Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is single, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not clear, your body is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as fully illumined as when a lamp gives you light with its rays! Luke 11:34-36
John James Audubon had one object in life: to produce accurate drawings and descriptions of all the birds on the American Continent. He paid his way by painting portraits and doing other tasks for hire. Exploring forests, jungles, prairies, mountains, frozen seas, and swollen rivers, he fought his way toward his one object, to carve his name among naturalists as having produced a complete history of American birds. “This resolution ate him up, and subdued his whole life,” wrote 19th Century pastor Charles Spurgeon. “He accomplished his work because he gave himself wholly to it. This is the way in which Christians should make Christ their element. All that they do should be subservient to this one thing, ‘That I may finish my course with joy, that I may deliver my testimony for Christ, that I may glorify God whether I live or die.'” (Adapted from Devotions and Prayers of Charles H. Spurgeon, p.16)
“For me, to live is Christ,” the Apostle Paul told the Philippians. (v. 1:21) And to believers in Corinth, he wrote: “The God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shines in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:5-7) God has entrusted the good news of salvation in Jesus to frail and fallible human beings! Our clay jars aren’t the focus, though. The point is that God’s power lives in us and shines out to illuminate the world through us. This glorious mission should eat us up and subdue our whole lives!
Your Pastor for Administration, Rick Weaver, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. First service music will be provided by Gisela Aguilar, Marileusa Portela, and Leticia Gualbertor. T’resa Weaver will tell the children’s story for both services. Sipho Ndebele will offer prayer for first service, and Scott Houghton will pray for the 11:30 service. Student Pastor Semu Siologa will call for the offering, which will support two broadcast ministries, The Voice of Prophecy and La Voz de la Esperanza. Scott Houghton will make the offering appeal in the 11:30 worship service. Keene Worship Band will lead praise songs. Sam Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, an inspiring worship service awaits you at Elevate in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Everyone is welcome to this service that is designed especially for young adults. Welcome home! There’s always room for one more!
Bible by Design will not meet this Sabbath due to the church campout.
PhotoVoice Exhibit – “A picture is worth a thousand words,” it is said. A few months ago, members from our community went out and took pictures that tell our neighborhood story. Please join us this Sabbath, 3:30pm at the Annex, for a special look inside our Keene community through “PhotoVoice.” Light refreshments will be served. You won’t want to miss this!
Community Services Planning Small Group will NOT meet this Sabbath in room 106. We will meet in the Annex at 3:30pm to attend the PhotoVoice Exhibit.
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner shines a light on fascinating new insights to the Book of Joshua in the Chapel at 7pm. Come in! You’ll be glad that you did!
The Retirees Fellowship will meet Thursday, October 17, at 5pm at The Annex. This will be a potluck, so bring a dish and table games!
Finance Committee will meet Thursday, October 17, 7pm.
Mommy Meals urgently needs help preparing a meal per day to deliver to a new mommy next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If you can provide a full meal for a newborn’s family on one of those days, please contact Myrtle Mathis, 909-855-0593 right away so that she’ll know those days are covered. Mommy Meals is a fun ministry that provides a family meal for new mothers every day for a while after their infant comes home. If you’d like to become a regular part of this ministry, we’d love for you to join us!
It’s time to ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT for the 2019-2020 school year! Are you willing to open your home to one or more college students over the next school year, be adoptive parents, and provide a warm meal and kind words? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Directory – We are working on a new approach for a Keene Church Photo Directory that will be available on your mobile device. We need a recent photo of you and your family! If you have a recent family picture, you can send it to us at http://bit.ly/KeeneChurchPhotos – Please include the first and last names when you send the photo.
You Can Help – You can help your local Pathfinder club feed its youth. With a club this big, food donations will really help defray expenses. Please consider donating items we can use for camping trips or an outing. Drinks, chips, canned hot dogs, apple sauce, pancake mix, graham crackers, oil, waters, syrup, lunch snacks, granola bars, vegetarian chili, baked beans, cookies, re fried vegetarian beans, salsa, ketchup, Mayo, relish, variety oatmeal packets, tetra packs of almond milk, canned fruit, spray oil, powdered drink mix, tortilla shells, etc., will be appreciated.
Driving Ministry needs your HELP! We urgently need volunteers to support the Keene Church Driving Ministry. This is an active ministry that assists people by driving those that are unable to get to the grocery store, the bank, or doctors’ appointments within a 10-mile radius of Keene. If you have an interest in volunteering for this ministry, please contact Sheila Spalding at 817-937-4710.
Need a visit? You can ask for a pastoral visit by visiting the Keene Church website (www.keenechurch.org) and clicking on “Visitation Request” at the top. We’d love to visit with you!
LifeGroups – See the board near our Welcome Desk for details)
Bird watching – October 13, 8:30am – meet in the parking lot
Disc Golf – October 13, 9am by the pond
Ladies’ Breakfast Club – October 14, 8:30am, Keene City Station
Loops of Love crochet/knitting group – October 16, 2:30pm
The Professor Says…Dr. Rico – October 19, 4pm, Revelation 12-14, Room 104
Sewing Group – October 20, 3pm, Chisholm Trail Academy
New! Ladies’ Brunch Club begins First Sundays of the month (starting November 3) at 10am in the SWAU cafeteria!
A New Life Bible School – “Thank you for the Bible studies. I’m starting to realize that God is with me through everything whether I feel His presence or not.” – Student
Southwestern Adventist University
Believe it! An affordable Christian college education is not an oxymoron! Learn about: FAFSA and why it is important; legitimate scholarship sites; summer work match – tax free interest free student loans; merit and need based scholarships; how to get 100% tuition scholarships. Sponsored by Southwestern Adventist University. Larry R. Moore Hall, Room 110, October 16, 7pm.
Walk for Cleburne Climbers Walk-a-Thon 2019 on October 13, 10am at Keene Duck Pond. Be part of a group picture! Registration begins at 9:30 and is $12 (no T-shirt included) or $20 for registration and T-shirt. Funds raised go to a newly developed Adventurer Club. Contact: Pastor Michael Musante at Cleburne Church.
A’Men Quartet – We are thrilled to have the A’Men Quartet in concert in the chapel on October 19 starting at 7pm. You won’t want to miss this concert!
Collingsworth Family Concert – We are excited that the Collingsworth Family will perform at Keene Church on March 24, 2020. We are raising funds for this concert. If you would like to support this, please mark your tithe envelope as Spring Concert.
AMEN Official Announcement – Are you a physician or a dentist with an earnest longing for souls? Join us Thursday October 31 – Sunday November 3, 2019 in St. Augustine, FL. The 2019 AMEN conference, “Christ in You,” will call each of us to a deeper level of service that goes beyond our comfort zone, challenging us to examine the significance of Christ’s sacrifice, instilling a desire to share Him daily. Speakers include: Pastor Mark Finley, Wes Peppers, Sebastien Braxton; Dentists Kianna Simmons, Fred and Jane Lee; Physicians Brian Schwartz, Neil Nedley, Mark Sandoval, John Shin, and many others. All physicians, dentists, healthcare professionals, and pastors are encouraged to attend. We hope you will join us as hundreds of physicians and dentists from across America, and around the world, gather to reflect Christ in Us.
Calling all men! Texas Adventist Men is holding its annual summit on November 8-10 in Houston. Speakers include Doug Batchelor, Wintley Phipps, and Dr. Neil Nedley. Go to texasadventistmen.org.
And this is God’s commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another. 1 John 3:23 When Bernard of Clairvaux saw a poor man in humble apparel, he would say to himself: “Truly, Bernard, this man has more patience beneath his cross than you have.” But if he saw a rich man elegantly clothed, then he would say: “It may be that this man, under his fine clothing, has a better soul than I have under my clerical robe!” This showed an excellent charity! Charles Spurgeon exclaimed. It is easy to think evil of all men, for there is sure to be some fault about each one which even the least discerning may readily discover; but it is far more worthy of a Christian, and shows much more nobility of soul, to spy out the good in each fellow believer. This needs a larger mind as well as a better heart, and hence it should be a point of honor to practice it till we obtain an aptitude for it. Oh, to learn the science of Christian love! (ibid, adapted from p. 12)
Invite Jesus to make His home in your hearts through faith, Forever Family! (Ephesians 3:17)
Your Keene Church Pastors
Living for Jesus a life that is true,
striving to please him in all that I do,
yielding allegiance glad hearted and free
this is the pathway of blessing for me.
O Jesus, Lord and Savior,
I give myself to you,
for you in your atonement
did give yourself for me.
I own no other master
my heart shall be your throne:
my life I give, henceforth to live,
O Christ, for you alone.
Living for Jesus, who died in my place,
bearing on Calvary my sin and disgrace:
such love constrains me to answer his call,
follow his leading, and give him my all. [Refrain]
Living for Jesus wherever I am,
doing each duty in his holy name,
seeking the lost ones he died to redeem,
bringing the weary to find rest in him. [Refrain]
Thomas O. Chisholm