Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. Luke 24:51, 52In his book “Something Better,” Seventh-day Adventist educator and church leader Calvin Rock speaks of Stanley Ketchell, “a world-class lightweight fighter who, in the early 1920s, achieved fame by often winning bouts after having been knocked down in apparent defeat. The word was, no matter how badly he was hurt, Ketchell was sure to ‘beat the count’—he would always get up! Tragically, one night in a dark alley in an unsavory Philadelphia neighborhood, while yet at the height of his career, Ketchell was robbed and killed. His manager, in England at the time, left the wireless station reading the tragic news and was overcome with disbelief and grief. But he quickly collected his thoughts and went back to the desk of the message clerk with the terse reply to his fallen fighter’s family and friends—‘Start counting; he’ll get up!’” (p. 330) Rock likens the assuring metaphor of Ketchell’s “beating the count” to Jesus’ resurrection that transformed His frightened disciples into a happy band of flaming witnesses. Unfallen angels and worlds above joined the revived disciples in joyful enthusiasm.
How about you? Are you spiritually strong and agile at the moment, or at least comfortably on your feet—or do you feel like you’re “down for the count”? In any of those circumstances, you might be nourished by reflecting on Hebrews 11-13 for an hour this weekend. In chapter 11, the honor roll of the faithful will strengthen you for life’s race. Then, Hebrews 12 tells us to look to Jesus, the first one to win the race, the perfecter of having completed it. This race is all about worshiping God and serving others. . . . First, Jesus identified with those in need. He walked among the sick, the sinful, the excluded. Second, He claimed that His own life was the essential base for life itself. The Father had given Him life, and now He had the authority to give it to whomever He willed. He is the vine, we are the branches. (John 15:1-8) Third, Jesus set the pattern for our race by accepting social outcasts and ministering to them without being repulsed by their outward behavior. If we constantly turn away, there is little hope that any of these will ever find the redemption of the life-giving Jesus. Fourth, He pioneered the idea of loving our enemies. He knew that love was often necessary to break down the patterns of hostility that had grown up over a long period of time. Fifth, Our Lord set the example of servant lordship. . . . Why did Jesus run this race of servanthood and suffering? His motivation was the joy that was set before Him, out in the future. Jesus was a futurist. The expectancy of fulfilling God’s covenant flooded Him with joy. (Psalm 22:22-31) (Excerpts from Louis B. Evans, Jr., Mastering the New Testament, Vol. 10, p. 222)
And finally, there’s Hebrews 13:
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers,
for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.
Remember also those being mistreated,
as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage.
God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.
So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
So I will have no fear.
What more can people do to me?”
Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. . . .
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (v. 1-8)
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach about “The Evangelism of Sharing” for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. We will dedicate our pastoral interns. Danae Songy will tell the children’s story, and Sandy Weaver will offer prayer during first service. Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. Eden’s Echo will provide special music for first service and will lead songs of praise for the 11:30 service. Karen Savignon and Maydi Weber will present a musical prelude and a postlude. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adult Pastor Michael Gibson will preach about Jesus’ beatitude, “Blessed are the Hungry,” at Elevate in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Young adults, you’ll also enjoy breakfast at 9:15 in the Fellowship Hall and The Bible Lab at 11:30 in the Chapel–a morning brimming with inspiration and friendship!
Keene Community Food Bank is happening this Sabbath! Come to the Annex at noon to volunteer or at 1pm to receive food. See you there!
A memorial service for Bobby Hodges, husband of Mary Ann and father of Barry Hodges, David Hodges, and Priscilla Phillips, will be held in our Sanctuary this Sabbath afternoon at 3:00.
Do you have Medicare questions? If you do, please plan on stopping by the Annex on Monday, November 18, and join us for a congregate meal through Meals-on-Wheels at noon. We will have someone to give a short presentation and answer your questions.
Wednesday night Bible study will not meet on November 20 or November 27. We look forward to warmly welcoming you when we reconvene on December 4!
Finance Committee will meet Thursday, November 21, 7pm.
Retirees Fellowship will meet Thursday, November 21, at the Annex at 5pm. This Thanksgiving meal will be catered by Dean Allgood, and the entertainment will be provided by Leilani and Timothy Stowell.
We are excited to offer a FREE benefit concert featuring Ysis Espana on Sabbath, November 23, 4:30 pm in our Sanctuary. We’ll collect a love offering to support our Pathfinder Bible Experience team!
Your 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! Bring your chairs, roasting sticks and favorite hot dogs. Drinks, condiments, buns, and s’mores will be provided by the Social Committee.
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.
We are making progress with our Church Directory. Stop by the table in the lobby this Sabbath if you need help submitting a photo. Sneak a peek at the church directory on line and in book form! You can submit a photo to add to the church directory at http://bit.ly/KeeneChurchPhotos.
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.
Life Groups – Coming this week! See the Life Groups display near welcome desk for more!
- November 17, 9am – Motorcycle breakfast ride
- November 17, 10am – Kayaking
- November 17, 3pm – Sewing and Quilting
- November 17, 7pm – Sunday Gardening
- November 21, 5pm – Retirees Fellowship
- November 21, 7:30pm – Grief Recovery
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 Are you having trouble keeping track of all the wonderful things happening at Keene Church these days? Go to our Keene Church website and click on “Calendar” in the menu provided at the top of our home page. You’ll see everything that’s happening, continually updated!
- 10 Pathfinders have memorized 100 verses from Ezra, Nehemiah, Amos, Jonah, Micah. They’re aiming to reach North American Division-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.
Chisholm Trail Academy 401 S. Old Betsy Rd., 817-641-6626
Please support the 2020 Puerto Rico mission trip by ordering some delicious pupusas. Place your order this Saturday night and you may pick it up at CTA Sunday, November 17, at 2 pm. For more details and to place your order, send a text message to 817-966-0289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keene Adventist Elementary School 302 Pecan St, Keene. 817-645-9125
Southwestern Adventist University 100 W Hillcrest St, (817) 645-3921
- Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series this afternoon, 4 pm will feature David Bebbington, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Baylor University, topic: “Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be.” Wharton Auditorium.
- You are invited to the North American premiere screening of “The Dig” this Saturday night, 7:00. The series, which is set to air on Hope Channel in January 2020, will explore the experiences of our Dinosaur Science Museum’s annual fossil dig in Wyoming. Free! 817-202-6628; SWAU.edu/thedig
Campion Academy Alumni Chapter Reunion – November 17, 4:30pm at Blue Mesa Grill, Fort Worth. Please RSVP to email@example.com or text 970-451-1513.
A memorial service for Will Kowarsch will be held on Sabbath afternoon, November 30, at 3 pm at the Crowley Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The 24th annual Keene Christmas Light Parade and Fireworks Show will be 6:30 pm Sunday, December 8, in Keene. Parade staging is at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium parking lot, Old Betsy Road and Magnolia Street, on the Southwestern Adventist University campus. Judging begins at 5:15 p.m. Anything with wheels, feet, or hooves, adorned with Christmas lights and consistent with the theme “The Reason We Celebrate This Season,” is welcome to participate. First-place trophies will be awarded for the best entry in the following categories: lighted vehicle, lighted float, animal entry, business entry, children’s entry, Pathfinder club, Adventurer club, antique entry, and most unique entry. Parade registration deadline is 5 pm Friday, December 6. Parade entry fee is food items for the Kids Eat Free Breakfast program. For details, see the Keene Chamber website at www.keenechamber.org. The fireworks show will immediately follow the parade. The show will be presented west of the Duck Pond at Callicott Student Park. The best place to watch the fireworks is from the Leiske-Pultar parking lot or the embankment along Old Betsy Road between Magnolia and Campus Drive.
For information, call the Chamber office at 817-556-2995.
Radio station KSGW is back on the air! You can watch our live church services on Channel 22. If you have any questions about getting the channel, please email Pastor Devin Grady, firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve started our annual collection of warm items for our homeless ministry! These items will be distributed before Christmas. Most needed are sleeping bags, blankets, coats, socks, and gloves (both men and women). Please drop off your donations at the church office.
Kids Eat Free This Winter – We’ve expanded our Kids Eat Free Program to support children from three schools at Keene Independent School District. We are currently delivering 60 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!
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself,
lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3
Embrace Sharing Evangelism, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Rise up, O men of God!
His kingdom tarries long;
Bring in the day of brotherhood,
And end the night of wrong.
Let women all rise up!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of Kings.
Rise up, courageous youth!
The church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task,
Rise up, and make her great!
Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod,
Disciples of the Son of man,
Rise up, O church of God!
William P. Merrill