He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” Acts 1:7 Message
Just as Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit brought power at Pentecost that created a movement beyond anyone’s imagination. History changed course as the apostles preached the Good News and converts to Christianity multiplied. Soon enough in this fledgling church, cultures clashed and discord clanged. Then as now, budget became an issue. The apostles, in the flow of the Holy Spirit, decided to assign seven deacons to manage the nuts and bolts of church life so the preachers could devote full time to their calling. The deacons were to be involved in the church, of good reputation, and full of the Holy Spirit. Luke describes one of these, Stephen, as “full of faith and power, who did great wonders and miracles among the people.” (Acts 6:8) You might want to read Acts 6 – 8, giving particular notice to Stephen’s influence on Saul of Tarsus, who became the Apostle Paul.
Called before the high priest, accused of blasphemy, Stephen preached a plain, pointed, and pungent sermon about Israel’s relationship with God from Abraham’s time to the present day, seizing this unique opportunity to tell people about Jesus. Speaking of Israel’s unbelief, he did not seem to care what happened to him, calling them stiff-necked and unregenerate people whose forbears resisted everything a loving God did for them. Stephen’s boldness resembled Nathan telling King David: “Thou art the man.” When his accusers stoned him, Stephen prayed for those who killed him. Having tried to live like Jesus, he was prepared to die like Jesus. His face glowing like an angel, he told his audience that he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand.
Saul, who watched Stephen’s murder, never forgot it. He ratcheted up his persecution of Christians for a time, with the result that many fled Jerusalem and Judea, settling in Samaria and other distant countries–taking their faith with them to begin a world movement. After Saul’s encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road, the converted Apostle Paul became a faithful follower of Jesus and a powerful Gospel preacher “to the uttermost parts of the world,” uniquely qualified to dialog with the opposition because he had “been there.”
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. “Cantare” will present our special music and offertory; Lindsey Johnson will play the organ prelude and postlude. Pastor for Family and Children’s Ministries Travis Patterson will tell the children’s story. Student Pastor Raul Alvarez will call for the offering, which will support Texas Vision. Head Elder Ken Jones will offer congregational prayer. Tony Zbaraschuk will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Elevate welcomes you to The Middle Service in the Sanctuary at 10:15, a service designed especially for you! There’s always room for one more, so come on in! Young Adults Pastor Michael Gibson continues his sermon series: “The 12 People You Love.”
Come to Bible by Design at 2:30 pm today and hear about another book of the Bible, hit the high points, and leave with an artistic overview created by you! Room 107, led by Pastor James Winegardner.
Community Service & Planning – 3:30 this Sabbath, Room 106, led by Pastor Rick Weaver.
Visitation Committee Visitation Committee will meet today at 5pm on 217 Mistletoe Ln. Keene. New members are welcome. Come and learn how you can brighten the life of a shut-in. Our motto is: No Member should feel abandoned.
Game Night tonight! Grab a friend/family and bring a game and a snack to the Annex for game night at 7pm!
In memoriam – We are sad to report that our longtime church member Janette “Jan” Smith, mother of Beth Smith Barber and of Michele Smith Ganter, passed away at age 77 on September 23. Her private family graveside service was held at Keene Cemetery Friday morning, September 27. Please pray for her family.
Life Groups (see board near Welcome Desk for details)
- Bible by Design – 2:30 this Sabbath, Room 107.
- Community Service & Planning – 3:30 this Sabbath, Room 106
- Visitation Group – 5pm this Sabbath, 217 Mistletoe Lane, Keene.
- From Hurt to Hope Grief Recovery – Tuesday, October 1, 7:pm, Annex
- Photography Class – 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 2, in the Media Room.
- Postum with a Pastor – 4pm Thursday, October 3.
- Parenting – aiming your child’s heart toward God – Friday nights.
- Geocaching – Sabbath, October 5, 3:30 pm will initially meet in the Gathering Place and leave from there. Led by Pastor Rick.
- Masterpiece – Sabbath, October 5, 4:30 pm in the Annex.
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner begins a new study this week: the book of Joshua! We hope to see you in the Chapel at 7:00 for the very first night of this inspiring story that begins with God telling Joshua: “Get ready to cross Jordan”!
General church potluck is next week please bring plenty of entrees, veggies, desserts, and friendly conversation!
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.
Senior Share our senior food pantry, will be open this Thursday, October 3 at 1pm in the Annex.
May the Force Be with You starts this Friday! Led by Pastor Rick will meet at 10am at the East Cleburne Community Center.
Oct. 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 email@example.com to reserve your spot. If you have signed up but have not paid, please hand in your money marked CHURCH CAMPOUT before September 27.
Kids Eat Free This Fall – We’ve expanded our Kids Eat Free Program to support children from three schools at Keene ISD. We are currently delivering 50 bags a week to qualified children who need food each week. Thank you for your continued donations of kid-friendly food to the church each week! It is making a difference in our children’s lives!
A New Life Bible School – “These Bible studies make my whole month better!” – Student
Keene Adventist Elementary School
- Family Fun Fest is tomorrow,11am to 3pm at Elisa Carver Park, Keene. Enjoy food, games, prizes, bounce houses and much more! Open to the community! (In case of bad weather, we will move to the Chisholm Trail Academy Gym.)
Chisholm Trail Academy
- CTA Garage Sale the Senior class is having a garage sale in the CTA parking lot on Sunday, October 13, from 8am-1pm. If you would like to rent a parking space for $10 a space to sell your own items, you may contact Mrs. Hall at 817-229-4998. If you would like to donate items for the sale you may contact Mrs. Hall.
Southwestern Adventist University
- Voice 4 Peace The SWAU Department of Music presents A Voice 4 Peace in recognition of the International Day of Peace in collaboration with CTA and Burton Academy choirs at Fort Worth First Presbyterian Church this Sabbath at 6pm. The concert is free and open to the public.
Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be in our upper parking lot on October 5 from 8:30 am to 1pm. Thank you for your faithful blood gifts that help sustain our community’s life and health!
George Reid is in rehab for a broken leg caused by a car accident. He would be glad to hear from Keene people. His address is: Brooke Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 18131 Slade School Road, Room 1019, Sandy Springs, MD 20860.
Norse Church – the oldest standing Seventh-day Adventist church in Texas—invites you to its annual Sabbath celebration on October 12, 9:30 am in Clifton. Pastor Jerrod Songy will preach. Forever His and the Bosque River Band will provide music, there’ll be baptisms, and a fellowship potluck with fresh cobbler to follow. Bring lawn chairs! 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.
“Every uttered word exerts an influence, every action involves a train of responsibility. No one can live to himself in this world, even if he would. Each one forms a part of the great web of humanity, and through our individual threads of influence we are linked to the universe. Christ used his influence to draw man to God, and he left us an example of the way in which we should speak and act. A person who is molded by the Spirit of God will know how to speak a ‘word in season to him that is weary,’ and will realize the highest human blessedness–the joy of imparting to others the precious treasures of wisdom and grace of Christ. But those who permit themselves to be controlled by the enemy of all good will speak words which should never be uttered.” Ellen G. White, The Review and Herald, February 16, 1897
May God bless and prosper your influence for Him, friend!.
Your Keene Church Pastors
Hail Him the King of Glory
Tell it to every kindred and nation,
Tell it far and near;
Earth’s darkest night will fade with the dawning,
Jesus will soon appear.
Nations again in strife and commotion,
Warnings by the way;
Signs in the heavens, unerring omens,
Herald the glorious day.
Children of God look up with rejoicing,
Shout and sing His praise,
Blessed are they who, waiting and watching,
Look for the dawning rays.
Hail Him the King of glory,
Once the Lamb for sinners slain;
Tell, tell the wondrous story,
“Jesus comes to reign.”
(Henry de Fluiter)