“I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what He sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes Him in everything He is doing. But you haven’t seen the half of it yet. He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” John 5:19-20 Message
Do you struggle to identify God’s plan for your life? Perhaps Jesus’ own self awareness is a cogent place to look for direction: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 Understanding His servant role, Jesus didn’t try to initiate activity for the Father. Instead, He looked to see the Father’s activity and then joined Him. Jesus knew His Father so well that He was highly sensitive to divine activities and immediately recognized His Father at work. Might we come to know the Father so well that we, too, will see Him at work in our everyday encounters, and sign up for His servant staff? Perhaps someone who faces a challenge crosses your path . . . or you encounter a person whom God is convicting of the need for salvation . . . or a child or youth needs to know that church people care, are friendly, and can be trusted. You’ll be astonished at what God gives you to do, and the marvelous outcome, when you leave the leadership to Him!*
We need to know God intimately if we want to catch on to His servant assignments. Here’s how to get close to Him: In the little book “Spiritual Care,” German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes “The life of a (servant leader) completes itself in reading, thought, prayer, and struggle. The means is the word of Scripture with which everything begins and to which everything returns.” Bonhoeffer regarded reading, thought, prayer, and adversity not as strictures to escape but as disciplines to embrace. (Quoted by Chris Nye, Christianity Today/Leadership Journal, 2015)
How significant do you feel in relation to God’s Kingdom? In what specific ways can you serve people, using Jesus as your model? In what ways do you feel spiritually blind? If Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” how would you respond? (Serendipity Bible for Study Groups, John 5)
Our Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will speak for our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Pastor for Family and Children’s Ministries Travis Patterson will welcome us. One Vision will provide our worship music, along with Kids Strings, Kids Praise Ukulele, Sofia Lauterbach, Isabella DeMoraes, David and Daniel Mendoza. Angela Cyr will tell the children’s story, and T’resa Weaver will offer congregational prayer. Our Pastor for Administration, Don Gibson, will call for the offering, which will support Adventist Disaster and Relief Agency (ADRA). Jimmy Aiken will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, Michael Gibson’s sermon, “In the Midst of Misfits,” will anchor The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15. Anthony Rosado is planning your music! Come and contribute to this great morning, celebrating God and each other!
Wednesday night Bible study meets at 7:00 in the Chapel! This week Pastor James Winegardner continues our study of Exodus 20, enlivening our spiritual understanding of God’s Law. Come and participate!
Keene Camp Meeting – Finish Line!
- Plan now to attend Keene Camp Meeting, May 30-June 2! Watch for details at KeeneCampMeeting.com. Invite your friends!
- Great conversation, and a good deed, too! We need volunteers to transport Camp Meeting speakers to and from the airport and meetings. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacation Bible School
- VBS planners need medium to large moving boxes, cardboard paper towel rolls, cardboard toilet paper rolls, and 100 pool noodles. If you can help, please bring these to the church office.
- Decorating work bee: May 16, 10:00 AM at the church!
Finance Committee: Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM.
Senior Fellowship dinner is May 17, 5:00 PM in the Annex and will be catered. Karl Konrad will tell about writing his book “Waiting for Eddie.” All seniors in our community are welcome.
Annual Keene Church, Chisholm Trail Academy, and Keene Adventist Elementary School Constituency Meeting is May 20, 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Room. Below is a list of nominated delegates focused primarily on our schools. However, constituents consist of Board Members, Conference Education Directors, and Conference Administrators. Your pastors encourage all Church Board Members, Departmental leaders, Teachers, and Church members to attend as you are all constituents of our church and schools..
Joint Schools Constituency Delegates (2nd reading)
|Bradwell, Tere||Lauterbach, Julie||Samaniego, Mandy|
|Bradwell, Vickie||Lazarus, Venitha||Samaniego, Marty|
|Bullon, Rosi||Lopez, Elias||Seidel, Sheryl|
|Chacon, Darrell||Lopez, Tania||Stotz, Nadya|
|Chacon, Rachael||Lourenco, Elias||Stotz, Robert|
|Cowley, Cindy||Mauk, Cindy||Terry, Randy|
|Cowley, Roderick||Mendoza, David||Terry, Tamara|
|Duarte, Ana||Mendoza, Dulce||Vogel, Cherry|
|Espinosa, Abigail||Ndebele, Nanziwe||Vogel, Steve|
|Espinosa, Miguel||Ndebele, Sipho||Wade, Carlos|
|Griswell, Kari||Page, John||Wade, Eumarely|
|Griswell, Matt||Page, Kathy||Weaver, Angela|
|Howerton, Dena||Perez, Anthony||Weaver, Rick|
|Howerton, Dwayne||Perez, Holly||Weaver, Russell|
|Karmy, Michelle||Planells, Yvette||Weaver, T’resa|
|Kelsey, Yolanda||Samaniego, Isaac|
“Screenagers!” Does summer vacation mean more media time for your child or grandchild? On Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM Keene Church Family Ministries will host a screening of the documentary “Screenagers” which explores the impact of screen time on youth. Limited seating. RSVP at the link on our church Facebook page.
A retirement reception for Don Gibson will take place on Sabbath evening, June 16, from 6:00-8:00 in the Gathering Place. This come-and-go opportunity for our Forever Family to thank our Pastor for Administration for his ministry to us, and for his outreach to our community, will begin with a short vesper time at 6:00. Come and celebrate with the Gibsons at this milestone moment in their lives!
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.
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.
- Congratulations, Kindergarteners, as you graduate May 20, 5:30!
- KAES Piano Recitals. May 20, 2:00 and 3:30 PM. Mabee Center.
- KAES Baccalaureate, May 19, Sanctuary
- KAES Graduation, Sanctuary, May 24, Sanctuary
- Online 2018-2019 registration, Pre-K-8th Grade: kaes4kids.com. Register by May 15 and save $100!
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.
- Parent Appreciation is Friday, May 25, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary
- CTA Baccalaureate is Sabbath, May 26, 11:30 AM, Sanctuary
- CTA Graduation is Saturday night, May 26, Sanctuary
A memorial service for Bruno Arkusinski will be at the Joshua Church today at 5:00, followed by visitation and a light supper at 6:00.
The Thomsen Observatory will open tonight from 8:30 to 11:00. Information on future scheduling is available at www.swau.edu/thomsenobservatory.
Heaven’s Harbor Gospel Quartet invite you to their concert in our Chapel on May 19, 7:30 PM. “We pray that through this ministry, we can encourage Christians to forget the troubles of this world for a few moments and focus on what Christ did for us on the cross, while remembering the blessings He provides for us each and every day,” they explain. Your presence will add to the blessing!
A memorial service for John Engel Jr. will be held May 27, 2:30 PM in the Chisholm Trail Academy gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that donations be made to the Academy’s John Engel Jr. Memorial Technology Fund.
A paid church nursery worker position is available at Bethel Temple in Cleburne. Hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and as needed during church service hours. This is a part-time position, and you must be 18 or older. Come to 600 S. Colonial Drive to fill out an application Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In your quest to discern God’s plans for you, we invite you go join us in this old English prayer: “God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking. God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be in my head and in my understanding.” Amen
Marvel with us at God’s glorious power, Forever Family!
Your Keene Church Pastors
Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong;
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.
Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin’s fierce war shall cease,
And holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace.
For not with swords’ loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums;
With deeds of love and mercy
The heavenly kingdom comes.
Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears,
For gladness breaks like morning
Where’er Thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted over us,
We journey in its light;
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.
(Ernest W. Shurtleff wrote this hymn
for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary,
where he was a member of the class of 1888.)
* Adapted in part from “Experiencing God,” Henry and Richard Blackaby, p. 129