Let the Son shine bright on my happy summer home
The calendar says that June 21 is the first day of summer, but we know better. Summer commenced when temperatures shot past 90 degrees Fahrenheit several weeks ago. The seasonal tide turned on the last day of school. Children now splash in neighborhood swimming pools or zoom down slides at Jellystone Park. Vacation dreams become reality. From farms to towering office buildings, fertile summers will ripen into fruitful autumns as reliably as ocean waves froth across sandy beaches. But here’s a question: Do summer days refresh or parch you?
Do you feel thirsty? “Jesus is the refreshing center of summer. He is pre-eminent in all things (Colossians 1:18), including vacations and picnics and softball and long walks and cookouts. He invites us this summer: ‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28). This is serious summer refreshment. Do we want it? That’s the question. Jesus gives Himself to us in proportion to how much we want His refreshment. ‘You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.’ (Jeremiah 29:13)” desiringgod.org
The Lord is my light and my salvation–so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me,
hey will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
The one thing I ask of the Lord–the thing I seek most–
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His temple.
For He will conceal me there when troubles come;
He will hide me in His sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.
At His sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing, and praising the Lord with music.
Hear me as I pray, O Lord, be merciful and answer me!
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now, don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
Do not let me fall into their hands. for they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 27, a psalm of David)
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, continues to call our attention to the Book of Mark during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Sofia Lauterbach will provide music as children enter to hear their story, told by Rosa Briones. Administrative Pastor Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will benefit Texas Vision. Rob Foster will offer congregational prayer. Worship musicians include Emily Weaver, Gisela Aguilar, Emmalee and Makena Knoll, Kamila Lockhart, Levi and Sophie Weber, and Tania Sanchez. The Praise Team includes Allen Tom, Kat Cruz, Arianna Fernandez, Idelfonso Acosta, Sonny Tyler, Timothy Sauder, Glen, and Dana. Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults Pastor Michael Gibson will continue the Snapshots of the Savior series at 10:00 in the Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall. This week he examines Psalm 27. He’ll discuss Psalm 51 on June 29, Rick Weaver will speak on Psalm 22 on July 6, and April Snyder will feature Psalm 37 on July 13.
“Bible by Design” – This afternoon Pastor James Winegardner continues a twice-monthly creative Bible study, 2:30-3:30 PM in Room 106.
“7 Mile Road” singers from Tulsa, OK, will perform in our Chapel tonight, June 22, at 7:30. The group’s southern gospel music is seasoned with some fully orchestrated arrangements, songs with a country music flair, and some contemporary Christian music. Come for vespers!
Wednesdays in July – There’s so much to enjoy with your Forever Family starting July 3 that we’ve listed your options in a special section at the end of today’s email. Bring sandwiches or salad to eat together at 6:00, followed by spiritual small groups at 6:30. At 7:30 we will have fun classes to choose from. Enjoy browsing the possibilities, and sign up in the Sanctuary lobby tomorrow morning!
Learn more about birds, and how to identify them, on Sunday morning, June 23, at 9:00, led by Jimmy Aiken. Meet at the church parking lot.
Church Board: Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 PM, Fellowship Hall..
New Young Adult Bible study following the Amazing Facts guides meets Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner is serving substantial spiritual food in the Chapel at 7:00 as we study “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.” We’d love to have you join the feast!
July Senior Share will be one week early! Due to the July 4th holiday, Senior Share (our food bank for seniors) will be open on June 27 at 1:00 PM. Please mark your calendars!
Our Kids Eat Free summer food program for Keene ISD is off and running! We appreciate your food donations! We’ve distributed all that has been donated. Please drop food donations at the church office or look for the signs in the church where you can leave donated food.
Our running group is taking a break for the summer.Our water ministry will begin in July! Please bring any cases of water you’d like to contribute to this ministry to the church office.
Oct. 11-13 Church campout, Lake Whitney State Park! Enjoy nature, fellowship, and worship on the lake shore. If you don’t camp, you can still join us Sabbath for worship, potluck and Smores on Saturday night. $24 per night per site + $5 per day per person over 13. Reservations or cancellations required by Sept. 27 to Veronique, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ve asked for a Job Board, and we’ve delivered! Please post details if you have a job to offer or need a job! Job board is on the wall to the left of the church office inside entrance.
New bulletin schedule
New bulletin announcement / Sabbath School program information deadline starting July 1 is Tuesdays at 5:00 PM – If you visit our website at www.keenechurch.org, there is a new Submit Announcement link at the top of our home page. Our goal is that our website is the primary way to submit announcement requests. If you miss the 5:00 Tuesday deadline we will try to include your announcement the next week.
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.
- $300 New Student Scholarship for 2019/2020 school year and a 5% discount on the first month’s tuition for all students. New Students: Ask school office. Returning Students: 1) Complete your online enrollment packet by June 27. 2) Discount applied to September statement. Please call (817)641-6626 (M-TH 9:00 AM-3:00 PM) or visit www.cta.school for further details.
- Acro Camp gymnastics at the Academy gym, July 1-4, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM for anyone age 10 and up. Camp will have 3 days of clinics culminating with a show for the Keene 4th of July Parade. Fee: $50, lunch included. Payment is due by registration July 1, 7:30 – 9:00 AM. Preregister at 817-641-6626 or 479-233-0964.
- Summer 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, to RSVP or for 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. https://www.swau.edu/enrollment.
- A University garage sale will take place on Friday, June 28 from 12:00-3:00 PM and Sunday, June 30 from 12:00-3:00 PM in Moran Hall, located at 302 N. College Drive in Keene Texas.
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
The 30th annual Keene 4th of July Parade starts at 9:00 AM along a new route beginning at Old Betsy Road and 4th Streets, proceeding north to Magnolia. Staging is at Pinnacle Bank for vehicles and at Chisholm Trail Academy for animals. Parade registration ($10) opens at 7:30 AM on the bank’s south entrance. Entries must be registered by 8:00 AM to be judged. Registration is open until 8:50 AM. The parade theme is “Happy Birthday, America.” Judging will take place before the parade. First-place ribbons will be awarded in these categories: All-terrain Vehicle; Decorated 4-Wheel Vehicle; Decorated 2-Wheel Entry; Decorated Antique Vehicle; Decorated Float; Animal Entry (non-equestrian); Horse Entry; Business Entry; Children’s Entry. A special viewing area for veterans will be located along Old Betsy Road in front of Pinnacle Bank. Parade participants distributing candy or other goodies must do so only by people walking along the solid white lines on Old Betsy Road.
Experience Historic Adventist Village. Bus tour to Battle Creek, Michigan, departing from Keene. Over two days of touring Battle Creek, you’ll visit the Welcome Center, James and Ellen White’s home, worship in the Parkville church where Ellen White had a vision predicting the Civil War, visit a 19th century schoolhouse, see the grave of the White family, the former Kellogg Sanitarium, the Dime Tabernacle, 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.
2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by June 30, 2019 – $767,808.00
Donations Received through June 15, 2019 – $730,559.18
Amount still needed this month – $ 37,248.82
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru June 15, 2019 – $334,102.32
Amount still needed – $215,897.68
KAES gymnasium project Phase 1 goal has been reached! All further funds will go to Phase 2.
Offering this week – Texas Vision; Next week SW Union Education Endowment
“Fear makes the wolf look bigger,” the saying goes. Are you afraid? Try David’s intensely personal faith–relational to its core. David called the Lord his light, salvation, and strength. How has the Lord been a light or a stronghold in your life this past month? What situation has driven you to Him to find shelter? What words describe your sense of His presence at the point of need? “Whom shall I fear?” David asked. Faith or fear–these are our options. Either we can know the living God as our light, salvation, and stronghold, or we might say, as the atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell put it, “The older I get, the more nervous I become.” In contrast, are your bags packed, ready to go with Jesus? Beyond deliverance you’ll find the Lord Himself. David wanted to see God in His house; to live where God lives, to remain there, inquiring, and to see His beauty. That’s worship! That’s rest! That’s joy!
This summer, friend, let Jesus refresh you!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Wednesdays in July – July 3-31, 2019
6:00 pm – Gathering Place
BRING SALADS, SANDWICHES or SOUP ready to eat with your Forever Family!
- When Helping Hurts – Michael Gibson
- Room 104, Description: This video-based small group addresses the roots of poverty: broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. Join with us to explore how to help the poor without hurting them.
- Bible Study using Logos Software – James Winegardner
- Room 107, Description: Learn to use LOGOS Bible software to get the most out of your study of the Bible and interact with other users.
- Women of the Bible – Dr. Beverly Adkins
- Room 103 (Or Gathering Place), Description: Join the study of two different women of the Bible per week. Bring your Bibles. Open to men and women.
- Amazing Facts – Young Adult
- Room 207, Description: Study through our beliefs through the Amazing Facts Bible studies.
- Book of James – Tammy Muse
- Office Conference Room, Description: Study on the book of James.
- Work and the Christian – Dr. Karl Konrad
- Room 106, Description: Jesus wants us to be in the world but not of the world. Our perspective will determine how successful we will be.
- Legal Primer – James Winegardner
- Room 107, Description: This class will outline the American system of law and different aspects that affect the average citizen. This class will end with executing a will, if desired. There will be a question and answer periods.
- How to…
- Week 1 – How to identify birds and enjoy birdwatching – Room 104
- Week 2 – How to frost cakes/cupcakes – ANNEX
- Week 3 – How to do basic first aid – Room 104
- Week 4 – How to start a garden – Room 104
- Week 5 – How to make authentic salsas – ANNEX
- Photography – Doug Bendall
- Room 106, Description: Learn techniques that can improve your photographs no matter what camera you have – from phone to super expensive DSLR. Learn to “see” light and use simple solutions to improve your photo lighting. Learn composition in photographing family and friends and travel pictorals and learn phone camera techniques. All ages and all cameras welcome.
- Juggling – Michael Gibson
- Room: Fellowship Hall, Description: This group is a ball of fun! Jugglers of any skill level welcome from those who have never juggled before to advanced circus clowns. Come willing to learn a new trick that will impress your friends, or at least your mom. Juggling props provided.
- Macramé – Veronique Wiist
- Room 103 (OR Gathering Place) Description: Learn the basics plus three knots of macramé. Participants will make a project.
GROUPS AT OTHER TIMES
May the Force be With You – Fridays at 10:00 am (Begins July 26) – Rick Weaver (Annex)
- Description: In today’s world, technology has become important part of our daily living. We are living in the information age where questions can be answered in an instant. This is a course designed to build practical knowledge and skills for seniors with technology. Please bring your mobile device or tablet.
Bible by Design – Second and Fourth Sabbaths at 2:30 pm – Room 107 – James Winegardner
Description: Listen to an overview of one book of the Bible every time and create a one-page visual reminder of the high points of the book.
Group Piano Class (65 and up) – Wednesdays at 7:00 pm at Dorla’s Piano Studio, 3703 CR 317 (One mile from church). Exclusively for beginners. Limit SIX students.
Postum with a Pastor –July 11 and July 25 at 4:Description: Meet at Mt. Coffee to visit with a pastor, ask questions, discuss topics or just get to know them better in a more casual environment.
Breakfast Ladies’ Club – Second Mondays at 8:30 am (July 8, August 12) Description: Meet at Olivia’s Café, enjoy breakfast (with no cooking or cleanup!) and develop new friendships.
Motorcycle Breakfast Club – July 14, August 4, September 8 at 9:00 am (Meet in upper church parking lot) – Ian Curnow – Ride together to breakfast and enjoy meeting new peopl.
Kayaking – June 30, July 15, August 4 – Meet in church parking lot. Bring your own kayak or let us know so we can have one for you! Enjoy kayaking nearby and meet other peopl.
Sewing/quilting – June 30 and July 7 at 3:00 pm at CTA – Shari Harris – Hard to finish a quilt or other sewing project? Bring your project and sewing machine to work on it or come to use one of CTA’s sewing machines. Beginners welcome too.
Coming in the Fall – Observatory Nights, Disc Golf group, carving, study of Paul, Ladies’ Sunday Brunch Club, running group, how to give Bible studies group, grief support group, flower arranging, jam making