He told them, “You don’t get to know the time. Timing is the Father’s business. What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit. And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.” These were His last words. As they watched, He was taken up and disappeared in a cloud.” Acts 1:7-9 Message
Jesus’ disciples stood at the threshold of cosmic change. For three years God had walked among them, healed, helped and saved; and they were impressed! For forty days after His resurrection He met with some of them and further explained His kingdom. They still didn’t get that they weren’t just spectators to a coup. They were to live God’s kingdom into the next generations. It would happen in much the same way: healing, helping, and in the name of Jesus rescuing those who didn’t know Him. Through tumultuous centuries to come the Holy Spirit, sent by Jesus, would inhabit the faithful’s ministry of love and praise. Assurance in Jesus would quench humanity’s thirst like this morning’s dew sparkling on fragrant Texas wildflowers.
This weekend Southwestern Adventist University’s Class of 2019–and other college graduates around the country–will attend dedication and baccalaureate services, hug, eat, and cheer among family and friends, and graduate at commencement services. They’ll have a basic idea what they’re commencing to–after all, they’ve been studying for sixteen or more years to get here–but much is unknown. The path is clear, though. If you’re walking daily with God, you will not have to find His will. You will always be in it, with the Holy Spirit to guide you! “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said. “No one comes to the Father except through me.” The disciples never had to ask Jesus where they should go. They simply stayed close to Him. Too often, we’d rather follow a GPS than cultivate a relationship. We can become more concerned about our future than with walking intimately with God today. He asks us to work heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23) There is an important difference between doing something for people and doing something for God. Working for God, as opposed to working for other people, changes our perspective as we view our endeavors in light of what He has done for us. Our toil then becomes an offering to God. (Portions of this narrative are excerpted from “The Message,” by Eugene Peterson, and from “Experiencing God,” by Henry and Richard Blackaby.)
Speaking for our 9:00 Sanctuary worship service this morning is Hazel Marroquin, a graduating Theology student at Southwestern Adventist University. Ms. Marroquin has served you as one of our student pastors this year. Emily de la Garza will tell the children’s story, and Larry Turner will offer congregational prayer. Hailey Feese, Grace Evermore, Hayden and Juliana, Shaun Shepherd, Ryan Tharp, and United Kids Praise Team will provide music. Rick Weaver will call for the offering, which will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations. Sam Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Southwestern Adventist University’s Baccalaureate service will be held in theUniversity’s Leiske Pultar Gymnasium at 11:30. You are welcome to attend! There will be no 11:30 service in the Sanctuary.
Young Adults, Joshua Aguilar, graduating this weekend with Southwestern’s Class of 2019, will speak for The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00.His sermon title is “Scared or Dared.” Next week, Elevate begins a new sermon series, “Ten Steps from Eternity.” You’ll want to be there!
Southwestern Adventist University’s Graduation Sabbath School will be held in Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium. We invite you to join them or visit the Chapel Sabbath School, the Young at Heart Sabbath School, or the Young Adults’ Middle Service here at the church. The Sanctuary Sabbath School won’t meet this week.
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 will not meet in May.
“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 11×14 canvas.
Terri Bunch from Home Instead will talk about the services they provide for seniors at our Meals on Wheels congregate lunch and Senior Exercise class on Monday, May 6, at 12:30 and 1:00 PM at the Annex.
Exercise class for seniors meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Annex. Anyone can attend!
From Hurt to Hope – death…divorce…depression… Tuesday night, May 7, at 7:00, you’re invited to the Annex for a grief recovery discussion with Bonnie Parnell, David Slee, Ingo Sorke, Tony Torres, and Bill Kilgore.
Wednesday night Bible study – On May 8, James Winegardner introduces a compelling topic: “Hebrews – A call to faithfulness.” Be in the Keene Church Chapel at 7:00 for the first night of this new Bible study!
Please join us for a church business meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 8:00 PM (immediately after Bible Study in the Chapel) to finalize our 2019/2020 Church Budget.
Traveling Light – Release the burdens you were never meant to bear. Come and join Connections Sabbath School’s new book study beginning May 11, 10:15 AM in Gathering Place Room 106!
The Keene Worship Choir invites you to come to their 2019 Church Choir Festival on Sabbath, May 11, 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Our guest choirs this year are from Tyler, Texas. Each choir will share sacred music with us and, together with the KWC, will bless you with anthems that touch your soul and lift you up toward the Savior. Doors open at 5:30 PM.
Breakfast Club – Women’s Ministry invites you to mingle at our monthly Breakfast Club at 8:30 AM Monday, May 13, Olivia’s Restaurant in Keene. Drop in, buy your own breakfast, and get acquainted with other ladies!
Grief Recovery Group – May 14 at 7:30 PM in Room 106. For questions please contact Sonia Vergel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Postum with a Pastor! Stop by Mountain Coffee in Keene on Thursday, May 16, 4:00 PM, enjoy a cup of Postum or another drink, and visit with Mary Ellen Winegardner!
Coming soon! Watch for more information!
- Women’s Breakfast Club, May 13, 8:30 AM, Olivia’s Restaurant
- Motorcycle breakfast, May 19, 9:00. Meet in church upper parking lot. 26th If it rains on 19th.
- Women’s Ministry Tea is June 2 at 11:00 AM at the Annex, with Pastor Cheri Gatton speaking.
“KIDS Eat Free this Summer”– Did you know that summer is the hungriest time of the year for many children in our community? We need your help! We’re starting a new program, partnering with the Keene Independent School District, to provide backpacks of food for children in Keene. Here are the items that will be needed from May through July:
- Peanut Butter: 1 12-16 oz jar; Jelly: 1 12-16 oz jar; Ramen Noodles: Box of 6; Fruit Juice: Box of 4-6; Fruit Cups: 4-6 pack; Applesauce: 4-6 pack; Oatmeal (instant): 1 box; Mac and Cheese: 1 box; Ravioli/Spaghettios: 2 cans; Cereal: Box of 6 (individual portions); Granola Bars: Box of 6; Mixed Veggies: 2 Cans.
Please drop any of these items off at the church office. For details, please contact the church office at 817-202-6450.
Keene Camp Meeting – May 29 – June 1
This is us! Plan now to attend Keene Camp Meeting, Wednesday – Sabbath, May 29 -June 1! Speakers include Professors Denis Kaiser, Stan Patterson, Ranko Stefanovic, Godfrey Miranda (Youth). Watch for details about schedule, food, seminars, and housing at KeeneCampMeeting.com. Invite your friends!
Vacation Bible School
- VBS 2019- Teachers still needed. If you want to make a difference in the lives of our young people, this is your opportunity. We are aiming to reach 180 people through our VBS program. Currently we have enough teachers to reach 105 people. Help us expand our impact. If you are available June 10-14 and desire to use your talents and skills to spread God’s love, call or text Sarah Coulter 540-908-9428.
- VBS Wishlist of Needed Items – If you also would like to help out in other ways. Here is a list of items that we are needing to put together. Donations can be dropped off in the age 0-2b Sabbath school room with Michelle Karmy. If you would like to help with food items please text or call Sarah Coulter with your information so we can contact you as we get closer to the program date.
- Supplies: Markers, 800 plastic gold coins, 200 coin pouches, 24 sharpies, 24 red dry erase markers, plastic spoons, 500 paper plates, staplers, 10 hole punchers, 1000 jingle bells, yarn, crayons, markers, masking tape, 200 empty water bottles, 250 small terra cotta pots, sequins, self-adhesive jewels, play-doh, scissors, colorful pony beads, transparent tape, glue dots, colored pencils, protractors, plastic vine greenery, ribbon, green yarn, calligraphy ink, 1-inch dowel, butcher paper, rubber stamps, modeling clay
- Décor: Baskets, Large sheets, Large Heavy Blankets, Greenery/Vines/Silk Plants, Cardboard
- Food: Linkettes, Crackers, Hummus, Fruit, Olives
Southwestern Adventist University
Congratulations, and God bless you, Graduates! Thank you for the energy, intellect, spirituality and fun that you have contributed to your community during your years of study at Southwestern Adventist University. We have appreciated worshiping with you at Keene Church, and we hope that you will think of us now and then. Please come back to visit us as you pursue and embrace the future.
Keene Adventist Elementary School
- KAES Piano Recital “Duos & Quartets”- Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 PM at MaBee Center.
- Eighth Grade Graduation Baccalaureate – May 18, 2019, 11:30 AM, Sanctuary
- Kindergarten Graduation – May 19, 6:30 PM, Sanctuary
- Eighth Grade Graduation – May 23, Sanctuary
Chisholm Trail Academy
- Graduation Baccalaureate – May 25, 11:30 AM, Sanctuary
- Graduation – May 25, 9:00 PM, Sanctuary
Pam Tucker will present a concert, “Sounds of Grace,” in our Sanctuary on Saturday night, May 18, at 7:30.
Furniture for sale! Are you graduating this month and moving into your own place? Getting married and furnishing your first home on a shoestring budget? Just arrived in Texas and need a few household extras? One of our church members is moving to a different state and has a variety of furniture and large appliances to sell. Info: email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The story of Jesus doesn’t end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in Him. The supernatural does not stop with Jesus. Luke makes it clear that the Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God–they are in on the action of God. God is acting in them. God living in them. Which also means, of course, in us.” (Eugene Peterson, “The Message,” Introduction to Acts)
Isn’t that great news, friend? Jesus is your Forever Teacher!
Your Keene Church Pastors
‘Tis So Sweet
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise,
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to trust his cleansing blood;
and in simple faith to plunge me
neath the healing, cleansing flood! [Refrain]
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
just from sin and self to cease;
just from Jesus simply taking
life and rest, and joy and peace. [Refrain]