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Hand-bell Ringers Attend Workshop
Posted March 14, 2019

White Bluff Chapel's Hand-bell Choir Director, Lois Partridge, and three other members of our "Ring of Praise Hand-bell Choir" attended a sight-reading and technique workshop recently at Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church in Arlington. The workshop was conducted by Cynthia Dobrinski, internationally renowned composer and arranger of hand-bell music.

Dobrinski currently has more than 175 works in print. She also serves as an instructor and has conducted about 350 hand-bell workshops and festivals internationally. Her Bachelor of Music degree is from Texas Christian University and she earned her Master of Music degree in organ from Northwestern University.

Cynthia Dobrinski was a Fulbright scholar and taught for 15 years at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. WBC's "Ring of Praise" Director Lois Partridge trained under Dobrinski's tutelage while living in Arlington.



Also attending the workshop from White Bluff Chapel were Assistant Hand-bell Director, Lynette Moore, as well as Pam Gober and Madeleine Lively. Gober is a former member of Shepherd of Life Lutheran Church in Arlington, where she participated in their hand-bell choir.


10th Annual Chili Cook-Off a Big Success
Posted March 14, 2019

by Rick Faught

First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in our 10th annual White Bluff Chapel Chili Cook-Off.  There were a total of 17 entries, eight of which were made with wild game.
 
Thank you to the 80 consumers who joined the festivities and enjoyed a meal. They just kept coming back for more! Some of the cooks who had planned to take some leftovers home were disappointed. 

Thank you to the generous supporters who donated over $500 that we will use to help folks in need in our community. 

Thank you to all of the support team, Holly Faught, Terry Pierce, and Bill Allen. I couldn't have asked for better helpers. A special thank-you to the judges who did a great job challenging their taste buds. They were Jerry Owen, Jerry Moore, Bob Buckner, and David Kernan.

Thank you to all of the Chili Chefs. Every one of the entries was delicious.



The 2019 Chili Cook-Off Winners are:

Mild with no beans-Perry Gaudet
Mild with beans-Rick Faught
Wild Game-Vicki Shultz
Hot-Jerry Shultz
Overall Winner-Jerry Shultz>


Lastly, THANK YOU, GOD, FOR THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY AND FOR THE PERFECT CHILI WEATHER!

We're looking forward to next year!


Winter Bible Retreat Draws Record Crowd
Posted February 28, 2019

This year's winter Bible Retreat was held on February 15 and 16 with Dr. Hulitt Gloer providing a “three-fer” by serving as our guest speaker for the third year in a row. He also presented the Sunday Worship Service message.  The subject of this year's retreat was "Father, Teach Us to Pray."  Dr. Gloer organized his lesson around The Lord's Prayer. He analyzed each line of the prayer, providing the full-house attendance of approximately 90 members with thought-provoking questions and responses throughout the prayer.

Jodie Yarbro, Chair of the Adult Education Committee, arranged for Dr. Gloer’s visit, along with Gloer’s Sheila. The couple, who made the trip from Arkansas to bring us the retreat, is well-known and appreciated by the WBC congregation. Nancy Yarbro and Larry Turner assisted in preparations for the event.

As always, with gatherings of this type, Mary Parish and her Hospitality team provided tasty refreshments throughout the weekend, including Friday evening, Saturday morning, and finally Saturday lunch. Lunch featured a variety of items for building gourmet sandwiches, along with chips and cobbler with ice cream.

Chapel members look forward to the Bible Retreat each year. Once things are in place for next year, there will be several notices sent out through various media.


Valentine Dinner and Entertainment Score Big Hit with Full House
Posted February 14, 2019

Approximately 90 people attended the Chapel's annual Valentine's Dinner on Friday, February 8.  For it, Mary Parish's Hospitality team put together exquisite decorations and a wonderful meal that included a choice of chicken cordon-bleu or chicken and broccoli with two sides and a variety of cheesecake for dessert.

Following the dinner, Nancy McGinnis served as emcee for the evening's entertainment.  She began by acknowledging the many heroes at the Chapel for their volunteering attitude and praised Mary Parish and her team for the efforts spent putting together the evening.  She then introduced Dwayne Redding, David Wood and Jody Yarbro to start off the entertainment with a few popular songs that encouraged many of the attendees to sing along.  Afterwards, while accepting the enthusiastic applause, Dwayne indicated that they were NOT the main attraction. That was still to come!

McGinnis then announced the main event as she brought out the "Ladies of the Evening."  The sexagenarian, septuagenarian and octogenarian "Ladies" entered in house robes, with walkers, and began dancing around to music of "Pretty Women" by Roy Orbison.  They brought the house down with their show.  It was a hilarious event.  The cast of Ladies consisted of Mary Parish and her team of eight Hospitality volunteers and performed a routine created and choreographed by Nancy McGinnis. What great sports these ladies were to present such a fun show for this special occasion!

Thanks go to Anne Fox for providing the video excerpts of the “Ladies of the Evening” performance. Linda Wilmarth used her technological wizardry to get around some of YouTube’s copyright limitations in order to bring this video to you, which necessitated muting the copyrighted music recording of “Pretty Women.” But the video is still oh! so highly entertaining.


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And in case you can’t remember or weren’t here for a similar performance at our 2012 Valentine Banquet, check out the video presented at that event by our “Gentlemen Synchronized Swimmers of White Bluff.” Thanks to them and to the creator and choreographer of their routine, (again) Nancy McGinnis, they started a great tradition of light-hearted, affectionate competition.

Now see if you can pick out which of the “Ladies of the Evening” in the 1st column go by which of the monikers in the 2nd row:

Mary Parish

Marshmallow Millie

Patty Turner

Polka Dot Dottie

Mildred Jackson

Lollipop Linda

Terry Pierce

Madam Mary Milky Way

Dottie Redding

Baby Ruth Ann

Linda Yeary

Doris PayDay

Doris Hollingsworth

Lemon Drop Linda

Ruth Ann Cashon

Patticake

Linda Turner

Hot Tamale Terry



Men's Ministry Holds Kickoff Breakfast
Posted January 31, 2019

by Rick Faught

The White Bluff Chapel Men's Ministry kicked off 2019 in grand style with 23 men in attendance, seven of whom were first timers. The group gathered for breakfast, fellowship, and enthusiastic discussion of ways we can be a blessing to our community.


First of all, THANK YOU TO THE COOKS! They always do a great job.

We planned for activities already on the calendar and started planning for new opportunities that will present themselves soon.


We ask everyone to keep us in mind when you need help. HELPING YOU IS WHAT WE DO BEST. 

I am so thankful to be associated with this group that strives to help anyone at anytime with anything that we can. Thank you for allowing us to serve.

Rick Faught
Men's Ministry Chairman
817-913-0777


WBC Members Participate in Annual Christmas Gathering
Posted January 3, 2019

Each year near the beginning of the Christmas season, a group of Chapel members assemble for a progressive Christmas gathering. Approximately eighty members and guests attended this year’s annual event. Based on a progressive-dinner format started well over ten years ago and having undergone several transformations in design, this year’s format morphed into one consisting of three different stops.


The first stop on the itinerary featured a choice of two options for the hosts receiving guests in their home. Two couples, Gary and Cheryl Comer and Jay and Kay Miller, opted for a sit-down dinner with items on the menu being provided by the hosts and the couples assigned to their group. Other hosts opening their homes for the “progressive” party consisted of Perry and Joan Gaudet, Larry Smith, Dale and Pam Kimble, and Sherral and Judy Kidd. These hosts and their teams served a hearty hors-d’oeuvres buffet.

The second stop for the evening was a gathering at the Chapel sanctuary for a short concert of Christmas carols. Nancy McGinnis acted as emcee for the event and introduced the party hosts for the evening. Four musical renditions were performed by the new WBC hand bell choir, “Ring of Praise,” directed by Lois Partridge. The group’s assistant director is Lynette Moore. The new bell ringers have become a welcomed addition during Sunday service as they contributed to all of the worship services during Advent. Dwayne Redding ended the concert by leading the audience in the singing of a few popular carols.





Finally, the party guests proceeded into Fellowship Hall where Mary Parish and her team served an amazing array of desserts, punch and coffee. All in all, the camaraderie, delectable holiday cuisine and joyful Christmas music served as a wonderful way to usher in the Advent Season.



WBC Hosts 14th Annual Community Christmas Concert
Posted January 3, 2019

In partnership with the Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance, White Bluff Chapel opened its doors to members of all churches throughout the Lake Whitney area to gather together for the Alliance's community-wide Christmas concert. This event, which started with the custom of the hosting duties rotating among member churches of the Alliance, originates back to 2005. In more recent years, White Bluff Chapel has assumed that role, under the leadership of WBC Music Director, Tom Reedy. Betty Newman of WB Chapel, who serves as our liaison on the Ministerial Alliance Board, handled the duties of emcee for the standing-room-only event.


The program consisted of Christmas carols sung by the congregation and led by Tom Reedy, prayers and scripture readings offered by visiting clerics, and performances by several musical groups. A wide array of Christmas music was presented by Whitney High School (Jazz Band, Choir and Jazz Choir), First Church of the Nazarene, Whitney First Baptist Church and White Bluff Chapel. Tom Reedy lead the audience in singing carols during the intervals in which the choirs ascended and descended the dais.




Donna Spotts on the organ and Paula Carpenter on the piano provided the musical accompaniment. Mary Parish and her Hospitality Committee received the group in Fellowship Hall with a reception of seasonal treats.




Care Groups Hold Christmas Parties
Posted January 3, 2019

Two Care Groups, the Over the Hill Care Group and the Faught Care Group, each met in December for their annual Christmas and gift exchange evening. The former group was hosted by Bob and Cathy Valenta and the latter by Bill and Terry Pierce. 

Marcie Burris, Over the Hill Care Group leader, thanked Bob and Cathy Valenta for hosting, Emily Morris and Chris Hicks for leading the Christmas carol sing-a-long, and Lou Storm for his heartfelt scriptural readings of the Christmas story. 


The 21 members of the Faught group in attendance enjoyed a raucous game of “Left, Right, Center” before moving to their Chinese gift exchange, one they limit to a wide variety of $25 gift cards. Among a choice of practical gifts, the Over the Hill Group also had some silly gifts in their White Elephant event. These brought a lot of laughter, especially the big Christmas hat. For some reason the rubber chicken decided not to make an appearance this year.  Everyone was looking forward to see who the lucky recipient would be, but most were disappointed that he didn’t appear in any of the packages!

Members of the two groups were reminded that everyone’s main purpose is to help those of their group who are in need of assistance.  The groups may be in the "Over the Hill" time in life but will do their best to meet the needs of all. The groups’ prayer warriors always come together to send up much-needed prayers for those who request them.




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