LABC News & Notes, July 17, 2014

Steering Committee Renovation Tour - Tuesday, July 22, 5:00 p.m.
The Steering Committee will be conducting a facilities tour to look at the areas in our church under consideration for a renovation project, including, for example, kitchen, gym, fellowship hall, youth area, boilers, windows, and more. Members of the congregation are welcome to join them to get a clearer picture and explanation of renovation plans.

Kay Floyd for Kids Memorial Project
Join the Mary Martha Sisters at the Welcome Café Sunday mornings in July.  Enjoy breakfast bites, see LABC preschoolers art work, and learn more about the Kay Floyd for Kids Ministry project and how you might get involved.  This ministry project helps fund our own LABC preschool, Familes First and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, reaching children and families in our local church community.
Collection Sunday - July 27
Join us for worship July 27 at 10:45 a.m. to pay special tribute to all of our educators through the Kay Floyd for Kids Ministry project. Special guests include educators from the community and Rachel Beckman and her mother, Mary Lou Beckman, who will provide special music.

Morocco Mallard’s Meeting - Sunday, July 27
All who are interested in the Morocco Partnership are invited to join us for a lunch meeting at Mallard’s restaurant, Sunday, July 27 after worship. Three friends from our partner church will be in Kentucky, September 5-14. We will make plans for our time with them and discuss: worship; fellowship and educational meetings; Sunday afternoon run/walk relay and Wednesday supper to raise money for African Refugee Ministry; tourism visits; meals; host homes; and transportation. See Callie Minks or Keith Stillwell if you would like to help.

Morocco to Kentucky Partnership Trip - September 5-14, 2014
Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, is making plans to host twelve visitors from our partner churches in Morocco, including Karen Thomas Smith, September 5-14. Airline tickets have been purchased for nine of them. Three more are still working to secure visas. Three of the twelve are from our partner church in Rabat. Plans include: Partnership Celebrations in Louisville and Lexington; fellowship & worship; ministry project in Owsley County and a Nada visit; tourism; African Refugee Ministry fundraisers (Relay Run/Walk & Wednesday Supper); educational & prayer meetings; and host homes and meals. This will be an opportunity for us to strenghten our partnership and learn about the work of the church in Rabat and the minsitry with African refugees. We will have more details about how you can be involved later. See Callie Minks or Keith Stillwell if you have any questions

Preschool Position
Position opening for a full-time teacher in the 3 & 4 year olds. Contact Pat Stewart.

Wednesday Lunch, Prayer, & Devotion

On Wednesdays during the Summer we meet from 12:00-1:00 for lunch, prayer board, and devotion.
July 16 & 23 - “Sermon Talk Back” with Brittany
July 30 - Aug. 20 - Tommy will be back with us from Sabbatical
What’s for Lunch?
July 16 - Fazolis Spaghetti, Feti’uccine Alfredo, Salad, Bread Sticks
July 23 - Subway Sandwiches
July 30 - Brother’s Barbecue
August 6 - Staff Cookout

Youth July News
Christmas in July - 24th

3:00-5:00 on the 24th of July the youth will be celebrating Christmas in the heat at the church.
Thirty Hour Famine - August 1-2
The 30 hour famine will begin at 5:00pm on August 1st and the famine will be over at 7:00pm on the 2nd. Youth will eat lunch on the 1st and stop eating for a full 30 hours. The youth will stay at the church playing games and learning about the food crisis in other parts of the world. The youth will end the fast with a trip to a local restaurant. The only expense is the meal at the restaurant at the end of the famine.
Reds Faith Day - August 10
Reds Faith Day August 10th Tickets are $16 Mercy Me will perform following the game
Bible Verse for July - Galatians 5:22-23
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
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)
Caution
There will be no youth group on August 10.

Visit Martha Robertson’s Blog
New Song Every Day: www.newsongeveryday.com

Linda Harmon - LABC Anniversary

July 7 - Nursery Coordinator -  18 Years!

Can You Help in Extended Session?
We are beginning to make new schedules for the upcoming church year and are in need of more volunteers for the Extended Session as we already have some vacancies in the next year’s line-up. Extended Session provides childcare during the Worship Service for Infants through two years old and for three years old through Kindergarten. This is an important ministry in the life of the church. At present, workers are only required to work five times a year and if we have enough new volunteers, we may be able to decrease that amount. If you would be willing to participate in this program or need more information, please call the church office (236-3565) by July 18. We do need more help. Would you consider helping? If you are already helping in Extended Session, we appreciate your efforts and will be sending your schedule before the new church year begins in September.

God Is: Children’s Summer Study
God Is, our summer study, begins June 11. We’ll meet each week from 10-11:30 on Wednesday mornings. This center-based curriculum invites kids to explore different metaphors that teach us about what God is like. Here’s the schedule:
July 23: God is joy.
July 30: God is water.
August 6: God is peace.

Children’s Summer Sunday School
Summer Sunday School officially kicks off June 15. Join us for a fun and VERY interactive Sunday morning experience at 9:30 each week for preschoolers through sixth graders. We’ll be painting, playing, using puppets, and even building with Legos. You won’t want to miss out on this!

Welcome to the Pulpit, Rev. Brittany Stillwell Krebs, Sabbatical Preacher

Brittany will serve as our sabbatical preacher while Tommy is out, beginning June 15 through July 27. She will also be helping out with some hospital visitation and leading our lunch time prayer meetings July 9-23. Brittany is a graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and Boyle County High School. Brittany lives in Lexington with her husband, Kyle. She was a member of Lexington Avenue Baptist from high school through college. Brittany is the daughter of Keith and Dianne Stillwell.

A Sunday Evening Gathering: John

A prayerful reading of The Gospel of John.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.

Soup’s On Us 2014 - August 2
Schedule: 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: 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

Visitation and Funeral Ushers Sought

Recent visitations and funeral services at LABC have prompted discussions regarding the potential benefit of ushers from our congregation to assist those who are not familiar with our facility. Deacons envision three or four ushers wearing church name badges to be stationed at doors to direct visitors. We would like to have a list of ushers to call when services are needed. If you are willing to serve either at evening visitation or daytime services, please contact the church office at 859-236-3565 or contact Paul Elwyn.

Habitat for Humanity
Work has begun on a Habitat House on Duncan Hill, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. till noon. Directions: Start by going South on 2nd Street through the School for the Deaf, and continue across Clarks Run Creek to the first opportunity to turn left, which is Duncan Hill. Go East to house #344, then to the next lot which is the Habitat work site. If you have any questions contact Lee Fowler.

Walk on the Mild Side

We are closing up shop with walking at LABC until next fall. If anyone is interested in walking outside at the park, contact Judee Vanderpool.

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
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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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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