“There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.” John 6:9 Message Looking around at thousands of listeners gathered on a grassy hillside, physically famished after feasting all day on Jesus’ words of life, Disciple Andrew had a point. Then Jesus took over! “Have them sit down,” He said. Then, by God’s majestic power in Jesus’ hands of blessing, the boy’s small gift fed everyone!
Here’s another loaves-and-fishes story–of a little boy whose ordinary gifts grew to make a big difference right here in Keene! Cassius B. Hughes was born in Missouri as soldiers from both sides of the battle marched across his state during the American Civil War. As a teenager he gave his heart to Jesus and moved to Michigan, where he completed his education at Battle Creek College. After joining the newly established Walla Walla College in Washington State as a Bible teacher, Cassius was reunited with a childhood friend–Ella Evans–who had also migrated West to teach at Walla Walla. They married and were soon dispatched by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to Keene, Texas, where Cassius became the first principal of Keene Industrial Academy (now Southwestern Adventist University). Professor Hughes would return to lead the growing school in Keene three times, interspersed with calls to help establish schools in Cooranbong, Australia; Huntsville, Alabama; Jamaica; Angwin, California; and Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, finally settling in Loma Linda, California. “This school was founded by average men, who were lifted above the average by the fact that they were inspired by a vision of great service to be accomplished by the preparation of the hearts and minds of young men and women to carry the gospel of the kingdom. . . . These people have followed the light.” (P. L. Thompson, speaking of Southwestern Adventist University pioneers)
Meanwhile, the Hughes’ daughter Emma, born in Australia, attended elementary school in Keene, followed by a period at Pacific Union College and medical training in Loma Linda. In her early professional life Dr. Hughes worked for ten years at Gifford Memorial Hospital, several hundred miles north of Madras, India. An obstetrician, she returned to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she delivered many babies over the next 36 years–some of whom you may know! Of Emma, Roy Brandstater said: “We would pay tribute to this gracious lady, born at Avondale in the atmosphere of pioneer days, who lived a full and fruitful life in the highest service of mankind.”
What is God’s plan for your gifts? Jump in, ask Him, and see! God might call you to service no farther away than at Keene Church and our surrounding community. Needs abound for the rich variety of talent that the Giver of all gifts has showered upon our three thousand church members. Imagine what would happen if we all signed up! Would you like to reveal Jesus, your face glowing with the light of truth? Would you exude the love, joy, and vigor that shine through our youth and seasoned leaders when they return from mission adventures–both overseas and just down the street? If you’re not already involved, talk with a pastor soon! You have a knack for something that is exactly what God needs! Press your toes to the starting line, braced for a future you can’t yet imagine!
Texas Conference Youth Festival is worshiping at our church this Sabbath! We encourage you to attend our 9:00 Sanctuary worship service to provide adequate room in the pews for Youth Fest participants during second service at 11:30. Jeremy Anderson, who holds a bachelor of social work degree and a master of pastoral studies degree from Oakwood University, is our speaker for both services. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Traci and their daughter Jewel; is a motivational speaker and the published author of six books; is Chief Executive Officer of Jeremy Anderson Ministries; and is Chief Operating Officer of Spirit Reign Communications and Publishing. His wife is President of their non-profit organization, Next Level Living, Inc. One thing that Jeremy wants you to know is that he is absolutely nothing without God, and he owes everything he has to his Lord. Take time to give our young visitors from around the Conference a warm Forever Family welcome, and help them find their way around our church home.
“Grandma Curnow” will tell the children’s story for both Sanctuary services. (Yes, she is our friend Joan who, with her husband John Curnow, moved to Ohio a few years ago.) During first service Robert Leslie will provide offertory music, Yarelis Rivera will serve as chorister, and Trent Muse will minister at the piano. “Elemental Worship” will lead our praise music during second service, with Robert Leslie giving the offering appeal. “His Own” Trio will provide the offertory and our special music. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge for both services. This week’s church offering will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations.
Our Young Adults Pastor, Albert Handal, and Elevate’s leaders invite you to enjoy the Texas Conference Youth Festival in the Sanctuary this Sabbath. The Middle Service will not meet this weekend in the Fellowship Hall, but we’ll be back as usual at 10:15 next Sabbath morning!
Study, Prayer, and Fellowship (SPF), led by Pastor James Winegardner, will reconvene next Wednesday, June 21. We look forward to having you with us at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel to continue our study of the book of John!
Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m.
A lively Singalong Vespers, followed by our Annual Church Business Meeting, will begin at 7:00 Saturday night, June 24, in the Chapel. David Anavitarte, Tony Cooper, and Debbie and Albert Talley will lead the singalong and provide special music. Come on out for a wonderful Forever Family evening of rejoicing and fellowship, closing Sabbath together with thanksgiving, praise, and vibrant faith as we conclude our 2016-2017 fiscal year!
The Upper Room Youth Ministry thanks everyone who has helped in our summer project. We have partnered with CASA of Tarrant County to send their foster care students to camp. So we still need a lot of help. We are asking for sleeping bags (new) for the campers. Please drop them off in our box found in the lobby. Deadline is July 15.
New Life Bible School: “I was baptized on Saturday, May 20, here in San Saba Prison at our weekly service in the gymnasium! It was great! – 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, and PE to round out a strong academic program.
- Registration is now open for our 2017-2018 school year. Prayerfully consider enrolling your child at KAES for a faith- building year.
- KAES summer hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Friday by appointment.
- School starts on August 14!
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.
- CTA online enrollment for 2017/2018 is going on now! For new students go to www.ctanet.org to apply. Returning students go to www.renweb.com to reenroll. It is important to have the online enrollment completed before arriving for registration (this should be completed by July 30). To avoid the financial line at registration, fees may be paid before you arrive for your scheduled registration time. Fees may be paid online as well.
- CTA Registration: Tuesday, August 1 for seniors 8:00-10:00 AM and juniors 1:00-3:00 PM; Wednesday, August 2 for sophomores 8:00 -10:00 AM and freshmen 1:00-3:00 PM. If you have questions please call the school office at 817-641-6626.
- CTA first day of school: Tuesday, August 15.
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.
- Get your registration done now so you can kick back and enjoy your summer! For information, contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-433-2240.
- Summer Day Camp, June 5 – 30: Southwestern is hosting a summer day camp for kids ages 6 – 11. Info: (817) 202-6219 or email@example.com. Sign up soon!
- Summer Shorts: Fishing through Philippians meets Wednesdays May 17 – August 9 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the SWAU Student Center. A light supper will be served. The speaker varies weekly.
- Friday Night Vespers: Growing in Christ, 8:00 – 9:00 every Friday in the Student Center. Refreshments. Speaker varies weekly.
Enjoy a recital featuring Peter Choque’s violin, viola, cello and piano students on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Wharton Auditorium!
Inspired by a giant electric plant on Idaho’s Bear River, young school teacher Leo Halliwell resolved that he would bring light and power to whole cities of people. Meanwhile, nursing student Jessie knew her purpose in life when she saw the smile on patients’ faces as their illness and pain abated. The couple married, moved to South America, and eventually discovered a myriad of ethnic groups comprising a melting pot of cultures along the Amazon River. Millions suffered from profound poverty, unsanitary conditions, and painful disease.
Like Jesus, Leo and Jessie looked upon the crowds and had compassion on them. Using funds raised on a short furlough home, Leo built a boat–the precursor to 25 mission boats that all have the same name: Luzeiro (“Light Bearer”). Leo and Jessie taught the Amazon people about God, the Bible, basic hygiene, sanitation, proper eating, and temperance. They trained health workers who would replicate their work when they left. They established clinics, hospitals, and schools. Jessie delivered countless babies, many of which would bear her name. After nightfall, Leo set up a screen on the banks of the Amazon, stringing wires from a generator on the Luzeiro to power his slide projector. Dozens of canoes, filled with people listening to Leo’s lectures, bobbed in the river. Thousands were baptized, and many churches were established. (Source: Benjamin Bakeris, assistant archivist at Seventh-day Adventist world headquarters)
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am. Send me!'” Isaiah 6:8
When we act with belief, God gets into the act!* Answer His call, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Hark! the Voice of Jesus Calling
Hark! the voice of Jesus calling, “Who will go and work today?
Fields are white, the harvest waiting, Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth, Rich reward H offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying, “Here am I, O Lord, send me”?
If you cannot cross the ocean And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer, You can help them at your door;
If you cannot speak like angels, If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus, You can say He died for all.
If you cannot be the watchman, Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven, Offering life and peace to all’
With your prayers and with your bounties You can do what Heaven demands,
You can be like faithful Aaron, Holding up the prophet’s hands.
While the souls of men are dying, And the Master calls for you,
Let none hear you idly saying, “There is nothing I can do.”
Gladly take the task He gives you, Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth, “Here am I, O Lord, send me.”
* Louis H. Evans, Jr., “Mastering the New Testament,” vol. 10, p 198, 205