Ready to Die

How surprised would you be to read the Monday morning paper and find in the obituary section that you were apparently deceased?  I’m sure it would get your attention.  Arms manufacturer Alfred Nobel was given a premature obituary.  It condemned him as a “merchant of death.”  This may have been the reason behind his creating the Nobel Prize.  Black nationalist Marcus Garvey also received a premature obituary.  According to some sources, the reading of his own obituary may have caused his death.  These individual occurrences may be unique, but premature obituaries abound.

It’s a powerful encouragement that God has never, and will never write a premature obituary for you and me.  Our situation may look bleak and even beyond help at times, but where God sees potential and possibility He holds out hope.  He has never been known to extinguish a flame even if it is scarcely flickering.  He has always refused to “call it” unless all prospects are gone . . .

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This Week (April 11 to 16): 

• Monday @ 7:00 PM – Optimize Your Brain Seminar

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Ray Rengifo (John 16)

• 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 – Silvia Ballesteros

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

• Sabbath @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Elder Dennis Priebe

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – Small Groups Ministry Luncheon

• Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – Discipleship University

• Sabbath @ 4:00 PM – Dennis Priebe Meetings

•  Sabbath @ 6:00 PM - Supper & Vespers

Upcoming Events

Elder Dennis Priebe will be here all day this coming Sabbath, April 16. He will be giving the sermon, in addition to two afternoon presentations: How Inspired Was Ellen White? & What Is the Final Atonement? followed by a light supper and a special vespers by Matthew Priebe, Little Known Miracles of God’s Creation. Plan to attend and hear these inspired messages. Be sure to invite your friends and family. You will be blessed.

Discipleship University meets April 16 at 2 PM in the Camellia Room. We will be studying chapters 1-18 in the book of Judges. Reading guides are available at the Hostess Desk and the church website.

Youth & Family Life Vespers continues Friday, April 8 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!

Spring Concert: Sacramento Central’s Spring Concert is April 23 at 4 PM in the Sanctuary. Invite your family, friends and neighbors!

Princess Tea: This is a social setting for young ladies who are 10-years-old and older and their mothers. It will be held in the Camellia Room on Sunday, April 24 from 11 AM to 1 PM. More information will be available soon.

Family Matters

Sign Interpreter: Robin Franzke will return to Sacramento Central next Sabbath, April 16 for the worship service. Please invite those you know who are hard of hearing or deaf.

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

Receptionist Needed at Beautiful Minds Medical, for their mental health practice in Auburn. Requirements include 1-2 years of medical office receptionist experience, excellent organizational and communication skills, computer skills, and ability to provide service with a smile. Contact Gary Whitney at 530.889.8780 or gary@beautifulmindsmedical.com.

Volunteers Needed: Amazing Facts is looking for volunteers in their Development Dept. and Correspondence Dept. Contact Nikki Smith at 916.209.7220.

Employment Opportunities: Amazing Facts is looking for a Graphic Designer and a Broadcast Production Editor. Go to the Amazing Facts website and look under the employment tab.

Caregiver Needed: An Amazing Facts employee’s mother needs a live-in Adventist female caregiver in return for free rent. Must be willing to share a two bedroom apartment in Rocklin with an 86-year-old woman. Some of the duties involves light housekeeping, transportation, shopping nearby, help with medications. Please call Carol at 916.765.3631 for further information.




Shadow Empire: Starting April 28, through a four-part event called Shadow Empire, thousands of people will explore this fascinating subject as revealed through the Bible, in addition to a source that illustrates the topic perfectly: the life of the Emperor Constantine. This series is hosted by Voice of Prophecy Speaker, Director, Shawn Boonstra, who recently traveled to countries such as Serbia, Italy, and Turkey to make history come to life and reveal little-known details about this historical figure.  Boonstra was even granted rare access to a major archeological dig site, on the location believed to be one of Constantine's homes.  To learn more about hosting this event in your home, click here. To watch the trailer, visit http://www.shadowempire.com/

2016 Sharing Book – Winds of Revelation: You can’t turn on your TV or open your Internet browser without the next catastrophe hitting you in the face. The toll taken by natural disasters—flooding, fires, drought, tornadoes, and more—grows worse each year. The world is coming apart at the seams. More than 2,000 years ago the Bible predicted that all of this would happen!  If the Bible was right about this, then what did it say would happen next? In Four Winds of Revelation, Pastor Kenneth Cox examines what the Bible says about the crises that we are facing and shares what it tells us about the future. Should you be afraid?  The Bible offers hope—Jesus is coming soon! Click here to order your copies to share!

Revelation Today – The Mysteries Revealed is a comprehensive 19-DVD study series that focuses on the prophecies of the Bible. Based entirely on the Word of God, Revelation Today lets the Bible speak for itself! Presented by It Is Written Speaker/Director John Bradshaw. Learn more here.

Be Inspired 

God, What Do You Want Me To Do? One man’s question ended up changing another man’s life forever. You don’t want to miss being encouraged by this “Good Samaritan’s” amazing decision that led to an amazing outcome. What does God want you to do? Watch the short video here.

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