Honors Day

Hey Pathfinders! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Keene Church for Honors Day this Sunday! Several Pathfinder clubs will gather right here to earn exciting new honors! We hear that you have been learning to tie knots lately. Which knot gives you the most pride, as you admire the coiled rope in your hands? The bowline knot? The Alpine butterfly loop? The square knot? When you look at the snug knot you’ve tied, does it remind you of God’s reliable love for you?

Keene Forever Family members of all ages feel enlivened thinking of your activities, remembering the lessons our own Pathfinder projects taught us. Tracing a leaf’s veins and colors symbolized the wonder of God’s grace flowing through us; energetically pursuing our swimming honor, water rippling along our arms and legs, reminded of the Apostle Paul’s call to spiritual fitness; soaring toward an astronomy honor, marveling that the Big Dipper points to the North Star, inspired awe that our amazing Savior created it all. Did you know that there are 300 Pathfinder honors? Do you suppose that anyone has earned all of them?

Around the globe, young Adventists memorize the Pathfinder Pledge and Law: “By the grace of God, I will be pure, and kind, and true. I will keep the morning watch (have prayer and personal Bible study every day), I will do my honest part, I will care for my body, I will keep a level eye (be honest in words, thought and deed), I will be courteous and obedient, I will walk softly in the sanctuary, I will keep a song in my heart, I will go on God’s errands. I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.”

Whatever our age, we can benefit from making these themes our own.

This Sabbath

Our Pathfinders and Adventurers will present a colorful program during our 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services this Sabbath morning. Our Pastor for Youth, Carlos Pasillas, will preach for both worship services. During second service, four Pathfinders will express their love for Jesus in baptism! Pastor Pasillas will baptize Triz Duarte, Jarrett Hutchinson, and Mia Naukkarinen, and Dr. Bill Kilgore will baptize Jasmin Espinosa. Dulce Mendoza will direct our Youth Orchestra, and Chad Hutchinson will serve as Deacon in Charge. The offering will support Keene Church Ministries and Operations.

Young Adults, for The Middle Service our Young Adults Pastor, Albert Handal, will continue his sermon trilogy in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15, preaching on “Hard Faith – Listening to Learn.” Contagious Faith will sing for you. Hurry to get a good seat!

Don’t miss Evangelism Training this Sabbath afternoon at 3:00 in Keene Church! Provided in English and Spanish, this training is for everyone. Come and learn with us!

Southwestern Adventist University will host The Saxon Lecture Series in Science and Religion, featuring John Sanford, Courtesy Associate Professor at Cornell University and President of Logos Research Associates, at 4:00 in Wharton Auditorium. Dr. Sanford will speak on “New Genetic Evidence Refuting Human Evolution and Supporting Genesis 1-11.”

Enjoy a “Living Waters Trio” concert on Saturday night at 7:00 in the Chapel! A key member of the “Friends by Grace” group, originally scheduled to perform, is suffering from pneumonia, so the group canceled their appearance for this weekend. The Living Waters Trio, an all-male musical group, has a big blessing ready for you on a moment’s notice! Come for a joyous evening!

Announcements

The church office will be closed on Monday, February 20. Have a pleasant Presidents Day Holiday!

Kindly send your February 25 bulletin information to the church office by next Tuesday so that we can include your announcement in the information that we provide to Southwestern Adventist University for their Music Festival Sabbath worship program.

Your friends at Study, Prayer, and Fellowship (SPF) hope you’ll join us next Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Chapel. On our journey through Genesis, Pastor James Winegardner is currently showing how God worked through Joseph to protect His people and accomplish His purpose.

Supper and Learning – Join us for soup and salad, a Health Tips presentation, and group discussion on Wednesday, February 22, 5:45-6:55 p.m. in The Annex.

Finance Committee will meet Thursday, February 23, at 7:00 p.m.

Pathfinder and Adventurer fund raiser – This Sunday, February 19, Pathfinders will sell hamburgers and breakfast burritos at the Upper Room from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. Info: Miguel Espinosa 817-721-3595.

Youth Ministry fund raiser precooked enchiladas will be delivered after February 19. Thank you for supporting our youth!

If you wish to send requests to our prayer ministry, email prayer@keenechurch.com.)

Our schools

Congratulations to our Keene Adventist Elementary School basketball teams on their success this year! The girls and the boys teams were both District Champions! In addition, the girls were the runners-up in the District Tournament and the boys were the District Tournament Champions. Thank you parents, thank you students, thank you teachers, and thank you coaches! We could not offer these programs without your support. Trophies were awarded at the end of Chapel last Wednesday.

Chisholm Trail Academy’s 5k benefiting Worthy Student Aid is March 26, 8:30 a.m. (race day registration starts 7:00 a.m.), CTA parking lot, $30 adults and $15 youth. A pancake breakfast will be served by CTA staff for participants, and is for purchase as well. T-shirts are guaranteed if you register by March 1. Info: School office, 817-641-6626.

CTA will host Visitation Day on Wednesday, April 5. All 8th grade and interested high school students are invited to come to CTA and meet the students, faculty and staff. Academy Visitation Day begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:30 PM, with lunch provided. Info: Call CTA at 817-641-6626 or 817-558-4404 and talk to Mrs. Furr or Mrs. Bowyer.

Southwestern Adventist University Events:

Music Festival Showcase Concert, February 22, 7:30 p.m., Wharton Auditorium.
A Night at the Meyerson is February 26, featuring your students, plus the world premiere of a rare new song by award-winning composer Eriks Esenvalds and a solo by Chisholm Trail Academy alumna Raehann Bryce-Davis. Tickets are available at swau.edu/musicfestival.

Our community

A special thank you to our Forever Family for your response and support of the Keene Worship Choir’s Vegeburger night. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. It was a huge success! Thanks for coming out! – Worship Choir Director Juanita Browder

Carter BloodCare mobile unit will be in our upper parking lot to receive your blood donations on Sabbath, February 25, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Don’t throw away your old hearing device! A Christian audiologist in Fort Worth takes used hearing aids to Haiti as a mission project. Donate yours by taking it in an envelope to our church office.

We often post photos of Forever Family church events on Facebook. If you do not want your picture taken, please let us know. Thank you!

Looking ahead

This year’s Resurrection Pageant is April 15! Bring your friends for an inspiring reflection on Jesus’ journey to Calvary and to Resurrection victory.

Our finances

Our Keene Church Ministries and Operations budget has a $5,383.46 shortfall at the moment. We appreciate your consistent generosity and thank you in advance for helping us catch up.

In conclusion

Soon–we’ll all see it!–the greatest Honor Day of all time–God’s Honor Day!–will come. Jesus is coming to get us, and He’s bringing thousands upon thousands of angels along with Him to celebrate His victory and take us home. The entire universe will know about this, in real time!

God created us, each person a unique miracle, unlike any other. He redeemed us with His blood. He keeps us close to Himself through His Spirit. He allows us to be partners in His work. We are His. He has waited a long time for His Honor Day. Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about it:

“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” Thessalonians 4:16-18

Let’s start our vocal warm-ups right now, Forever Family, and invite those who don’t yet know God to join the choir, so we’ll be ready to sing His praises and welcome God’s Honor Day when He catches us all up together to meet Him in the air!

In the meantime, we love you! Happy Sabbath!

Your Keene Church Pastors

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, wash’d in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.”
(Fanny J. Crosby)