An Open Door

Not everyone is fortunate enough to receive a second chance at life.  Sam Schmid; however, was one who did.  After being critically injured in a five-car crash Sam was given a slim chance of recovering.  He was unresponsive after suffering a traumatic brain aneurism and his family considered taking him off life support, but his doctor decided to do one more brain scan.  Based on what he saw, he asked the family to give it one more week.  That very day Sam was able to respond to a command and raise two fingers – and not long afterward he opened his eyes.

Sam’s recovery was nothing short of remarkable. What else is remarkable is the Bible promises that we too can have a new lease on life.  “See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it. “ (Revelation 3:7)  This is Jesus way of saying, “I hold out to you the promise of a second chance.”  Nothing better than knowing you’ve been given another opportunity to get it right ...

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This Week (January 4 to 9): 

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (Chapel)

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (Chapel)

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting (Family Life Room)

• Thursday @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (Chapel)

• Friday @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (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 – Richard Anger

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

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

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

• Sabbath @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (Chapel)

• Sunday @ 7:00 PM – 10 Days of Prayer (Chapel)


Upcoming Events

10 Days of Prayer: We will be participating in the 10 Days of Prayer organized by the General Conference January 5 to 15, 2016.  We will be meeting from 7 to 8 PM each night in the chapel. Central’s ministry team and elders will be leading throughout the 10 nights. Whether you can join us in the chapel or not, please plan to join us in prayer at 7 PM each night.  To access nightly handouts go to

Women’s Ministry Bible Study will resume Tuesday, January 12, from 10 AM to Noon in the Family Life Room.

Family Matters

Church Business Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20 at 7 PM in the chapel. All members are welcome. Please join us to receive the latest information happening at Central and learn about plans for the upcoming year.

Member Profile: It’s that time of year again to provide our church clerk with updated personal information. Please complete the form and turn it in at the church hostess desk, or in the church mailbox. We will be collecting these over the next three weeks. Thank you for your prompt response.

Welcome! We’re pleased to welcome Charles Le to the position of CD/DVD Ministry Leader. We’re looking forward to seeing more growth with this ministry under Charles’ leadership.

We would also like to welcome Jeremy and Nichol Klopfenstein, Geraldo Moya, Amalia Tangonan, and Larry Young to the Central church family.

Smart Thrift is in need of luggage, men’s clothing, and furniture. They will be happy to pick up furniture. Please call 916.457.6500. Also, please be note that Smart Thrift is closing earlier on Fridays during the winter and spring season (2 PM).

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 at 11 AM, Tuesday at 11:30 AM (NEW TIME), Wednesday at 8:30 PM, and Thursday at 9 PM (NEW TIME) on Sacramento Faith TV. These can also be viewed on our website ( and our YouTube channel ( 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 ( This is an easy way for you to invite friends and family to listen to important Bible messages coming from Central church. The podcasts are uploaded a week after the live presentation.

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

Emotional Wellness Summit: Treat yourself in January to a trip to Orlando, FL, January 13 to 17. Learn how to help yourself and/or others with the often neglected mental and emotional needs. Mental health professionals, general health professionals, researchers, pastors, health ministry leaders, or anyone interested in integrating ministry with the mental health needs of people will want to be part of this discussion. Register here:

Watch "Life on the Line," Loma Linda University Health’s national TV show that will air nationwide on WORLD Channel in January on Tuesdays at 7 PM ET.  “Life on the Line” is an inspiring look into Loma Linda's mission to further the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.  Go here for more information:

Adventist Christian Fellowship/Public Campus Ministries (PCM) is one of the church’s best resources. It is estimated that over 80% of Adventist young people attend non-Adventist colleges and universities. Many of these risk getting disconnected with the church during their tertiary education if efforts are not made to engage them. Finding these young people, connecting them to their nearest church, encouraging them in their faith, and deploying them as co-workers with Christ are equally important aspects of PCM. To learn more go here.


Believe His Prophets, the sequel to Revived by His Word, is a five-year program reading through the Bible and selected Ellen White writings, including Steps to Christ, Christ’s Object Lessons, Patriarchs and Prophets, Prophets and Kings, The Desire of Ages, The Acts of the Apostles, and The Great Controversy. You can receive daily Bible readings, participate in interactive blogs, and read select inspirational writings by going to

The Real Star Wars: This powerful documentary reveals the great conflict between good and evil now being waged on Planet Earth! Watch here:

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, Suite G Sacramento and 401 Taylor Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA.