Merry Christmas!
From Your Lexington Avenue Baptist Office Staff
Gail, Angela, Cari, Dave, Phil, Keith, Tommy



Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
7:00 pm
Carols, Candles, & Communion
Features Vocal Octet and Solos by Gina Scott and Elizabeth Thompson



A Birthday Party for Jesus
Ages 4 (Preschool) - 6th Grade
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
6:00-11:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Supper at 6:15
The Story of Jesus' Birth
Games
Crafts
Cake and Ice Cream
Movie
Please bring a small gift ($5 limit) for a boy or a girl

Please contact the church office on or before Monday, December 21 so that we have a head count for food, chaperones, etc.



Welcome Tara Farmer
Children's Minister, Lexington Avenue Baptist

The Children's Ministry team is happy to introduce Tara Farmer as our new part-time Children's Minister. Tara was voted on by the church on Wednesday, December 9 and will begin serving in January. We are excited about what Tara brings to this ministry: she had a successful experience this summer when she served as our summer children's minister; she loves children, especially the children of LABC; she has a desire to learn and grow; she will complete a degree in elementary art education this spring; she has a passion for children's ministry at LABC; and she has a mature faith in Christ. Please offer Tara your support and your prayers. This is not a ministry anyone can do alone.


A Word from Tara Farmer


First of all I want to thank God for putting me in this position. Second, I want to thank the children's ministry team for believing in me to help carry out this mission for our church. Also, I want to thank my church family who has been so supporting and loving. Your prayers, enthusiasm, and kind words have carried me through this process. I am very excited to begin the new year with a great optimism for LABC's children's ministry. Each one of the children is a gift from God. The fact that we have the honor, privilege, and responsibility of ministering to them is huge. I thank God for the trust that the families and children place in our church leaders.


Thanks Again, and let the journey begin!!!!

Tara



Student Day at Christmas
A Christmas Service of Worship Led by our College Students
Sunday, December 27, 10:45 a.m
College Students who would like to participate in the service (read, pray, sing, speak, instrumental, other) contact Dave Garrett.



Walk on the Mild Side Schedule Update
Walkers on Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. are averaging six or seven. On the last two weeks in December, the walking will be on Monday and Wednesday due to holiday eves. Beginning in the new year, we will be meeting three days a week--Monday, Wednesday,
  Thursday. We have walkers from other churches, too, so share the news and invite friends to enjoy better health in 2010.

We will begin walking five times a week (Mon., Wed., Thurs. at 8:30 a.m. and Tue. and Thurs. at 5:30 p.m.) in the new year. Come and just watch one time to see if it might work for you.



College Students
Join your LABC Friends in Decatur, Georgia for


Dec. 29, 2009 through Jan. 2, 2010

Come to engage in honest dialogue and discussion, to ask hard questions, consider new answers and open yourself to God's leading your life. Come stretch your worldview, worship in different ways, hear and be heard and really listen to God. Attend the 2009 Antiphony event and you just might walk away changed forever.

More details here

Call or email Keith Stillwell keith@lexingtonavenue.org if you are interested.

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship would like to help three students in Kentucky attend this worthwhile event. We are offering three (3) $200 scholarships.

The total cost for Antiphony is $249. The all-inclusive $249 includes everything - all meals, a four-night stay at a nearby Holiday Inn, conference programming, t-shirt, and an unforgettable New Year's Eve gala.

To apply, please contact KBF at 502-426-1931 or office@kybf.org. Recipients will be notified on or before November 15, 2009



The Heart of Christma s
 Sunday, December 13, 10:45 a.m. 
     
Christmas Choir
with Brass & Percussion Instruments


Third Sunday of Advent: Joy
 




December 20, 2009, has been designated as 'First Gift' Sunday. We all give gifts at Christmas time to family, friends, and even ourselves. It seems altogether proper and fitting to give a special gift to Christ, and that it should be the 'first gift' that we give for Christmas. This is an opportunity to thank the Lord for his great gift to us, to remember the gifts brought by the Wise Men and to acknowledge the first fruits of harvest with an offering. This gift should be given in joy and thanksgiving.

The 'First Gift' (checks and money) may be placed in your regular offering envelopes or the envelopes provided, or may be wrapped as with other Christmas gifts. The gifts will be brought to the front of the church and placed in or around a manger near the Christmas tree. Giving to Christ first can be a blessing for the family and a teachable moment for the children. Children may bring gifts suitable for small children (such as baby gift to the baby Jesus) and these will be made available to needy children in the community. Adults may wish to give gifts of approximately the amount given to immediate family members. Some may wish to give more because of special blessings received and a spirit of generosity. The First Gift is a gift to the church and would be over and above the normal tithes and offerings and is to be a willing and joyful gift to Christ.

Stewardship Committee



Christmas Gift
for Christ
Sunday, January 3, 10:45
Salvation Army Food Offering

Children and adults are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army, representing a gift for Christ. Children will collect food items at the doors as you enter the sanctuary. Children will process in from the foyer during the morning worship hymn, "We Three Kings of Orient Are," and lay their gifts on the Lord's Supper table. After the processional the children may sit on the steps for a reading of a story of the gifts of the wise men. Any children who would like to participate may meet in the foyer at the back of the sanctuary immediately after Sunday School.




Children's Breakfast
Sunday, January 3 (During Sunday School)
 
The Youth Department will
 prepare a really cool breakfast for our children.

Sausage, pancakes, juice, and milk.
 



The Salvation Army Food Drive

The Maette Gray WOM & WOM II are combining efforts for a Salvation Army Food Drive.
Boxes will be located inside Fellowship Hall.
Salvation Army is in need of your help, so please be generous.
Bring your non-perishable items by December 20.



Christmas Dinner
December 16, 6:15 pm



Featuring the Rainbow Bells from McDowell Place



The Celebration of Christmas
December 20, 10:45 a.m.
Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Players, and Vocal Solo by Philip Quinn


"First Gift" Sunday