The Death of Silence

Do you remember when you were a teen, how you played music from your favorite records and tapes (for those born in the 90s and the 21st century, records and tapes were the 70s and 80s equivalent of today’s CDs and mp3s), or the top hits on the radio, and cranked up the volume as loud as you thought the neighbors could bear it, while your parents were out of the house?  You might also recall your parents coming home early and telling you off, wondering whether you were, “deaf or what?”  What made us want to drown out the silence and replace it with pulsating rhythms and pandemonium? 

When I was in my teens we lived in the suburbs.  It was not as crowded and noisy as the city, but in that environment it was hard to know what true silence really was.  That changed when I attended a small college located in a (very) small town in northern Virginia.  When I arrived I was “deafened by the silence.”  I could now hear myself think.  But the interesting thing was I didn’t like what I was hearing.  It took some time to adjust to, but now I cherish quiet moments.

Contemporary life doesn’t often provide those calm moments of silence.  One radio talk-show host has complained about the “death of silence.”  That got me to thinking.  Every waking moment we live with noise.  From the fan in the window blowing in the cool night air, to the electric shaver in the bathroom, to the background noise of the morning news on TV, to the radio playing on the way into work, to the ceaseless rings and chimes of the cell phone … 

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This Week (September 14 to 19): 

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study Class (Family Life Room)

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike Thompson – “New Light” – Acts 19 (Chapel)

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting (Chapel)

Various L.I.F.E. groups (in-home small group Bible studies) take place across Sacramento. To locate one near you contact our small groups’ coordinator, Richard Anger @ (916) 681-3990

Sabbath @ 9:00 AM - Morning Manna – Elder Buddy Harper

Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Elder Buddy Harper

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – New Believer’s Ministry Luncheon


Central Events

First Club Meeting! Adventurers will be conducting their first class for the new school year on September 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM here at the church. If you haven’t yet signed your child(ren) up, please contact Amapola Francisco at (916) 741 2665.

Pathfinder Registration! If you are looking to enroll your 10 to 16 year-old in a Christian-based education and adventure program, then bring them to this year’s Pathfinder registration event taking place on Saturday, September 19 starting at 6:30 PM in the Junior and Family Life rooms. Plan for dinner, worship, registration, and games. For questions, contact Stacey Earnest (nee Jaaskela) at

Women’s Ministry Bible Study happens each Tuesday at 10:00AM right here at the church. The topic is “Putting on the Whole Armor of God.” Class will continue through Tuesday, November 10. Light refreshments will be served.

Discipleship University continues this Sabbath, September 19 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM with Pastor Fred Dana. You don’t want to miss these vital studies in Genesis.

Quilting Ministry will be meeting Sunday, September 27 at 10:30AM in the Family Life Room. If you’re interested in being a part of this ministry you are more than welcome to attend.

Fall Work Bee! Please mark your calendars for our fall work bee on Sunday, October 4 from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. There will be washing, cleaning, sorting, clearing, and pruning. Many hands make light work. J See you then!

Revelation: On the Edge of Time will begin on Friday, October 23, in three different locations with three separate presenters – Pastor Mike Thompson, JeAnn Davis, Elder Andre Hope. Plan to attend and bring someone with you to these 13-night, power-packed series on closing events as outlined in the book of Revelation. More details soon to follow.

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Central Matters

Let's Share Smart Thrift! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Know your shirt size. 2. Come to Smart Thrift and talk with Teri Harper (6700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento). 3. Give the recommended donation for a brand new polo shirt with the store's name on it (male and female sizes available). There aren't many, so come while supplies last. Wearing these shirts is an easy way to let others know about this vital ministry in Sacramento and a way to introduce them to the Adventist Church.

Central Ministries

Central's A/V Ministry is needing your help. Every Sabbath provides an incredible opportunity to be involved in the production of Bible-based messages that are heard all over the world.

Central Needs

The office received a call this week from a mother (former Adventist) of a 14-year-old, who is looking for a room to rent for herself, her son, and two cats. If you know of such a place, please call (602) 380-1256. This is a time sensitive matter.

Anya Warda, a volunteer with Central’s media department, recently lost everything she owned in a house fire. If you desire to help her financially, please do so by going to her Go Fund Me account -

Friends of Sacramento Central are needing to move from their present place of residence. They stated, “Maybe some in the congregation has or knows of a place we can stay or knows of a camping trailer/motor home for sale cheaply or would trade all or part of it for tree work.” If you have any leads, please email them to Thank you!


BULLETIN BOARD - An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources from around the Seventh-day Adventist Church

News & Announcements

Around the World

Revelation Today: The Mysteries Revealed: NET '95, the first satellite-delivered evangelism series by the North American Division, is "back.” This year, beginning October 9, It Is Written will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of NET ’95 with a new evangelistic series live from Chattanooga, Tennessee, with free apps and tweeting. Who could have seen that coming 20 years ago? Like NET '95, every church can host the series live, but no satellite dish is necessary. In fact, millions of people can watch, with or without the help of a local church. 

Heroes of Faith, with Amazing Facts speaker/director Doug Batchelor, will begin October 2, 2015 and run through October 10. Important Bible messages for the whole family will be presented. To learn more about how you might get involved in sharing these messages with others, please go to

Around the Pacific 

Golden Gate Academy (GGA) Alumni Choir, is looking for vocalists. Alumni, former staff and friends of GGA, we want your voices! For more information contact Mellonie Banks at or call (510) 691-1579 and join the Facebook group “The Reunion Choir.”

Around Sacramento

Orangevale SDA School is looking for a part time 7th/8th grade teacher, Language Arts, and Bible. Please call Brad Davis, Principal (916) 718-4276.

Would you like to receive the SAA Weekend Report? Email Eva Mason at Please include your name, connection to the school, and email address.

Would you like to be an SAA volunteer? Stop by SAA’s front office for more information and to register as an official volunteer.


The 2015 Annual Statistical Report, which is the 151st Report of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists® for 2013 and 2014, is now available. You can get the latest church stats on membership, tithes and offerings, schools, churches, pastors, missionaries, hospitals, literature evangelists, and much more by clicking here.

Porn Doesn’t Have To Be the Norm, by Omar Miranda – Whether you are struggling with an addiction to pornography, seeking to help a loved one, or you want to create a change in your church and community, this book can help you get started. The author shows a clear path for empowering people to begin the process of overcoming this addiction. To get your copy click here.

Testimonies for the Church on audio! The same great series as the printed volume by E. G. White, is available in audio book format – all nine volumes.  Now you can listen with ease and comfort wherever you are. These volumes reveal articles and letters that contain instruction for the benefit of the church. They not only deal with issues that church members faced at the time they were written, but deals with many of the same issues, dangers, and opportunities we are faced with today. Order yours today by clicking here.

Distraction Dilemma DVD Series. In exposing the dangers in music that distract Christians from their Maker, The Distraction Dilemma seminar uncovers the traps and methods of Satan in an easy-to-understand, common sense series using the Bible, inspired writings, science, music history, and even the music industry itself! To order a set for your family today, click here.