New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist Edmund Percival Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay took a deep breath and stepped atop the highest point on earth. They were the first climbers confirmed to have reached Mount Everest’s 29,028-foot summit. Beneath them the magnificent Himalayan mountain range stretched in spectacular snow-capped grandeur as far as the eye could see. The two men didn’t linger long at the pinnacle to savor their victory. Hillary took a picture of Tenzing, who left chocolates in the snow as an offering. Hillary left a cross that had been given him by John Hunt, who led the Everest Expedition that year. The morning was May 29, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation day. The young queen subsequently declared Edmund Hillary a knight, and Sir Hillary’s feat became known as the Coronation Gift. In due course Hillary participated in expeditions to the North Pole and the South Pole, making him the first person to reach both poles and summit Everest. Following his ascent of Everest, Sir Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in Nepal. (Source: Wikipedia)
Today, a week following our amazing Keene Church Camp Meeting, are you still viewing your life’s panorama from a mountaintop perspective? Whether you joined Dwight Nelson in the Sanctuary, the Young Adults’ dramatic allegory in the Chapel, Pastor Tony Anobile Jr. in the Youth Upper Room, Vacation Bible School, our exciting seminars, good food and fellowship in the food court, heart-nourishing music, and prayer moments–are you still overflowing with the Holy Spirit’s power?
Our days are blessed with responsibilities, but these need not be humdrum. Infused by God’s presence, we can determine with the Apostle Paul, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:14
“If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.
Pursue the things over which Christ presides.
Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground,
absorbed with the things right in front of you.
Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is.
See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead.
Your new life, which is your real life–even though invisible to spectators–
is with Christ in God. He is your life.
When Christ (your real life–remember) shows up again on this earth,
you’ll show up, too–the real you, the glorious you.
Meanwhile, be content with obscurity like Christ.
And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death.”
Colossians 3:1-5 Message
This summer, remember this:
“I will put my trust in Him.” Hebrews 2:13.
Travis Patterson, our Pastor for Ministry Empowerment, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 worship services in the Sanctuary. Josh, Eden, and Mia Samaniego will provide our special music. Lerie Dellosa will minister at the organ, and Mickey Johnson will offer congregational prayer. Jenna Westcott will tell the children’s story. Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge. The offering will support Multilingual Ministries and Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries.
Young Adults, The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 is taking a break this Sabbath. The Sanctuary congregation would love to have you join our worship services! We’ll be delighted to scoot over in the pews to give you prime seating!
The Men’s Ministry team invites all men and their families to a Sabbath afternoon of fun at Cleburne State Park, from 3:30 until sundown. To carpool meet at the Keene Church upper parking lot at 2:30 and we will leave at 3:00 PM. There’ll be time for fellowship, nature walks, and canoeing before we close Sabbath with praise and worship and potluck supper. Hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob will be provided by the Men’s Ministry. Info: Dennis Earhart 817-357-2977 or Pastor Travis 979-492-6203.
Bulletin information deadline for June 17 is Monday, June 12.
Study, Prayer, and Fellowship (SPF), led by Pastor James Winegardner, is taking a short break until Wednesday, June 21.
Senior Fellowship will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15, at 5:00 PM in the Annex. This organization is open to all community retirees who wish to attend. The dinner will be catered by Los Juanitos, serving Mexican Food. Entertainment will be a piano, vocal, and instrumental performance, presented by Trent Muse and friends. If you have any questions please call Ann Fromm, 817-645-2256.
Get ready for the Texas Conference Youth Fest that will be held at our church next Friday and Sabbath, June 16 and 17! Take time to give our young guests from around the Conference a warm Forever Family welcome, and help them find their way to their rooms in our home! We encourage you to attend our 9:00 worship service next Sabbath, to make room in the Sanctuary for Youth Fest participants during second service.
Singalong Vespers and Annual Church Business Meeting will be at 7:00 Saturday night, June 24, in the Chapel. Come on out for a joyous Forever Family evening, closing Sabbath together with music and then taking care of church business as we conclude our 2016-2017 fiscal year!
The Upper Room Youth Ministry has partnered with CASA of Tarrant County to provide sleeping bags (youth size), pillows, towels, shampoo, insect repellent, and body wash for their upcoming camping retreat for foster care kids and their families. Bring your donations to the drop-off box in our main lobby. We will be collecting items until July 15.
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. Register by June 15 and receive a discount! 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.
- Pay your registration fee by June 15 and receive 10% off that fee in August! Pay with cash, check or credit card at the CTA office or online at www.ctanet.org. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Anglada, Business Manager, at 817-641-6626, ext. 10. Summer office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00-3:00.
- 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.
- 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. Info: 817-641-6626.
- CTA first day of school is 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! Early registration for Southwestern Adventist University is Sunday, June 11, from 10 am – 4 pm in Findley Administration Building. Register early to insure yours or your child’s class schedule, finish financial clearance, and avoid long lines. There’s even have a greater chance to secure a preferred campus job.
- For more 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!
- A young adult Bible study series, Summer Shorts: Fishing through Philippians, meets in the SWAU Student Center, Wednesdays 6:30 PM thru August 9. A light supper is served. All are welcome.
- Friday Night Vespers: Growing in Christ, 8:00 – 9:00 every Friday in the Student Center. Refreshments. Speaker varies weekly.
Come to a delicious Benefit Breakfast tomorrow in the cemetery chapel from 8:00 to 10:00. We especially invite all veterans, to honor you and thank you for your service. See you there!
The tiny island of Iwo Jima lies 660 miles south of Tokyo. Mount Suribachi, an extinct volcano that forms the narrow southern tip of the island, rises 550 feet to dominate the ocean around it. In 1945 Iwo Jima became a primary objective in American plans to bring the Pacific campaign to a successful conclusion during World War II. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous climb up the rough terrain to the top. At about 10:30 a.m. men all over the island were thrilled by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. That afternoon . . . a second, larger flag was raised in the same location. (Marine Memorial website)
Forever Family, we are engaged in spiritual warfare led by the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Apostle Paul warns us that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 From the Mount of Blessing, Jesus taught us how to live. On the Mount of Transfiguration, God glorified His Son. On Mount Calvary, Jesus won the victory on a cross that was erected where all would see. And then came the Resurrection!
“So then,” Mark reports, “the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.” Mark 16:19, 20
Let’s proclaim the good news too, Forever Family! Continuing in Ephesians 6, Paul said: “Be prepared, You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. . . . Prayer is essential in the ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. And don’t forget to pray for me.” Ephesians 6:13, 18, 19 Message
Put your trust in Him, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”
Lord, lift me up, and I shall stand
By faith, on heaven’s tableland;
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim is higher ground.
I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heaven I’ve found,
“Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”
(Johnson Oatman, Jr.)