Hispanic Women’s Retreat

by: Marline Del Valle

“I don’t want to leave the camp. I think if I do, I may not continue to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as I have done this weekend…” These were some of the feelings expressed by one of the ladies who attended the Hispanic Women’s Retreat at ICC September 6-8.  The theme for the weekend was In His Steps. There were 217 ladies in attendance; 13 were non-Seventh-day Adventist ladies who expressed their desire to keep walking in the footsteps of Jesus in their daily lives.

Those who attended were blessed by Pitta Nessy, guest speaker and Natasha Perez who shared special music throughout the retreat. They also enjoyed the Saturday evening dinner with food and music from the 1950s.  Some of the women also dressed from the 1950s era.

This was a weekend full of wonderful Christian fellowship and a time of getting closer to Jesus and learning how to walk in His footsteps daily.

Health Emphasis in Bowling Green

by: Teresa Carmichael

Though it wasn’t officially named as such, September 2013 was a month of health emphasis for members of the Bowling Green Church.  Two special events contributed to this emphasis.

On Wednesday night, September 18, Chef Mark Anthony presented his Free Dinner and a Message.  He prepared a meal while sharing his personal experience of loosing weight and lowering his cholesterol level as a result of dietary change.  Those present were then served the meal they had watched him prepare.  The presentation was well attended and guests expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to learn of a more healthful diet.

Just a few days later, on Sunday, September 22, the church held its first Let’s Move Day.  Health Ministries Leader, Anne Afton, coordinated this special event.

Everyone registered upon arrival and free blood pressure screening was provided.  After registering, participants were free to complete the various activities.

Activities in the gym included basketball shooting, jumping rope, hula hooping, leg raises, jumping jacks, band stretches, and cornhole throwing.  Outside, there was a one-mile walk, a short timed run, a chip golf exercise, and -especially for the children – an inflatable bouncy house/slide.

Those who completed all of the activities were rewarded with a stress ball in the shape of a heart.  A number of door prizes were also given. Lunch was served to conclude the event and everyone left feeling motivated to move!

Living healthfully is important.  It’s important for members of the church family.  It’s important for our neighbors. Plans are to build upon these events in the future as we strengthen connections in the community.

The Butterfly Effect: Moving Molecules and Reshaping Lives

by: Kathy Herwick
Photo courtesy of apftp.us

The Butterfly Effect theory states that a butterfly flapping its wings moves molecules of air, which in turn move other molecules of air and so on, resulting in a hurricane on the other side of the planet.  Although originally thought to be preposterous, this theory has since become the Law of Sensitive Dependence upon Conditions. But the concept encompasses a lot more than butterflies.

Less than two years ago, Otto Kreuzer, a literature evangelist in the Nashville area and member of the Hendersonville Seventh-day Adventist Church  unassumingly went about his day: visiting homes sharing truth-filled literature, Bible studies, and praying with those he met. He was directed to the home of Jaclyn Lovell, a young woman who had suffered a traumatic brain injury.  While waiting in the doctors’ offices, she read the Bible Story placed there by Kreuzer and the Holy Spirit began working on her heart.

During Kreuzer’s visit with Jaclyn, she agreed to personal Bible studies and began attending church, where Christ’s love was demonstrated through the members. As a result, Jaclyn was recently baptized. She shared her new faith with her 12-year-old son, who was also baptized.

It is safe to say the story won’t end here. All these and future baptisms relating to this contact may be traced back to one man moving molecules.

Taylor Mill Church’s Culture of Evanglism

by: Stewart Lozensky
Photo courtesy of kentuckyipl.org

During 2013, the Taylor Mill Church in Kentucky has been striving for a culture of evangelism. Rather than having a single evangelistic event, each endeavor dovetails into the next event. The members have supported the events with their time and talents to accomplish many outreach efforts, including:

  • 800+ copies of the Great Controversy distributed door to door with ASI
  • Hosting “Life Line” Health Screening events
  • Vacation Bible Schools
  • The development of discipleship teams and small groups
  • Mailing out 5,000 Bible study cards and following up with Bible studies
  • Hosting the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Literature Evangelism team for a week long group canvas
  • Mailing of nearly 50,000 handbills with a corresponding television ad inviting people to attend the upcoming prophecy series
  • Forty days of prayer and fasting leading up to the opening night of “Revelation Speaks Hope” with Kieth Noll, conference Evangelist
  • Follow up in the “Prophesies of Hope” class held weekly at the church and personal Bible studies

As a result of the efforts, four people took a stand at the end of the Revelation series, and now another eight have made a decision for Christ as well. The prophecy class has several other attendees who continue to grow in the learning of new truth. A culture of evangelism takes the support and cooperation of many people with varying talents working together for the cause of Christ. Jesus tells us, “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest?’ I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 NIV

New SDA Church in Danville Kentucky

by: Dr. Naren James
Photo copyright to pdbreen, via Flickr

Danville was Kentucky’s first state capitol. It is the home of Centre College, and has been consistently rated one of the top five cities of its size to live in by US News and World Report. Despite it’s interesting history and a population of over 15,000 people, one important landmark was missing in Danville: no Seventh-day Adventist church.

In December of 2004, a group of Adventists from churches near Danville brainstormed how to change that. Led by Dr. Naren James and Sam Soler, this small group resolved that through the power of the Holy Spirit, Danville would have its first SDA church.

The group began to meet in early 2005 and have Bible studies together with people they invited every Thursday.  By 2007, the group was big enough to begin a monthly branch Sabbath school and church service.

In the summer of 2009, the Grove SDA congregation sponsored the group, and it became the Danville Mission Group. The Holy Spirit continued to bring new souls into the congregation and on July 16, 2011 the group was organized into the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Company.

On Sabbath, June 22, 2013, the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Church was organized and became the 99th church in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference. Elder Steve Haley, conference President, and Elder Steve Rose, conference Executive Secretary, participated in the service. Testimonies were shared by new members Joe and Donna Forgacs, Ramona Brummet, and Dale Wilkinson.