Encouraged in the Lord

Have you ever felt you’ve made some pretty brainless blunders?  Worse yet, did you ever feel like because of those decisions everything and everyone conspired against you?  David wasn’t yet King of Israel, and because of being on the run from the current king, King Saul, rather than trusting in God, succumbed to making a strange deal with the enemies of God’s people.  After traveling three days he and his six hundred men finally reached their Philistine home in Ziklag only to find it pillaged and burned to the ground and the women and children taken by the Amalekites.

Understandably, David and his men were horrified.  Once the shock had worn off these “battle-scared warriors” couldn’t take it anymore and cried until there were no more tears to cry.  David knew it was his lack of faith that led him to live among the Philistines and over confidence in their protection that led him to leave his home city unguarded.  Now his colleagues, filled with grief and rage, turned on him as the one to be blamed for these atrocities . . .

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This Week (November 9 to November 14): 

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM – Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Revelation: On the Edge of Time

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 – Nadine Sarniento

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

Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service & Communion with Pastor Chris Buttery

Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Men’s/Women’s Ministry Luncheon

Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – Choir Practice


Central Events

Communion Service will be held this Sabbath, November 14 during the worship hour. Plan to be there and please prepare your hearts now for this special service.

Central Christmas Concert. Plan now to attend this years Christmas concert on Sabbath, December 5. You’ll be glad you did. More details to follow.

Central Matters

Adventists in the Spotlight: With the Seventh-day Adventist Church being in the spotlight due to Dr. Ben Carson’s run for the U.S. presidency, many people are asking questions about our faith that may have never been asked before. Now is the time to know what we believe and how to share that with others. An easy way to share more about Adventists is to share the CD or DVD of Pastor Chris’ message “Who & What is the Seventh-day Adventist?” Pick up your copies to share at the CD/DVD Ministry room here at the church.

Sacramento Central Church Choir is rehearsing for our December 5 Christmas Concert. If you are interested in joining (we are especially looking for more men), please contact Eunice Aldrich at (916) 607-1282. Join us this Sabbath for practice at 4:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Please enter/exit through the north stage door only. All other doors will be locked.

Sign Interpreter Returning to Central! Robin Franzke from the Roseville SDA Church will be returning to sign for the November 14 church service here at Central. If you know someone hard of hearing or who is deaf and can read sign language, please invite them to join us for church that week.

Watch us on Television! Enjoy viewing Central’s flagship programs, Central Study Hour, every Friday night at 8 PM and Sabbath morning at 6 AM (PST) on 3ABN Proclaim! Also enjoy our Receiving the Word, 30-minute programs weekly on Sunday morning at 11 AM and Wednesday night at 8:30 PM on Sacramento Faith TV. These can also be viewed on our website (www.saccentral.org) and our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/thecentralconnection). Let everyone know where they can receive timely Bible messages!

Podcasts Available! If you didn't know, every Central Study Hour and worship service can be viewed and downloaded by going to our website (https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/sermons). This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central church.

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

News & Announcements

Around the World

Human Sexuality Report. The North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church proposed a “Statement on Human Sexuality” at their Year-end Meeting on October 29, 2015.  After more than two hours of discussion, several revisions were incorporated into the statement, and the statement was approved on November 2, 2015, by a vote of 74-17. To read this statement that agrees with the General Conference guidelines human sexuality, marriage, family, homosexuality, and same-sex unions, click here.

Adventist in the Spotlight: G. Alexander Bryant, North American Division Executive Secretary, was invited to appear on the Glenn Beck Program as a spokesperson from the Seventh-day Adventist Church to answer questions about who Adventists are and what we believe. The program aired Thursday morning, October 22. Listen to the interview here. On October 27, Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, made a request for someone to share some of the beliefs of the church. Elder Bryant was very happy to accept the invitation, which was broadcast on MSNBC. Watch the interview here.

You can feed one child for .50 cents a day!  The "do fast" began in 2013 to fulfill the Biblical mandate to "defend orphans" (Isaiah 1:17), hence the name "do." Participate with your children and students to help teach them the value of sharing your bread with the hungry according to Isaiah 58, which is the fast that God has chosen. The fast will be on November 14 during World Orphans' Weekend. To learn more click here.

Adventists Urged to Examine Diet After WHO Calls Meat a Cancer Hazard. The World Health Organization has declared red meat and processed meat to be a cancer hazard, confirming statements by Seventh-day Adventist Church cofounder Ellen G. White more than a 120 years ago and recent research by Loma Linda University. The Adventist Church’s top doctor said Monday’s announcement, the global health community’s most definitive response yet to the relation between meat and cancer, served as a wake-up call for church members to examine their own diets. To learn more click here.

Around Sacramento

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