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

Free Classical Music Concert – The next Pasadena Community Orchestra concert will be at 8pm on January 24, 2020, at Pasadena Nazarene Church, as usual, and admission is free. We are playing the Beethoven Coriolan Overture, the Griffes White Peacock, the world premiere performance of Stamping Ground by Dante Luna (a local composer), and the Kalinnikov Symphony #1. The symphony sounds a lot like Tchaikovsky (not surprising since they were somewhat contemporaries) and is a very worthy and beautiful example of Russian classical music from that era. (Posted by Tim McElrath, who plays in the violin section)

Quarterly Business Meeting and Pot-luck Lunch – Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:30 PM
What to bring?
Families: Main Dish and Salad or Dessert
Couples: Main Dish
Singles: Main Dish or Salad or Dessert

 Bad Weather Shelter – Normally we are on an every other week rotation for staffing the Bad Weather Shelter, but January is a little different. We will staff on the 26th depending on weather-activation. We still need volunteers please. We also have two dates in February: 9 and 2.

Get Some New Clothes for Black History Month – Esther Dama, Sambo Dama’s mother, is a professional seamstress and is the Director of a Sewing and Weaving Center in Benin. This Center is a job training opportunity for women and men and is licensed by the government of Benin. She is now living here in Pasadena while her husband Daniel finishes his PhD at Fuller Seminary. She is willing to create some African designed clothing for anyone at ABC (adults and children) who are willing to pay a modest fee. There will be samples of her sewing in the foyer after the morning worship services through Sunday, February 9, for you to choose a specific design and get in touch with her to sew something for you. Jill Zobrist is the contact person for this project.

ABC’s Paula Hegle to be Honored – Paula Hegle has been a member of ABC since 1993, and for the past twenty years, she’s been a civilian employee of the Los Angeles Police Department. Currently, she’s a Senior Management Analyst with the Risk Management Division. She provides research and support for issues involving police interactions with the public. This announcement was just made: The City of Los Angeles Police Department Office of Constitutional Policing and Policies, Risk Management and Policies Division, has selected Paula Hegle as the 2019 Civilian Employee of the Year. There will be a Los Angeles Police Department Employee Recognition banquet in September 2020 for all Sworn and Civilian Employees of the Year. Additional details for the LAPD Employee Recognition Banquet to follow.

Stories from Skid Row – Pastor Van Alstine was interviewed on June 13 on the radio program “Stories from Skid Row” (KKLA 99.5) about the life of Clinton Goodwin, who was a charter member of ABC and for two decades Superintendent of LA’s Union Rescue Mission. You can hear the broadcast here.

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.