Thank You Notes, December 2011

Many thanks for my Christmas packet--particularly the Advent meditations, which were excellent.
Katherine Orton

[Note: This is in reference to the Neighborhood Christmas Outreach packets we delivered on November 30, 2011]

The family of Delores Goggans thanks all of you for your sympathy and support. Delores truly loved her church family, especially her Ruth Sunday School class.

A special thanks to all who made our Thanksgiving Community Feast another blessed day. With several churches helping with food and other churches volunteering to serve and deliver, we fed about 300.

All of our leftovers were taken to Harvest of Hope on the Friday after to help feed those that come daily.

Thanks again for sharing God’s love to our beautiful community.

In Christ,
Doris Cessna

LABC Staff & Members,
Ruby and I thank you so much for dedicating the Advent Devotional Book to her. She is very moved by your kindness. We mailed a copy to Jason and he has it with him on board the USS CARL VINSON. Perhaps it will ease his absence from his family this Christmas,
We wish everyone a blessed Christmas!
Ruby & Ray

Thanks to everyone who helped with the children’s musical. The performance by the children was spectacular. The children were wonderful in their Wednesday performance at McDowell Place also. Parents please return the music books to the church office and check with Gail if you need to pay for your child’s t-shirt. DVDs of the “Miracle on Main Street” are available in the church office as well.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your generous contribution to help The Salvation Army extend a hand of compassion to the hungry, homeless and hurting people that we see on a daily basis.
Caring friends like you are the heart and soul of The Salvation Army’s mission. Quite frankly, we couldn’t minister to hurting men, women and children in our community without you.
New challenges are springing up every day as we work to meet the tremendous needs of our community’s poor. And our ability to respond depends completely on the generosity of friends like you. We realize there are many good causes you could support, and we thank you for choosing The Salvation Army to bring help hope and healing to neighbors in need.

May God bless and keep you,
Lt Daniel A. Nelson
Corps Officer

On behalf of McDowell Place I’d like to thank you and the church for volunteering your time to provide Sunday services for our residents
You and the LABC members are a blessing to our residents.

Gina Scott

It’s nice to know that there are still people who take such pleasure in doing special things and making others feel good...
Thanks for the Thanksgiving tray you gave me at Ephraim McDowell. (Room 309). May God Bless you in your work to serve the Lord.

Susie Hamlton

Dear LABC,
Thank you for having our residents as your guests for the wonderful Thanksgiving meal. The program and fellowship were a blessing to all of us.
Thank you so much for your kindness.

Gina M. Scott
Activity Coordinator, McDowell Place

To everyone at Lexington Avenue
Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, and support during my mother’s last few years and passing. The church had a very special place in her heart, and she was so proud to have been a charter member.

Julie Shearin Selby

On Wedensday night, November 30, we delivered 100 Christmas Outreach packets to our neighbors surrounding the church. These packets included: An invitation card to Advent/Christmas Bible study and worship at LABC; the new Common English translation of the New Testament with Christmas cover; an Advent Devotional Book written by our members; The December edition of the Key newsletter which includes all of our Advent/Christmas activities; a candy cane; and a book for children, On the Way to Bethlehem: A Child's Storybook for Christmas.

Thanks  to Clara Bowen for coordinating the outreach and to all who delivered the packets: Chip Minks, Tao Costello, Ernest Martin, Elizabeth Bibb, Dianne Stillwell, Donna Pierce, Greg Schepman, Donna Schepman, Matt Vonderbrink, Holly Vonderbrink, Duane Campbell, Rosalind Campbell, Preston Wright, Linda Wright, David Bibb, Ken Wall, Pauline Wall, Grace Sheene, Elizabeth Lyons, Sam Price, Jonathan Durall, Hannah Sims, David Valentine, Will Arnold, Darrell Johnson, and Justin Johnson.

Thanks to Bernard and Carolyn Montgomery for delivering home baked loaves of bread to our new members.

Thank you,

The publication of the Advent Devotional Book is the work of many people. Our thanks to the 29 writers who took time to compose a devotional. Thanks also those who spent several hours assembling and stapling the books. They are Kate Valentine, Charlene Cobb, Joanne Key, David and Elizabeth Bibb, and Drew Rice. In addition, a GREAT BIG THANKS goes to Gail Singleton for organizing and printing the books. Gail graciously does this every year and, at the same time, keeps the regular office work going.  

Please express your appreciation to those who made the 2011 Advent Devotional Book possible. May its contents enrich your Advent and Christmas seasons.

Keith Stillwell
Evelyn Crooke

Dear Friends,
It is hard to believe that I have been here in E. Ky. almost 5.5 years! Much has been accomplished, thousands of miles have been driven, many are living in much better situations thanks to many mission teams who have come and repaired houses, reverse mission trips etc. And many have been confronted about their personal relationship with Jesus Christ an the Reason for the Season.
On January 3, 2011, the first mission team arrived! 34 more teams came during the year along with a media crew from Slovak. More than 436 volunteers served in the two locations during 2011. Plus a film crew from California came to do a documentary on hunger among senior adults in three locations around the U.S.
There is never a dull moment in this ministry of presence as I deal with domestic violence issues in families, people hiding from law enforcement, terminal illnesses, hosing issues, educational issues. It is a joy to try to shape the young hearts and minds of the 4-6 children at the Nada Mission and my influence at OCES where I do some tutoring.
I have just finished a six week OFA/sabbatical. (Off Field Assignment) This was a much needed break for a time of rest and renewal and a different pace of work. I attended a construction conference in Johnson City, Tennessee with Appalachian Service Project and an Internet Safety Conference. I am also nursing a stress fracture on my left foot.
On a personal note, I will be having a partial knee replacement on December 19 in Lexington and then I will go to Owensboro for at least two weeks of TLC by my family and home health physical therapy.
December will be a busy month of ongoing activities of Bible study with the women and children in Nada, tutoring in Booneville, retirement home activities in Booneville and finalizing some construction projects there. In addition there will be some special Christmas events the week of December 12.
Thank you for your friendship, concern and prayers and financial gifts for this ministry and through the offering for Global Missions.

Paula Settle

Dear LABC Family,  

We want to thank everyone who has been in prayer for our little grandson, Abraham, now 4 months old! The tumor in his windpipe is almost completely gone and he had the trach removed this past Thursday! He is doing great and will still be on medication until he is probably 18 months old. Amber, his mother, sent us a text just after the removal of the trach and said that it was the “sweetest cry she’s ever heard.” We have longed to hear him cry and coo! Thanks again for your encouragement, concerns, and prayers!

The Hendrickson family

Operation Christmas Child Thank You
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.

Dear Lexington Avenue Baptist Church
Thank you for your recent gift. Your money continues to be an investment in God’s work in Kentucky and beyond.
I just met with the Extreme Build lead team as we reflected on our sixth Extreme Build house and plan toward the seventh. Josh Speight is doing a good job of helping us coordinate efforts to build a house annually. I also appreciate the fact that Josh continues to keep us focused on helping families beyond the actual build. Even though we build a house in less than two weeks, our work of encouragement, support and relationship-building continues for months and years. Josh continues to lead us in that regard.
Extreme Build is our signature event but it is only part of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and Kentucky Baptist Fellowship’s initiative to touch the twenty poorest counties in the United States.
In Kentucky, we focus on three areas: Owsley and McCreary Counties, two of the twenty poorest in the USA, and also the community of Nada. More than thirty-five church groups came to work alongside KBF partners in these three areas this past spring and summer. Their work included such things as: repairing homes, building handicap ramps, providing ministry with children, and providing encouragement in senior centers.
Here are some statements that reflect our approach as we minister in these areas: “We will be positive reflections of Christ, bringing a spirit of hope, grace, and opportunity. We will be biblically-based, focusing on reconciliation--people to God and people to people.”
Because of contributions from churchs and individuals, we are able to be positive reflections of Christ in Nada, Owsley County, and McCreary County. Thanks for the part you play in supporting these ministries of love.
Your continued support helps make these kinds of partnership ministries possible.
John Lepper, Coordinator, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship