The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God — he and his whole family. Luke 16:34

 ABC’s Reopening Update – The deacons met to discuss reopening ABC. A decision was made to target Sunday, June 13, for holding Sunday morning worship in the sanctuary. We will still be broadcasting the service online as well. More details and guidelines will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we need to develop a team of volunteers prepared to help with ABC’s reopening: reminding worshipers of the guidelines, ushering them to seats that are safely distanced from others, sharing information about bathroom use, etc. If you are interested in serving in this way, please contact Lori Ottaviano or one of the Pastors

Help Make Valentines for Children in Brazil! – Altadena Baptist Church would like you to join Hope Unlimited (one of our Global Outreach Partners) in sharing a special message of hope to kids in Brazil. Please see their message at right for instructions on how to participate in sending Valentine’s Day cards to the kids (the day is celebrated in June in Brazil). Please get your cards to Altadena Baptist Church no later than Friday, April 30 to be included for mailing.

For young girls and boys who end up on the streets of Brazil, abuse and exploitation are all too common. They are often very confused about the concepts of love. The HEART FOR KIDS program is one of our efforts to help get them on the right track.

We use Valentine’s Day as a fun way to discuss love, relationships, and managing feelings without manipulating or being manipulated. Clearly, our kids have had lots of negative role models.

Each year, you can join us in the fun of communicating an uplifting message by sending Valentine’s Day cards! Valentine’s Day is celebrated in June in Brazil.

You can make cards for the children at Hope Unlimited, and then send them to us! It may seem like a small act of kindness, but getting a card is a big deal to our kids. Many have never received a letter or card from anyone.

You can find a downloadable card to help personalize bit.ly/2O91083

Or, you can make a digital card and send it to us — find the instructions on how to do that bit.ly/3wix4ri

You may also choose to make a card using your own materials. Many friends of Hope even host parties where they share the joy of making cards together.

“Know Greater Love” Shirts – We still have a few shirts available from a few years ago that we’d like to sell for the discounted price of $5 each. Here are the sizes and colors:

  • Child S (6-8) Blue
  • Women’s Tank Top (maybe size Small?)
  • Men’s XL Blue
  • Men’s XL Black (three shirts)
  • Men’s L Blue
  • Men’s L Black
  • Men’s M Blue
  • Women’s XL Blue (two shirts)
  • Women’s L Blue

Please contact altabap@aol.com or call the church office if you’d like to purchase a shirt. We are not able to ship at this time, so shirts need to be picked up from ABC in the next month or so.

Drive Thru COVID 19 Testing Site
FEBRUARY 23. 2021 to JUNE 30. 2021
TUESDAYS: 10am-5pm
WEDNESDAYS: 1pm-8pm
THURSDAYS: 10am-5pm

REQUIREMENTS:
Drive-Up Only
Wear a Mask
Follow the Directions of the Staff

LOCATION:
First AME Church of Pasadena
1700 North Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103 // 626-798-0503

ID and Registration Required: http://bit.ly/aacec-famepasadena

 

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.

Getting the Word Out – If you want to make sure your neighbors in Altadena and Pasadena know about ABC’s ministry, we have yard signs! They are $10 each, and money raised from sales will be used to fund scholarships for future ministries. Contact George at the church office if you want to pick one up (do contact him first — we’re not at the church a good deal of the time). Let’s spread the word!

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.

Sunday Church Services – Until we believe that we all can be safe at church, we will not hold Sunday morning services in the sanctuary. Instead we will stream worship at 11am on Sunday via our public YouTube page. To watch this Sunday’s service at 11 am, just go to altadenabaptist.org or bit.ly/altadenabaptistyoutube and scroll down to click on the video.

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.