In briny deep waters around the globe our fellow mammals–whales–are on the move. Along the United States West Coast as we speak, Pacific gray whales are swimming about two-and-one-half miles offshore from Oregon and California, their flashing flukes and shimmering spouts causing whale watchers to leap along beaches and spill their hot chocolate on boat decks. On their way from Alaskan summer feeding grounds to winter birthing and breeding lagoons in Baja, California, pregnant females lead the charge to warm southern waters, followed by males and other adult females. Juveniles tag along, but some don’t reach Mexico before turning around and heading north. As their Creator designed, gray whales make this 10,000-mile round trip every year. Whale migrations also traverse more distant Pacific waters, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. One Sabbath a pastor who had accompanied his congregation’s whale watch ride in choppy waters the previous Sunday commented: “I’m glad that in heaven we’ll have a sea of glass!”
Last Monday, Earth launched another 365-day spin around the sun. God has promised that “as long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” (Genesis 8:22) Bobbing along in your little boat on life’s vast sea, gazing at star-draped heavens, are you awed by His greatness, goodness, and grace? Like the angels in Isaiah 6:1-7, does worship replace life’s cacophony when you consider God’s glory and sing “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory”? When you experience God “high and lifted up,” do you fall on your face, confessing your sins? (Isaiah 6:1-6) This is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10) When we recognize how great God is, how sinful we are, and the extent of His forgiveness, we receive power to do His work. When He asks “Whom shall I send?” we humbly respond: “Send me.” *
As 2018 begins, do you have a burning devotion to God? “Holiness means morally perfect, pure, and set apart from all sin. We need to rediscover God’s holiness. Our daily frustrations, society’s pressures, and our shortcoming reduce and narrow our view of God. We need the Bible’s view of God as high and lifted up to empower us to deal with our problems and concerns. God’s moral perfection, properly seen, purifies us from sin, cleanses our minds from our problems, and enables us to worship and to serve.” (Life Application Bible, comments on Isaiah 6) We won’t enjoy the sea of glass before Jesus comes, but in the fear of the Lord we will find safe harbor until that day. “Take a moment to consider the awesome reality that the God who spoke and created the universe is now speaking to you. . . . The possibilities should cause you to tremble! The next time you open God’s Word, do so with a sense of holy expectation.” (Experiencing God Day by Day, Henry and Richard Blackaby, p. 4)
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Forever His, Sacred Voice, Devon Howard, Steve Hubbard and an instrumental ensemble will provide our worship music. A student will tell the children’s story, and Sipho Ndebele will offer congregational prayer. Steve Bradley will serve as Deacon in Charge. This week’s offering will support Texas Vision.
Young Adults, your speaker at The Middle Service will be Jerrod Songy, Texas Conference Field Representative for North Texas. We’re looking forward to meeting with you at 10:15 in the Fellowship Hall on this first Sabbath of 2018!
“The End of Me” – Where real life in the upside-down ways of Jesus begins – Here’s an exciting book study for the New Year—packed with fresh insights to enliven your life in 2018! Today, visit the Connections Sabbath School class in Gathering Place Room 106! Led by Mary Ellen Winegardner, this friendly group invites you to discover life at its best. To order the study book, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your children’s Sabbath School teachers invite all parents and guardians to register your child or children in the Gathering Place today. The purpose of this process is to begin our new child safety program.
Study “Steps to Christ,” by E.G. White, with the Evans Hall Room 4 Sabbath School class from January – March, 2018! We’d love to have you!
Our first general church fellowship potluck of 2018 will meet after second service today in the Fellowship Hall. Bring lots of warm winter food and plenty of friendship for a cozy January meal with your Forever Family, our guests, and returning students!
The Visitation Committee will meet this Sabbath, 5:00 PM, at 217 Mistletoe Lane, Keene. All are welcome. Would love to have new members.
Wednesday night Bible study returns this week! Travel with us through the Book of Exodus for an amazing story of God’s deliverance and providence to His people! We meet in the Chapel every Wednesday at 7:00. Pastor James Winegardner is our guide, with lots of fascinating insights!
A Potluck and Meeting for all Children’s Sabbath School Leaders and Teachers is set for 1:00 PM next Sabbath, January 13 in the Fellowship Hall. We need everyone who leads or teaches to attend.
Save the date for Erwin Sicher’s farewell reception! Plan to wish him well in the Gathering Place on Sunday, January 21, at 4:30 PM.
Also coming in January: “It Is Written” morning sermon and 3:00 afternoon rally, January 20, Sanctuary; “Psalms Journey” concert, January 20, 7:00 PM, Chapel; “Masterpiece,” January 27, 3:00 PM, Upper Room.
A New Life Bible School: “As a receiver of your blessings, I thank you for being a receiver of God’s blessings. Your encouragement and prayers mean so much to me. You’ve made such a difference in my life.” – Student
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, PE to round out a strong academic program.
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.
- The Saxon Lecture Series in Science and Religion will feature Leonard Brand, Professor of Biology and Paleontology at Loma Linda University. Dr. Brand will speak on “Genesis as an Asset to Science.” The lecture will take place on Sabbath, January 20, at 4:00 PM in the Mabee Center.
- Ticket sales for A Night at the Meyerson are open! Don’t miss this 25thanniversary concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center on February 11 at 7:30 PM, featuring all of YOUR students, the world premiere of Kim André Arnesen’s newest choral composition, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin as featured soloist. Proceeds will benefit SWAU student music. Get your tickets at swau.edu/musicfestival.
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.
- Carter BloodCare will be holding a Blood Drive on the campus of Chisholm Trail Academy on Wednesday, January 10. Appointments start at 8:00 AM and end at 2:40 PM. Please call the school office at 817-641-6626 to schedule an appointment.
Have you noticed the beautiful Bible study pamphlets offered on wall-mounted literature displays in our Sanctuary lobby near the Welcome desk and near our Hillcrest entrance? Share with your friends!
Chisholm Trail Estates Sabbath afternoon meeting series: Based on Elizabeth Talbot’s book “After God’s Heart – A Study in Brokenness from the Life of David.” 3:00, CTE South Lobby. Lillianne Lopez.
Inspire your new year at Texas Conference Women’s Retreat, January 19-21, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio. Online registration: www.txsda.org/reg. To register by phone, call 817-790-2255, ext. 2142. Registration is $160. Please make your hotel reservation soon.
We are sad to inform you of the following losses:
- Verlene Youngberg has passed away. Her memorial service will be held in our Chapel at 2:00 this Sabbath afternoon.
- John Ryder, father of Liz Cheever and Carolyn Parrish, passed away on January 2. An Air Force Veteran, he will be buried at the national cemetery. Services are pending.
Please remember these families and their friends in prayer.
At the half-way point through our fiscal year, we are slightly ahead of budget. We really appreciate your support!
2017 Christmas tree project – We’re updating our air conditioning in the Sanctuary and in the Gathering Place! You’ve fulfilled our $50,000 goal! Thank you!
“We often think of worship as words and songs that come out of our mouths. It is so much more. It is a lifestyle, a sacrificial way of living that acknowledges every moment of every day that there is One far more worthy of our allegiance than ourselves. When His interests consistently supersede ours, and we act accordingly, we are worshiping.
“Imagine yourself in the throne room of God. See the altar at His feet. Get on it. Lay yourself out before Him and say to Him: ‘I am Yours. Do with me as You will. I give up my right to govern myself, because You are far more worthy to do it, and You will never do me harm. I exist for your purposes, and for Yours alone.’ Do this every morning, then live out your day mindful of whose you are. In light of who He is, this is true worship. And true worship is the wisest thing we can do.” Chris Tiegreen, “The One Year Walk with God Devotional,” January 2
We eagerly anticipate worshiping wisely together with you this year, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Join ye in glad adoration!
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth!
Shieldeth thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee.
Church contact information
James Winegardner, Senior Pastor 817-253-0957
Don Gibson, Pastor for Administration 817-357-5684
Devin Grady, Pastor for Communication and Media 817-521-3447
Carlos Pasillas, Pastor for Youth 817-202-6450
Travis Patterson, Pastor for Family and Children’s Ministries 979-492-6203
M.E. Winegardner, Dir. for Discipleship email@example.com
Email a pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Aparicio, Treasurer email@example.com
Kitty Evans, Church Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Weaver email@example.com
Church Clerk (Membership inquiries) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabbath School classes
Love in Action: Above mother’s room, Russ Weaver
Young at Heart: Room 104, Gathering Place, Earl West
Connections: Rm. 106, Gathering Place, Mary Ellen Winegardner
TV class/middle front (Sanctuary): Lloyd Willis, Karl Konrad
South front under balcony (Spanish): F. Porras, B. Morales, C. Ramirez
South rear under balcony: C. Baker, L. Gomez, B. Morales
South side (Sanctuary): J. Becker, C. Johnston, L. Lopez
North front under balcony: Edith Willis, Hank Bedford
North rear under balcony: Joaquim Azevedo, Sipho Ndebele
South side of balcony: Rusty Guarin, Ramon Villania
Choir room: Vernelda Bischoff
Chapel Sabbath School: Dickie Martin, Superintendent
Keene Church Annex: Place of Grace, www.placeofgrace.org
Evans Hall Room 4: Christian Evans, Tony Zbaraschuk
*Portions of this paragraph were suggested by “Mastering the Old Testament,” vol. 16A, McKenna