The Keene Koinoia

Keene Evangelical Free Church Newsletter January 2012

Pastor’s Corner
“After Christmas” Now the real shopping begins! AfterChristmas specials! Yep, it happens that fast…we can’t wait for the Christmas season, the celebrations, the food, the gifts, family and friends, concerts and specials…then it’s gone, done, over. Not for Mary and Joseph though. What we have just celebrated was somewhat the easy part if you think about it. Now we have the young couple with a new baby with nothing else. Any of us in that situation would have come to a panic point around this time. But, it gets worse! Now someone wants to kill the newborn baby! King Herod has plotted a scheme to do away with any competition to the throne over which he barely held onto. Run, Joseph! Flee, Mary! The angel of the Lord revisits the couple for the last time. His news is not the joyful surprise that he announced 9 months ago. Their very lives were at stake now! Off to Egypt they run. They avoid the normal routes of travel and keep to themselves scared that Herod might track them down if he knew they escaped Bethlehem’s massacre. For the next few years they would live as aliens in a strange land. Until they are told that Herod has died and it is safe to return to their home town. Now that is an after Christmas special! Peace and strife, strife and peace. How so much like our lives, both physically and spiritually. Ponder this: What has my life been like after Christ? How has it changed? Where is He taking us? Are we following? That should give you plenty to think about for the next few…days, months, maybe years! Have a Happy New Year! Pastor Matt

Inside this Issue…
Page 1 – Pastor’s Corner -Women’s Circle - Mission Update Page 2 - Sunday School News -S.W.A.T. Ministry -Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Update -Awana Ministry -Wednesday Bible Study Page 3 -Women’s Ministry News -Burning of the Greens -January Reminders -A New Year’s Poem -Contact Information

Women’s Circle for January
Circle #3 headed up by Stephanie and Mary is responsible for serving at events taking place at church in January. Thank you ladies!

Mission Update
The Mission Keene EFC is supporting in January is Jim and Terri Wilson with Press on Youth Ministry in Kearney.

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Sunday School News
January Verse “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 January Pledge of Faith Statement God is who He says He is. (September) God can do what He says He can do. (October) I am who God says I am. (November) I can do all things through Christ. (December) God’s Word is alive and active in me. (January)

AWANA Ministry News

AWANA will resume on Wednesday, January 11th at 3:30 p.m.

Please sign up to bring cookies for the kids on the bulletin board at church. We are also in need of blue painters tape (1 inch wide) used to mark the floor for game time. The “Duck” Release Brand is the least expensive and works great! Thank you!

Financial Peace University Study Information
A Second Preview Sessions will be on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. January Dave Ramsey Class Schedule: January 15th at 5:00 p.m. January 22nd at 5:00 p.m. January 29th at 5:00 p.m. Classes lead by Ty Fickenscher and Justin Moore What is Financial Peace University? This life-changing program teaches congregations to achieve financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future, and giving like never before. They will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for their money and change their family tree forever. This is a biblically-based curriculum that teaches people how to handle money God’s way. To find more information go to the website: www.daveramsey. com/church/home

Spiritually Willing Active Teens
S.W.A.T. January Schedule: Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. both Jr. and Sr. High Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m. both Jr. and Sr. High

*Friday, January 20th S.W.A.T. will be in charge of the concession stand and meal at the Axtell vs. Wilcox-Hildreth Basketball games. Be watching for further information for signing up for a time-slot and/or to provide items for meal.

Wednesday Bible Study
Bible Study will take place on January 11th, 18th, and 25th at 7:00 p.m..

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Women’s Ministry News
A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in any way ! with our concession stand and meal fundraiser! Thanks to those who donated money and food. Thanks to everyone who worked in the concession stand and meal that night. A huge thank you to Nurita for coordinating our meal and Nancy for volunteering to brown all of the hamburger! The meal along made over $550.00! We will let you know final combined profit when we get check from the school concession stand. Thanks to all for a successful fundraiser! Also a big thank you to all circles for providing food items for the Children’s Christmas Program! Church Garage Sale: The tentative date for our next Church Garage Sale in Axtell will be on Friday, March 9th. Please save any sellable times you are willing to donate. If you are not able to store your garage sale donations, please bring them to Church and we will have them stored. *Our Women’s Ministry uses the profit from our fundraisers for special needed projects around the church. A few examples of projects we have funded in the past have included the purchase of the new church sign, playground equipment, lapel mike, nursery renovation, kitchen water filter and kitchen appliances.

Family Night
Burning of the Greens Sunday, January 8, 2012 5:30 p.m. Please bring the whole family and join us for the tradition of taking down the Christmas decorations. Enjoy a delicious meal provided and served by Circle #3.

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A New Year With The Lord
A new year is about to unfold With new opportunities to explore Doors will open for new experiences New adventures with the Lord Remember not the former things The things of this past year The Lord will do new things in us Much more than we are aware For He will make a way for us As we put our trust in Him And He will guide our every step By His presence we have within

January Reminders
*Please see Birthday and Anniversary update information note in your mailbox. Please try and have any corrections, changes or additions to Jennifer by January 15th. Thanks! *On January 22nd the Todd Becker Foundation will be sharing during Worship Service. *On January 29th there will be a Benevolent Offering collected.

What God has placed within our hearts We find we’ll be able to do If we look for the opportunities We’ll see the door to go through We mustn’t let anything hold us back But rise up and take our place And be all that God wants us to be With a fresh touch of His grace © By M.S.Lowndes
Keene Evangelical Free Church 662 F Road Axtell, NE 68924 (308)743-2611 (Church and Parsonage) Church Email: keeneefc@rcom-ne.com Pastor Matthew J. Snell Pastor’s Cell (308)830-2603 Stay up to date on blogspot keeneefc.blogspot.com For general communication items for bulletin, announcements, newsletter, etc. email to: keeneoffice@rcom-ne.com
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