Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16

Update on Worship Coordinator – This Sunday we welcome Yaocheng Yu, who will lead us in worship. We are considering Yaocheng to fill our worship coordinator position. After the service the worship team is invited to lunch in order to get to know her better. 

Step Into Their Shoes – The Membership Care Department is looking for people who may want to do an occasional act of kindness for others (e.g. provide a meal, visit, give a ride, etc.). We would like to keep a list of people we can call when a need arises. Please contact Pastor Connie if you would like to be included.

Miriam Dama’s Graduation Pot-luck – The Zobrist Family and Miriam Dama invite you to a Graduation Party honoring Miriam’s high school graduation from Village Christian School in Sun Valley. The party will be held in the ABC Barinaga Hall on Sunday, May 29, at 12:30 pm. It will be a pot-luck lunch, so please contribute as you are able. Miriam’s brother Sambo, who attended and was baptized at ABC a few years ago, will also be here celebrating with us.

Farewell to Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church – This month we said goodbye to Mt Zion Church, which had rented our facilities for seven years. They have found space in a strip mall (Hen’s Teeth Square), which will be their own, so they can come and go whenever they want. The pastor and deacons met with us for a final goodbye, profuse in their thanks for the years they were with us, and praying a blessing upon us as they go, as we prayed for them as they establish a place of their own. We are very open to renting to another congregation, so if you have any contacts, please let us know.

World Focus – This past weekend our country experienced several mass shootings, including two that were motivated by hate: the racist white shooter who traveled hundreds of miles to kill Black people in Buffalo, New York; and the Chinese man who drove hundreds of miles to kill Taiwanese worshipers in their church. As people of faith who worship in a sanctuary, expecting it to be safe, and as a congregation that has stood against racism in all its forms, these two shootings in particular have hit us hard. This week we focus on our country’s history of violence. We lament with and pray for those who have lost loved ones. And we pray our country, our leaders, our communities.

Cat Foster Home Needed – Mia Barinaga is looking for a foster home for two cats (2 year-olds) from the beginning of August for 3 to 6 months. Please email or text her (call church for contact info).

POSTPONED: Monique Mitchell’s Memorial Service – Monique Mitchell’s memorial service has been POSTPONED indefinitely. We will give more details later.

World Focus: ABC’s Vacation Bible School – We’re really looking forward to having VBS 2022! Because of the COVID pandemic, we were unable to have VBS for the last 2 years. Here are some details. The Theme is “Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through” and VBS will be July 25-29, 2022. The cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child in the same family (scholarships available). The Daily Schedule is Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

We will be following the guidelines of the CDC and LA County to ensure safety for all as much as possible. We need volunteers and are also looking for kids to sign up. If you are ready to sign up for VBS, please go online and complete the information requested at https://vbspro.events/p/events/altabap2022 or email us at vbsaltabap@gmail.com for any VBS questions.

Valentine’s in June? – Yes, Brazil’s Valentine’s Day is celebrated in June. For our Global Outreach Partners at Hope Unlimited, this is an opportunity to teach their kids about healthy, valuing love; about relationships and how to manage their feelings without manipulation. These kids have come from living on the streets and in rough, violent situations for a good portion of their life.  Hope Unlimited would like to give each child a personalized Valentine, and this is where you come in. We have provided cards to be written and signed in the foyer after the morning service. If you’d like to send an e-card, Hope Unlimited recommends to go to this link: https://www.canva.com and send your e-card to heartforkids.hope@gmail.com. Don’t include your address but do feel free to sign your complete name.

Sanctuary Open, Mitigations Continue – We will keep in place our COVID-19 practices and remain open for worship in the sanctuary for the month of March. (The YouTube livestream will also continue for those who wish to worship at home.) Our practices include distanced seating, masks, and open doors and windows. Please bundle up if it’s a chilly day.
Feedback Appreciated – Please let us know how we can improve either the in-person or on-line experience of Worship at ABC!

Stephen Ministry – Stephen Ministry is looking for a few people interested in training for a caring ministry at ABC. If you think you are up for the challenge, have questions, or want to find out more please contact Karla Horton, Pastor Connie, or one of the other Stephen Leaders: Joyce Spencer, Martina Westmoreland and Robert DeVaughn.

 Our Phone Tree From This Past Year – ABC’s Phone Tree was a great blessing during our months of COVID shut-down. Because we are transitioning to worshiping and holding other in-person meetings, we are discontinuing the weekly Phone Tree connection. A big Thank You to all the leaders who faithfully called to encourage the people on their list. Thanks also to Lori Ottaviano who coordinated this effort and kept the callers updated on ABC information. Please remember that some people are not yet comfortable attending in-person meetings, so keep the people you’ve been calling in your mind and your prayers. Continue with informal calls as the Lord brings people you miss to mind.

 

The pandemic has forced us to connect in remarkably different ways. Most of us have learned some “tech stuff” we didn’t know a year ago. And yet we may still have more to learn in order to continue connecting until it’s safe to meet in person. To that end, we will be hosting a session designed to help troubleshoot problems we may have connecting on Zoom or YouTube. But we need to hear from you. What frustrations have you experienced? A good way of describing it would be to say, “I want to do _________ (fill in the blank). Why can’t I do it?” Please call the church, or email, so we can be sure to address your concerns, and CONNECT BETTER.

Cleaning out a closet? If you donate your gently used items to ACTS Thrift Store, please let them know to credit the Friends In Deed Women’s Room. Then women from that program are given vouchers to shop for what they need at the thrift store.

Calling All Musicians – If anyone is interested in participating in the virtual worship team, please contact Loren Roberts at Loren@hearkencreative.com for information. This is for past ABCers as well as current ones.

When There Is No Bad Weather Shelter – The Outreach Department is considering gathering materials to hand out to homeless people in our area, and going out in teams to do so. We know that it takes a special person to be comfortable interacting with homeless people on the streets during a pandemic. If you are one of those special people and want to do this, please contact Pastor Connie. We would go out in teams of two and take security precautions. And if you’re interested in donating towards this effort, stay tuned.

How Should We Apply the Bible in Our Modern Journey with People in the LGBTQ+ Community? – This is the title of a paper just written by Pastor Van Alstine to help guide our church in discussing gender-related issues. If you want a personal copy, please email the church.

ABC’s virtual services are all available on the church’s Facebook and YouTube page and the most recent is on the ABC website. We’re thankful to all who have sent in videos with music greetings and personal testimonies, and we encourage you to keep them coming. Videos may be sent to the Producer/Director Loren Roberts at 626.824.2528, or if you are filming on a computer, send him the video via an upload to http://wetransfer.com (addressed to loren@hearkencreative.com) or https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/hearkencreative. If you need help in knowing how to do this, please call any of us: Loren Roberts, Pastor George or Pastor Connie.

Do You Shop on Amazon? If you shop on Amazon, did you know that a portion of your spending can be donated to ABC? Just use this link to shop: smile.amazon.com/ch/95-2818349

AmazonSmile customers can now also support Altadena Baptist Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’

Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Trader Joe’s Food Distribution – ABC is still holding the Trader Joe’s food distribution on Sunday mornings at 9:30AM at church.

Your Tithe and Offerings Will Help Carry ABC Through – Since we are not receiving offerings at public services, we depend on God-inspired tithes and offerings from faithful supporters. Thanks to those who have begun to send donations by check through the mail or by PayPal (the ABC account  is altadenabaptist.org/donate – you do not need a personal PayPal account to give online).

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.