Lexington Comes Together for the Community

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

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Stepping Out in Faith

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

BRALLEY JOINS CONFERENCE

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

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Nancy Raymond Lived and Loved Pathfinders!

February was a challenging, but memorable month for the Lawrenceburg, Tennessee Lions. In spite of inclement weather of ice and blustery rain, all but three members of the club were present for an unusual pathfinder Sabbath on February 21. One of the cherished staff members, Nancy Raymond who was terminally ill with CLL (a form of Leukemia), made a last request. She wanted to be able to pin and present her very own Master Guide scarf to one of the teen pathfinders with whom she had been studying for his Master Guide for the past year and a half. Each pathfinder and staff took this opportunity to express love and gratitude to Nancy with cards, mementos, hugs, and a single red rose. It was a very emotional, but an uplifting time for the club as well as hospice personnel, Nancy’s doctor, and other family members and friends. Nancy will be sorely missed by so many and long remembered for her many years of devotion to pathfinders.

Nancy died on Tuesday morning, February 24. She was the club director for the Waynesboro Survivors and the Parsons Peacemakers, and worked with the Lawrenceburg Lions since 1997. She attended the Forever Faithful International Camporee in August 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with the Lions. Nancy lived and loved Pathfinders! She will be greatly missed….