LABC News & Notes, November 22 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Hanging of the Green, Sunday, November 25, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for this joyous event for all ages, as we decorate the sanctuary, light the candles, place Chrismons on the Christmas tree, sing, and learn the meaning of the symbols of Advent in preparation for the season. Watch and listen to our children play the Rainbow Bells and present a skit about Advent.

The Messiah and Dinner for Soup’s On Us, Dec. 2, 4 pm
Come Let us praise God together. You are invited to share in the magic of Handel's Messiah, December 2nd at 4:00 pm, at the Presbyterian Church of Danville. Under the direction of Jeff Jones, our Adult Choir will join forces with other local musicians, as well as a professional orchestra and guest soloists. This is a “Music for Mission” outreach to benefit “Soups on Us."  A love offering will be taken during the concert to support the work of "Soups on Us." A soup and sandwich dinner will be served following the concert.  Both the concert and the dinner are free and open to the public.

Deacon Election at December Business Meeting

David Bibb, Martha Brummett, Bill Elliott, Tom Ellis, Butch Godfrey, and Ted Monroe will be presented at the December business meeting for election as deacon.

Operation Christmas Child 2012: 255 Boxes

LABC filled 255 Christmas boxes for needy children around the world. Your generous gifts will provide toys, candy, clothing, practical items, and the Christmas story for children who may not know about Jesus. Thank you.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at LABC

Thursday, November 22, 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Children on The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem

Sundays at 9:30 a.m., December 2-30. The Journey explores the story of Jesus’ birth with fresh eyes and ears in an effort to discover the real meaning of Christmas. The adult book, The Journey, and the devotional book, The Journey: A Season of Reflections, which covers the same themes the children will study, are available for parents if they would like follow along with their children. A Children’s Art Show will be held on Sunday, January 6, immediately following morning worship. Also children may participate in the Amazing Race to Bethlehem, indoors, with the youth (who will also be studying The Journey) at Jesus’ Birthday Party, Friday, December 21, 6-10 p.m.

Youth on The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem
Sundays at 9:30 a.m., December 2-30. The Journey explores the story of Jesus’ birth with fresh eyes and ears in an effort to discover the real meaning of Christmas. This study will include video clips from the Holy land of locations mentioned in the Advent/Christmas story. The adult book, The Journey, and the devotional book, The Journey: A Season of Reflections, which covers the same themes the youth will study, are available for parents if they would like follow along with their teens. Youth will play the Amazing Race to Bethlehem, indoors, with the children (who will also be studying The Journey) at Jesus’ Birthday Party, Friday, December 21, 6-10 p.m.

Maetta Gray Women on Mission, Dec. 4, 1:00 p.m.

Mission program with light lunch of sandwiches and dessert.

Poinsettias
If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office (236-3565). The cost is $10.00 which will go to the Annual Glocal Missions Offering.

Buy a Key/Help Rebuild an Antique Piano!
Each piano key costs $66 to rebuild the Burberry Piano: -- a Nineteenth-Century Grand Piano built in Vienna by the Tomaschek Piano Co, (Opus 732). It is ornate, made from Black Forest Walnut with Pewter inlay and ornately-carved woodwork. It is beautiful; It is unique. Now we want to make it sound like new. If you would like to  buy a key in memory or honor of someone, we’ll put their name on a framed display by the newly refurbished piano. Please put “Piano” on your check when you make your donations. If you have questions, ask Phil or Gail.

Christmas Choir Folders Ready
Our Choir just keeps getting better and better. We have a great time at practices and singing for you on Sundays. Would YOU like to help?  Pick up a Christmas Choir Folder/CD  in the Choir Room (on the grand piano), listen to it, and see if you’d like to sing with us on December 16 with the Christmas Choir and Instruments. If not, return it—no questions asked. Try it—I dare you…no, I double-dare you….

LABC Tea: “A Cup of Hospitality” for Christmas
Looking for a unique Christmas gift idea? Give “A Cup of Hospitality,” LABC’s very own Elmwood Inn  tea label, and help support missions. The cost is $10 for a container of 15 tea sachets ($10.50 in most stores) or three for $25, available in the church office. For each container sold, $4.00 goes to our Glocal Missions Offering. The label reads, in part: Since our founding in 1927, Lexington Avenue Baptist Church has sought to blend the core values of heritage, worship, music, prayer, spiritual growth, friendliness, caring and missions to give our congregation a unique flavor... O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 (NRSV).

Hospitality Dialogue, Sunday, january 6, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we brainstorm ways our church can do an even better job of extending hospitality. We will consider: (1) Early guests for Sunday School, (2) A Sunday School Welcome Center, (2) Sunday School directory with class descriptions, (3) How to present our LABC tea to guests, (4) Using our Friendship pad to follow up with guests and members, (5) Signage, (6) Hospitality Bible study, and (6) Other ideas.

Walking on the “Mild” Side
We will begin walking inside on November 5, 2012. The days will again be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 AM. There is no cost. The activity involves following a walking routine led by Leslie Sansone on a DVD  for approximately 30 minutes, which averages a two mile walk. You can set your own pace until you are comfortable completing the whole walk. Come join us and ask a friend to come with you – the more people, the more fun.

Family Night Meals
Please call the church office if you would like to be added to the standing Wednesday night supper list. 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.
Meal Pricing: Adults and Youth age 12 and up: $5.00; Children age 5-11: $2.00; Children under 5: free
Wednesday Night Meal Schedule:
Date        Cooking Team        Main Menu
Nov. 21    Thanksgiving (no meal)
Nov. 28    Nina Mallory         Sante Fe Stew with Cornbread
Dec. 19    Deacon Chili Cook-Off
Children & Youth Activities - 6:45-7:30 p.m.

The Great ADVENTure for Children (Music, drama, and art in preparation for Advent worship) & Youth Prayer, Devotion & Game Room

Soup's On Us, December 1, 2012
8:30 a.m. - Assemble boxes; 9:30 a.m. - Prepare sandwiches; 10:15 a.m. - Fill food boxes; 11:00 a.m. - Begin deliveries and clean up. “Soup’s On Us” is a weekend food ministry sponsored by Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Danville. On one Saturday per month we will prepare and deliver meals. The next Soup’s On Us is Saturday, December 1. We look forward to your generous help with this much needed ministry. Please call us with any questions: Stephanie Griffin, Doris Cessna, Kathy White (phone numbers available in the church office).

Children’s News for November
Thank You

Thank you to everyone who brought candy, food, and other items for our Fall Festival. Also thank you to all of the volunteers and for everyone for being so flexible with the changes that occurred. I hope your children had a good time. Hopefully next year we will have warmer weather and be able to be outdoors with our neighbors and families.
Thanks, Tara
Morocco Children’s Partnership
Tara is back from Morocco where she met with children, parents, and leaders from our partner church in Rabat. Plans are in the works for a partnership between children at LABC and children in Morocco. More details coming soon.
Sunday School
Children continue their study of “The Bible” through November 18, then will have a two session unit on “Giving.”
The Great ADVENTure! Bring A Friend!
Wednesday Nights
6:15 - Family Supper
6:45 - 7:30 - The Great ADVENTure (Music, drama, reading, arts in preparation for Advent worship)
We’re getting ready for the children to participate in our Advent Services with Musical and Dramatic “ADVENTures” on Wednesday nights. We’ll be given several ways to participate—music, drama, Bible stories, or visual arts—all to be used in our Sunday morning Advent services this year! Offer your gifts to Jesus by using your talents in this very special experience!

November Youth News

Head First Bible StudySundays, 6-8 p.m.
November 18: Churchwide Thanksgiving Dinner
November 25: Hanging of the Green
Sunday School, Sundays, 9:30 am
What it Means to be a Baptist
Youth Wednesday Night Supper, Prayer & Devotion, 6:15-7:30 pm

A Sunday Evening Gathering: Acts
A prayerful reading of the Book of Acts, Sundays, 5:00 p.m. in the library (third floor, education building). Join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and community.

LABC Tea for Christmas: “A Cup of Hospitality”
We now have our own Elmwood Inn tea label, “A Cup of Hospitality.” The tea will be given to our guests and available for sale to members. The cost is $10 for a container of 15 tea sachets ($10.50 in most stores) or three for $25, available in the church office. For each container sold, $4.00 goes to our Glocal Missions Offering. The label reads: Since our founding in 1927, Lexington Avenue Baptist Church has sought to blend the core values of heritage, worship, music, prayer, spiritual growth, friendliness, caring and missions to give our congregation a unique flavor. In many cultures, tea has been a symbol of friendship, peace and community for centuries. With that ancient tradition of hospitality in mind, we  offer this caffeine-free tea, blended with delicious aromatic herbs known for soothing both body and spirit. We invite you to become a part of the hospitable spirit of our Christ-centered community. O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 (NRSV).

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, 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
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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.
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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