Thank You Notes - Winter 2017-2018

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I wish you could have been at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Sunday, February 25 for the morning worship service celebrating the 90th birthday of our beloved church.

Former pastor, Dr. Robert Baker, currently pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, delivered a most challenging message based on Hebrews 12. We heard my husband, Dr. Austin Roberts, pray again from a 1991 tape. Then we went to fellowship hall for a meal prepared by Margie and Tim Dievert. There we walked down memory lane with Dr. Bob and Debra Baker. The people present viewed the timeline that filled two walls. It was very pretty and detailed. It still lacks your personal comments at the bottom of each section. Come by and add them at the bottom of the section of your date.

Also, thank you for the beautiful roses you gave me that were placed on the organ rail.

God Bless You,
Eloise Roberts


Many Thanks to Our Historical Committee,

Our Historical Committee and the Ruth Class worked hard to help make our heritage month a success. Please thank them: Barbara Beck, Joanna Kirby, Sue Smith, Paula Scott, Jean Steinhauer, Irene Estes, Marian Gibson, Sallie Donaldson, Shirley Wilcher, Donna Fegenbush, Jolene Hutchinson, Elizabeth Bibb, Bobby Shields, Dr. Keith Stillwell, Dr. Phil Quinn, and many more.


Dear Friends in Christ,

This month begins our 119th year of serving young people and their families. God’s incredible grace has enabled us to expand the vision of our founder, James Anderson Burns. We began by serving children from the mountains and “hollers” of southeastern Kentucky. Today, we still serve those children plus children from all over Kentucky, all over the United States and around the world. To name a few places, they come from Tennessee, Missouri, Arizona and California and from Spain, Nigeria, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. We praise God for blessing us with the opportunity to plant seeds in their hearts and minds. Please pray that these seeds will produce much fruit to the glory of God.

In the spirit of a new calendar year, I am renewing our commitment to reaching our students with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to live out our motto of “Education for Time and Eternity.” We can do this because of your support. Thank you for giving. Thank you for fulfilling God’s command in Ephesians 5:2 which states “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” May God bless you as we serve together in 2018!

Larry A. Gritton, Jr., President
Oneida Baptist Institute


Thank you so much for your generosity in 2017 that will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people who need God’s love. Because of you, missionaries are in the field sharing the Good News of Jesus, feeding the hungry and welcoming and embracing people forgotten by others. Young Baptists are nurtured and have the opportunity to live out God’s purpose for their lives. Churches are equipped and empowered to fulfill their Gospel ministries. Thank you for showing such kindness and compassion in Jesus’ name.

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship


Dear Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,
On behalf of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, thank you for your gift received Tuesday, January 30, 2018, in the amount of $136.00 to the Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund.

Your gift will help fund programs and services that positively impact the health of your friends, family and neighbors in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer and Washington and surrounding counties.

Again, thank you for your commitment to the health of our community.

Jacquie Peterson, MBA
Manager of Donor Development & Special Events
Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation


Dear Friends,
Thanks for your partnership in training leaders for God’s mission. Friends like you have sustained this ministry and impacted our world for Christ.

Your support helps us provide experienced and academically prepared faculty and staff who love the Lord and love students.

Thanks for all you do,
Donnie Fox, President
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College


Dear Friends in Christ;

Thank you for your recent gift to Campbellsville University in the amount of $71.00 for the Scholarship Fund.

Campbellsville University is equipping thousands of students to become effective servant-leaders. Our mission is based on providing a superior education coupled with the life hanging influence of a distinctly Christian environment. This combination is resulting in students of character. Our emphasis of servant leadership is based on Christ’s call for us to put others first and to serve in His name. We humbly grateful for our mission to see lives changed for the Gospel.

This year we have another strong enrollment with over 8,000 students, and CU also has been ranked in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for 25 consecutive years which is a milestone and honor for this 111 year-old institution. We are impacting thousands of lives each year for a better future both academically and spiritually with our 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. All of this success is a reflection of the love, prayers, and generosity of those who desire to see lives changed here at Campbellsville University.

We realize that without your financial support we would not have such wonderful news of strong enrollment and ranking. Thank you.

Most cordially,
Benji Kelly
Vice President for Development
Campbellsville University


Dear Dr. Freeman:

Thank you for your gift of $71.00 in support of the mission of Georgetown College. Our mission is to prepare students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community.

Preparing students for their life’s pursuits is a partnership. Private liberal arts colleges depend on generous financial resources from alumni an friends. Your gift, together with others, ensures that deserving young women and men are afforded the opportunity to learn in a community of devoted faculty and students. Georgetown College is more than an educational institution. Georgetown College is a place where students become more than they dreamed possible.
Than you for your generosity. Than you for investing in the students and faculty. Thank you for being a partner in the Georgetown College mission.

Warm regards,
Todd W. Rasberry, Ph.D.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Georgetown College


Dear Mission Committee,

Thank you very much for your donation of $71.00. This will be very helpful in our attempt to give a hand up in getting good affordable housing for the people of Boyle County. Thanks for thinking of us.

Russ Goodwin, President
Boyle County Habitat for Humanity


Dear Friends,
Your group raised a total of $389.31

I appreciate the time that your group spent Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army. It is not always an easy thing to do, especially when it is cold and rainy, and I want you to know how much we appreciate your group keeping their commitment.

The money that was raise during the time of bell ringing will help throughout the year for the various programs and social work that we do on a daily basis. As one of the only strictly volunteer ran Red Kettle programs, all the funds raised will go to support programming in our 5 county areas.

With the continued participation of individuals and groups such as yourself we hope to be able to continue this tradition for many years to come. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for helping The Salvation Army does the most good in our community. I want you to know what a blessing you are to The Salvation Army!

May God bless and keep you,
Captain Patrick and Major Carey Richmond
Corps Officer
Dana Long, Bell Ringing Coordinator


Dear LABC,

We want to thank our church family for the expressions of sympathy for the loss of my mother. The many cards, kind words and attendance at the visitation were greatly appreciated. She will be greatly missed, but it is a comfort to know that others cared.

Baxter & Kathy East


Soups on Us Thank you

God is Great…God is Good…..Thank you so for all this food….Amen

This sweet prayer was repeated at our supper table almost every night….

What a fortunate little girl I was.  In our community all little ones, along with their families are not so fortunate.

This January God whispered a reminder of  those simple words to a very special LABC member….that wonderful, generous and thoughtful member has agreed to donate the much needed money that will fund Soups On Us for the entire month!!  Words are inadequate…but they are all I have…. Thank you for answering this need for our church and our community!!!!!!!

For the blessing we deliver

Stephanie [Griffin]
Soups On Us


Thank you so much for all your support and prayers. We need so much prayer.

With Love from the Aumillers


THANKS BE TO GOD! The FCA Title Town Celebration met our expectations and answered our earnest prayers. One hundred seventy five players and coaches (Stephanie Griffin count not preacher count) attended, five young men recommitted their lives to Christ, three wanted to know more about becoming a Christian, and an unquantifiable number of opportunities were created for follow-up.

Possibly for the first time the Boyle County and Danville football teams were photographed together.

A  special thanks to all our volunteers - decoration, parking lot, greeters, servers, and clean up - you made things go smoothly.

Thanks to those who brought desserts - you made the banquet sweeter.     

Thanks to all who made financial donations (a few more would be accepted) - you made possible this opportunity to glorify Jesus Christ.

AND FOREMOST, thanks to all who prayer - this made the celebration a work of God!

Mark Dexter and John Penick



I hardly have words to express my appreciation to you all, not only for the Gideon Bibles given by the church in memory of Lois, but also for the heartfelt support you heaped on her. Thank you for making her feel so loved and appreciated. She loved being part of LABC and I truly treasure your continued friendship and fellowship.

In Christ,
Lee Baltzer


To Our Church Family,

We thank you for your wonderful cards and letters we received in recent months.

In God’s Love,
Betty & John Baird


Thank you for the nice card and all who signed it. I appreciate you thinking of me. I guess Brooklyn Cash told you. I am her Maw Maw. I am doing good.

Frances Jeffries


Please extend our thanks to her church family {Viola Mae Selby Jackson} for the prayers and support during these past months.

Bonnie Negola (daughter)


Dear Members,
Thank you so much for the many meals you brought me in 2017.
Not only were the meals good but I enjoyed meeting so many new people.
Looking forward to the meals and those who deliver them in 2018.

Yours in His service,
Mary Vaught [Soup's On Us Recipient]


Dear Church Family,

We would like to expressed our sincerest “Thank you” to our Church Family, especially during this Advent/Christmas Season for the many ways you have helped us worship through your participation in readings, music, and decorating. We have felt your love for us through your many kind words, the Christmas gifts and goodies you leave in the office for us, and for the generous love offering. We are blessed to serve with you through Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

With Gratitude from your Church Staff


I wish to express to the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church Family, LABC Staff, and to Milestone Sunday School Class a Thank you for your thoughts, cards, phone calls and prayers during my recent surgery and recovery. I want  you to know that the prayers where felt because I was at ease and not worried about the surgery and the outcome. Prayer works.

Thank you again.

In Christ, Bobby Shields


Church Family,

Thank you for your many expressions of love and kindness during this season. We appreciate your cards, goodies, gifts, and many encouraging words. Thank your for the generous love offering. I was inspired by the devotions that many of you shared in our Advent Devotion book this year. Thank you for sharing your stories.
With Appreciation,
Keith and Dianne Stillwell


Dear Church Family,

Thank you so much for the phone calls, cards, and most of all your love and prayers during my recent surgery. We really appreciate our loving, caring church family.

Bernard Montgomery


Church Family,
Thank you for the Christmas love offering. I really appreciate your generosity
Happy 2018!
Linda Harmon


Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,
Wishing you a magical holiday season.

Love you!
Margaret Calhoun [Soup’s On Us recipient]


My Dear Church family,

Your beautiful prayer card, signed by so many special friends, remembering what would have been Calvin’s and my 59th wedding anniversary, meant more to me than I can ever tell you. Thank you so much for your true Christian thoughtfulness. God bless you all.

Dora Whitt


Teresa Marie Lyons loved Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. She talked fervently and often of how her church was working. Teresa enjoyed the relationships she had over the years with other members. Teresa was radiant when she spoke of them.

We, her family, enjoyed sharing time and fellowship with her church family during Teresa’s visitation and service.

We want to express our gratitude to everyone for your loving kindness and generosity.

In God’s Love
Thank you all
The Family of Teresa Marie Johnson Lyons


To Our Brothers & Sisters at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church,

Ted and I want to thank you for your prayers and thoughts as Jim (James) went through his open heart surgery.
Prayers to our Lord are so great and HE led the doctor’s hands. The surgery went well and Jim is at home to recover. He is not allowed visitors due to flu and virus infections floating about.

We do thank you so much!
Ted & Natalie Monroe


Thank You for your kindness. Words cannot express the thankfulness we have for the kindness you all show and in the loving way you show it. God Bless you all
The Webb Family [for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner]


To Our Church family,

Thanks so very much for all he prayers, visits, phone calls, and cards during my surgery. We really appreciate them.

Patty & Quince Arnold


A gigantic Christmas thank you to those “behind the scene” servants who decked our halls for Advent, as well as to those who resurrected the tree lights. You are truly His hands and feet in preparing LABC for the joyful celebration of Jesus’ birth!

Charlotte Carr
Stephanie and Steve Griffin
Rocky Cash
Brian Wheeler
Bill Singler
Chris, Emery, and Laney Herron
Phil and Blake Quinn
 David and Elizabeth Bibb
BERNARD and Carolyn MONTGOMERY and Cooper Brummett
Chad Powell
Carl Smith


Once again LABC, Calvary and Southland came together with Rod blessings to serve our community with a Thanksgiving dinner.

 A special thanks to Morris for entertaining our guest for hours without a break, and for all of the volunteers who gave of their time, money and donations.

We were able to feed approximately 500 this year. To God we give the glory.

In Christ
Doris Cessna


To All Soup’s On Us and Lexington Avenue Baptist Church

Thank you for your kindness. I enjoy seeing the smile on your driver’s face and the “Hello” each week.

It means so much, the White Box that they bring me. The goodies are so good. It is so nice. We still have such good people in our town. I have been in Danville all my life. There is no place like it.

I know a lot of you. My Dad was in plumbing and heating for 55 years. We lived on North 3rd street. I was a member for many years at the church.

Penny, my small dog, tells me when you pull in the driveway. Then she knows she is in the “Time Out Corner” in the bedroom until I go to  the door.

Many Thanks to each of you
E. Loraine Leathers


Dear LABC Family,

My family and I are so thankful for the love shown us during and since Marvon’s death.

I feel such a blessing from each of you. Please know I love my Lord and my church family with all my heart!
You are the best!

Sue and Family