Let my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew,Deut. 32:2-4
As raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.
For I proclaim the name of the Lord: ascribe greatness to our God.
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice.
A God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
Among the venerable desks available to United States presidents for Oval Office furniture is the “Resolute Desk,” a gift from Queen Victoria to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880–hewn from the timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship, HMS Resolute. CBS 60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley explains: “In 1854, the barque-rigged sailing ship was entrapped in ice and abandoned. An American whaler found Resolute and returned her to Britain. In gratitude, Victoria ordered a desk built from the ship’s oak timbers [according to specifications for what we today call a partner’s desk]. Not all presidents choose to work behind the antique,” says Pelley, “but FDR was at the Resolute Desk in his private study when he heard about Pearl Harbor and it supported the weight of the world when JFK confronted the Cuban Missile Crisis.” On September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush sat behind the Resolute Desk when, rallying the anguished nation on that historic evening, he concluded: “We go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in the world.” Pelley confides that on the yellow lined-paper draft of Mr. Bush’s entire speech, the President had underlined only two words: good and just. (Adapted from Pelley, “Truth Worth Telling,” p. 80-82)
Desks of all kinds claim the spotlight this fall as students embark on a new school year. Some desks gleam, exuding newness and light, while other desks–battered, ink-bruised and shoe-scuffed–hold stories they’ll never reveal. Home schoolers’ intellectual gifts and moral values bloom at kitchen tables and reverberate in recital halls. Outside the classroom, students are seen everywhere with books perched on their knees, intently processing information through listening devices. Teachers for kindergarten through advanced university studies eagerly pursue fresh knowledge, the better to prepare their students for optimum engagement with life in the years ahead.
Wise prospectors of knowledge make the entire Bible central to their curriculum. King Solomon said that he wrote the book of Proverbs “so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; a manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; to teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn–fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. Start with God–the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. . . . Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. That’s right–if you make Insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, believe me, before you know it you’ll understand the fear of the Lord and come upon the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 1:2-7, 2:2-5 Message)
But desks are just the beginning! John le Carre, the author, cautions that “a desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” Jerry Seinfeld adds, “I can walk through a hotel lobby and watch people at the desk and see what they’re doing. People don’t look at me. They don’t even know I’m there.” Jesus said: “Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:34; . . . and He said, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way.” Luke 10:2, 3 Follower of Jesus, won’t you say “Here I am, Lord! I’ve studied; I’ve prayed; I’m ready to venture beyond my desk; send me!”
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, continues to mine fresh insights from Mark in his current sermon series during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Educators, we feel honored to hold a teacher dedication for the 2019-2020 academic year at both worship services. Keene Adventist Elementary School Principal Todd Coulter will tell the children’s story, and Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support church budget. During first service Emily Weaver will serve as chorister; Dorla Aparicio as pianist; Hailey Feese will provide offertory music; Dorla and Samuel Aparicio will bring special music. Our second service praise team includes Damian Romo, Nu Pham, Hania and Dania Correa, Felicia Christie, Karen Savignon, and Jonathan Louis. Tony Zbaraschuk will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, we’re excited that Elevate’s Sabbath morning services will permanently move to the Sanctuary for The Middle Service next week, August 24, at 10:15! Meanwhile, please join us in the Sanctuary at 9:30 or 11:00 today. We’ll be watching to welcome you!
Keene Community Food Bank is happening today! Come to the Annex at noon to volunteer or at 1:00 PM to receive food. See you there!
Water Ministry – Please plan on meeting this afternoon at 3:00 in the church parking lot by the chapel. Thank you for contributing water all week!
Sanctuary Sabbath School Leader Meeting today. We will have a final meeting to prepare for the upcoming Sanctuary Sabbath School changes. If you are a Sabbath School teacher in the Sanctuary, please plan to attend this meeting this afternoon at 3:00 in the Gathering Place. The move is happening on August 24!
Watermelon and a concert! – Come join us tonight at 6:30 pm for Watermelon and a Concert! Watermelon will be served in the South parking lot at Keene Church by the maintenance team at 7:30 pm, a concert will start in the Chapel with the Southern Gospel group “Appointed by Grace.” You won’t want to miss the fellowship and great music!
Wednesday night Bible study – Prayer meeting is back! This Wednesday, Pastor James Winegardner is serving substantial spiritual food in the Chapel at 7:00 as we study “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.”
Postum with a Pastor – Stop by Mountain Coffee on Thursday, August 22, 4:00 pm, enjoy a delicious drink, and visit with Mary Ellen Winegardner!
Finance Committee – Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm.
We Want You! TAKE YOUR SINGING FROM THE SHOWER TO THE CHOIR LOFT!! Join the choir and you’ll be glad you did. Yes, the Keene Worship Choir needs YOU!! Please sign up TODAY in the Church Lobby or Gathering Place. You are the missing piece. Join this ministry and be blessed!
Pathfinder registration is August 21 – General registration for the 2019-2020 Pathfinder Season is 6:30-8:30 pm, Wednesday, August 21 in the Upper Room. Pathfinders will enjoy 4 Club Campouts, 2 Teen Backcountry Campouts, an extended trip to New Mexico in May, and various day activities throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us.
Keene Stars Adventurer Club Registration – For children 3 years old through 4th grade. The Adventurers Club will be meeting every other Wed night from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm starting Aug 28th. Please visit our registration kiosk in The Gathering Place over the next 2 Sabbaths (i.e. Aug. 17th & 24th) and Wednesday Aug 21st for details or send an email to ccarterjd@gmail to request a link to the registration form.
Chronic Disease Management Class – Developed by Stanford University, this free six-week study will meet Thursdays, 9:00-11:30am, at the Annex starting August 22. Improve and take charge of your life! Register: 1-877-847-9355 or go online at TexasHealth.org/Classes.
Come to Bible by Design at 2:30 pm August 22 and hear about another book of the Bible, hit the highpoints, and leave with an artistic overview created by you! Room 107.
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.
Got an announcement? You can now submit announcements for the bulletin from our website! If you visit our website at www.keenechurch.org, there is a new Submit Announcement link at the of our home page. Our goal is that our website is the primary way to submit announcement requests.
Return rooms as you found them – Over the last year, our church facilities are being used more than ever and we are excited about that! To make it easier on others, we kindly ask to return any room back to its original configuration after you are finished.
Deacons Needed! Keene Church needs another 20 deacons to serve in our church. If you have an interest in serving as part of our deacon team, please contact our head deacon, glen Robinson, at email@example.com or Pastor Rick Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Services & Urban Ministry Certification – We have an opportunity for participating in another grant focused on Community Services. This grant is sponsored by our North American Division and Texas Conference. As part of the grant, we would like to have some of our church members who are interested in community services to take an online course and certification. This is a FREE, ONLINE course and certification. If you have an interest in getting involved to help shape our proposal for this grant and getting certified, contact Pastor Rick at email@example.com
A New Life Bible School – “Thank God for the Bible study and the ones behind them. I pray a blessing on every one of you.” – Student
- 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.
Need help? “Fishers of Men” (our Keene Church Men’s Ministry) is available to assist with yard work, small repairs, handyman work, etc. for those who are unable to complete those jobs themselves. Please call the church during regular office hours and state your need, contact information, and mention “Fishers of Men”.
Have you enjoyed our “Life Groups” on Wednesdays in July? Or, do you wish you hadn’t missed out? Watch for the fall Life Groups that will be announced soon!
Need an appointment with a pastor?
Email email@example.com or call 817-202-6450.
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 first day of school is August 19, 8:00 AM. Pre-K students need to be age 4 by September 1 to enroll.
- Watermelon feed – Help KAES students celebrate the first day of school. Please drop off a watermelon at the school by 10:30 on Aug. 19. Thanks for your support!
- Registration is open for our 2019-2020 school year. Enroll your child at KAES for a faith-building year!
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.
- Great Controversy study tour: The Bible and the Reformation – England and Scotland, May 7-19, 2020. Contact Michael Campbell, 817-202-6479, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Job board – Check the job board for new opportunities posted this week!
Experience Historic Adventist Village. Bus out 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. Details on the web: AdventToursUS.com.
After teaching, mentoring, and providing a mobile laboratory for His disciples for three years, Jesus commissioned them: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the Age. Matthew 28:19, 20
“God gave Jesus authority over heaven and earth. On the basis of that authority, Jesus told His disciples to make more disciples as they preached, baptized, and taught. With this same authority, Jesus still commands us to tell others the gospel and make them disciples for His kingdom. We are to go–whether it is next door or to another country–and make disciples. It is not an option, but a command to all who call Jesus ‘Lord.’ We are not all evangelists, but we have all received gifts that we can use in helping to fulfill the great commission. As we obey we have comfort in the knowledge that Jesus is always with us.” (Life Application Bible, Matthew 28)
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline–an anchor–reaching past all appearances right into the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6: 19, 20 Message
Make Jesus your Desk and you Anchor this school year, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
If ’tis safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to thine,
Can defy the blast, through strength divine.
It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,
When the breakers tell that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
It will surely hold in the floods of death,
When the waters cold chill our latest breath;
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the veil.
When our eyes behold, in the dawning light
Shining gates of pearl, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast to the heavenly shore,
With the storms all past forever more.
(Priscilla J. Owens)