Hear, my child, your father’s instruction, and do not reject your mother’s teaching;
for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck. Proverbs 1:8, 9
Ella Hughes was excited! Stepping onto undulating Texas prairie under a pale blue sky, the jostling journey from eastern Washington State behind her at last, she may have marveled: “This is a long way from Allegheny County, New York, where I was born; and from and Hamilton, Missouri, where I grew up and met Cassius!” As a girl, Ella had never wanted to teach. In the first place, she said, she didn’t think she knew enough to teach others. Besides, she never wanted to punish the boys, as she had seen teachers do when she was in school. But life-long educator Cassius Hughes won the slender girl with the sparkling blue eyes to be his bride, and teach she did, first alongside her husband on the Walla Walla College faculty, and continuing undaunted as God subsequently called them to help establish far-flung Seventh-day Adventist start-up schools that grew into greatness. Their inaugural assignment: to start a school in Texas–Keene Industrial Academy, now Southwestern Adventist University–where students could simultaneously work for their tuition and attend academic classes. After serving as first Principal at Keene, Cassius Hughes helped launch schools in Cooranbong, Australia (Avondale College, where Ellen White was a neighbor); Huntsville, Alabama; Jamaica; Angwin, California; and Battleford, Canada, returning twice to lead the school in Keene. . . . The Hughes’ daughter, Emma, was born in Australia and attended the elementary church school in Keene for a few years. Emma became a physician, served as a missionary to India as a young woman, and from 1937-1974 delivered lots of babies at Washington Sanitarium and Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. (Sources: Roy Brandstater, Australian Record, February 21, 1977; “Centenarian Club” feature in an unknown but apparently Seventh-day Adventist publication, December, 1956)
In her book “Founding Mothers . . . The Women who Raised our Nation,” journalist Cokie Roberts set out to find the women who had the ears of the United States’ Founding Fathers. “While the men were busy founding the nation, what were the women up to?” she wondered. “Aside from Betsy Ross, I don’t remember ever hearing about women as a child. . . . My course in American history provided me with a glimpse of Martha Washington’s bravery at Valley Forge and gave a brief account of Dolley Madison’s daring rescue of the portrait of George Washington as the British marched on the White House. . . . That was about it. . . . As I got to know these women, reading their letters and their recipes (I’ve decided not to dress a whole head of cow, but Harty Choak [artichoke] Pie is delicious), I came to the conclusion that there’s nothing unique about them. They did–with great hardship, courage, pluck, prayerfulness, sadness, joy, energy, and humor–what women do. They put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances. They carried on.” Sounds like Keene Church women!
The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about women. How fitting that the book begins with instructions to a young person to take mother’s counsel (1:8) and ends with a picture of a woman of strong character, great wisdom, many skills, and great compassion (Proverbs 31:10-31). This poem is acrostic in the Hebrew, a form that artistically demonstrates the importance and beauty or pathos of a topic–a self-imposed labor of love. It describes a woman whose amazing achievements are a result of her reverence for God.
A good woman is worth far more than diamonds
Her family trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats them generously all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family
and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with the money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades,
The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the fear of God.
Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! The Message
One remembers former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s comment that “Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.”
With two exceptions, all aspects of our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services will be brought to you by women. Dr. Carla Gober Park will preach. She serves as Executive Director, Faith Community Strategy – AdventHealth and Assistant to the President for Mission, AdventHealth University. Next on the program, Pastor for Young Adults Michael Gibson will introduce our Southwestern Adventist University Pastoral Interns for the 2019-2020 school year. “Forever His” (Kristi Amparan, Leslie Loignon, JoAnn Loignon, Kim Arkusinski, Debbie Smith, Dawn Miosi, and Lisa Sauder) will touch your heart with beautiful worship music. Rosa Briones will tell the children’s story. Mary Ellen Winegardner, our Director for Discipleship, will call for the offering, which will support Church Ministries and Operations. Veronique Wiist, who leads Keene Church Women’s Ministries, will offer congregational prayer and introduce our speaker. Ken Seaman will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, your Pastor Michael Gibson will continue his sermon series entitled “The 12 People You Love” for The Middle Service in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Enjoy breakfast with Elevate before the service! You’ve learned to anticipate inspiring music and spiritual nourishment when you gather for worship and praise every Sabbath morning; bring a friend!
General Church Fellowship Potluck today will be held in the Fellowship Hall after the conclusion of the 11:30 service. Women’s Ministry will furnish dessert! Kindly bring veggies, entrees, and—well—fellowship!
A cascade of women’s activities will refresh you all afternoon! At 2:30 PM seminars will include:
- “Parenting,” room 104 – Emily Braun, BCBA, Christian Board Certified Behavior Analyst, will speak on how to arrange your schedule and home environment to support developmentally appropriate activities and interactions;
- “DIY Terrarium,” Gathering Place – Learn how to create a small terrarium. (Limited to the first 10 that sign up);
- “Self-care and Beauty,” Room 107 – Denise Solis, nurse and beauty consultant, will discuss the need for water, exercise, sleep, and how to care for one’s skin from adolescence to maturity; and then,
- “Masterpiece” – similar to Painting with a Twist. Fellowship with friends, enjoy an afternoon devotional, and create a masterpiece! 4:30 in the Annex!
Water Ministry will meet at 3:00 PM in the north parking lot near the Chapel.
Veggie Burgers Just for You! IT’S VEGGIE BURGER NIGHT at the Annex – COME ONE AND ALL after sunset TONIGHT, September 7, until 9:00 PM for a fantastic veggie burger, hot off the grill, and support the 2019 Keene Worship Choir. We will be serving burgers & chips on wheat or white bread for a great price. KWC will have it READY TO GO just for you — DRIVE THRU for tonight’s dinner. See you there.
Who leads Women’s Ministries, and how can you join the fun? Veronique Wiist leads a great team including Heather Weaver, Norene Sofranac, Kathy Karmy, and Lydia Neighbors. Mary Ellen Winegardner serves as the group’s pastor representative.
Breakfast Club – Come join us at 8:30 am on Monday (September 9) at Keene City Station Restaurant in Keene (formerly Olivia’s), and enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other ladies.
Need a visit? You can now 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!
Grief recovery Grief Recovery Support Group for those experiencing loss. Will start again on Tuesday, Sept 10 at 7:30 PM in room 106. The group will meet every other Tuesday. Led by Sonia Vergel, please contact her for more information at email@example.com.
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor Rick Weaver will lead our study of “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness” in the Chapel at 7:00.
Save the Date! Family Movie Night Saturday night, September 14. Family Ministries will host a viewing of the powerful Christian movie “Like Arrows” in the Chapel. This movie follows a family through parenting journeys over 50 years. Great for preteens and up. Come and be blessed!
Great Stuff Open House We will have an open house at Great Stuff on Sunday, September 15 from 10:00 am – :00 12 pm. We’d love for you to stop by and see all the great things that are happening through the Keene Church Great Stuff ministry. We are still needing children’s school clothes, so bring them by and come visit us during our open house.
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.
Pathfinder Bible Experience Fundraiser – EAT AT MOOYAH: Please mention that you are supporting Keene Rocketeers PBE TEAMS when ordering. Our PBE teams are raising money to help cover upcoming travel expenses. Our Pathfinders have memorized 70 verses already from Ezra, Nehemiah, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah. Please come out and support our kids!
A New Life Bible School – ”This is the first Bible study I have ever done. Maybe it will help me get closer to God.” – Student
If you didn’t notice the email that we sent to you earlier today describing awesome small group opportunities at Keene Church this fall, we encourage you to look it up! You might also want to pick up a printed copy at the Welcome Desk on Sabbath morning!
Chisholm Trail Academy’s Senior Consecration Service will be held in our sanctuary this afternoon at 4:00. All are invited.
Southwestern Adventist University
- Adventist Theological Society to feature Dr. Paul McGraw – You are cordially invited to the Southwestern Chapter of the Adventist Theological Society lecture by Dr. Paul McGraw on “The Margins of Fundamentalism and the Definition is Seventh-day Adventism.” The lecture will take place at the SWAU Mabee Center on Sabbath, Sept. 14, at 4:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
- Student Missionary Packages If you would like to support our student missionaries, look for the red polka-dot box outside the church office! There you will find a list of items our student missionaries need or miss. Thank you for your support!
Keene Adventist Elementary School’s annual Family Fun Fest is September 29 at Eliza Carver Park! Enjoy food, games, prizes, bounce houses and much more! We’ll move to Chisholm Trail Academy’s Gym if weather turns bad. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Annual Norse Church gathering at the first Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas is scheduled for the second Sabbath in October in Clifton, about a 90-minute drive from Keene. Enjoy a worship service, beautiful music, potluck lunch, and chuck-wagon chefs preparing fresh cobbler on site. Horses are available for those wanting to ride to the service. Riders meet in Keene at 6:00 a.m. to head to a ranch near the church. The trail ride lasts about 30 minutes. For directions and other information, call Yddo Ortiz at 817-517-4650.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion. . . . So God created man . . . male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them ‘Be fruitful and Multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.'” (Genesis 1:26-28)
“God is saying to man and woman that each is made in the divine image. This does not mean that God has the form of a man or woman but that each is in some fashion a reflection of God. . . . We are all familiar with the biblical revelation of God as Father and we rejoice in the resultant sense of security and firmness, watchcare, and provision which this analogy provides. (Unless of course we have been unfortunate enough to be abused by a father who did nothing to portray the divine image.) But to grasp adequately the intricacies of the divine nature as mirrored in humankind we must not overlook the feminine aspects. For example, when the Lord Jesus reminded His people that He had longed to gather them to Him like a hen gathering her chickens (Matthew 23:37), He was using a feminine picture to describe His tender, loving care for them. Sometimes when things get tough it is more comforting to think of God functioning like a hen gathering chickens than as an imperious cockerel strutting and preening while uttering ear-shattering cock-a-doodle doos. . . . Zephaniah promised, The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (3:17). It would take little imagination to see this as a beautiful picture of God caring for His children in a way reminiscent of a mother in the nursery quietly, soothingly singing a distraught child to sleep.” (Stuart Briscoe, Mastering the Old Testament, Vol. 1, chapter 1)
Enjoy the full day of blessings that your Women’s Ministries leaders have prepared for you this Sabbath!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Working, O Christ, with Thee,
Working, O Christ, with Thee,
Working with Thee,
Unworthy, sinful, weak,
Tho’ we may be;
Our all to thee we give,
For thee alone we live,
And by thy grace achieve,
Working with Thee.
Along the city’s waste,
Working with Thee,
Our eager footsteps haste,
Like thee to be;
The poor we gather in,
The outcasts raise from sin,
And labor souls to win,
Working with Thee.
Savior, we weary not,
Working with Thee,
As hard as thine our lot
Can never be;
Our joy and comfort this,
“Thy grace sufficient is;”
This changes toil to bliss,
Working with Thee.
So let us labor on,
Working with Thee,
Till earth to thee is won,
From sin set free;
Till men, from shore to shore,
Receive thee, and adore,
And join us evermore,
Working with Thee.
(Helen E. Brown)