“By Him were all things created.” Colossians 1:16

Did you see the spectacular rainbow last night, towering above roiling clouds in elegant splendor, its jeweled arch plunging through rain-washed oak groves to complete its circle out of sight, beyond the horizon? It called to mind John’s imagery of heaven’s throne room:

“At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, with someone seated on it. The One seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow gleaming like an emerald encircled the throne.” Revelation 4:2, 3

Yesterday’s opulent rainbow seemed to crown our “Forever Family” summer sermon series, which concludes tomorrow morning. In our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services this Sabbath, Pastor Albert Handal will focus on the importance of Christ as the foundation and purpose of our fellowship. His message, entitled “For Him, By Him,” studies Jesus’ headship of the church body as presented in Colossians 1:18. The Keene Worship Choir will lift our hearts in praise and adoration for our Lord and King.

The month of August heralds a new school year! Can you feel the excitement of new beginnings in the air? We will pray for all of our Forever Family’s educators in a Teacher Dedication at both Sanctuary services tomorrow. Let’s all be there to surround them with love!

Pastor Russ Laughlin will speak at The Middle Service in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15–a service designed especially for young adults!

Also tomorrow, opportunities to sign up for Adventurers, Pathfinders, and Master Guide will beckon you from the Gathering Place. And our third Summer Craft Night will meet in the Senior Center on Saturday night at 8:15. Friends of the Keene Worship Choir are invited to a Spaghetti Dinner hosted by your choir this Sabbath at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Donations for your meal will be welcomed to further this music ministry. Come support our church choir, and fellowship with your Keene Church Forever family!

Would your son or daughter love to attend Chisholm Trail Academy, but your budget is a bit too tight to swing it? Our Academy has several three-way match scholarships available for kids who are not currently in our schools. Check with the school office!

Don’t miss SPF (Study, Prayer, and Fellowship) next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel! Pastor James Winegardner will share insights from the Book of Genesis that deepen our understanding of God’s grace.

A memorial service for Dr. Stuart Nelson will be held in our Sanctuary on Sabbath afternoon, August 27, at 4:00. Please pray for his wife, Lillie, and for the rest of the Nelson family as they prepare to honor their loved one, our dear Forever Family friend, next weekend.

Women of all ages, would you appreciate spending a weekend reflecting on “Being Light in a Dark World”? The Texas Conference Women’s Ministries Retreat at La Torretta Resort in Montgomery, Texas could create a spiritual oasis for you from September 23-25. For information visit www.texasadventist.org/Minnistries/WomensMinistry.

Remember: “And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:18

Happy Sabbath!

Your Keene Church Pastors