He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 . . . Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
The Apostle Paul and his protege, Timothy, were as close in relationship as father and son, always with a sense of partnership and parity in Jesus. Temperamentally, though, they were unalike. Paul was bold and daring; Timothy, shy and reserved. Paul was an innovator and adventurer. Timothy was helpful and supportive. Paul’s joy in his own calling never diminished, and he rejoiced in Timothy’s calling, too. Timothy was young to be a religious leader, and may have struggled with the question of whether to continue his ministry in Ephesus, where false teachers were troubling the church. But Paul challenged Timothy to dig in and stand up to the Ephesians. Don’t let anyone despise your youth, Paul admonished. Live a life so spotless in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith, and purity that your life will serve as a model for others in the church to follow. God looks beyond your youth, timidity, and physical weakness and sees your sincere heart. (Adapted from Gary Demarest, “The Communicator’s Commentary,” pp. 154-156, and from Henry and Richard Blackaby, “Experiencing God,” p. 308 )
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
by the commandment of God our Savior
and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
To Timothy, my true son in the faith,
Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father
and Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Timothy 1:1-3, 11
Did you notice? Many of Paul’s letters began: “Grace and peace.” For Timothy, he added “mercy.”
Make Friday night your favorite evening this week! Come to “Singspiration” in the Annex at 7:00! Sit in a circle, sing favorite vesper songs, and welcome the Sabbath with your Forever Family! You’ll be so glad that you did!
Your Pastor for Administration, Rick Weaver, will speak for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Lindsey Johnson will minister at the organ. Southwestern Brass will provide first service music and Keene Worship Band will play for the 11:30 service. Julie Norton will tell the children’s story. Pastor for Family Ministries Travis Patterson will call for the offering, which will support World Budget. We will recognize our Veterans at both services. Christian Evans, a veteran, will offer congregational prayer for the 9:00 service. San Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, your Pastor Michael Gibson will speak on “Fullness of Joy” at Elevate in the Sanctuary at 10:15. You’ll appreciate good music, Scripture readings, and the best of fellowship during this amazing hour of gladness and praise.
We will have a Greeter potluck and meeting this Sabbath, November 9, at 1pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in joining the greeting team, please come! If you are already a greeter, please come for important information!
Bible by Design will not meet this Sabbath afternoon.
Urban Ministry Certification meeting is this Sabbath afternoon at 3:30.
Young Adult Bible Study and Game Night – 7:30 pm (location changed to 1428 New Haven Dr., Mansfield, TX 76063)
In remembrance – The memorial service for Bobby Hodges will be Sabbath, November 16, at 3pm in the Sanctuary.
LIFT Food Bank one-year celebration – All Food Bank volunteers who have helped over the past year are invited to a special celebration on Sunday, November 10 at 7 pm! Bring your favorite fall treat or snack. Popcorn and drinks are provided. This will be a time to share stories, celebrate our growth, and learn where the Food Bank is headed next.
Keene Worship Choir Veggie Burger Sale Sunday at the ABC! We are preparing your lunch this Sunday from 11am to 2pm. Get your burgers hot off the grill with chips and baked goods for a great price. Support the KWC as we begin preparation for the Christmas musical. See you there! Come early! Burgers and baked goods go quickly!
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner leads our study of the book of Joshua in the Chapel at 7pm. Understand this familiar Bible story as never before!
We are excited to offer a FREE benefit concert featuring Ysis Espana on Sabbath, November 23, 4:30pm in our Sanctuary. We’ll collect a love offering to support our Pathfinder Bible Experience team!
Social Committee invites you to a bonfire on November 23 at 5:30 pm at 141 CR 3198 in Alvarado (Doug Bowyer’s home). Enjoy food, fellowship, and fun! More details to follow.
Our ministry that feeds new moms and their families is looking for people willing to cook a meal and share it. Please contact Sue Rotan at 9098387122 or email her at email@example.com if you’re willing to help!
We need another 20 deacons to serve Keene Church. If you’re interested in joining our deacon team, contact Head Deacon Glen Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Rick Weaver at email@example.com.
Church Directory – We need a recent photo of you and your family! If you have a recent picture, send it to http://bit.ly/KeeneChurchPhotos. Please include the first and last names when you send the photo.
You can still ADOPT A COLLEGE STUDENT for the 2019-2020 school year! More students have signed up for this popular ministry! 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? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for a new leader for our Driving Ministry – We have a small team of drivers that assist people with getting to doctor appointments, the bank, and grocery stores within a 15-mile radius of Keene. If you have an interest in helping lead this ministry, please reach out to Pastor Rick for details.
Great Stuff is going through some great changes! Stop by any Tuesday or Sunday from 10am to 2pm to see!
2020 Life Groups – We are in the process of planning Life Groups for the new year. If you are interested in leading a small study group (we can supply all the materials), having one at your home, or have an idea on an activity small group, email Mary Ellen at email@example.com.
View our church events calendar online! www.keenechurch.org
- 10 Pathfinders have memorized 100 verses from Ezra, Nehemiah, Amos, Jonah, Micah. They’re aiming to reach NAD-level testing in Washington State–cost: $1,000 per Pathfinder. Please consider sponsoring online: http://adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANWFPB/envelope/start. Under local church select ‘more offering categories,’ then select ‘show all,’ then Pathfinder Bible Experience; or write a check to Keene Church, memo: PBE 2020.
- You Can Help – You can help your local Pathfinder club feed its youth. With a club this big, food donations will really help defray expenses. Please consider donating items we can use for Camping trips or an outing. Drinks, chips, canned hot dogs, apple sauce, pancake mix, graham crackers, oil, waters, syrup, lunch snacks, granola bars, vegetarian chili, baked beans, cookies, re fried vegetarian beans, salsa, ketchup, Mayo, relish, variety oatmeal packets, tetra packs of almond milk, canned fruit, spray oil, powdered drink mix, tortilla shells, etc.
Nov. 10 – Birdwatching, 8:30am, Church Parking Lot meetup
Nov. 11 – Ladies’ Breakfast Club, 8:30am at Keene City Station
Nov. 13 – Loops of Love, 2:30pm – contact Mary Ortiz
Nov. 13 – Intercessory Prayer Group, 5:45pm in Prayer Room
Keene Adventist Elementary School 302 Pecan St, Keene. 817-645-9125
Chisholm Trail Academy 401 S. Old Betsy Rd., 817-641-6626
- Chisholm Trail Academy drama group will present “Always Remember Me” Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm in Wharton Auditorium on the Southwestern Adventist University campus, and Friday, November 15, at 7:00pm in our Keene Church Sanctuary. Come on out, support our amazing students, and have a wonderful evening!
Southwestern Adventist University 100 W Hillcrest St, (817) 645-3921
- On November 16, Southwestern will host the Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series with Dr. David Bebbington, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University. The lecture will be hosted at 4:00 pm in Wharton Auditorium at the Mabee Center. Bebbington’s topic is “Evangelicals: Who they have been, who they are and who they could be” and will answer questions regarding what the term “evangelical” actually means. He will discuss how we should understand this many-sided world religious phenomenon and how recent American politics have modified that understanding.
- Also on November 16, the University invites you to a free screening of “The Dig” at 7:00 pm. Info: SWAU.edu/thedig
“As you seek to follow God’s will, you may identify with Timothy. Perhaps some things about you seem to disqualify you from serving the Lord effectively. You may be sensitive because you are a new Christian or because you come from a sinful past. Perhaps you have little education or money or social status. You may have previously experienced failure in your service for God. Don’t allow this to intimidate you from following God’s will. Your area of weakness may be God’s means of demonstrating His strength (2 Cor. 12:9). Allow God to demonstrate His call upon you by transforming your life into a model of godliness.” (ibid, Blackaby)
May gladness and blessings refresh you this Sabbath, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
O Day of Rest and Gladness
O day of rest and gladness,
O day of joy and light,
O balm of care and sadness,
most beautiful, most bright;
on thee the high and lowly,
who bend before the throne,
sing “Holy, holy, holy”
to the Eternal One,
Thou art a port protected
from storms that round us rise,
A garden intersected
with streams of Paradise;
Thou art a cooling fountain
In life’s dry, dreary sand;
From thee, like Pisgah’s mountain,
we view our promised land.
A day of sweet reflection
thou art, a day of love;
A day to raise affection
From earth to things above.
New graces ever gaining
from this our day of rest,
we seek the rest remaining
in mansions of the blest.
(Christopher Wordsworth )