TAYLOR MILL GETS NEW PASTOR
Recently, Tom Bentley assumed the duties as pastor of the Taylor Mill, Ky. Church. He and his wife, Julie, and their 14 year old son, Eli, are excited to be in the Midwest/Southern region of the country since the Bentleys are originally from Ohio.
Julie Bentley is a fourth generation Adventist; however, Tom Bentley, who was a research engineer for the Air Force, did not join the church until after they were married. He received extensive Bible studies from the then pastor of the Beavercreek, Ohio Church, accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and was baptized in 1997.
Shortly after his baptism, the Bentleys decided to leave their careers and serve as missionaries. They served at a Navajo mission south of Phoenix, Ariz. for 1½ years. But, in 2001 the Bentleys decided God was calling them to the seminary at Andrews University.
After seminary, Tom Bentley served in the Minnesota Conference and then the Oregon Conference. Bentley believes that the Lord has shown him that, “we are living in a time appointed for Him to return for His church. We are living in the last days, and I pray that as we labor for Him that our goal will be to prepare people to meet Jesus.”
—BY RANDY PHIPPS
Prayer for the Bentleys as they begin their ministry at Taylor Mill.
Students of Louisville Adventist Academy (LAA) were inspired as Ben Roy demonstrated interesting and fun aspects of science. In his presentation, he made clear that there is a lot more to science than just the facts. He stressed safety and scientific terminology such as differentiating between creating electricity and generating it. Roy frequently participates with 3ABN’s Kid’s Time programs. If you would like to contact him, you may do so at http://GoScienceZone.com
Roy brought along several DVDs of science demonstrations that he created with the help of 3ABN. Brent Ruckle, LAA 9th and 10th grade teacher, plans to use the DVDs this year. In addition, he looks forward to practical activities such as growing plants in a raised bed. He says, “Science education is and always has been an important part of Christian Education.”
—BY CLIFTON KELLER
Recently, three conferences; Gulf States, South Central, and Kentucky-Tennessee, worked together to spread the gospel in the Memphis, Tenn. area. The Lord blessed their combined efforts with the joy of witnessing 151 people giving their lives to Jesus in baptism. This success can be attributed to fervent prayer, and the church members working together.
Alejandro Bullon, the speaker, was excited to see the church full every night with people interested in hearing the Word of God. Some had never studied the Bible and were overjoyed by the truths they were learning.
Many people are eager to know the truth of the gospel. But, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” Romans 10:14 Our commission is found in Mark 16:15-16, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…’”
—BY ARMANDO DE LEON
“Lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring, Jesus is coming again” resounded through the 100 year old building as 83 Jamestown members and guests joyously shared messages and stories of God’s love and guidance. Children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the charter members participated in the centennial celebration. The original building, often remodeled, now has two additions. This may be the oldest structure in the Southern Union built by Adventists and continuously used by Adventists.
Evangelist O. A. Dow and his wife came to Russell County Kentucky December 22, 1914. Their goal – plant another church to expand the 600 member Kentucky Conference, then headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Meetings started in the Christian church soon moved to the schoolhouse, accommodating over 300 persons eager to learn Bible truths. Within a month Sabbath services commenced.
Preparation to meet Jesus calls for a meeting place. Even before they were baptized, the believers donated logs and lumber. By June the 26’ x 32’ building was being erected. About 20 made the commitment of baptism. Worship services began in the incomplete meetinghouse on Sabbath, July 3, 1914. By August the church was organized and was accepted into the sisterhood of churches at the campmeeting/conference session in Louisville. The Southern Union Worker, predecessor to the Southern Tidings, published a picture of the church house with over 60 people in front of it on August 26, 1915. Later that year conference leaders dedicated the church.
At our centennial service September 12, 2015 Elder Jim McConnell, who pastored at Jamestown from 1974 – 1981, emphasized the hundreds of times this building has heard the message of the soon coming of Jesus, and how His coming is closer than when we first believed. McConnell closed with a stirring appeal, echoing the appeal he made when he left this congregation 34 years ago – to gather on the right side of the tree-of-life for an even grander reunion. May we be found faithful to this invitation.
—BY J. FRED CALKINS
On July 31st, four churches met together to pray and plan the final details of their upcoming weekend. Two churches from the South Central Conference, Hispanic Lima Drive Church and Lima Drive Church, and two from the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, the Lexington Church and the Lexington Hispanic Church, participated in a weekend of service to their community.
Sabbath afternoon several groups went to 23 fire stations and five police departments handing out cookies and thank you cards. At 5 p.m., fire fighters were fed at one of the local churches and prayers were offered in their behalf. At 7 p.m., the group of volunteers headed downtown where they fed 70 homeless individuals.
Sunday morning, the volunteers got busy again cleaning a nearby park. The Mayor, Chief of Police, and Fire Chief were very pleased with the efforts of the Adventist church members in their area.
After their weekend of service to the community, the volunteers were hugging each other and grabbing hands and praying together. They felt revived and happy and expressed a desire to continue this event four times each year.
—BY PAVEL GOIA