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
The first Seventh-day Adventist church in Decherd, Tenn. has been through a lot since 1856. It was burned down during the Civil War, and in 1909 it was destroyed by a tornado.
This rural church has once again come alive with $104,000 in debt-free structural and cosmetic renovations. Members and friends of the congregation have pooled their financial resources with gracious gifts from as far away as Washington State. But, an additional $50,000 was still needed to bring the old church to complete renovation.
It was decided to plan a December 5, 2015 rededication service, and the conference president was booked to be a part of the grand festivities. In April, the funding needed to complete the final projects had not been raised so the congregation began to explore the possibility of borrowing the necessary funds. With church members prayerfully seeking God’s guidance, it seemed the advice received was all pointing to a single solution. While reading the Bible, the church business administrator came across Romans 13:8 which admonishers, “owe no one anything”; an Adventist donor not part of the Decherd Church strongly suggested that taking on debt would be a mistake; and on a sticky note attached to a check from a non-Adventist donor were scrawled the words, “the debtor is slave to the lender.” The church board felt an answer had been received and unanimously voted to not take out a loan.
Prayer sessions continue, work on the interior of the church progresses as funds are available, and the future is marked by a holy expectancy. The December deadline remains penciled in on the church calendar; and, the visit by the conference president has not been rescheduled. But, the completion of the Decherd Church will happen when God moves His hand to supply all the needs of a small church family whose mission to their community is on center stage.
—BY JAY PRALL
After many weeks of reviewing a number of qualified candidates, the Conference Executive Committee, acting upon the recommendation of the Administrative Committee, has elected Stephen Bralley to be the new Superintendent of Education.
Bralley is presently the principal/7th-8th grade teacher at Shoal Creek SDA School in Peachtree City, Ga. where he has served for the past five years. Before serving in Georgia, he was the principal at Great Plains Academy in Enterprise, Kans. where he contributed as boys’ dean, teacher, and as the head administrator for 9 years.
He began his teaching career in the public school system of Putnam County, Tenn., and in addition to his expertise as both a teacher and an administrator, is fully endorsed in Elementary Education, and on the Secondary level in the areas of Social Studies, History, English, and Civics. His academic background includes graduating from Little Creek Academy, attending Southern Adventist University, and graduating from Tennessee Tech University with his undergraduate degree. Bralley grew up in Cookeville, Tenn. where his parents still live.
He met his wife, Tina, while they were both serving as camp staff at Cohutta Springs, and would eventually become the Youth Camp Associate Director there. His love for youth, teaching talent, expertise in technology, and his devotion to Jesus and God’s Church, combined with his demonstrated ability to work well with educators and students drew the attention of our search committee and we are pleased he is joining our team this summer.
He and his wife, Tina, an accountant, have two children; their son Xander is 9 years old, and their daughter Katherine is 6. We welcome the Bralleys to Kentucky-Tennessee!
Photo: Xander, Stephen, Katherine, and Tina Bralley
On Sabbath December 13, 2014 Trust Services Director Lin Powell presented a large check to Treasurer Jerry Wilkey, First Elder Ken Gould, and Pastor Dennis Altrogge. The check in the amount of $210,560.98 for evangelistic outreach in the Paducah area represented the largest known gift to a Kentucky-Tennessee Conference church designated for that purpose.
Pastor Altrogge and the Paducah members are excited about the many opportunities that they will have to grow the kingdom of God in their local territory through this generous gift. They are already discussing plans for using it wisely for the greatest benefit and blessing over an extended period of time.
The extraordinary gift was made possible through the proceeds of the last will and testament of long-time Paducah member Gertrud Schramm who contacted our Trust Services Department for assistance in preparing her estate plan. We invite you to contact us to see how we can assist you in carrying out your wishes concerning the settling of your estate at your death in regards to your family and for the Lord’s work as you desire.