In the morning I see His face
In the evening His form I trace
In the darkness His voice I know
I see Jesus everywhere I go. – A. H. Ackley
It’s Labor Day weekend–gateway to the year’s sweet golden twilight. United States flags wave exuberantly in the breeze along Old Betsy Road, honoring millions of workers who strengthen our country with their talents, intelligence and skills, from sea to shining sea. As trees pull their russet and yellow finery out of storage, “we gather together in September stadiums, around October bonfires, and at long November tables,” says Austin Sailsbury, mulling fall’s mellow brew. “In this way, every autumn is another turned page, another chapter completed, a bit more perspective on the full story of our lives: the rising and falling, the discovery and loss, the sacrifice and surprise. And isn’t this the story of all life,” he continues, “of ends that follow beginnings and then make room for new beginnings? Without this rhythm, this eternal cycle, how could we ever be whole?” (Magnolia Journal, fall 2019, p. 55)
In the same publication, Clint Gresham tells his story: At 11 years old, attending football games at the University of Texas, he dreamed of going pro . . . in college, a coach taught him how to deep snap . . . he played six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and got to be part of their first Super Bowl victory. . . . But: “I can’t think of a worse position for someone who would later be diagnosed with major depressive disorder and panic disorder. Imagine coming out on the field only a few times a game and throwing the football 8 yards so that it lands in a box that’s roughly 6 inches by 6 inches, and on its way, the ball must rotate two and a half times so that when our holder catches it, the laces are pointing forward . . . And then, I was cut loose, but in a way I would never have chosen . . . Now, I realize that we’re all becoming something. We’re in process always, and that’s better than acceptable—it’s how we were meant to be. Maybe wholeness is the acceptance of brokenness.” (p. 80)
Looking back on your own life story–so far–do you see unique chapters, all bound together by Jesus’ saving love? Noticing God’s gentle guidance, does your faith grow? “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” wrote Hebrews’ author. “Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” (chapter 11:1-3) Faith means resting in what God has done for us in the past, but it also means hoping for what He will do for us in the future (see Romans 8:12-25; Galatians 3:10-13). The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character – He is who he says. The end point is believing in God’s promises – He will do what He says. When we believe that God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith (see John 20:24-31). (Adapted from Life Application Bible, Hebrews 11)
Thanks be to God, who made us His captives
and leads us along in Christ’s triumphal procession.
Now wherever we go He uses us to tell others about the Lord
and to spread the Good News like a sweet perfume.
Our lives are a fragrance presented by Christ to God. (2 Corinthians 2:12-17)
Through each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing His songs,
praying to God who gives me life. (Psalm 42:8)
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach the homily for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Southwestern Adventist University Department of Music faculty and students will provide special music. Southwestern Adventist University Associate Chaplain April Snyder will tell the children’s story. During second service Pastor for Youth Carlos Pasillas will recognize the baptisms of Toby Houghton, Matthew Naukkarinen, Malea Hwang, and Jared Alvarez, who were baptized at Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Hank Berkner and Mission Modiga will be baptized in our Sanctuary during second service. Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support church budget. Sammy Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, your Pastor Michael Gibson begins a new sermon series, “The 12 People You Love,” at The Middle Service in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Enjoy breakfast before the service, great music, and warm fellowship on a wonderful Sabbath morning!
You’re invited to join Connections Sabbath School as we study The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul! Mary Ellen Winegardner will lead this study for six weeks starting at 10:15 am in Room 106.
New Sabbath School – The Bible Lab began last week at 11:45 am in the chapel. The goal is to research the Bible to find God’s authentic character, and to fall in love with Him even more in the process of discovery. This interactive Bible study is open to all.
Sabbath School Classes
Love in Action: Above mother’s room, Russ Weaver
Young at Heart: Room 104, Gathering Place, Earl West
Connections: Room. 106, Gathering Place, Mary Ellen Winegardner
Fellowship Hall 1: Spanish Class (F Porras, B Morales, C Ramirez)
Fellowship Hall 2: English 1 (Becker, Johnston, Kilgore, Konrad, Spalding)
Fellowship Hall 3: English 2 (Baker, Gomez, Morales)
Filipino class: Room 103, Gathering Place
North front under balcony: Hank Bedford
North rear under balcony: Joaquim Azevedo, Sipho Ndebele
South side of balcony: Rusty Guarin, Ramon Villania
Gathering Place Room 107: Vernelda Bischoff
Chapel Sabbath School: Roger Mikesell, Superintendent
Keene Church Annex: Place of Grace, www.placeofgrace.org
Office Conference Room: Christian Evans, Tony Zbaraschuk
Today’s Single Sisters in Service (SSIS) Potluck will be held in the Fellowship Hall due to the Food Bank. Thank you for adapting, ladies!
There’s a Special Event Food Pantry Today 1:00-4:00 pm at the Annex!. With more food demand this holiday weekend, Tarrant Area Food Bank has generously offered to deliver food (as they do on our normal food bank day).
Water Ministry Due to the Food Bank this afternoon, we will not be doing Water Ministry today. We will resume on September 7.
A memorial for Charlotte Larkin will be held on October 6, the first Sunday of the month, at the big ranch house, 2900 County Road 317, Cleburne. The family will serve a home-cooked meal at 1:00 p.m. and will give people a chance to share. Please RSVP to Harley Larkin, 817-680-5567 as to how many of your family will attend.
The Church Office will be closed Monday, September 2. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!
From Hurt to Hope – death…divorce…depression… Tuesday night, September 3, at 7:00, you’re invited to the Annex for a grief recovery discussion with Bonnie Parnell, David Slee, Ingo Sorke, and Bill Kilgore.
Wednesday night Bible Study – Pastor James Winegardner is serving substantial spiritual food in the Chapel at 7:00 as we study “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.” Come and strengthen your walk with God!
General Church Fellowship Potluck will be held Sabbath, September 7, in the Fellowship Hall after the 11:30 service. Women’s Ministry will furnish dessert! Kindly bring veggies, entrees, and—well—fellowship!
Next Sabbath is Women’s Sabbath with Dr. Carla Gober Park speaking at the 9:00 and 11:30 services, potluck together in the Fellowship Hall, and seminars in the afternoon including Masterpiece at 4:40 in the Annex!
Kids eat free this fall! – Thanks for your support for the Kid’s Eat Free program this summer. We are going to continue the program this fall but our food supplies are running low! Please bring any Kid Friendly food donations to the church office or leave at one of our donation stations in the church.
The Keene Youth Orchestra is excited to announce a new season of music. KYO is a community youth orchestra that seeks to immerse kids in music no matter their skill level, with music tailored to include everyone. Rehearsals are on Mondays at 6:00 pm and Fridays at 4:00 pm at the Mabee Center, and we are looking for new members to expand our orchestra. Instruments: violin, viola, cello, double-bass, flutes, clarinets, oboe. Info: Andre Azevedo – 817-526-8290 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New Life Bible School – ”Jesus, the greatest of Kings, was so humble as to wash His servants’ feet. What grace it is to help.” – Student
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. 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. swau.edu.
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.
- Carter Blood Drive CARTER BloodCare will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, September 4, 9:30 am -1:30 pm on the Chisholm Trail Academy campus. Please call the school office at 817-641-6626 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome!
“If I have the picture right, the question of sufficiency will become more and more significant as the time of Jesus’ return draws near. The challenges we face often bring this whole idea of sufficiency into the center of our experience. Many of us have been trained to think on our own, to rely on ourselves, and to have some self-confidence. But often, when difficulties and challenges confront us, all of this training vanishes and takes with it all our resolve. So the question of sufficiency becomes exceedingly relevant.
As the apostle Paul contemplated the flow of those who follow Jesus in His grand, eternal procession, he asked the question, ‘Who is equal to such a task?’ (2 Corinthians 2:16) . . . There is only one answer to Paul’s question, and the name of that answer is Jesus! He is the “All-Sufficient” One—the One of whom Paul says, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:19 (Dan Jackson, “Is Jesus Enough? Living in the Light of His Love,” Introduction)
Do you feel broken today, friend? Come to the all-sufficient Jesus and be made whole!
Your Keene Church Pastors
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
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.