Did you hear about the eleven-foot alligator that entered a Clearwater, Florida home a few nights ago? He crashed through a low kitchen window and wandered about knocking over tables and chairs, wide-open jaws brandishing frightening teeth. The Associated Press reports that the terrified homeowner hid in the bedroom and called 911, vowing to stay there until police arrived. The alligator suffered a few cuts for his trouble. The broken window, perhaps?
The Bible doesn’t mention alligators (though it warns of dragons). But young shepherd David, explaining to King Saul why the King should let him take down Goliath, said: “I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference–I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine . . . God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:34-36 Isn’t God wonderful! He could have struck Goliath dead on the spot, but He allowed His human friend to serve! “David sang this song of praise to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang:
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
And my place of safety. . . .
The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
May God, the Rock of my salvation, be exalted!
He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
He brings down the nations under me
and delivers me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name . . . “
(Excerpts from 2 Samuel 22; see also Psalm 18)
Rock. Fortress. Savior. Shield. Power. Safe place. Vivid metaphors! As David returned to this song through the years, might he have remembered sitting with his back to a rock guarding his father’s grazing sheep. . . hiding from King Saul in a cave . . . thundering into battle with his troops? If you have a little time this Sabbath afternoon, you might appreciate reading all of David’s song recorded in 2 Samuel 22, substituting your own thanks for what God has done for you. Especially if you’re facing trouble right now, friend, your memories of God’s grace and protection in the past will encourage you!
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will resume his sermon series on Mark during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Dorla Aparicio will provide first service piano music, with Nu Pham and Hania, Dania, and Johnathan Correa serving as choristers. At both services, Andre and Cinthia Azevedo will provide special music, Tami Perez will tell the children’s story, Rick Weaver will give the offering appeal (which will support church budget), Sipho Ndebele will offer congregational prayer. During second service Nu Pham, the Correas, Trent Muse, Peter Choque, and Chelsea Zabala will lead praise songs. Dennis Habenicht will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, a new series, Snapshots of the Savior, begins at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Today’s Topic is Psalm 2 . . . June 15, Psalm 8 . . . June 22, Psalm 27. Come be inspired by this great summer Elevate series, complete with music and conversation!
“Bible by Design” – Today, Pastor James Winegardner guides a twice-monthly creative Bible overview from 2:30-3:30 PM in Room 106.
We will have a planning meeting to discuss the future of our “New Life Bible School” this afternoon at 3:00 in the Chapel. All are welcome!
Thank you! There are not enough words to fully express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy, love and support you have extended to our family during this time of loss. The meals, flowers, phone calls and messages extended to us have truly been humbling. Thank you all so very much! – The Family of Dennis R. Lauterbach, Sr.
Vacation Bible School – June 10-14, 6:00-8:30 PM in the Southwestern Adventist University Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium. Visit our booth in the Gathering Place this Sabbath morning, or register at vbspro.events/p/keenesdachurch. Families are invited to enjoy the fun! Registration is required. Many supplies are still needed. If you can contribute toward their purchase, kindly place funds in a tithe envelope and mark the envelope “For VBS.” Thank you!
Breakfast Club – Women’s Ministry invites you to mingle at our monthly Breakfast Club at 8:30 AM Monday, June 10, Olivia’s Restaurant in Keene. Drop in, buy your own breakfast, and get acquainted with other ladies!
New Young Adult Bible study following the Amazing Facts guides meets Mondays at 8:30 PM in the Gathering Place.
Wednesday night Bible study – James Winegardner has just introduced a fascinating topic: “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.” We’d love to have you join us as we discover more about the Way!
Get engaged! Get involved! The Johnson County Supporting our Seniors (JC-SOS) Kickoff will be Friday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Annex. Food will be provided.
Attention Sanctuary Sabbath School teachers – We will have our second planning meeting on Sabbath, June 15, at 3:00 PM in room 106. Please plan on attending this important meeting at the church.
Postum with a Pastor! Stop by Mountain Coffee on Thursday, June 20, 4:00 PM, enjoy Postum or another drink, and visit with Rick Weaver!
From Hurt to Hope grief recovery will not meet in July or August. We will start up again on September 3rd.
Grief Recovery Support Group led by Sonia Vergel will take a summer break until September 10 at 7:30 PM.
Enroll early for 2019-2020!
Keene Adventist Elementary School is a ministry of Keene Church providing Christian education for children Pre-K through 8th grade. KAES offers music, technology, PE to round out a strong academic program. 817-645-9125
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. https://www.swau.edu/enrollment.
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. 817-641-6626.
Check out the JOB BOARD mounted on the wall to the left of our church office’s inner entrance near the Welcome Desk!
Summer Camp at Lake Whitney Ranch gives young campers the opportunity to make new friends, have lots of fun, and allow God to do something awesome. Encourage your child to be a part of a life-changing experience and get to know Jesus as their friend. Camps for various age groups begin June 9! Find more information at txyouth.org “Summer Camp.”
Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS): There are a few slots remaining for PEARLS training June 26 and June 27 in Fort Worth. Registration for the class closes soon (it’s free!). You can register by calling Texas Health Resources at 1-877-THR-WELL (1-800-847-9355). Contact Pastor Rick if you have any questions.
Volunteer Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Program – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is looking for volunteers from our church to accompany the Sheriff’s Department and help provide more sensitive responses to the public in times of crisis, and to provide members of the Agency with any personal and/or spiritual assistance they may require. These volunteer chaplains must reside in Johnson County and be available on a 24-hour on-call basis. The Sheriff’s Department will provide training after 12 people have signed up. Contact David Murdoch at 817-648-1486 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in entering this ministry.
“KIDS Eat Free this Summer – We’re partnering with Keene Independent School District to provide backpacks of food for children in Keene. Please continue to bring kid friendly foods to the church office!
2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: – $767,808.00
Donations Needed by June 30, 2019 – $767,808.00
Donations Received through June 1, 2019 – $686,910.28
Amount still needed this month – $ 80,897.72
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru June 1, 2019 – $332,455.32
Amount still needed – $217,554.68
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Texas Conference Support – $150,000.00
Keene Church donations received through June 1, 2019 – $245,587.44
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $318,320.79
Offering this week and June 15 – Church Budget
The psalms of David continue to enrich the spiritual lives of those who read them. They reflect with honesty the relationship of a man with the living God and thus become models for us.
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
I will praise you among your assembled people.
Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
I will praise you in the great assembly
I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
The poor will eat and be satisfied.
All who seek the Lord will praise him.
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
For royal power belongs to the Lord.
He rules all the nations.
Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
Bow before him, all who are mortal,
all whose lives will end as dust.
Our children will also serve him.
Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything he has done.” (Excerpts from Psalm 22)
Happy Sabbath, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Amazing grace / My chains are gone
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine