The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

Christmas Friendship Baskets – On Saturday, December 21, 9:00-11:30 AM, we will be preparing Christmas Friendship Baskets in the church kitchen for our neighbors. We need your help with donations. We are trying to cut down on the refined sugar items in the baskets, but homemade baked good are still welcome! We invite kid bakers to show their love. If you are buying items, we also need non-sugary gifts of nuts, raisins, fruit, hand cream, socks, facial tissues, and other little gifts. We also need an enthusiastic crew to put together our beautiful baskets. These yearly baskets are an expression of our love and we welcome your help in sharing the joy of Christmas.

Bring an Ornament – On Sunday, December 22nd, we will decorate a Christmas tree in the sanctuary, as part of our worship time together. We are asking everyone to bring or make an ornament that is meaningful to you, and to share your story in a small, inter-generational group. Once those stories are shared, the group will hang their decorations on our tree. If you don’t have an ornament to bring, we ask that you would make one. If you wish, you may pick up a paper ornament at church for you to draw or paste a picture on.

Let Us Be Your Family – If your family is far away, if you need a safe haven, or if you’d enjoy a celebratory meal, you are invited to Altadena Baptist Church’s Christmas Meal on Sunday, December 22, at 12:45 P.M. No need to bring anything but yourself.

Other Christmas Events

  • Missionary Love Offering – will be received Sunday, December 22 during the morning worship service.
  • Christmas Caroling – to ABCers & Neighbors. Sunday, December 22, at 6:00 PM (meet at the church).
  • Christmas Eve Candle Light Service – Tuesday, December 24 at 7PM
  • Christmas Cards – ABC encourages you to give one card to the congregation, and donate the money saved to our Missionary Love Offering Fund.
  • ABC Staff Gift – This is our annual opportunity to thank the staff through a holiday donation. If you’d like to do so, label your check “STAFF GIFT.” The Deacon Board will distribute it to all the paid workers, both full-time and part-time.

Advent Candles – As an intergenerational church we value relationships across ages and across families. Each Sunday our Advent candle will be lit by a younger and an older symbolizing our deep interconnectedness in Christ.

Check out our Interactive Bulletin Board – As you walk in the church, you will see an oak tree on your right, decorated with photos of our children and youth. Acorns also dot the branches–a self-description of each child/youth is written on each acorn. The names of the child are found in a little cup by their photo. You are to guess which description fits which child, and then pin your guess on the corresponding acorn. Before we switch descriptions, we will unveil the true identities of each one.

This initiative came out of the Revitalizing our Church Culture cohort. We are working at flipping the script that says one adult can look after five kids. In our church we want each child and young person surrounded by five loving and caring adults who pray for them. As you match the description to the child/youth, please pray that God would match your heart with one of our wonderful young people, and start praying for them right away.

Bad Weather Shelter – The Bad Weather Shelter is opening the beginning of December. Some of our regular volunteers are unable to work the shelter this year, and we need some new volunteers. We will also need a shelter coordinator. The shelter is weather activated. Our dates this year are Dec 15 & 29, Jan 26, Feb 9 & 23.

Holiday Shopping – As you do your holiday shopping, if you use Amazon, please consider using this link so that a donation will be made to ABC from your purchase (at no expense to you).

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

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.