FROM THE WORD

Forgotten Warnings

On March 11, 2011, modern sea walls failed to protect coastal towns from Japan's destructive tsunami, but in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, a single centuries-old tablet saved the day.  The message was simple, yet life-saving: "High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants.  Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis.  Do not build any homes below this point."

It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands.  Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old.  Collectively they form a crude warning system for Japan, whose long coasts along major fault lines have made it a repeated target of earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries.  Tragically, many don’t pay attention to those warnings anymore...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (December 7 to 12): 

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Buddy Harper – Troubled Woman, Doubting Nobleman (John 4)

• 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 – Tijan Olga

• Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Fred Dana + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

• Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – “Earth’s Final Warning”

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

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Upcoming Events

Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA) Christmas Concerts: Please join the Sacramento Adventist Academy Music Dept. in the gym December 11 & 12 for their annual Christmas concerts. The older students (7-12th grade) will perform on Friday the 11th at 7 PM and the younger students (preK-6) will perform on Sabbath the 12th at 4 PM. Together, let us remember the Nativity through music.

Healthy Plate is having a special cooking class on Sunday, December, 13, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Amy Maldonado will demonstrate Vegan Tamales. Space is limited to 25 at $15 per person. You will be able to make your own tamales and take them home. Lunch will be served. Please call Karen @ (916) 961-0289 to reserve a place. This class will be presented again in the spring of 2016 for those not able to attend this time.

Women’s Ministry Holiday Luncheon: Join the ladies for their Holiday Luncheon at The Old Spaghetti Factory (1910 J Street) at 11:30 AM on December 13. If you want to enjoy the fellowship, please call Jan Nichols at (916) 729-4322 to RSVP.

Fountainview Academy Orchestra & Singers will be presenting “What Kind of King?” Sabbath, December 19 @ 4 PM, here at the Sacramento Central Church. Admission is free. Event will be live streamed.

Family Matters

Annual Love Offering: Sacramento Central will have our Annual Year-End Love Offering on December 19, following services. Pray now as to what sacrificial gift you plan to give.

Giving Trees: In the spirit of the following words, “God would be well pleased if on Christmas each church would have a Christmas tree on which shall be hung offerings, great and small…” (Adventist Home, 482), we will be placing two fragrant evergreens in our church foyer to provide our church the opportunity to help those in need within our congregation and Sacramento. Starting Sabbath, December 5, you’re invited to choose a decorative snow flake from off the trees that will contain a specific need that you can support. Those needs will be local families as well as Mary’s House Family Christmas Project here in Sacramento, which provides winter and other accessories for homeless families. You are invited to bring your gifts (with snowflake attached) to be placed in the baskets/bins provided starting Sabbath, December 12. All items will need to be returned to the church office no later than Wednesday, December 23. Thank you for giving during the holiday season.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a Center of Influence in Beirut, Lebanon (Bourj Hammoud Adventist Learning Center) that serves Syrian refugee children. They need Christian (Adventist preferably) storybooks for their young readers. If you have children’s books that you would like to donate, please bring them to Central’s front desk in the church foyer so we can send them. There is a person from our area that is traveling to Beirut in a couple of weeks. Thank you.

Adventists in the Spotlight: With the Seventh-day Adventist Church currently in the spotlight many people are asking questions about our faith that may have never asked before. An easy way to share more about Adventist’s is to share the CD or DVD of Pastor Chris’ message “Who & What are the Seventh-day Adventists?” Pick up your copies to share at the CD/DVD Ministry room here at the church. Another great new resource is www.WhoAreAdventist.org.

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 world Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Adventists Trilogy: Martin Doblmeier, the award-winning filmmaker and producer of The Adventists, The Adventists 2, and The Blueprint, has reached an agreement with PBS to rebroadcast these films. The Adventists will air on: December 19 at 8 PM; December 20 at 12 PM; December 21 at 9 AM; December 21 at 3 PM; The Blueprint will air on: December 19 at 9 PM; December 20 at 1 AM; December 21 at 10 PM; December 21 at 4 PM. (All times are EST).
In addition, The Adventists and The Adventists 2 will be re-transmitted to every PBS station nationwide on January 7. Pacific Press distributes the three films as The Adventists Trilogy online and in Adventist Book Centers around the country. Watch a preview of The Adventist Trilogy.

7X Match to fight Hunger. ADRA International currently has a 7x match to fight hunger. Every dollar you give will be multiplied by 7 to increase the amount of food that can be offered to starving people in many different circumstances. It also increases the gardening supplies that can be given to families to help them grow their own food. Click here to learn more.

Emotional Wellness Summit. The early bird rate expired Tuesday, November 17 for the summit in Orlando, FL from January 13 to 17. Learn how you can be equipped to extend the healing ministry of Christ for the whole person, focusing especially on the often neglected mental and emotional needs of people. If you are a mental health professional, general health professional, researcher, health ministry leader, or just interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people, you will want to be part of this discussion. Early-bird rate is $299. After November 17 it is $349. Save $50 by registering now.

Resources

The Real Star Wars: This powerful documentary reveals the great conflict between good and evil now being waged on Planet Earth! Watch here: http://www.cosmicconflict.com/af

2016 Devotionals. Go to the Adventist Book Center to pick up next year’s devotionals for you and your family. They can also be ordered online right here. Two addresses to choose from: 5207 Madison Avenue, Ste G Sacramento and 401 Taylor Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA.

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