LABC News & Notes, December 1

2012 Budget
Copies of the proposed 2012 Budget Summary will be available on December 4 and 11 on the front pew, piano side. The budget summary will also be available on Wednesday nights, November 30, December 7 on the piano in fellowship hall, and online: Budget Proposal 2012.

Business Meeting, Wednesday, December 14
Budget presentation.

Budget Vote, Sunday, December 18

Promise Sunday, December 18
Make your pledge to the 2012 budget.

“First Gift” Sunday, December 18
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 and  to remember the gifts brought by the Wise Men with an offering. 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 a 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.

The Advent/Christmas Season
Second Sunday of Advent: “Peace”, December 4
10:45 a.m. - Anthem: “Gesu Bambino”
6:00 p.m. - Children’s Musical: “Miracle on Main Street!” by Celeste Clydesdale
Third Sunday of Advent: “Joy”, December 11, 10:45 a.m.
Church Choir and Orchestra:  “Christmas Day in the Morning”, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”, “How Far is it to Bethlehem?’, “Shepherd’s Hey!”
Fourth Sunday of Advent: “Love”, December 18, 10:45 a.m.
Handbells: “Still, Still, Still” and “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”, and Choir and Handbells: “Away in a Manger”
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.
Carols, Candles, & Communion: “O Holy Night”
Christmas Day Worship, December 25, 10:45 a.m.
Choir Anthem: “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”, and Vocal Solo by Gene Robertson

Advent Devotional Books

Written by Church Members are now available in the church office and can also be viewed daily on our webpage: www.lexingtonavenue.org.

Poinsettias

Fill the Sanctuary for Advent and Christmas with beautiful poinsettias in memory or honor of a loved one and support the Annual Glocal Missions Offering. If you would like to order a poinsettia, please call the church office (236-3565). The cost is $10.00 which will go to the Annual Glocal Missions Offering: Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Global missions through CBF, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship missions, Soup’s On Us, Morocco partnership, African refugees, Nada, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, local benevolence, youth missions, LABC preschool, Pregnancy Resource Center, Oneida, and much more.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes: 122
Thanks to Linda Kurtz and her helpers for organizing our Operation Christmas Child shoe box drive and thanks to all our members and Sunday School classes who contributed Christmas boxes for children around the world. Lexington Avenue Baptist Church gave 122 boxes. Well done.

Children’s Musical: Miracle on Main Street

In the Sancutary. Sunday, December 4, 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. (Supper at 6:15 pm). Jesus’ Birthday Party & reception for Children immediately after the musical. Children may bring a gift for a boy or girl to donate to Salvation Army. Miracle on Main Street: A Christmas without Jesus is like giving a present with no gift inside. The Little Pageant That Wouldn't Give Up! An engaging script and upbeat blend of new songs with traditional carols chronicle the dilemma of a group of children who celebrate Christmas  and joyfully proclaim their faith.
Speaking Parts: Narrator: Britton Minks; Quinn: Sara Beth Miller; Travis: Seth Stomberger; Ashley: Sadie Price; Kyle: Jack Stomberger; Brittany: Claire Bibb; Victoria: Summer Quinn; Mayor: Harrison Mesplay; Lovey: Hope Farmer; Thurston: Blake Quinn; Jimi: Barrett Minks; Janis: Sophie Arnold; Cathy: Elizabeth Robertson; Announcer: Jack Snow; Stage Manager: Sterling Farmer
Solos: “Consider Yourself Invited”: Maya Smith; “Glitz and Tinsel”: Elizabeth Robertson & Seth Stomberger; “I Hate to wait for Christmas” speaking part: Brooklyn Farmer & Leif Pellant; “I Believe”: Sara Beth Miller & Summer Quinn
“Away in a Manger”: Sterling Farmer; “It’s Very Clear to See”:  Jack Stomberger & Claire Bibb; “Go Light Your World”; Britton Minks, Sadie Price & Myles Bell

Staff Love Offering, December 11
The Christmas Love Offering for the staff will be received December 11.

Children’s Notes for December
Ice Skating
Planet56 (Grades 5-6) Outdoor Ice Skating and trip to the mall. Younger children welcome to go ice skating if accompanied by adult. Times and date will be announced.
Children’s Musical Thank You
A special thank you to Carolyn G., Stephanie G., and Kathy W. and many other volunteers for their time and love they put into the Christmas Musical for our children.    
PassportKids Camp Thank You
Thank you for the donations that were made Wednesday night for the Passport Camp fundraiser dinner. The children and I are already looking forward to our trip in July.

Box Tops for Education Labels for Oneida

Just a reminder that the Ruth Class continues to collect Box Tops for Education Labels, that we send to Oneida Baptist Institute, Oneida KY. We want to encourage all of our congregation and friends to do the same and bring them to the Ruth Class Sunday School room (302) on the top floor of the education building. You will find them on a multitude of products, but we usually identify them as “soup labels”. The folks at Oneida greatly appreciate them and are able to convert them to much needed items for school. The Ruth class took a field trip in October 2010 to the school and were graciously received. We worshipped with the 6-12 grade student body and faculty, had a wonderful lunch in the cafeteria, were hosted around the grounds and farm, and shopped in the craft shop. Ruth Class President, Joanne Key, presented President Underwood with our annual monetary Christmas gift. We were greatly blessed and impressed with the students, faculty and staff. We welcome your help in this Ruth Class tradition.--Paula Scott and the Ruth Class

Morocco Gift Cards: Alternative Gift Cards with Meaning

Kentucky Baptist Fellowship will make Morocco Gift Cards available again for Christmas in 2011. Choose a meaningful gift for a loved one and help refugee children and families in Morocco receive the basic necessities in life. Morocco gift cards work by allowing people to purchase Christmas greeting cards for various amounts. The card carries a simple phrase like: "A gift has been made in your honor which will purchase one month of food for a refugee family in Morocco by [insert name] to celebrate the Christmas season."  The contents of each card vary according to the purchase amount: Blanket ($5), Winter Coat ($10), Refugee Care Kit ($10), Work Training Supplies ($20), Month of Food ($25), Leadership Training for Pastoral Interns ($25), Scholarship Assistance for an African College Student in Morocco ($50), Provide Emergency Housing for an African Refugee in Morocco ($50). Get your cards in the church office and make your gift through Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

Youth Calendar (December)

Dec. 4th: Children’s Musical
6:00 p.m. - Children's Musical: “Miracle on Main Street” (no dinner)
Dec. 11th: Youth Meal, Games, and Devotion
6:00-8:00 p.m. - Regular youth activities with dinner
Dec. 18th: Youth shopping trip
We will leave after the service Sunday morning and go shop in Lexington. Bring money for lunch and shopping. We will be back at 6 to eat dinner.
Dec 24th: Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army
Youth can sign up for a time slot
Dec 31st- Jan.2: Winter Xtreme Conference
Last payment MUST be paid by Dec. 4th!!

Youth Meals & Host Homes
The Youth Ministry Team is looking for parents, other church members, or Sunday School classes, to provide meals for the youth meeting on Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m.  We are also looking for host homes for the youth to meet in once a month. The youth enjoy getting to know our church members.

Newly Elected Deacons for 2012
Doris Cessna, Malcolm Miller, Harry Nickens, Bill Singler, David Sparrow, Judee Vanderpool

Deacon Chili Cook-Off, Nov. 30
Wednesday, November 30, 6:15 p.m. Members bring desserts. Deacons will provide the chili.

Soup's On Us 2012
In business meeting on October 19 the church voted to join Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Danville as the fourth partner in Soup's On Us ministry. On one Saturday per month we will prepare and deliver meals. Mark these dates and join us for fellowship and ministry through Soup's On Us: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Oct. 6, Nov. 3.

A Sunday Evening Gathering: Prayerful Reading of Scripture

Sundays, 5:00 p.m. in the library (third floor, education building). Join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and community.

“Walking on the Mild Side”

Walk with Leslie Sansone in fellowship hall, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30 a.m.Come join us for the fitness, fellowship, and fun.

Welcoming Committee
Anyone wanting to help on our welcoming committee for the year 2012, please contact Beverly Durham.

Family Night Meals
Please call the church office if you would like to be added to the standing Wednesday night supper list. Please call on Monday before Wednesday night supper to make a reservation if you are not on the standing list or to cancel if you are on the standing list. We now have four supper teams who will be preparing the entire meal most nights (no potluck), so it is very important that we have an accurate count. Pricing for the meal has changed: Adults and Youth age 12 and up: $5.00; Children age 5-11: $2.00; Children under 5: free
Tentative Wednesday Night Meal Schedule
Date    Cooking Team    Main Menu
Nov. 30    Deacons    Chili Cook Off
Dec. 7    Nina Mallory    Pork Tenderloin
Dec. 14    Judee Vanderpool    Breakfast

Friends of Glocal Ministries/Missions Emails
I have three email lists of persons interested in our local and global ministry partnerships: Friends of Danville/Boyle County, Friends of Nada/Mountain Hope, and Friends of Rabat, Morocco. If you would like to receive news, updates, and emails of interest from these areas, send me an email at keith@lexingtonavenue.org and indicate on which lists you would like to be included. As I receive emails of interest, I will forward them to you. Also, the Vanderpool family, Katie Roberts, and Sharon Price have their own email lists. If you are interested in any of these, I can help you get connected. --Keith

Tell Us Your Stories
We would like to use our members’ stories of faith on our web page, newsletters, brochures and other media. Share with us your testimony, a story of how God has worked in your life and through Lexington Avenue Baptist, or what the church has meant to you. Your story doesn’t have to be long and might even be just a sentence or two. Send your stories to: keith@lexingtonavenue.org.

LABC Online

Web Page: Consider making our home page your home page. We hope you find this web page helpful in a variety of ways with general information about our church, upcoming events and news, support for our spiritual growth, and other interesting pictures and articles.
Email: Give us your email address so we can keep you informed about upcoming events and send you a link to our newsletter online when it has been updated.
Facebook: Become a friend of LABC by searching for “Lexington Avenue Baptist Church” Danville, Kentucky. Search for “LABC Youth Group” to join the youth’s facebook page. Write on our wall when you are excited about what’s happening at church. Thanks to Zack Marinelli for serving as our social media administrator.

Attention Stitchers, Quilters, and Fabric-Collectors!

Help someone in need this Christmas season by donating pieces of fleece (minimum size 1 yard) to help patients in local Alzheimer’s Units. The Boyle County Public Library is hosting a community service project on Saturday, Dec. 3 to make lap blankets for these patients, many of whom have no families locally. Drop off fleece at the Library, 307 W. Broadway, by Dec. 1 or call 236-8466 for further information.

Harvesting Hope: Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen

We need your help! Needs: 1. Monentary Donations; 2. Food Donations: meat (canned and packaged), canned vegetables, bread (dinner rolls, sliced); 3. Volunteers: To clean, cook, shop, stock, wash dishes. Soup Kitchen Hours: Mondays-Thursdays: 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Fridays: 1:00-2:30 p.m.; Food Pantry Hours: Mondays-Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Thursdays: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Fridays: 4:00-6:00 p.m. Send checks or other mail to: P.O. Box 2053, Danville, KY 40423 – 0410; Sally Powell, Financial Coordinator; Sandy Fields, Volunteer Coordinator; Amber Wood Sellars, Director