LABC News & Notes, March 20, 2014

The Story Continues: Christmas in March (23rd)
The Story of Jesus begins, Sunday March 23. Worship will include: Decorating the Chrismon Tree (smaller version) by our children, Christmas Carols, the Lexington Avenue Quartet, the birth of Christ music video and more. Visit the Welcome Cafe’ before Sunday School to see the Nativity display, and enjoy some fellowship and Christmas goodies.Children will want to visit the Christmas activity table with Summer Quinn.
www.lexingtonavenue.org/the-story
March
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 [Palm Sunday]
20 -     (27) The Resurrection [Easter]

Easter Lilies
If you would like to decorate the sanctuary for Easter with an Easter Lily in honor or memory of a loved one, call the church office (236-3565). A suggested donation of $10  will go to our Annual Glocal Missions Offering.

Haiti Mission Trip Prayer Guide - March 24-April 1
A mission team, which includes two from our church, Eddie Arnold and Doris Cessna, will be traveling to Haiti, March 21-April 1, 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.

Wednesday Night Van Drivers Needed
Some of our members who are unable to drive, especially at night, would like to join our fellowship for family supper and Bible study on Wednesday nights. So, we are looking for van drivers to share this ministry (No CDL required) or members who would be willing to provide transportation for someone who lives in their area. If you think you might be interested in helping, please call the church office.

Soup's On Us 2014 - April 5
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: 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.

A Sunday Evening Gathering: Genesis - New Time!
A prayerful reading of the book of Genesis.The Gathering meets on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. in the library (third floor, education building). Join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and community.

Hospitality Resource
Our new Hospitality Resource booklet is available. This colorful resource is filled with pictures, stories and insights from our greeters, instructions for greeters, and maps of our Sunday School classes. An electronic version is being mailed to our members and will be posted online (Hospitality Resource). A limited number of printed copies are available in the church office.

Kitchen Dish Towels
If you have taken dishtowels from our kitchen home to wash them, please remember to bring them back. Our supply is running low. Thank you.

Children’s March News
Way of the Child
I am excited to offer a special series for 1st - 6th graders on Sunday evenings beginning March  9.  We will use The Way of the Child (Upper Room) to learn about different ways to pray. The curriculum takes a Montessori-like approach to learning, and the kids will have opportunities to explore prayer through art, reading, writing, and even playing in the sand. This is a really neat program, and I hope that many of you will consider bringing your child to these gatherings. We will meet from 6 to 7pm beginning March 9 and ending April 6 (with a break March 30 for Spring Break). 
Passport: Follow the Road
We still have a few spots available for those who would like to attend PassportKids camp this summer in Crossville, Tennessee. The dates are July 24-27. If you'd like to come with us to camp, please get your $60 camp fee to Amanda as soon as you can!
Missions
Join us for Wednesday night Missions in March as we learn about Caroline and Josh Smith's ministry in South Africa!
Christmas is Coming!
On Sunday, March 23, our church will celebrate Christmas as part of our journey through The Story. We look forward to an exciting day of celebrating Jesus' birth!

Youth Group in March

World Vision's 30 Hour Famine
Next Month April 25-26. 30 Hour Famine and youth lock-in.
Medical Release
All youth attending a youth special event (such as Disciple Now) need to have completed a medical release/ waiver.
Verse for March
Amos 5:24: "But let justice roll down like waters,and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."
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)
Note: There will be no Youth Group Sunday night March 16th

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
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
Volunteer
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

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
March 19 - Judee Vanderpool - Barbecue
March 26 - Nina Mallory - Turkey & Dressing
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).

In Case of Inclement Weather
Check the home page of our website (lexingtonavenue.org) 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).

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