LABC News & Notes, January 17, 2013

Hospitality Dialogue, Sunday, january 20, 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.

Committee & Leadership Team Meetings, Sunday, January 27
All committees, leadership teams, and ministry teams will meet at 6:30 p.m. for a devotional and leadership training focus followed by committee and leadership team meetings. A leadership team meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. for committee chairpersons, deacon chair, Sunday School division leaders, ministerial staff, and other general leadership. A sandwich supper will be provided for the ministry leadership team.
Leadership Team Meeting, 5:00 p.m. (with sandwich supper)
For: Committee chairpersons, ministerial staff, deacon officers, Sunday School division directors, and general officers.
Committee & Leadership Team Meetings, 6:00 p.m.
Devotional and 2013 committee orientation followed by committee and leadership team meetings. For: Personnel, Finance, Nominating, Property, Weekday Preshool, Stewardship, Christian Education, VBS, Missions, Music, Children's Ministry, Historical, Special Events, Health, Audio-Visual Technology, Bus

Daniel: Keeping Faith When the Heat is On -Wednesdays
Wednesday nights Bible study after supper in fellowship hall, January 23-February 27. Call the church office if you would like a study book. Daniel is a book about resistance. It was written to people under pressure. In the book, we will see the efforts oppressive regimes take to undermine the faith and identity of God’s people. In it, we will also see the strategies God’s people employed in resisting the imposition of a foreign culture, and we will see what sustained their efforts. In that vein, the book of Daniel is powerfully relevant.

Follow the ABC’s of Proverbs
Follow every letter of the alphabet in some popular Proverbs from the Bible. Find these 27 Proverbs on our bulletin boards starting in fellowship hall and leading to the offices.

Cari Rice’s LABC Anniversary, January 6 (ten years)!

Tara Farmer’s LABC Anniversary, January 1 (three years)!


Hats Off to Our Musicians!

If you get a chance, pat one of our musicians on the back, will you?  They blessed our hearts and fed our spirit during the Advent/Christmas Season!  Everywhere we went there were bells ringing, children singing, instruments playing, and quartets, solos, adult choir, clarinets, and so on just sharing their talents with us and God.  Thanks to them.  And thanks to you for listening.  God, we hope it was pleasing to you.

Keys! Keys! Keys!
Everywhere we go at LABC there are KEYS!  The Key News-letter, computer “keys”, keys to get into the doors, Dr. “Keyth”, and keys to organs and pianos.  Most of those keys work just fine, but on one of our pianos those keys are “broke”.  Would you like to fix one?  Three of the Eight Octaves have been fixed, but there are still keys to repair on our Antique Burberry Piano.  If you would like to fix a key in honor or in memory of a loved one, please mark your check or envelope for a “Piano Key” and write the name(s) for whom  it is given.  Each key is $66.

The Purpose Driven Life: Introductory Session

Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in Room 306 (Coed II Sunday School) - Six Week Bible Study and Daily Devotionals (40 Days). Leaders: Martha Robertson and Doris Cessna.
About the Purpose Driven Life
10 years ago, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life, which became the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. PDL has inspired and changed tens of millions of lives. NOW, Rick has updated and expanded the book with new chapters on the greatest barriers to living your purpose, plus 42 video introductions to each chapter theme, and 42 additional audio messages that go deeper into each chapter. He has also created a new small group curriculum. People WANT to know their purpose in life! The Purpose Driven Life will enable a new generation in your church to discover God's purposes for their lives and empower your church with a fresh new wind of hope, joy, and vitality!

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
Jan. 16 - Amy Miller - Ham
Jan. 23 - Chris Herron - Taco Bar
Jan. 30 - Judee Vanderpool - Spaghetti Pie

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. 5, Feb. 2, March 2, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7. “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.

PASSPORTkids Camp - July 25-28 - Crossville TN
Register for camp now with a $60 deposit. See Tara for more information. PASSPORTkids! is a children’s summer camp where every element is integrated to provide an active faith-building experience for 3rd-6th graders. Bible studies, Devotions and Worship are designed to help children discover God’s love and practice being followers of Jesus. Then we mix in a healthy dose of that one ingredient that holds the rest together and keeps groups coming back year after year… FUN!
5 Camp Goals
(1) Providing Encounters with Christ; (2) Opportunities for Faith Expression; (3) Building Self-Esteem in Every Child; (4) Nurturing Community; (5) Exploring the Gospel through Mission Interaction; (6) Having Fun!
2013 Theme: Tag You’re It!
Imagine a field full of people.  There are trees on one side, buildings off in the distance, and wide-open spaces to run.  Everyone is welcome here - to belong, to play or rest, to be sad or glad, take a nap or have a picnic.  Not everyone knows about this place.  Perhaps no one has shown them how to find their way to it.  Others have spent their entire lives there, knowing exactly where home base is and where the boundaries of the field slope down and away. Sometimes the children’s games lead them outside the places where they are no longer comfortable and where they encounter those who live beyond the field.  They are interesting people, beautiful people who have never seen the field nor understood its peace.  So the children invite them to come and rest, or be sad or glad, to take a nap or have a picnic or play “TAG!” You’re it.

PASSPORTyouth camp - June 30 - July 5
Wingate University, NC. See Andrea or Justin now to reserve your spot
PASSPORTchoices encourages campers to explore their personal interests and find the connection between those interests and gifts and who God is creating them to become! Some youth are artists, others are into the environment.  Some express themselves through cooking, while others will travel the world. As always, youth need to be given the opportunity to impact the lives of those around them through hands on missions. PASSPORTchoices is designed to help campers explore the reality that they are uniquely and wonderfully made and encourage them to make great choices as they discover who God is creating them to become!

Youth Combos: Fired Up!
Sunday School (Sundays at 9:30 a.m.), Head First Sunday Nights (6-8 p.m.), and Wednesday Night Supper, Prayer, and Rec (6:15-7:30 p.m.) all on the same theme: Fired Up! Throughout the Christian journey, there are highs and lows, questioning and excitement. God must have known what we would encounter, because scripture provides us with resources to live a life on fire, to keep the flame burning, to make it through the fire, and to fan the flames into something even greater.
Head First Sunday Nights - 6-8 p.m.
Jan. 20 - Will not meet on the 20th for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend
Jan. 27 - Looking for a Host Home

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).

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.

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.

LABC Tea: “A Cup of Hospitality”
We 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).

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 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
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 twitter.com to sign up.

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