By James Winegardner
What a week we’ve had! Did you sense God saying hello, calling your name in thunder rolls, lightning zigzags, and tender rain? Burrowing deep beneath your bed-covers in the cozy hours between midnight and dawn, did your heart rejoice as celestial flashes and crashes demonstrated God’s awesome majesty? Did you nestle reverently, listening to rain pattering on roof shingles while the Holy Spirit refreshed your intellect with wisdom and understanding? Like David, did you want to shout: “Honor the Lord! Honor the Lord for His glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of His name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. . .
“The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars;
The Lord shatters the cedars of (pick your favorite cedar grove).
He makes (the Rocky Mountains) skip like a calf;
He makes (Mount Denali) leap like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning.
The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake;
The Lord shakes the wilderness (you name the wilderness)
The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare
In His Temple everyone shouts, ‘Glory!’
The Lord gives His people strength
The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29, NLT
Keene Adventist Elementary School students will lead our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will continue his sermon series on David, and Nathan Lazarus (1st Grade) and Nadya Leduc (4th Grade) will present a message entitled “Lessons from Bible Heroes.” The Intermediate and Advanced Handbell Choirs; Marimba Ensembles I and II; Pre-K, Kinder, 1st Grade Choir; and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade Choir; Liam Gaona (1st), Sammy Bradley (1st), Jared Alvarez (2nd), and Jillian Wade (1st) will present our worship music. Seventh Grader Danna Salazar will tell the children’s story for both services. Sasha Patterson (8th) and Kati Youngberg (5th), respectively, will call for the offering during first and second services. Elijah Patterson (8th) and Sydney Corkran (6th), respectively, will offer prayer for first and second services. Alejandra Munoz, Celeste Galvan, and Zephanny Parilla (7th) will serve as choristers and praise team leaders. Karen Savignon will direct the marimbas and play piano, and Zuleica Savignon will direct the choirs and handbells. Seventh and 8th Graders will serve as Junior Deacons, Junior Deaconesses, and Greeters for first service, and 5th and 6th Graders will serve in those capacities during second service. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge. The offering will support Texas Vision.
Young Adults, Reynaldo Arias-Gomez will speak for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 as part of University Experience weekend.
Chili chefs . . . chili amateurs . . . cornbread pros and newbies! Your Forever Family craves your culinary creations at our chili cook-off and cornbread bake this Saturday night at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall. We need lots of chili or cornbread! Whether you make the best chili and cornbread on your block, are a young adult building your recipe specialties or a grade schooler excitedly discovering kitchen creativity, stir up some vegetarian chili, or bake cornbread, and bring it for all to enjoy! Online recipes abound! Pick up an entry form at the Welcome desk this Sabbath or sign up online at www.keenechurch.org or on our app.
Our monthly General Church Potluck will be next Sabbath, March 3, after second service in the Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy! Be sure to bring lots of food and friendship for our Forever Family and for our guests!
Treat yourself to Wednesday night Bible study! We’re traveling through the Book of Exodus! Pastor Don Gibson will lead our study this week. We meet in the Chapel at 7:00. We’re live streaming! SWAU students get worship credit here; sign in when you arrive!
KWC fun and food next Saturday night . . . Come alive at the Worship Choir Social. At this fundraiser get your favorite veggie burgers, egg rolls, pancit, cakes and pies along with music from the one and only J. Clayton Read and his musical friends and outlaws. Admission is free, so bring friends and family to the Fellowship Hall on Saturday night, March 3, at 6:30.
It’s time to get involved with the Resurrection Pageant team! Be sure to stop by the Resurrection Pageant table in the lobby to sign up as part of the cast or crew, or to donate. The cast is anyone who performs in the pageant. Crew help with everything to support set up, take down, facilities, food, greeting, media and more. This is also the time to audition for a speaking part. Thank you for supporting this ministry of the Keene Church and Southwestern Adventist University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwestern Adventist University is proud to be a part of the Keene Church family. The University’s family-oriented, Christ-centered atmosphere, supported by the Keene Church, offers the right environment for students to learn and grow. These attributes, sustained by strong academics with an emphasis on service and wellness, provide students with the tools necessary to obtain a degree and live a life of service.
Keene Adventist Elementary School is a ministry of Keene Church and provides Christian education for children grades Pre-K through 8th grade. KAES offers music, technology, PE to round out a strong academic program.
Chisholm Trail Academy’s goal is to create a safe educational environment that fosters the development of a relationship with Jesus, promotes a life-long love of learning and service, and nurtures the optimal growth, potential, and character of each individual student.
Forty-six local businesses are represented at the 15th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo/Health Fair/Job Fair from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM Sunday, February 25, at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on the Southwestern Adventist University campus. Admission is free. The chamber, along with the Keene Economic Development Corp. and the Keene Business Development Corp. is teaming with Southwestern’s Department of Nursing and the North Central Texas WorkForce Solutions for the event. There will also be a food court and free bounce houses and balloon animals. There are free seminars on social security, basic finances, wills and trusts, vegetarian cooking and end of life planning.
“Forever One” marriage retreat, sponsored by Texas Conference and Southwestern Union, will meet April 27-29 at the Omni Corpus Christi hotel. Info: www.BeForeverONE.org, or 817-790-2255 extension 2108.
Investment – Thank you! We received another 481 labels, for a total of $21.05! Keep them coming! – Lillian Davis
“The Lord is King! He is robed in majesty.
Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial.
You are from the everlasting past.
The floods have risen up, O Lord.
The floods have roared like thunder;
the floods have lifted their pounding waves.
But mightier than the violent raging of the seas,
mightier than the breakers on the shore–
the Lord above is mightier than these!
Your royal laws cannot be changed.
Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.” Psalm 93
Let’s sing to the Lord, Forever Family! Let’s shout joyfully–so that others may also have hope–to the Rock of our salvation!
Your Keene Church Pastors
I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.
There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.