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Men's Ministry Responds to an Urgent Need
Posted July 20, 2017

by Ron Williams

We received an urgent request to build a ramp for a man living near Covington who recently had his leg amputated due to diabetes complications.  So on Saturday July 8 several willing Men’s Ministry volunteers met at the warehouse in Whitney and pre-fabricated ramp framing modules.  Then on July 12 and 13 nine volunteers worked over two mornings to install an 81 foot ramp.  This was the 52nd ramp for our team, and the longest and most complicated. 

We pray it will be a blessing to the recipient.  The healthcare worker who applied for the ramp on their behalf said “You guys are such a blessing to those in need and I'm amazed at how quickly you were able to help him out... Thank you so much! God bless each of you.”



VBS 2017 a Great Success: Learn it, Love it, Live it
Posted July 6, 2017


After all the brainstorming, planning and consulting with Klondyke Kate the 2017 VBS project became a complete success.  Of course, it wouldn't have happened with all the many volunteers who prepared the Chapel, worked with the children and provided the daily meals.  This year's event averaged 82 children daily.  VBS concluded with the children participating in the Sunday service and shared ice cream and cake following the service.

Once everyone had rested up, the volunteers were invited to join each other at the Smokin Hawg for a gathering of food and fellowship.  Approximately 45 people attended and were entertained by Kay Lea as she handed out a bunch of "Golden Onion" awards to some of the volunteers for their efforts to make it all happen.







Chapel Preps for VBS 2017
Posted July 6, 2017



Each year as the Chapel prepares for VBS it takes a lot of volunteers to create the environment that will grab the attention of children to understand the meaning of what Christ has done for the world.

This year Klondyke Kate took the children to the Arctic to help them find Christ.  It takes a lot of planning and imagination to put something like this together.  Kudos to Kay Lea Scott, Debbie Bradley and Harry Seurkamp for bringing this year's VBS from an idea to completion.  Many others supported them along the way.  Harry Seurkamp offered this thank you note to the Chapel.


Dear Friends,

Ginger and I would like to thank every one of you who gave your time and showed up yesterday to help decorate for Vacation Bible School. You all did a fantastic job. You make our job so easy. I can't name everyone of you individually (I may leave someone out), but God knows who you are.

Thank you.



Chapel Thanks Dr. Gloer for His Contributions
Posted June 21, 2017

Following Sunday service on June 18 a reception was held in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall for Dr. Gloer. Dr. Gloer filled the vacancy following the end of Betty Newman's role as Associate Pastor until a replacement could be found. Dr. Gloer's influence will continue with the new Associate Pastor, Dylan Price.

Dr. Gloer's efforts included filling in for Pastor Cosby on several occasions and providing the Benediction. He would always recap the music, scripture and message in his benedictions. On one impromptu sermon his message encompassed the entire program.

At the beginning of service Pastor Terry gave a wonderful description of the way Dr. Gloer has of bringing the word of God when he speaks. He also commented on the message in each benediction that Dr. Gloer presented.

Dr. Gloer will be invited back occasionally to lead the congregation with a message from God.



Men's Ministry Demonstrates Flexibility
Posted June 21, 2017


This fine group of Saturday morning workers on June 10 deserves much thanks and commendations for their flexibility. They came prepared to have fun chain sawing but because of mud were redirected to trash pickup. Rick drew a line in the sand that anyone who didn't want to pick up trash could opt out with the promise that they would not be talked about. No one took the offer. Pictured are Larry Turner, Mike Pollard, David Wood, Tom Duncan, Mark Baker, and Monte Geren. Not pictured Paul Jacobus and Rick Faught.



Over the Hill Care Group Holds Mexican Fiesta
Posted June 21, 2017

On Saturday June 17 the Over the Hill Care group held their quarterly gathering. 35 members of the group met at the Lone Star Room for a delicious Mexican fiesta hosted by Emily Morris and Jan Hasty.

As usual there was a large quantity of food including a variety of options for tacos, tamales and an abundance of appetizers and desserts. Emily offered a prayer before everyone enjoyed the goodies.

After everyone enjoyed their meal Emily Morris and David Murphey entertained the group with songs and everyone sang along with them. It was a fun filled evening.

The next quarterly meeting will be held in September with the annual tailgate party as they welcome in football season. Marcie Burris and Emily Morris will be the hosts.




Our New Associate Pastor Introduced
Posted June 8, 2017

At the beginning of the service on Sunday June 4 Bill Campbell confirmed the hiring of the new Associate Pastor Dylan Price.   Dylan is in his last year at Truett Seminary and will be the graduate assistant for Dr. Hulitt Gloer who has been serving as our interim associate.

Dylan brings a lot of experience and will be joined by his wife, Shelby.  Both graduated from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas before moving to Waco.  Let's all celebrate God's calling in bringing Dylan and Shelby to White Bluff Chapel. 


Dr. Gloer gave Dylan a wonderful recommendation and stated that Dylan was now and will continue to be a great preacher.  Dr. Gloer's influence on Dylan will be visible as his continues his walk with Christ.

A reception was held after the service in the Fellowship Hall as members extended their welcome to Dylan and Shelby.


Men's Ministry Continues to Help Those in Need
Posted May 25, 2017

by Rick Faught

Brett and Jan Schiftner's outlook is much better now that the dead trees are no longer blocking their view of the beautiful 5th fairway thanks to great work of this great group of men. 

Last week, in addition to the Schiftner's, the men's ministry also cut up and removed a large tree from the front yard for Jim and J'Vne Lindsey and mowed for Jack Horn since his time is being spent helping his wife these days.  We have manpower and energy to spare.

 


I've heard reports that some are hesitant to use us because they don't want charity.  I have a solution for that concern. We accept donations to the men's ministry. That money is then spent for supplies on the next project.  Donations are not required or expected but accepted. 

If you have a need or you'd like to be part of this ministry please contact Rick Faught.



WB Ladies Meet at Rustic Pool Pavilion
Posted May 25, 2017

The initial meeting of the WB (What Beautiful) Ladies was held on May 17.  Not all but a group of 26 ladies met at the Rustic pool pavilion for lunch, swapping books and fellowship.  The intent of these meetings is for everyone to get to know new neighbors and exchange books.  The bringing of a book is not mandatory.

Nancie Yarbro and some friends came up with the idea for the women of White Bluff to gather on occasion to get to know each other better.  The next gathering will be in September.


Chapel Celebrates With Betty Newman
Posted May 11, 2017



Everyone knew that the time was coming for Betty to step down as Associate Pastor after four years of her commitment to the Chapel.  During that time she found fulfillment and the Chapel was better because she was so involved.  On Sunday April 30 the Chapel honored her service.  Following the service, where she gave the sermon, Pastor Cosby presented Betty with a gift bag honoring her service.

The celebration began after the conclusion of service in the Fellowship Hall with a special cake and all the hugs and thanks from members.  In addition the musical talent in the Chapel dropped in and provided a festive atmosphere to the event.

For those that may not have seen Betty's thank you note it has been added to this article so you can see what her time meant to her.

Dear WBC family,

Sunday was a glorious day!  In so many ways I had dreaded Sunday because it marked the end of my time as associate pastor.  But you made it so much fun.  I can't tell you how much each of you mean to me.  You are the reason I have loved my job.  It has been such a blessing to lead the Bible studies, serve on the mission, worship and children's ministry teams.  I've loved the experience of helping lead the worship services.  I could go on and on.   


I was a little nervous and didn't think about opening my gift on Sunday.  It was two Yeti tumblers that have White Bluff Chapel and my name on one and my husband's name on the other.  What a perfect gift!!  Lulabell and I sit outside every morning and afternoon so the Yeti tumbler will keep my coffee hot in the morning and the sweet tea cold in the afternoon.  By the way, Lulabell has asked that I search for a Yeti dog bowl that will keep her water cool all during these hot summer months. 

Each card, gift, and kind spoken word is a reminder to me of why I love White Bluff Chapel and what makes it so special.  I will continue praying for our chapel as we search for our next associate pastor. 

In Christ's love, 

Betty



Men's Ministry Providing a Helping Hand, Again
Posted May 11, 2017



The Chapel's Men's Ministry is an organization that provides assistance where needed in the Lake Whitney community.  Their latest adventure was helping Andy and Sandy Dayton with the clearing of their gutters.  Paul, Mark and Bill gave of their time to help out the Daytons.

As was mentioned in the last issue of the website, the Men's Ministry is in need of more volunteers to handle the projects that come their way. Regardless of your skills, they can find a way for you to contribute.  If you would like get involved you can contact Rick Faught.



Easter Week Activities
Posted April 27, 2017

The Chapel held a variety of activities for Easter Week 2017.  Each event brought our many members and guests to help celebrate the Holy Week.

Following the Palm Sunday Service members attended and participated in Maundy Thursday, Tennabrae Service on Good Friday, the Chapel annual Easter egg hunt, Easter Sunrise Service and Easter Sunday Service.  All of these services required a lot of planning, hours of preparation and member participation.  It was a great, Holy and successful week.

There was a strong turnout for both the Maundy Thursday and Tennabrae services.  The music selection for all the services was a strong tribute to our Savior. The youngsters and the adults that attended the Easter egg hunt had a joyful time.

Around 50 people attended the Maundy Thursday service.


During the Tennabrae service guest musicians Marc Elysee and Paricia Principe, both from Southwestern Adventist University, added a wonderful presence to the music selections in the service.  A combination of scripture, readings and prayer brought home the events of Jesus' last week in Jerusalem.  The readings performed by members provided thoughts of those affected by their encounter with Christ when they learned of His crucifixion.  Approximately 150 people attended the service.

Once again the Chapel's Saturday for kids was a big success.  There were plenty of eggs for them to hunt and other treats as well.  Again volunteers made a difference.


104 members and guests attended the Easter Sunrise service and were fed by the Sunday morning Bible study group.  Six men representing the Men's Ministry volunteered to assist with parking and shuttling folks to the site of the service.

An overflow crowd of members and guests filled the Chapel for Easter Sunday Service.  Howard and Pat Clement did their usual great effort to adorn the cross with the fresh flowers brought in for the service.  The altar was adorned with Easter lilies purchased by members in remembrance of loved ones.  



Men's Ministry Helping the Turners Clean Gutters
Posted April 27, 2017

The Chapel's Men's Ministry is involved in many activities within Hill County.  On Good Friday they were helping a former member clean their gutters.  If you or you know someone that might need some assistance or want to get involved with this ministry please contact Rick Faught.

On Saturday April 14 three vigorous young men that included Mark, Bill and Rick helped Richard and Patty Turner trim trees and clean gutters. For many years Richard was active in men's ministry.  They felt   good to be able to repay his service.



Highway 933 Trash Cleanup
Posted April 13, 2017

On Saturday April 8 a group of ten able and eager bodies met at the waterfall pool to honor the Chapel commitment to keep two miles of FM 933 clean of trash. 

As mentioned in the last website issue April 8 was a day designated by the State of Texas as "Don't Mess With Texas Trash Off". 

When it's time for another round of cleanup Rick Faught will send out another request for volunteers.



Men's Ministry Continues to Help Those in Need
Posted April 13, 2017

The Chapel's Men's Ministry is a valuable asset helping people in our community by shining God's light on those in need.  One of their programs is the installation of wheel chair ramps.  Recently they've completed two ramp improvements and have a backlog of seven more.  One of the seven has probably been completed and will be presented in a future issue of the website.


One of the repairs was completed for Sarah Mulkey.   Her porch had deteriorated to the point she could not access the existing wheel chair ramp.  They refurbished her side porch so she could finally reach the ramp. 

Another ramp was installed for Alice Roden.  She is dependent on her electric wheel chair and could not get out of the house.  The men built her a complete new ramp. 


A third project was mentioned by Harry Seurkamp in an earlier issue about a woman impacted by the recent tornado.  They replaced her utility pole to restore electricity and replaced her damaged water heater.

You may also recall that the Chapel was graciously given an additional lot.  The Men's Ministry gathered to clear the lot.

The Men's Ministry is always looking for able bodied men to work on the ramp projects and other needs where they can help.  If you want more information or want to get involved you can contact Rick Faught.



9th Annual Chili Cook-Off a Big Success
Posted March 30, 2017

On Sunday March 19 the Men's Ministry held their annual Chili Cook-Off.  Before Sunday service began, Harry Seurkamp spoke to the congregation to explain that the proceeds of the event were already spent.  He indicated they could check the Chapel website for the full story.  He asked all to consider attending the event and help fill the donation baskets.

Rick Faught indicated this year was a complete success.  He stated there was a profit of almost $700.00.  He further expressed his gratitude to the members for supporting the Men's Ministry.  He also thanked the judges John Knightstep, Patty Turner, Bill Brown and Noel Allen along with all those who helped set up the hall and those that helped serve.

While everyone was enjoying the chili, Rick announced this year's winners.

Vegetarian chili - Ava Wood 
Mild chili with no beans - Vicki Shultz 



Wild game chili - Ron Williams 
Chili with beans - Rick Faught  
Hot chili no beans - Larry Smith
Grand Champion - Larry Smith 



Winners received a $25.00 gift card.  The Grand Champion received an additional $25.00 gift card. 

It was a generous standing room only crowd.  Rick wants to thank all those who competed and attended the event and those who stayed and helped clean up afterwards.


Over the Hill Care Group Holds St Patrick's Day Party
Posted March 30, 2017

On Saturday March 18 members of the Over the Hill Care Group attended their St. Patrick's Day party.  About 25 members met at the Lone Star Room for the festivities.  As always there was way too much food and lots of good fun.  New neighbors Bob and Kathy Valenta were welcomed.   Bob told the group how happy they were with choosing White Bluff to retire and because everyone has been so welcoming and happy they are here – as is everyone in the group.


A bottle of wine was offered to the first person who could tell why we wear green on St. Patrick's Day.  Emily Morris was the first to answer and got the wine!!  There was no contest for best dressed for St. Patrick's Day, but Gary Jeter would have won hands down!

Emily also played her guitar and led us in a sing-a-long of a couple of Irish songs.  Then David Murphey entertained us with a rollicking version of a country song. Everyone enjoyed the efforts of Emily and David and their singing and guitar playing.  The group hopes that Emily and David would be present to entertain anytime they gathered.  If anyone wonders why we wear green on St. Paddy's Day it's because the mischievous little leprechauns cannot see green, therefore you are invisible to them and they can't pinch you.


Bill and Aggie Gladbach became members of our group recently.  Following the music Aggie made a request for volunteers for Hospice.  Kathy Valenta and Ursula Stone signed up to volunteer.

Marcie Burris, the group leader, indicated that prayers were needed for Pam and Allen Boehm and Doc and Debbie Bradley.  Doc and Allen have medical issues that we pray can be resolved. Prayers were also asked for safe travels for Ursula and Ron aka Yippee Skippee Stone as they headed out for a road trip to San Diego with their two dogs the next day. 


If anyone doubted the power of prayer all they had to do was look to the end of one table to see Brett and Jan Schiftner sitting there with big smiles on their faces and as they watched Jan walk into the Lone Star Room with only her walker.    They overcame tremendous odds by surviving a horrendous motorcycle and car accident back in August of 2015.....proof of the power of prayer and miracles.

Ursula Stone and Debbie Bradley were the hosts and provided wonderful decorations and main entree.  The next party will be in June with Jan Hasty and Emily Morris hosting.  



White Bluff Chapel Welcomes New Members
Posted March 16, 2017

On Sunday March 5 the Chapel welcomed 12 new members.  Several of the new members were not present.  Those present were Bill and Marsha Brown, Judy Jarrett and Jan Pees.  The new members not present were; Louie and Dianne Luna, Dusty and Cheryl Thornton, Jerry and Lynette Moore and Larry and Cheryl Lucas.



Following the service they were greeted in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall where Mary Parish and her team provided a variety of refreshments for the occasion.



Chapel Sponsored Bible Study Retreat
Posted February 16, 2017

On February 3 and 4 the Adult Education committee led by Jody Yarbro presented a two day Bible study retreat.  On Friday evening Jody introduced Dr. Hulitt Gloer, Professor of Preaching and Christian Scripture at Truett Theological Seminary.  Dr. Gloer presented the study of "Following Jesus in the 21st Century: Discipleship in Mark's Gospel".

There were approximately 75 attendees; some that were from Whitney and Hillsboro, and all were lead through parts of Mark's Gospel by Dr. Gloer as he brought out in depth information and explanations of Mark's writings.  During the study he made it clear what it meant to be a disciple of Christ both in Christ's time and in today's world.  He challenged the retreat attendees to become Christ's Disciples.  He further pointed out how Mark used text from the Old Testament to reach the Jewish population in the first century during the rule of the Roman Empire.  







Dr. Gloer concluded the retreat by presenting the sermon on Sunday's worship service with a message entitled, "Servanthood," based on John 13:1-9. 



Mary Parish and her team of Helen Knight, Ginger Seurkamp, Dottie Redding, Noel Allen and Ruth Ann Cushon provided breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  Members of the Chapel provided desserts for Friday evening.  People were heard talking about it all being very good.



Chapel Hosts Valentine Banquet
Posted February 16, 2017

Mary Parish and her hospitality team provided beautiful decorations, great food and entertainment that were perfect ingredients for a delightful Valentine banquet on Friday February 10.  The event was held in the Maurice Martin Fellowship Hall.  The 89 attendees were greeted by Harry Seurkamp upon arrival and then treated to a tasty punch.

There was a clear sky with a near full moon as God was watching over the gathering.





After Mary welcomed everyone, Harry Seurkamp gave the blessing followed by the stampede to the chow line.  Two couples,  Gus and Pam Larson and Bill and Aggie Gladbach were invited to go first with a hospitality person providing assistance.



Once all had enjoyed their dinner, Nancy McGinnis began working on a new career by entertaining the crowd with a humorous comedy routine and some personal information about herself.  She then introduced Ralph Sparks who once again engaged the group in a walk down memory lane of 50's and 60's music relevant to Valentine's Day.



Nancy implied that the "Synchronized Swimmers" might make a return engagement next year.  She then began handing out a token gift to each of the hospitality ladies along with a floral gift for Mary Parish and thanking them all for their efforts.





Chapel Board of Trustees Hold Retreat
Posted February 2, 2017

The 2017 Board of Trustees along with members of the White Bluff Chapel met on Saturday, January 29 for a time of fellowship and prayer.  They asked God to go before them as they do the business of White Bluff Chapel and to lead and guide them throughout this year.  They covet your prayers to help them accomplish the work God has given them to do. 


The "Good Eats" Care Group Meets
Posted February 2, 2017

The care group led by the Yarbro's got together Sunday January 29 at the home of Robert and Carolyn Hooks to enjoy Fellowship and "Good Eats".  They decided they have great cooks, great neighbors and great friends.

They had three couples join them. Wes and Diane Martin who are new to White Bluff along with Cliff and Carol Bartlett and Jim and Pat Griffin have joined the group.  They were 25 strong.  Thanks to Robert and Carolyn Hooks for hosting.


Retiring Trustees Honored for Their Service
Posted January 5, 2017

On Sunday January 1 Wes Mitchell, in his last role as Chair of the Trustees, announced that Ava Wood was the new Secretary and Bill Campbell would be the new Vice Chair.  He then announced that Nancie Yarbro would be the new Chair of the Trustees for 2017.  In a previous meeting Wes announced that the four new trustees were John Knightstep, Larry Lively, Marilyn Pollard and Tyler Cox.  Their service time is January 1, 2017 through December 2019.

Wes further recognized Mike Pollard as the Chapel's treasurer and complimented Bob Harris on his role as assistant treasurer and the hours he spends daily in this function. 

Nancie Yarbro acknowledged Bubba Radke, Larry Turner and Liz Umble for their service and presented them with a certificate of appreciation for their service.  She then acknowledged Wes Mitchell's contribution to the Chapel in his role as Chair of the board and presented him with a plaque.  These four members have completed their term as trustee.


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