Month: June 2017

Abilene Called to Church

First Methodist bell

By Jay Moore

Jay MooreIt was a series of C-sharps which first called Abilene to worship in 1883. The tone rang forth from the belfry atop the small Methodist church located at South Second and Butternut. That same note, from that same bell, continues to sound each Sunday as one of Abilene’s oldest congregations gathers for worship.

Just weeks after the founding of Abilene, local Methodists organized into a congregation in 1881. They would be the first group to construct a place of worship, with a building going up at South Second and Butternut beginning in 1882. The small frame church cost $2,000 to build and it stood ready for worship, weddings and funerals by the summer of 1883.




By Loretta Fulton

The annual convention of two African-American Baptist Church conferences ended June 30 like it began June 26–with thanks to God and plenty of good music.

The 103rd meeting of the Congress of Christian Education and the 114th meeting of the Original West Texas Baptist District Association, Inc., ended with performances of all kinds by youth groups. They sang, they “stepped,” they did drills, they recited scripture, and they prayed.




Counselors and children enjoy a good time–and some learning–at a camp sponsored by Connecting Caring Communities and held at Grace Fellowship Church.

By Loretta Fulton

“My mom gave me a dime to buy a lime.”

“My mom gave me a quarter to buy water.

And on and on it went–one rhyme after another in a silly little song that everyone was loving. That was the scene June 26 at the Caring in Action (CIA) camp hosted by Connecting Caring Communities and held at Grace Fellowship Church, 910 Cypress St. This is the second week for the camps.




Rebecca “Becca” Kello sings during her ordination ceremony June 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. Kello was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church by the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. She will begin two new jobs on July 1, associate rector of Christ Episcopal Church and campus chaplain at Western Kentucky University, both in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Photo contributed by Angela Nicolini.

Rebecca “Becca” Kello was ordained as a deacon June 14 in a service at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, presided. Kello will begin her job as associate rector at Christ Episcopal Church and campus chaplain at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 1.

Kello just completed her post-graduate diploma of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. She holds a master of divinity degree from Abilene Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.

HSU students hear from Dr. Virginia Connally in preparation for medical mission to Peru

Virginia Connally with HSU class

Dr. Virginia, a Hardin-Simmons University graduate and Abilene’s first female physician, is welcomed to an HSU physical therapy class by left to right, Allison Ball, Kelli Baker, Virginia, Laura O’Beirne, and Dani Kline. The students, who will go on a medical mission trip to Peru in July, heard Dr. Connally’s stories about her own medical missions. Photo by Loretta Fulton


By Loretta Fulton

Anyone getting ready for a medical mission trip to an international destination naturally would have some worries.

Knowing the language should not be one of them, according to a young woman who has been there.

“Don’t worry about knowing the language,” said Keelan O’Connell Camacho. “The universal language is love.”

And that is exactly what a group of Hardin-Simmons University physical therapy students and professors are getting ready to share and to experience when they arrive in Peru in July for a medical mission trip.