It was eight months since Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, Rick Ridgeway, and Galen Rowell trekked with rickshaws across Tibet’s Chang Tang plateau, following the migration of endangered Tibetan churi in an effort to document the antelopes’ calving grounds. It was only seven months since Rowell and his wife, Barbara, had died in a small-plane crash on a starlit night in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Standing in the rotunda of the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, DC, admiring the special exhibit of Galen’s images taken during their adventure, the remaining mountaineers stopped in front of a large print of several basaltic rocks with smooth, faceted faces. “The black rocks were huge gemstones rising Stonehenge-like out of the flat hardpan,” Ridgeway recalls. “We were silent for perhaps a full minute before we began to comment on how this image, unique among the others Galen had made during our expedition, seemed to somehow capture the wild power of the northwest Chang Tang–the only remaining corner of the Tibetan plateau as yet unoccupied by human beings. . . . ‘But where did he take it?’ Jimmy asked. . . . ‘I was wondering the same thing,’ Conrad responded. ‘I don’t remember seeing those rocks, do you, Rick?’ . . . ‘No, and I’ve been trying to retrace the trip in my mind,’ Rick said. ‘I can’t place them.’ . . . ‘It’s not like we didn’t all walk by them,’ Jimmy added. ‘We were together the whole trip.’ . . . ‘That’s the thing, isn’t it,’ I replied. ‘We all walked by them.’ . . . Conrad said, ‘But only Galen saw them.'” (Rick Ridgeway, “Galen Rowell, A Retrospective,” Sierra Club Books, p. 212) “Rowell . . . was someone who both traveled light and traveled with the light. His faith in the revelatory powers of light as it appears on film coincided with a deep conviction in the power of images to reflect the aspirations of the human spirit.” (Andy Grundberg, “Galen Rowell, Light Traveler”)
Are you traveling light with the Light, friend? What do you see? In Mark 8 we encounter a blind beggar who was brought to Jesus by disciples who, despite all they had experienced with Jesus, still did not understand Him. Jesus led the blind man out of town (to a quiet place), applied an ancient balm to his eyes, and asked, “What do you see?” “I see people like trees, walking around,” the man replied. His eyes had been restored, but he remained a victim of blurred and myopic vision. With a second touch from Jesus, the man from Bethsaida “saw everyone clearly.” Why the two-stage healing? Daniel McKenna suggests that, having just asked His disciples, “Having eyes, do you not see?” (Mark 8:18), the Lord leads His disciples back through the miracles of feeding the multitudes so their eyes will be opened to who He is and understand what He does. Slowly, their spiritual vision is clearing, but the Message remains opaque. Shortly after blind beggar shouted, “I can see clearly now!” Peter saw what he had not previously noticed as he traveled with Jesus: “You are the Messiah!” (Mastering the New Testament, Mark 8) . . . “Be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.” (Augustus Toplady, “Rock of Ages”)
“By entering in faith into what God has always wanted to do for us–set us right with Him, make us fit for Him–we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand–out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” Romans 5:1, 2 Message
Are you wondering what epiphany our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will capture with a zoom lens from the book of Mark during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services? Come early, get a good seat, and see! Southwestern Adventist University Student Association President Matthew Hanson will welcome you. Keene Adventist Elementary School will provide much of our music. Annelise Mora, Dana Salazar, and Zuleica Savignon will present a piano and flute prelude. KAES Marimbas, featuring Ivory Bradwell, Alvin Kimanga, Tomas Lopez, Ian Ruch, Danna Salazar, Vusa Tshuma, Henry Valderrama, and teacher Karen Savignon, will play the offertory and special music. Hania Correa, Alexander Cortez, Leo Rosales, Clarisse Metzger, Nu Pham, and Hanna Sto Nino will lead our praise music; be sure to heartily join the singing! Second grader Jillian Wade will provide music for the children’s entrance during first service and fourth grader Caila Santiago will play piano for their second service entrance. Kathy Page will tell the children’s story. Second grader Sammy Bradley will play for the children’s exit in second service. Pastor for Administration Rick Weaver will call for the offering for Fall Mission Appeal. Jorge Velez will offer congregational prayer for first service, and Ursula Falle will pray for second service. Steve Bradley will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Pastor Michael Gibson will continue his sermon series, “Talk is Sheep,” during The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00. Music will engage your participation, and you’ll feast on friendship and a light breakfast!
Sign up for a small group in the foyer this morning! It’s easy to join, and you’ll be glad that you did! Find great choices at the table!
A light Children’s Ministry Breakfast is served 10:00-10:15 in the 7th and 8thgrade Sabbath School room. Children must be checked in first.
Kindergarten Sabbath School has moved upstairs! Rm 205.
Water ministry continues! Join us in the Fellowship parking lot at 3:00 each Sabbath afternoon! We handed out more than 300 ice cold water bottles in about 30 minutes in Fort Worth last Sabbath. Currently, we have plenty of water. Thank you for your generosity! Info: 817-266-3771.
Wednesday night Bible study – Pastor James Winegardner continues our interesting study of the book of Exodus. You’ll discover things you never even wondered about! Join us in the Chapel at 7:00! You’ll be revived!
Greeters and Welcome Desk volunteers, this is for you! We’re planning a fellowship potluck with you after second service on Sabbath, October 20. Watch for details in October; mark your calendar today!
We need to know now if you plan to go on the Land of the Bible Tour – March 14–April 4, 2019 – For complete tour information email email@example.com. Israel and Egypt—March 14-April 4; Israel only—March 14-24; Egypt only—March 22-April 4. If you haven’t yet put money down for the trip, please tell us right away if you’re going.
New Life Bible School – “I will use the Holy Bible so I can be sure to set my mind on things above. I pray for you also.” – Student
Memory Verse – “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:7, 8
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.
- Please help KAES to save Box Tops and reach goal. Place them in the mail box in the church lobby!! Thank you!
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.
- We hope you’ll come to CTA’s Senior Consecration service in our Sanctuary this Sabbath evening, September 8, at 5:00!
“Vegan Cuisine 101” – Learn the basics of preparing heart-healthy, delicious, nutritious, well balanced meals. firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-675-6126. Sept. 16, 4:00 to 5:00 PM, 300 S Mockingbird Ln, Keene.
Discover the Healthier You! Support each other dealing with the challenges of diabetes and pre-diabetes on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at Texas Health Huguley Campus Education Building, 11903 Medpark Drive, Fort Worth. Reserve a seat: 817-568-5503
Your Pathway to Health Mega-clinic will be at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, September 19-21, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. A mandatory volunteer orientation meeting will take place at Will Rogers Memorial Center on September 18, 5:00 PM. Pick up an invitational flyer at our welcome desk and personally invite a friend or family member who may benefit from these services! Here’s what to expect following the clinic:
- Wednesday, September 26: Follow-up programs begin in the Annex, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, after laboratory results are reviewed
- Monday, October 1: Diabetic Reversal Program with Terri Gibson, Annex, 6:30 to 8:00 PM for five consecutive Monday evenings
- Thursday, October 4: Stress Management According to Temperament Program, Tony Torres, Annex, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, five consecutive Thursday evenings.
All church members and everyone in the community can attend. It’s free!
Do you love watching the Food Channel and wish you could be part of the exuberant creativity? Here’s your chance to pretend you’re on TV! Your Pathway to Health Mega-clinic needs volunteers to help with pre-preparations (plenty of chopping and other excitement!) at the SWAU kitchen this coming week (and at the meeting site later). Check the email that we sent to you earlier this afternoon for details.
Visiting Galen Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery when he returned to Bishop, California for the couple’s memorial service, Gordon Wiltsie was taken by a photograph that was not an image he would have identified instantly as Galen’s. “Most of his work exudes a personal power that permeated everything he did,” said Wiltsie. The background mountain panorama set amid sagebrush in this image “to me, at least, signaled a significant shift in his vision, a growing sensitivity to subtleties in the landscape around him. Odds are that he wasn’t certain what he was going to find when he left home that morning, but as always he departed with his camera strapped to his chest and his mind and legs racing toward the possibilities. This particular sunrise is what he found. If it had been cloudy, I doubt that he would have missed the shot. Knowing Galen, he’d have been back again to try it another day.” (ibid, p. 232)
“If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of His Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of His resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!” Romans 5:10-11 Message
Take time to see God clearly, friend!
Your Keene Church Pastors
You shall go out with joy
and be led forth with peace
The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you
There’ll be shouts of joy and all the trees of the field
Shall clap, shall clap their hands!
All the trees of the field shall clap their hands
The trees of the field shall clap their hands
The trees of the field shall clap their hands
As you go out with joy!