National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Photos: National Day of Prayer

We had a very good National Day of Prayer observance on May 3, hosted by First Baptist Church. Eloise Roberts has coordinated this event for many years. Her efforts are appreciated. 2 Chron. 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”  (NRSV). Speakers at the event included: Tim Mathis, Pastor and Tim Blevins, Music Director, First Baptist Church on the bypass; Dr. Darrick Brisco, Senior Pastor (Devotional), First Baptist Church, Walnut Street; Justin Johnson (Government), Lexington Avenue Baptist Church; Dr. Joseph Pusateri, Pastor (Family), First Christian Church; Rev. Choe Sergent, Pastor (Education), First Baptist Church, Junction City; Rev. Tom Lane, Pastor (Church), Cornerstone Assembly of God; Dr. David Williams (Business), Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Dennis Weiskircher (Military), Cornerstone Assembly of God.

LABC News & Notes - May 2018

LABC News & Notes - May 2018

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, May 5, 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: May 5, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1 (No Delivery on June 2 for Brass Band Festival)

Youth Sunday - May 6, 10:45 a.m.
The youth have been learning about worship this winter and spring. They will share insights from their dialogue on the elements of worship. The worship service itself will be a sermon on worship.

Committee Meetings, Sunday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.
Check with your committee chair to see if you committee is meeting

Lunch. Laugh and Learn
Please join us at “Southern Plate Catering” (where the cupcake place used to be on Church St. near Baskin Robbins) at Noon on Tuesday, May 8.  We’ll talk about future events, tell jokes, and then gossip a little.  Because parking is limited, you can meet us at church at 11:45 and we’ll drive bus to the joint.  Cost will be around $12.  They have good food!

Fun Lovin’ Hearts Trip
We’ll be going to The Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky on Thursday, May 24.  We’ll leave church at 9:30 and get back around 4:30 or so.  They have a buffet there for lunch ($9.99), and then the self-guided tour of the Ark costs $37.  The bus is full but we’ll take the van and there is still plenty of room.  Call and add your name to the list today!

Parent/child Dedication, Mothers’ Day, May 13, 10:45 a.m.
If your child has never been dedicated and you would like to participate in this service, please call the church office (236-3565).

High School Graduates’ Recognition - May 20
9:30 a.m. - Graduate Recognition Breakfast
10:45 a.m. - Recognition of Graduates in Worship
*If you know the names of LABC students graduating from high school, college, or any other institution, please call the church office (236-3565).

Names of LABC Graduates
If you know the names of LABC students graduating from high school, college, or any other institution, please call the church office.

Mountain Hope Missions: Repair Affair & Nada - June 7-10
Deadline to Sign-up (so we can make reservations) - Sunday, May 13
In McCreary County (June 7-9): Orientation will be on Thursday night, with two full work days on Friday and Saturday, and a time of celebration on Saturday night. We are going to focus on housing needs in the county in existing housing and work on a park in disrepair. We will repair homes, build ramps, fix windows, paint walls, clean up yards, and more, as the people of McCreary county have need.
In Nada (June 10): We will cookout with the community and lead children’s activities and the annual education celebration. Then wrap up our missions weekend with Miguels’ Pizza.
Cost: $100 for adults (plus cost of pizza); $50 for youth (plus cost of pizza); the only expense for those who just participate in the Nada trip is the cost of pizza.

Operation Christmas Child in Springtime
With the sunshine and warmer temperatures we can begin purchasing warm weather items such as t-shirts, flip flops, jumping ropes, balls and other fun things. Remember no toy guns. When we all do what we can God uses it to bless the children.
God Bless you, Gail Hester

Bottles of Blessings: Change...That Changes Lives
Being a Blessing to someone has never been easier! It seems fitting that we collect our change for new mothers during the month of May during the month that we celebrate Mother’s Day!  Simply take a bottle home, fill it with your spare change, cash, or checks, and return it to your church by Sunday May 27th. By filling a bottle with cash, change, and checks you can help save the lives of unborn babies. Every bottle that is filled enables Haven Care Center to continally provide the much needed love and support to bless those that are facing unplanned pregnancies in: Boyle, Mercer, Garrard and Lincoln counties. All donations are tax deductible. Helping change lives here in Central Kentucky one bottle at a time. Tiffany Johnson, Director of Haven Care Center will present Wednesday evening, May 9, during the Wednesday night Service. Wouldn’t it be great if we could supply her and the center with baby supplies? Please bring items on Wednesday, May 9 to prayer meeting.

Key for Kids & Families - May 2018

Key for Kids & Families - May 2018

Easter Celebration @ the Powells - Saturday, April 14, 1-3 pm
Come celebrate Easter with us (a little belatedly) in the Powells’ yard. We’ll have a variety of station activities and end with a big egg hunt. Let Amanda know if you need directions. Bring a friend!

Orff Instrument Practice - Sundays, April 15- May 6, 5 pm
Join Amanda and Adam in the choir room to practice an Orff arrangement. We’ll help lead in worship on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day). This group is open to 1st grade and up. If at all possible, participants need to attend all four rehearsals.

Earth Day “Called to Create” Celebration - Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Join us at the Stillwells’ for some outdoor art and fun with nature. We’ll tie-dye, paint, and probably make a few messes. Wear old clothes and bring a friend! (We’ll wrap up around 4:30, but we’ll bus the Orff crew to church for rehearsal at 5).

It’s Easter!
The season of Easter doesn’t last just one day. It goes on for six more Sundays! Young families, watch for the Easter eggs to show up in your yard between now and Pentecost (May 20)! Enjoy the treats, refill the eggs with candy, and pass them on to another LABC family. If you need addresses, let Amanda know!

Bible Memory Challenge
The LABC kids’ Bible memory challenge is on until Pentecost. If you need a copy of the memory verse sheet, let Amanda know. Parents, watch your email for periodic “bonus point” offers.

Thank You
Thank you to our awesome Wednesday night missions teachers!
Julie Dexter, Trina Elliot, Katie Fowler, Alicia Nickens, Amanda Shoults, Jason Shoults, Dianne Stillwell, Nicole Wheeler

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) Want to celebrate Easter with the LABC kids? Volunteers are needed to help staff the stations at our Easter Celebration at the Powells’ house on Saturday, April 14 from 1-3. If you can help, let Amanda know.
(2) Can’t attend the Easter celebration but willing to stuff some eggs? There’s a huge container of eggs in the church office and a pile of grocery bags to put them in. Take as many eggs as you want to fill (no nuts, please!) and return them to the office by Thursday, April 12. (If you’re coming to the Easter celebration, you’re welcome to just bring them directly there).
(3) We’re still in need of some help in the nursery on Wednesday nights. If you can help Linda from 6:45-7:45 one Wednesday in April or May, please contact Amanda!

Weekly Schedule
SUNDAYS
Godly Play (Children’s Sunday School) @ 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 Meal @ 6:15
Children’s Activities @ 6:45

Youth Matters in May - 2018

Youth Matters in May - 2018

Youth Sunday - May 6, 10:45 a.m.
You have been learning about worship this winter and spring. They will share insights from their dialogue on the elements of worship. The worship service itself will be a sermon on worship.

High School Graduates’ Recognition - Sunday May 20
9:30 a.m. - Graduate Recognition Breakfast
10:45 a.m. - Recognition of Graduates in Worship
Congratulations Graduates: Hope Farmer, Micah Fowler, Will Christian Gibson, Harrison Mesplay, Jackson Mesplay

Coming this Summer
~Repair Affair & Nada Mission Trip (June 7-10)
~Passport Youth Camp (July 1-6)
~Possible - LABC & FBC Commerce & FBC Mission Youth Retreat in Commerce & Atlanta (July?)
~Kings Island/Red’s Game/Prayer & Bible Study Retreat (July or August)

Mountain Hope Missions: Repair Affair & Nada - June 7-10
Deadline to Sign-up (so we can make reservations) - Sunday, May 13
In McCreary County (June 7-9): Orientation will be on Thursday night, with two full work days on Friday and Saturday, and a time of celebration on Saturday night. We are going to focus on housing needs in the county in existing housing and work on a park in disrepair. We will repair homes, build ramps, fix windows, paint walls, clean up yards, and more, as the people of McCreary county have need.
In Nada (June 10): We will cookout with the community and lead children’s activities and the annual education celebration. Then wrap up our missions weekend with Miguels’ Pizza.
Cost: $50 for youth (plus cost of pizza); $100 for adults (plus cost of pizza); the only expense for those who just participate in the Nada trip is the cost of pizza

May Schedule
Sundays
9:30- Sunday School
10:45- Worship
(No Sunday Evening Activities on May 13, 20, & 27)
May 6: Games at Jackson Park - Bring a sack supper; Drinks provided
(Meet at the church at 6:00)
Wednesdays
6:15 - Family Supper
6:45 - Youth Worship & Prayer
May 16: Baskin-Robbins

Social Media
Instagram: @youthlabc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/LABCyouthgroup/
Webpage: www.lexingtonavenue.org/youth/

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman - May 2, 2018

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman - May 2, 2018

As I write this it is a week before we celebrate the Resurrection (though, in reality, every day should be a celebration of the Resurrection), our congregation is experiencing a variety of emotions. There is sadness because of the loss of several beloved members of the congregation since the beginning of the year. But there is also joy and celebration which is experienced through both ministries and worship. Among other very positive attributes of the congregation is a very strong sense of caring for those within and those outside of the church family. I have seen you put your arms around the hurting and offer comfort. Love and compassion are more than words. And you are to be commended.

I am very optimistic about the future of the congregation.  Will you look the same ten years from now?  I doubt it. But hopefully the loving spirit you possess will continue. Programs and the way we do church might need to change. But as Paul reminded us in his letter to the church at Corinth it is all about love.  And that is my prayer for the congregation. Keep on loving. And the rest will fall into place.

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you.

Dr. Terry Freeman

Thank You Notes - Spring 2018

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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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Boyle County High School’s Class of 2018 gratefully appreciates your support of our Project Graduation! We recognize how blessed we are to live in a community where businesses and individuals support our safety and our future!

Danielle Roney, Summer Allahham, Bailey Alexander, Riley Burke, Sidney M Coulter, & Cailey Sotelo ((Senior Class Officers)

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Dear LABC Deacons and Church family,

My family and I want to express our appreciation for honoring Marvon as Deacon Emeritus.

Thank you and God’s richest blessings.

Sue, Steve, Susan Sierra & Sheldon [Smith]

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To all my friends at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Ordinarily I do not like to send letters such as this unless they are handwritten but I still have enough weakness in my arms and hands from the heart transplant surgery that my writing is difficult to read
I want to THANK YOU ALL for the prayers, calls and visits over the last few years that I have been awaiting a HEART TRANSPLANT
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I can now say I’ve had three births, the first my parents.

The second when I accepted Jesus Christ and really changed my life and now a......

New heart which is a gift from God Almighty and a benevolent stranger who gave me another chance to live a better life being more aware of what is really important, GOD, Family, Friends and using any opportunity given to help others.

I have been given the gift of living a better life being aware of ways I can be a better Christian, a better man, a better husband, a better father, grandfather and a better friend.

I pray I never forget this gift and live every moment in a way to honor GOD. It is a special gift to have a third chance.

God Bless you and thank you all
Gary A. Rafferty

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There are not words to thank LABC for the love and support shown to our family. Thank you to the staff for the assistance with arrangements for visitation and the celebration of Steve’s life. The abundance of food, the caring for the KBC Chorale, the hugs given to our grandchildren, the stories, the hugs to us, all the little things --thank you.

The family of Stephen R. Fegenbush

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Words cannot express my heart felt thanks for the sympathy, love, and support you extended in the loss of my sister, Laura Ruth Durham. Thanks for being there for me.

Thank you for making my 90th birthday so special with lots of cards, flowers, calls, and hugs. You have certainly followed Jesus’ command in John 13:34-35. You are his disciples.

Thanks for your love,
Pauline Wall

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Lexington Avenue,

Thank you for your love and support through my surgery. The cards and visits were a welcomed break during my recovery. The food was delicious and appreciated.

I am most thankful for your prayers, recognizing always it is by God’s grace we are healed.

Florann Strevels

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Thank you church family for the many expressions of love to us. The food, flowers, Bibles, mission fund gifts, and the participation in Steve’s celebration of life service were very much appreciated.

Donna Fegenbush & family

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Dear LABC Family,
Many thanks for the Gideon Bibles sent in memory of Marvon!!

He was always so proud ofr his church in our community.

Lovingly,
Sue {Smith} & family

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There’s not enough words to fully express our heart felt thanks for the sympathy, love, and support you extended to our family during the loss of my brother, Sonny Smith, and son, Ronnie II. Thanks for being a caring church.

Lindell Logue & family

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Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

We deeply appreciate your kind expression of sympathy. Your support helped us through the dark days. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, the donations, the food, the visits, and the  prayers. A big thank you to the “kitchen ladies” for preparing such a fantastic meal. Thank you for all the cards that you have sent Mom throughout the years. She was so proud of the cards she received and proudly displayed them. Thank you summer for not just singing at Mom’s  funeral, but for gently holding her hand and singing to her while she was laying in her hospital bed. I have no doubt that she heard your beautiful voice. A special thank you to Keith and Phil for officiating at her funeral. It was most definitely a celebration of her life. She would have been proud. We ask that you keep us in your prayers as we continue to miss her dearly. She will be loved forever.

The family of Maria Rice

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Dear Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Thank you for your gift of $71.00 in support of the mission of Georgetown College. Our mission is to prepare students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community.

Preparing students for their life’s pursuits is a partnership. Private liberal arts colleges depend on generous financial resources from alumni and friends. Your gift, together with others, ensures that deserving young women and men are afforded the opportunity to learn in a community of devoted faculty and students. Georgetown College is more than an educational institution. Georgetown College is a place where students become more than they dreamed possible.

Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for investing in the students and faculty. Thank you for being a partner in the Georgetown College mission.
Warm regards,

Todd W. Rasberry, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Thank you for your recent gift to Campbellsville University in the amount of $71.00 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 hanging 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 “America’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.
        
Most cordially,
Benji Kelly
Vice President for Development

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Dear Mission Committee,

Thank you very much for your donation of $71.00. This will be very helpful in our attempt to give a hand up in getting good affordable housing for the people of Boyle County. Thanks for thinking of us.
        
Sincerely,
Russ Goodwin, President
Boyle County Habitat for Humanity

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Sunday Report: Offering and Attendance - 2018

Budget Offerings: $184,439.63
Budget Goal: $210,328.40
Weekly Budget Need: $10,920.07
Glocal Mission Offering:  $3,998.00
Glocal Missions Goal: $12,000.00

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 - April 2018

LABC News & Notes - April 2018

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
Dr. Terry Freeman will preach, “Who Is It You Are Looking For?” (John 20:1-18). Amanda Standiford will have a great children’s story about “Alive in a New Way.” Music will be a tribute to the Memory of Maria Rice
HARPIST Sally Kelton (Versailles) will play 15 minutes of Prelude Music
SOLIST Josette Irvine (Lancaster) will sing with Choir, “It Took a Lamb”
EASTER CHOIR will sing: “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, Arr. Cottrell; “Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound”, Arr. Knight; “Hallelujah” Chorus, G.F. Handel
INSTRUMENTS will play: “Fanfare & Fantasy on, “Lobe Den Herren”, Arr. Dickinson; “Rejoice! He Lives Medley”, Arr. Clydesdale; “Easter Song”, Arr. Payne
Instrumentalists will be: ORGAN:  Susan Shewmaker (Harrodsburg); PIANO:  Beth Lee (Lexington); SYNTHESIZER:  Kathy Ruth (Danville); FLUTE:  Ellen Mosley (Morehead State University); CLARINET:  Ervin Farmer (Danville); TRUMPET 1:  Drew O’Dell (Morehead); TRUMPET 2:  Kevin Eason (Morehead); TROMBONE 1:  Dr. DuWayne Dale (Morehead Faculty); TROMBONE 2:  Lucas Sledge (Danville); TUBA:  Dr. Nicola Mason (EKU Faculty); PERCUSSION:  Dr. Brian S. Mason (Morehead Faculty); TIMPANI:  Dr. Matthew Wyckoff (Morehead Faculty); BASS:  Ryan McGillicuddy (Morehead)
Come and Worship the Risen Christ! Leave inspired to follow and serve Him!

30th Anniversary of our “Mighty Moller” Pipe Organ
LABC Presents:  Albin Whitworth Organ Concert - April 29
Bruce Richardson will also be with us at 6:30 PM on Sunday, April 29 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our 37-Rank Moller Pipe Organ!  Albin will play and then he and Bruce will talk about the origins of this wonderful instrument we’ve had for 30 years. Built in 1987 and dedicated on January 17, 1988, our “Mighty Moller” has served our church as a wonderful worship instrument.  Albin recorded on our organ back in December some of your “Favorite Hymns of Faith” and they will be given out the evening of the concert.  Invite friends and family to the concert and stay for our reception following.  
Sunday Afternoon Mini-Concerts
During the month of April we will also be having weekly Sunday Afternoon Mini-Concerts (@ 30 minutes) at 2:00 PM:
April 8:  Dr. Zach Klobnak,  Organist/Choir Master, First Presbyterian Church
April 15:  Don Seevers, Organist, Tates Creek Christian Church, Lexington
April 22:  Dr. Wesley Roberts, Music Faculty, Cambellsville University
All this is made possible partly due to the Austin Roberts Concert Series funding and other personal donations.  The Baltzer Family provided funding for the CD in memory of Lois, who faithfully played the organ for 22 of it’s 30 years!
Songs on the CD/Concert: “It Is Well With My Soul/Holy City” - “God Will Take Care of You” - “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” - “What a Friend We Have In Jesus/In The Garden” - “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine” - “How Great Thou Art” - “Amazing Grace, How Sweet The Sound” - “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” - “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” - “Precious Lord, Take My Hand/Pass Me Not, Oh Gentle Savior” - “A Heaven Medley” - “Just As I Am/Softly and Tenderly”

A Future of Hope: What’s Going on Out There (And in Here)?
Bible Study & Table Dialogue led by Dr. Terry Freeman
Wednesdays: April 11 & 18  (continued in May)
North America Churches are facing an entirely different situation than they have ever before experienced. As a result, churches are experiencing a sense of drift, without clear purpose or direction. This study will help us bring to the surface and explore forces at work within our context--out there and in here--with which we must engage in order to become more faithful and more effective in our ministry and witness. Together we address the challenges and seize the opportunities, working toward a God-sized dream for our church.

Intro to LABc: For New Members & Guest
Luncheon, Sunday, May 6 after worship in fellowship hall. Enjoy a nice meal and learn some of the basics of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church: Our Mission and Core Values; Meet LABC leaders; Learn a little bit about history; Overview of our missions and ministries; Question and Answer; Tour. For anyone interested in learning more about our church. Call the church office by Sunday, April 29 to sign up.

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Lunch, Laugh & Learn - April 10

“Ask Betty” how to grow your garden— Betty Hensley will be with us to share secret tips about how she grows her beautiful flowers.  She’ll show some of the ones she grows and answer questions about what you grow in your garden.  We’ll eat Irene’s Hot Chicken Salad, also have Fruit Salad and Vegetables and a yummy dessert.  And, of course, we’ll endure some of Dr. Phil’s humor….
Fun Lovin’ Hearts to Keeneland- April 19
…“And they’re off!”  to Keeneland to see the beautiful flowers and horses on Thursday, April 19.  We’ll leave at 10 AM, arrive in time to have lunch at “Keeneland Track Kitchen”, and then enjoy the Spring weather as we watch a few races.  Cost is $5 entry to Park, $10 for Grandstand Seats, and around $12 for lunch. Call and reserve YOUR seat on the bus as we go to the races in April.
Mark Calendars for The Ark Encounter!
We will be visiting the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky on Thursday, May 24, so put it on your calendar today.  Look for more details in the May Key Newsletter, but you may go ahead and sign up for it today!

CBF Kentucky Spring Gathering - April 20-21
Saint Stephen Church, 757 S. Woodland Drive, Radcliff. Theme: Who is My Neighbor? Excellent breakout sessions, worship, mission opportunities, fellowship. Guest speakers: Dr. Kevin Cosby, Ericka Evans Whitaker, Sara Turpin, Suzii Paynter, Karen Thomas Smith, Steve Clark and Annette Ellard, Scarlette Jasper, Edgardo Mansilla, Laura Levens, Lauren McDuffie, Herve’ Kuona, Candace Hansford. Go here for more infromation: http://cbfky.org or see Keith.

Committee Meetings, Sunday, May 6, 6:00 p.m.

Business Meeting, Wednesday, April 25, 6:45 p.m.

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, April 7, 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: April 7, May 5, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1 (No Delivery on June 2 for Brass Band Festival)

Pray for Your Pastor Search Committee
Henry Wilson (chairperson), Carolyn Godfrey (vice-chairperson), Maureen Elwyn (secretary), Julie Dexter, Steve Griffin, Chris Herron, Ernest Martin, Margaret Powell, Amanda Shoults

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman

From Our Interim Pastor - Dr. Terry Freeman

As I write this it is a week before we celebrate the Resurrection (though, in reality, every day should be a celebration of the Resurrection), our congregation is experiencing a variety of emotions. There is sadness because of the loss of several beloved members of the congregation since the beginning of the year. But there is also joy and celebration which is experienced through both ministries and worship. Among other very positive attributes of the congregation is a very strong sense of caring for those within and those outside of the church family. I have seen you put your arms around the hurting and offer comfort. Love and compassion are more than words. And you are to be commended.

I am very optimistic about the future of the congregation.  Will you look the same ten years from now?  I doubt it. But hopefully the loving spirit you possess will continue. Programs and the way we do church might need to change. But as Paul reminded us in his letter to the church at Corinth it is all about love.  And that is my prayer for the congregation. Keep on loving. And the rest will fall into place.

I’m looking forward to worshiping with you.

Dr. Terry Freeman

Key for Kids & Families - April 2018

Key for Kids & Families - April 2018

Easter Celebration @ the Powells - Saturday, April 14, 1-3 pm
Come celebrate Easter with us (a little belatedly) in the Powells’ yard. We’ll have a variety of station activities and end with a big egg hunt. Let Amanda know if you need directions. Bring a friend!

Orff Instrument Practice - Sundays, April 15- May 6, 5 pm
Join Amanda and Adam in the choir room to practice an Orff arrangement. We’ll help lead in worship on Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day). This group is open to 1st grade and up. If at all possible, participants need to attend all four rehearsals.

Earth Day “Called to Create” Celebration - Sunday, April 22, 3:00 pm
Join us at the Stillwells’ for some outdoor art and fun with nature. We’ll tie-dye, paint, and probably make a few messes. Wear old clothes and bring a friend! (We’ll wrap up around 4:30, but we’ll bus the Orff crew to church for rehearsal at 5).

It’s Easter!
The season of Easter doesn’t last just one day. It goes on for six more Sundays! Young families, watch for the Easter eggs to show up in your yard between now and Pentecost (May 20)! Enjoy the treats, refill the eggs with candy, and pass them on to another LABC family. If you need addresses, let Amanda know!

Bible Memory Challenge
The LABC kids’ Bible memory challenge is on until Pentecost. If you need a copy of the memory verse sheet, let Amanda know. Parents, watch your email for periodic “bonus point” offers.

Thank You
Thank you to our awesome Wednesday night missions teachers!
Julie Dexter, Trina Elliot, Katie Fowler, Alicia Nickens, Amanda Shoults, Jason Shoults, Dianne Stillwell, Nicole Wheeler

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) Want to celebrate Easter with the LABC kids? Volunteers are needed to help staff the stations at our Easter Celebration at the Powells’ house on Saturday, April 14 from 1-3. If you can help, let Amanda know.
(2) Can’t attend the Easter celebration but willing to stuff some eggs? There’s a huge container of eggs in the church office and a pile of grocery bags to put them in. Take as many eggs as you want to fill (no nuts, please!) and return them to the office by Thursday, April 12. (If you’re coming to the Easter celebration, you’re welcome to just bring them directly there).
(3) We’re still in need of some help in the nursery on Wednesday nights. If you can help Linda from 6:45-7:45 one Wednesday in April or May, please contact Amanda!

Weekly Schedule
SUNDAYS
Godly Play (Children’s Sunday School) @ 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 Meal @ 6:15
Children’s Activities @ 6:45

Youth News April - 2018

Youth News April - 2018

Passport Youth Camp - June 24-29
Cost: $75 (The total camp fee is $365 per camper. The church is paying the additional $290.)
Sign Up Now: Please sign up now so we can register.
Theme: Enough means “as much or as many as required.” It is a word we use when we are tired, full, or when the job is complete. Join us as we explore the big idea that God is enough for whatever comes our way. We’ll think about how God made a way so that in Christ, we are enough. This summer your students will also discuss how God’s plan is that there is enough for everyone; and how as followers of Christ we can use our voices to say, “Enough already!” when we see injustice and inequity in this world.

Worship Study Continues
The youth have started a new focus on Sunday and Wednesday nights on the topic of worship as they explore the many parts of worship in biblical texts and in Christian services today, reflect on what worship looks like for each of them, and apply that worship to what our church does both inside and outside of the building.The youth are planning to lead worship on a Sunday sometime in the Spring (Tentatively, May 6). If you would like more information or be involved in any way, please let either Keith or Adam know!  Hope to see everyone there!

April Schedule
Sundays
9:30- Sunday School (Will not meet April 15)
10:45- Worship
6:00- Supper, Worship, Rec (Will not meet April 1, 15, 29)
Wednesdays
6:15 - Family Supper (Will not meet April 4)
6:45 - Youth Worship & Prayer (Will not meet April 4)
Fellowship - Missions - Spiritual Growth
We will try to emphasis each of these in our extra monthly activities:
February 4 - Super Bowl Sunday (Fellowship)
March 25 - Prayer Retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani Monastery (Spiritual Growth)
April 13-15 - CBF Youth Missions Weekend (Missions)

Social Media
Instagram: @youthlabc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/LABCyouthgroup/
Webpage: www.lexingtonavenue.org/youth

Forty Days of Prayer: For Spiritual Renewal in the Meantime

Forty Days of Prayer: For Spiritual Renewal in the Meantime