Is the 2019 State Fair of Texas on your let’s-go list this month? This year’s Fair theme celebrates Texas creativity, highlighting Texas-born artists, musicians, and filmmakers as well as Texas ideas and innovation. Established in 1886, “the State Fair aims to embody all aspects of Lone Star culture. Although much has changed since its humble beginnings as a local fair and exposition, the State Fair of Texas embraces its historical roots and strives to preserve the traditions upon which it was built.” Originally, people primarily brought their prize agricultural products and livestock to state fairs. While remaining true to its beginnings, the Fair’s fare responds to changing times.
God plants spiritual seed in our hearts to develop understanding of truth and to nourish our community in its 21st-Century context. Just a few years before our state fair made its first appearance, the Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in Battle Creek, Michigan. Some early believers migrated to Texas, with all its promise, and soon Keene Industrial Academy–forerunner of Southwestern Adventist University–opened its first school building, which also served as a church. Fifty-six students signed up that first year. We’ve grown! We praise God that Keene Adventist Elementary School and Chisholm Trail Academy were soon added and that His grace continually inspires creative, innovative leadership and a family of believers dedicated to keeping the Gospel sparkling, fresh, vibrant, and relevant to every generation. Thank you!
Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts.
Glory in His holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
Remember the wonders He has done,
His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced . . .
He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers His covenant forever,
the word He commanded, for a thousand generations. Psalm 105:1-8
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Keene Adventist Elementary School students will provide the program. In first service, Jared Alvarez will present “Wonderful, Merciful Savior;” Mia Lourenco will tell the children’s story; Pastor for Family and Children’s Ministries Travis Patterson will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. Handbell Choir I will play the offertory, and Shaun Shepherd will offer prayer. The KAES Middle School Choir will present special music. Karen Savinon will direct marimbas, and Zuleica Savinon will direct handbells and play piano. The Middle School Choir is directed by Christian Vasquez (SWAU student teacher). KAES alumna Sasha Doneskey will play flute. The first service postlude will be “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus,” which will also be the prelude for the 11:30 service. Also during the 11:30 service, Julie Lopez and Lilly Patterson will serve as choristers; Jonathan Tshuma will present “Praise Him, All Ye Little Children;” Mia Lourenco will tell the children’s story; Pastor Patterson will call for the offering; Handbell Choir I will play the offertory; Shaun Shepherd will offer prayer, and KAES Middle School will provide special music. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults Pastor Michael Gibson will preach for The Middle Service in the Sanctuary at 10:15, a service designed for Young Adults. Everyone is welcome! In addition to an inspiring message, you’ll enjoy great food and fellowship!
Today’s organ flowers are given by Robert and Nadya Stotz in honor of their 10thWedding Anniversary. They were married here in Keene Church!
Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be in our upper parking lot this Sabbath from 8:30 am to 1pm. Thank you for your generous gift of life-giving blood for our community!
General Church Potluck is this Sabbath! Please bring lots of tasty food to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy and share.
Masterpiece is this Sabbath! Meet in the Annex at 4:30pm! Enjoy creative painting with others. Please your own canvas, if you can. Also this Sabbath:
- Logos Group, 3pm in Room 107
- Geocaching, 3:30 pm, Gathering Place
In memoriam – We are sad to report that our longtime church member LaVon Ray, wife of Joseph Ray, mother of Sharon Hatten, Sheila Ray, Carmen Shantz and Joe Lee Ray, passed away on Friday, September 27. Her service was held in our Chapel on Thursday, October 3. Please pray for her family.
Church Directory – We are working on a new approach for a Keene Church Photo Directory that will be available on your mobile device. We need a recent photo of you and your family! If you have a recent family picture, you can send it to us at http://bit.ly/KeeneChurchPhotos. Please include the first and last names when you send the photo.
- Motorcycle Breakfast Group – 9am, upper parking lot
- Kayaking, 5 pm, meet at the church
Keene Worship Choir Burger Sale – Keene Worship Choir Veggie Burger at the Adventist Book Center. Come one and all! We are preparing your lunch on Sunday, October 6 from 11am – 2pm. Get your BURGERS hot off the grill on wheat or white bread, with chips, for a great price. Support the KWC as we begin preparation for the Christmas musical. See you there! Come early! Burgers go FAST!
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner has launched a study of the Book of Joshua in the Chapel at 7pm. Come in!
It is time to ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT for the 2019-2020 school year! Are you willing to open your home to one or more college students over the next school year, be adoptive parents, and provide a warm meal and kind words? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing.
Calling all men! Texas Adventist Men is holding its annual summit on November 8-10 in Houston. Register BEFORE October 8 for an early bird discount. Speakers include Doug Batchelor, Wintley Phipps, and Dr. Neil Nedley. Go to texasadventistmen.org.
Grief Recovery Group-for those experiencing loss meets every other Tuesday. Next meeting is on October 8th at 7:30pm in room 106. Led by Sonia Vergelemail@example.com
Loops of Love – October 9, 2:30 pm, led by Mary Ortiz
Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece Class – October 9, 6:30 pm, Annex
May the Force Be with You will start this Friday, October 11! Led by Pastor Rick. It will meet at 10am at the East Cleburne Community Center.
PhotoVoice Exhibit – A picture is worth 1000 words. Please join us on October 12 at 3:30pm at the Annex for a special look inside our community in Keene through “PhotoVoice”. A few months ago, we had members from our community go out and take pictures that tells the story of our community through pictures. There will be light refreshments served. You won’t want to miss this!
Bible by Design – There will be no Bible by Design on October 12 due to the church campout.
October 11-13 Church campout, Lake Whitney State Park! THREE more campsites are available for the church campout to Lake Whitney State Park. Enjoy nature, fellowship and worship on the lakeshore. $24 per night per site plus $5 per day per person over 13. Email Veronique Wiist at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
A New Life Bible School – “I so love these lessons. They really teach and touch me deeply! Thanks!” – Student
Southwestern Adventist University
- Believe it! An affordable Christian college education is not an oxymoron! Learn about: FAFSA and why it is important. Legitimate scholarship sites. Summer work match – tax free. Interest free student loans. Merit & need based scholarships. How to get 100% tuition scholarships. Sponsored by Southwestern Adventist University. Larry R. Moore Hall, Room 110, October 16, 7pm.
- Sabbath Afternoon Lecture with Skip MacCarty The Southwestern Chapter of the Adventist Theological Society invites you to listen to Dr. Skip MacCarty, a retired pastor and religion professor from Andrews University, who will present this Sabbath afternoon in the Mabee Center on: “How Does the Old Covenant ‘Kill’ so that we can be ‘Married’ to Christ?” at 4pm. We invite you to come and join us for this special lecture.
Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be in our upper parking lot this Sabbath 8:30 am to 1pm.
Norse Church – the oldest standing Seventh-day Adventist church in Texas—invites you to its annual Sabbath celebration on October 12, 9:30am in Clifton. To join the morning 30-minute horseback trail ride to Norse Church contact Yddo Ortiz, 817-517-4650. For directions see the poster at the church office.
Four shepherd-mix puppies, each needing a forever family to love, are eagerly watching for you to fetch them from their birth home! They’re 14 weeks old today! If you are interested in welcoming a puppy to your own good home, text Wendy at 817-487-1642.
“The difference between God and man is that God does not fail on promises, but man does. Circumstances may cause a man to change his mind, but God will remain faithful to His children. Jehovah will do whatever necessary to fulfill His promises–even when circumstances prove difficult. Hence, believers are challenged to keep their faith and remain hopeful for fulfillment of God’s promises in their lives. If He said it, He will do it. The Creator may or may not require any effort from our part, but it is important that we trust Him.” biblearena.org.
May your faith be renewed this weekend, friend, as you share it with others!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Blest Be the Tie that BindsBlest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.
Before our Father’s throne,
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one,
Our comforts, and our cares.
We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.