The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

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Advent Season Sermon Series: Home for Christmas – Jesus decided to make a home on earth…but then found himself homeless. How secure are we? Join us to explore the theme of “Home” every Sunday morning in December at 11:00 AM, and at our Christmas Eve service on Monday, 12/24 at 7:00 PM. We would love to meet you there!

Urgent Need: Bibles for Lebanon!  Sister Suzanne Wakim spent six weeks with ABC this summer. She stayed with church families, attended church activities (VBS, Bible Studies, TLC groups, worship services) and experienced Southern CA with the help of church members who took her on outings.

Upon her return to Lebanon, she began her new role as a high school principal, and she decided to have a weekly Bible study for the 38 teachers, encouraging them to extend the opportunity to students as well.

She has asked us, through Jean Bouchebel, to provide her with 150 Bibles to use in this ministry. Attractive, illustrated Arabic Bibles, printed by the Baptist Publication Society in Lebanon, are available at $10 each.

We’ve decided to make this an immediate project of ABC’s global outreach. We’re hoping that many of you will respond during the next two weeks by donating the cost of one or more Bibles as a special gift. You may place your designated offering in the offering plate during the next two Sundays, labeled “Bibles for Lebanon.” Or you may mail a check to ABC. Thanks for your help.

Shoes for Hope – Christmas Season Giving – Corenne Smith (Ty Garrison’s sister) and her family run a comprehensive residential care program for street children in Brazil. HopeUnlimited provides safe housing, education, skills training and spiritual mentorship to youth who come from the worlds of sex trafficking, drug running, incarceration and life on the streets. At Christmas each resident receives a brand new pair of shoes — the first new item many of these children have ever received in their lives. The average cost of a pair of new tennis shoes is $30. We are raising money to give each child this Christmas present. Check out www.hopeunlimited.org for more information on the organization. And bring your gift to church, or donate at this link (write “Shoes for Hope” under “Add special instructions” on the checkout page): http://www.altadenabaptist.org/donate

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.