LABC News & Notes, January 2, 2014

Soup's On Us 2014
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. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, May 3, July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6. “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.

Christmas Gift for Christ - Sunday, January 5
Children and adults are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army, representing a gift for Christ. Children will collect food items at the doors as you enter the sanctuary and will process in from the foyer during morning worship and lay these gifts on the Lord's Supper table. Most any non-perishable food item will be useful, but the following items are in great demand: spaghetti, hamburger helper, cereal, peanut butter, and Ramen noodles. With the closing of Harvesting Hope, Salvation Army will take more responsibility and will need more non-perishable food items to meet the increased demand.

Maetta Gray Women on Mission - Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Holly Christian, director of Little Cherubs children’s clothing sale.

Tara Luster Recognition - Sunday, January 12
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Visit with Tara at the Welcome Cafe’
10:45 a.m. - Worship & Recognition of Tara

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

Senior Adult Luncheon, Tuesday, January 21

A Christmas Thank You from Your Church Staff

The theme of the Fourth Sunday of Advent was love. Your church staff has felt the love. Thank you for making this a great place to minister. We appreciate your many expressions of kindness through the generous love offering, the cards, delicious treats, your thoughtful words and deeds and your prayers. Thank you for your willingness to share your talents in music, worship, and writing. The Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love of Christ has shown through you this Advent/Christmas season.

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
A Sunday evening Women’s Bible study will start on January 19th.  Participants will read and discuss the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, written by Lysa Terkeurst from Proverbs 31 Ministries. The group will meet in the fellowship hall from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. The cost of the book is $8. Anyone interested in joining the 6-week study, please contact Shawna Stomberger (phone and email available in the church office).

Church Directory
Thank you to those who had their pictures taken by Universal Church Directories in December. Universal is giving a complimentary copy of the directory to everyone they photographed. If any of you want extra copies or anyone who was not photographed by Universal wants to order a copy, you may do so in the church office before the end of January 2014. Directories are ten dollars each. Please make your check payable to LABC. The directories will be designed early in the year and should be delivered to us by late Spring.

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

www.lexingtonavenue.org/the-story
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.
Adults and Youth
Adults will use The Story, selected passages from the Bible, organized into 31 chapters from Genesis to Revelation. 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.
Preschool and Children
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. The whole family can learn The Story together.
The Story Planning Team
If you have any questions talk to any member of The Story planning team: Rhonda Caldwell, Amanda England, Tara Luster, Joe Gibson, Adam Nash, Amber Nash, Phil Quinn, Blythe Sheene, Todd Sheene, Keith Stillwell, or Tommy Valentine.
The Story Events
January 5
The Story at the Welcome Cafe’: The Story Planning Team will host and will be happy to talk to you about The Story
Joint Assembly for all Sunday School Classes:
in fellowship hall, 9:30-9:45 a.m. The Story begins.
January 8
The Story Kick-off Dinner: Chicken & Potluck with Ice Cream Sunday Bar (lots of toppings like Orange Leaf). Introduction to The Story.
Jeopardy: The Story Version: Questions for the game come from The Story.
January 12
Bring a Friend to the Story
Reading Schedule
Participants are encouraged to read the chapters in advance of Sunday
January    
5 - (1) Creation        
12 - (2) Abraham: God Builds a Nation & (3) Joseph    
19 - (4) Deliverance from Egypt & (5) Ten Commandments – New Covenant
26 - (6) Wilderness Wandering & (7) Battle Begins (Conquest of Canaan)
February
2 - (8) A Few Good Men and Women & (9) Faith of a Foreign Woman: Ruth & Naomi
9 - (10) Standing Tall, Falling Hard: Samuel & Saul & (11) From Shepherd to King: David
16 - (12) Trials of a King (David & Bathsheba) & (13) The King Who had it All (King Solomon)
23 - (14) A Kingdom Torn in Two & (15) God’s Messengers (Prophets: Elijah & Elisha)    
March    
2 - (16) The Beginning of the End of Kingdom of Israel (Isaiah) & (17) The Kingdom’s Fall (Jeremiah)
9 -  (18) Daniel in Exile & (19) Return Home (Ezra)    
16 - (20) Queen Esther & (21) Rebuilding the Walls (Nehemiah)
23 - (22) Jesus’ Birth         
30 - (23) Jesus’ Ministry Begins & (24) No Ordinary Man    
April
6 - (25) Jesus, Son of God    
13 - (26) The Hour of Darkness
20 - (27) The Resurrection [Easter]
27 - (28) New Beginnings: Holy Spirit & (29) Paul’s Mission
May
4 - (30) Paul’s Final Days & (31) The End of Time

Children’s January News
The Story for Children Begins Jan. 5

During Sunday School, the children will study the same stories as the adults and youth. We encourage families to read the stories together at home each week. There are three versions of The Story for young, middle and older children.
Children’s Missions begins January 15
Planet 56 Missions (grades 5-6), Girls in Action (girls grades 1-4), Royal Ambassadors (boys grades 1-4) and Mission Friends (preschool) get started again on Wednesday, January 15. Family supper is at 6:15 p.m. then at 6:45 p.m. our children’s mission groups meet.
Meet Amanda Standiford
On Wednesday, January 8, after our Story Kick-off Dinner and Ice Cream Sundae Bar, our children will have a chance to meet Amanda as she leads the children and introduces The Story for Kids.
A Word from our Children’s Minister
Hi everyone! I’m excited to be starting the new year with you here at Lexington Avenue. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you over the next few months as we learn to serve God together. Here’s a little of my story: I grew up in Crestwood, Kentucky, and I went to Murray State University. Right now, I live in Georgetown, where I am about to begin my last semester as a student at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. I share my house with my husband, Adam, and our dog, Gavin, who loves to play with his Angry Bird toy. I like yellow, spaghetti, chai tea, cookie dough ice cream, and all kinds of crafts. I can’t wait to hang out with you and learn some of your story soon!

Youth Group in January
The Story begins January 5th

In January Lexington Avenue  Baptist Church will begin a trip through many of the stories of the Bible. The youth group will be going through The Story in both Sunday School and on Wednesday’s Deep End Bible Study. We are hoping that with all LABC using The Story this will encourage Bible discussion outside of the church, especially within families.
Music Recommendation: Music Inspired By The Story
This album is a compilation of music by many of the top artists in contemporary Christian music and corresponds with chapters from The Story adding to the reader’s experience.  
Verse for January - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
Youth Group 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)
Wednesday
Church wide meal @ 6:15pm (fellowship hall)
Deep End Bible Study @ 6:45pm-7:30pm (youth room)

Committee & Leadership Team Meetings, Sunday, January 26
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

Newly Elected Deacons beginning 2014
Rosalind Campbell, Paul Elwyn, Steve Griffin, Donna Pierce, Marvon Smith, David Williams

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
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—(email and phone number available in the church office).
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, 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
Jan. 8 - Judee Vanderpool - Chicken & Potluck & Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Jan. 15 - Haiti Fundraiser
Jan. 22 - Amy Miller
Jan. 29 - Nina Mallory - Chicken & Potluck
Feb. 5 - Deacons - Soup
Feb. 12 - Heart for Missions
Feb. 19 - Amy Miller
Feb. 26 - Nina Mallory - Chicken & Potluck
March 5 - Chris Herron - Mealloaf
March 12 - Soup’s On Us - Fundraiser
March 19 - Judee Vanderpool - Breakfast?
March 26 - Nina Mallory
April 2 - Spring Break - No Meal
April 9 - Amy Miller - Youth Passport Camp Fundraiser
April 16 - Holy Week - No Meal
April 23 - Judee Vanderpool - Barbecue
April 30 - Stephanie Griffin - Chicken & Potluck
May 7 - Coed 2 Sunday School -
May 14 - Women of the Word Sunday School
Children & Youth Activities - 6:45-7:30 p.m.

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