LABC News & Notes, October 17, 2013

Pastor Appreciation Week - October 13-20
1 Thessalonians 5:12 - “and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”

Wear Their Favorite Colors

Wear Blue, Maroon or Purple (favorite colors of our church leadership team), Sunday, October 20th. Help us show congregational support by wearing these colors during the worship service.
Special Presentation at the Welcome Café - Sunday, October 20
The week long emphasis concludes Sunday, October 20th. Join the Mary Martha Sisters, the Roberts Class, and many others in the Welcome Café from 9:10 to 9:40 a.m. A light breakfast and, at 9:25 a.m., a special presentation to the LABC leaders is on tap. Please bring a breakfast item to share.
Express Your Gratitude
LABC Sunday School classes are joining forces to express our heartfelt gratitude and love to the church leaders--Tommy Valentine, Keith Stillwell, Phil Quinn, Tara Luster and Adam Nash—as part of this special week. The week kicked off on Sunday morning with prayer. Each of our pastors were asked how the congregation could support them in their leadership role. The combined responses...“Pray for wisdom, grace and compassion. Volunteer more. Respond to God’s call to ministry and service according to your gifts. Love the youth and give them grace as they learn.” Please pray.

Grace Through the Storm - Phil Quinn Concert, Oct. 20
Worship Concert by Phil Quinn, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Songs include: “The Anchor Holds,” “Midnight Cry,” “It is Well With My Soul,” “You Raise Me Up,” “Amazing Grace,” “The Prayer,” “I Can Only Imagine.” Other Musicians Featured: Lexington Avenue Quartet, Sanctuary Worship Choir. Free Admission (no offering taken); Free CD for all attendees; Free refreshments following; for more information call the church office (236-3565).

Fun Lovin’ Hearts Trip - October 24

Our, “Taste Of Heaven” Trip will be on Thursday, October 24—we’ll leave the church at 10 AM and go to BARDSTOWN, KY, where we’ll visit:
--The Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral (built in 1816-columns made out of tree trunks!).  Cost:  Free!
--Lunch at Kurtz’ Restaurant (Fried Chicken, Ky Country Ham, homemade cobblers, etc.)  Cost: Average lunch runs $8-$12.
--Heaven Hill Distilleries Heritage Center (includes Gift Shop & “Taste of Heaven” Tasting Room. Cost:  $5
We should get back to church by 4:30 PM (depending on how much “heaven” Dr. Phil has had).  Remember, we don’t have a lot of room on our van, so please call ASAP!

New Church Directory - December 3-7
Reserve these dates now for the new church directory. More information to come.

Tommy Valentine’s LABC Anniversary
October 10 (14 years)

Gail Singleton’s LABC Anniversary
October 18 (24 years)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD coming your way!
Please pick up materials in the connecting hallway and remember--DO include hygiene items such as wash cloths, toothpaste and toothbrush, bars of soap, etc. Toys such as small stuffed animals, dolls, simple games, books with lots of colorful pictures, balls, ping pong sets, jigsaw puzzles for children, play jewelry, stickers, etc. Clothing and footwear such as socks, underwear, flip flops, mittens, scarves, colorful tee shirts, etc.     School supplies such as pencils and a sharpener, small pads of paper and notebooks, non permanent magic markers, crayons, blunt scissors,colored paper clips, etc. Candy and sweets such as fruit flavored hard candies, peppermint sticks, chewing gum. DO NOT include any liquids such as shampoo, lotion, soap bubbles, anything "meltable" such as chocolate, and Play Dough doesn't work well because the children don't know what to do with it.
Some helpful tips:
1. take toys out of their packages if possible to save room in your shoe box. For example, matchbox cars can be removed from their packaging and wrapped up in washcloths or tee shirts.    2.  Please remember that boys in the oldest age group never have enough shoe boxes provided for them because most people tend to choose the younger children.    3. These children love color! Many of them live in a very dull and depressing environment so please pack as much color as possible by choosing bright cheerful colorful items.
Change the Life of a Child
Our deadline for turning in boxes this year is Sunday, November 24th which is right around the corner!!  You have no idea how your shoebox can literally change the life of a child. Your gifts offer joy, hope, and most of all, the plan of salvation which, for most of these children, has never been presented. There is a 12 week follow up "school" taught in their own language during which the children learn about Jesus, complete workbooks, listen to Bible stories, and become thoroughly educated in the Christian faith. Their parents and others in the family are also exposed to the gospel and the stories of their decisions to become Christians would warm your heart!  Last year we more than doubled the amount of shoeboxes from the previous year. Let's get our entire family and as many of our friends and neighbors involved as possible and do even better this year!!!!!  Thank you in advance for your wonderful participation in this worldwide mission.   --Linda Kurtz

Walk on the “Mild” Side
Walk on the “Mild” Side will be starting up again on Monday, October 7. Join us at 8:30 a.m. to walk with Leslie Sansone on her DVD’s and enjoy the fellowship of others who try to stay active and healthy. Pace yourself with one, two or three miles --thirty to forty five minutes. Music will help motivate and keep us moving. Come check us out Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. in fellowship hall at LABC. It’s FREE too!

Soup's On Us - November 2
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: 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.

Children’s October
Pumpkin Painting Party

Bring a pumpkin--any size. You will paint one for you to keep at home and one for display at our Fall Festival. Please wear clothes to paint in. Snack provided.
Fall Festival - Games Around the World
October 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m. We need candy and Sunday School classes to lead a game from around the world.
Wednesday Night Activities
Fall Pre-school-4th Grade Veggie Tales Musical
In December our kids will be performing, “The Incredible, Gigantic, Humongous Veggie Tales Christmas Show!”  It is the cutest, bestest, most adorablest musical ever!  You will love seeing & hearing Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and other delightful Veggie friends bring us The Christmas Story!
Preschool Mission Friends (ages 3-K)
In addtion to preparing for the Veggie Tales Christmas Show, preschoolers will be learning about missions and doing mission activities.
The GreatADVENTURE for Planet 56
Fifth and Sixth Graders will be rehearsing for an Advent play, creating art for the play and for worship, and enjoying some recreation.

Youth Calendar for October
So Sayeth the LABC Youth: Quotes from the Youth Group

“Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable, wisdom is knowing not to put one in a fruit salad”--Will Arnold
“Be bad at being bad and be good at being good. 1 Corinthians 14:20--The New Barrett Minks Paraphrase (TNBMP Bible).
Feed the Pig
The youth group is currently feeding two piggy banks to raise money for two families in need. The first is to raise money to help the Hockensmith family. The second is to help the Bell family from Lexington with a child that has an extremely rare genetic condition that will require him to receive a bone marrow transplant and extensive treatment
Iconography 101: The Dove
One of Christianity’s oldest iconic images. In popular culture the dove has come to mean peace, but in Christianity the dove represents the Holly Spirit (third person of the Trinity). The clear depiction of this is at the Baptism of Jesus where the Holy Spirit descended from God the Father to Jesus as a Dove.
Youth Schedule for October
Sunday School: Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Youth Group: Sunday Fun and Fellowship - 5:00-6:00 p.m. & Devotional - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Deep End Bible Study: Wednesday from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
Service Project and Bonfire: October 26. The youth group will be helping a member of the church and then attend a bonfire.
Bowling: October 13. Between the morning and the night services.

Health Fair Screenings, Wednesday, October 30
8:00-11:00 a.m. & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free Screenings Available for Adults 18 & Older at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church fellowship hall. Includes: Total Cholesterol*; Blood Glucose; Lipid Profile if fasting*; Blood Pressure including: Pulse and Oxygen Saturation; Body Mass Index including Height, Weight, and Body Fat Percentage; Stress Vulnerability; Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits and Information; Sleep Disorders; RN Consult; Flu Shots, if available.
*Fasting Encouraged (Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours– may have water and black coffee) will include Blood Glucose, Triglycerides and break down of Cholesterol—LDL & HDL 
Call 236-3565 Monday—Friday for an appointment.
Services provided by Ephraim McDowell Health Community Services Department, Faith Community Nursing Program.

Welcome Center
“Get Connected” at the Welcome Café

Get connected at the Welcome Café, located in the fellowship hall, Sunday from 9 to 9:40 a.m. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee from the Baptist Fair Trade Project. Learn more about the Welcome Center ministry.
Tech Savvy Volunteers Needed at the Welcome Center
Are you tech savvy? Have a Facebook page or a Twitter handle?  If so, we need you.  Volunteers are needed Sunday mornings at the Welcome Café from 9 to 9:40 a.m. (beginning October 1) to teach others who would like to connect with others on the world wide web. Send email or call Rhonda Caldwell if you can lead or assist with this ministry aspect of the Welcome Center—(cald1985@roadrunner.com or 859.583.5652).
Welcome Cafe’ Volunteers
If God has blessed you with an outgoing personality, the ability to share His love, a servants heart OR a talent to remember people’s names and faces, we need you at the Welcome Café. Join this ministry by volunteering to serve on the planning team or staff the welcome café (45 minute time commitment one or two Sundays per year). Classes are invited to volunteer on a monthly basis. To volunteer, send email to cald1985@roadrunner.com, call Rhonda Caldwell at 859.583.5652,  or sign-up at the Welcome Café, located in the fellowship hall.

Fall Famous Sanctuary Choir
We HAVE started back with our rehearsals on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 PM!  We are working on our weekly music plus our songs for Dr. Phil’s “Grace Through The Storm” Concert on October 20.  Advent Music is just about ready.  A lot is happening--  come, be a part.

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. 16    Amy Miller & Children’s Ministry Team - Kids’ Camp Fundraiser
Oct. 23    Judee Vanderpool    Chicken & Potluck
Oct. 30    Tim Dievert    Fall Festival - Hot Dogs
Nov. 6    Masonic Lodge    Fish Fry
Nov. 13    Judee Vanderpool    Spaghetti Pie/Lasagna
Nov. 20    Nina Mallory    Fried Chicken with sides provided
Nov. 27    Thanksgiving Week     (No Family Night Meal)
Dec. 4    Amy Miller    Chicken & Potluck
Dec. 11    Judee Vanderpool    Roast Beef
Dec. 18     Deacon     Chili Cook-off
Children & Youth Activities - 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Youth Deep End Bible Study (grades 7-12), Veggie Tales Chirstmas Show (preschool - grade 4), The Great ADVENTure (Planet 56), Mission Friends

Please Keep our Secret
The Choir did make a recording of two songs last Wednesday and did a great job-very professional! They WILL be on Phil’s CD coming out in October, and you can get one if you come to the Concert on Oct. 20, but we ask you try to keep this a secret. If not, word might get out and they will be on The Voice Show and/or get nominated for a Dove Award and we’ll lose our choir members when they get famous and have to go on world tours and all. Thanks for your help in this matter. “Mums” the word!

Candles for Glocal Missions Offering
Twelve candles have been placed on the baptistry rail representing our $12,000 Glocal Missions goal. For every $1000 given toward Glocal Missions, a candle will be lighted. The candles will remain throughout the year as we work toward our goal.

Please Play Our Piano!
The Burberry Tomaschek Piano is now in the church foyer, and Phillip Hickey, the re-builder technician, says it needs to be played often! So we’d like to ask you, if you play piano even a little, to try out this rare piano! It will be unlocked on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. - noon, and you will help break in these new strings/felts, etc. by playing this piano. As it is an antique and built for Classical and Church Music, please play music that is not too demanding or grandiose in style. If you’d like to play the piano during the week, just come by the office and we’ll be glad to open it for you. Thanks for helping to use our new/old piano. We hope to use it more in the future as it gets acclimated to it’s new equipment.

Church Key Return
If you have borrowed church keys that you are no longer using, please return them to the church office. We are running short on keys and it costs the church $5 each to make new ones.

A Sunday Evening Gathering

A 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.

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).

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 Site: 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