LABC News & Notes, April 25, 2013

LABC Glocal Missions Fair and Worship - Sunday, April 28
You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the  earth (Acts 1:8).
Missions Fair, 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Over twenty-five of our ministry partners will have display booths and will be here to offer information and talk with you about the work they do. Children will have a fill in the blank activity to complete. At each of twenty-four stations they will find answers to questions and receive a puzzle piece. If they visit all twenty-four stations they will have the complete puzzle.
Worship: Missions Emphasis, 10:45 a.m.
Dr. Greg Earwood, president of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky will be our guest preacher. Richard Witherite, Director of College/Alumni Relations, Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, will share a testimony. Many of our ministry partners will participate in worship through prayer, scripture reading, and responsive reading.
Glocal Missions Offering 2013
Take part in something big! Your gift to the annual Glocal Missions Offering increases our support for all the great mission endeavors your church supports, such as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship national and world missions, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship including Nada and Morocco, African Migrants, Soup’s On Us, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Hope Clinic, and much more. Your gift will feed the hungry, build homes, educate, relieve poverty, build relationships, and spread the good news of Jesus in Danville, Kentucky, the United States, and the world.
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.

Burberry Piano Talent Concert - Sunday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Talent Concert to celebrate the newly-reconditioned Burberry Piano!
This rare 19th Century Viennese Piano-Forte, given to us by The Burberry Family, has been completely restored by the Hickey Piano Company here in Danville. We will use it in our morning worship services on April 28, and have our Talent Concert on the Evening of the 28th. During this Talent Concert you’ll hear music by: several keyboard musicians (present and past members), soloists, and groups inlcuding the Lexington Avenue Quartet.

Collide! May 3, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church
5:30 pm - LABC youth meet at church; 6:00 pm - Meal; 7:00 pm - Collide!
Chad Varga, former Pittsburg basketball player, shares his testimony of how he overcame drugs and alcohol in his home, found a life of faith in Christ, and gave up a professional basketball career in order to share his story. Event is free. Door prizes will be given.

Welcome Cafe Grand Opening, May 5
Sunday, May 5, 9:00-9:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Stop by and visit our new Sunday School Welcome Center and learn how you can help us greet our guests. Ribbon cutting at 9:20 a.m. Coffee and breakfast items provided by the Mary Martha class. Meet our new Welcome Center Coordinator, Rhonda Caldwell.

Soup's On Us - May 4
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: 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.



KBF Spring Gathering - April 26-27, Owensborro
Visit the KBF Spring Gathering Webpage
Building Community Through Worship and Missions: Keynote Speaker Rhonda Abbott Blevins, Leadership Conference with Jim Dant, Mission Offering, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky Banquet
Saturday Morning Breakouts:
Morocco Experience (You will also have an opportunity to "experience" this workshop on Friday evening.); Engagement in Missions: Understanding and Utilizing KBF’s Missions Asset Map; Kentucky Baptist Women in Ministry; Engagement with CBF Field Personnel Through Mission Communities; Intentionality and Worship; Worship as Mission; Missions in the Community: Unexpected Experiences; Festival of Preachers

Youth Meals and Host Homes Needed
We are looking for host homes and people to prepare meals for our Sunday night activities in April. See Andrea or Justin if you can help.

Youth: Way to Live
Sunday School - Way to Live - Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

When youth enter the youth group they are presented with the book, Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens, written by teenagers and youth leaders. This year we will focus on chapters: Life, Story, Bodies, Stuff, and Food.
Head First Sunday Nights: Supper, Games & Devotion, 6-8 p.m.
We are looking for host homes and people to prepare meals for our Sunday night activities in April.
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!

From the Children’s Minister
Parents, please let me know if your child is going to camp in July. The $60 deposit is due June 1st. VBS! It is that time of year again and we are planning a fun filled VBS and we are going to need many volunteers. Please see Tara if you can help in any way. Have a wonderful, happy, and safe spring break.

VBS 2013 - June 23-27 (Sunday to Thursday evenings)
Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together. See Tara if you can help.

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.

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
April 3 - Spring Break - No Service
April 10 - Nina Mallory & Janice Lee - Fried Chicken & Potluck
April 17 - Amy Miller - Roast Beef, Scalloped Potatoes, & Slaw
April 24 - Youth - Spaghetti (Passport Camp Fundraiser)
May 1 - Judee Vanderpool - "Dress the Dog" Hot dog bar with lots of toppings, baked beans, chips, dessert
May 8 - Nina Mallory - Chicken & Potluck
May 15 - Tim Dievert - Grilled Hamburger & Hotdogs

Nada Planning Meeting, Sunday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
We need all adults, youth, and children who plan to go on the Nada Mission trip this year to contact Keith, Tara, Andrea, or Justin to sign-up and attend the planning meeting on May 5. We need everyone there as we finalize plans, make housing arrangements, and assign responsibilities for the trip.

Nada Mission 2013 - May 31-June 2
Children, Youth, Adults & Families
Contact Keith or call the church office now to sign up.
Mission Work
Graduation Celebration with Nada Classic basketball game, worship, home repair, yard work for the elderly, Family Movie Night in Lexington, Children’s Story Time and Art. We need people to lead games and activities, work with children, lead worship, sing or play an instrument, organize, coach and referee the basketball game, cooks, manual laborers, planners.
Prizes Needed for Graduation Celebration
We will give gifts to the Nada graduates and have prize drawings for children and adults.In the past we have given gift cards (Walmart, Kroger, Subway, etc.), autographed items, toys, electronics, household items, most any nice large of small gift could work.
Graduation Celebration
Once again the primary focus of our mission trip to Nada this year will be the graduation celebration to encourage young people in Nada to stay in school and graduate. We need lots of help planning, setting up, and conducting the celebration which will include, a basketball game, music, cookout, and more. We hope many of you will join us on this trip, but whether or not you can join us on the trip we need your help with prizes of all sorts (souvenirs, fun or useful items, gift cards). We will have prize drawings to encourage community participation and gifts for the graduates.
On Saturday we will work to clean-up the basketball court and repair the goals, organize and set up for the Graduation Celebration, and do some home repair, lawn mowing and weed-eating in the community.
Family Movie Night in Lexington
We will enjoy a night at the movies in Lexington with Nada families.
Children’s Story Time and Art
For Nada and LABC children.
Heaven on a Hilltop (how can you beat that?) and Poplar Place. Very nice, cozy cabins in the beautiful mountains.
Prayer, devotions, fellowship, sharing and God’s creation will make this trip a spiritual retreat as well as a mission trip.
Schedule (Tentative)
Friday, May 31
6:00 p.m.       Depart LABC
8:00 p.m.       Cabin Check-in
9:00 p.m.       Devotion & Planning
10:00 p.m.      Hang Out & Snacks
Saturday, June 1
8:30 a.m.        Breakfast in Cabins
10:00 a.m.      Work Project
12:00 a.m.       Lunch at Miguel’s Pizza
2:00 p.m.        Preparation for Graduation Celebration & Work Project
6:00 p.m.        Depart Nada for Movies
7:05 p.m.        Family Movie Night in Lexington with Friends from Nada
Sunday, June 3
10:30 a.m.        Second LABC Group Departs for Nada
11:30 a.m.        Cabin Devotions
12:30 p.m.        Sandwich Lunch
1:00 p.m.        Finish Preparations for Graduation Celebration
2:00 p.m.        Graduation Celebration: Games, Activities, Music
3:00 p.m.        Worship with Nada & Graduate Recognition
4:00 p.m.        Graduation Celebration: Cookout, Games, Music
4:30 p.m.        Basketball Game: Nada Hoops Classic
6:30 p.m.        Mission Trip Debriefing
7:00 p.m.        Depart for Danville

Morocco Partnership Trip - October 3-14, 2013

“Fellowship Without Borders--Caravan for Women”
Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, Kentucky Baptist Women In Ministry, and The Eglise Evangelique au Maroc will partner together in October to lead the first multicultural women’s experience for Kentuckians and Africans in Morocco. Lead by Karen Thomas Smith and Becky Caswell-Speight, this trip seeks to build relationships between women of the EEAM and women of the KYBWIM.  The group from Kentucky will travel (caravan) across the country of Morocco with women of the EEAM developing partnership, discovering ways to work together, and encouraging each other in their own cultures and contexts. Highlights for the trip include worship in Casablanca, Bible study in Fez, dialogue with Moroccan Muslims in Ifrane, and worship with migrants/refugees in Rabat. Contact Josh Speight or Becky Caswell-Speight for more info. Tentative Travel Dates: October 3-14, 2013. Estimated Cost: $2100
LABC/Rabat Partnership Trip
Keith Stillwell will be going to Morocco at the same time as the KBF Women in Ministry trip,  primarily to help the Rabat church with children’s education.  We are looking for a woman to go and represent LABC and someone (perhaps the same person) with a background in childhood education. See Keith if you are interested.

Morocco Partnership Plans (2013-2016)
A portion of the Global Ministries budget allocated for Morocco partnership trips will be carried over ever other year to support teams from LABC traveling to Morocco and teams from Morocco visiting Kentucky. In 2014 we plan to invite a team from Morocco to visit us in Kentucky and in 2016 we will plan to send a team to Morocco and provide as much financial support for the team as possible. Members are called out and sent to participate in ministry as representatives of the church, supported by the church. Depending on the ministry goals of the trip, priority in allocation of financial assistance will go to those with specific gifts needed for that trip and those who have never been. Kentucky Baptist Fellowship (KBF) promotes partnership trips to Morocco most ever year. Members are encouraged to participate in these trips at their own expense with minimal support from the missions budget when available. This coming fall, Keith will be going to Morocco, with the KBF team,  primarily to help the Rabat church with children’s education. The focus of the KBF trip will be Women’s Ministries. It would be helpful for a woman to go and represent LABC and someone (perhaps the same person) with a background in childhood education to go.
Morocco Trips:
2013- Keith and childhood education/KBF and Women’s Ministries
2014- Team from Rabat Morocco church invited to Kentucky
2015- KBF sponsored trip
2016- Team from LABC to Morocco

A Sunday Evening Gathering: Luke

A prayerful reading of the Gospel of Luke, Sundays, 5:00 p.m. 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” is cancelled until late Fall 2013. Some will be walking at the park if you want to join call Judee Vanderpool (phone number available in the church office).

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).

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 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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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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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