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April 2016

From the Pastor


From One Generation
to the Next
I learned about giving as a child. My parentsboth of them were public
educators and part-time music ministerswere clear about our privilege in
giving to the Lords work in our church. When we went to church every Sunday,
we carried with us our Bible, Sunday School book, and offering envelope. My
brothers and I were trained from early on what it meant to be Jesus followers
and lovers of His church. My wife was raised the same way, and when we
married, the lifestyle we learned when we were children was followed when we
raised our own children.
Now that my children have children, its an amazing thing to see the same
traits of faith, discipline, and blessing reproduced in their lives. And, not to
stretch the whole thing too far, I expect that my grandchildrens children will live
in the same way. Thats one way, maybe the main way, faith works: from one
generation to the next. If we, as parents, want our children to embrace the same
faith we have in Jesus, we must intentionally pass it on to them.

WELCOME to the

Signal

On the last two Sundays of this month, youll have a special opportunity to
do just that. Well focus on giving in Sunday School and in the morning sermons,
with special teaching about how to invest our money in the kinds of Kingdom
purposes that lead to blessing, for the world as well as for ourselves. Then, on
Sunday morning, May 1, were having Bring the Tithe Day in churcha
special Sunday where were challenging every person in our church to bring

your tithe and give.

As people of the Word, we believe what the Bible says about giving:
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house.
And thereby put Me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the
windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no
more need. ~ Malachi 3:10
I pray these days after Easter lead you more and more into the fellowship of
the risen Savior!
Pastor Mike

PASTORAL STAFF
Dr. Mike Turner
Senior Pastor
Mark Owens
Associate Pastor (Equipping)
Dan Williams
Associate Pastor (Worship)
Jerry Freeman, Associate Pastor
(Senior Adults / Congregational Care)

Jon Foster
Recreation Ministry & Facilities Director
Ian Geimer
Associate Pastor (Next Gen Ministries)
Maegan Bolding
Childrens Ministry Director
Jeanette Simpson
Preschool Ministry Director

Daniel Walker
Middle School Ministry Director
Jessica Wyndham
Communications Director
Jacob Powers
Media Director

308 E. Main Street, Lexington SC 29072 / 803.359.4146


24-hour prayer line: 803.808.7729 / On-call phone: 803.767.2445
lexingtonbaptist.org

On Bring the Tithe Sunday, May 1,


we will ask everyone in our family of faith
to graciously bring their tithes and offerings
in a spirit of generosity and in obedience to the Word of God.
In preparation for Bring the Tithe Sunday, on April 17 and 24,
our Sunday School classes will focus on teachings revealed to us in Gods Word
that will challenge and encourage us in the blessings of giving.
If you havent begun the act of graciously giving to the Lord,
our prayer is that you will make this a day of new beginnings.

Sunday, June 5, at 9 & 10:30 a.m.


Summer Kick-Off
in LBCs Worship Center
Sunday, June 5, at 5 p.m.
Picnic at the River at Saluda Shoals

Our goal at Fam Jam


is to create an experience

Wednesday, June 8
5th Grade Mystery Trip

where families learn and worship


together and to give families

Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m.


Family Fun Night
in LBCs Fellowship Hall

a springboard for conversations


in the days and weeks to come.

Wednesday, June 22, at 10 a.m.


Preschool Playdate at LBC

Fam Jam lasts about 45 minutes.

Sunday, June 26, at 12 p.m.


Elementary Small Group Hangtime at LBC
Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m.
Family Fun Night
in LBCs Fellowship Hall
Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m.
Family Fun Night at Saluda Shoals
Sunday, July 17, at 6 p.m.
Fam Jam & Wienie Roast with SMores
LBC Fellowship Hall &
in the Back Parking Lot
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22
Summer Camp for 8-12 year olds
at Camp Longridge
Cost: $270 each
($100 deposit by April 10)
Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m.
Preschool Playdate at Fox Farm
Sunday, July 24, at 12 p.m.
Elementary Small Group Hangtime
at Frankies Fun Park ($15 each)

Maegan Bolding
Childrens Ministry Director
maegan@lexingtonbaptist.org

Sunday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m.


LBC Next Gen Open House
in LBCs Family Life Center
Sunday, August 14
Promotion Sunday at LBC

Openings for the


2016 - 2017 School Year
Lexington Baptist Preschool has openings in our one and two year old classes.
Registration forms are located in the Childrens Building lobby. For more info,
please contact Mandy Long at 996-8811 or amandaslong@yahoo.com.

Love the Lord


Your God
with All Your
Heart
This month, preschoolers will
learn about how we can love God
and love people! We will talk about
community helpers and how we can
love everyone in our neighborhood,
community, and church.
Our months memory verse is
from Matthew 22:37-39, Love the
Lord your God with all your heart.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
On May 1, everyone will be
encouraged to Bring the Tithe. Be
on the look-out for special envelopes
at the end of April!

Jeanette Simpson
Preschool Ministry Director
jsimpson@lexingtonbaptist.org

Camp Longridge

July 18-22 . For 8-12 year olds


Cost: $270 ($100 Deposit due April 10)
Lake time . blob . zip line . canoeing . fishing
Waterslide . challenge course . archery
Team competitions . gaga ball . games

worship & chapel time . daily devotions . and more!


Email kking@lexingtonbaptist.org to register today!
Registration Ends April 3 (or until space is full).

What?

Non-stop fun, great memories with friends, and growing closer to God.
Were pretty sure this is why summer was invented!

Where?

Camp Longridge is located in Ridgeway, SC (about 45 minutes from LBC).

Who?

Grades 2 - 5 (completed) are invited to join us for camp this summer. Maegan Bolding, our elementary director, and
our summer intern will serve as chaperones. Parents are welcome to attend with their children as chaperones.
The cost of camp is $270 which includes transportation, meals at camp, and a camp t-shirt.
Registration requires a completed health form (available in the Childrens Building)
and a $100 deposit (deposits are non-refundable) by April 10.
Mail forms and deposit to: 308 E. Main St., Lexington, SC 29072 or drop off forms in the Childrens Building.

Student Ministry Parents,


April is going to be an incredible month for the
Student Ministry. On the weekend of April 1 - 3, students
have the chance to be part of Ignite 2016. This will
without a doubt be a life-changing weekend for many
students. We are praying that God would ignite our
student ministry for Jesus and that He would give our
students passion and vision for Lexington, SC. Please
join us in prayer for this weekend as we travel to Camp
Longridge for this amazing weekend.
Our seventh grade students will participate in
one of our Next Generation milestones called, The
Passage. We have ten seventh grade families traveling
to Ridgecrest to enjoy a weekend of growth and
celebration. We celebrate the milestone of students becoming young men and
women and all that God desires for their lives. Please pray for these families
during the April 22 - 24 weekend.
Students are always encouraged to attend Encounter
431 on Wednesdays at 6:15 and Sunday mornings
at 10:30. Dont miss the chance to get your students
connected into this ministry.

Ian Geimer
Associate Pastor

Next Generation Ministries


Ian@lexingtonbaptist.org

This month our seventh graders will get to experience


their own retreat called The Passage. The unique
component to this trip is that its not only for the seventh
grader but also for their parents/guardians. The Passage
takes place April 22 - 24 at Ridgecrest Conference Center
in North Carolina. Throughout the weekend, parents and
students will experience games, worship, teaching, and
just quality time with each other. A great takeaway from
the weekend is that the parents will have an opportunity to
bless their child in a way that gives God the glory. Its an unforgettable weekend
for these families; please be in prayer for this weekend.
Journey is our summer camp for students and the camp takes place June
20 24 at Taccoa Falls, Georgia. Camp is a great way for your child to connect
with our student ministry and form new friendships inside a growing family. We
see this happen year after year. When people experience God together, it forms
a bond like no other. Journey Camp has limited spots available so plan ahead.
The cost is $249 and the final payment is due May 9.

Daniel Walker
Middle School Ministry Director

Daniel@lexingtonbaptist.org

Partnering with the Missions ministry, we have


an opportunity for families to experience international
outreach. We plan to have two different teams minister in
Nicaragua this July in back to back weeks (July 8 - 15 and
July 15 - 22). During the two weeks, the focus will be on
working with a local church and the H3C School for the
Deaf on the island of Ometepe. These trips are a great
chance to step out on faith as a family and allow yourself
to be used by God in new ways. For more information,
please contact Chuck McCurry at (803) 348-0243 or email him at chuck1946@
hotmail.com.
The student ministry has a lot going on so please lift up these students and
families in prayer regularly.

Sunday, April 24
6:00 p.m.

Presented by WAM
Grades 1 - 5 Worship Arts & Music

Monday, April 11:


Broad River Corrections
Tuesday, April 12:
Central Midlands Transitional Retreat
at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17:
Dutch Fork Baptist at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19:
Carolina Gardens at 6:30 p.m.

For freedom Christ has set us free;


stand firm therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1

Many people today are walking around in chains


chains that cannot be seen but are keeping them in
bondage as slaves to the practices and habits of sin and
the ultimate condemnation of sin.
Jesus came to set free the captives! Our worship
leaders want to take the message of freedom in Christ
outside of our own sanctuary walls and sing of His great
love and power to set people free!

Dan Williams
Associate Pastor, Worship
Dan@lexingtonbaptist.org

SENIOR ADULTS

& Congregational Care


Senior Adult
Events

Senior Adult
Appreciation Luncheon

I want to cordially invite all seniors to a luncheon in your honor on


Sunday, May 1, in our Fellowship Hall. We will celebrate Lexington Baptists
older adults in our worship services and enjoy a meal together immediately
following the second service. LBCs Student Ministry will serve as hosts for
the luncheon, and we will have a special opportunity to thank you for your
contribution to the spiritual well-being of our fellowship during the meal. This
is a free luncheon, and all are invited.
In order for us to have an idea of how many to expect, please reserve
your spot by contacting Marceil at 996-8843 or marceil@lexingtonbaptist.org
by Thursday, April 21.
Thank you for all that you do. You are a blessing to this congregation
and to me!

Connie Maxwell Childrens Home Cookout


Saturday, April 30

One of my favorite events in the Senior Adult Ministry is our annual trip
to Connie Maxwell Childrens Home to cook for the students and staff in the
spring. If youve never been, wont you consider joining us on Saturday, April
30? Its an easy event! Youll travel to Greenwood with us and some will grill
hot dogs and hamburgers while others will warm up baked
beans and set out potato chips, drinks, and desserts. The kids
will show up to more than a meal. Theyll receive a blessing in
knowing people who live an hour and a half away from them
and who dont know their names, care about them and want to
see Jesus work miracles in their lives. If you join us, I promise
youll be blessed.
Please sign up by contacting Marceil at 996-8843 or at
marceil@lexingtonbaptist.org.

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Jerry Freeman

Associate Pastor
Senior Adults & Congregational Care
jerry@lexingtonbaptist.org

Sunday, May 1
11:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Registration Deadline:
Noon on Thursday, April 21
Register by contacting Marceil
at 996.8843 or
marceil@lexingtonbaptist.org.

Cornerstone Lunch
Thursday, April 7
11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
$6 per person
Registration Deadline:
Noon on Monday, April 4
Please register by contacting
Marceil at 996.8843 or
marceil@lexingtonbaptist.org.

Senior Single Ladies


Breakfast Bunch: Thursday, April 14
9 a.m. at Lizards Thicket
Lunch Bunch: Thursday, April 28
11:30 a.m. at Lizards Thicket

Mens Breakfast Club


Thursday, April 21
9 a.m. at Creekside Restaurant

Prayer Shawl Ministry


Thursdays at 2 p.m. in 404AEB

Senior Adult Choir


Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
in the Choir Room

Wednesday Nights
in May!

Electric Chapel
Look for details during the month
of April on our website and through
our social media outlets. Electric
Chapel is designed to reach 18 to 35
year olds who are unchurched or
de-churched. This doesnt mean
other people cant come! All are
welcome. However, this will be our
target audience as we try and reach
this generation with the Gospel.
If you would like to be part of this
ministry or would like to be a part of
the leadership, contact Mark Owens
at mowens@lexingtonbaptist.org.

New D-Groups
begin April 6!
Some of our classes beginning
this April include Priscilla Shirers
book, Fervent, a study on the book of
Colossians, and a journey to the Old
Testament where we will uncover the
great old stories and how they still
impact us today!
Make sure you check out our
website (lexingtonbaptist.org) for
additional topics and leaders or stop
by the Information Desk and pick up
the latest information on upcoming
D-Groups.

Making Disciples:
More Than a Slogan
Ive seen some creative church slogans and mottos over the years. I
assume churches use these catch phrases to entice the unchurched to come
to worship at their church. Some of my favorites include, A Church Alive is
Worth the Drive, or Come Experience Family Here. A few others Ive noticed
lately are The Difference is Worth the Distance, or We are Here for You.
When we think about our motto or slogan at LBC, Making Disciples,
its more than words. It is an action. For us to become a church that makes
disciples, we will need to take action. Instead of hoping people will come to
us, we need to be going to them. When Jesus gave the Great Commission, it
wasnt so the church could sit back and expect people to come. It was just the
opposite. We were called to GO!
A church slogan or motto wont get people to come to church. So many
churches are only partially filled today. The reason is the church has become a
building rather than a vibrant, active organism. So what can we do?
It all starts with a simple invitation. I believe in the power of the INVITE.
All it takes is for us to be willing to invite others to experience the powerful Holy
Spirit movement we have been experiencing through our worship and Sunday
morning Bible study groups. Peoples lives are being changed and victories
are being won every week. You may have friends, family,
neighbors, or coworkers who are simply waiting for an
invitation from you to come to church. Dont let a sign or a
slogan be the only invitation someone receives. Who are
you going to invite?

Mark Owens
Associate Pastor for Equipping
mowens@lexingtonbaptist.org

In last months
Signal, we introduced
a way for all Sunday
morning Bible study groups to reach
out in their neighborhood.
What is the plan for your class?
Are you actively involved in reaching
YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

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Jesus said to him,

I am the way, and the truth, and the life.


No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6 (ESV)

MISSIONS
Then I heard the voice
of the Lord saying,
"Whom shall I send?
And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
There are spaces open for the
following International Mission Trips:
Central Asia: June 24 - July 1
Nicaragua: July 8 - 15

Thank You
For Praying!
Thank you so much for praying
for our March teams. God is indeed
at work in Lexington and around the
world. He is bringing people from
every nation to Himself.
Want to know more about
missions here at LBC? Please
contact Janet Butler at 996.8836 or
jbutler@lexingtonbaptist.org.

Janet Butler
Ministry Assistant, Missions
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. . . and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and


satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise
in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:10
Pictured above is Robert Grant (center) from the Baptist Foundation of
South Carolina presenting a $3,000 check to the LBC Backpack Ministry. The
grant is made possible by endowments and tithes of endowment income
administered by the Foundation. The $3,000 grant sponsors backpacks for 11
children ($30/month per child) and provides meals for weekends during the
school year. Food is inconspicuously placed in each students backpack at the
end of each week.
God has greatly blessed the LBC Backpack Ministry from its inception.
In a Ministries Meeting, Joan Cave, Sylvia Cartin, and DeeDee Whitehead
heard that there were school children in Lexington County who had no food
on the weekends. The crusade to make a difference began. In 2011, with
donations from LBC members, a partnership was formed between Harvest
Hope, Gilbert Primary School (GPS), and the Backpack Ministry. We began
providing weekend meals for 25 children at GPS. As donations increased,
sponsorships increased to 75 children during the 2015-2016 school year. The
need is still greater than funds available.
A person stated a fact, others heard, hearts were touched, and a way was
created to reach children with Gods love. Before packing begins, prayers are
offered for the recipients and their families along with the food. Just as God
promises, He is working in the lives of everyone. We are honored to be the
heart, hands, and feet of Jesus in this ministry. If you are interested in becoming
a childs sponsor, please contact Joan Cave at 359-6389.
~ Christine Barrett

Wednesday
Supper

MENU
April 6
Chopped Barbecue
Fried Shrimp
Hash & Rice
Southwest Corn

April 13
Sliced Roast Beef
Sliced Turkey
Wild Rice
Butter Beans

April 20
Fried & Roasted Chicken
Squash Casserole
Steamed Broccoli

April 27
Roast Pork Tenderloin
Chicken Pot Pie
Sliced Apples
Green Beans
A childrens menu is available.
All meals include rolls & butter,
assorted desserts, salad bar,
iced tea and/or lemonade, and coffee.

Supper is served
from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall.
Adults: $6
Children (5 - 12): $4*
Children 4 & Under Eat Free!
(Family Maximum*: $15)
Payable at the door
Reservations Required.
Deadline for Reservations and
Cancellations: Sunday at 5 p.m.
Make Weekly/Permanent Reservations
at lexingtonbaptist.org/supper
or by calling 803.359.4146.

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Friday - Saturday, April 8 - 9

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lexington Baptist Church


Lexington Baptist is supporting the Families of Hope ministry by hosting
the upcoming Empowered To Connect Simulcast. The two-day conference is
designed to help us better understand how to connect with children from hard
places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to
be. There is no cost to attend but resources will be available for purchase at the
event. No childcare will be provided.
The conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, anyone considering
adoption or foster care, and anyone who is serving and supporting them. Parent
Training Credits and Continuing Education Credits are available. Register for
the conference at lexingtonbaptist.org/familiesofhope. For more information,
please email Jennifer OCain at jennifernocain@gmail.com.

Families of Hope Ministry


Our ministry aspires to help foster
and newly-adoptive families in the
Midlands area of South Carolina.
Between June and December of 2015,
Families of Hope served 22 families and
79 children. As of February 23, 2016,
twenty-four families were served along
with 53 children. The Families of Hope
Resource Center is located at 310 East
Butler Street behind the church. It is open and can accept donations each week
on Monday (10 - 11 a.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Thursday (1 - 2 p.m. and 6 - 7 p.m.),
and every third Saturday (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.).
Youre invited to attend the next Families of Hope meeting on
Wednesday, April 6, in Room 302 at 6:15 p.m. Jen Thompson from
LightHouse for Life will join us to talk about how they combat sex trafficking
through education, restoration, and empowerment. Well also discuss our
Families of Hope ministry, providing updates on the ministry and how you can
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APRIL 2016
Monday

Sunday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Friday

Thursday

Saturday

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday

Ignite Weekend for Students


April 1 - 3

8 a.m.
Adult Bible Study
9 a.m. Worship

Adult & Student Sunday School

Childrens Sunday School (All Ages)
10:30 a.m. Worship

Adult, Student, & Childrens

Sunday School (All Ages)
4 p.m.
Praying for Prodigals Group
5 p.m.
Missions Prayer Support (406 AEB)

6 p.m.
6 p.m..

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D
Groups
Begin

Sunday Evening Worship (Chapel)


WAM (Worship, Arts & Music) Practice

6:15 pm
Families of
Hope Meeting

Tuesday

8:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
7 p.m.

Ladies Bible Study


Ladies Bible Study (CHB 201)
Mens Bible Study (CHB 201)
Mens Prayer Group (CHB 206)

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9 am
Senior Single
Ladies
Breakfast
Bunch

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6 pm
AmeriKids
Childrens
Choir
Musical
presented by
WAM

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9 am
Senior
Mens
Breakfast
Club

6 pm
Fam Jam
(Children &
Families)

AEB: Adult Education Building


CHB: Chapel Building
FLC: Family Life Center
RH: Reception Hall

Empowered to Connect:
Families of Hope
Conference
April 8 - 9

Wednesday
4 p.m.
Senior Adult Choir Rehearsal
5 p.m.
Supper (until 6:30 p.m.)
6 p.m.
Encounter 431 (6th-12th Grade)
6:15 p.m. Pastors Bible Study

D Groups

Wired (Birth-5th Grade)
7:00 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal
7:30 p.m. Orchestra Rehearsal

11 am
Cornerstone
Lunch
(Senior Adults)

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The Passage for Students


@ Ridgecrest
April 22 - 24
7 am
Monthly
Mens
Bible Study

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11:30 am
Senior
Single Ladies
Lunch Bunch

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Connie
Maxwell
Childrens
Home Cookout
10:00 am 12 noon
Kids Day of
Lexington

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