LABC News & Notes, November 28, 2013 - Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Maetta Gray Women on Mission - December 3, 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Adam Nash

“First Gift” Sunday, December 1 - 10:45 a.m.
On Sunday, December 1, we will have an opportunity to give the “First Gift” of the season to honor our faith and the ministry here at LABC. This gift is not part of our pledge for the yearly budget. This gift is over and above anything that we have pledged or will pledge.“ First Gift” envelopes will be available for the monetary gifts. Children may wish to bring money or hats, gloves, or scarves.

Staff Christmas Gift - Sunday, Dec. 8
Express your thanks and appreciation to our ministerial and support staff through the staff love offering on December 8. Offering envelopes will be provided. Designate your gift to “Staff Christmas Gift.”

Operation Christmas Child - Thank you!
Thanks to our members and to Linda Kurtz, our Operation Christmas Child director, 243 Christmas boxes are now on their way to children who will be delighted to receive them and will learn the story of God’s love to us through Jesus. Nice work LABC!

If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office (236-3565). The cost is $10.00 which will go to the Annual Glocal Missions Offering.

The Advent/Christmas Season at LABC
First Sunday of Advent: “Hope” - December 1, 10:45 a.m.
Handbells play, “Ring in Exaltation!” by Wagner and, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence by Mazzatenta. Sanctuary Choir sings, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” by Mauldin.
Hanging of the Green - Sunday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for this joyous event for all ages, as we decorate the sanctuary, light the candles, place Chrismons on the Christmas tree, sing, and learn the meaning of the symbols of Advent in preparation for the season. Preschool Choir plays Rainbow Bells and Planet Fifty-Six children perform Advent Skit.
Second Sunday of Advent: “Peace” - December 8, 10:45 a.m.
Brass & Percussion Instrumental Ensemble plays, “O, Holy Night” by Goeller, “Adoration of The Christ-Child” by Kirkland and, “Go, Tell it On the Mountain” by Lawrence. The Christmas Choir sings, “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Duren and, “The Holly and The Ivy” by Haun.
Third Sunday of Advent: “Joy” - December 15, 10:45 a.m.
Danville Children’s Choir and LABC Christmas Choir sings, “Peace, Peace” by Rouse and, “A Merry Carol of the Bells” by Kirkland.
Children Musical - Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
Children Perform, “The Incredible, Gigantic, Humongous Veggie Tales Christmas Show!”, Nicole Farmer, Director .
Fourth Sunday of Advent: “Love” - December 22, 10:45 a.m.
Maya Smith sings, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Olivet and the Lexington Avenue Quartet sings.
Christmas Eve Service - December 24, 7:00 p.m.
Carols, Candles, & Communion: Lisa Rimmell sings, “O, Holy Night” by Adam and Amy Thiaville (Violin Soloist) plays a “Christmas Medley” by Isaac and, “Infant Holy” by Reed and, “The Messiah by James.

First Christian Church - Monday Advent Services
“Journey to Bethlehem”
December 2: The Journey of Mary - Rev. Amy Meaux, Trinity Episcopal
December 9: The Journey of Joseph - Dr. Tommy Valentine, LABC
December 16: The Journey of the Shepherds - Sarah Hempel
December 23: The Journey of the Magi - Tom Huckleberry

Soup's On Us - Dec. 7
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. “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.

The Story: Find Your Place in the Greatest Story Ever Told
Join us Sundays at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.Beginning, Sunday, January 5 - for the whole family. Sunday School groups for all ages (preschool, children, youth, and adults) will study The Story at 9:30 a.m. in Sunday School. Worship will follow the same themes each week including sermons, music, and multi-media. We often study key passages of the Bible. The Story will help us place the stories of the Bible within the context of the larger story of the whole Bible. Adults will receive the thirty-one chapter book, The Story, which is selected passages from the Bible designed to give us an overview of the whole Bible story. Preschoolers and Children will receive beautifully illustrated books which cover the same biblical story as adults. Planet 56 will use the older children’s version. Youth  will receive the teen version of The Story and view some very creative video retellings of the story each week in Sunday School and Wednesday nights.If you have any questions talk to any member of The Story planning team: Rhonda Caldwell, Amanda England, Tara Farmer, Joe Gibson, Adam Nash, Amber Nash, Phil Quinn, Blythe Sheene, Todd Sheene, Keith Stillwell, or Tommy Valentine.

Sunday School Teachers’ Meeting - Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.
In preparation for The Story beginning January 5, Keith will meet with Sunday School teachers to discuss The Story, answer questions, and take orders for any additional resources teachers may need.

Children’s December News
Children’s Handprints
Any child that has not made their handprint on the wall please see Tara this month.
Birthday Party for Jesus! - Saturday, December 14, 6-9 p.m.
We will be having a birthday party. The guest of honor is Jesus. Please bring a gift to give to the Salvation Army.  Pizza and snacks will be provided. Party is Saturday, December the 14th, from 6-9. (Parents this is my gift to you for a night out--Tara)
Childrens' Picture with Tara
We want to take a picture of the children with Tara after the children's musical on Wednesday, December 18. We hope that your child can be in the picture.
The Incredible, Gigantic, Humongous Veggie Tales Christmas Show -
Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
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!
Planet 56 Skits
Our Planet 56 group will present an Advent  skit at the Hanging of the Green service (December 1 at 6:00 p.m.) and a skit on Sunday morning, December 22 for Promise Sunday.
Wednesday Night Activities - 6:15-7:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. - Advent: Celebrating Jesus’ Birth

Youth News for December
Youth Shopping
The youth group will be going to the Fayette Mall in Lexington Sunday December 8th 12:00pm-6:00pm to go Christmas shopping  
So Sayeth the LABC Youth:
“Oh! You just got schooled… Sunday Schooled.”--Barrett Minks
Verse for the month of December
Luke 2:11- “in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Weekly Schedule
Sunday  Morning
Sunday School @ 9:30am-10:30am (youth room)
Worship @ 10:45am
Sunday Night  
Food and Fellowship @ 5:00pm-6:00pm (youth game room)
Youth Group @ 6:00pm-7:00pm (youth room)
Church wide  meal @ 6:15pm (fellowship hall)
Deep End Bible Study @ 6:45pm-7:30pm (youth room)
No Youth Group
December 8th, 18th, 25th, 29th, January 1st

New Church Directory December 3 - 7
It’s time for a new pictorial church directory. It will only be complete if YOU are in it. Photography dates are December 3 through 7. Schedule your professional photography session by selecting an option below:
- Stop by Fellowship Hall to sign up on any Sunday before or after church
- Log in to Click on the box on the right side that says “Schedule Your Photography Session.” Church code is KY168. Password is labc168. Follow instructions. This site is available only Monday through Friday.
- Call Alicia Nickens (number available in the church office).
Everyone who is photographed will receive a complimentary 8X10 portrait, a complimentary directory, and a $10 off coupon toward the purchase of any portraits. Each family will view portraits immediately after being photographed. Universal Church Directories provides a complete professional portrait studio right here at our church in the choir room. You’ll enjoy a variety of poses, portrait sizes, finish and framing options AND have the opportunity to purchase portraits to give to family and friends. Set your appointment today.

Christmas Choir Folders Ready
Please, please, please, please! Try something new! We need 6,398 singers in our Christmas Choir this year (actually, we’ll be OK with a few less than that, but you can’t blame me for trying), and we’re hoping you can help us! The music is not difficult and you’ll receive a blessing! We sing with instruments;  we are singing with DCC (Danville Children’s Choir) this year; it’s just an exciting experience! Just talk to Dr. Phil or go by the Choir Room and pick up a folder/CD. Try something new!

Sharon Price Wedding
Martha & Gene Robertson and Michael Price invite you to join them in celebrating
the marriage of their daughter Sharon Jo Price to Peter Pedersen, on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at 5:30 pm, Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, 102 S. Chiles Street, Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Reception with dancing and dinner immediately following the ceremony at the Lions Park Community Center, 450 East Factory Street, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. *Sharon and Peter are not registered because they will be residing in Denmark and, therefore, unable to transport non-monetary gifts. Please call or text (number available in church office) to RSVP by December 10.

A Sunday Evening Gathering: Genesis
A prayerful reading of the book of Genesis. Note: The Gathering will meet at 4:00 p.m. (instead of 5:00 p.m.), during the winter months, in the library (third floor, education building). Join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and community.

Walk on the “Mild” Side
Walk on the “Mild” Side has started for the fall. 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!

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—( 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, call Rhonda Caldwell at 859.583.5652,  or sign-up at the Welcome Café, located in the fellowship hall.

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
Dec. 4 - Amy Miller - Chicken & Potluck
Dec. 11 - Judee Vanderpool  
Dec. 18 - Deacon Chili Cook-off
Jan. 8 - Judee Vanderpool - Potluck
March 19 - Judee Vanderpool - Breakfast
April 23 - Judee Vanderpool - Barbecue
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

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. At the end of November we had received $9,296 toward the goal.

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 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.

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:

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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