LABC News & Notes - December 2017


Advent/Christmas 2017
Sunday, December 3, 10:45 a.m.

Music: “An Advent Prayer” (Worship Choir); “Mary, Did You Know” (Quartet)
Message: “A People of Hope” (Mark 13:23-37)
Sunday, December 10, 10:45 a.m.
Music: “A Joyful Journey of Carols” (Christmas Choir); “Gesu Bambino” (Christmas Choir); “Rejoice!  Christ is Born” (Christmas Choir); “The Long-Expected King Overture” (Instruments); “Angels From On High” (Instruments); “Go, Tell It on The Mountain” (Instruments)
Message: “A New Age” (Mark 1:1-8)
Sunday, December 17, 10:45 a.m.
Music: Children’s Musical: “The Christmas Carol Special Report”; “A Unity Carol” (Worship Choir)
Message: “A Time of Celebration” (Luke 1:46-52)
Sunday, December 24, 10:45 a.m.
Music: “In a Manger” (Christmas Bells); “O Come, All Ye Faithful”  (Christmas Bells); “Prayer For Peace” (Worship Choir)
Message: “You Will Name Him Jesus” (Luke 1:26-38)
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service - 7:00 p.m.
Medley of Christmas Carols - “O Holy Night” (Solo) - Communion - Candle Lighting

Newly Elected Deacons
David Bibb, Bill Elliott, Justin Johnson, Jason Shoults, Carl Smith, Henry Wilson

Pastor Search Congregation Time: Looking Forward - Dec. 3
Following morning worship on Sunday, December 3 our Pastor Search Committee will lead us in a congregational dialogue--”Looking Forward.” Lunch (chili and sandwiches) will be served by our children and youth ministries as a fundraiser for children and youth ministry. The dialogue will include small table group discussions and large group sharing as your thoughts are recorded. Childcare provided.

Pray for Your Pastor Search Committee
Henry Wilson (chairperson), Carolyn Godfrey (vice-chairperson), Maureen Elwyn (secretary), Julie Dexter, Steve Griffin, Chris Herron, Ernest Martin, Margaret Powell, Amanda Shoults

Youth Passport Fundraiser Dinner - December 6
All donations will help provide life changing experiences for our youth at Passport Camp next summer.

Operation Christmas Child
Six hundred and one (601) children around the world will receive LOVE in a shoebox,  THANKS to you and your support of Operation Christmas Child at LABC. On behalf of these children, thank you!

Staff Christmas Gift - Sunday, Dec. 10
Express your appreciation to our ministerial and support staff through the staff love offering on December 10. Offering envelopes will be provided. Designate your gift to “Staff Christmas Gift.”

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, December 2, 2017
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.

Lunch, Laugh and Learn:  December 12
Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Wear something “Christmasy” and come to our Lunch, Laugh and Learn on Tuesday, December 12 at Noon.  We’ll sing a few Christmas Songs and then ask you to share your most special Christmas Memory!  Then Santa will “Ho-ho-ho” and give you kids your Christmas Gifts!

Welcome Chris Sanders, CBF Kentucky - December 13
Chris Sanders, interim coordinator for Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Kentucky will share with us on Wednesday, December 13, 6:45 p.m.

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.

God’s Stewards - Don Linville
The first thing I think of when someone says stewardship is the guy on the ship who is supposed to take care of you and all your possessions. He is there to take care of and anticipate any problems you may have.
    As God’s stewards, and since everything is his anyway, that sounds like a really big job. The church, the family, the environment, politics, the economy-Where do I start? God also says it’s a sin to worry, he will watch over us. I like to say “Worry about the things you can change”. God will take care of the rest. What can I change? The environment, probably not, but I can recycle. Politics, no, but I can vote my opinion.
    One place that we can all affect change is in our church. God has provided us with a wonderful place to worship and learn and grow. It does not take care of itself. As good stewards, it is our responsibility to see that we manage and continue to grow our church. One way to do that is through our giving.
    Have you ever given someone the perfect gift? Do you remember the look of surprise and elation on the face of the recipient and how good it made you feel. That’s the feeling I get each week when the offering is taken. My hope is that each of you feels the same.

“A Cup of Hospitality” for Christmas
Looking for a unique Christmas gift idea? Give “A Cup of Hospitality,” LABC’s very own Elmwood Inn tea label, and help support missions. Get your “Cup of Hospitality” in the church office for $9 for a container of 15 tea sachets ($10.50 in most stores) or three for $22. For each container sold, $4.00 goes to our Glocal Missions Offering.

Key for kids and Families - December 2017
ADVENTure - Sunday, December 3 @ 6:30

Join us for a family-friendly journey through Bethlehem. We’ll have treats, art projects, stories, and more at our annual celebration. Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth for a family picture in the Nativity scene!
Children Lead Christmas Music in Worship - Sunday, December 17
Be sure to join us for rehearsals on Wednesday nights beginning November 1. Thanks to Steve Fegenbush and Maureen Elwyn for helping our kids prepare!
Lock-In - Sunday, January 14
Watch for more information to come about this exciting opportunity to hang out with our buddies from Passport Camp and have an adventure in Louisville. Ages 1st-6th grade.
Thank You to our November Wednesday night teachers:
Rocky Cash, Maureen Elwyn, Steve Fegenbush, Amanda Shoults, Jason Shoults, Brian Wheeler
Come color with us!
We’re coloring our Advent posters all over the community during the month of December. Watch Facebook and your Remind messages for updates about where and when we’ll be coloring. Artists of all ages are more than welcome!
Advent begins December 3.
Take time during Advent to share a weekly family devotional. (You can pick up a guide at our ADVENTure). If you don’t have a set of Jesse Tree ornaments to help you remember Old Testament stories during Advent (we gave them out at our ADVENTure a few years ago), there are still a few sets available in Amanda’s office. Consider putting together an Advent wreath on your dinner table and lighting the candles while you eat as a reminder of the season when we anticipate Jesus’ birth.
Children’s Help Needed
It takes a lot of people to make children’s ministry great, and we appreciate everyone who invests time and energy into teaching our children about God’s love. Here are some upcoming ways that you can jump in and help:
(1) Would you be interested in helping teach our LABC children about missions beginning in January? We’re always in need of more helpers! Let Amanda know if you can join us!
(2) We need a second chaperone for our upcoming lock-in. If you can join us for a trip to Louisville on January 14 (It’s MLK weekend), get in touch with Amanda!
Weekly Schedule
Godly Play (Children’s Sunday School) @ 9:30
Worship @ 10:45
(Nursery available for children under 3 during Sunday School and worship. Extended session available for 3 year olds - kindergarteners during the latter half of worship).
Family Night Meal @ 6:15
Children’s Activities @ 6:45

Youth December Dates 2017
Youth Progressive Dinner & White Elephant - December 10

The youth will be having a Christmas party together, sharing three courses with three different houses in the church community. The first house or host appetizers, the second house will host the main course, and the third house will host the desserts and our white elephant gift exchange!  If you would like to host a course in your home or help a host, please contact Adam or Keith.
Youth: gifts should be something silly or unique, under $5, and preferably something you have around your house so you don’t have to buy anything. Wrap it up in whatever you want and be at the church by no later than 5:45p. We will be back at the church by 9:00p.
Passport Fundraiser Supper - Wednesday, December 6, 6:15
Youth and parents will provide the meal and serve. Contact Keith about how you can help. Donations help defray the cost of camp.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing & Leaf Raking
Date and times to be determined.
Wednesday Advent Worship
December 6, 13, 20: 6:15 - Family Supper;  6:45 - Youth Advent
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
December 3, 10, 17, 24: Advent Bible Study- “Prepare the Way”
December 3 - Looking Forward
Lunch and dialogue after worship with the Pastor Search Committee. The youth will be together and share their vision for the future of LABC. No other evening activities.
December 10 - Progressive Dinner & White Elephant Gift Exchange
Meet at the church at 6:00 and visit three homes for apetizers, main course and dessert. Then white elephant gift exchange.
December 17 - Youth Christmas Shopping
After church we will take the bus to Fayette Mall in Lexington. Lunch at the food court. Return around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. Bring money for lunch and shopping.
December 24 - Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at 7:00 p.m.
Social Media
Instagram: @youthlabc

CBF Kentucky E-News
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky publishes a weekly email blast each Friday to pastors, staff and members of CBF Kentucky churches. Several thousand people get timely information about events, missions and ministries, church announcements, staff activity and whereabouts, and church staff searches. If you’d like to join our Friday E-News, please send us an email to

Winter Walkers Have Begun
There is interest in our Winter Walkers again. We will walk on MWFs at 9:00 a.m. in the church gym.  This is a low impact walking DVD with Leslie Sansone leading a one-mile, two-mile, or three-mile walk.  We usually do a two-mile walk but we encourage people to pace themselves and only do what their body tells them.  Come join us at LABC and enjoy the fellowship, music, and laughter during these cold wintery days.

Nursery Worker Needed
The children’s ministry is in need of a paid nursery worker who can help Linda on Wednesday nights and occasionally fill in on a Sunday morning. If you or someone you know may be interested (18 and older only), please let Amanda know.

Key Bible Verses from Ernest Martin
During a sermon, Rev. Ernest Martin shared a list of key scripture passages. Many have asked for them: Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 18:20, 24:14, Matthew 9:37-38 (his favorite), John 14:12, Revelation 5:9-10, 7:9, 11:15.

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.

A Sunday Evening Gathering - 4:00 p.m.
A prayerful reading of scripture. The Gathering meets on Sundays in the library (third floor, education building). Join us for a time of prayer, Bible study, and community.

Wednesday Family Supper 2017-2018
6th – Youth Passport Fund Raiser - Youth Ministry Team 13th – Milestones/Dieverts
20th -  Chicken Potluck
27th - Winter Break (No Meal)
3rd – Soups - Deacons - Church bring desserts
10th – Kids Passport Fundraiser/Tacos/Children’s Ministry Team
17th – Chicken Potluck- Liz/Elizabeth/Patty
24th -  CoEd 1 - Chris - Church brings desserts
31st - Pizza/Salad/Dessert - Charlotte Carr
7th – Rosalind/Anita
14th – Heart for Missions – Missions Ministry Committee
21nd – Chicken Potluck - Patty/Liz/Elizabeth
28th - Men’s Breakfast - Scotty
7th – Soup’s On Us Fundraiser - Stephanie/Kathy
14th – Milestones/Dieverts
21st -  CoEd II - Church brings desserts
28th – Holy Week (No Meal)
4th – Spring Break (No Meal)
11th - Open
18th – CoEd I - Chris - Church brings dessert
25th – Chicken Potluck - Liz/Patty/Elizabeth
2nd – Ham/Potato Salad/Chips/Dessert - Judee/Scotty
9th -  Open
16th – Open
23rd – Cookout - Dieverts

The Pilot Light on the Kitchen Stove Stays On
Note to any using the kitchen: Do not turn off the the pilot light (flame) on the stove. Gas will escape into the air and could be dangerous.

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.

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.

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
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.)

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.

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:  Like our LABC group page 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 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+ --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