LABC News & Notes, January 23, 2014

Maetta Gray Women on Mission - Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m.
Nathaniel Deaton, Centre Student, will be speaking about his experience with archaeological digs in Israel and working with the people there.

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: Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, May 3 & 31, 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.

Coed 1 Sunday School at the Welcome Cafe’
Coed 1 Sunday School will be meeting and greeting in the Welcome Cafe’ for the month of February. We have an incredibly talented  decorator and several world famous chefs to assure that you  "feel the love" at LABC!

The Story Continues
26 - (6) Wilderness Wandering & (7) Battle Begins (Conquest of Canaan)
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)

Greeters: Share Your Ideas
As a relatively new member of LABC, I can testify to the welcoming nature of our church. In addition to the official greeters at our doors and at the Welcome Café, we simply are a friendly community that nurtures long-standing friendships and welcomes visitors. It’s tempting to take for granted what we have, but to nurture new greeters and build on what we know to be a welcoming and special place of worship, I invite you to share tips and stories to be part of a new LABC Hospitality Resource to enhance this ministry. To facilitate this sharing, please consider the following questions based on your reading and experiences at LABC:
• What tips for greeters can you share?
• Do you have a greeting story you can share?
• What new greeting recommendations do you wish to see considered?
Please reply by January 24 to Paul Elwyn (contact information available in the church office).

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God
A Sunday evening Women’s Bible study started 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).

Committee & Leadership Team Meetings, Sunday, Februray 9
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

Haiti Mission Trip Prayer Guide

A mission team, which includes three from our church, Eddie Arnold, Doris Cessna, and Marian Gibson, will be traveling to Haiti, February 9-16 to build a home, engage in one-on-one evangelism, and provide some essential cooking items (rice, beans, cooking oil, spaghetti, dried fish, soap and matches) to needy families. The other members of the team are: Rick Gallant, Danville, Ky; Paul Maggard, Kingsport, Tn; Hunt and Tamara Dickson, Nashville, Tn. Please pray for them as the prepare and as they go:
1. Team Members - Health Safety
2. Families of Team Members - Pray all goes well while the team is on the mission field.
3. Travel - Safety on international and in-country flights and that all baggage with our supplies arrives with us.
4. Family of the Habitat Home - For their health and that they are receptive to the team and hearing the Word of God.
5. Home Prayer Visit - Families will be receptive to the Word of God s we minister to them one on one.
6. Haitian People - That they woud be receptive.

LABC Preschool Registration
Church members and families may pre-register for LABC Preschool beginning March 1, 2013. Pre-registration forms are available in the church office or online at Completed forms with your $50 pre-registration fee may be turned into the church office and confirmation will be sent.

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

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.

I invite you to be a part of something big in 2014…LABC’s Welcome Café (WC). This ministry is focused on connecting guests and LABC family in a fun and welcoming environment while supporting the overall mission of the church.  Volunteers are needed to host each Sunday.
What does it mean to host the WC?
--Arrive at the café by 9 a.m. on your Sunday for a quick setup
--Be ready by 9:10 a.m. to greet those who drop by for conversation and coffee
--Bring a snack to share (optional)
--Close the café by 9:40 a.m.
--Welcome any visitors who need assistance finding their way
Note: The café is set up each week and hosts are only responsible for being cheery and ensuring refreshments are set up. Instructions for hosting are at the WC station.
Suggested hosts include:
1. You and your BFF or buddy
2. You and some (or all) of your family members
3. Couples
4. Classes or groups willing to take an entire month or a certain Sunday each month
5. Deacons of the week support the café each week. Spouses are welcome and needed, here, as well.
6. Theme a Sunday and pull in friends with whom you enjoy a certain activity, hobby or sport
Please join this ministry by volunteering to host a Sunday one, two or three times a year. The schedule is listed below. Please respond to this email if you can assist, or contact me (contact information available in the church office) or the church office (236-3565).
--Thanks so much, Rhonda Caldwell

The Story: Find Your Place in the Greatest Story Ever Told
Join us Sundays at  9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
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.
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.

Children’s January News
The Story Continues

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.
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 Continues

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)
Church wide meal @ 6:15pm (fellowship hall)
Deep End Bible Study @ 6:45pm-7:30pm (youth room)

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!

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. 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 - Meatloaf
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 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 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 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