Your feet are beautiful in sandals. (Song of Solomon 7:1)
The soldier’s shoes are not the dancing slippers of this world or the lounging slippers of the slothful, but the shoes of the Christian warrior who knows Christ and makes Him known. (Lehman Strauss, “Galatians and Ephesians,” p. 232f)
Have you been watching the 106th Tour de France this month? Viewing athletes from around the world peddling along the Tour’s Route of 2019 is an armchair vacation–starting in Brussels, Belgium, rolling past verdant French meadows, pretty villages, towering churches and alpine vistas–en route to the bicyclists’ triumphal spin down the Champs-Elysees, Paris, on July 28. Did you know that Tour contestants carry with them an extra pair of shoes to facilitate a quick change in case of shredding or some other footwear mishap? Apparently the cycling shoe is the most important piece among all cycling gear. That’s because, of the three contact points between your body and the bike–palms, pelvic bones, and feet–your feet transfer all the power from your legs to the pedals to move the bike. Hence, choosing the right pair of cycling shoes that suit not only your style of riding but, more importantly, the shape of your feet, is crucial. (thegeekcyclist.com)
“The sandals of the gospel are a sign of readiness–readiness to march and to do battle. The Roman sandals were made with nails that gripped the ground firmly even when it was sloping or slippery. . . . Wherever the Christian soldier’s feet take him, he shares the gospel that can firmly ground a world reeling under the weight of desperate need and conflict.” (Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Commentary–Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians) In Psalm 34 King David, God’s warrior par excellence, recommends these components for your gospel footwear:
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises.
I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
He saved me from all my troubles.
For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!
Fear the Lord, you His godly people,
for those who fear Him will have all they need.
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?
Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
His ears are open to their cries for help.
But the Lord turns His face against those who do evil;
He will erase their memory from the earth.
The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!
Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
But the Lord will redeem those who serve Him.
No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned.
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, continues to guide our spiritual tour through the Book of Mark during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services.Hortensia Bryce has prepared our worship music, and the Keene Worship Band will lead second service praise music. Your Director for Discipleship, Mary Ellen Winegardner, will tell the children’s story. Rob Foster will offer congregational prayer. Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver, will call for the offering, which will support Church Budget. Sam Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Pastor Michael Gibson will speak on Psalm 34, continuing this summer’s “Snapshots of the Savior” series at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Next Sabbath, July 27, Pastor Gibson will conclude your summer series with a sermon on Psalm 110. Elevate will not meet August 3-18 and will resume on August 24 in the Keene Church Sanctuary.
Water Ministry began last Sabbath! Please plan on meeting this afternoon at 3:00 in the church parking lot by the chapel. And thank you for dropping off water at the church office during the week!
In memoriam – We are sad to inform you of three deaths in our Forever Family:
- Rose Evelyn Drake Johnson (Rosie), Mickey (Nilda) Johnson’s mother, passed away last week. Her memorial service will be July 26, 1:00 PM, at the Brainerd, MN Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Jason Van Every, son of Jay and Annetta and brother of Caleb, passed away on July 12. His service will be held in our Sanctuary this afternoon at 3:00.
- Dixie Sandefur, wife of Manford “Sandy” Sandefur and sister of Don Redwine, passed away last Sabbath. Her graveside service was held on Sunday
Thank you – Keene Church, we appreciate your prayers, meals, and support in the recent sickness and death of Dixie Sandefur. – The Sandefur & Redwine Families.
Don’t forget to come to the Gathering Place this Wednesday evening at 6:00 with food to share for Wednesdays in July! Then at 6:30, choose from a Study of James, Women of the Bible, When Helping Hurts, and Studying using Logos Software. And this week, First Aid! At 7:30, try juggling, photography, macrame, a legal primer, and gardening classes!
Postum with a Pastor – Stop by Mountain Coffee on Thursday, July 25, at 4:00 PM, enjoy Postum or another delicious drink, and visit with Pastor James Winegardner!
Finance Committee: Thursday, July 25, 7:00 PM.Experience Family Church Next Week for kids up to age 12! Parents with their children are invited to sample a new children’s ministry curriculum during 2nd Service, July 27 in the Fellowship Hall. One parent is requested to attend with the children from each family.
Elevate and the Upper Room are partneringto host a Smash Bros. Tournament on Saturday July 27. Sundown worship will begin at 8:15 PM and games start at 9:00 PM. For players of all skill levels. The tournament will be held in between the Upper Room and the Chapel.
And remember: The pastoral staff is excited to announce that the Sanctuary Sabbath School classes and Elevate will be trading spaces beginning August 24, 2019. To better accommodate the size and needs of both groups, the Sanctuary Sabbath School classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall and Elevate will meet in the Sanctuary during the 10:15 time frame on Sabbath mornings. As part of this transition, we are looking for your feedback about our three worships (1st Service, 9:00 AM; Elevate, 10:15 AM; 2nd Service, 11:30 AM). Please take some time to complete the Keene Church Worship Experience survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KCWorship. We value your input in the worship planning process!
A New Life Bible School
- You have a unique opportunity to adopt Bible students from our New Life Bible School! $15 a month will fund 10 students. Mark your tithe envelope “adopt” or “Bible School.” We have a gift for those who want to participate in the adoption program!
- The school needs VOLUNTEERS in the office to open mail and/or do data entry on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday mornings. We also need TEACHERS to correct lessons (at home). Thanks!
Our Keene Church Visitation team urgently needs more volunteers to visit members in our community. Flexible days and times. If you have an interest, contact Marie Redwine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our Kids Eat Free” Summer Food – Please drop food donations at the church office or look for designated food donation areas in the church. Thank you for your wonderful generosity all summer!
Keene Adventist Elementary School is a ministry of Keene Church providing Christian education for children Pre-K through 8th grade. KAES offers music, technology, PE to round out a strong academic program. 817-645-9125.
- KAES is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Would you like to know more about our Adventist education program? Principal Todd Coulter is available to visit with you today! Stop by to chat in the Gathering Place before and after each service. You can also request a meeting at email@example.com
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. 817-641-6626.
- CTA Hoops Camp – July 21-25, 6:00 – 9:30 PM. Students of all skill levels grades 6th – 12th are invited. Students don’t have to be athletes; you’ll be grouped for all abilities. $70 per camper (includes camp shirt). Activities include conditioning, skills training, basketball activities, game play, prizes, guest speakers. Contact CTA office, 817-641-6626, with RSVP or questions.
Southwestern Adventist Universityis proud to be a part of the Keene Church family. The University’s family-oriented, Christ-centered atmosphere, supported by the Keene Church, offers the right environment for students to learn and grow. These attributes, sustained by strong academics with an emphasis on service and wellness, provide students with the tools necessary to obtain a degree and live a life of service. swau.edu.
- Come see A Lifetime of Landscapes by Lenora Payne at Chan Shun Centennial Library August 4-19. The free exhibit will feature watercolor and oil scenery paintings by the local award-winning artist. Info: 817-506-4713.
Job board – Check the job board for new opportunities posted this week! The job board is on the wall across from the drinking fountain near the church office. Once your job need is met, kindly remove your announcement from the board.
Experience Historic Adventist Village. Bus out to Battle Creek, Michigan departing from Keene. Over two days of touring Battle Creek, hear fascinating pioneer stories, and much more! Also includes an overnight stop and tour of 3ABN. October 6-11, 2019. Details on the web: AdventToursUS.com
“Effective Christian leaders learn to embrace who God has made them to be. Too often as leaders, we spend our effort trying to fit into someone else’s shoes. But the most effective leaders learn to wear their own shoes. They embrace their own personalities, operate out of their strengths, and learn to grow as leaders. Fully embracing your God-given strengths, you discover the thrill of doing exactly what you’ve been created to do. Admittedly, discovering your unique gifts can be difficult. It takes a bit of self-cognizance and God-awareness to recognize the talent and ability God has given you. But affirming and utilizing your strengths allows you to discover joy! The challenge in growing into our own shoes is resisting the temptation to compare shoes with everyone around us. We’re to grow into our own shoes, not those of another leader. We can take hope from knowing that God is faithfully growing us into just the leaders he wants us to be. We need only to endure the temporary annoyance of slipping around in too-big shoes. God promises that the day will come when we fit perfectly into our own shoes.” (Excerpts from “Shoes that Fit,” Esther Feng, christianitytoday.com)
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere . . . to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Put on God’s power, friend! You’ll love the way His shoes fit you.
Your Keene Church Pastors
Hymn based on Isaiah 52:7-10
How beautiful upon the mountains: are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings.
That publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good: that publisheth salvation,
that saith unto Zion thy God reigneth.
The watchmen shall lift up the voice: with the voice together shall they sing.
For they shall see eye to eye: when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
Break forth into joy: sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem.
For the Lord hath comforted His people: He hath redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord hath made bare His holy arm: in the eyes of all the nations.
And all the ends of the earth: shall see the salvation of our God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be: world without end