Since I have been at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, I have come to love and appreciate the Celtic Blessing for its creativity and everydayness. We need to know that we are blessed by God. Dianne, Brittany, Kelsey and I, have been blessed by you for seventeen years and eleven months and counting. So, as I depart, I offer this blessing from God and a secular song that I think is in the spirit of a Celtic Blessing. Pardon the several “You had to be there” references.
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, as you go to be the church in the world,
May your circle of friends, circle the world from Danville, to Eastern Kentucky, to Haiti, to Morocco, and beyond.
When you are last in line at Wednesday night supper, may you still get the dessert you want and a chicken leg, or whatever piece of the chicken you like.
When you walk in the dark, may the light of your Advent candle give you just enough light to see where to take the next step, and when you gather on Christmas Eve may all of your candles together light the world.
When you catch on fire, literally or figuratively, may there always be a Sue Smith close by to put out your fire.
When you are in the hospital, or when the doctor says the dreaded word, “cancer,” or when you are hurting in any way, may you be surrounded by the love of your church family and may a prayer card arrive in your mail just in time to remind you that God and your church family are with you.
When someone you love dies, and you think you can’t go on, may the music of the Easter choir and instruments fill you with the hope of the resurrection.
When you have good news to share, may you always have friends to celebrate with you.
May your Soup’s On Us sandwich never have a heel (unless you want one) and may your soup always be hot.
If you run out of gas in a bus load of church members going on a mission trip, may you be close to the gas station, or if not, may you have a bus load of youth to push you to a safe place.
Youth, may your refrigerator always be full of Gatorade, may you be the first to 32 or may you at least have more points than Adam, may your highs be easier to remember than your lows, may you continue to study the Bible with wisdom and insight, challenging questions, a concern for all people, and as a result, may you do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.
Fun Lovin’ Hearts, may the wheels on your bus go round and round all over town, and to places like Branson Missouri, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Pigeon Forge, and to many great places to eat.
May your children always find here an abundance of adopted grandparents with hugs and help and wisdom and candy.
Lexington Avenue, may your halls be filed with the laughter of children and their Bible stories and paint and sand and wonder and may the children of LABC always play in a Godly way.
May you be faithful to your heritage, and may you be open to the new mission God has for you in the future, and may the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” continue to be your anthem.
May you love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself.
And may God above, Jesus beside you and the Holy Spirit within in you, bless and keep you, until we meet again.
Have It All (“May the best the of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows…. Here’s to the lives that you’re gonna change…. Here’s to the fact that I’ll be sad without you. I want you to have it all.”)
Lunch, Laugh & Learn - October 9 - with Scarlette Jasper Plan to join us at noon for lunch. Paula Scott is preparing soup and you are encouraged to BRING YOUR OWN SANDWICH. Drinks, Chips and Dessert will be provided. Our program will be a presentation by Scarlette Jasper on her work with Appalachian area missions. The women in the Ruth Sunday School Class are asking for your gently worn sports shoes. Scarlette Jasper, our CBF missionary for southeastern Kentucky counties, has a need for shoes for students in these counties. Scarlette will be at LABC for Lunch, Laugh, and Learn on Tuesday, October 9. This is a wonderful time for you to hear about the work that needs to be done in our state. We would like to put shoes to our prayers for this ministry. Containers will be in place throughout the month of October by the ground floor elevator and at the Ruth Classroom on the second floor of the education building. Thanks to all for your help.
LABC Family NOW is the time to be shopping to fill your OCC box or boxes. We have 6 weeks until our packing party, November 11th. We need costume jewelery, sewing supplies, balls, soap, stuffed animals, baby dolls, fishing supplies, plastic cups, and any other special item for a child. We are co-workers in Christ’s Ministry, Gail Hester
Alert! Operation Christmas Child has announced that putting a fresh bar of soap with a washrag in a plastic bag is causing mold. Please pack separately! Thank you.
Operation Christmas Child Trip LABC is planning a two day and one night trip to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center in Atlanta. We would love for you to go with us. This trip will be in the first two weeks in December. We will have more information very soon.
Heart of KY OCC Upcoming On Saturday, Nov. 3, at Junction City First Baptist there will be 400+ “Musical Memory Boxes” packed in honor of our friend and former pastor, Steve Fegenbush. Steve was a great supporter of Operation Christmas Child. Words cannot express how much we miss him, but hopefully these Musical Memory Boxes will continue his legacy of sharing Jesus and music with the least of these.
You Are Invited... Haven Care Center (Pregnancy Resource Center) Banquet on Monday, October 22 at 7:00 pm at Centenary Methodist Church. All are welcomed. Call 859-236-9282 to reserve your seat!
Health Screening Flu Shots October 17, 4p.m. to 6 p.m. –Perryville Baptist Church –Stroke Risk Screening/Flu Clinic October 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and October 21, 9 a.m. to Noon–St. Andrews Catholic Church –Flu Clinic October 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. –Lexington Avenue Baptist Church –Flu Clinic October 25, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.–Gethsemane Baptist Church –Stroke Risk Screening/Flu Clinic October 27, 8:30 a.m. to Noon –Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church –Stroke Risk Screening and Flu Clinic
Future Senior Adult Activities for the Remainder of 2018 October 26 (NOTE: THIS IS A FRIDAY!) - Ravenna KY Make a reservation by calling the church office to join us for a trip to Ravenna, Ky. We will have lunch at Michael’s Restaurant. We’ll leave from the church parking lot at 10 AM. Let’s hope the fall foliage is gorgeous! November 13 - Claudia Sanders and Wakefield-Scearce Make a reservation by calling the church office to join us for a trip to Shelbyville, Ky. We will leave at 9:45 AM to view the decorations at Wakefield-Scearce and then enjoy lunch at Claudia Sanders Restaurant. If you are interested, there may be a visit to the Outlet Mall in Simpsonville after lunch. December 11 - Lunch, Laugh, & Learn with the Danville Dulcimers Join us in the Fellowship Hall for lunch at noon. The Danville Dulcimers will be providing our entertainment.
Soup’s On Us - Saturday, October 6, 2018 Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - Assemble boxes; 9:00 a.m. - Prepare sandwiches; 10:15 a.m. - Fill food boxes; 11:00 a.m. - Begin deliveries and clean up. On one Saturday per month we will prepare and deliver meals for needy families. “Soup’s On Us” is sponsored by Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Danville. Mark your calendar: October 6, November 3, December 1
I must start by saying how honored and blessed I am to be the new Senior Pastor of Lexington Avenue. It has been a wonderful beginning and I am ready to keep moving forward with a wonderful church who loves Jesus. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words over the past few weeks, it is very uplifting to be a part of this place. My family has also been encouraged by the cards and calls from our church family.
I am overwhelmed by your expressions of love and support as my ministry with Lexington Avenue Baptist Church comes to an end. My role as your associate pastor is ending, but my love and concern for you continues. Thank you for your generous love offering, for your many, many kind words shared verbally and on cards. I will strive to be the person you say I am.
I am grateful beyond words for the way you have accepted, loved, encouraged and supported Dianne, Brittany, and Kelsey. You have allowed them to be the women God has called them to be and to serve where they have been led. You were the village that raised our children. That means so much to me and to them.
I hope to see you around town, if we stay in Danville, and we hope to visit from time to time.
We leave bolstered by your love, prayers, encouragement and support. We look forward to what God has for us in the future.
Keith and Dianne
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, NRSV)
Children’s Work Day - Thursday, October 11, 10 am -3 pm 1st-6th graders are invited to spend the day at LABC. We’ll order pizza for lunch and work on preparations for kids’ participation in worship during the month of November. We’ll also enjoy some fellowship time in the gym! Please let Amanda know if your child plans to attend so we’ll be sure to have enough materials and food for everyone! (Adults, if you’d like to help with all or part of this day, let Amanda know that as well).
Children’s Sunday: For Such An (Ordinary) Time As This - October 21 Join us as our children lead us in worship on this special Sunday. We’ll hear the story of Esther told by our older children, have a music presentation from our younger group, and view everyone’s artwork on display in our worship space. The children will finish their preparations for Children’s Sunday on Wednesday nights, October 3 & 17, so parents, please make sure your child is present to participate at those times!
Orff Instruments - Sunday evenings beginning October 28 (time TBD) 1st-6th graders are invited to come and learn some Advent music on our Orff instruments during late October and November. We’ll share those songs in worship on December 16 alongside the children’s Christmas play.
Trunk or Treat - October 24: 5:30-7 pm Wear your costume and join us in the upper parking lot for treats, games, and more! Watch for social media posts to share with your friends and neighbors! Adults, see page 1 for more information about how you can help with this fun community event!
Trunk or Treat Help Needed - October 24: 5:30-7 pm We are in need of LOTS of adults to decorate their cars and hand out candy in the upper parking lot. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with families in our community and especially in our weekday preschool, so please make joining us a priority! If you’d like to decorate your car and aren’t sure where to start, try searching “Trunk or Treat” on Pinterest or Google images for inspiration! Because there are many children in our community with food allergies, please consider purchasing candy or other treats that do not contain nuts or having an alternative treat, like a sticker or small toy, available for children who need it. Let Amanda know if you plan to participate!
Children’s Help Needed It takes a lot of people to make children’s ministry great, and we appreciate everyone who invests time and energy into teaching our children about God’s love. Here are some upcoming ways that you can jump in and help: 1. If you are interested in helping with fall Wednesday night activities in our children’s ministry in November or December, please let Amanda know. We have a variety of fun options available! 2. We’ve had a baby boom and are in need of some volunteers to join our Wednesday night nursery rotation. If you’d be interested in helping Linda, our wonderful nursery worker, on a monthly basis (or more) this school year, let Amanda know.
Thank you to our amazing September volunteers! Godly Play: Rosalind Campbell, Maureen Elwyn, Brenda Hendrickson, Carolyn Montgomery, Liz Peniston, Wednesday Nights: Rosalind Campbell, Maureen Elwyn, Nicole Farmer, Tara Luster, Margaret Powell, Brian Wheeler, Nicole Wheeler, Kathy White, Baptism Class: Katie Fowler, Alicia Nickens, Margaret Powell
Weekly Schedule Sundays Godly Play @ 9:30 Worship @ 10:45 (Nursery available for children under 3 during Sunday School and worship. Extended session available for 3 year olds - kindergarteners during the latter half of worship). Wednesdays Family Night Dinner @ 6:15 Children’s Activities @ 6:45 (Nursery available
Fall Break - We will be observing fall break and will not have regular youth services on Sunday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 10. We will resume on Sunday, October 14. Everyone have fun and be safe!
Youth Passport Fundraising Dinner Wednesday night, October 17 at 6:15p the youth will be hosting and providing dinner and request your presence and support! All proceeds from the evening will go towards scholarships and expenses for next summer’s camp at Passport. Hope to see you all there!
Youth Social Media Instagram: @youthlabc Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/LABCyouthgroup/ Webpage: www.lexingtonavenue.org/youth/
Rev. Basil Hall was called to serve as senior pastor in a special called business meeting on August 12 following the morning service. His first day of service at LABC will be Monday, September 10.
Rev. Hall since 2006 has served as the lead pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Nicholasville. From 1998 to 2006 he served as Associate Pastor of Music and Education at Crosswoods Baptist Church in Nicholasville. From 1996 to 1998 he was Minister of Music for Southern Heights Baptist Church in Lexington, and from 1991 to 1998 he held the position of Minister of Music at Crosswoods Baptist in Nicholasville.
Basil received his Master’s Degree in 1997 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky.
Basil is a native of Detroit, Michigan and has lived in Central Kentucky for more than 20 years. His wife, Alisha, is an instructional coach at Red Oak Elementary in Jessamine County. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. Basil and Alisha have two children, Brenna (18) and Brock (16). Brenna recently graduated from West Jessamine High School where she played volleyball and was her senior class vice president. Brenna is a freshman at Georgetown College. Brock is a junior at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville where he plays on the tennis team. He is an avid sports fan and cheers for both UK and Michigan.
Regarding his calling, Basil says, “I am committed to winning the lost to Christ, leading Christians to reach their fullest potential, and fostering church growth. I want to serve in a church whose vision is to meet the spiritual needs of the community and provide services that impact every area of life.”
Alisha says, “I have always been honored and humbled by my husband’s calling. I have tried hard to instill in our children that it is our privilege to serve the church, whether that be hosting dinners, planning events, or cleaning the bathrooms. We count it all as privilege.”