I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

Young Cat Needs Home – Debra Blake is trying to home a 17-month old tabby girl cat. The cat is very affectionate and smart, loves belly rubs, but doesn’t like RVs. If you are interested, please call Debra.

Quarterly Business Meeting – Our October QBM will be held via the Zoom conferencing app on Sunday, October 31, beginning at 2pm.

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Condolences – After a long, difficult illness, Ivory Webster went to his eternal home on Monday, October 11. Marilyn and Ivory have been part of the ABC congregation since the mid-1980s. Ivory has served three separate times on the Deacon Board, as Church Treasurer and as the convener of Sunday School classes and TLC Groups. We will definitely miss his joyful presence around the church. Please pray for Marilyn in this time of grief and adjustment. A service is being planned in Ivory’s memory, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 30. Keep watching for details.

Homecoming VideosWe’d love to hear from those of you who have not been able to be present physically for our Sunday services.

Please send Loren Roberts a short video of your greeting, plus you reading your favorite Bible verse by October 30th. Here are some ways to send the video:

  • If you are filming on an iPhone, you could email the video file via your iCloud account. The video will not be attached to the email; rather iCloud will store the file and send Loren a link to the file.

If you are filming on a computer, send the video via an upload to http://wetransfer.com (addressed to loren@hearkencreative.com) or https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/hearkencreative

Our Homecoming Gift to You: Individual and Family Photography – We will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 7th. Traditionally we would make a big push to have a big crowd here. We would have a big pot luck meal afterwards. We’re not doing that this year for obvious reasons, but we are inviting you back to ABC’s physical space in a safer way. We are providing a photographer on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6th, 12-4 PM, and then after the church service on Sunday, Nov. 7, 1-3 PM to take photos that you might want to have for yourself or to use for Christmas cards. This will be at no charge to you. And while you are on the grounds, we encourage you to think about some of the good memories you have of this place, and post something on social media, or share with a friend, or let us know through email. A little walk down memory lane in a pandemic safe way. We want to show some of those photos in our Sunday morning service.  Please contact Lori Ottaviano at the church office or at altabap@aol.com for more details or to reserve your time slot. People must RSVP no later than Friday, October 29.  Pictures will be given digitally after the event for people to print or use as they wish.

ABC Family Honored on TVBob and Diane Lee and their family were honored in a recent segment of a KABC news broadcast. Their son Eric, Sr., and grandson Eric, Jr., are featured in a wonderful tribute to their work as first responders. Diane is also mentioned as a retired L.A. County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. and Bob as a former Deputy County Fire Chief. We’re proud that the Lee family have been part of our ABC congregation for over 30 years, and both Diane and Bob have served as Deacons. You can view a video of the newscast at https://abc7.com/first-responders-family-sergeant-emt/11113899/

Sabbatical – Recognizing that Loren Roberts has not taken any time off since before the pandemic, the Deacon Board has asked him to take a sabbatical for the month of October, for the purpose of renewal. Even though our Sunday worship service will feel different without him, we still expect to come together in praise and petition. And we ask that you will pray for the Roberts family during this time of refreshment.

New ABC Directories – We have revised the ABC Directories! Please pick up your book on Sunday mornings or during weekly office hours (call ahead to make sure someone is here). Thank you to Judy Van Alstine and Karen Garrison for contacting individuals/families to verify information!

Continuing In-Person Worship on Sundays

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 https://www.youtube.com/c/AltadenaBaptistChurch and find the video at the top of the page with the red “LIVE” marker on it (usually about 5-10 minutes before 11am). 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!

 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.