the largest category of five entries, captured the Grand Champion because he received more points than all the rest of the 16 entries.

There were a total of 73 people attending the Chili Dinner after the judging was complete. A special thanks went out to the judges Holly Faught, Mildred Jackson, Bob Buckner and Bubba Radke. Keith Mooreland tallied the judges’ scores. Harry Seurkamp emceed the event, announced the winners and presented the trophies. There was a special slide show during the event that showcased the Men’s Ministry projects of the past year.

Scotty and Kay Lea Scott, Ron and Carolyn Williams, Rick Faught, Larry Turner, Jay Miller and Ginger Seurkamp helped during the judging, clean up and set up. Donations contributed during the meal will help to fund future community projects of the Men’s Ministry.

Annual Winter Retreat Great Success
Posted March 13, 2014

"He did not say anything to them without using parables." (Mark 4:34) This scripture served as the theme for Dr. Mark Denison's lessons on "Modern Parables" as he led about sixty attendees through White Bluff Chapel's annual Winter Retreat. Denison used a plank, a paper clip, nickels and a rope as props to illustrate Jesus' parables.

A plank served as the prop for the Friday evening session. Denison put a plank up to his eye and stated that we often need to "yank the plank" when we are critical of others and that we should be more complimentary to others. The nickels suggested the different ways God blesses us, and the red paper clip illustrated how God is making something great from what we have.

During the Sunday morning service, a white rope was placed down the aisle from the back of the Chapel to the pulpit. A foot or so of the rope was red, showing our life on earth, and the long white part illustrated eternity. Denison stressed that our focus should be on eternity.

Dr. Denison incorporated many funny stories throughout the week-end, all of which were most entertaining, but one could not miss the depth, seriousness and relevance of his sermons.

Tom Reedy and Betty Newman led the congregational singing. Mary Parrish kept everyone well fed with her snacks and delicious lunch. Larry Turner did a great job of setting up Fellowship Hall. God truly blesses our congregation.

Chapel Observes 10th Anniversary of Building Dedication
Posted February 27, 2014

On February 16, 2014, the White Bluff Chapel congregation celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Dedication of the chapel’s new building. Returning to Whitney to commemorate the occasion was our founding pastor, Maurice Martin, who delivered the sermon, “The Necessity of Atonement,” at the worship service. Of important note was that this was the anniversary of the Dedication of the new building, whereas the 10th anniversary of our first worship service in the new building actually occurred on Sunday, December 21, 2003.

Following the worship service on February 16, 2014, congregants gathered in Fellowship Hall to reminisce, to greet Maurice Martin and his wife Kathy, and to share in refreshments.

Valentine Banquet Draws Festive Crowd
Posted February 27, 2014

Beautiful decorations, gourmet dining and fun entertainment were the perfect ingredients in White Bluff Chapel’s recipe for a delightful Valentine Banquet on Friday evening, February 14. The event was held for a capacity crowd in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall. After guests were greeted at the entrance with a tasty punch, Madeleine Lively took each couple’s photograph, which was sent to them as their party favor. Sonny and Mary Boatman were celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary on the occasion.

Mary Parish and her Hospitality committee cooked and served up a scrumptious menu of a shrimp cocktail appetizer, tossed salad, and each guest’s choice of rib eye steak or chicken, accompanied by a fully-loaded baked potato, green beans almondine and assorted dinner rolls. The pièce-de-résistance of the meal was a to-die-for Black Forest cake from the kitchen of pastry chef Holley Faught.        

Nancy McGinnis prepared a fun program of entertainment, for which, after taking ill, she called on Patty Turner to emcee in her stead. Turner called on “volunteers” from the audience who each came forward with their spouse. They included Sonny and Mary Boatman, Bill and Carol Campbell, Jodie & Nancie Yarbro, Larry and Laura Smith, and Jerry and Vicky Shultz. Patty took them through the paces of playing our own version of the Newly Wed Game, and a tie for 1st place was won by the Boatmans and Campbells. All participants were awarded a box of Valentine chocolates.

Jesus' Birthday Party Well Attended
Posted January 2, 2014

Twenty-five children attended Jesus’ birthday party at White Bluff Chapel on Sunday, December 22, during the Sunday School class sessions. The highlight of the party, of course, was the singing of “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and the partaking of His birthday cake.

Gifts for the Christ Child came in the form of generous donations from families in the WBC membership. Those gifts were destined for children in the Hillsboro Child Protective Services program. Karen Williams was responsible for delivering the gifts.

During the Sundays in December leading up to the birthday party, children attending Sunday School at WBC participated in an ongoing craft project organized by Caroline Williams. The project was to construct a 3-D wooden Nativity scene, which involved creating animals on one Sunday, shepherds on another, then angels and finally, the characters of the Holy Family. On the Sunday of Epiphany, January 5 (which commemorates the arrival of the Wise Men bearing their gifts for the Christ Child), the Sunday School children will complete the project by adding the Wise Man characters.

Eight teachers and aides hosted the annual event for the children. A joyous time was had by all.

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