Were you blessed as a child–and maybe even today–to awaken where roosters triumphantly thump their chests (figuratively, of course) at daybreak–crowing as though they are personally responsible for another miracle–heralding the sun’s radiant upward thrust at the horizon? If so, you know how entertaining chickens can be! They earn their keep in a number of ways, but what could be more riveting than observing a chick escaping from its shell–victorious, an adorable ball of fluff? Have you ever wondered how these confident, can-do little birds grow up to be–well, chicken? To be fair: chickens are intentional about finding their food, looking for bugs and seeds that you don’t even notice as you walk along; and they purposefully snatch up their treat before another bird can get it. But the slightest noise or shadow sends them running–half flying–across the yard in alarm, with a loud clamor, to find what seems to them like a safe haven.
In contrast, the eagle awes us! At mealtime on a gusty November day this powerful bird hovers low to the ground, facing the wind, flapping its wings now and then to stay where it wants to be, taking advantage of the oncoming wind current to keep it in place while it focuses on finding lunch. Then, nourished, the eagle soars to new heights, renewed. Do we, like the eagle, know when to fly and when to sit still? “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 When have you most recently felt, in life’s warp-speed pace, like God must have lost your address or phone number? What fears and thoughts arose in your mind? Practically and theologically, how does one “soar like an eagle?” How is learning to hope in God like a fledgling bird learning to fly? How has God “caught” you when you have fallen instead of flying? In what way is He teaching you to fly now? (Serendipity Bible for Small Groups, Isaiah 40)
“Stay put . . . wait on God . . . He will renew your strength and if you do have to fly, don’t turn your back to the wind and let it carry you off like a scared chicken . . . Face into the wind to keep you steady, hovering above, still paying attention and looking for nourishment.” (thelittlestway.com)
Pastor James Winegardner continues his sermon series on Mark during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Pathfinder Rocketeers will honor our Veterans with a Presentation of Flags, and Pathfinder Strings will play “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Find Us Faithful.” Steve Hubbard will play Taps. Gisela Essig will play “America, the Beautiful” as a prelude to our services, and will reprise “Battle Hymn of the Republic” for the postlude. Don Redwine will read Isaiah 61:1-2 and offer the opening prayer. Lisseth Pasillas will tell the children’s story. Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support Global Mission and North American Division Evangelism. Christian Evans will offer congregational prayer. Jimmy Aiken will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young adults, at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00, April Chisholm will preach. Great music will enliven your hearts, and you’ll find good food, as always!
Veterans’ appreciation: During worship services today we will recognize our veterans, active service, those lost in action, and their families. Please join us in thanking our church members who have served this country to protect our freedom.
Church safety awareness: The Keene Church is having a safety meeting in the Chapel at 2:00 PM this Sabbath, November 10. We welcome all our members to attend and highly recommend that our Deacons, Deaconesses, Sabbath School teachers, Greeters, and Elders be at this important meeting on safety in our church.
Spread the news about Keene Church’s new Food Bank! Help distribute flyers around Keene inviting our neighbors to our November 17 grand opening. Let’s meet at the Chapel parking lot at 3:30 this afternoon!
- A memorial service for Mary Frances Hardwick, the mother of Sharon (Benjie) Leach, Deborah Hawkins, and Diana (Ben) Buitron, who passed away October 20 at age 91, will be held in our Chapel at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, November 15.
- We are sad to report that our long-time church member Walter Herrell, husband of Carol Herrell and father of Debbie Azarowicz and Jon Herrell, passed away in West Columbia, SC on Tuesday, November 6. His memorial service will be held in our Chapel at 3:00 PM Sabbath, December 8.
Keene Worship Choir needs your support! We will have egg rolls and pancit at the Adventist Book Center tomorrow, November 11, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We’ll have a drive-thru so you can place and pick up your order. You can also buy frozen egg rolls by the dozen. All funds will support the many special programs and groups in the KWC ministry.
All veterans and their families are invited to a Veterans Day Luncheon this Sunday, November 11, at noon in the Keene Memorial Park. After a free lunch, enjoy special recognition for our Vietnam veterans.
Annex kitchen remodeling is starting! The kitchen will not be available during this time. (The large Annex gathering room can still be used.)
Keene Community Food Bank volunteer meeting will be held Tuesday, November 13, at 7:00 PM in the Annex. This meeting will focus on logistics and specific volunteer assignments in preparation for the first food bank, November 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Annex parking lot. Interested volunteers are highly encouraged to attend.
Amazing Wednesday night Bible discoveries! Be with us in the Chapel at 7:00 PM Wednesdays as James Winegardner focuses on hope, instruction, and promise radiating from the Bible’s final book, Revelation.
The Retirees Fellowship gathering will be held November 15 at 5:00 in the Keene Church Annex. The Thanksgiving meal will be catered by Chisholm Trail Academy. Zuleica Savinon will provide the entertainment.
Finance Committee: Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM.
A dinner and inspiring movies will benefit our air conditioning project! Next Sabbath afternoon see an inspiring movie in the Sanctuary at 4:00; enjoy dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30; then return to the Sanctuary for another movie! Lots of fellowship! Join the fun!
Thanksgiving basket food: Pathfinders invite you to bring bags filled with non-perishable food to church today or on November 17 or drop them off during the week (please ask at the church office where to deposit the food). Be sure to check labels for expiration dates! Thank you!
If you would like to help decorate the church for Christmas, we will begin on Sunday morning, November 25 at 9:00 AM. Enjoy! And thank you!
Cookies and carols! The social committee invites you to come to the Fellowship Hall on December 2 from 3:00-5:00 PM to enjoy Cookies and Carols! Wear an ugly Christmas sweater, bring your best homemade cookies to share, and enjoy a hot drink from your social committee.
Keene Observatory (above the pond) will be open Friday night, November 16, from 6:30 to 11:00. Come and be dazzled by God’s creation!
Southwestern Adventist University
- Acrofest 2018, featuring gymnastics teams from around the US, will be at the SWAU Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium at 7:00 this Saturday night. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Tickets at acrofest.swau.edu or at the gym.
- On Tuesday evening November 13, SWAU voice students will present a taste of Italian vocal music in Wharton Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Free admission; Traditional Italian Desserts served after the recital. Info: Jonathan Wall, email@example.com,
Chisholm Trail Academy
- CTA is selling oranges, grapefruit, pears and mixed boxes of fruit. Please call your favorite CTA student for prices and to place an order. You may also call Mrs. Hall at 817 229 4998 by November 20 or the school office at 817 641 6626 by November 16. The fruit will be delivered the second week of December.
Donations Needed by November 30, 2018 – $319,920.00
Donations Received through November 3, 2018 – $234,219.59
Amount still needed this month – $ 85,700.41
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received through Nov. 3 – $223,323.02
Amount still needed – $326,676.98
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Keene Church KAES gym donations received through Nov. 3 – $203,716.93
Today’s offering: Global Mission / North American Division Evangelism
Next week’s offering: Keene Church Ministries and Operations
“At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you. The key is to wait upon Him to do so. Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We are harried by all the commitments we have made and the many responsibilities we hold. We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our activities.. . . Part of God’s restorative process is to slow us down and make us listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will reveal His plans.” (Henry and Richard Blackaby, “Experiencing God,” p. 314)
Have a blessed Sabbath day, Forever Family! Be still, and know that God is God! (Psalm 46:10)
Your Keene Church Pastors
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
(Thomas O. Chisholm)