We love because he first loved us. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.1 John 4:19,21

Moving…For Sale – Jean and Rene Bouchebel will soon be moving to Texas to be near their children. There are some things they are offering for sale:

  • A large, mahogany dining room table, with three extension panels; ten matching chairs; matching four-door side board china cabinet. They are asking $850.
  • Toyota Camry LE; 2002; 129,000 miles; excellent condition. They are asking $3,300.

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.

Altadena Children’s Center was begun by ABC 36 years ago, and it is still serving families of our community with quality, loving care.The current Board of Trustees is dominated by young, enthusiastic parents, as well as recent alumni parents. And then there’s me (George). They’re looking to add one or two people from the church to strengthen the bond between the two agencies. If you have any interest in helping in this way, please talk to me. — Pastor George

It’s Anybody’s Game! – You are all invited to a new and unique game show here at church! Similar to shows you see on television, with a mix of popular board games, contestants will compete for prizes in front of a live audience. If you would like to be a contestant, please see Roland Wiley to complete a simple interest form. Audiences are also needed, and concessions (snacks) will be sold during the event. The third game show (youth edition) will be held on Saturdays:  August 18, in the evening.

Welcoming a Special Guest to ABC – Sister Suzanne is enjoying meeting and greeting as many people as possible, since improving her conversational English is a major goal of her six weeks here. You can add to her experience by:

  • Taking her to dinner at your home or at a restaurant and spending an evening in conversation;
  • Opening your home for a few nights as part of our hospitality to her (major air- conditioning repair problems have limited her stay with one primary host family);
  • Think of creative and enjoyable experiences you can help make possible for her (Secret: She’d love to go to Disneyland!)

ABC’s Changing Neighborhood – Hear about our new Visiting Initiative here, as an encouragement to meet our new neighbors. We are asking all ABCers to make one visit per month for June, July and August. So that’s three hours, three visits by the end of the summer. Directions for visits, as well as pastor Connie’s message about this initiative from last Sunday’s service, can be found here.

ABC CHURCH CAMP — This is not your “sitting in meetings all weekend long camp.” We plan for a good mix of togetherness, free time, and working alone/small groups. We stay in cabins (not tents), have separation where possible for families, can make dietary accommodations, and have bathrooms inside most cabins. We are going to Camp Colby Ranch, the weekend of October 26-28 – this camp is a little more rustic-feeling than our last camp; however, it is closer. Adults are $135.00 and children 3-12 years old are $75 (children under 3 are free; scholarships available). If you have questions, please see Pastor Connie or Lori Ottaviano.

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.