LABC News & Notes, February 6, 2014

Heart for Missions - Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:15 p.m.
Valentine’s Banquet with Lasagna, salad, bread sticks, and dessert. Donations to Glocal Missions Offering which adds support to all the great ministries in our missions budget. After a Mission Focus we will have our Valentine Card exchange with children, youth, and adults.

Committee & Leadership Team Meetings, Sunday, February 9
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 2014 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 - Postponed
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 they 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 as we minister to them one on one.
6. Haitian People - That they woud be receptive.

Parent’s Night Out - February 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 months to 18 years. Attention parents of youth and children: Enjoy Valentines day to yourselves or out at a romantic dinner (a subtle hint for any husbands that might have forgotten). The Youth will be watching the children from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Youth need to contact Adam if they plan on attending and should show up a little early to help set up. Donations are not required, but are accepted, and go towards funding for Passport Camps.

The youth's Disciple Now weekend is scheduled for March 14-16, and it will be here before we know it! We are looking for host homes and people willing to cook dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. If you are willing to help with D-Now in any of these capacities, please contact Adam Nash.

Change for the Philippines
Be sure to get a water bottle from the youth at any of the exits as you leave today. We would like for you to fill it with spare change (you might need to cut a slit in the bottle) throughout the month of February. The youth will collect these on February 23rd and then donate the collective offering to the relief efforts in the Philippines through World Vision.

Hospitality Connection - February 16, 6:00 p.m.
For all greeters and anyone interested in being a part of the welcoming team. Please join us at Hospitality Connection, an event planned for Welcome Café and door greeters on February 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. In preparation for this event, we have invited your tips, stories, and recommendations to be included in an LABC Hospitality Resource featuring photos, building floor plans, and welcoming practices that make LABC the community we know. Food and drink will be provided. We will: share tips and stories that characterize our welcoming nature; hear ideas to enhance our ministry, and; ask for your input regarding proposed new practices raised by our youth and adults. Your recommendations, questions and comments also will be discussed to ensure we are providing support for our new greeters as well as honoring the knowledge and wishes of our experienced greeters to move our welcoming ministry forward. To help us prepare adequately, we ask that you RSVP by February 10th by contacting one of us. Please call or email if you have questions regarding this event (contact information available in the church office - 236-3565). We hope to see you at Hospitality Connection on February 16th!
Sincerely, Paul Elwyn & Rhonda Caldwell

Welcoming Team Appreciation Reception - Feb. 16
For all Welcome Café Hosts & Door Greeters at the Welcome Café, Sunday, February 16, 9:10-9:40 a.m.

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!

Deadline for Odering New Church Directory Extended
If you were photographed by Universal Church Directories you will receive a complimentary copy of the new directory.  If you would like to purchase extra copies or if you were not photographed by Universal and want to order a copy, you may do so in the church office before the end of February 2014. Directories are ten dollars each and must be paid for at the time you place your order.  Please make your check payable to LABC.

LABC Preschool Registration
Church members and families may pre-register for LABC Preschool beginning March 1, 2014. 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.

Soup's On Us 2014 - March 1
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: 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.

In Case of Inclement Weather

Check the home page of our website ( 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), and post on facebook (become our friend, search for “Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,” Danville, Kentucky).

The Story Continues
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)   

Children’s February News
The Story Continues

Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore the Bible alongside the youth and adults in our church. This month, we'll continue using The Story to learn about Ruth, David, Solomon, and many other interesting people who are part of God's story.
February Missions
This month, our Mission Friends, RAs, GAs, and Planet 56ers will hear about Caroline and Josh Smith, CBF field personnel who are sharing God's love with people in South Africa. Be sure to join us at 6:45 on Wednesday nights to hear their stories and to find out how we can help!
Olympic Party - February 14
On Friday, February 14, the youth will be hosting a Parent's Night Out at LABC. Kids and youth are invited to participate in an Olympic Party here at the church while their parents enjoy a Valentine's evening to themselves from 5:30-8:30 pm. Please let Amanda know via text (502.544.2909) or email ( if your children plan on attending. Youth, see Adam for details.
Passport Kids Camp: Follow the Road
We're headed to PASSPORTkids! in Crossville, Tennessee this summer from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27. Camp is open to kids who have just completed 3rd-6th grades. The cost to attend is $60 per student. If you'd like to join us, please let Amanda know by Sunday, February 23.
Info Sheets
Parents, if you haven't filled out an info sheet for your child in 2014, please do so, so that we have up-to-date contact and allergy information. They are available outside the preschool room in the children's area.

Youth Group in February
Happy Valentine’s Day or S.A.D. (Single Awarness Day)
Either way you see it happy February 14th
Bible verse for February - 1 John 4:19-21
We love because he first loved us.Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Parent’s Night Out - February 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 3 months to 18 years. Attention parents of youth and children: Enjoy Valentines day to yourselves or out at a romantic dinner (a subtle hint for any husbands that might have forgotten). The Youth will be watching the children from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Youth need to contact Adam if they plan on attending and should show up a little early to help set up. Donations are not required, but are accepted, and go towards funding for Passport Camps.
A Little Further Out
--Disciple Now, March 14-16, Sign-up now in the youth room 
--30 hour famine and youth lock-in, April 25-26
--Passport Youth Camp, June 30th–July5th: Sign-up as soon as possible in the youth room
--Reds’ Day of Faith, August 10th (verses the Marlins)
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)

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

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
Feb. 12 - Heart for Missions
Feb. 19 - Amy Miller - Ham
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:

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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