Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Honor the Memory – ABC received a check this week form Marylyn Bruner-Howell in memory of her grandfather Rupert N. Martin. “Daddy” Martin was a charter member of ABC in 1934, and for many years he served faithfully as the Church Clerk. He’s part of the solid foundation on which ABC is built.

Altadena Community Black History Month Event – Theater Americana, in cooperation with LA County, will be sponsoring an event at Farnsworth Park Davies Hall on Friday, February 22, 7:00 PM. They are inviting community groups, choirs, soloists and other performers to participate. Rehearsals will be this Friday (the 15th) and next Thursday (the 21st), both at 7:00 PM. To sign up or ask questions, please call Donna Scarantino, at (626) 840-3551.

Paul DeVaughn – After a long decline, Paul DeVaughn passed away on Sunday, Feb. 10. His funeral service will be held on Friday, February 22, at 1:00 PM at Altadena Baptist Church. Viewing from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Black History Parade – Pastor Connie is looking for several people to hand out balloons and invites at the Black History Parade, Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:00 AM. It’s a great way to get out on a Saturday morning and enjoy a parade, while promoting our own Black History Celebration the next day. Please let Pastor Connie know if you’re available.

ABC’s 35th Annual Black History Celebration – Feb 17th at 5pm

Ben & Anna Zobrist – Ben and Anna Zobrist will be visiting ABC for a special breakfast on Sunday, March 3 at 9:30 AM. Please join us then, or drop in for an open house to visit more with them that afternoon at 2 to 4 PM at Bill and Jill Zobrist’s house.

Women’s Prayer Brunch – Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM ABC Barinaga Hall. Guest Speaker: Corenne Smith from Hope International in Brazil

All women welcome. Please bring personal hygiene items to donate to the Altadena Community Food Bank (feminine hygiene supplies, bathroom toilet tissue, bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes).

Stephen Ministers Care – Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community experiencing challenges in life – grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and many other life difficulties. To learn how to become a Stephen Minister – or receive care from one – contact Pastor Connie Larson DeVaughn, Joyce Spencer, Martina Westmoreland, or Robert DeVaughn.

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.

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 www.myrnabarinaga.com

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.