LABC News & Notes, August 14, 2014

Greetings from Georgetown and Campbellsville
The presidents of Georgetown College and Campbellsville University will bring greetings on consecutive Sundays in August.
Sunday, August 17 - Dr. M. Dwaine Greene, president, Georgetown College
Sunday, August 24 - Dr. Michael Carter, president, Campbellsville University

Renovation Facilities Tour - Sunday, August 24, 2:00 pm
The Steering Committee will be hosting a tour of the facilities and areas to be included in a possible renovation.  The tour will be on Sunday, August 24th at 2:00.  There will be a sign up sheet in the Sunday School boxes to help the committee to know how many to expect.

PassportKids Camp Report Rescheduled for August 17
Children will report on their recent PassportCamp trip with pictures on Sunday morning, August 17 instead of August 10.

Church Steakout, Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 p.m.
Steaks ($6.00), Hamburgers ($2.00), hotdogs ($1.00). The remainder of the meal is potluck. The church will provide paper products and eating utensils. You may want to bring your own steak knife. Sign up in Sunday School or by contacting the church office. Payment may be made in advance to the church office. If you cannot attend, please call the church office (236-3565) by Monday, August 25 to cancel your reservations. Games for Kids.

New Bus
In our special called business meeting, July 2, we voted to purchase a new bus. The bus has been ordered. The total cost of the bus will be approximately $68,000 (more detailed accounting is available in the church office). Part of that cost has already been given. We will secure a loan for the balance. The new bus will support our senior adults, youth, children, Fun Lovin’ Hearts, missions, and more. If you are planning to give to this ministry, making your gift now will help reduce the amount we will need to borrow.

Ministry Commitment Sunday - August 24

Every Christian is called and gifted by God for ministry. Serving God is fulfilling and enjoyable because the very things we enjoy doing and are able to do are usually the spiritual gifts God calls us to use in ministry. What is your ministry—Leadership? Serving? Teaching? Your Career?
Ministry Survey
We would like for all of our members to complete a Ministry Survey, by Sunday, August 24, which is Ministry Commitment Sunday. Your ministry survey will help the Nominating Committee understand your gifts and areas of services.
The Survey will be made available in several ways:
1. Inside this edition of the Key
2. Sunday School, August 17
3. Bulletin Insert, August 24

Sunday School Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast
Sunday, August 24, 9:00-9:30 am. for all Sunday School teachers and substitutes who have served this past year and their families. Thank you Sunday School teachers for your service and dedication.

Sunday School Class Members - Thank Your Teacher
Thank You Cards

Show your appreciation by writing a “thank you” note for your teacher, and all Sunday School teachers, on the cards provided in your Sunday School boxes. These cards will be put on display for all of our teachers to see.
Breakfast Items
Send a breakfast item (breakfast caserole, ham biscuits, sweet rolls, etc.) by 9:00 a.m. on August 24 for the Teachers’ Appreciation Breakfast (See your Sunday School class for a sign-up sheet).

Kay Floyd for Kids Ministry Project - Thank You!
Thank you for your generosity: $2,408 + school supplies for Families First, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the LABC Preschool. ---The Mary Martha Sisters

Haiti Mission
On my recent trip to Haiti, I was overwhelmed and burdened by what I witnessed. We made over 100 home visits taking food, clothes and other necessities to homes where the head of the household usually was a single mother or grandmother. These women where doing their best to carve out some type of living for the children in their care.
     I questioned why I was on this trip, but, halfway through, I received my answer. Eddie and I met with the Mayor's wife with an interpreter. The Mayor's wife has started a fund to help the women of the community begin their own business. This fund will assist the women in the community to have the resources to start their own business so that they will have income to help support their children and household. I promised her that when I returned I would help with this project. She has provided me with 72 names that I am asking for women, men and anyone in the community to sponsor.
     First and foremost, when you take a name to sponsor, we need to pray for her. Pray for her to receive the strength she needs daily to care for her family; pray for her to receive the resources to care for her and her children; pray for her to receive God's blessing as she learns a new trade and teaches her children as well; and pray that God's Word will continue to penetrate Haiti and reach out to each community asa these businesses grow by God's will. Each of these women need a donation of $25 to begin their business and once they are successful, pray that they in turn will help their neighbor to become successful.
     In all of the countries that I have been in, I have never witnessed more need than in Haiti. Pray with me that God will continue to send relief and that all will be open to His Word.
     In Christ, Doris

Share a Story with Dr. Phil
Do you have a story you could share about a song that has happened to you? Perhaps, as a Christian, a song has been made special to you because it is linked with a life experience that touched you deeply. Perhaps there is a song that you love to hear because it is tied to your family or faith in a special way.
    For example, the song, “Thank you” is special to me because every time I hear it I’m reminded of my mother and all the things she did for people. I sang it for her funeral, and so when I hear it I have special memories. It means a lot to me.
    I’d like to hear your stories. I’d like to know which songs are special to you, and why. If you have one (or two, or many), please write me, email me, or text me with your stories (don’t call because I’ll just forget it quickly and I’d really like to have a written account to remember).
    Music can be so special to us. It can touch us where nothing else can. It can give us lifetime memories that reach into our hearts. It connects us to God and others in ways that help us worship.
    I look forward to reading your stories. Thanks for sharing them with me. Perhaps we’ll talk about them and let you fill in more details. May this be a meaningful experience for us both.

Youth August News
So Sayeth the LABC Youth

“Why didn’t the chicken cross the road? Because it was God’s will for him to follow it.”
-Blake Quinn said in regard to the theme for passport camp.
Memory verse for August Proverbs 2:6-8
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge
and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
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)

Children’s August News
Summer Sunday School

Summer Sunday School continues through August. Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for an interactive time of learning about the Bible and our faith. Adults, volunteers are still needed for August. Please let Amanda know if you can help.
PassportKids Report - August 17 (Rescheduled from August 10)
Children who attended PassportKids camp will have an opportunity to share about their experience on Sunday, August 17. Campers, be sure to wear your Passport t-shirts to worship that day!
Learning to Worship - Fall Wednesdays
Our fall Wednesday night schedule begins September 3. Our Wednesday night theme this year is “Learning to Worship.” Throughout the fall, our children’s classes will focus on different elements of worship in preparation for participating in worship leadership monthly.
Children’s Day at Soup’s On Us
Our children are invited to serve at Soup’s on Us on Saturday, September 6. Parents, watch your email for further details.

Relay for Africa - LABC Church Member Volunteers Needed
Sponsors

If you are associated with a buisness and would like to help sponsor the Relay, contact Keith. Sponsor names will be placed on the back of the t-shirt. Sponsorship funds pay for the t-shirt, awards, cookout, and other expenses.
Participants
Whether you walk or run, form a team and join the Relay for African Refugee Ministry.
Event Volunteers
We need grillers, food servers, race course guides, cheerleaders, finish line placement, registration, and more.
Prizes
We need a variety of prizes for the prize drawings after the race.
Desserts
We will need homemade desserts for the cookout.

10 Mile Relay Run/Walk  for Africa
(Four legs of 2.5 miles each) Millennium Park at the picnic pavilion - September 7, 4:30 p.m. Get your team together now.
Cookout During the Event
Hotdogs, Chips, Desserts, Drinks (During and After the Relay; Free to Relay Participants; Available to all others for a donation to African Refugee Ministry)
Relay Race Team Divisions
(1) Open/Overall (no restrictions on the make up of the team; individuals may run multiple legs; all other divisions eligible to place in the open/overall division)
(2) Coed (two female and two male)
(3) Church
(4) Organizations (business, company, club, other organizations)
(5) Generations (each team made up of one runner from each age group: Boomers-age 50 and up; Busters-age 30 to 49; Millennials-age 15 to 29; Gen Z-age 14 and under)
Awards
The first place team overall will receive an original trophy sculpted by African Refugee artist, Ulrich Zouanda. Each member of the first, second, or thrid place team in each division will receive an award.
Walkers
The names of walkers who finish the relay will be placed in a drawing for prizes.
More Information
For more information about cost, registration deadlines, t-shirts, and Refugee Ministry call the church office (236-3565).

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.

Wednesday Lunch, Prayer, & Devotion

On Wednesdays during the Summer we meet from 12:00-1:00 for lunch, prayer board, and devotion.
Aug. 20 - Keith leading
What’s for Lunch?
August 20 - Brother's Barbecue

Linda Lonigro - LABC Anniversary
August 1 - Custodial Service -  14 Years!

Soup’s On Us 2014 - September 6
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: 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.

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

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.
 
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.

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 normally due on the last Sunday of the month for the following month’s edition. This month we will need it by August 24 for the September 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. --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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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