LABC News & Notes, September 4, 2014

Relay for Africa - LABC Church Member Volunteers Needed
Ten Mile Relay for Africa - Sunday, September 7, 4:30 p.m, Millennium: Relay Webpage
Whether you walk or run, form a team and join the Relay for African Refugee Ministry.
Event Volunteers
We need food servers, race course guides, cheerleaders, finish line placement, registration, and more. Volunteers get a t-shirt if you let Keith know by Sunday, August 24. The t-shirt order is placed on Monday, August 25.
Bring a delicious homemade dessert to the cookout. Let Keith know if you can bring a dessert.
We need a variety of prizes for the prize drawings after the race.

Morocco Team Schedule (Condensed)
Welcome to Kentucky from Morocco:
Camille Kalonji, Associate Pastor
Honore Ofridam, Partnership Liason to Lexington Avenue Baptist
Jean-Louis Ntumba, Director of Refugee Ministries in Morocco
Saturday, September 6
10:00 a.m. - Partnership Celebration, Broadway Baptist, Louisville
4:00 p.m. - Morocco Team arrives in Danville
Sunday, September 7
9:15 a.m. - Welcome Reception at Welcome Cafe’
9:30 a.m. - Children’s & Youth Sunday School
10:45 a.m. - Worship
12:30 p.m. - Barbecue Festival with Coed 1 class
4:30 p.m. - Relay for Africa
Monday, September 8
12:30 p.m. - Maetta Gray Women in Ministry & Lunch
3:00 p.m. - McDowell House visit & Centre College
Tuesday, September 9
10:30 a.m. - Frankfort; Underground Railroad Freedom Museum; Reds Game
Wednesday, September 10
10:00 a.m. - Church Staff & Lunch with Staff
12:30 p.m. - Planning & visit points of interest
6:15 p.m. - Family Supper
6:45 p.m.- Prayer for Danville, Morocco, Africa & World; Learning about the work of the church in Rabat
Thursday, September 11
2:00/3:00 - to Owsley County Ministry Center
Friday, September 12
9:00 a.m. - Ministry Project in Owsley County
1:30 p.m. - Lunch at Miguel’s Pizza & Hike Natural Bridge
5:00 p.m. - Prayer at Nada Baptist Mission
7:00 p.m. - Supper at Central Baptist, Lexington
Saturday, September 13
12:00 p.m. - Partnership Celebration, Calvary Baptist, Lexington
Sunday, September 14
9:15 a.m. - Farewell at the Welcome Cafe’
9:30 a.m. - Adult Sunday School: African Refugee Ministry
10:45 a.m. - Worship & Communion
5:20 p.m. - Flight to Morocco

Kelsey Stillwell is in Bali
As a part of her studies through the McAfee School of Theology, Kelsey will be working with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, Jonathan and Tina Baily in Bali, Southeast Asia for four months. The Bailey's use music, dance, and visual arts to express Christian faith. If you would like to follow her work in Bali you can find her on Facebook. These two short videos show the ministry of the Bailey's: The Art of Relationships and The Art of Community.

Fun Lovin’ Hearts Trip!!!
THE NEW BUS will arrive sometime this fall, and we’re excited about it!!! We may have a trip before Christmas, but we already have a trip planned on Thursday, December 11, to go to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see, “It’s a Good Life.” We’re letting you know now because we only have 24 reservations, and the first 14 to sign up get to ride the new bus! The cost is $35, which needs to be paid as you make your reservation (the church has lost money on this trip in the past). We’ll leave at 9:30 a.m. on December 11 and return by 5:00 p.m. Great fun, great food, great fellowship! It’ll be a blast!

Attention, Handbell Ringers!!
DUE TO THE RELAY FOR AFRICA EVENT ON SUNDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 7, WE WILL HAVE OUR PRACTICE THAT DAY FROM 2-4 PM!! Several of our players are involved in this, so we want to be done with our practice in time to get over to Millennium Park by 4:30 p.m.!! From there on out our practices will be at their normal time of 5:00 p.m. Thanks!!

Wednesday Night Activities in the Fall - 2014
Family Night Meals - Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.

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
Sept. 10 - Morocco Refugee Ministry Fundraiser
Sept. 17 - Vanderpool - Barbecue
Sept. 24 - Amy Miller    
Adult Choir - 5:15 p.m.
Prayer & Bible Study - 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Children Age 3-Grade 6: Learning to Worship
Youth: Deep End Bible Study
Adults Prayer Board & Bible Study
Sept. 3 - Sabbatical Reflections: Books I’ve Read & Sermon Ideas
Sept. 10 - Morocco Team Report
Sept. 17 - Sabbatical Reflections: Book of Sermons
Sept. 24 - Business Meeting (Tentative)

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. Relay Webpage
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)
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.
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).

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.

College Addresses and Emails Needed

Help us keep our college students informed with news from LABC. Please call the church office with up-to-date addresses and emails.

Habitat for Humanity
Work on the Habitat House on Duncan Hill is close to completion, but it’s not too late to join the work, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. till noon. Floors windows are in and we are just about ready for cabinets, driveway, and electrical. 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.

Committee & Leadership Team Meetings - September 28
Leadership Team Meeting, 5:00
(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 & Leadership focus, followed by committee and leadership team meetings. For: Personnel, Finance, Nominating, Property, Weekday Preschool, Stewardship, Christian Education, Missions, Music, Children’s Ministry, Special Events, Health, Audio-Visual Technology, Bus
Nursery: If you need childcare, please call the church office by Wed., Sept. 17.

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.

LABC Youth September 2014
Welcome New Seventh Graders

The Lexington Avenue Baptist Youth group would like to welcome all the incoming 7th graders into the group.
Youth Camp Fundraiser Meal - Nov. 19
November 19th the youth and their families will be hosting the Wednesday night meal to raise money for the summer trip to passport camps. Volunteers are needed to come early to help prepare the meal, bring deserts, and help clean up after. Volunteers can sign-up by the task they are willing to help with or the times they are willing to help. Please contact Adam at your convenience.
Bible Verse for September
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
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 Night  
Church wide meal @ 6:15pm (fellowship hall)
Deep End Bible Study @ 6:45pm-7:30pm (youth room)

Children’s August News
Soup’s On Us - Kid’s Day

The children will serve at Soup’s on Us on Saturday, September 6 in fellowship hall. 3rd graders and up are invited to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to help with box assembly. Everyone else should arrive at 10 to help stuff the boxes. We will finish by about 10:45. Please let Amanda know if you plan to attend.
Wednesday Nights: Learning to Worship    
Our fall Wednesday night schedule resumes on September 3. All kids are invited to come be a part of our “Learning to Worship” series. Each month, we’ll learn together about a different aspect of worship and have opportunities to help lead Sunday worship in that area. We’ll play together, learn together, and worship together each Wednesday night. Helpers are still needed, so if you are passionate about helping children learn about prayer, music, Scripture, or the church calendar, please contact Amanda to volunteer to help with a three-week series.
Sunday School
We’ll begin our fall Sunday School schedule on Sunday, September 14. (On September 7, we’ll have special guests from Morocco with us in Sunday School!). Look for more details coming soon!

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.

Maetta Gray Women on Mission- Different Day & Time in September
Maetta Gray WOM will host the Morocco team on Monday, September 8, at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. Our Morocco guest will lead the program at 1:30 with a question and answer time about the church in Morocco and African Refugee ministry.

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.

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.

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 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:

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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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