LABC News & Notes - September 2018


Meet our New Pastor, Basil Hall and His Family
Rev. Basil Hall was called to serve as senior pastor in a special called business meeting on August 12 following the morning service. His first day of service at LABC will be Monday, September 10.
    Rev. Hall since 2006 has served as the lead pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church near Nicholasville. From 1998 to 2006 he served as Associate Pastor of Music and Education at Crosswoods Baptist Church in Nicholasville. From 1996 to 1998 he was Minister of Music for Southern Heights Baptist Church in Lexington, and from 1991 to 1998 he held the position of Minister of Music at Crosswoods Baptist in Nicholasville.
    Basil received his Master’s Degree in 1997 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kentucky.
    Basil is a native of Detroit, Michigan and has lived in Central Kentucky for more than 20 years. His wife, Alisha, is an instructional coach at Red Oak Elementary in Jessamine County. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. Basil and Alisha have two children, Brenna (18) and Brock (16).  Brenna recently graduated from West Jessamine High School where she played volleyball and was her senior class vice president. Brenna is a freshman at Georgetown College. Brock is a junior at West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville where he plays on the tennis team. He is an avid sports fan and cheers for both UK and Michigan.   
    Regarding his calling, Basil says, “I am committed to winning the lost to Christ, leading Christians to reach their fullest potential, and fostering church growth. I want to serve in a church whose vision is to meet the spiritual needs of the community and provide services that impact every area of life.”
    Alisha says, “I have always been honored and humbled by my husband’s calling. I have tried hard to instill in our children that it is our privilege to serve the church, whether that be hosting dinners, planning events, or cleaning the bathrooms. We count it all as privilege.”

Farewell Reception for Dr. Terry and Beverly Freeman
Sunday Morning, September 9th at the Welcome Café, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. A basket will be available for cards and personal notes. A Love Offering will be collected prior to September 9th which will be presented during the worship service. Please make your check out to LABC, designated as a love offering, and turn it into Malinda Smith as soon as possible.

Beth Lee - LABC Anniversary
September 16 - 3 Years!

Baby Shower - September 16
Join us in the Coed 2 classroom at 2 pm on Sunday, September 16 for a baby shower for Shannon Zdrojowy. Shannon, Ben, and Kaldar expect a baby girl in early October. The Zdrojowys have most of the baby essentials and are most in need of clothing and other items specific to a baby girl. (If you’d like to help with food or preparations for the shower, see Amanda).

Senior Adults - Mark your calendars for these activities in September
September 11 - Lunch, Laugh and Learn

Join us for lunch in the Fellowship Hall at noon Tuesday.  We have invited Rev. Hall to come join us so we can start getting better acquainted.  We would love to have a big crowd to welcome him to LABC on his second day on the job.  (To help defray cost of meal, a donation basket will be available.)
September 27 - Fun and Travel
Make a reservation to join us at 10 AM for an outing to visit Joanna Kirby’s garden followed by lunch at a restaurant to be determined.  If the weather is bad, Joanna will meet us at the church and tell us about butterfly gardens.  We will still plan to go out to eat afterwards.  Please call the church office to reserve your seat on the bus.
October, November, December
Tentative plans for October, November and December have been developed by the Senior Adult Team leaders; Clara Bowen, Sallie Donaldson, Jan Edmiston, Marian Gibson, Bernard Montgomery, Liz Peniston, Paula Scott, and Sue Smith.  We will share our ideas after the lunch and look forward to getting your input.

Operation Christmas Child - Shoebox Recipient - Dania Yadago
September 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m., Junction City First Baptist Church
Do Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts really make a difference? Shoebox recipient Dania Yadago will tell you they do from her own experience.  Operation Christmas Child is thrilled to invite you to come and hear an amazing story about God’s transformational love.  Dania Yadago, has a powerful testimony of how God used an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift to greatly impact her life. Subjected to severe poverty, Dania Yadago and her family lived in three Middle Eastern countries while she was growing up. Although persecuted for their faith, Dania’s family depended on God and prayed for everything they needed. One year they began praying for a specific need. That year, Dania received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift – the first gift she ever received in her life. As Dania and her family carefully went through each item in the gift, they could not believe their eyes as they found a direct answer to their fervent prayers. That day Dania learned that with God all things are possible and there is power in prayer. To hear more about how the Lord answered Dania’s prayer through a shoebox, join us for the Heart of Kentucky Operation Christmas Child 2018 kickoff event where Dania will share her testimony followed by a time of fellowship with shoebox packing tips and important ministry updates.
For more information please contact Carol Long (859-326-1697)

LABC  Wednesday Meals – 2018-2019
5th -  Churchwide Ice Cream Social – Church bring Cookies
12th  - Ham/ Potato Salad/Baked Beans – Church bring Desserts – Judee and Scotty
19th – Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
26th – Barbeque/ Cole Slaw/Chips/Dessert – Beverly and Fred Durham
3rd – Potluck Salad Supper /Dessert ( Pizza for Kids)
10th – Fall Break – No Meal
17th – Youth Passport Camp – Youth Ministry Team
24th – Chili – Church bring Dessert – Deacons
31st -  Fall Festival – Hot dogs/Chips – Dieverts
7th – Masonic Fish Fry – Fundraiser- Church bring Desserts
14th – Rosalind/Anita
21st – Thanksgiving Week – No Meal
28th – Barbeque/Cole Slaw/Chips/Dessert – Mary Elizabeth and Jack Godbey
5th – CoEd II – Church bring Desserts
12th – Milestones
19th- Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
26th – Winter Break – No Meal
2nd – Winter Break – No Meal
9th – Soups – Deacons – Church bring Desserts
16th – Kids Passport Fundraiser – Childrens Ministry Team
23rd – CoEd I – Chris Herron – Church bring Desserts
30 h – Chicken Potluck – Liz, Patty, Elizabeth
6th – Rosalind/ Anita
13th – Hearts for Missions – Mission Team
20th – Beans and Cornbread Supper ( Hot dogs for Kids) – Church bring desserts- Judee/  Scotty
27th – Chicken Potluck – Patty/Elizabeth/Liz
6th – Soups on Us – Stephanie and Kathy
13th – Men’s Breakfast – Scotty/Fred/Jack/Paul
20th – CoEd II – Church bring Desserts
27th – Pizza/Salad/Dessert – Charlotte Car
3rd – Milestones/Dieverts
10th – Spring Break – No Meal
17th – Holy Week – No Meal
24th – CoEd I – Chris Herron – Church bring Desserts
1st – Chicken Potluck – Elizabeth/Patty/Liz
8th -  Haiti – Doris Cessna and Paula Scott
15th –
22nd – End of Year Cook-Out - Dieverts

Soup’s On Us - Saturday, September 1, 2018
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. Mark your calendar: September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1

Habitat for Humanity Build
Boyle County Habitat for Humanity has started construction on a new house. The house is located at 1412 W. Walnut Street. Take Main Street (Perryville Road) across the viaduct; turn left on Beech Street; Beech runs into W. Walnut; turn right on W. Walnut. House will be on the left at the end of Walnut. We work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Come join us. You’ll go home hot and tired but with a sense of accomplishment.

A Sunday Evening Gathering - 4:30 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.

Key for Kids and Families - August 2018
September Wednesday Night Classes - September 5, 12, 19, 26
Preschool - 1st Grade: Painting the Church Year - 6:45-7:15; Praise & Percussion - 7:15-7:45
2nd - 6th Grade: Storytelling (by popular request!) - 6:45-7:15; Painting the Church Year - 7:15-7:45
Children’s Baptism Class - Sunday Evenings, 6-7:15 pm, September 9-30
This class is for children who have been recently baptized or who have expressed interest in exploring it further. We’ll use familiar stories of the people of God to talk about what baptism means at LABC. The content will be different from previous years, so children who have participated before are welcome to join us again.
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. If you are interested in helping with fall Wednesday night activities in our children’s ministry, please let Amanda know. We have a variety of fun options available!
2. We are in need of a helper to join us for a special baptism class from 6-7:15 on Sunday evenings, September 9-30. If this is a place you can serve (whether it’s for one week or several), call, email, or text Amanda.
3. We’ve had a baby boom and are in need of some volunteers to join our Wednesday night nursery rotation. If you’d be interested in helping Linda, our wonderful nursery worker, on a monthly basis (or more) from August to December, let Amanda know!
Godly Play Update
Many, many generous people have given of their time and their resources to help get our second Godly Play classroom ready. We began our new year on August 19. Thank you, church, for loving our kids so well!
- four anonymous donors collectively gave more than enough money to buy all of our materials.
- Lee Fowler built and finished our beautiful shelves.
- The Powells, Herrons, Smiths, and Cashes (many of the kids included) helped paint the room and repaint some - shelves we brought into the classroom.
- Kathy White hunted down and purchased all the very specific shades of felt we needed.
- A multitude of church members donated baskets for storing our materials.
- Maureen Elwyn has taken care of gathering and organizing art supplies.
Rosalind Campbell, Brenda Hendrickson, and Maureen Elwyn have all spent time helping to clear out and
- reorganize the room.
- Mike and Clara Bowen cut out ALL of the parable pieces from paper and wood. - Sue Smith has us all stocked up on snacks!
- Jason Shoults painted additional shelves for us.
Adam Standiford built our desert box.
- Rosalind Campbell, Carolyn Montgomery, Brenda Hendrickson, Liz Peniston and Maureen Elwyn doorkeep and
tell stories each Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who makes Godly Play possible at LABC!Weekly
Weekly Schedule
Godly Play @ 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 Dinner @ 6:15
Children’s Activities @ 6:45 (Nursery available)

Youth News - September 2018
Sunday Nights: Supper, Worship, Activities - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sept. 2 -  Will not meet for Labor Day Weekend
Sept. 9 - Eat out night!
Sept. 16 - Bible Journaling with Tara
Sept. 23 - Movie Night
Sept. 30 - Meet the new pastor & Games with Rev. Basil Hall
Youth Wednesday Nights
6:15 pm - Family Supper
6:45 - Youth Prayer Experiences
Sept. 5 - Welcome back to Wednesday & Prayer
Sept. 12 - Prayer Walk for School
Sept. 19 - Walk the Labyrinth
Sept. 26 - Stations of the Cross
Youth Sunday School - Micah Speaks - 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 2 - Justice is for All
Sept. 9 - Peace!
Sept. 16 - God’s Expectations
Sept. 30 - Forgive Me!
Youth 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

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