LABC News & Notes, February 23

LABC Women’s Retreat
Friday Evening – March 23, 2012  7-9 P.M. – Fun and Fellowship – Bring a snack; Saturday – March 24th 9:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. – “My Spiritual Garden”- Lunch Provided; Lexington Avenue Fellowship Hall; Reservations: Call or contact JudeeVanderpool (phone number available in the church office).

Over a 100 Birthday Cards for Ruby’s 100th Birthday
Ruby Gray, the oldest member of LABC, celebrated her 100th birthday, February 21, 2012. When Ruby was able to attend Sunday School she was a member of the Joy Sunday School class. As a tribute to Ruby, the Joy class set a goal of collecting 100 cards to present to her on her birthday. We announced the project to the entire church and the response was overwhelming. There were 128 cards! Tommy, Keith  and Evelyn took the cards to Ruby on her birthday. She was surprised and delighted that her church remembered her in such a remarkable way. The Joy class would like to thank all those who sent a card in celebration of Ruby’s special day. Evelyn Crooke, teacher (The Joy Class)

Rusty Bird in Concert, Sunday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. “FAVORITE HYMNS AND SONGS.” Rusty plays all of the instruments in the saxaphone family and is a superb arist. This is his second concert at LABC. He has a mellow “Kenny G” style of playing. You’ll enjoy great arrangements of hymns such as, “It Is Well”, “Old Rugged Cross”, “Amazing Grace”, and songs such as, “Sentimental Journey”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Tennessee Waltz”, and many others you’ll love hearing on Rusty’s various Saxophones. Other artists include: Philip Quinn (vocals), Ervin Farmer (Clarinet), Martha Robertson (piano) and various musicians. FREE ADMISSION. Refreshments Following Concert. A part of the Austin Roberts Concert Series. For more information, Call 236-3565.

Children’s Day in Worship, Sunday, February 26, 10:45 a.m.
Theme: “How God is Using Children of LABC”. Worship will include: Children leading in prayer, scripture reading, welcoming, offering, and music; Blessing and prayer for the children (Parents of nursery children are invited to bring their children to the first part of the worship service to join in for the blessing and prayer.); Rainbow Bells; Multi-media of children’s pictures from the past year; Recognition of Extended Session workers; a reading based on Adult Sunday School lessons on Moses’ sister Miriam, Joseph, the servant girl to Naaman’s wife, and a boy who shared his lunch; and an introduction to Passport Kids Camp 2012.

Fall 2012 Morocco Trip Meeting, Sunday, Feb. 26
There will be a meeting on Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m. for all who might be interested. Plans are under way for a trip to Morocco in the fall of 2012, tentatively set for fall break, Friday, October 5 through Saturday or Sunday, October 13 or 14. Our preliminary plans are to work together with the Rabat church on a refugee ministry project and to share with the church in worship, prayer, fellowship, laughter, and eating. We will be inspired by these committed and joyful young Christians who work under less than ideal conditions. We will be travelling to Morocco together with representatives from other KBF partnering churches who will fan out across Morocco for similar projects with their partner churches. The cost of the trip will depend on the number going and our glocal missions offering. If you think you might be interested in this trip please contact Shawna Stomberger or Keith Stillwell. We will need to make arrangements soon.

LABC Education Conferences, Sunday, March 18
A Conversation with.... For adult, youth, preschool, and children’s Sunday School teachers. 5:00- Youth & Preschool Teachers; 6:00- Dinner & Table Talk; 6:30- Educational experience for all age groups around the tables; 7:00- Adult & Children’s Teachers. Dr. John Hendrix, retired professor of Christian Education and author of Nothing Never Happens: Experiential Learning and the Church, will lead the adult conversation and educational experience for all age groups. Rev. Carrie Beth Tonks, Minister of Childhood Education at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington and experienced conference leader, will lead our preschool and children’s conversations.

Finding Hope: A Field Trip of Faith for Children
Sundays and Wednesdays, February 19 - March 2. Learn about the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Rural Poverty Initiative, “Together for Hope” (Includes Nada, Kentucky)
Sundays
9:30-9:45- Art; 9:45-10:00- Joint Worship; 10:00-10:30- Bible Study.
February 19 - Zacchaeus & Jesus; February 26 - Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz; March 4 - Elisha & the Shunammite Woman; March 11 - Philip & the Ethiopian; March 18 - Four Friends
Wednesdays
6:15-6:45- Family Supper; 6:45-7:00- Joint Worship & Missions Video; 7:00-7:30- Mission Study in Mission Friends, RAs, & GAs
February 22 - What is Together for Hope?; February 29 - God’s Garden in Arkansas; March 7- The Extreme Build in Kentucky; March 14 - Letters from Alabama and Texas; March 21 -  Pieces of a Quilt in South Dakota.
Hop on the Bus for this Field Trip of Faith full of Bible stories, mission stories, activities, art, music, prayer, and much more

Glocal Missions Offering, 2011
We did not quite reach our goal of $10,000, but we did receive $8,067.79 for Glocal Missions. Thanks to your gifts to the Glocal Missions Offering we were able to make additional gifts beyond our budget to these important ministries: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship ($1,613.56); Kentucky Baptist Fellowship (1,613.56); Salvation Army (161.36); Habitat for Humanity (161.36); Hope Pharmacy & Chaplain’s Fund (201.69); Global Ministries (968.13); Mountain Hope/Nada (322.71); Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (806.78); Local Benevolence (403.73); LABC Preschool (80.68); Youth Mission Trips (80.68); Mission Projects and Collegiate Ministries: Katie Roberts (231.95); Sharon Price (231.95); Morocco Refugee Ministry (806.78); Sunrise Children’s Services (60.51); Clear Creek Baptist College (60.51); Pregnancy Resource Center (60.51); Wilderness Trace Child Development Center (80.68); Oneida (60.51); Karen People Group (60.51). Note, some of these funds were distributed in August. Thank you for your generous gifts. Our goal this year is $12,000. Our challenge goal is $18,000.

James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore
Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 5-March 11. Contact Donna Schepman or Stephanie Griffin for more information. James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple.. And, in the process, learn how you can put your own faith into action.

Wednesday Night Bible Study-James
James: Being Right in a Wrong World, pastor’s Bible study, Wednesday nights 6:45 p.m. after supper. The study book is available from the church office for $4 or on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.

Youth DNOW: March 9-11

Put it on your calendar and start telling your friends! A weekend of Bible Study, fun, worship, missions and prayer experiences. More information to come. Cost: $10. Sign up, turn in money and give us your shirt size by February 19th!!

Help with DNOW!
We will take all of the help we can get for DNow! If you are interested in helping with any of the following groups, please contact the leader. If you are not sure where you can help, contact one of the youth ministers.
FOOD: We need meals on Friday and Saturday. As well as snacks for the host homes. Leader/Contact: Amy Miller
TRANSPORTATION: We need people willing to pick youth up in groups from the church and take them to their host homes and pick them up from their host homes and bring them back to church. We also need courageous drivers for the amazing race on Saturday afternoon. If you have a large vehicle or can drive the church van or bus, then this is the job for you! Leader/Contact: Dianne Stillwell
AMAZING RACE: The amazing race is a huge race that the youth participate in on Saturday afternoon.  A LOT of planning goes into this event and it is usually a highlight of the weekend. It is a fun time for church members to get involved and watch some of the crazy things our youth are willing to do in order to win this highly esteemed competition. We need drivers, people to facilitate some games at the church when the race begins and ends, and we need scorers to come to score the teams so that we can announce the winners that night. Leader/Contact: Kelsey Stillwell
PRAY-ERS: Pray for our youth, that they will choose to be changed this weekend; for our Bible study leaders as they prepare and for everyone that is giving of their time and money to make this an eventful weekend!

Youth Weekly
New Wednesday Nights
Contact Justin. We're going to be changing things up Wednesday nights. We'll have ministry planning, devotion, and prayer, along with Rec on certain Wednesday nights and then we’ll be focusing on helping others in the community other Wednesday nights. Februrary 1- Ministry Planning, Youth Devotion, Prayer, & Recreation; February 8- Home Bound Visit; February 15- Minstry Planning, Youth Devotion, Prayer, & Recreation; February 22- Neighborhood Business Ministry with Papa John's Pizza. February 29- Repeat
Sunday Nights
Contact Kyle. Youth Dinner, Way To Live Bible study (the book youth received at new seventh grader recognition and highly recommended by Laken), and games. If anyone is interested in providing a meal on a Sunday night, please contact Kyle.
Sunday School
Contact Kelsey. Continuing our through the Bible studies with the New Testament. Senior Adult breakfast is on February 26 and we will join some senior adult classes for Sunday School.Youth need to report to the kitchen by 8:15 a.m.

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.

Senior Adult Breakfast Cooked by Youth
February 26, 9:00-9:30 a.m. Youth will prepare a breakfast of sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and gravy with milk, orange juice and coffee. Youth arrive promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Music Ministry Calendar Dates
Sunday Evening, March 11: “Favorite Hymns & Songs” Concert by Rusty Bird
Easter Sunday, April 8: Easter Choir and Instruments, “He’s Risen, Hallelujah!”
Sunday Evening, April 29: Lexington Avenue Quartet/Amazing Grace Trio Gospel Music Concert, Gethsemane Baptist Church & Reception
Friday Evening, May 11: Spring Concert, Danville Children’s Choir

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   
Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to improve your health and work off those extra pounds. You can pace yourself with one or two miles, walking at a pace with the music and enjoying the fellowship of others as we follow the directions of Leslie Sansone on her walking DVD. If Danville Schools are cancelled due to weather, we will not meet. Hope to see you at 8:30 a.m. on those days! Only thirty minutes to a healthier life.

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 five supper teams who will be preparing the entire meal most nights (no potluck), so it is very important that we have an accurate count. Prices: 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
Feb. 22    Chris     Chicken Pot Pie
Feb. 29    Deacons    Soup & Sandwich
March 7    Judee    Spaghetti Pie
March 14    Soup’s On Us Fundraiser
March 21    Tim
March 28    Chris    
April 4    Spring Break: No Meal
April 11    Nina    One dish meal casserole
April 18    TBD
April 25    Amy: Youth Passport Fundraiser
May 2    Judee
May 9    Tim
May 16     Amy
May 23     Nina

In the Case of Inclement Weather
Check the home page of our web page (lexingtonavenue.org) or channel 27 of Lexington for information about cancellation of services. We will also try to send out emails (call the church office to get on our email list if you are not already), post on facebook (become our friend, search for “Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,” Danville, Kentucky), and Tweet (follow us at: @labcdanville).

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

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