Spellbound concertgoers were thrilled to the very end of Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral Music,” performed by the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. Then, as they lingered in the moment, something unusual–for classical music concerts–burst out. An amazed “Wow!” rang through the darkened room, resonating from a single voice, sprinkling like stardust over stunned musicians and audience alike. “It touched me in a way I’ll never forget,” says David Snead, the Society’s president and CEO. “There was amazement in the voice–and wonder!” Snead was determined to find out who had broken audience protocol in such a forthright way. He sent an email to all two thousand people who had attended the concert! He got the answer, and it surprised him. The jubilant exclamation came from an autistic boy who has been for the most part unresponsive, not expected to engage. Music found a wormhole into the boy’s heart and mind, suggests Steve Hartman, who reported this beautiful story for CBS Sunday Morning (June 9, 2019).
How many times a week do you think of God and say “Wow”? Here in Texas it’s pretty easy to be wowed by the vast overhead canvas of God’s cloud art by day; by fascinating star formations at night; by the “cattle on a thousand hills” that He owns; by lakes, waterfalls, and birdsong. Are you awed by the thought that God, who created all this, said “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth and the small animals that scurry on the ground”? Genesis 1:26 “Our glory and honor are to be to the world as God’s ‘glory and honor’ are to the universe. When we look out at the vast universe we seem so small, but when we look at this world we are great in God’s purpose for us here. . . . Both in nature and in vocation, we are given divine glory.” (Donald Williams, “Mastering the Old Testament,” Vol. 13, p. 78)
Oh Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers–
the moon and the stars you set in place–
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
You have made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority–
the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! (Psalm 8, NLT)
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, continues his sermon series on Mark in the 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. The Brazos Chorus, directed by David Anavitarte, will inspire our worship music. An “Athens Vacation Bible School Spotlight – The Love of God” will delight you as our children come forward for their story, which will be told by Karl Konrad. Pastor of Administration Rick Weaver will make the offering appeal, which will support Church Budget. Kathy Anavitarte will offer our congregational prayer. Ken Seaman will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, today’s study of Psalm 8 will make your day at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00! This is the second in Elevate’s June series, Snapshots of the Savior. Next week’s topic will be Psalm 27. Come, be uplifted with your friends!
Keene Community Food Bank is happening today! Come the Annex at noon to volunteer or at 1:00 PM to receive food. See you there!
Attention Sanctuary Sabbath School teachers – We will have our second planning meeting today at 3:00 PM in room 106. Please attend this important meeting at the church.
In memoriam: We are sad to report that our longtime church member Joan Holley has passed away at age 98. Her viewing will be held at Rosser Funeral Home on Monday, June 17, 6:00-8:00 PM, with a graveside service in Keene Memorial Park Cemetery on Tuesday, June 18, 10:00 AM.
Dear Church Family, We just finished Vacation Bible School last night at 8:30. There is no doubt in our mind that God oversaw our event. We saw miracle upon miracle and blessing upon blessing as we went through the week. We were able to minister to 200 children and a number of parents and grandparents. It was an awesome event! We also had more than 80 volunteers, not to mention your generous donations. Thank you so much for helping us have a successful VBS. Our time in Athens with Paul will not be forgotten.
Every Monday: Meals on Wheels in our Annex! 11:00 AM-1:00 PM.
Exercise class for seniors meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Annex. Anyone can attend!
New Young Adult Bible study following the Amazing Facts guides meets Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in the Gathering Place.
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.” We’d love to have you join the feast!
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!
The Retirees Fellowship group will meet Thursday, June 20, at 5:00 in The Annex in Keene. The meal will be catered by Lily Cabansag, and the entertainment will be provided by the Harley Charles family.
Finance Committee: June 20, 7:00 PM.
Next Sabbath: “Bible by Design” – Pastor James Winegardner guides a twice-monthly creative Bible overview from 2:30-3:30 PM in Room 106.
Learn more about birds, and how to identify them, on Sunday morning, June 23, at 9:00, led by Jimmy Aiken. Meet at the church parking lot.
Take me out to the ball game! Elevate has free tickets to the Cleburne Railroader’s “Faith Night” Wednesday, June 26 @ 6:15. Enjoy a Railroaders home game and local Christian bands, food, and testimonies from coaches and players. Contact Pastor Michael to reserve your tickets.
Save your Wednesdays in July for small groups and fun classes starting July 3. Bring sandwiches or salad to eat together at 6:00, followed by spiritual small groups at 6:30. At 7:30 we will have fun classes to choose from. Watch for further information coming!
Our water ministry will begin in July! Please bring any cases of water you’d like to contribute to this ministry to the church office.
October 11-13 Church campout at Lake Whitney State Park. Please save the date and watch for more info coming!
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.
Would you like to talk with a pastor? Contact our church office at 817-202-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A pastor will talk with you at any time.
Our schools – Enroll early for 2019-2020!
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.
- Acro Camp gymnastics at the Academy Gymnasium, July 1-4, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We invite anyone age 10 and up. Camp will consist of 3 days of clinics on various skills culminating with a show for the Keene 4th of July Parade. Fee: $50, lunch included. Payment is due by registration July 1 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM. To register call the school, 817-641-6626, or Conner Mason, 479-233-0964. We ask that individuals pre-register for the event.
- Summer Hoops Camp – July 21-25 Time: 6:00 – 9:30 PM. Students of all skill levels from grades 6th – 12th are invited to attend. Students do not have to be an athlete to attend; you will be grouped for all abilities. $70 per camper (includes camp shirt). The camp activities include conditioning, skills training, fun basketball activities, game play, prizes, and guest speakers. Contact CTA office 817-641-6626 to RSVP or for questions
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 Universityis 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.
Benefit breakfast – We will be happy to serve you a country style breakfast tomorrow morning between 8:00 and 10:00 in the chapel at the cemetery. Hope to see you there!
“7 Mile Road” singers from Tulsa, OK, will perform in our Chapel Saturday night, June 22, at 7:30. The group’s southern gospel music is seasoned with some fully orchestrated arrangements, songs with a country music flair, and some contemporary Christian music. Come for vespers!
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.
Job board – Please post details if you have a job to offer or need a job! Job board is on the wall to the left of the inside church office entrance.
“KIDS Eat Free this Summer” – Please continue to bring kid-friendly foods for children in need to the church office!
Experience Historic Adventist Village. Bus tour to Battle Creek, Michigan, departing from Keene. Over two days of touring Battle Creek, you’ll visit the Welcome Center, James and Ellen White’s home, worship in the Parkville church where Ellen White had a vision predicting the Civil War, visit a 19th century schoolhouse, see the grave of the White family, the former Kellogg Sanitarium, the Dime Tabernacle, hear fascinating pioneer stories, and much more! Also includes an overnight stop and tour of 3ABN. October 6-11, 2019. Details on the web: AdventToursUS.com
2018/2019 Ministries and Operations budget: $767,808.00
Donations Needed by June 30, 2019 – $767,808.00
Donations Received through June 8, 2019 – $715,308.03
Amount still needed this month – $ 52,499.37
Sanctuary HVAC (air conditioning) total cost – $550,000.00
Sanctuary HVAC project donations received thru June 8, 2019 – $333,412.32
Amount still needed – $216,587.68
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 8, 2019 – $246,532.44
KAES direct donations received through Nov. 30, 2018 – $318,320.79
Offering this week – Church Budget
“The final answer to the question ‘What is man . . .?’ is given in Christ, the head of a new humanity. It is Christ who has restored this fallen creation, Christ who will return and consummate all things in Himself. As God comes to earth in His Son, the greatness of God and the grandeur of the cosmos are met in the grace of the Lord Jesus. . . . As Paul tells the Philippians, ‘At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and . . . every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ Philippians 2:10, 11” (ibid, p. 79)
This Father’s Day weekend, you might be blessed to remember some attributes you admire in your earthly father. If he’s still alive, be sure to say “Wow, Dad!”
Your Keene Church Pastors
I Sing the Mighty Power of GodI 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.