LABC News & Notes - December 1, 2016

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Advent/Christmas Musical Highlights
Sunday, Dec. 4: Choir sings, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”; Handbells play, “We Three Kings” and “Go, Tell It On The Mountain”
Sunday, Dec. 11: Christmas Choir sings, “Little Drummer Boy”, “Heaven and Nature Sing” and “Breath of Heaven”; Christmas Instruments play, “Celebrate the Joy!”, “The Glory of Christmas” and “The Bells of Christmas"
Sunday, Dec. 18: Choir sings, “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” (Carol Long, soloist); Children’s music and readings
Christmas Eve Service: Kaeden Ford sings, “O Holy Night”; Adam Standiford plays, “Silent Night” (Guitar)
Sunday, Dec. 25: Choir sings, “Go, Tell It on The Mountain”; Lexington Avenue Quartet sings, “Glory to God in The Highest”

Advent Devotional Books
Available in the Church Office. Written by church members.

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, December 3, 2016
Work Schedule: 8:30 a.m. - Assemble boxes; 9:00 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.   “Soup’s On Us” is sponsored by Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, First Christian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Danville.

Newly Elected Deacons
Fred Durham, Malcolm Miller, Harry Nickens, Darrell Johnson, Bill Singler, Judee Vanderpool

Year End Gifts
All offerings need to be postmarked by December 31 or in the church office by noon on Friday, December 30 to be counted on your 2016 giving record.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing reminds us all that Christmas is fast approaching. LABC’s liaison with The Salvation Army, Harry Nickens, will be in fellowship hall with sign-up opportunities on Wednesday nights. Bring your calendars and sign up to ring. This worthy effort is one of LABC’s mission focused activities.

LABC Original Print by Robert Powell
Available in the Church Office for Minimum Donation to Glocal Missions (For your convenience you may also get your prints during the week from Doris Cessna at Kid’s Alley on Fourth Street)
Water Color:  8 X 10 - $35 | 16 X 20 - $50
Black & White: 8 X 10 - $25 | 16 X 20 - $35
All prints are signed by the artist, Robert Powell, award winning local artist.
(Make checks payable to Lexington Avenue Baptist Church with “Church Print” in the memo)
LABC Glocal Missions: Thanks to the generosity of a church member all cost of the prints have been covered, free of charge to the church, so all donations go to support the LABC Glocal Missions Offering which includes Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, CBF Kentucky, Refugee Ministry in Morocco, Nada Mission, Soup’s On Us, Salvation Army, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, Habitat for Humanity, local Benevolence, and all the mission partners our church supports.

Poinsettias
If you would like to order a poinsettia in memory or honor of a loved one, please call the church office (236-3565). The cost is $10.00. Everything above the cost of the poinsettias will go to the Annual Glocal Missions Offering.

Operation Christmas Child - LABC Packed 525 Boxes
Operation Christmas Child Team extends to you a heartfelt THANK YOU for surpassing our LABC goal of 500 boxes. Working together, we filled 525 boxes! Our boxes have now begun their journey from Boyle County to children in North Africa and East Asia. Now is the time to increase our praying that each of our 525 boxes will successfully pass through customs inspections. God wants each box delivered to a child so they and their loved ones can hear about “The Greatest Gift”...Jesus Christ. Pray, pray , pray.

Heart of Kentucky Area Operation Christmas Child
The Heart of KY Area collected an amazing 22,042 shoebox gifts this week!  
Here are the official county totals:
Boyle County – 7959 (Junction City Collection Center – 5150; Centenary United Methodist Relay Center – 2809)
Garrard County – 2541
Lincoln County – 3787 (Pleasant View Relay Center – 1604; Stanford Baptist Relay Center – 2183)
Marion County - 1298
Mercer County – 3332 (Salvisa Baptist Relay Center – 1525; Southside Christian Relay Center – 1807)
Washington County – 3125
Total - 22,042 - an 8% increase (1,573) over our six-county total of 20,469 for 2015.
 Other exciting news:
· Three counties had all-time collection totals (Boyle, Garrard and Washington)!
· MANY new churches and a TON of new community groups across the area packed boxes this year!

55 Plus Ministry
December Lunch, Learn, and Laugh
On Tuesday, December 13 at Noon O’Clock we will join together for a special time of Christmas Food, Fun, and Fellowship (literally!).  We’ll hear beautiful Christmas Music from the Danville Dulcimers (Miriam Gibson and Pat Kelly play with them), and eat Christmas Cookies while Phil tells very funny Christmas jokes (????).  We may even sing a few Christmas Carols if we can get Pauline Wall to play for us!
Fun Lovin’ Hearts
Watch in the next Key for a trip in January.  Weather is usually a problem, so it will probably be close to home.  Maybe a movie in Lexington?  Call me if you have any ideas….Dr. Phil.

Key for kids and Families - December 2016
Godly Play Sunday School

Join us each Sunday morning for Godly Play, a Montessori-inspired Sunday School class for children ages 3 through 6th grade.
December Wednesday Nights for Kids
This month, join us for exciting classes about: Advent and Christmas songs & Bible Cooking
Godly Play for Grownups
Adults of all ages (and especially parents of kids) are invited to join us in the Godly Play classroom in the children’s area each Wednesday night from 6:45-7:45. Come and experience what our children are learning in Sunday School!
Children’s Christmas Musical Rehearsals:
Wednesdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14
Join us during our regular Wednesday night time to practice some Advent and Christmas songs to share in worship on Sunday, December 18. If you missed getting a copy of the CD last week, let Amanda know.
Children’s Christmas in Worship: Sunday, December 18
Our children will lead us through songs and readings on this special Sunday morning.
Epiphany Celebration: Sunday, January 8 during Sunday School
Children are invited to breakfast in the fellowship hall (served by our youth) and a celebration of the magi’s journey to meet Jesus.
Thank you to all of our ADVENTure volunteers!
Rosalind Campbell, Julie Dexter, Mark Dexter, Brenda Hendrickson, Donna Pierce, Dianne Stillwell
Schedule Changes
Please make a note of these revisions to our regular schedule during the Advent and Christmas seasons:
--Wednesday, December 14 will be our last Wednesday night family dinner for 2016. We’ll pick up again in January.
--December 11 is the big music day in worship. Don’t miss this special opportunity to worship with the Christmas choir and orchestra.
--The children will share music and readings in worship on December 18. Please do your best to get your children to all three remaining rehearsals between now and then (see next page for details).
--Our Christmas Eve service is Saturday, December 24 at 7 pm.
--There will be no Sunday School on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. We’ll have worship both days at the regular time: 10:45.
Our Weekly Schedule
Sunday @ 9:30 - Godly Play Sunday School (Nursery open for children under 3)
Sunday @10:45 - Worship (Nursery open for children under 3, Extended Session available for 3 year olds - kindergarten)
Wednesday @ 6:45 - Wednesday night rotation classes for children in Children’s Area; Godly Play for Grownups in Children’s Area

Youth News - December 2016
Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem
Wednesdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14 & Sundays: Dec. 4 & 11
Tara Luster will be the girls’ small group leader. Keith will be the boys’ small group leader. Includes interesting video from the real Bethlehem as we follow the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem at Christmas.
Wednesday, November 30 - Mary of Nazareth
Sunday, December 4 - Joseph of Bethlehem
Wednesday, December 7 - Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth
Sunday, December 11 - From Nazareth to Bethlehem
Wednesday, December 14 - The Manger
Youth Shopping Mall Trip
Lexington, December 18, after worship (return around 5:30 or 6:00). Bring money for lunch and shopping
Ring the Bells & Paint Your Own Pottery - Tuesday, Dec. 20
9:30 - Bus departs from LABC
10:00-12:00 -  Ring the Bells for Salvation Army
12:00 - Lunch (Bring money for lunch)
1:00 - Paint Your Own Pottery (Cost varies depending on your choice of pottery, $13 minimum for an ornament or other small item)
Passport Youth Fundraiser Meal
On Wednesday, December 14, we are scheduled to provide and serve the meal. All proceeds above expenses will go to help defray the cost of Passport Youth Camp. Call Keith to volunteer.
Morocco Trip?
We are exploring the possibility of a youth and parent trip to Morocco. If you are interested, join us for a discussion on Sunday, December 14 at 5:15 p.m. in the Youth Room.
Youth Leadership Team Meeting
Sunday, December 14, 5:30 p.m.
For youth team and mentors.
Youth Help
Youth Room: Hang pictures; trim paint one room; move stuff
Sunday Night Suppers: Could you prepare a Sunday night meal for the youth?
Used Items: Kitchen chairs; old IPhone/IPod Touch; comfortable living room chairs
Please call Keith if you can help.
Thanks to All Who Helped with the Youth Lockin
Adam and Amanda Standiford led small groups and helped with worship. Callie Minks, bought the breakfast food and came in early to supervise the cooking. Kelsey Stillwell stopped by and led a game. Laken Thomas stayed all night as a chaperone. Lee Fowler, Shawna Stomberger, Jerry Farmer, and Callie Minks helped put the youth room back together. Billy Luster, John Stomberger, Chip Minks, and Dave Arnold painted the snack room.
December Weekly Schedule:
Sundays @ 9:45 am - Sunday School
Sundays @ 6 - Supper, Bible Study & Games
Wednesdays @ 6:15 - Family Supper, Bible Study & Games
Note:
Dec. 18 - Mall Trip
Will not meet Dec. 21, 25, 28 or January 1
No Thursday Youth Prayer Breakfast for the rest of Dec.
Social Media
Instagram: @youthlabc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/LABCyouthgroup/
Webpage: www.lexingtonavenue.org/youth/

Resonance & Sounding Joy in Concert - December 2
Two community choirs, Resonance (men) and Sounding Joy (women) will give a joint concert on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stuart Underwood Auditorium at Lincoln County High School.  The choirs rehearse in Danville but have members from as far away as Somerset and Richmond.  Resonance, a group of 22 men, will give its premier performance, presenting music in all styles from spiritual, folk, sea chanties, gospel, to classical.  Sounding Joy, 42 members strong, is in its 11th season and sings an equally varied repertoire, concentrating this fall on songs about stars.  Both groups will perform music for the holiday season.  The concert is free.   

Common Ground - LABC Sunday School Class
What makes it easy for people to get to know one another?  Usually it begins with something they have in common.  That is exactly what this “new” Sunday school class is calling themselves, “Common Ground” with the scripture from I Corinthians 9:22“Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ.”
    We have a small core group already formed from our Singles class which began last year. Since we are not exactly bursting at the seams, we decided we would like to expand and include anyone looking for a Sunday school home.  Single or married, young or older,  let us become a part of your journey as you look for ways to navigate through life’s twists and turns, keeping Christ as your focus.  That’s what we have in common…..studying the scripture, praying, encouraging one another, and sharing Jesus’ love.
    Visit with us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in Room 305. Join Anita, Philip, Lu, Scotty and Judee; they would love to welcome everyone.  You may meet some old friends or make new friends…..”Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the love, being one in the spirit and purpose.”  - Philippians 2:2

Kroger Rewards - Your Shopping Can Benefit LABC
Kroger has a program to offer cash rewards to non-profit organizations. If you enroll in the Kroger benefits program, whenever you use your Kroger Plus Card, LABC will receive cash awards. You must re-enroll each August. To enroll or re-enroll, follow these steps:
1. Visit www.kroger.com/communityrewards
2. To re-enroll, select “Re-Enroll Now” and sign in with your email and password. If this is your first time, select “Create an Account” and register.
3. Click on your name to get to your account summary.
4. At the bottom of the page under “Community Rewards” select “Re-Enroll”
5. Enter our organization number (64936) or search for “Lexington Avenue Baptist Church”
6. Check “Lexington Avenue Baptist Church”
7. When shopping at Kroger the bottom of your receipt should have a message: “Community Rewards, At your request we are donating to Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.”
(Call the church office for more information or stop by the office if you need help enrolling.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Danville is working on a new home. Join us at 93 Mitchel Street, Junction City on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Bus Committee Requests
1) Additional bus drivers are needed. If you are interested please contact the church office or a member of the bus committee.  
2) Anyone needing transportation, please contact the church office.
3) If you cannot notify the office that you need transportation please call Bernard Montgomery on his cell phone (available in the church office, Monday through Friday).

Upper Level Parking for Senior Adults and the Disabled
We encourage all who are able to park on the lower levels and leave the Sanctuary level parking open for senior adults, the disabled, and guests on Sunday mornings.

Hospital Rehab Items for Loan
The church has a store of basic rehab items for loan, such as: motorized wheel chair, wheel chairs, walker, cane, shower chair, toilet chair, etc. Call the church office if you are in need of such items.

Follow Tommy on Twitter
If you have a Twitter account follow me, @SThomasV. If you don’t have an account, it is easy and free to get one at www.twitter.com. I’ll tweet info about church happenings, reflections on life, news of importance, and references to articles I think you would enjoy. It is a very easy way for me to communicate with a large audience quickly. Thanks, Tommy Valentine

The Preacher’s Well
Each Tuesday Tommy will share a thought, scripture, quote, or current event to help us deepen our walk with Christ by email. The Preacher’s Well is free butyou have to sign up to receive it. Email tommy@lexingtonavenue.org if you are interested.

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.

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 have a twitter account. Follow us at: @labcdanville. If you don’t have a twitter account go to twitter.com to sign up.