LABC News & Notes, December 20

Jesus’ Birthday Party & Parent’s Night Out
Friday, December 21, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Amazing Race to Bethlehem with our youth, art activities, story time, snacks, gift exchange, and more! Please bring a small child’s gift to donate to Salvation Army and a small wrapped gift for a gift exchange game.

Children’s Art Show & Open House, Sunday, January 6

Immediately following morning worship. Join the Children for light refreshments, visit the children’s area, and see the children’s Christmas art work they have been creating in Sunday School.

Advent/Christmas Worship
Fourth Sunday of Advent: “Love”- December 23, 10:45 a.m.
Anthem: “Talkin’ Bout Jesus,” Lexington Avenue Quartet Sings, “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Mary Did You Know?; Gene Robertson Solo: “Rise Up and Follow”
Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 p.m.: Carols, Candles, & Communion
“Do You Have Room”
Student Day at Christmas - December 30, 10:45 a.m.
Anthem: “He Loved Us More” and Student Testimonies
Epiphany Sunday: Christmas Gift for Christ, January 6, 10:45 a.m.
Bring a non-perishable food item for Salvation Army, Children’s processional and Gift of the Magi

The Great ADVENTure!: Children Lead in Advent Worship
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:45 PM—Following Deacon Chili Supper
Rainbow Bells (pre-schoolers) play; Children’s Choir (Grades 1-6) sings; Advent Drama Team performs
Sunday, Dec. 23, 10:45 AM—Fourth Sunday in Advent
Advent 1 Scripture Reading by Sara Beth Miller
All are Welcome! Invite Relatives

KBF Morocco Christmas Cards
Proceeds benefit the work of the International Aid Committee (CEI) of Le ’Eglise Evangelique au Maroc (EEAM) and their ministry with migrants and refugees in Morocco. Kentucky Baptist Fellowship will make Morocco Christmas Cards available for Christmas. Help refugee children and families in Morocco receive the basic necessities in life through the simple gift of a Christmas card. Each card has a suggested donation amount based on the type of ministry led by CEI in Morocco. 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.” All donations are sent to Morocco for use by the CEI for ministry to the migrants and refugee population. Suggested donations for each card depiction: $5 to provide a blanket; $10 - winter coat; $10 - refugee care kit; $20 - startup funds toward a micro-enterprise project; $25 - one month of food for refugee; $25 - leadership traning for EEAM pastoral interns; $50 - emergency housing for a refugee. A set of eight postcards (with some familiar faces) are available for $10 with all the proceeds going to refugee ministry in general. Cards are available in the church office.

A Service of Hope

The Presbyterian Church of Danville invites you to The Longest Night: A Service of Healing and Hope Sunday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. The service, which reminds us that Christmas is a time for hope as we feel the sadness of illness or loss, will take place in the sanctuary, 500 West Main Street, and will be followed by a light supper in the church's fellowship hall.

Advent Devotional Books
Advent Devotional Books written by our church members are available in the office and on our webpage.

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).

Soup's On Us 2013
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. On one Saturday per month we will prepare and deliver meals for needy families. 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. “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.

Have you Bought Your Key Yet?
If you would like to make a donation towards the re-conditioning of our Antique Viennese Piano, please make your check out to LABC and designate it for “The Piano” in honor or in memory of a loved one.  Each key you donate towards ($66 per key) will be marked on a framed display by the newly restored piano.  15 keys have been given thus far.

Hospitality Dialogue, Sunday, January 20
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

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
Dec. 19    Deacon Chili Cook-Off
Dec. 26   No Meal

Children’s Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem
Children’s Sunday School, Dec. 2-30 - 9:30 a.m. each Sunday
Children will travel with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem for the Birth of Jesus and learn more about the characters in the Story:
1. Learn about the places where the story occurred.
2. Experience some of the culture of Bible times.
3. Discover what each character in the story teaches us about God.
4. Realize what this story means for their lives today.
5. Celebrate the birth of God's Son.
6. Discover the real meaning of Christmas.
Get there early so you don’t miss anything!
9:30-9:45 - Art Activity (there will be an art show on January 6)
9:45-10:00 - Large group with skit presented by Planet 56 in the Jambo Room (Preschool Missions Room)
10:00-10:30 - Bible study in Sunday School class rooms
Children’s Book: On the Road to Bethlehem
Children will recieve this illustrated children’s book which will introduce children to the characters in the story and some Bible customs. The book includes a maze and an Advent calendar with stickers.
Smart Phone App: The Journey Advent Calendar
Parent’s check out this interesting family resource: The Journey Advent Calendar App is designed to celebrate the days leading up to Christmas. There are 7 categories of activities inlcuding videos, connect the dots, coloring jigsaw puzzles, flip-card games, greeting cards, and quizzes. The App begins with 7 unlocked activities and beginning December 1st, a new activity is unlocked each day. This app is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Cost: $2.99
Resources for Parents
Keep up with what your children are learning so you can discuss the Bible study with them  by reading one or both of these books:
The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, by Adam Hamilton, $12
The Journey: A Season of Reflections (devotional book), $7
Available on the display table on the first floor across from the elevators.

Youth Advent/Christmas Calendar
Dec. 2-30, Sundays at 9:30 am: The Journey to Bethlehem

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.  Youth will play the Amazing Race to Bethlehem, indoors, with the children (who will also be studying The Journey) at Jesus’ Birthday Party, December 21, 6-10 p.m.
Dec. 9th & 30th, Sundays (& Wednesdays): Advent Conspiracy
6:00 p.m. See the upside down Christmas tree in fellowship hall. We are turning Christmas gift giving upside down and offering some unique gifts for our church. No Sunday night meeting on 23rd.
Dec. 21st, Friday: Jesus Birthday Party
6-10 p.m. Youth help with children’s party and parent’s night out including the Amazing Race to Bethlehem.
Dec. 23rd: Youth Light the Advent Candle
Dec 24th: Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army

8 am - 12 p.m. Youth can sign up for a time slot.

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, December 21, 6-10 p.m.

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.

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 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:

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.
Twitter: We now have a twitter account. Follow us at: @labcdanville. If you don’t have a twitter account go to to sign up.

The Key (print edition) Deadline
Information for the print edition of the Key newsletter is due on the last Sunday of the month for the following month’s edition.

Box Tops for Education: Labels for Oneida
Just a reminder that the Ruth Sunday School Class still collects soup labels and box tops for education labels. As you prepare for your holiday meals, please clip these and bring to our class room. Our goal this year has been 1,000 labels to send to Oneida Baptist Institute, Oneida Ky. So far, we have mailed over 600 labels (that doesn’t count points). A quote from OBI reads: “send us the entire label. Look for Labels for Education tm not only on Campbell’s foods, but also on products such as Vlasic, Franco-American, Prego, Swanson, Pace, and Pepperidge Farm. These labels earn points for us that we can redeem to get free educational equipment. Tyson’s Project A+ tm--send entire labels from specially marked Tyson chicken products. Worth 24 cents each, they return to us as a cash reward. General Mills’ Box tops for Education tm-- Send specially marked box tops. Each is worth 10 cents, and this program also turns points into cash.” This is an easy way for us to help out a wonderful institution carrying the name of Christ to a terrific group of young people as they educate and minister in their lives..--Paula Scott and the Ruth Class