Be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Samuel 12:24

Quarterly Business Meeting – We’re having our Quarterly Business Meeting one week early — on October 21! 12:30 PM
Lunch provided by Black History Committee for a suggested $7 donation (Please don’t let the cost deter you; join us!)

A New Thing!

At our last business meeting, Deacon Chair Rob Ottaviano spoke about “passing the baton” to another generation. Raul and Christina Chevez were listening. They had long wanted to get involved with the youth group, but ‘life’ had not allowed it. Was this their time? Was God speaking to them? They talked and prayed about it more and made the firm commitment to our youth. They are excited about giving their gifts to the church and seeing what God will do! Because this marks a big change, I’d like to share with you some of the planning and thinking that’s been going on in the past few weeks:

  • Goals:Focusing on each youth’s individuality, the teaching topics will center on the importance of each person; who they are in God’s plan; their place in the family of God; the value of their gifts and ministry. Raul and Christina would like to see each person’s faith affirmed and developed.
  • Whole Person: Take time to practice some life skills, take mental health seriously, have fun together.
  • Community: Raul and Christina desire to eliminate any disconnect with church. This includes involvement not just on Fridays and Sundays, but also supporting the youth in their school plays, sporting events, etc.
  • New Format:Youth Group will be meeting EVERY FRIDAY, starting September 7. Youth Group will be taken upstairs in the sanctuary, to incorporate worship music, devotionals, prayer and group time.

Prayer and Questions:
The whole church is invited to the front of the sanctuary after the morning service on Sunday, September 2, to pray over our youth, meet Christina and Raul, and ask any questions you have. Will you please join us in praying over the youth and over these next steps? We are thrilled that all of this movement fits squarely within our Strategic Visioning Goal #1 to triple the number of children and youth by 2020

Black History 35th Anniversary Celebration – The Black History Committee would love to hear your input about possible themes, speakers or ideas that might be included in the month of February 2019’s celebration of Black History Month. If you have ideas, please e-mail them to

We’re Collecting God’s Promises for Camp – Crowdsourcing: What is your favorite promise from the Bible? Please email (church office) to share it with those attending Church Camp.

Church Camp Registration – This is not your “sitting in meetings all weekend long camp.” We plan for a good mix of togetherness, free time, and working alone/small groups. We stay in cabins (not tents), have separation where possible for families, can make dietary accommodations, and have bathrooms inside almost all cabins. This camp is a little more rustic, but closer.
Where: Camp Colby Ranch
When: October 26-28
How much: Adults are $135.00; children 3-12 years old are $75 (children under 3 are free; scholarships available).
If you have questions or want to register, please contact the church office.

Church Camp Fundraisers: T-shirts & Mugs
Mugs with the ABC casual logo are now available and for sale for $10 after church in the lobby. There are two designs; one with a blue interior, and one with orange.

T-shirts with the ABC casual logo and “Know (NO) Greater Love” are for sale for $15 (free with camp registration). Shirts are available in Heather Black or Royal Blue, a choice of men’s/unisex or women’s cut, and sizes S-XXXL (and kids’ sizes). T-shirts are pre-ordered according to sizes, so please download this PDF form to order now; checks can be made to “Altadena Baptist Church.” Pre-order deadline is Sunday, October 7, with delivery about two weeks later (in time for church camp).

Talent Competition – If you are interested in participating in a group for the Los Angeles Police Department Talent Competition on Saturday, December 8, 2018, please contact Paula Hegle.  Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome

Community Resource Board – Please check out the postings on the bulletin board in the upstairs coffee room. We are making a renewed effort to keep current information at that location of any notices that come our way of housing and job opportunities, activities, concerts, children’s events, etc., etc.

Altadena Children’s Center was begun by ABC 36 years ago, and it is still serving families of our community with quality, loving care.The current Board of Trustees is dominated by young, enthusiastic parents, as well as recent alumni parents. And then there’s me (George). They’re looking to add one or two people from the church to strengthen the bond between the two agencies. If you have any interest in helping in this way, please talk to me. — Pastor George

ABC’s Changing Neighborhood – Hear about our new Visiting Initiative here, as an encouragement to meet our new neighbors. We are asking all ABCers to make one visit per month for June, July and August. So that’s three hours, three visits by the end of the summer. Directions for visits, as well as pastor Connie’s message about this initiative from last Sunday’s service, can be found here.

We are requesting volunteers for the Sunday morning food distribution. We could use help with driving, assisting in food pick up, and sorting the food once it is delivered to the church. It’s easy work, and has become a very important aid to the community, and is an outreach opportunity. Those who are interested in volunteering are asked to please contact Robert DeVaughn

We Need Bags… We need plastic/paper grocery bags for the Altadena Food Bank. Please bring them by the ABC office.

Consumer Electronics – ABC collects cell phones, ink jet cartridges, laptop computers, notebook computers, iPods, digital cameras and digital video cameras as a fund-raiser for Church Camp.  We cannot accept laser or toner cartridges, damaged, reconditioned or refilled inkjet cartridges, tower or desktop computers or monitors.  Such acceptable items can be placed in the box next to the office door.

Behind a Tiny Story – Check out Myrna Barinaga’s response to George’s request for stories! — a book about her life and God’s faithfulness. $20 — proceeds go to Altadena Baptist Church

Podcasts of the ABC sermons are now available on iTunes through the Altadena Baptist Church Facebook page. Both the download for the iTunes app and the podcasts themselves are free.  We thank Loren A. Roberts for making this important service available to our friends and members. They are also now available via mp3 on the Sermon Audios tab.