March 2016

From the Pastor


Easter is the last Sunday of this
month, and for everyone who knows
Jesus, our hearts are getting ready
for this great day. Nothing is so crucial, so central to our faith than the
fact that God raised dead Jesus from
the grave, and what He did in Jesus,
He does for us. I don’t know who first
said it, but I love the phrase that runs
like this: “Jesus didn’t die to make
bad people good; He died to make
dead people live!” His resurrection is
what makes that possible.

didn’t die
to make bad people good;
He died
to make dead people live!
One of my favorite verses brings
that very personal dynamic into clear
focus: “If the Spirit of Him who raised
Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ Jesus from the
dead will also give life to your mortal
bodies through His Spirit who dwells
in you.” (Romans 8:11) In other
words, the same power that God
exerted in raising His Son to life is
what is now at work in the lives of believers—that’s an awesome truth that
most of us haven’t yet experienced!
May this Easter be the one when God
unleashes in all our lives the fullness
2 of that resurrection power!

I’m telling you all this to show how Sunday School works, because the
group that attends this annual event grows from year to year and always includes a few new people. This is a Sunday School class that gets it, their Spam
obsession aside. They’re committed to building a Bible-based community of
faith that lives life together. Which is the best way I know of to describe what
Sunday School is really all about.
People today are hungry for community, for people they can connect with
in ways that satisfy their need for simple friendship as well as offering authentic
spiritual support and encouragement. That’s why Sunday School—and other
small group ministries—are so central to the life of faith. It provides for that
crucial piece of the life of faith that lets you know you’re not alone as you follow
If you haven’t found your place yet in Sunday School, check in with Mark
Owens here at the church office ( and he’ll get
you to the right class, with a group of people who will come alongside you in
your walk with the Lord. Who knows? They may even serve Spam at their next
fellowship dinner.


WELCOME to the

For the past two years, Pam and I have
attended a Super Bowl party with one of our
Sunday School classes here at LBC, a thirty-something couples class. The class has
about thirty or so members and we’ve been
blessed to hang out with them on a night when
it feels like most of America is doing the same
thing. But this party has a particular twist: the
main attraction isn’t the football game. The
reason for the party is for the men to have a
Spam cook-off. You heard me right. Most of
the men in the class spend the weekend concocting ways to prepare a dish with Spam as its main ingredient.
I’m not sure exactly what Spam consists of, but it probably includes the parts of
a pig that don’t go into more reputable pork dishes. I don’t know what else goes
into it, and I don’t want to know. But whatever Spam consists of, the men make
a big deal of it and come up with dishes that beat all I’ve ever seen. The taste
is, well, indescribable. My job is to sample every dish and decide who wins first
place as the best Spam cook.

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
Children’s 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
24-hour prayer line: 803.808.7729
On-call phone: 803.767.2445


Lilies and

To sponsor a flower in the
floral cross, which will be our
centerpiece on Easter Sunday,
or to purchase an Easter Lily in
memory or in honor of a loved
one, please pick up an order form
at the Information Center on Sunday morning or in the main church
office during the week.
Forms are due back by
Sunday, March 20. These flowers
will decorate the Worship Center
and Foyer on Easter morning.
Flower sponsorship is $5 and
Easter Lilies are $6 each. A list of
honorees will be available in the
Worship Center lobby beginning
on Sunday, March 27.

For information about
class availability and
the fee schedule,
please see the
handout available at
the Welcome Center
in the Children’s
Building or call
Baptist Preschool
at 996.8811.


Counting Down to Easter
This month, we are counting down to Easter! We are preparing kits to “egg”
your neighbors by hiding twelve Easter eggs in their yard. Eleven of those eggs
will be filled with goodies, but one will be empty to remind us of the empty tomb
after Jesus rose from the dead. We will also have cards describing our church’s
service times during Easter week for you to share as well. Cards and “You’ve
Been Egged” kits are available in the Children’s Building lobby.

Children’s Ministry
Summer Intern

Sunday, March 13, at 12 noon
Skatestation USA / $10 per child


We are inviting all of our elementary kids and their small group leaders to
join us for a fun afternoon of fellowship! We will bus the kids to Skatestation
USA immediately following church, and we will eat lunch there. Pick-up will
be at 2 p.m. at the church parking lot. Register before March 8 by emailing
Kristen King at

We are hiring our Children’s
Ministry Summer Intern. This tenweek, 40-hour position is responsible
for assisting with regular church
programming and summer events.
Please submit resumes by email
to Maegan Bolding at maegan@ or mail resumes
to Lexington Baptist Church, Attention
Ministry, 308
E. Main St.,
Lexington, SC
29072 by April
19. For more
please call
Maegan Bolding
at 996-8804.
Maegan Bolding
Children’s Ministry Director


Jesus is Coming!

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 to register today!
Registration Ends April 3 (or until space is full).

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


Preschoolers are learning about
Jesus this month and how we can
follow Him. We know that God sent
Jesus to teach us to love God and to
love people.
The best thing about Easter is
knowing that God had an amazing
plan and Jesus had a very important
job. Jesus came because He wants
to be our friend forever! He wants us
to follow Him!
On Palm Sunday (March 20),
during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
hour, preschoolers will get to experience what it might have been like to
see Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a
donkey. The children will wave their
palm branches and shout, “Hosanna!
Jesus is coming!”
On Easter Sunday (March 27),
during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
hour, preschoolers will get to see that
the tomb was empty! Jesus is not
dead, but alive!

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


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 Children’s 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 Children’s Building.

Jeanette Simpson
Preschool Ministry Director

Cradle Care Banquet
Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
This free dinner allows parents to connect with
other new and expecting parents while gaining a vision
for intentional, Spirit-led parenting. RSVP by emailing
Kristen at


Student Ministry Parents,
Without a doubt, the most important thing you can
do right now is register your student for Ignite 2016 and
Journey Camp. Both of these opportunities for students
are going to be life-changing.

Nicaragua Family Trip
The registration deadline for the
Nicaragua Family Trip (July 8 - 15) is
March 15. The total cost for the trip is
$500 per person and a $200 deposit
is due on March 15. Please contact
Chuck McCurry at for more information.

The Passage
Parent Meeting

Ignite 2016: We are changing things up this year
for Ignite. Instead of being on campus at LBC, we have
decided to join two other churches and head to Camp
Longridge. On the weekend of April 1-3, we are headed to
Ridgeway, SC, for an incredible weekend of worship, fellowship, and fun. The cost for this weekend is $60, which
includes lodging and food. We will register at LBC on
that Friday, April 1, and return on Sunday, April 3, around
lunch time. There are only so many beds at this camp so
it’s important for you to register your child. The deadline to register is March 6;
a $40 deposit is due at registration. To register, please contact Kristen King at
Journey Camp: We are headed back to Toccoa Falls, GA, June 20-24.
The registration deadline is March 20. You will be expected to have your forms
signed and a $50 deposit. This is an incredible week where
our students build friendships and memories that last a
If you ever have any questions, please email me at
Ian Geimer
Associate Pastor

Next Generation Ministries

For 7th grade families
Sunday, March 20
5 p.m. in The City

The cost for The Passage is $200
per family and will be collected at the
March 20 meeting. This meeting is
mandatory for all parents attending
The Passage. Parents will receive
special instructions, their parent
booklet, and information about the
retreat (April 22 -24). Please contact
Daniel Walker at if you have any questions. 

Daniel Walker
Middle School
Ministry Director


Journey Camp is a great place to plug into the Student Ministry and for your
student to grow in their faith. The cost is $249 each. The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 20, with a $50 deposit. This trip will fill up fast so make
sure that your student has a spot! If you have any questions, please contact
Kristen King at

Wednesday Night
D Groups
Begin April 6!
March typically means spring is getting
closer! In fact, it is just around the corner. Soon,
we will be experiencing warmer temperatures and
more outdoor activities. We will finally be able
to kiss winter goodbye and say hello to spring
and then summer. If you are like me, you have probably already begun making
plans for summer vacations, days at the lake, and dreaming about warm sunny
days spent miles away from the cold winter.
I hope as the season turns warmer and you plan those fun outdoor activities, you will remember to include space for neighbors, coworkers, and friends
who don’t have a church to call home. This is the idea behind our “My Neighborhood” outreach program we are beginning through our Sunday School classes.
Recently, at our Sunday School leadership meeting, we unveiled a strategic
way classes can reach out to the unchurched and the de-churched. We define
de-churched as anyone who once regularly attended church but for whatever
reason, has stopped coming. Let me encourage you to ask your Sunday School
teachers and leaders how you can get involved in this incredible ministry. “My
Neighborhood” is an intentional outreach you can get involved with and help
your Sunday School class fulfill the Great Commission.
I had a meeting with one of our Sunday School leaders who asked me,
“How do I get my class to see the empty chairs we have every Sunday and
want to fill them?” His question encouraged me. My hope is we will all ask ourselves this question every Sunday when we arrive for Bible study. What can I
do to fill the empty chairs? The answer is found in “My Neighborhood!”

Go by the Information Center this
month to pick up information on all of
the new and exciting classes we will
be offering in April.

Coming in May!
Electric Chapel
Look for more details
in the April Signal.

Mark Owens
Associate Pastor for Equipping


Bible Study
“The Armor of God”
by Priscilla Shirer

March 1 - April 26
10 a.m. - 12 noon
in CHB 201

Super Goal Sunday was a huge success! I want to thank all of the classes
who worked so hard to bring new people to LBC on that Sunday. Here are a
few of the success stories:
One class that had been averaging 27 people each week had more than 50
in attendance. Another class increased from their average attendance on that
day by almost 30 people! In addition, we had more than 60 guests in our adult
Sunday School classes. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!! Thank you for reaching
out and extending an invitation for people to come and be a part of LBC.

A cunning, devilish enemy
seeks to wreak havoc on
everything that matters to you, but
he fails miserably when he meets
a woman dressed for the occasion
– a woman who is armed and
dangerous. Led by Heidi Hoffman.
Books: $13. For more information,
or to reserve Wee Care, email
Heidi at


Wednesday Supper

March 2
Country Style Steak
Italian Sausage
with Peppers & Onions
Wild Rice
Field Peas

March 9
Stew Beef with Rice
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Baby Lima Beans

March 16
Smothered Pork Chops
Yellow Rice
Mixed Vegetables

March 23
Sliced Ham
Shrimp Gumbo with Rice
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans

March 30
No Supper will be served.
For children, Chicken Nuggets and
French Fries are served at each meal.
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
or by calling 803.359.4146.

& Congregational Care

Do you ever spend time thinking about how traditions became traditions?
Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof said, “Because of our traditions, every one of us
knows who he is.” Tradition!
The Book of Judges speaks about a generation who could not remember its
traditions. “And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there
arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that
He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10, ESV). In one generation, the children of
God forgot their story. We are fortunate to have their story written for us so we
can learn the value of tradition.
I want to invite you to join us for a special Cornerstone Lunch on March 3.
To prepare for Easter, I want to take a deep look at Passover and discuss how
the Passover meal was important to discovering Jesus. Perhaps this will lead
us to embrace our own traditions more as we read about the
importance Jesus placed on His own “Jewish-ness.” Bible
study begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by
lunch. You can register by calling Marceil at 996-8843 or by
email at
Jerry Freeman

Associate Pastor
Senior Adults & Congregational Care

Senior Adult News
& Upcoming Events

Cornerstone Lunch

Men’s Breakfast Club

Thursday, March 3
11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
$6 per person
Passover Bible Study with
Pastor Jerry Freeman

Thursday, March 17
9 a.m. at Creekside Restaurant

Thursday, April 7
11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
$6 per person
Registration Deadline:
Noon on Monday, April 4
Join us for our monthly luncheon
and a Bible study led by
Pastor Jerry Freeman.
Please register by contacting
Marceil at 996.8843 or

Senior Single Ladies
Breakfast Bunch
Thursday, March 10
9 a.m. at Lizard’s Thicket
Lunch Bunch
Thursday, March 24
11:30 a.m. at Lizard’s Thicket

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thursdays at 2 p.m. (Offsite)
For more information, please contact
Marceil at 996.8843.

Senior Adult Choir
Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Choir Room

On Sunday, March 20, the Music Ministry is presenting a worship experience
unlike any you have ever seen before. Through the LBC Orchestra, drama, video,
and lighting, you will understand the message of the cross and why it still holds the
power to change lives today!

Dan Williams
Associate Pastor, Worship


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)

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 open spaces for the
following International Mission Trips:
Haiti: April
Central Asia: June/July
(changed to June 24 - July 1)
Nicaragua: July

Crisis Ministry
Ministry Coordinator Needed
This person is the liaison between Lexington Baptist Church and
the local community organizations
with whom we partner. Would you
pray about serving?

The month of March kicks off the first of several International mission trips
that we as a church body are involved in. Four teams with a total of twelve people will be traveling to Central Asia at different times during this month. They will
carry needed resources, meet with International Mission Board workers, prayerwalk, and join with others to share the gospel with Persian people who need
to know the truth about Jesus. Many of you have given above your tithe to the
Global Mission Fund. Thank you for your generosity! Your gifts help send these
people and resources.
All of us should pray. Please ask for God’s protection
as these teams travel, and for His Spirit to be at work in the
hearts of the Persian people that our teams will meet. Also,
pray that many will understand that Jesus is the way, the
truth, and the life and that He is the only way to the Father.

Prayer cards for each team will be available at the
mission area in the Worship Center lobby. Please pick one
up and pray for each team member and the specific
requests listed.
Janet Butler
Ministry Assistant, Missions

Want to know more about
mission trips, Crisis Ministry, or
any other area of missions? Please
contact Janet Butler at 996.8836 or

The Blue Box
The blue box in each Sunday
School classroom is a food collection box for Lexington Interfaith
Community Services (LICS). LICS
is one of our local ministry partners who helps meet the needs of
our community. There is a list of
needed items on each box. Items in
the boxes are picked up from each
classroom on Fridays and delivered
to LICS. To everyone who participates in this ministry:

Thank You!

Our next Oil Change Ministry for single mothers and widows is on Saturday,
March 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the parking lot behind the Family Life Center at 111 Efird Street. If you know someone who could benefit from this free car
check and oil change, please share the information with them.
We also need volunteers, not only to perform the oil changes, but also to
help with administrative needs and chat with our guests while they wait on their
vehicles. Email Kevin Barber at to volunteer.

MARCH 2016



Bible Study
“The Armor
of God”


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

Adult & Student Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School (All Ages)
10:30 a.m. Worship

Adult, Student, & Children’s

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




11 am
(Senior Adults)

10 am


6 p.m.
6 p.m..









9 am
Senior Single

Sunday Evening Worship (Chapel)
WAM (Worship, Arts & Music) Practice


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

Ladies’ Bible Study
Ladies’ Bible Study (CHB 201)
Men’s Bible Study (CHB 201)
Men’s Prayer Group (CHB 206)

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. Pastor’s Bible Study

D Groups

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



12 noon

12 noon
Lex Kids
Small Group





AEB: Adult Education Building
CHB: Chapel Building
FLC: Family Life Center
RH: Reception Hall



7 am
Bible Study

9 am
Oil Change
Single Moms
& Widows





11:30 am
Single Ladies
Lunch Bunch

5 pm
The Passage
Parent Meeting
6 pm
It’s Still
the Cross

9 am

6:30 pm
Cradle Care

4 pm
Dinner with
the Pastor




7 pm






No Evening

8 am Service
in the Chapel
9 & 10:30 am
Services in the
Worship Center






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