Did you know that folks had “pick-up trucks” in Bible times? They were called donkeys! Used for transportation, hauling, and farming, donkeys were considered necessities. Even the poorest families owned one. To own multiple donkeys in Bible times was a sign of wealth, and to lose them, a disaster. . . . Kish, a rich man from the tribe of Benjamin, owned lots of donkeys. When some went missing one day, he dispatched his tall, handsome son Saul, along with a servant, to find and bring them home. The pair looked far and wide with no luck, until Saul worried that his father would become more anxious for the searchers than about the donkeys’ return.* But God had a tons more important agenda for Saul than tending his father’s animals. Through an amazing series of common occurrences that seemingly “just happened,” Saul was led to the prophet Samuel, whom God had instructed to anoint Saul to reign as Israel’s first king. (God cared about Saul’s original assignment, though, and told Samuel where Saul would find Kish’s donkeys.) Read all about it in 1 Samuel 9 and 10.
“At times we feel as if we could impress God with all we are trying to do for Him and His church. Yet . . . you will never set a goal so big or attempt a task so significant that God does not have something far greater that He could do in and through you. . . . Our problem is that we become too easily enamored with our own plans. If we are attempting to do noble or difficult things, we assume that we must be experiencing the maximum potential for our lives and that God must, therefore, be pleased with us. Until we have heard from God, we cannot even imagine all that our lives could become or all that God could accomplish through us. We must set aside our own agenda, however lofty. We must never become satisfied with our own dreams, for they are finite at best. When we follow God’s direction we will witness things happening in our lives that can only be explained by His powerful presence. How could we be satisfied with anything less?” (“Experiencing God,” Henry and Richard Blackaby, page 8)
Here’s how Jesus stayed tuned to God’s agenda for His ministry: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place, and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will continue his sermon series on David during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services, preaching about “Failures of Saul.” The combined Chisholm Trail Academy and Burton Adventist Academy choirs, directed by Gary Wilcox and Travis Simpson, will provide our worship music. Dan Mertz will tell the children’s story, and Cleo Johnson will offer congregational prayer. Kelsey Johnson will minister at the organ for both services. Alison Zapara will serve as first service chorister. Glen Robinson will serve as Deacon in Charge. Our offering will support Texas Vision.
Young Adults, Sam Leonor will preach for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15. Come and enjoy fellowship, food, music, and an amazing sermon!
Take your singing from the shower to the choir loft!! Join the choir! You’ll be glad you did. Yes, the Keene Worship Choir needs YOU!! Please sign up TODAY in the Church Lobby or Gathering Place. You are the missing piece. We rehearse TODAY at 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
A potluck and meeting for all Children’s Sabbath School leaders and teachers is set for 1:00 PM today in the Fellowship Hall. We need everyone who leads or teaches to attend.
Everyone is invited to vespers, refreshments, and an interview with Michael Gibson for our Pastor for Young Adults position in the Fellowship Hall at 5:00 Saturday night. We hope you’ll be there!
The church office will be closed Monday, January 15, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Attention parents and grandparents: Starting January 27 your children must be registered in order to enter our Sabbath Schools. We are grateful that 50% of our families have registered their children (birth through 8th grade) already! If you haven’t taken a few minutes to do this, avoid the potential lines and register TODAY in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday night Bible study is back! Travel with us through the Book of Exodus for an amazing story of God’s deliverance and providence to His people! We meet in the Chapel every Wednesday at 7:00. Pastor James Winegardner is our guide, with lots of fascinating insights!
Next Sabbath: “It Is Written” speaker/director John Bradshaw will preach in our Sanctuary on Friday night, January 19, 7:30; Sabbath, January 20, 9:00 and 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM. “God is surely ALIVE, and He is working!”
“Psalms Journey,” a Fort Worth-based southern gospel quartet, will perform in concert in our Chapel at 7:00 Saturday night, January 20. Each singer feels individually called to not only be entertaining but, more importantly, to share the gospel of Jesus through music. If your heart is hurting and hungry or thankful and praiseful, come hear just what you need!
Save the date for Erwin Sicher’s farewell reception! Plan to wish him well in the Gathering Place on Sunday, January 21, at 4:30 PM.
“Masterpiece,” an art class similar to “Painting with a Twist,” will be brought to you by your Women’s Ministry team on Sabbath, January 27 at 3:00 PM in the Upper Room. We’ll begin with a devotional message, then discover new ways to give glory to God with this creative adventure. Bring your own canvas! (SWAU students contact Mary Ellen Winegardner—email@example.com–to reserve a complimentary canvas!) Email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your spot!
We still need a few more people to “adopt” a University student next semester! Brighten your winter and warm a student’s heart! Invite them home for a meal; plan an evening of games, cocoa and popcorn by a crackling fire; frolic in bluebonnets this spring . . . To adopt a student sign up as soon as possible! Email email@example.com.
It’s time to get involved with the Resurrection Pageant team! We are signing up for leadership roles and speaking parts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, PE to round out a strong academic program.
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.
- The Saxon Lecture Series in Science and Religion will feature Leonard Brand, Professor of Biology and Paleontology at Loma Linda University. Dr. Brand will speak on “Genesis as an Asset to Science.” The lecture will take place on Sabbath, January 20, at 4:00 PM in the Mabee Center.
- Ticket sales for A Night at the Meyerson are open! Don’t miss this 25thanniversary concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center on February 11 at 7:30 PM, featuring all of YOUR students, the world premiere of Kim André Arnesen’s newest choral composition, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin as featured soloist. Proceeds will benefit SWAU student music. Get your tickets at swau.edu/musicfestival.
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.
Keene Youth Strings is looking for youth members for its new season. This group will be conducted by Mr. Rogeiro Nunes. Practices will be on Mondays at 6:00 PM at Mabee Center. First practice on Monday January 15th. More information with Mrs. Dulce Mendoza 817-363-0290.
Texas Conference Women’s Retreat is next weekend, January 19-21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio. Online registration: www.txsda.org/reg. To register by phone, call 817-790-2255, ext. 2142. Registration is $160. Please make your hotel reservation soon.
Join the Full Plate Living 90-day Wellness Challenge! Take charge of your health and learn how to reverse diabetes, lose weight, and feel better. Program starts February 5. Meets Monday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Cleburne Conference Center. Sign up online at https://www.swau.edu/wellnesscounts–early bird rate in effect through January 30. Sponsored by the SWAU Nursing Dept., Keene SDA Wellness Team and the Cleburne First SDA Church. Start the new year off with a new and practical approach to wellness.
“Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children. Godliness–godlikeness–is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true know.edge. (Ellen White, “Education”)
This year, friend, fervently pray to discover God’s higher-than-your-brightest-dreams agenda for your life!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Seeking the lost–yes, kindly entreating
Wanderers on the mountain astray;
“Come unto Me,” His message repeating,
Words of the Master speaking today.
Seeking the lost–and pointing to Jesus
Souls that are weak and hearts that are sore,
Leading them forth in ways of salvation,
Showing the path to life evermore.
Then would I go on missions of mercy,
Following Christ from day unto day,
Cheering the faint and raising the fallen,
Pointing the lost to Jesus, the Way.
Going afar, going afar,
Afar upon the mountain,
Bringing the wanderer, the wanderer back again.
Into the fold, into the fold of my Redeemer
Jesus the Lamb, Jesus the Lamb for sinners slain.
(William A. Ogden)