LABC News & Notes, February 7, 2013

Guest Preacher, Rev. Amber Inscore Essick
Sunday, February 10, 10:45 a.m. for the Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching. Baptist Women in Ministry sponsors the annual Martha Stearns Marshall Month of Preaching and encourages Baptist churches to invite a woman into their pulpit to preach in the month of February. Amber Inscore Essick is co-pastor, with her husband, at Port Royal Baptist Church, Port Royal, Kentucky. A native of North Carolina, she earned her Master of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Texas. She has served as chapel coordinator at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Her husband, Dr. John Essick, is Assistant Professor of Church History at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. Amber and her husband have two children, Olin and Leif.

Gideons Emphasis Sunday, February 10, 10:45 a.m.
Bernard Montgomery will share a testimony and an offering will be taken at the end of the service to support the distribution of Scripture through work of the Gideons.

Nada Mission Trip Planning Meeting, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
We need your help. Our Nada Mission Trip is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. We will lead a graduation celebration for Nada graduates, do some work including set up for the celebration and minor home repair, lead Bible study and games with preschoolers and children, take a Nada family night at the Legends’ baseball trip and more. This year Calvary Baptist in Lexington will be working with us. If you think you might be interested please join us for our planning meeting in fellowship hall  on the 10th of February at 6:30 p.m.

Heart for Missions: Wednesday, February 13
Heart for Missions Meal (6:15 p.m.) prepared by mission team.
Valentine’s Dinner: Lasgna, Salad, Bread Sticks, Dessert
Donations to Glocal Missions Offering which adds support to all the great ministries in our missions budget.

Senior Adult Luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 19

Children’s Day in Worship, Sunday, Feb. 24, 10:45 a.m.
Theme: “Being a Good Neighbor”
Worship will include:
•    Children leading in prayer, scripture reading, welcoming, offering, and music
•    “Jesus Loves Me,” sung in Chinese
•    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
•    Video Greetings to the children of Rabat

Children’s Game Room

We now have a children’s game room to be used at times other than our regularly scheduled events under adult supervision. The game room includes: Wii with Wii Sports, Sports Resort, and Raving Rabbids; Pop-A-Shot; mini pool and foosball, and board games.

Thank You LABC for Your Faithfulness
1 Corinthians 4:2: ‘It is required in stewards, we be found faithful.’
What an appropriate Biblical reflection on the  LABC family in their giving for 2012. Your faithfulness through this past year resulted in 93.5% of the planned budget being made available for us to do God’s work. The many ministries and mission efforts were touched through your  financial generosity and  your hearts, hands and feet. As we begin to bring the first month of our new church year to a close, we know you will again be found faithful in your financial stewardship. We look forward to LABC being about God’s work in a more profound way throughout 2013.  --Stewardship Committee

Bottles of Blessings Due by February 20
For those who have taken Bottles of Blessings for the Pregancy Resouce Center, they are due back to the church office, filled, by February 20th.

Wanted! A Desk for the Welcome Center
Wanted! A nice looking, serviceable desk in good condition to use in a new Welcome Center. If anyone has one that they are willing to give to the church, please contact Paula Scott or Keith. Pick up will be available. It would be nice to have a chair to go with it too. Paula can be reached on her cell (859-583-2647) or call the church office at 236-3565.

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.

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: 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.

A Messge from Soup’s On Us
January 2013, a brand new year. Time to reflect on the year behind us and the year stretched in front of us.  Last Saturday we began our second year of Soups on Us. Again, we cooked, packed and delivered lunch for our community.  All of us love this mission.
    The first Saturday of each month the members of LABC arrive with a smile ready to work.  If I haven’t said it before, let me say it now …. Thank You…..I can’t say it enough.  As our meals are delivered throughout the county I think of the families who receive our small white boxes.  Included in the box lunch, is a very special blessing from our church to each home.
    As you read this, please thoughtfully consider giving your time on a Saturday this year to help with this mission.  If you already volunteer, you feel the reward. If you haven’t been with us in a while, please come back. If you haven’t joined us yet, please think about it.
    This year we will provide lunch 10 more times.  January is behind us; we will not provide lunch in April.  Please prayerfully consider this mission.  The morning goes very quickly, the work is not hard, the fellowship is wonderful, and the cause is worthwhile.
    Your generous support helps to make this mission possible. We need help making boxes, sandwich makers, cooks, dishwashers and delivery people. We need you….come once, and I believe you will come again.
        In Christ, love and thanks
        Stephanie Griffin
        Soups on Us committee

The Purpose Driven Life

Sundays at 4:00 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!

Burberry Piano Restoration
This historic 18th Century piano is currently being restored by the Phillip Hickey Piano Co., located here in Danville.We are fortunate to have him do our restoration, as he is a renowned piano technician. He is finding this piano to be particularly challenging, as much of the work is having to be done with hand-tools instead of electrical tools. It was originally built when there was no electricity, and he’s even having to hand-twist all of the nearly 300 wires (piano strings) to the new pins! We have already had donations for 34 of the 88 keys being restored on this antique piano.Each key is $66, and they may be donated  “in honor of” or “in memory of” a loved one. A plaque will be displayed near the piano once it is restored. Each key donor will receive a tuning pin taken from the piano prior to restoration. We hope to use this piano to bring glory to God as it is used in our church. Perhaps it can be used as our Choir Room piano, or perhaps for worship in other ways. It will definitely be a historical instrument that will be a part of the musical excellence this church has always displayed.
A Brief History of the Viennese Grand Piano
After doing research on this piano I realized that it would take a true piano historian who speaks fluent German to do a complete history.  Help, Maria Rice! The Viennese Grand Pianos were made during the time period of 1750-1850. There were several musicians named Tomaschek, who both composed music and built pianos. Phillip Hickey has found only two similar pianos, one in Eastern Europe and one in France.  There simply are very few pianos like it. This style of piano comes from the Beethoven Period of Piano music, from the Romantic Period of Music, and the music composed for this piano was primarily “sonatas in the high classic tradition. Tomaschek’s influence on Schubart and all other Romantic piano lyricists was profound, and reaches as far as Brahms.”* We cannot find information on this specific piano- inscriptions inside say, “F. E. Tomaschek in Wien, Opus Model 7, #32.”  We have found a reference to a later piano built by “Anton Tomaschek, Opus #881, made in Vienna c. 1840- Mahogany Veneer, 3 bulbous legs, on casters, square tail (top).  Inlaid in brass on inner keyboard cover, “Tomaschek in Wein”.**
*Oxford University Press, 1946, The Musical Quarterly.
**Makers of the Piano, by Martha Novak Clinkscale.

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
Feb. 6 - Nina Mallory & Janice Lee - Fried Chicken & Potluck
Feb. 13 - Missions Team - Lasagna & Salad (Heart for Missions)
Feb. 20 - Deacons - Chili Cookoff
Feb. 27 - Nina Mallory - Turkey & Dressing
March 6 - Judee Vanderpool - Pizza & Salad
March 13 - Soup's On Us Fundraiser - Soup & Sandwich
March 20 - TBA
March 27 - Holy Week - No Service
April 3 - Spring Break - No Service
April 10 - Fried Chicken & Potluck
April 17 - Amy Miller - TBA
April 24 - Youth - (Passport Camp Fundraiser)
May 1 - Judee Vanderpool - TBA
May 8 - TBA
May 15 - TBA
May 22 - Tim Dievert

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.

Youth Events in February

Youth Sunday Nights: Supper, Games & Devotion, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Feb 10 - Andrea’s Home
Feb. 17 - Malcolm & Amy Miller’s  Home
Feb. 24 - Todd & Blythe Sheene’s
Sunday School - Way to Live - Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
Way to Live, written by teens and adults, uses down-to-earth language to discuss important matters of faith. Vist the Way to Live website: See one of the youth ministers or Sunday School teachers if you have never received the book: Feb. 10 - Life; Feb. 17 -  Story; Feb. 24 - Bodies; March 3 - Stuff; March 10 - Food
Youth Wednesday Nights
Supper, Prayer, & Rec Room, 6:15-7:30- p.m.

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.

In the Case of Inclement Weather
Check the home page of our web page ( 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 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:

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 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