LABC News & Notes, September 27

Operation Christmas Child Speaker, Ben Kendrick, Oct. 3
Ben Kendrick, grandson of Ernie and Kitty Baird, will be our guest speaker as we kick off our Operation Christmas Child season on Wednesday night, October 3, 7:00 p.m. (after supper and prayer board). Ben will share pictures, video, and stories from his recent trip to deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to chldren in Mongolia.

Can you imagine personally handing shoe box gifts to children on the other side of the world? Sixteen-year-old, Ben Kendrick did just that in July, 2012. Ben was selected as one of 21 youth from across the United States to travel to Mongolia as part of a Samaritan’s Purse Youth (“SPY”) Team. The SPY Team participated in several different Operation Christmas Child shoe box distribution events in and around Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaan Bataar. Ben will share his personal experiences distributing shoebox gifts to children in Mongolia.

What Languages Do You Speak?
Sunday, October 7, is World Communion Sunday. It is also the Sunday our team of eight will be worshipping with our partner church in Rabat. We want to read 1 Corinthians 10:17 (the verse on our Rabat, Morocco partnership banner) in several languages to commemorate World Communion Sunday. We have readers for German, Sign, Arabic, Farsi, French, and Spanish. If you speak (or read) any other languages, call the church office so we can include you in this reading.

Soup's On Us, October 6, 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. Mark these dates and join us for fellowship and ministry through Soup's On Us: Oct. 6, Nov. 3. 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).

Morocco Partnership Trip, October 5-14, 2012
A team of seven will represent LABC working with our partner church in Rabat in refugee ministry
The Team: Carolyn Godfrey, Brenda Farmer, Tara Farmer, Callie Minks, Dianne Stillwell, Kelsey Stillwell, Laken Thomas
Prayer Guides
A Prayer Guide, with the team's daily itinerary, will be available as a worship bulletin insert, Sunday, September 30 or in the church office.
Health Ministry Items for Refugee Ministry
The team will be filling any extra space in their suitcases with health ministry item for refugee ministry. If you would like to donate any of the following items we need them by Sunday, September 30:
1. Ibuprophen/Tylenol
2. Antibiotic Ointment
3. Band Aids
Purpose of the Trip:
1. Refugee Ministry: The team will join with Rabat church members and other KBF team members to conduct Bible School with English speaking African refugee women and their children, provide food and clothing, and offer skills training and micro enterprise funds so that they can provide a modest income for themselves and their children. The African refugee situation is one of the most desperate in the world.
2. Building our relationship with our partner church in Rabat through worship, meals, fellowship, and working together in refugee ministry.
3. Making our world smaller and promoting peace by learning to live and work among other cultures and religions, especially Muslims.
4. Be open to God’s leadership.
About Morocco:
Morocco is a moderate Muslim country, primarily Arabic speaking. Christianity is legal in Morocco, though it is against the law to proselytize a Muslim. The Kentucky Baptist Fellowship partners with the Evangelical Church of Morocco (EEAM), which includes a number of churches throughout the country. Lexington Avenue Baptist partners with the church in Rabat, the capital city. The church is made up primarily of French speaking African students studying at the Universities in Morocco. The partnership with EEAM includes ministry with Moroccan refugees—Africans who have fled war, famine, and political unrest and end up in Morocco destitute.

Thanks for Your Generous Gifts to Refugee Ministry in Morocco
At our Morocco fundraiser dinner (Sept. 12), we raised $1,545 for refugee ministry in Morocco. That's enough money to fund two sustainable micro-enterpirse projects, provide thirty blankets, ten typical medical prescriptions, and enough food to feed twenty-five adults for a week, and help seven adults with a month's rent. Here’s what your gifts will do through the International Aid Committee (CEI) of the Protestant Church in Rabat:
$300: Micro-Enterprise Projects - A refugee can be financially supported through the CEI of the EEAM (Protestant Church of Morocco). A micro-entreprise projects could include helping a refugee woman launch a hair/beauty salon among other refugee women, helping a migrant man start an eatery, or helping a refugee with material to use as a seamstress. These short-term solutions bring long-term hope to a people group desperate to make a living and a better life for their families.
$8: Food Basket in Rabat - Nourishes one adult for one week. Provides: 1 liter of cooking oil, 1 large container of sardines, 2 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of rice
$7: Blanket
$20 to $35: Typical Medical Prescription$20 to $40: Rent Aid for one Month - CEI Rabat does not normally pay the entire amount needed for Rent.

Important Health Information from the Health Ministry Team
New Standards for Prostate Screening. New guidelines released by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend against community based prostate cancer screening. Their recommendation is that men consult with their primary care physician to make an informed decision about whether screening is necessary. THE USPSTF recommends men without symptoms, regardless of age, do not need to have the routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test screening for prostate cancer. Risk and possible benefits of prostate cancer screening should be discussed with your primary care physician prior to screening. It is recommended that men should not be screened until they have received this information. Starting at age 50, men should talk to a doctor about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. If they are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, men should have this talk with a doctor starting at age 45. If men decide to be tested, they should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often they are tested will depend on their PSA level.

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.
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
Oct. 3       Tim Dievert                     Hamburgers
Oct. 17     PassportKids Fundraiser   Manwich Sandwiches
Oct. 24     Chris Herron
Oct. 31     Fall Festival
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

Children’s News for September
The Great ADVENTure! Bring A Friend!

Wednesday Nights for Children
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!
Sunday School Teachers Needed
We are in need of Sunday School teachers in a variety of areas.
Children’s Trip to the Pumpkin Path
Plans are underway. Details to come.

September Youth News
Youth Head First: Bible Study, Supper & Hangin’ Out
Sundays - 6-8 pm
Sept. 30th - At the Mesplays’ house
(last week of the “back to school” curriculum)
Youth Wednesday Night Supper, Prayer & Devotion, 6:15 - 7:30 pm
Sunday School, Sundays at 9:30 am
We Have These Treasures: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts (A Youth Leadership Series Study)
Laken Thomas & Kelsey Stillwell Go to Morocco, October 5-14
We are excited that Laken and Kelsey will be representing the youth  group in Morocco. They will worship with our partner church in Rabat, Morocco and will be involved in a very emotionally intense Bible school with African refugee women and their children. We will look for ways to go with them in spirit, pray for them, and learn more about how we can help when they return. On September 12, Wednesday night, there will be a fundraiser dinner and prayer meeting for the Morocco trip.

LABC Women's Retreat Planning Team
An LABC Women's Retreat will be held, April 12-13, 2013. We are entering the planning stages of this event and would welcome your help. If you would like to participate in this planning committee, please call the church office (236-3565). Thank you for your prayerful participation in this first step toward another wonderful women's weekend.

LABC Tea: “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 $8 for a container of 15 tea sachets ($9.50 in stores) available in the church office. For each container sold, $3.60 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).

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.

Walking On the “Mild” Side     
Join us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30-9:00 a.m. 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. On days that the weather is good, we can choose to walk outside and up through the cemetery. Only thirty minutes to a healthier life.

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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