Blessings

Blessings

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.

—Keith Stillwell

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.

Amen!

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.”)

LABC News & Notes - October 2018

LABC News & Notes - October 2018

“Wonder (Filled) Women”
New Sermon Series: Starts Sunday, October 21 with Pastor, Basil Hall

Gail Singleton’s LABC Anniversary
Office Manager: October 18 - 29 Years!

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

From the Pastor - Pastor Basil

From the Pastor - Pastor Basil

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.

Stillwells' Farewell - September 30 2018

Stillwells' Farewell - September 30 2018

Keith’s Farewell Lunch (photos)

Farewell

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.

Blessing,

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)

Key for Kids and Families - October 2018

Key for Kids and Families - October 2018

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

Youth News & Photos - October 2018

Youth News & Photos - October 2018

Youth Walk the Labyrinth (photos)

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/

Meet our New Pastor, Basil Hall and His Family

Meet our New Pastor, Basil Hall and His Family

Meet Basil Hall & His Family

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.”

Thank You Notes - Fall 2018

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Sorry I couldn’t attend [The All Saints Day Sunday by the children]. I’ve been a little under the weather. Doris was a unique woman and wouldn’t want to be anywhere but with the children. She loved each and everyone. Thanks so much for thinking of her.

Philip Burton

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A belated thank you for the cards, notes, phone calls, flowers, food and prayers sent my way over the past several weeks. Each gesture of kindness has helped to brighten some very long days.

Sincerely,
Barbara Hill

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Your thoughtfulness is appreciated! The meals helped a lot.

Thanks,
David, Zandre, Jalsson & Jazmyn
[Community Thanksgiving Dinner]

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Dear Church Family,

Dear friends of Peggy White-Mom opened her box of cards last night. She was overwhelmed with the response with over a hundred cards! These will give her many hours of enjoyment reading them and knowing her, she will read them over and over! I thank each and everyone of you from LABCthat blessed her with a card, especially so during this busy holiday season! Know that they were very much appreciated by Mom and the family!

Sincerely, Kathy East and siblings

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Our family is filled with gratefulness to LABC for the many years of love and care for our dad, Roy Camic. We wanted to say a special thank-you for all the calls, notes of thoughtfulness, the delicious food you fed us after the service, to those who helped with the food in the kitchen, and those who greeted so warmly the people coming through the doors! You made those days easier to walk through.And thank you for including Dad in your All-Saints Day service, the children did a beautiful job and we know Dad would have been honored. This church has meant so much to our parents, and to us. It will always have a special place in our hearts.

The family of Roy Camic, Sandy Barbella, Michael Camic, Bettie Kingkade and families

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Thank you for your compassion and that you care. We are handled and deeply touched by the love you have shown us. May God richly bless you all and keep you in His Care.

Love,

The Horton’s

[Community Thanksgiving Dinner]

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we want you to know that we are thanking God for you. Your years of prayers, encouragement and partnership are continuing to bless us and the refugees from Burma among whom we serve. Thank you all for your support in this ministry.

With deep gratitude,

Steve and Annette
CBF Field Personnel

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A note of gratitude for the many cards of condolences, kind words and love in regard to Jim’s death. He loved Lexington Avenue Church and was proud to be a part of it for so many years. Thanks to all of you so very much.

In Christ’s love,

Lillian Clark

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Kimberly and JohnThank you for your prayers and cards during my surgery and time of recuperation. I still have some problems, but am trusting in God!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas Season.

William Lee Powell

To members of Lexington Ave Baptist Church,

My recovery from heart surgery received a real boost by the thoughtful card signed by many of your membership. It speaks volumes that you would reach out to a fellow Christian from “down the road”. Several of the names I did not recognize but the message was clear--one of concern, good wishes and hope for a speedy recovery. I truly thank you for the wonderful gesture!

Until you find yourself in a tough situation you will never realize how powerful the prayers can be.

My recovery is progressing uneventfully and I am truly thankful for family and friends who have shared the journey.

Thanks to all of you,

Elmer Jackson

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Dear All,

Enclosed is a check for your offering. It is my offering of thanks for your prayers and support, so appreciated in mine and Rita’s [Zirnheld] time of need last summer.

Many of you I don’t know, but your prayers were heard and my recovery enhanced by everyone involved. Your prayers were felt by us both.

Most Sincerely,

Doelan & Rita Anderson

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The Ruth S.S. Class sends a huge “THANK YOU” to all who participated in filling totes with gently worn shoes. They will be delivered to Scarlette Jasper, CBF Field Personnel Director of Olive Branch Ministries, Together for Hope in November. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky Fall Issue, has an excellent article on page 8 about the mission efforts in southern Kentucky. Thank you and Blessings to you in this Thanksgiving season.

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Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Once again Families First would like to thank you for your generous contribution to our resource center. I hope you realize that each time you make a donation you are directly impacting the kids in our schools. Whether it is clothing, food, utilities, or transportation; your kindness helps to provide services that we could not provide without your help.

May the loving hand of our Lord and Savior fill your days with His grace and mercy.

Love in Jesus Christ
Anna Houston and
The Families First Staff

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Thank you so much for the generous donation of school supplies in memory of your friend, Kay Floyd! No doubt, a teacher’s heart is all about helping children succeed!

Sincerely,
Liz Gardner Welch

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Farewell

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.

Blessing,

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)

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Dear Prayer List,

Thank you very much for my weekly cards sent from your church with members names on it!

It has been overwhelming to know that church members from Lexington Avenue Baptist Church care so much! I feel like I’m going to be okay. I just started a new type of chemo and I truly think it is going to work!

Thank you,
Brett [Frederick]Dear Friends,

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How do we say thanks for the many acts of kindness that you have shown to us. And thank you so much for the Sunday reception, the monetary gift, and the beautiful framed picture of LABC. Most of all thank you for your love and support. You are a wonderful congregation, and a great future awaits.

You have been such a blessing to Terry and me. With deepest gratitude, we say simply - Thank you.

Blessings to each of you,

Beverly and Terry

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Beverly and I want to thank you for additional blessings received on our last Sunday (September 9) with you. The reception was very thoughtful and we throughly enjoyed sharing with those who attended. And we want to thank you, the congregation, for the love gift which was ever so generous. The comments shared at the end of the service by so many were ever so meaningful. We leave Lexington Avenue Baptist Church with great memories. We have met many new friends and hopefully the friendships will continue. And when I (Terry) said we would show up to visit, especially when food is being served, I meant it!

Many blessings upon the congregation and your journey with your new pastor.

Terry and Beverly FreemanDear Friends,

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    August is “back-to-school” time at Clear Creek. We are always excited to welcome a new class of incoming students. Many factors affect their enrollment in classes--housing, tuition, jobs, children’s schooling, health, and family concerns. Please pray for these students and their families as they follow God’s call.
    Thank you for your gift! Your faithful support is an answer to prayer and an investment in eternal results. This is God’s work and we believe His people will provide for needs to equip those he calls.

Thanks for all you do,
Donnie Fox, President

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Thank you for your gift in support of the mission of Georgetown College. That mission is important to us, as we seek to provide for our students an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian
community.

 As a non-profit, private college, Georgetown depends every year on generous financial resources from alumni and other friends. Your gift, together with those from other donors, helps ensure that deserving young women and men are afforded the opportunity to learn and grow in the distinctive environment we know as Georgetown College.

Thank you, again, for your thoughtful and generous gift. Please received this letter as an expression of the gratitude of our students, faculty, and staff.

With warm regards,
Sincerely,
Tricia Gaetz
Director of Annual Gifts

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Lexington Avenue Baptist, Danville
This letter acknowledges your recent gift of $529.20 to Baptist Seminary of Kentucky for our general fund. We have received your tax-deductible contribution and greatly appreciate your support.

 Would you like to have an even greater impact in the ministry of BSK? A generous donor is matching up to $50,000 of gifts toward our new Flourish Center, aimed at discovering the characteristics and habits of flourishing churches. Give today to the Flourish Center to see your gift doubled!

This Fall semester, BSK is offering all of our courses but one at both our Georgetown and Louisville sites, making it easier for more students to pursue degrees. BSK is also busy with the ramp up to our new M.Div. with a concentration in Rural Ministry, set to begin in Fall 2019.

Your gifts are so important in our work to equip students and churches for the exciting years of ministry ahead.

Sincerely,
David Cassady, Ph.D.
President, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

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Dear Friends at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Thank you for your recent contribution to support the work of the Academy of Preachers and our mission to “identify, Network, Support and Inspire Young People in their Call to Gospel Preaching.”

The Academy of Preachers has supported the ministerial development of over 1,000 Young Preachers trough campus, denominational, regional, and national festivals as well as specialized events and programs. We have developed an expansive network of over 130 National and Founding Partners representing a broad range of Christian traditions, published nine books of sermons and actively curate an online multimedia library of over 1100 sermon video (which have been viewed almost 411,000 times!) Constituting a unique and invaluable archive of homiletical contributions from emerging Christian leaders. We are thrilled to report that a growing number of AOP alumni are assuming positions of leadership and influence in churches, academic institutions and ministry-related organizations around the country.

All of this great work is made possible by the generous investments of friends and supporters like you!

The 10th National Festival of Young Preachers will be held January 2-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Please plan to attend and/or encourage a Young Preacher in your congregation, institution or community participate in this transformative ministry event. You may register for the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers at: https://academyofpreachers.net/events/national-festival-of-young-preachers/.

Sincerely,

Ernest A. Brooks III
President & Chief Executive Officer
Academy of Preachers, Inc.

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Dear Friends of Sunrise,

Your recent gift to Sunrise is giving kids like Sam hope for a  brighter future and a home filled with love and acceptance. This is Sam’s story...

Sam came to Sunrise’s Spring Meadows Center last June, struggling with family trauma. His biological father’s rights were terminated due to long-term abuse that was inflicted on Sam, his sisters, and his mother. Sam’s biological mother was unresponsive to his phone calls, and Sam was not allowed contact with his sisters who were in a foster home.

In spite of these setbacks, Sam was determined to work incredibly hard. From June to November, Sam worked with Sunrise Therapist Amanda Bradford to increase his social skills, improve his grades learn effective anger management skills, overcome his depression, and stabilize his trauma. But in January, Sam was told that his mother was voluntarily terminating her parental rights. In February, he had a goodbye visit with his mother and sisters. “Needless to say, it was heart wrenching,” said Amanda. “Sam was so devastated yet so brave.”

The ending of Sam’s success story is yet to be written. But Sunrise is committed to doing everything possible so that Sam’s story has a happy ending. Because of Sam’s hard work at Sunrise’s Spring Meadows Center, he has gained skills necessary to be matched with a family that can give him the love he so desperately longs for and deserves. Amanda remains hopeful that the right family is out there somewhere for Sam. Could it be yours?

Your prayers and support are what Sunrise kids need the most, and what can help make finding a home for Sam possible. Thank you for your partnership with Sunrise and for your love for Kentucky’s kids.

Gratefully,
Dale Suttles
President

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Dear Friends in Christ:

Thank you for your recent gift to Campbellsville University for the Scholarship Fund.

Campbellsville University is equipping thousands of students to become effective servant-leaders. Our mission is based on providing a superior education coupled with the life changing influence of a distinctly Christian environment. This combination is resulting in students of character. Our emphasis of servant leadership is based on Christ’s call for us to put others first and to serve in His name. We are humbly grateful for our mission to see lives changed for the Gospel.

This year we have another strong enrollment with over 8,000 students, and CU also has been ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s “American’s Best Colleges” for 25 consecutive years which is a milestone and honor for this 111-year-old institution. We are impacting thousands of lives each year for a better future both academically and spiritually with our 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas, and eight pre-professional programs. All of this success is a reflection of the love, prayers, and generosity of those who desire to see lives changed here at Campbellsville University.

We realize that without your financial support we would not have such wonderful news of strong enrollment and ranking. Thank you.

Benji Kelly
Vice President for Development

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Dear Friends,
Thank you for blessing Clear Creek Baptist Bible College! Faithful support of the ministry is such a blessing!

Thanks for all you do,
Jeremy Anderson
Dean of Administrative Affairs

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Dear Church Family
Thank you to everybody who sent cards and prayers and donated Bibles after the passing of my dear husband, Tom Hastie.

Many of you probably knew his mother, Jane Hastie, who played the organ at the church a long time ago. And now our oldest granddaughter, Aubrey McGuffey, is attending preschool there. The circle of life goes on.

Sincerely,
Gabi Hastie
Ben Hastie And Jenny McGuffey & families

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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I have been so deeply touched by all your prayers for a successful surgery and recovery! I don’t know most of you but to get prayer cards from you makes me feel an even closer bond with Christians everywhere who share Jesus’ love and care for others. I had a gamma knife radiation treatment today (6-22-18), so this chapter in my fight against cancer is over!

Thank you, Thank you!
In His Name,
Evie Smith

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Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

This letter acknowledges your recent gift of $200.00 to Baptist Seminary of Kentucky for the general fund. We have received your tax-deductible contribution and appreciate your support.

BSK is growing! Our enrollment is up from the previous year by nearly 50% and we are already seeing strong interest for Fall 2018  at both our Georgetown and Louisville campuses. Our endowments have grown by over $200,000 over the past year, and BSK was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to support our growing presence at Simmons College in Louisville.

Your generous gift is helping BSK form men and women for ministry in the church, counseling and chaplaincy.

Sincerely,
David Cassady, President
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

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Dear Friends of Kathryn,

We want to thank you for the monthly card expressing your prayers for Kathryn. I read the names to her and usually receive a smile in return. It is not important if she can remember your names but it is important to us that you remember her.

Family of Kathryn Roller
Dan Roller

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Dear Church Family,

Let me take this opportunity once again to thank you for permitting me to give the Gideon report on June 10th in our church, and for the love offering given in the amount of $1,420. This will allow us to purchase and place 284 Bibles or 1,136 Testaments out in our world where they are still so desperately needed, and in most places, gladly received.  I also thank you for all the Bibles that you purchase throughout the year by using the Gideon Card program.  
    
Thanks again for being such a mission-minded church and for including the Gideons in those you support.

God Bless,
Bernard Montgomery

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Thank you for your support of Haven Care Center. Through our Bottles of Blessings program donation allows us to pursue more avenues of outreach to those who need accurate facts on abortion, parenting, adoption, choosing life, and healthy relationships.

We are honored to serve our Master and King above all and be His defenders of unborn lives. Serving individuals and families that are facing extremely difficult decisions and circumstances is our privilege. Your partnership give our community a “Safe Haven” as we strive not only to educate, but also show the love of Christ to our clients.

Under His Wings,
The Board, Staff, and Volunteers at Haven Care Center

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Thank you for the Gideon Bibles given in memory of Steve by our loving church.

The family of Stephen R. Fegenbush

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Sunday Report: Offering and Attendance - 2018

Budget Offerings: $461,049.03
Budget Goal: $504,788.16
Weekly Budget Need: $10,920.07
Glocal Mission Offering:  $5,578.00
Glocal Missions Goal: $12,000.00

December 2, 2018
Sunday School: 122
Morning Worship 236
Budget Offering Total: $20,686.17

November 25, 2018
Sunday School: 98
Morning Worship 199
Budget Offering Total: $13,485.40

November 18, 2018
Sunday School: 117
Morning Worship: 191
Budget Offering Total: $5,763.05

November 11, 2018
Sunday School: 141
Morning Worship: 231
Budget Offering Total: $6,772.59

November 4, 2018
Sunday School: 140
Morning Worship: 236
Budget Offering Total: $15,254.00

October 28, 2018
Sunday School: 114
Morning Worship: 190
Budget Offering Total: $7,520.46

October 21, 2018
Sunday School: 138
Morning Worship: 1238
Budget Offering Total: $13,398.58

October 14, 2018
Sunday School: 98
Morning Worship: 180
Budget Offering Total: $7,169.40

October 7, 2018
Sunday School: 110
Morning Worship: 159
Budget Offering Total: $13,398.58

September 30, 2018
Sunday School: 101
Morning Worship: 217
Budget Offering Total: $8,261.34

September 23, 2018
Sunday School: 126
Morning Worship: 207
Budget Offering Total: $6,694.75

September 16, 2018
Sunday School: 131
Morning Worship: 222

September 9, 2018
Sunday School: 122
Morning Worship: 177
Budget Offering Total: $7,313.47

September 2, 2018
Sunday School: 111
Morning Worship: 183
Budget Offering Total: $14,938.50

August 26, 2018
Sunday School: 130
Morning Worship: 213
Budget Offering Total: $6,539.15

August 19, 2018
Sunday School: 128
Morning Worship: 184
Budget Offering Total: $8,888.50

August 12, 2018
Sunday School: 129
Morning Worship: 268
Budget Offering Total: $11,004.40

August 5, 2018
Sunday School: 128
Morning Worship: 176
Budget Offering Total: $10,616.82

July 29, 2018
Sunday School: 117
Morning Worship: 181
Budget Offering Total: $7,321.91

July 22, 2018
Sunday School: 102
Morning Worship: 209
Budget Offering Total: $7,249.40

July 15, 2018
Sunday School: 81
Morning Worship: 183
Budget Offering Total: $7,697.00

July 8, 2018
Sunday School: 94
Morning Worship: 167
Budget Offering Total: $8,159.24

July 1, 2018
Sunday School: 115
Morning Worship: 169
Budget Offering Total: $12,642.00

June 17, 2018
Sunday School: 100
Morning Worship: 201
Budget Offering Total: $8,564.40

June 10, 2018
Sunday School: 106
Morning Worship: 169
Budget Offering Total: $16,639.04

June 3, 2018
No Sunday School-Brass Band Service
Morning Worship: 89
Budget Offering Total: $7,891.00

May 27, 2018
Sunday School 113
Morning Worship: 209
Budget Offering Total: $7,429.06

May 20, 2018
Sunday School 129
Morning Worship: 196
Budget Offering Total: $6,405.40

May 13, 2018
Sunday School 106
Morning Worship: 214
Budget Offering Total: $9,126.09

May 6, 2018
Sunday School 106
Morning Worship: 199
Budget Offering Total: $9,750.05

April 29, 2018
Sunday School 96
Morning Worship: 182
Budget Offering Total: $6,136.00

April 15, 2018
Sunday School 108
Morning Worship: 175
Budget Offering Total: $10,205.00

April 8, 2018
Sunday School 105
Morning Worship: 155
Budget Offering Total: $7,150.40

April 1, 2018
Sunday School 117
Morning Worship: 318
Budget Offering Total: $16,078.36

March 25, 2018
Sunday School 122
Morning Worship: 218
Budget Offering Total: $7,199.00

March 18, 2018
Sunday School 103
Morning Worship: 180
Budget Offering Total: $7,800.40

March 11, 2018
Sunday School 99
Morning Worship: 172
Budget Offering Total: $7,993.21

March 4, 2018
Sunday School 117
Morning Worship: 194
Budget Offering Total: $15,192.15

February 25, 2018
Sunday School 114
Morning Worship: 241
Budget Offering Total: $6,239.52

February 18, 2018
Sunday School 95
Morning Worship: 203
Budget Offering Total: $5,913.52

February 11, 2018
Sunday School 160
Morning Worship: 178
Budget Offering Total: $7,932.71

February 4, 2018
Sunday School 102
Morning Worship: 159
Budget Offering Total: $19,034.15

January 28, 2018
Sunday School 119
Morning Worship: 190
Budget Offering Total: $6,390.10

January 21, 2018
Sunday School 118
Morning Worship: 172
Budget Offering Total: $9,025.29

January 14, 2018
Sunday School 122
Morning Worship: 172
Budget Offering Total: $8,909.91

January 7, 2018
Sunday School 93
Morning Worship: 148
Budget Offering Total: $10,920.07

LABC News & Notes - September 2018

LABC News & Notes - September 2018

Meet our New Pastor, Basil Hall and His Family
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.”

Farewell Reception for Dr. Terry and Beverly Freeman
Sunday Morning, September 9th at the Welcome Café, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. A basket will be available for cards and personal notes. A Love Offering will be collected prior to September 9th which will be presented during the worship service. Please make your check out to LABC, designated as a love offering, and turn it into Malinda Smith as soon as possible.

Beth Lee - LABC Anniversary
September 16 - 3 Years!

Baby Shower - September 16
Join us in the Coed 2 classroom at 2 pm on Sunday, September 16 for a baby shower for Shannon Zdrojowy. Shannon, Ben, and Kaldar expect a baby girl in early October. The Zdrojowys have most of the baby essentials and are most in need of clothing and other items specific to a baby girl. (If you’d like to help with food or preparations for the shower, see Amanda).

Senior Adults - Mark your calendars for these activities in September
September 11 - Lunch, Laugh and Learn

Join us for lunch in the Fellowship Hall at noon Tuesday.  We have invited Rev. Hall to come join us so we can start getting better acquainted.  We would love to have a big crowd to welcome him to LABC on his second day on the job.  (To help defray cost of meal, a donation basket will be available.)
September 27 - Fun and Travel
Make a reservation to join us at 10 AM for an outing to visit Joanna Kirby’s garden followed by lunch at a restaurant to be determined.  If the weather is bad, Joanna will meet us at the church and tell us about butterfly gardens.  We will still plan to go out to eat afterwards.  Please call the church office to reserve your seat on the bus.
October, November, December
Tentative plans for October, November and December have been developed by the Senior Adult Team leaders; Clara Bowen, Sallie Donaldson, Jan Edmiston, Marian Gibson, Bernard Montgomery, Liz Peniston, Paula Scott, and Sue Smith.  We will share our ideas after the lunch and look forward to getting your input.

Operation Christmas Child - Shoebox Recipient - Dania Yadago
September 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Junction City First Baptist Church
Do Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts really make a difference? Shoebox recipient Dania Yadago will tell you they do from her own experience.  Operation Christmas Child is thrilled to invite you to come and hear an amazing story about God’s transformational love.  Dania Yadago, has a powerful testimony of how God used an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift to greatly impact her life. Subjected to severe poverty, Dania Yadago and her family lived in three Middle Eastern countries while she was growing up. Although persecuted for their faith, Dania’s family depended on God and prayed for everything they needed. One year they began praying for a specific need. That year, Dania received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift – the first gift she ever received in her life. As Dania and her family carefully went through each item in the gift, they could not believe their eyes as they found a direct answer to their fervent prayers. That day Dania learned that with God all things are possible and there is power in prayer. To hear more about how the Lord answered Dania’s prayer through a shoebox, join us for the Heart of Kentucky Operation Christmas Child 2018 kickoff event where Dania will share her testimony followed by a time of fellowship with shoebox packing tips and important ministry updates.
For more information please contact Carol Long (859-326-1697)

LABC  Wednesday Meals – 2018-2019
September
5th -  Churchwide Ice Cream Social – Church bring Cookies
12th  - Ham/ Potato Salad/Baked Beans – Church bring Desserts – Judee and Scotty
19th – Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
26th – Barbeque/ Cole Slaw/Chips/Dessert – Beverly and Fred Durham
October
3rd – Potluck Salad Supper /Dessert ( Pizza for Kids)
10th – Fall Break – No Meal
17th – Youth Passport Camp – Youth Ministry Team
24th – Chili – Church bring Dessert – Deacons
31st -  Fall Festival – Hot dogs/Chips – Dieverts
November
7th – Masonic Fish Fry – Fundraiser- Church bring Desserts
14th – Rosalind/Anita
21st – Thanksgiving Week – No Meal
28th – Barbeque/Cole Slaw/Chips/Dessert – Mary Elizabeth and Jack Godbey
December
5th – CoEd II – Church bring Desserts
12th – Milestones
19th- Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
26th – Winter Break – No Meal
January
2nd – Winter Break – No Meal
9th – Soups – Deacons – Church bring Desserts
16th – Kids Passport Fundraiser – Childrens Ministry Team
23rd – CoEd I – Chris Herron – Church bring Desserts
30 h – Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
February
6th – Rosalind/ Anita
13th – Hearts for Missions – Mission Team
20th – Beans and Cornbread Supper ( Hot dogs for Kids) – Church bring desserts- Judee/  Scotty
27th – Chicken Potluck – Patty/Elizabeth/Liz
March
6th – Soups on Us – Stephanie and Kathy
13th – Men’s Breakfast – Scotty/Fred/Jack/Paul
20th – CoEd II – Church bring Desserts
27th – Pizza/Salad/Dessert – Charlotte Car
April
3rd – Milestones/Dieverts
10th – Spring Break – No Meal
17th – Holy Week – No Meal
24th – CoEd I – Chris Herron – Church bring Desserts
May
1st – Chicken Potluck – Elizabeth/Patty/Liz
8th -  Haiti – Doris Cessna and Paula Scott
15th –
22nd – End of Year Cook-Out - Dieverts

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, September 1, 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: September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman - September 2018

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman - September 2018

Beverly and I had looked forward to the Brass Band Festival.  Our plans were to change clothes following the morning worship and walk through town and enjoy the festivities.  As most of you know we were called out of town that weekend to both attend and conduct a funeral service for a cousin in Illinois.  We were disappointed on one hand but on the other hand we were glad to have been with family during a difficult time.  We just added the Brass Band festival to our bucket list for next year.

I share the above simply to point out we can always have wonderful plans and then the unexpected happens.  Often times it pertains to matters that can be missed and it does not matter with respect to a meaningful life.  But there are some matters that should not be put off with plans to do it at a more expedient time.  Last Sunday I mentioned one of those important matters and that was time spent with our children and family.  It should not be put off.  But we should also not put off spiritual goals.  Our spiritual walk should be a continual process and not something we are going to work on at some future date.  There is always the unexpected.  An older Apostle Paul would write to a young colleague Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  The same challenge should be before us as individuals and as a congregation.  Let us take advantage of this day for we know not what tomorrow will bring.

I look forward to sharing worship with you.

Dr. Terry Freeman

Key for Kids and Families - September 2018

Key for Kids and Families - September 2018

September Wednesday Night Classes - September 5, 12, 19, 26
Preschool - 1st Grade: Painting the Church Year - 6:45-7:15; Praise & Percussion - 7:15-7:45
2nd - 6th Grade: Storytelling (by popular request!) - 6:45-7:15; Painting the Church Year - 7:15-7:45

Children’s Baptism Class - Sunday Evenings, 6-7:15 pm, September 9-30
This class is for children who have been recently baptized or who have expressed interest in exploring it further. We’ll use familiar stories of the people of God to talk about what baptism means at LABC. The content will be different from previous years, so children who have participated before are welcome to join us again.

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, please let Amanda know. We have a variety of fun options available!
2. We are in need of a helper to join us for a special baptism class from 6-7:15 on Sunday evenings, September 9-30. If this is a place you can serve (whether it’s for one week or several), call, email, or text Amanda.
3. 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) from August to December, let Amanda know!

Godly Play Update
Many, many generous people have given of their time and their resources to help get our second Godly Play classroom ready. We began our new year on August 19. Thank you, church, for loving our kids so well!
- four anonymous donors collectively gave more than enough money to buy all of our materials.
- Lee Fowler built and finished our beautiful shelves.
- The Powells, Herrons, Smiths, and Cashes (many of the kids included) helped paint the room and repaint some - shelves we brought into the classroom.
- Kathy White hunted down and purchased all the very specific shades of felt we needed.
- A multitude of church members donated baskets for storing our materials.
- Maureen Elwyn has taken care of gathering and organizing art supplies.
Rosalind Campbell, Brenda Hendrickson, and Maureen Elwyn have all spent time helping to clear out and
- reorganize the room.
- Mike and Clara Bowen cut out ALL of the parable pieces from paper and wood. - Sue Smith has us all stocked up on snacks!
- Jason Shoults painted additional shelves for us.
Adam Standiford built our desert box.
- Rosalind Campbell, Carolyn Montgomery, Brenda Hendrickson, Liz Peniston and Maureen Elwyn doorkeep and
tell stories each Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who makes Godly Play possible at LABC!Weekly

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)