Prayer’s palette

Are you an artist at heart? If you sat under a shady tree with a sketchbook, dapples of sunshine decorating your imagination, what colors would you select to illustrate your prayer experience? Would the Lord’s Prayer be a place to start? Which hues for your prayer portrait do these words suggest?

Father . . . Heaven . . . Holy . . . King . . . Wise . . .
Omnipotent . . . Omnipresent . . .Provider . . . Forgiving . . .
Guide. . . Deliverer . . . Powerful . . .
Glorious!

This is a big weekend at Chisholm Trail Academy: Homecoming! We praise God for our students and we give thanks for His providence during the amazing mission trip they took to the Dominican Republic during spring vacation! CTA students are quick to tell us of answered prayer!

Esther Sousa, a junior, says: “This year CTA joined with the SWAU Nursing Department to go to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip. There were a limited number of spots, based on whoever paid first. Thinking of the expense, I hid the desire to go until my friend Taylor W. could see through me, and she told me to pray about it. We prayed, and I went to the office with the check the next day. There were no spots left. I was so sad, but I prayed about it with my family and the next day they told me that there was a mistake with the counting and that I would be the last person to fill a spot. This mission trip ended up being a huge blessing in my life, and I am thankful for the opportunity that I had to go!”

Canaan O Steen, a senior, reports: “This spring break I went on a mission trip with CTA. Going to the Dominican Republic was a tremendous blessing for me. We volunteered at an orphanage and had multiple clinics. I raised enough money to go on the mission trip by hosting a vespers. I sang songs and spoke about what we were going to do on the trip. Through that vespers God blessed me with enough funds to go and experience helping others not only physically, but spiritually as well.”

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10

This Sabbath

Concluding our pastors’ March sermon series on prayer during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services, Don Gibson, our Pastor for Administration, will preach about the “how” of prayer. The Southwestern String Quartet, Marc Elysee, Devon Howard, and Sofia Tsatalbasidis will present worship music. Daniel Mertz will tell the children’s story and Sipho Ndebele will offer prayer. During second service, our Pastor for Youth, Carlos Pasillas, will baptize Chloe and Elijah Chacon, and Pastor Pasillas and Student Pastor Josh Ramirez will dedicate baby Preston Wortham. David Wilson will be Deacon in Charge. The offering will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations.

Student Pastor Josh Ramirez will preach for The Middle Service at 10:15 in the Fellowship Hall. Young Adults, your Elevate leaders love worshiping with you! Thank you for being here!

Resurrection Pageant

Resurrection Pageant is April 15! Get your tickets at church this Sabbath!

Pageant Tickets and promotional materials are available in the church lobby this Sabbath. We encourage you to attend the morning performances, saving space for the large crowds expected later in the day. If you can share a promotional pack with a church in your neighborhood, please pick one up in the lobby. Tickets will be available at the pickup locations and online at keenechurch.com starting this Monday, March 27.
Donations of water bottles and certain food will be appreciated. Thank you for the donations you’ve brought already!
Sign up now to be part of the cast or crew in the pageant. Stop by the Welcome Center for the blue form.
Audition for a speaking part on Sabbath, March 25, at 10:00-11:00 AM, in the room next to the 4-Year Sabbath School.
Thank you, thank you to all who went out to deliver hundreds of Resurrection Pageant invitation cards around Keene last Sabbath afternoon!

Announcements
Church Board will meet Tuesday, March 28, 7:00 p.m., in the South Fellowship Hall.

Study, Prayer, and Fellowship (SPF), led this week by Pastor Travis Patterson, invites you to join our amazing journey through Genesis’ history on Wednesday nights at 7:00 in the Chapel. You’ll love discovering things you’d never realized before, and we’ll be delighted to welcome you!

Exciting news from our prison ministries! A New Life Bible School and New Discovery Bible School now share an office building at 207 S. College (corner of S. College and 2nd St.) in Keene. “A New Life” contact updates: P O Box 606, Keene, TX 76059. Email anewlifebibleschool@keenechurch.com. Phone: 817-526-5556. Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to noon; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Entrance and parking are in the back. Thank you for your wonderful support!

General church fellowship potluck is next Sabbath, April 1, after second service, and the theme is Italian food! Bring plenty of pasta, ravioli, veggie meatballs, spaghetti, and salad for our guests!

Our schools

Keene Adventist Elementary School is a ministry of Keene Church and provides Christian education for children grades Pre-K through 8th grade. KAES offers music, technology, and PE to round out a strong academic program.

You are invited to our Pre-K and Kindergarten open house on March 28, 6:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to meet teachers, learn about our programs, and tour our classrooms.

It’s time for some spring cleaning! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Come to our school work bee on April 2, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, to clean and maintain our school in the company of friends. Thank you very much!

Chisholm Trail Academy’s goal is to create a safe educational environment that fosters the development of a relationship with Jesus, promotes a life-long love of learning and service, and nurtures the optimal growth, potential, and character of each individual student.
Chisholm Trail Academy Alumni Weekend is this weekend! Welcome home!

CTA 5k benefitting Worthy Student Aid is March 26, 8:30 AM (race day registration starts 7:00 AM), CTA parking lot, $30 adults and $15 youth. A pancake breakfast will be served by CTA staff for participants, and is for purchase as well. Info: 817-641-6626.

CTA will host Visitation Day on Wednesday, April 5. All 8th grade and interested high school students are invited to come to our Academy and meet the students, faculty and staff. Academy Visitation Day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:30 PM, with lunch provided. Info: Call CTA at 817-641-6626 or 817-558-4404 and talk to Mrs. Furr or Mrs. Bowyer.

Southwestern Adventist University is home to a diverse student body educated by personable professors in a Christ-centered environment. The strong academics, family friendly attitude, and spiritual emphasis creates a campus that is perfectly situated to provide students with the atmosphere and tools necessary to obtain a degree and live a life of substance and service.

Join us for a Baroque Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 26, at 7:30 PM in the Mabee Center.

Get excited about Jesus! Southwestern’s Spiritual Life and Development leaders, in partnership with Keene Church, have invited Elizabeth Talbot, Speaker/Director for the “Jesus 101” Biblical Institute, to speak in our Sanctuary on Friday night, March 31, at 7:30, and on Sabbath, April 1, at 9:00, 11:30, and 2:30. “If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed!” (John 8:36)

Homecoming is April 6-9! Register for events, such as the banquet, prayer breakfast, sports games, golf and disc golf tournaments, 5k race, motorcycle race, and car show and more, at swau.edu/homecoming. Schedule includes special speakers and Heritage Singers concert. The golf tournament on April 6 benefits student scholarships. The 5k race, held on Sunday the 9th, benefits the fight against human trafficking. Come join us!

Saxon Lecture Series in Science and Religion continues with Randall Younker, Professor of Archaeology and History of Antiquity at Andrews University, speaking on the topic of “The Myth of the Solid Dome Heaven: A Look at the Meaning of Firmament in Genesis 1.” April 1, 4:00 PM, Wharton Auditorium.

Join us April 9th for the SWAU Homecoming Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $20 entry fee per vehicle. Spectators free! Held behind Leiske-Pultar Gym. All proceeds benefit our Finish Line Scholarship Fund.

Our community

Business Expo, Health Fair and Job Fair will be Sunday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Southwestern Adventist University’s Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium. The Keene Chamber of Commerce, in association with Keene Business Development Corporation and Keene Economic Development Corporation, is joining with major sponsor Southwestern Adventist University and the North Central Texas WorkForce for this.event. Admission is free. There will be 42 area businesses represented with services, products, and giveaways. Here are some highlights:

  • Southwestern’s Department of Nursing will conduct comprehensive health screenings in blood pressure and blood sugar and will have booths featuring nutrition, children’s health, environmental health, dental health and stroke and heart disease prevention.
  • The Texas Health Resources Mobile Health Unit will be on site from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to provide well-woman exams, mammograms and colon cancer screenings. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-855-318-7696. Women without insurance may qualify for sponsored screening. Women who have insurance will have their insurance directly billed.
  • WorkForce will host a job fair and have its 13-work station mobile laboratory on hand to assist with employment applications. Hot food prepared by local nonprofit organizations will be available.
  • There will be seminars on wills and final planning and investments.
  • Entertainment will be provided by choirs from the Keene Spanish Adventist Church, Keene High School, Chisholm Trail Academy, and Keene Adventist Elementary School.

Concerts

Camerata will present a concert in our Chapel at 7:30 next Saturday night, April 1.

Heritage Singers will present a free concert in our Sanctuary Sabbath, April 8, 6:30 p.m..

Greater Vision, Mark Trammel Quartet, and Second Half Quartet with Pat Barker will perform in our Sanctuary on April 22, at 7:30 p.m.

In conclusion

Speaking of color, these are the jewels that Revelation 21 tells us God has chosen to build the New Jerusalem:

12 foundation stones of jasper, sapphire, agate, emerald,
sardonyx, carnelian, chrysolite,
beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, amethyst;
walls of jasper; streets of pure gold like transparent glass;
each of the 12 gates a single pearl–
with God’s glory shining through all of it!

“I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.” Revelation 21:22-25

Forever Family, God has prepared a place for you in the midst of all His glory, and He’s coming soon to take you home!

Your Keene Church Pastors