More Than Treasure

Not too long ago a little English village church made an amazing discovery.   An old, ornate Bible that had been sitting in plain view on a table in their church longer than anyone could remember was an original King James Bible.  It was one of 200 surviving original editions of the most important book ever printed in English.  The church had a 400-year-old treasure in their possession and didn’t even know it!

The Bible at St. Laurence Church in Hilmarton, England, was sitting under a hand-lettered sign saying it was an original.  The Bible is technically classified as a fragment since it is missing a few pages and has been trimmed to fit the wooden cover that was added in Victorian times.  Nonetheless, it is a notable discovery indeed, and now that little old church has bought a special case to preserve the Bible while keeping it in use and on display at the same time. 

While a discovery like this is incredible it is far more important to discover the greatest treasure of all inside of that Bible…

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (March 23-29): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris – The Merciful, Pure, & Peacemakers; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – JeAnn Davis; 9:30 AM Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug & Children/Youth Sabbath School Classes; 10:50 AM Worship Service with Pastor Chris – What God Longs For.

Join us for two landmark events this weekend:

A special viewing of the acclaimed film Hell & Mr. Fudge will be shared in the Camellia Room this Saturday, March 29 @ 7 PM.  The event is open to the public so please bring a friend or family member. Following the film one of the producers will be hosting a Q&A session.  Childcare and light refreshments provided. Click here to view the trailer.

The Gift: The Restarting Of A Life with author and speaker Karen Johnson, whose story of a life-shattering tragedy that God turned into a triumph has helped thousands.  This event will take place this Sunday, March 30 @ 2:00 PM at Central Church.  For more information visit www.CoveredandKept.com

Welcome! A special welcome to Chrystal White who was recently selected as second assistant to the church clerk.  Chrystal’s responsibilities will involve data entry and keeping membership records up to date – a truly important task.  We’re very grateful to Chrystal and all those who give their time to help keep God’s work going strong.

Heart 2 Heart Bible Training: Join our very own Bible Worker, JeAnn Davis, this coming Sabbath @ 2 PM in the Administrative Pastor’s office for an ongoing coaching experience on how to give Bible studies and win people to Jesus.  Not sure whether it’s for you?  Stop by and check it out for yourself.  You just might be glad you did.

Discipleship University: Our speaker on April 5 @ 2 PM is Danny Strever, Special Projects Coordinator with Remnant Publications.  He will be presenting "Modern Mysticism & The Emerging Church." Ellen G. White saw, "the Alpha of a train of heresies," and "that the Omega would follow in a little while." (Selected Messages, Vol. 1 pp. 200, 203)  Join us in the Camellia Room as we examine our history encompassing the past to the present time and how to avoid these spiritual pitfalls designed by the enemy of souls.

Sacramento Central Pathfinder Club Bike-a-thon: The annual Bike-a-thon for the Northern California Conference (NCC) Pathfinders is just about here!  To support Central’s Soldiers For Christ Pathfinders please consider sponsoring a Pathfinder.  Don’t know how?  See the display in the foyer, find a Pathfinder, talk to a Pathfinder Counselor, call the church office, or better yet contact Stacey Jaaskela our Pathfinder Club Director @ pathfinders@sacentral.org.

Professional TV Production Training: Have you ever wanted to learn about TV production?  Have you wanted to learn how to operate a camera, mix audio, or direct a broadcast TV program?  Then the opportunity has arrived.  Sacramento Central Church invites our members to get involved with our media production ministry.  This is a great way to send the gospel beyond our church doors and into the rest of the world.  The intro media training will be held at the church on Wednesday, April 9 2014 @ 7 PM.  Training is free but, you must register by calling or emailing the church office @ (916) 457-6511 no later than Monday, April 7.

Spring Youth & Family Restoration Weekend! Central’s Family Life Ministries presents Restoring God’s Image In Us: Empowering Youth, Singles, Couples, & Parents With Tools to Live a Christ-like Life, April 11 to 13 @ Leoni Meadows Christian Retreat Center.  Age-appropriate activities will be provided for children and youth.  To register, please call the Central church office @ (916) 457-6511 or Central Family Life Ministry Leader, Tyra Taylor @ (916) 230-3938.  Hurry, as places will fill up quickly!

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

News & Announcements

Children's Leadership Conference will be held March 28 to 30 on the campus of Andrews University.  Full Adventurer Basic Staff Training and Hispanic Workshop Tracks (Basic and Advanced) will be available. Other workshops include Kids' Health Expo, Creative Prayer Ministry, Children's Ministries basics, and much more. Several of the workshops will be great for kids who would like to learn more about ministry. If you or someone you know loves teaching kids about Jesus and needs ideas, inspiration, or encouragement this event is for you! To register go to http://www.cye.org/events/clc/

Town Hall Meetings: In preparation for the 2014 Northern California Conference (NCC) Constituency Session, a series of town hall meetings will be held around the conference for delegates and interested members. The meeting at Gracepoint Church (in Rocklin) will be on April 3 @ 7 PM

Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA) Golf Tournament: Join us at this year’s SAA Golf Tournament on Friday, April 11.  We are accepting registration for golfers and sponsors (at all levels).  Help us raise money for SAA’s Annual Fund, which provides funds to support SAA top priorities including worthy student funds, academic and technology needs, campus improvement projects and more. For more information, or to sign-up as a golfer or sponsor, go to www.sacaa.org.

Loma Linda University Health’s (LLUH) first national TV show, "Life on the Line," will soon reach 72 million American households. The program, which features courageous individuals and turns their journeys into a moving documentary series, premieres on PBS’s WORLD Channel.

“This show isn’t just about the doctors, but how real people find meaning in the midst of a tragedy. This is where the real story lives and their strength of spirit shines,” says Patricia Kelikani, director of Advancement Films at LLUH. "Life on the Line" is narrated by celebrity host and journalist, Lisa Ling, and produced by the 12-time Emmy Award winning team, Advancement Films. The show follows patients from Southern California to the Amazon, Haiti, and Egypt as they all fight a similar battle to stay alive.  It begins, April 4, at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Click here to learn more. 

The Adventists, the popular documentary film that explores Seventh-day Adventists and their unique health story, has been renewed for airing on PBS stations through spring 2016. In addition, The Blueprint, which tells the story of Adventist education, will be released for PBS stations in April. Check your local listings.

Upcoming Camp Meeting Schedules: Soquel July 17 to 26; Redwood July 24 to August 2; Tahoe July 28 to August 2.

Resources

Noah Movie: Remnant Publications has just released a sharing book to be passed on to friends and family who have shown an interest in the new Noah movie produced by Hollywood hitting theaters this week.  This book will share the real truth about the story and how Jesus applied Noah’s day to our very own. To learn more go to Noah Movie Hype.

Bible Answers Live, a nationally syndicated radio program hosted by Pastor Doug Batchelor, is a great way to have your difficult Bible questions answered, live!  Check out KFIA 710 AM at 7 PM every Sunday evening, and tell a friend.

 

ABOUT CENTRAL HAPPENINGS

Dear friend,

We would like to warmly welcome you to Central Happenings – a weekly e-newsletter from your pastoral staff to inform, update, and keep in touch.

It was George Bernard Shaw who once quipped, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  Ask anyone and they will tell you how true this is.  Healthy communication is a prerequisite to healthy relationships, and no less for the church family.

We plan to make Central Happenings a pithy and relevant read with the obvious goal to simply communicate.  You can expect each edition to contain:

Pastor’s Blog - a refreshing Biblical insight from your pastors.

Central News & Happenings – important info on news and events taking place at Central.

Bulletin Board – includes various news, resources, programs, and/or initiatives taking place in the Seventh-day Adventist Church locally and around the world that may impact you.

We trust you’ll find Central Happenings (not to be confused with The Central Connection put together by Central’s Communication Department) another great resource that will allow you to stay in touch with your church family.  As your pastoral staff we look forward to continuing to reach out to you, including through this new way, as we seek to press together for the work at hand and in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.

Your Pastoral Staff