If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. 2 Timothy 2:5
Aren’t you proud of our Chisholm Trail Academy basketball team? Physically and mentally prepared, they look good participating with hundreds of other Christian teenagers in Southwestern Adventist University’s 2020 Hoops Classic. They’re learning to live with a sense of winning. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden coined the phrase “Competitive Greatness.” Competitive greatness is not being the best, but being the best you can be. You rise above the occasion and push yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually to reach your God-given potential. Coach Wooden defines competitive greatness as a real love for the hard battle, knowing it offers the opportunity to be at your best when your best is required. Have a passion to be prepared–ready when God opens doors. Be disciplined—do the right thing when no one is watching, merging self-discipline with God-provision. Be focused—Focus produces a clear picture of the future, producing a passion, making you an unstoppable force for the Lord’s work. (Wisdom/Walks Sports, Ellie Claire, p. 23-26)
To these, God gives a greater grace . . . “Humble yourselves in the Lord’s presence, and He will exalt you.” James 4:6, 10 . . . NBA all-star basketball MVP Kevin Durant knows a thing or two about the spotlight. Winner of an Olympic gold medal, Durant is no doubt one of the best basketball players in the world. But Durant doesn’t forget the importance of staying humble. Despite early adversity (his father left the family when Durant was an infant, and his AAU high school coach and role model Charles Craig was murdered), Durant was regarded as the second best high school prospect in 2006 and has since become an elite star. He recalls, “When I was about sixteen, I started to grow as a player and people started recognizing me and I let it get to my head. . . . It took having a really bad game in front of a lot of good coaches to wake up from that.” Durant demonstrates humility on and off the court by respecting other players, talking modestly with reporters, and by giving money to charity, calling himself The servant. “In the Bible I’ve read that humility is the key, and that’s one thing I try to be every day,” says Durant. How would you describe humility? Do you see it as a good or bad thing? Do you run your own life, or do you submit your life to God? How does this affect you and those around you? (athleticsinaction.org)
Ministry is difficult. It takes teamwork, too. Have you ever likened ministry to a basketball game? No one is victorious by himself. Thinking of the ball as a metaphor for the Gospel, many different people and encounters contribute to winning a soul for Jesus. The team on the other side is doing its best to prevent this. “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” said Paul to Timothy. (2 Timothy 2:1) Christian life is difficult. Following Jesus creates problems. What difficulties are you facing because of your commitment to Jesus as Lord? In 2 Timothy 2 Paul portrays three qualities required in those called to endure hardness. The soldier portrays a sense of priority. The athlete models discipline. The farmer is the pattern of perseverance. C.S. Lewis suggests that we serve Christ by getting things into the perspective of eternity. He insisted that we must learn to relate to every human being as an immortal person. To live our lives in the context of eternity may well enable us to be less driven by our needs for instant results and quick fixes. Each one of us is called to a life of ministry. Caring and supporting relationships are difficult, but the rewards and joys of such a life are great. (Gary Demarest, The Communicator’s Commentary, vol. 9)
Your Pastor for Young Adults, Michael Gibson, will preach for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. His sermon title: “The Last Letter.” The Keene Worship Bell Choir and Southwestern Adventist University Woodwinds Ensemble will provide worship music. Anabella Putnam, Raul Zuniga, Levi Weber and Charlie Putnam will give Pathfinder Bible Experience recitations. Doug Bowyer and John Page will make an announcement about the Keene Adventist Elementary School gymnasium project. Student Pastor Semu Siologa will call for the offering during first service and your Administrative Pastor, Rick Weaver, will make the 11:30 service offering appeal. This week’s offering supports Religious Liberty. T’resa Weaver will tell the children’s story. Sipho Ndebele will offer congregational prayer. Steve Bradley will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, “Everything I Need to Know” is your Pastor Michael Gibson’s sermon title for Elevate in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Today’s Scripture is Philippians 1:6. A wonderful variety of music will uplift you, and you’ll savor breakfast with friends at 9:30! Don’t miss The Bible Lab at 11:30 in the Chapel! Have a great Sabbath!
Coming this weekend – Hoops energy! 58 basketball teams representing close to 30 schools and 600-800 athletes from across the country will visit Southwestern Adventist University for our annual basketball tournament–and we hope they’ll worship with us! Watch for tournament guests between our worship services and heartily welcome them! We hope they’ll choose SWAU for their college years and will make us their Forever Family!
Please stop by the lobby to pick up your 2019 tithe receipts and to validate your contact information for our church directory. If you do not want your phone number or address published in the directory, please tell the welcome desk volunteers in the lobby know or email Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look at the Life Groups board in the Lobby! Many are starting right away!
Effective immediately, any adult who goes upstairs in the Gathering Place must have a barcode sticker from a children’s check-in station. Any adult that is upstairs without a sticker will be asked to go downstairs and must stay on the first floor.
Bible by Design will not meet this Sabbath.
The bathroom renovation continues! During the renovation, the men’s restroom by the fellowship hall will be closed. Please use the restroom on the Sanctuary side of the church. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Church Board will meet Tuesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. in the Annex.
Wednesday night Bible study will not meet this week.
This is your LAST week to register for the Senior Healthy Cooking class. It will start February 2, 3 p.m. at the Annex. We still have a few openings left. If you would like to attend, please contact Pastor Rick at email@example.com.
Next Sabbath is our monthly church potluck at 1 p.m., immediately following third service. Please bring your favorite chili or soup and dessert. Bring enough for your family and to share with our visitors and students. Cornbread and drinks will be provided.
We are forming a safety team for Keene Church and will have a meeting on Sabbath, February 1, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. If you are interested in learning more about the safety team or in helping, please plan to attend this important meeting.
Our Keene Church Visitation team urgently needs additional volunteers to visit our members in our community. Days and times are flexible. If you are interested in helping, please contact Marie Redwine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ten Pathfinders have memorized 100 verses each from Ezra, Nehemiah, Amos, Jonah, and Micah. You’ll see some of them recite verses in today’s worship services. They’re aiming to reach NAD-level testing in Washington State. Please consider supporting them by writing a check to Keene Church, memo: PBE 2020.
It’s time to start thinking about our yearly Resurrection Pageant in April. Several areas need leaders. If you are creative and passionate about sharing the gospel through a live re-enactment of the Passion story, contact a pastor or Kristi Amparan right away. We need leaders for some areas behind the scenes, and for directing on the front lines. Thank you for considering!
Want to meet new people and play a key role for our church? We are looking for additional greeters to join our greeting team. It’s fun and it’s a great way to meet people! If you are interested, please contact Sipho Ndebele at email@example.com or Pastor Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a visit? You can request a pastoral visit by visiting the Keene Church website (www.keenechurch.org) and clicking on “Visitation Request” at the top. We’d love to visit with you!
Birdwatching – Come on Sunday at 8:15 am on January 26, February 23 and March 29 and meet in church south parking lot. Learn together about bird identification. Contact Jimmy Aiken (817 821 9847) with questions.
Basic Gardening – Join other people interested in gardening in Room 104 on January 26, February 23 and March 29 at 7:00 pm. For questions: Tom Patzer (903 421 3151)
Strength and Conditioning Training – All fitness levels can come and learn to become more fit at The Annex! Group began Tuesday, January 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm and runs through February 18. Led by Jeff Quattlebaum.
Let God be God: Lifechanging Truths from the Book of Job – Beginning February 1 Connections Sabbath School will begin a new group study on the book of JOB led by Mary Ellen Winegardner that will last approximately 12 weeks. Meets in Room 106. Book supplied.
LifeKeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here, What You Do Best – Come and learn the answers to these questions with Dr. Ken Jones on the first and third Sabbaths of the month (February 1 and 15, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18) at 2:30 pm in Room 106. Please email the office (email@example.com) to register. Workbook needed for class: Discover Who You are workbook, $10 on amazon. (Contact Mary Ellen for help ordering workbook by text or call – 817 253 0956.)
Masterpiece – Come and enjoy a time of painting and fellowship brought to you by Women’s Ministries on the first Sabbath of month for February, March, April and May at 4:30 pm at The Annex. Bring an 11X14” canvas if possible.
Seniors Healthy Cooking – Come to an interactive class covering topics of soups & ads; breakfasts; snacks & drinks; and entrees & salads on Sundays, February 2, February 16, March 1 and March 15, at The Annex from 3:00-5:00 pm. Please pre-register through the church office as space is limited. Email Pastor Rick to register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladies’ Brunch Club – Come and enjoy meeting new friends at 10:00 am on February 2 and March 1 at SWAU Cafeteria. (Women’s Ministry Event)
Finding I am: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart (by Lysa TerKeurst) Women’s study group led by Mary Ellen Winegardner starting February 6 at 7:30 pm for six sessions in Room 107.
Bible by Design – Hear an overview of a book of the Bible while you create a guided artistic overview of that book. Class led by James Winegardner on second and fourth Sabbaths of most months at 2:30 pm in Room 107. Now in New Testament.
The Professor Says… Come and enjoy hearing a professor from SWAU speak on a topic and enter into discussion/question time as well in Room 104 on February 8 (Dr. Michael Campbell), March 7 (Dr. Jorge Rico) and April 18 (Dr. Joaquim Azevedo) at 4:00 pm.
Motorcycle Breakfast Group – Come enjoy a ride to breakfast, enjoy fellowship, and then the ride back on February 9 and March 15 at 9:00 am. Meet in the church parking lot. Contact Ian Curnow (817 614 9369).
Sewing & Quilting – Bring your projects to work on and connect with others who sew! Bring your own machine or use one of the machines at Chisholm Trail Academy on Sundays at 3:00 pm on February 9, March 29, April 19 and May 17. Contact Shari Harriss with questions. (email@example.com)
Congregant Meals – Come and enjoy a meal together, Seniors, at 11:30 am every Monday at The Annex.
Senior Exercise Program – All fitness levels welcome to come on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm at The Annex
Senior Exercise Program – 1:00 pm – Annex
Bible Journaling – Come and learn journaling as a way of Bible study. (This is not the artistic/decorative journaling.) Bring a Bible, writing instruments and a notebook or blank journal. Come Wednesdays at 6:15 pm in the Office Conference Room. Contact Dennis Dickerson with questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I Corinthians Bible Study (“Prayer Meeting”) – Verse by verse study of the book of I Corinthians led by James Winegardner beginning at 7 pm in the Chapel. Attenders will receive a book with room for notes. (This group will not meet on January 29.)
Intercessory Prayer Group – Come and join the Prayer Team in prayer at 6:00 pm in the Prayer Room.
Grief Support Group – Come to meet with others who are grieving, led by Sonia Vergel and meeting every other Thursday at 7:00 pm in Room 106.
Methuselah Ministries – Join this group that brings joy to senior community with visitation. Meets Sabbath afternoons at 3:00 pm for six weeks, ending on February 22 at Samaniegos’ house. (methuselahministries on Instagram for details)
The Path to Discipleship – Come and listen to the pastoral staff talk about steps we take to walk closer to Jesus as a disciple – February 15, 4:00 pm (Mary Ellen-Spiritual Gifts); February 29, 3:00 pm (Travis-How Personality Affects Discipleship); March 14, 4:00 pm (James-Bible Study); March 28, 4:00 pm (Michael-Prayer); April 4, 3:00 pm (Rick-Sharing) in Room 104.
Geocaching – Come and hunt for and find hidden object using GPS coordinates posted on a website. Ages 9 and up, with minors accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear comfortable shoes! (Limited to 12 people.) Meet in the Gathering Place on second Sabbaths at 3:00 pm beginning on February 8. Group led by Rick Weaver.
Chisholm Trail Academy athletes are participating in this weekend’s Southwestern Adventist University 2020 Hoops Classic! Wish them the best!
The CTA Student Association is hosting a Spanish-themed Valentine’s Banquet on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. There will be Spanish food, live music, and a silent auction! Call the school (817-641-6626) for more information.
Southwestern Adventist University’s “A Night at the Meyerson,” featuring outstanding high school musicians from across the country, is February 9, 7:30 p.m. Look up SWAU.edu/meyerson for details!
A memorial service for Carl Morrison will be held this afternoon, 2 o’clock at Joshua Church, 1912 Conveyor Drive, Joshua. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Joshua Adventist Multi-Grade School (JAMS).
The ASI Southwest Chapter Spring Convention will be held March 26-29 at Interr/Wellness Retreat Center (formerly shady Lakes Ranch) in Keene. Featured speaker is It Is Written’s John Bradshaw. Visit asisw.org to register and for more info.
Texas Conference Marriage Retreat, “Forever ONE,” will refresh your most important human relationship March 27-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown San Antonio. English speaking presenters are Alfredo and Juanita Ruiz, founders of Opciones and Silver Lining Family Services in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Spanish speaking presenters are Dr. Javier Donate and Cindy Stalker, founders of AcademiaDeMatrimonios.com. Register today at ForeverONE.org. Early Bird registration ends February 15. $199 registration per couple plus lodging for two nights.
We need an English-speaking volunteer to work at Great Stuff on Sundays and Tuesdays (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). If you’d like to assist, please contact Pastor Rick at 817-657-2044.
Need driving assistance to the doctor? the bank? the grocery store? Keene Church Driving Ministry can help! Please contact Loree Martin at 817-933-1037 and leave a message! She will arrange for transportation within a 15-mile radius of Keene (and it’s free!).
Thank you for your continued support of our Kids Eat Free backpack program! Through your donations, we are distributing food to over 60 kids every week. Our supplies are running low, so we appreciate any donations (large or small) of kid-friendly food to support this ministry!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. Hebrews 12:1-4
Run with endurance, Forever Family! Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2)
Your Keene Church Pastors
My faith looks up to Thee
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
Oh, let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
Oh, may my love to Thee
Pure, warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!
While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.