Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those
who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:2,10

The 33rd Annual Black History Celebration at Altadena Baptist Church. Special guest speaker: Reverend Tyrone Skinner, Metropolitan Baptist Church. Special music. Scholarship fundraising raffle. Dinner served downstairs afterwards. Come! Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 5:00 p.m

Our 33rd annual Black History Celebration will happen this Sunday, beginning at 5 pm.  We’re happy to welcome Rev. Tyrone Skinner, Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Altadena, as our keynote speaker. The program will be full of our own gifted and talented people, including Allisonne Crawford, Robert and Alena DeVaughn, Miles and Preston Kealing. But one of our featured soloists, Chelsea J, is someone from the community, but not ABC. I decided I’d like to get to know a little more about her in preparation for the Celebration.

Chelsea was born in Chicago and grew up in Dallas. She became part of The Potter’s House, under its pastor, Bishop T. D. Jakes, and it was there that she learned to love great gospel music. She has sung and written music since she was a little girl, and she has been able to perform in TV shows and commercials. Now she lives in our area and is seriously pursuing a career in the recording industry.

During her high school years, she was honored with an ACT-SO award by the Altadena NAACP. Currently, she attends Azusa Pacific University and is a member of Fellowship Monrovia Church, where she sings in the gospel choir. Chelsea recently partnered with Dena Magazine and the Pasadena Journal to help promote her P.R.E.T.T.Y. Campaign, through a monthly newsletter designed to help young girls grow in their self-esteem and their personal ambitions.

Black History Parade  On Saturday, February 18, 2017, we need volunteers to hand out balloons and flyers along the parade route (on Fair Oaks from Charles White Park to Jackie Robinson Park). Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.; speak with Pastor Connie.

Stephen Ministries Introductory Workshop – Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Los Alamitos. Please contact Pastor Connie if you are interested so we can pay a group rate. This is a good opportunity to learn more about Stephen Ministries and get a sample of their training.

Women’s Prayer Brunch Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM ABC Barinaga Hall (downstairs) 626-797-8970 Guest Speaker: Stephanie Dodrill

Pianos & Music…

  • Sherry Cavallo would like to know if anyone can loan her a simple keyboard so she can practice the choir music.
  • A friend of Jean Bouchebel’s who recently moved overseas has an upright Schaeffer & Sons piano, which he would like to sell for $1,400. It’s located in San Dimas. If you’re interested, call their neighbor, Kristin Caliendo, at (call church for phone number), to schedule an appointment.

Sunday School Class Needs

OUR KIDS DESERVE THE BEST! We have a pretty solid leadership group for our Kids’ Church program during the 11 a.m. church hour, but we’ve been struggling to find the right formula for our 9:45 a.m. Sunday School class.

Over the past few months, Allisonne Crawford has worked hard to strengthen this ministry. Here’s what is in place:

  • We have good curriculum and activities which are provided for the teacher of the week.
  • We have come up with a schedule in which committed people agree to be the teacher for a particular month.
  • On the second Sunday of each month, the children are invited to a Kids’ Brunch during the Sunday School hour
  • That means that most months the teacher will have classroom responsibilities for only three Sundays.
  • Then a new teacher will rotate in.

Four different individuals have been teachers so far, and the program seems to be working out well. We need at least two more volunteers to become part of the teaching team. Is the Lord nudging you to see yourself in this role? If so, please contact Allisonne Crawford or George Van Alstine.

SAVE THE DATE! July 31-August 4, Altadena Baptist’s VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Bad Weather Shelter – The Bad Weather Shelter provides housing for the homeless in our midst during the coldest and wettest weather. Since the shelter opened its doors, almost 30 years ago, ABC has helped staff the shelter as an act of Christ’s love to our community. Our volunteer service started again on December 4th and every other Sunday thereafter, through the end of February.

We are looking for:

  • Volunteers each Sunday we are scheduled. The hours are from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Volunteers help cook food, assist with intake, and set up cots and blankets for the guests. A sign up is placed in the church foyer.
  • Meal Organizer (to prep and shop for meals-we serve between 100 and 180 depending on the Sunday).
  • Turkeys. We have found that a turkey provides plenty of meat for the least cost per pound! Please consider donating a turkey this holiday season.

If you can help in any of these ways, or more information, contact Pastor Connie at 626-797-8970, or Dale McCall, our coordinator.

This year the Bad Weather Shelter will be weather-activated all season long. Our dates for volunteering are: Sundays: Jan 15 and 29; Feb. 12 and 26. Please consider helping in this emergency shelter for the homeless for our area.

Choir – rehearsal every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Witness as Ministry – For those who may be interested, the website of Jean Bouchebel’s organization of Witness as Ministry Inc. is: Other contact information is listed in the new directory.

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.

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.