“This is where Claude Monet lives, in this never-ending feast for the eyes,” said Octave Mirbeau on March 7, 1891, on visiting the French artist’s gardens at Giverny. “It is just the environment one would have imagined for this extraordinary poet of tender light and veiled shapes, for this man who has touched the intangible, expressed the inexpressible, and whose spell over our dreams is the dream that nature so mysteriously enfolds, the dream that so mysteriously permeates the divine light.” Monet had invested much study, time, talent, and money to make it so. He planned, planted, and weeded the garden, and in the evening the children watered it, hauling buckets from the well. With a trained eye for color relationships and the effects of light and atmosphere on color, his garden employed the same principles he used to create his canvases. He spent all his extra money on extravagant plants from around the world and eventually employed six gardeners. We recognize Giverny’s great arches of rambling roses, carpets of nasturtiums, waterlily garden and woven wisteria in Monet’s later paintings. (Excerpts from Elizabeth Murray, “Monet’s Passion,” p. 3, 4)
Do you wonder if Adam or Eve was an artist, too, or if one of their children flourished the first paintbrush? Take a few minutes this Sabbath to reflect on Eden, its rivers, trees, animals, flowers, and endless delights, most gloriously the first couple’s evening walks with God (Genesis 1, 2). You’ll notice that God’s creation was always intended to be a workplace for us humans. We were to “be fruitful and multiply in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground . . . and every seed-bearing plant.” (1:28-30) From the beginning, God tasked us with stewardship.
Are you planning to stroll among the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ early spring flowers this year? A fragrant, colorful idyll that is! Children romp across lawns, birds sing, God’s artistry is on display everywhere! The garden planners’ careful husbandry is clear, too!
We continue our sermon series, “I Wonder as I Wonder,” this Sabbath. Pastor James Winegardner will preach for our Sanctuary worship services and Johnathan Coker will preach for the young adults’ Elevate service in the Fellowship Hall.
Brazos Chorus, directed by David Anavitarte, will provide worship music for the 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Danae Songy will tell the children’s story, and Robert Stotz will bring the offering appeal, which will support Adventist World Radio. Pam Spivey will offer congregational prayer. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, we look forward to spending an hour with you at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Enjoy warm friendship, uplifting music, and a good sermon prepared with you in mind!
Attention Parents and Grandparents! Please pick up your children from Sabbath School at 11:15. We need to allow time for our teachers to clean up and join their families for second service worship. (Children left in Sabbath School may be given a free energy drink and a pet ferret…)
Resurrection Pageant – We need actors, behind the scenes support, and marketplace folks. Sign up in the gathering place!
Vacation Bible School 2019: Coming June 10-14 – You can make long-term impact with a short-term commitment! Visit our booth today!
“Bible by Design” – Today, Pastor James Winegardner guides a twice-monthly creative Bible overview from 2:30-3:30 PM in Room 106.
Daylight saving time begins at midnight tonight.
In memoriam – We are sad to report that our long-time church member Maynard Irwin, father of Steve and Greg Irwin and brother-in-law of Mary Ann Brown, Mildred Willis, and Doris Sadau, passed away on March 1. His body was donated to science. Please remember his friends and family in prayer.
Learn more about birds, and how to identify them, tomorrow morning at 9:00, led by Jimmy Aiken. Meet at the church parking lot
Vegan 101 cooking is this Sunday, 4:00 PM, 300 S. Mockingbird Lane, Keene. Preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-675-6126.
Breakfast Club – Women’s Ministry invites you to mingle at our monthly Breakfast Club at 8:30 AM Monday, March 11, Olivia’s Restaurant in Keene. Drop in, buy your own breakfast, and get acquainted with other ladies!
Every Monday: Meals on Wheels in our Annex! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.
A fall prevention class meets 1:00-3:00 PM Mondays at the Annex, through April 8. Register at 1-877-847-9355 or TexasHealth.org/Classes.
Grief recovery – Meet every other Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Room 106. Sonia Vergel leads. email@example.com. Next meeting is March 12.
Wednesday night Bible Study – We’re nearing the end of Revelation! Come to our Chapel at 7:00 as James Winegardner leads our exploration.
Resurrection Pageant auditions for speaking parts will be held Wednesday, March 13, 6:00-8:00 PM, in the Sanctuary. This will be the ONLY audition time scheduled.
Support each other dealing with the challenges of diabetes on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Texas Health Huguley Education Building, 817-568-5503.
Motorcycle breakfast outing – Get together on March 17 to go as a group to breakfast and enjoy the ride together. Meet in the church parking lot. Info: Ian Curnow, 817-614-9369.
Have a great time kayaking with others March 17, April 7, and May 5 at 10:00 AM. Leader: Shari Harriss, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embracing Singleness – Sunday, March 31, 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall – is open to single women who want to come together for fellowship, thought-provoking presentations, and discussion. Speakers are Danae Songy and Laura Rosalez. Soup and refreshments will be served.
Attention Keene Youth parents and family! Our youth department, known as The Upper Room, is selling T-shirts (extra small to extra large) for only $10 to promote our youth and fund upcoming events. Sizes are limited!
We will have a baptism on April 27. If you would like to be baptized or if you know of anyone who would be a candidate for baptism, please call the church office to schedule it. We are excited when heaven rejoices for an addition to God’s family.
We’re cleaning up our records on keys for the church. If you have a church key that you’re not using, please return it to Pastor Rick.
A New Life Bible School – Can you donate a pocket-sized Bible (Spanish or English) to Prison Ministries? Several of our students have asked for one. If you can help, bring it to the Bible School or the church.
Southwestern Adventist University
- Hal Wright Science & Religion Lecture Series will present “Understanding Genesis,” featuring Jason Lisle, PhD (Biblical Science Institute founder) March 30, 4:00 PM, Wharton.
- SWAU offers two national tests normally available only on Saturday. SAT is March 10; collegeboard.org. ACT is April 14; registration act.org. Both tests at 10:00 AM. Please arrive by 8:00 AM. Tests will be administered in Pechero Hall, 200 W. Hillcrest Dr, Room 104,
Keene Adventist Elementary School
- PreK enrollment is now open for children who turn four by September 1. Visit us, or call 817-645-9125.
Chisholm Trail Academy
- Follow the trail home to CTA’s 51st Alumni Weekend March 29-30!
- The Annual CTA Golf Tournament to benefit Student Aid Scholarships will be Friday, March 15, 8:00 AM, with registration at 7:00 AM at Squaw Valley, 2439 E. Hwy 67, Glenrose. Teams of four can register for $300, or $75 per player. Info: Jackie Bowyer, email@example.com or 817-641-6626. Support a worthy cause!
Triumphant Quartet brings a powerful Gospel concert to our Sanctuary next Saturday night, March 16, at 7:00. Come early for a good seat!
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by March 31, 2019 – $575,856.00
Donations Received through March 2, 2019 – $495,543.76
Amount still needed this month – $ 80,312.24
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru March 2, 2019 – $301,624,48
Amount still needed – $248,375.52
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Keene Church donations received through March 2, 2019 – $230,764.44
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $315,120.79
Amount still needed (phase 1) – $129,114.77
Today: Adventist World Radio; Next week: Church Budget
“In what way are we made in God’s image? God obviously did not create us exactly like Himself, especially in a physical sense. Instead, we are reflections of God’s glory. God is sinless, eternal, and unlimited. Although we are given the potential to be sinless and eternal, we are also given the choice to fall short. We will never be totally like God because He is our supreme Creator. Our best hope is to reflect His character in our love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness.
“Knowing that we are made in God’s image and thus share many of His characteristics provides a solid basis for self-worth. Human worth is not defined by possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or public acclaim. Instead, it comes from being made in God’s image. Because we are like God we can feel positive about ourselves. Knowing that you are a person of infinite worth gives you the freedom to love God, know Him personally, and make a valuable contribution to those around you.” (Life Application Bible, Genesis 1)
Praise your Creator and Redeemer, friend! You’re a splendid work of art!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Cotton candy clouds, so fluffy and white,
Who put you there in a sky of deep blue?
Or do you just happen to float along,
Pretty and white in a sky so blue?
Tall mountain, deep valley, fast river, cool stream,
Show grandeur and majesty in some grand scheme
All of these wonders that we behold,
Are only a part – it cannot be told.
Master Designer, wherever You are,
All of this beauty both near and afar
Can’t just have happened, the odds are too great,
There must be a plan, we’re not left to fate.
All of this beauty is far too convincing
Master Designer, Your Word must be true,
Of all Your creations man is the dearest
Help me to simply believe now in You,
Believe in You.