“Lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20
Have you ever whooped and hollered through an exhilarating day pedaling a bicycle built for two? On a salt-scented Atlantic City boardwalk, perhaps; through a sun-dappled bluebonnet meadow; or along a bumpy Rocky Mountain trail? You feel united as one with your Creator, with His creation, and with your traveling companion. Mel and Barbara Kornbluh, of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, have been riding a tandem bike together for 45 years. He says they tried riding on separate bikes at first, but then decided on a switch: “Over time we realized we needed an equalizer, and that’s how we ended up in tandem. . . . You have to be willing to share and want to help your partner,” he cautions. Barbara advises: “Patience, lots of patience it takes, to learn to ride together on a tandem.” They’re at 197,000 miles now, have biked through most of the 50 states and many a foreign land as well. They’re not about to stop. (Adapted from CBS Sunday Morning, February 10, 2019, story produced by Aria Shavelson.)
God wants to travel in tandem with you. He can’t be simply along for the ride, though. For a truly astonishing journey, you must give Him the front seat. Think of Enoch’s amazing story. Adam hid from God. Cain went from the presence of God. But Enoch walked with God. What a way to be remembered–that he walked so well with God that he did not experience death, because God took him! (Hebrews 11:5) Micah says it well for us: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) Let Hebrews 11 remind you of the startling lives that ancient people lived when they relinquished their bicycle’s front seat to God. More recently, powerful preacher Oswald Chambers bumped into repeated closed doors while pursuing his initial goal of teaching about God through architecture and art. At last, Chambers humbly let God steer him to preach the love of Jesus only, plain and simple. Later he wrote: “I have a continual 103rd Psalm in my heart all the time. One of the blessed things about this life is that a man carries [God’s} kingdom on the inside, and that makes the outside lovely” (David McCasland, “Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God,” Chapter 9)
If Poet/Shepherd/King David lived in 2019, he might write Psalm 23 like this:
God’s Bicycle Built for Two
The Lord steers my bicycle; I don’t need a thing
He beds me down in lush meadows,
He finds me quiet pools to drink from.
True to His word,
He lets me catch my breath and sends me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when He controls the bike.
His trusty tire pump and rescue kit make me feel secure.
He serves me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
He revives my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.
His beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m home in the house of God forever. (Adapted from Message)
In our “Benefit of the Doubt” sermon series segment today, our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach for the 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services, and Semu Siologa will preach for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. This week’s topic is “Blessed Un-assurance.”
In the Sanctuary, this is Adventurer Sabbath! Our children will provide music and other Adventurer highlights for both services. Paulo Tenorio of the Texas Conference will tell the children’s story. Pastor for Families and Children’s Ministry Travis Patterson will call for the offering, which supports Keene Church Ministries and Operations this week. During second service Southwestern Adventist University Professor Bill Kilgore will dedicate baby David Thaddeus McEntyre, and Leighton Holley will baptize James Gum. Travis Patterson will welcome Young and Simangele Tshuma to our Keene Church family by Profession of Faith. Jimmy Aiken will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults: Your favorite music, fellowship, and breakfast treats will wrap your Elevate service in love as you learn exciting spiritual insights from Semu Siologa’s sermon.
Today’s pulpit flowers are given by Robert and Nadya Stotz in celebration of their 10th wedding anniversary on February 17.
Thanks so much for the beautiful flowers you sent to Mom’s funeral. Thanks also for providing our whole family with a delicious meal. Special thanks to the videographer and sound tech/pastor. Mom loved the Lord and loved her church family. Looking forward to Heaven with even greater anticipation! Love, Steve, Lisa, and Loneta Pauly’s family.
Keene Community Food Bank is today, 1:00 to 4:00 PM, in the Annex parking lot. Our Food Bank is much appreciated in our community. Thank you, church family, for volunteering to help our neighbors!
Enjoy God’s creation and hone your outdoor skills on a hike with James Tucker in Cleburne State Park at 2:30 today! Feel free to take your lunch and eat there before the hike. Remember to have a park pass.
A come-and-go memorial gathering for Katrina Alene Prine, who passed away this week, will be held at Town Hall Estates from 3:00 to 5:00 this afternoon.
It’s burger time! Keene Worship Choir offers great Veggie Burgers on Sabbath, Feb. 16 @ sunset at the Annex. Just drive through to get veggie burgers for the family, or order in advance with Choir members. Help our choir finance their March trip to a church in Austin and to the State Capitol.
The church office will be closed on Monday, February 18 in honor of Presidents’ Day.
Concerned about falling? A fall-prevention class will meet 1:00-3:00 PM Mondays after Meals on Wheels at the Annex, February 18 – April 8. Register at 1-877-847-9355 or TexasHealth.org/Classes.
Grief recovery – Meets every other Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Room 106. Sonia Vergel leads. Next meeting is February 26. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birding! Learn more about birds and birding! Meet Jimmy Aiken and other birding enthusiasts at the church parking lot Sunday, Feb. 17 at 9:00 AM.
Dutch oven cooking: Learn and eat together! BYO chair, Dutch oven, charcoal and food to cook. No Dutch oven? Come anyway! Feb. 17, 3:30 PM, CTA’s back parking lot. Shari Harriss (email@example.com).
Wednesday night Bible study We invite you to our Chapel at 7:00 as James Winegardner explains Revelation 16, 17. You’ll be inspired, and you’ll bless us by being there, too!
Finance Committee: Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM.
Retirees Fellowship will meet Thursday, February 21, at 5:00 PM in the Keene Church Annex. The meal will be provided by Lily Cabansag and entertainment presented by the Heritage Harmony Singers.
Attention Deaconesses! Please join us for Deaconess potluck and meeting on Sabbath, February 23, 1:00 PM at Hopps Museum. Please bring your prepared and ready-to-serve dish. We look forward to seeing you!
Attention Deacons! We will have a Deacon planning meeting at 3:00 on March 2 in the Fellowship hall (right after potluck).
Bible School – “I give Him back the heart He bought.” – Student
Southwestern Adventist University
- Trinity Conference – SWAU is partnering with the Adventist Theological Society to host a Trinity Conference from February 21-23 in the Keene Church Sanctuary. All are welcome! Info: swau.edu/TrinityConference.
- The Navajo Missions Team is needing wide-mouth mason canning jars in these three sizes: 4 oz, 8 oz, and 12 oz for the spring break mission trip to Arizona. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the welcome desk through February 23.
- “Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster 1844-2012”is on exhibit in Chan Shun Library, Feb. 3 – March 1.
Keene Adventist Elementary School
PreK enrollment is now open at KAES. If your child turns four by September 1, we invite him or her to be part of our KAES family. Visit our campus or call (817) 645-9125 to discover our PreK and Kindergarten programs. Visit us on the web, also, to learn more about our school and register: kaes4kids.com.
- Join us as we celebrate reading! We have two events coming up and we invite you to participate in both. First, Dr. Seuss Literacy Night is February 28 at 6:00 PM. During this event children will celebrate as they listen to Dr. Seuss stories and participate in a themed craft.
- Second, Dr. Seuss Book Walk is on March 1, 9:00-11:00 AM. Students will be grouped by grade level and rotate through read-alouds. Books will highlight Dr. Seuss stories for Read Across America Day.
Chisholm Trail Academy
Follow the trail home to CTA’s 51st Alumni Weekend March 29-30! Honor classes are: 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014. Info: alumniCTA@gmail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 817-658-9461.
Join InterrWellness Retreat Center, Sunday, February 17, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to discover how to build up your immune system, learn from a health lecture, and enjoy a cooking class where you’ll learn how to cook healthy, plant-based meals and receive tips on how to make healthy home cooking efficient. Event price is $20. Your last chance to sign up is Saturday night, February 16. Call Chef Sharla at 817-909-9053 for more information.
The 16th annual Keene Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, Health Fair and Job Fair is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University. Admission is free. The event is a business expo teaming up with Southwestern’s Department of Nursing to provide health screenings and with the Texas WorkForce to provide a job search information. Dr. Ted Benke’s hearing van will also be on site. There are also relevant seminars by local professionals on: 11:00 a.m., Social Security; 11:30. a.m., Wills and Trusts; Noon, End of Life Planning; 12:30 p.m., Basic Retirement; and 1:00 p.m. Vegetarian Cooking. Kids are sure to enjoy bounce houses and balloon animals, as well. Grab lunch at the food court. Entertainment includes KAES Marimbas, Eden’s Echo Trio, SWAU Department of Music and Alpha Worship Group.
“Called to Serve” ASi Southwest Spring Convention – Registration for the ASi Southwest Spring Convention, to be held March 14-17 in Cleburne, is now open. Eric Walsh, M.D., from Los Angeles, California, Duane McKey, Adventist World Radio president, and Joy Kauffman with Farm Stew International, are featured speakers, in addition to other powerful presenters and inspirational sessions. ASi membership is not required to attend this convention. For more information, visit asisw.org or call (817) 219-5724. Early bird rates end March 7.
FY 2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by February 28, 2019 – $511,872.00
Donations Received through February 9, 2019 – $458,281.28
Amount still needed this month – $ 53,590.72
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru Feb. 9, 2019 – $299,343.72
Amount still needed – $250,656.28
KAES gymnasium project total cost target (phase 1) – $750,000.00
Southwestern Union Conference Support – $ 75,000.00
Keene Church donations received through Feb. 9, 2019 – $222,564.94
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $315,120.79
Amount still needed (phase 1) – $137,314.27
Today’s offering: Church Budget Next week: Texas Vision
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
Next Monday, February 18, we celebrate President’s Day. As United States flags snap in the breeze along Old Betsy Road, we leave you with this prayer by our nation’s first President, George Washington, whose birthday is February 22, 1732:
“Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in Thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.” – George Washington, Prayer (usa.church)
Stay in tandem with God, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Lonely? No, not lonely while Jesus standeth by;
His presence always cheers me; I know that He is nigh.
Friendless? No, not friendless, for Jesus is my Friend;
I change, but He remaineth, the same unto the end.
Weary? No, not weary while leaning on His breast;
My soul has full enjoyment in His eternal rest.
Helpless, yes, so helpless; but I am leaning hard
On the mighty arm of Jesus, and He is keeping guard.
Waiting? yes, I’m waiting; He bids me watch and wait;
I only wonder often, what makes my Lord so late.
Joyful? yes, so joyful, with joy too deep for words;
A precious, sure foundation, the joy that is my Lord’s.
No, never alone, no, never alone.
He has promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.
No, never alone, no, never alone.
He has promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.
(“Christ in Song,” No. 557)