“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkein
Long before he fascinated President Thomas Jefferson for weeks with tales of South and Central America . . . before a Pacific current, a bay, a glacier, a river, a China mountain were named for him . . . when Humboldt, Iowa and Humboldt, Kansas were still fields of prairie grass . . . the young, self-funded German scientist Alexander von Humboldt recruited French medical doctor-turned-botanist Aime Bonpland to depart Spain with him in June 1799 and explore–for scientific purposes–Spain’s largely unexplored American colonies; to make astronomical observations of Southern Hemisphere night skies, to draw maps; to collect; to go wherever they wished, speak to whomever they wished. Putting ashore on the coast of present-day Venezuela after sailing Columbus’ nautical route across the Atlantic, they explored the Orinoco and other rivers, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru for the next five years. They went over the Andes on foot–thinking,when they climbed Chimborazo–the extinct, snow-capped volcano, elevation 20,561 feet–that this was the highest spot anywhere on earth. Humboldt was stunned, nearly 30 years later, to learn of the Himalayas’ surpassing magnitude. They took home “forty-two boxes, containing an herbal of six thousand equinoctial plants, seeds, shells, insects, and geological specimens from the Chimborazo, New Granada, and the banks of the river of the Amazons.” Humboldt lived long enough (89 years) to see most of his ideas become old hat, and he concluded toward the end that his chief contribution had been to influence younger men. (Adapted from David McCullough, “Brave Companions,” Chapter 1)
Cultivate your sense of wonder, friend! Step out of your cubicle and wander a bit. The children of Israel had plenty of questions as they traveled, under Moses’ divinely appointed leadership, to Canaan. Wandering about, they wondered: How will we cross the Red Sea? What will we eat? How do we interact as a society, now that we’re free from bondage? What lies before us when we cross into Canaan (sure, there’s lots of interesting food there, but those people are giants!)? God was ready for their wondering. “Before they call I will answer,” He said later, in Isaiah 65:24. “While they are yet speaking, I will hear.” From Mount Sinai, He told them Whom to worship and how to live. Throughout their wilderness journey He taught how to thrive physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and socially as God’s people. Some refreshed their sense of wonder every day and made it to the Land of Canaan. Others tired of the everyday-ness of God’s goodness “Ick! Not manna again!” and perished along the way.
The Apostle Paul offers this advice as we wander and wonder: “Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work He began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, be dressed in the Light, be up and about!” Romans 13:11-14
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die
For poor orn’ry people like you and like I
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.
(John Jacob Niles)
Today, Pastor James Winegardner launches a new sermon series: “I Wonder as I Wander.” He will speak for both Sanctuary worship services, and for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall.
Your Keene Worship Choir, directed by Juanita Browder, will praise God in music for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services, accompanied by Johnson and Lerie Dellosa at the piano and organ. The Keene Worship Bell Choir will also perform, and the Keene Worship Choir Praise Team will lead congregational singing during second service. Ken Seaman will tell the children’s story, Bud Williams will offer congregational prayer, and Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. During first service Pastor Rick Weaver will welcome Irene Dahn to our Forever Family by Profession of Faith. Steve Bradley will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Today’s Sanctuary pulpit flowers are given in celebration of Mugur and Cornelia Doroftei’s 50th Wedding Anniversary on March 6.
Young Adults, your worship leaders have planned wonderful music and fellowship for you at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00, along with Pastor Winegardner’s message. Enjoy this powerful spiritual hour with your friends!
Attention Parents and Grandparents! Please pick up your children from Sabbath School at 11:15. We need to allow time for our teachers to clean up and join their families for second service worship. (Children left in Sabbath School may be given a free energy drink and a pet ferret…)
General church fellowship potluck meets today in the Fellowship Hall after second service. Bring plenty of your favorite entrees and side dishes, and lots of hospitality!
It’s time to volunteer for the April 20 Resurrection Pageant! Actors, behind the scenes support, and marketplace “vendors,” sign up in the lobby!
Vacation Bible School 2019: Coming June 10-14 – You can make long-term impact with a short-term commitment! Visit our booth today!
Attention Deacons! We will have a Deacon planning meeting at 3:00 today in the Fellowship hall (right after potluck).
“Masterpiece,” a class similar to “Painting with a Twist,” is brought to you today at 4:30 in the Annex! If possible, bring your own 11″x14″ canvas.
We are sad to report that Nilda Merida, mother of Bobby and Ernie Drapiza, passed away last Sunday. Her service will be held in our Chapel at 10:00 tomorrow morning, with interment at Keene Cemetery followed by a potluck lunch in the Annex from noon until 3:00. A viewing will be held at Rosser Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 this evening.
We will have a baptism on April 27. If you would like to be baptized or if you know of anyone who would be a candidate for baptism, please call the church office to schedule it. We are excited when heaven rejoices for an addition to God’s family.
It’s about balance – A fall-prevention class will meet 1:00-3:00 PM Mondays after our weekly community meal at the Annex, February 18 – April 8. Register at 1-877-847-9355 or TexasHealth.org/Classes.
From Hurt to Hope – death…divorce…depression… On Tuesday evening, March 5, at 7:00, you’re invited to the Annex for a grief recovery discussion with Bonnie Parnell, David Slee, Ingo Sorke.
Wednesday night Bible study – We’re nearing the end of Revelation! Come to our Chapel at 7:00 as James Winegardner leads our exploration.
Mobile Health Clinic comes to Keene Church! Texas Health Huguley will offer free or low-cost healthcare services on the first Thursday each month as of March 7. 9:00-11:30 and 12:30-3:00. Info: 817-568-5378.
Attention Keene Youth parents and family! Our youth department, known as The Upper Room, is selling T-shirts (extra small to extra large) for only $10 to promote our youth and fund upcoming events. Sizes are limited!
We’re cleaning up our records on keys for the church. If you have a church key that you’re not using, please return it to Pastor Rick.
A New Life Bible School –“Father, thank you giving me new life. Help me to enjoy your blessings and fulfill your purposes.” – Student
- Can you donate a pocket-sized Bible (Spanish or English) to Prison Ministries? Several of our students have asked for one. If you can help, bring it to the Bible School or the church. Thanks!
Southwestern Adventist University offers two national tests normally available only on Saturday. SAT is March 10; register at collegeboard.org. ACT is April 14;registration act.org. Both tests at 10:00 AM. Please arrive by 8:00 AM. Tests will be administered in Pechero Hall, 200 W. Hillcrest Dr, Room 104, Keene.
Keene Adventist Elementary School PreK enrollment is now open for children who turn four by September 1. Visit us, or call 817-645-9125.
Chisholm Trail Academy
- Follow the trail home to CTA’s 51st Alumni Weekend March 29-30!
- The Annual CTA Golf Tournament to benefit Student Aid Scholarships will be Friday, March 15, 8:00 AM, with registration at 7:00 AM at Squaw Valley, 2439 E. Hwy 67, Glenrose. Teams of four can register for $300, or $75 per player. Info: Jackie Bowyer, email@example.com or 817-641-6626. Support a worthy cause!
Triumphant Quartet brings their powerful Gospel concert to our Sanctuary on Saturday night, March 16, at 7:00. Come early for a good seat!
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by March 31, 2019 – $575,856.00
Donations Received through February 28, 2019 – $484,260.01
Amount still needed this month – $ 91,595.99
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru Feb. 28, 2019 – $301,133.97
Amount still needed – $248,866.03
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Keene Church donations received through Feb. 28, 2019 – $229,867.44
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $315,120.79
Amount still needed (phase 1) – $130,011,77
Today: Church Budget; Next week: Adventist World Radio
Enoch walked faithfully with God, then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24
“We don’t know very much about Enoch. His entire life story is summarized in a few words. The outstanding characteristic of his life was that he ‘walked faithfully with God.’ (See also Hebrews 11:5) When God calls us to walk with Him, He is looking for something more than a mere friendly greeting as we meet Him on our path. It is possible to recognize God as someone we admire, but He wants more for each one of us. God wants us to match His steps, converse with Him, and take time to get to know Him more fully.
“Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to recognize that you are with me on the path of life, and to find joy in the process of walking with you. Amen” (today.reframemedia.com)
Happy Sabbath, Forever Family! Take plenty of time to walk and talk with Jesus!
Your Keene Church Pastors
The Happy Wanderer
I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.
My knapsack on my back.
I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
“Come! Join my happy song!”
I wave my hat to all I meet,
And they wave back to me,
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet
From ev’ry green wood tree.
High overhead, the skylarks wing,
They never rest at home
But just like me, they love to sing,
As o’er the world we roam.
Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God’s clear blue sky!