Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:2-3

VBS (Vacation Bible School) We made the difficult decision to cancel VBS this year due to the rise in COVID numbers. Thank you to all those who already volunteered their time and donations, and to those who were planning to do so this week. At this Sunday’s worship service, we’ll celebrate our VBS kids, families and staff, and we’ll rededicate ourselves to our outreach ministry for the children of Altadena. Please continue to pray for the volunteers and kids who were planning to attend.

Membership Class If you are interested in becoming an official ABC member, please contact one of the pastors or altabap@aol.com (the church office). We will be starting a membership class soon and would love to have you onboard.

Our new sermon series will be exploring some aspects of our Christian life in the modern world through the whole “Selfie” phenomenon. We’re counting on YOU to help us by sending in some of your most unique selfies. We’d like to maximize interest by showing as many familiar faces as possible. Send your selfie to Lori at altabap@aol.com or one of the pastors. Thanks.

Continuing In-Person Worship This Sunday

In-Person Worship Service will begin at the usual time: 11:00 am.

  • Volunteer Hosts will help you find safe seating.
  • The Guidelines adopted by ABC’s Deacon Board will be followed (listed below).
  • Hand-sanitizer, bottled water and extra masks will be available.
  • Limited safe building occupancy may require some to sit outside on the walkway.
  • The Cry Room will be available for up to two families with very young children only.
  • Kids Church will be held outdoors, after starting the service with families.
  • This is the plan for June; the deacons will reassess monthly.

On-line Worship Service will be live-streamed on YouTube.

  • To watch this Sunday’s service at 11am, just go to com/c/altadenabaptistchurchand find the video at the top of the page with the red “LIVE” marker on it. Click on it, and you will be watching a livestream of this week’s service!
  • Audio-visual technology will make your at-home experience a little different.

Guidelines for In-Person Worship during COVID recovery:

  • Distance/Spacing:We will provide 6 ft. spacing indoors and out. Family ‘pods’ may sit closer together.
  • Physical Contact:We discourage hugs and handshakes.
  • Masks:to be worn on campus.
  • Microphones:Single use, no sharing.
  • Registration System:We will not have one. Once we hit 55 indoors (our current limit with safe spacing), everyone else will be seated outdoors, on the outdoor shaded walkway to the west of the sanctuary, where there will be audio.
  • Air Circulation:Windows will be open to the outside.
  • Singing:while wearing masks.
  • Vaccinations:We encourage them, but will not require proof.
  • Kiosk:to greet people at the door, stocked with hand sanitizer and disposable masks.
  • Kids:There will be Kids Church. They will meet outside during the last part of the service.

Feedback Appreciated – Please let us know how we can improve either the in-person or on-line experience of Worship at ABC!

Church Retreat Coming Soon! Join us for a day of fun, invite a friend, and let’s reconnect with each other at an all-day Church Retreat on Saturday, September 25 at the Arcadia Wilderness Park from 10am to 7pm. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for those 17 and under (scholarships available). Bring your own lunch, but dinner will be provided. Please see Karen or Ty Garrison to sign up or for more information.

 

VBS (Vacation Bible School)

We are looking forward to holding VBS this summer, albeit with some differences. For one, we will be having almost the entire program outside. Please pray now for weather that is not too incredibly hot, which is one of the reasons we are also shortening the program and ending at 11:30am (program starts at 9am).

If you are planning to send someone to VBS this year, please note that we will be capping attendance. Please register children as soon as possible online at vbspro.events/p/events/altabap2021 or email vbsaltabap@gmail.com for a printed application.

While we have the supplies worked out for VBS at this time (thank you for those who donated items), money for donations and scholarships is still appreciated. Also, we still need volunteers to help with check out and other roles. For more information, please contact the church office at altabap@aol.com or 626-797-8970.

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.

“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.

Vacation Bible School Information – We are looking forward to holding VBS this summer, albeit with some differences. For one, we will be having almost the entire program outside. Please pray now for weather that is not too incredibly hot, which is one of the reasons we are also shortening the program and ending at 11:30am (program starts at 9am).

If you are planning to send someone to VBS this year, please note that we will be capping attendance. Please register children as soon as possible online at vbspro.events/p/events/altabap2021 or email vbsaltabap@gmail.com for a printed application.

There is also a list above to volunteer to bring INDIVIDUALIZED snacks items (a box of raisins for each kid, for example), prizes, and money for donations and scholarships. Also, we still need volunteers to help with check out and other roles. For more information, please contact the church office at altabap@aol.com or 626-797-8970.

 

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.