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Winter Bible Retreat Focuses on
"Nothing is Impossible with God"
Posted March 1, 2018

On February 22 and 23 White Bluff Chapel hosted its annual Winter Bible Retreat in Fellowship Hall.  Approximately 90 people attended to hear Dr. Hulitt Gloer present an overview of Jesus' last week on his travels to Jerusalem, as told by Luke.   It was a return engagement for Dr. Gloer, who last year provided for the Winter Bible Retreat an in-depth understanding of Mark's Gospel.

Jody Yarbro, Chairman of the Adult Education Committee, introduced Dr. Gloer, a Preaching Professor at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University and past interim Associate Pastor at White Bluff Chapel. Yarbro called on him to start off by providing some thoughts on the life of Billy Graham, following Graham’s death earlier in the week.  Gloer gave the group a unique insight into what Rev. Graham managed to accomplish at a time when our country was very much segregated. 

Dr. Gloer's Retreat lesson tied Luke's message to the Jewish year of the Jubilee and clarified the meaning of many of Jesus' parables, emphasizing throughout the parables that “nothing is impossible with God.”  His presentation was both thought-provoking and educational, confirming Gloer as a powerful and knowledgeable speaker.

The Friday evening session began with refreshments provided by Mary Parish and her Hospitality team.  They also provided a continental breakfast on Saturday as well as a lunch consisting of a variety of sandwich options, salads and desserts.  At the conclusion of the day Dr. Gloer congratulated Mary and her team on their efforts and the fine food.  Those attending gave them a round of applause and someone was heard shouting that it was a Gold Medal performance.

In his closing, Dr. Gloer indicated that he and his wife Shelia were retiring this year and would be moving to Arkansas where he will serve part-time as Scholar in Residence at the Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, a church where he once pastored before.  Following that term, they plan to relocate to the Kansas City area to be near their granddaughter.  He indicated that he would look forward to returning to White Bluff Chapel again for another retreat.

Valentine's Banquet Marks 13th Year of Celebration
Posted February 15, 2018

Beautiful decorations, a scrumptious meal consisting of shrimp cocktail, salad, lasagna and cheese cake; romantic sing-along music; an entertaining stage show; and engaging conversation with neighbors made up an evening enjoyable for all. It was the evening of February 9, 2018, which saw another capacity crowd join in fellowship for the Chapel's 13th annual Valentine's banquet. 

Upon arrival, 100 guests were welcomed with a tasty punch and led to an area where Jim Browder took their photographs.  The photos will be used in the Chapel's online Directory and sent to the guests as a party favor. Seven additional guests took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy “take-out” plates at home.

Following the dinner, Emcee Nancy McGinnis entertained the crowd with some of her great humor about becoming a little older.  She then introduced Paula Carpenter at the keyboard, who played several love songs for the sing-along phase of the program.  A surprise quartet consisting of Ron Stone, Mary Parish, Nancy McGinnis and Guin McGinnis then entered the stage to the tune of Michael Jackson's “Beat It.” Dressed a bit like Michael Jackson, (wearing the one white glove, a black hat, and black and white garb), they performed a dance number to the music, “Billy Jean,” which brought down the house to wild applause.

Following the entertainment, Mary Parish expressed her thanks to her committee for their contributions in the cuisine and to Peggy Mitchell and Kathleen Knightstep for the elaborate banquet decorations.

Celebrating the Years with Mary Parish
Posted February 15, 2018

Members of Mary Parish’s Hospitality Committee organized a Birthday party in her honor and invited the entire Chapel membership to join in. The event was held after worship service on Sunday, February 4, in Fellowship Hall. Mary has been most giving of her culinary talents, taking care of all the Chapel’s catering needs over the last 11 years.

The celebration gave folks a chance to sing and to say Happy Birthday face-to-face to Mary, while many also brought her birthday cards. The Hospitality team ensured that everyone had an ample supply of an enticing variety of treats to sample. They also enjoyed answering the “forbidden question” with the clever response that Mary was celebrating her 59th anniversary of her 21st birthday.

In addition to managing the Chapel’s Hospitality Committee, Mary Parish also adds her wonderful voice to the choir and even occasionally joins another choir member in a duet during Sunday service. Those who attended this week’s Valentine Banquet were treated to a glimpse of her dancing skills, as well!

Chapel Members Step up for Trash Pick-up
Posted February 15, 2018

by Rick Faught

You may or may not have noticed, for quite some time there has been no appeal for a group to meet on Saturday morning to clean our section of Highway 933. You also didn't notice an accumulation of litter because there is none. Glen and Karen Van Wyk took this on as their private mission and have done a fantastic job.  Next time you see them, thank them for their service.


Holly Faught Captures Grand Champion Prize for Chili
Posted February 15, 2018

The annual Men's Ministry Chili Cook-Off, held on February 11, was another great success this year. Eighteen chili entries represented the trophy wanna-be’s who had armed themselves with spoons and spices in hopes of rising above the rest. The top-placing competitors featured two women who walked away winning two categories plus the Grand Champion prize, and three men who took top honors in two categories, two of whom tied for the wild game prize.  Holly Faught took possession of the Grand Champion prize with the entry that also won her the “Mild Chili with No Beans” category. Vicki Shultz won the “Chili with Beans” category, while hubby Jerry Shultz won with his entry in the “Hot Chili” group. Jody Yarbro and Ron Williams tied for top honors in the “Wild Game Chili” category.

Judging the event were Mike Pollard, Dylan Price, Ben Keith and Kae Keith. Support staff consisted of Marilyn Pollard, Shelby Price, and Paul and Becky Jacobus. All chili entries were served in a lunch buffet immediately after the judging took place and the winners were announced. Condiments accompanying the chili were cornbread, crackers, onions, cheese and corn chips. About 60 attendees participated in sampling the various chili entries for lunch and in making “love” offerings for the privilege.

Men’s Ministry Committee Chair Rick Faught thanked the hungry crowd for coming out in the perfect chilly/chili weather and for contributing over $400 for the Men's Ministry upcoming projects.

Men's Ministry Continues to Answer the Call
Posted February 1, 2018

On January 20, one of the more pleasant Saturdays so far this year, Rick Faught and Bill Pierce arrived at the home of Bill and Marcie Burris to clean out their gutters, a normally thankless job that was greatly appreciated.

Bill had indicated to them that in a letter recently posted on the website by Rick Faught, a certain line rang a chord with him. Rick's line was: "When Father Time has you questioning your ability to do the job and Mother Nature is questioning the wisdom of attempting the job, CALL US!" Not only were Father Time and Mother Nature questioning things but Marcie was not too keen on Bill's being up on a ladder.

Bottom line is that Bill and Marcie can attest to the fact that if you call the Men's Ministry, they WILL answer and respond! They are a major blessing, not only to the Chapel's members, but to the local community as well. God bless this giving organization!

The Heart and Soul of the Care Group Ministry
Posted February 1, 2018

So what is this Care Group Ministry all about, anyway? Does it sound to you like these groups are just all about social? Well, while that is partly true, Betty Newman recently had an experience that demonstrated for her what the deep, underlying purpose of this ministry is more accurately about. Now Betty can witness to the true heart and soul of the Care Group Ministry through the following anecdote.

The Chapel recently sent out a prayer request in which folks were notified that Patty Turner's mother had just gone home to meet the Lord.  Richard and Patty are members of the Chapel Care Group led by Rick and Holly Faught.

Betty Newman was shopping at the local Brookshire's and ran into three members of their care group.  They were shopping to prepare food items to donate to the Turners during their time of need.

This action demonstrated the meaning and ideals of what the Chapel Care Group Ministry is all about, looking out for the group's members and, when the need arises, helping them along the way.

Men's Ministry Receives $5K Grant
Posted January 18, 2018

The Dorothy Gaines Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to the WBC Men's Ministry to support the Chapel's efforts in Hill County on behalf of the Texas Ramp Project, Waco Region. Several updates regarding the handicap ramps that the Men's Ministry has built for those in need have been posted on the Chapel website. The January 4th update contained information on how the ramp project operates, as well as other recent projects.

Attached is the application submitted in August by The Texas Ramp Project seeking a grant from the Dorothy Gaines Foundation to provide funds for materials needed to build handicap ramps in Hill County.  A team of volunteers from White Bluff Chapel provides the labor for the construction.  This is the second year in a row that $5000 was awarded for the ministry.  It is clear that the Gaines charitable foundation appreciates our work here in Hill County.  The Men's Ministry also received a $2000 grant from HILCO Roundup and $2000 from ExxonMobil in 2017.  They plan to keep up the good work and not tire of helping others!
2018 already has several ramp projects in the works with many more to be added as applications are received. Those interested in getting involved with these projects should contact Ron Williams at 254-694- 9680.

Chapel Observes Advent Season with Four Services
Posted January 4, 2018

On the four Wednesdays prior to the Sunday December 24 service the Chapel hosted their annual Advent services.  This year the services began with a gathering in Fellowship Hall for a dinner of soups and desserts.  The attendance for this year's services was increased over previous years.

In case you were not able to attend any of the services you can listen to them through the links listed below.

Hope 11/29/17
Peace 12/6/17
Joy 12/3/17
Love 12/20/17

Choir Christmas Dinner and Caroling
Posted January 4, 2018

Each year the Chapel Choir holds a Christmas dinner followed by caroling around the community and this year was no different. The Choir made 21 visits including Park Plaza and Country Club Retirement Center.

They spread joy whether in the choir loft or around the community.

Chapel Members Celebrate Glenna's Retirement
Posted January 4, 2018

On December 14 Chapel members along with some of Glenna's family spent a very enjoyable evening celebrating Glenna's contributions to the Chapel and doing what she called "God's Work."  It was previously announced that Kathleen Knightstep would assume Glenna's position. 

Mary Parish and her team provided a wonderful assortment of refreshments.  Peggy Mitchell and Kathleen Knightstep helped with the refreshments and also decorated the room.

Both Nancie Yarbro and Michael Pollard spoke about Glenna's contributions.  Michael also read a note from Pastor Terry Cosby.  Terry wanted to be there but the doctors advised him not to go considering his current condition.

If you weren't able to attend the reception you missed a visit from Forest Gump who assisted Michael Pollard with Terry's note.  You can read Terry's note if you want to refresh your memory or would like to know what was said if you could not attend.

In addition to the letter, here are comments by people who have worked closely with Glenna.

From Nancie Yarbro

Last year Glenna decided to stay on “one more year” much to my delight. She has proven to be invaluable to me in my role as Chair of the Trustees. She will be missed but we expect her and Danny to enjoy the traveling they have put off to help the Chapel. 

We are so excited that Kathleen Knightstep has felt the call to work at the Chapel as Office Administrator. Her loving and gracious spirit will be such an asset to the Chapel. 

From Bob Harris

While working with Glenna the past 8 years, I have seen what a gift and blessing she is to the White Bluff Chapel.

From Wes Mitchell

I don’t remember ever being in the Chapel office and experiencing a gloomy or depressed atmosphere. While there, I don’t recall ever hearing gossip or disparaging remarks. The reason I can make these statements is not that I am forgetful even though that might be true. The reason has been that Glenna Bodeker was there.

She is the perfect example of an upbeat and cheerful attitude regardless of the circumstances. Proverbs 17:22 is about Glenna: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

I could always count on her to tell me who might need a visit. I am and will always be inspired by her servant heart and I will miss her greatly.

Glenna, will you still be replenishing the supply of chocolate in the office?

Chapel Announces New Trustees
Posted January 4, 2018

On Sunday December 31 Nancie Yarbro, retiring Chair, announced Bill Campbell as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees, Karen Williams as the Vice Chair and Pat Clements as Secretary.    She thanked them for their contributions to the future of the Chapel.

Due to his relocation Tyler Cox resigned his seat on the Board of Trustees.  During the board's November meeting they selected Karen Williams to complete Tyler's term. 

Those who completed their term on the board on December 31 are:  Nancie Yarbro, Ron Roberts and Gary Comer.  As the new Chair, Bill Campbell brought each forward to acknowledge their contribution with a certificate.

Nancie had previously acknowledged the four new members to the board.  They are:  Cheryl Comer, Jody Yarbro, Pat Clements and Robert Woods.

POA Potluck Dinner and Entertainment
Posted January 4, 2018

On the second Tuesday of each month POA members gather at the Chapel's Fellowship Hall for an evening of fellowship and dinner. POA members that gathered for the December dinner were treated to guitar and choral mastery. Everyone joined in and sang Christmas carols. A fun time was had by all.

Building a Ramp for Christmas
Posted January 4, 2018

by Ron Williams

The Men’s Ministry “Ramp Building Guys” have been busy this year, completing fifteen handicap ramps located in Whitney, Hillsboro, Hubbard, Grandview, and Covington.

Work begins when a referral is received from The Texas Ramp Project, which manages client applications, funding grants, and material purchases throughout Texas.  Locally, most of the funding has come from grants by HILCO Roundup, the Dorothy Gaines Foundation, and ExxonMobil.  Our team from White Bluff Chapel provides the volunteer labor within Hill County. 

After an application is received, one of our team visits the home of the client and verifies the need, and surveys the site to determine the design and material requirements.  Then materials are ordered, and we usually have a prefab session at the team's warehouse in Whitney to build the ramp modules.  Then team members are polled to find a suitable date for the on-site build.  Most builds take 4-6 hours.

Sporting new “I Gave a Ramp for Christmas” T-shirts, six team members built a 26’ ramp for a client here in Whitney on December 20.  Several more are on the waiting list, and many new applications are expected in 2018.

If you would like to join the team, or just find out more about how it operates, please contact Ron Williams at 694-9680.

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