Never Rejected

After suffering some breathing problems at his home, a man living in Japan called an ambulance for help.  After the paramedics arrived they were informed by the hospitals in the area that they couldn’t accept the man because they didn’t have enough doctors or beds. 

The ambulance eventually made a 20-minute drive to a hospital in a nearby prefecture, but sadly the man died shortly before arriving.  One of the paramedics told the press they had never experienced “a patient being rejected so many times.”  How many times was this man actually turned away?  Twenty-five hospitals could not provide emergency care for this man!... 

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This Week (March 13 to 19): 

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris Buttery (John 12 continued…)

• Wednesday @ 7:00 PM - Spanish Group Prayer Meeting

• 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 – Elaine Eisenberg

• Sabbath @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Dr. Allen Davis + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes

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

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – New Believers Luncheon & Orientation

• Sabbath @ 4:00 PM – Weimar Institute Chamber Singers Concert

Upcoming Events

Sign Interpreter: Robin Franzke will be at Sacramento Central next Sabbath, March 19. Please invite those you know who are hard of hearing or deaf to join us for the worship service on that day.

New Believer Orientation: Calling all Central members who have recently been baptized. We would like to invite you to join the pastors and Discipleship Committee on Sabbath, March 19 in the Family Life Room for lunch and an interactive presentation on Central Church and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in general. Lunch is provided. Materials and resources will be made available. For more information contact Seymour Morgan at morgansr2@comcast.net.

Discipleship University: The Reading Guide for March 19’s class, covering Deuteronomy 22-34 and Joshua 1-5, is available at the Hostess Desk and on our website, www.saccentral.org/ministries/Discipleship-University

Weimar Institute Chamber Singers are having a benefit concert next Sabbath, March 19, at 4 PM in the Sanctuary. They will be joining us for our fellowship lunch, so please bring a little extra to share.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Calling all men. Join us Sunday, March 20 from 8 AM to 10 AM for a breakfast with a purpose in the Camellia Room.

Tamale Cooking Class is March 20 from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Family Life Room. Amy Maldonado will once again demonstrate how to make Vegan Tamales. You will be able to make your own tamales and take them home. Space is limited and is $15 per person. Please call Karen at 916.961.0289.

Youth & Family Life Vespers continues Friday, March 25 at 7 PM (and every second and fourth Friday in the Family Life Room). And on April 22 at 7 PM Armona Union Academy Choir will be sharing their music and other gifts with us. It will be an exciting and powerful beginning to the Sabbath. Mark your calendars!

Choir Practice continues Sabbath, March 26 from 2 to 4 PM in the Sanctuary. All are welcome to join!

Spring Work Bee: Young and not so young are invited to join us at the church Sunday, March 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM to dust, wipe, clean, polish, weed, prune, trim, and tidy the church. There is something for everyone to do. Lunch will be provided. Look forward to seeing you there!

Ministry Opportunities

Media Ministry: We are looking for someone with graphic design experience to help prepare PowerPoint slides for Central Study Hour presentations and sermons. If you’re interested, please contact Pastor Chris at pastorchris11@gmail.com

Help Needed for Food Closet! Andre Hope, our Food Closet leader, is looking for able-bodied individuals who can give some time to sorting food and serving families each week. If you can carve out time on either Monday mornings or half days on Wednesdays, Andre and people in our community would be so grateful. Please call Andre at 719.580.2206 as soon as possible.

Gardening Ministry. Our Garden Ministry assists the church in beautifying the property grounds. A team of volunteers meets each Wednesday morning to plant, weed, prune, and water. There are no special qualifications needed just a desire to see God’s house look beautiful. Please contact the church office or Karen Medeiros at k.medeiros@sbcglobal.net if you can help.

Family Matters

Our sincerest condolences to Lotus Fabian, whose husband Frank, passed away last Wednesday night. Memorial service information will be announced at a later time. We would also like to express our condolences to Art Stefan and family, whose mother, Lilica, passed away this past week. Please keep these precious families in your prayers.

Welcome to our Family! We warmly welcome the following to the Central church family: Pastor Fred & Lorrie Dana, Faaifo & Peata Graff, Edith Kempton, Keisha Sheffield, and Rebecca Thompkins.

Elder Randy Skeete messages from the Leoni Meadows retreat will be available on our website via podcast soon. Please check here for updates: https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/sermons/

Thrift Store Donations Needed: Smart Thrift, our church’s thrift store, is in need of more furniture donations – bedroom furniture, living room furniture, dining room furniture, and more. Please call 916.457.6500 for more information or to schedule a pick up (must be multiple pieces to qualify for pick up). Thank you.

Polling Place Volunteers needed. We are considering opening up our Camellia Room as a polling place for the 2016 presidential elections on June 7 and November 8, as we have done in the past. We are looking for five volunteers for each date who can give an entire day to help out. Please call the office at 916.457.6511 if you are interested.

Coming Soon: A new pictorial membership directory. Be sure to check back later for more details.

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 (Comcast – 20; CCI – 19; AT&T – 14). 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. The podcasts are uploaded a week after the live presentation.

News & Events From Elsewhere

Kindergarten Open House at Sacramento Adventist Academy is scheduled March 16 at 6 PM. Parents are invited to meet the teacher, ask questions, and see the classroom.

Annual Golf Tournament: Sacramento Adventist Academy’s golf tournament fundraiser is April 10 at Teal Bend Golf Club. Call 916.481.2300 to sign up. Deadline is March 18.




American Christian Ministries. Celebrate 40 years of ministry by enjoying all audio downloads for FREE. Go to http://americanchristianministries.org/index.php/downloads.html to listen to inspirational, Bible-based messages while time lasts.

Two Brand-new Booklets! Dr. David DeRose recently co-authored two booklets with Pastor John Bradshaw: “Dealing with Stress” and “Fasting and Prayer” Each of these 32-page, pocket-sized booklets introduce themes covered in Dr. DeRose’s DVD series, “Healing Insights from the Gospel of Mark.”One copy of each of these booklets is yours free with any DVD purchase in March 2016.

Furthermore, sharing one of these booklets with a friend or coworker can provide a great entrée to inviting them to a health-themed Bible study group in your home or church. The “Healing Insights from the Gospel of Mark” DVD set was designed with just this in mind. Click here to learn more.

Be Inspired 

Reap What You Sow. Watch this amazing one-minute video about a penguin that travels 5,000 miles each year to visit his rescuer. You’ll be touched and encouraged to be kind to all of God’s creation.

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