Missed Messiah

While it is absolutely true that comfort is found in Jesus, what did the man mean when he said that someone found Jesus in Comfort?  Recently, a man living in England accidentally spilled fabric softener on his clothes while doing his laundry.  When he took a close look at the fabric softener stain he said he saw…Jesus. 

This man isn’t the only one to see Jesus in an unusual place.  There’s the man who, while searching for a vacation destination on Google maps, supposedly saw the face of Jesus in a satellite image of a farmland in Hungary.  Then there was the elderly man living in Texas who said that a burn pattern on a breakfast taco looked like Jesus.  Add to these strange “sightings” the Washington man who thought he saw the face of Jesus on the underside of a crab he caught, a lady who claimed that she saw an image of Jesus on a stingray, the London woman who discovered the face of Jesus staring at her from a crumpled sock, and the outline of the face of Jesus on a Wal-Mart receipt, and you might think that there’s something significant about these occurrences.  In case you’re wondering ...

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This Week (May 16 to 21): 

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

• Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Seymour Morgan (John 19:1-18)

• 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 – Andrew Vargas

• 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 – Guest Fellowship Lunch

• Sabbath @ 1:00 PM – New Believer’s Luncheon

• Sabbath @ 1:30 PM – Family Photo Shoot for Church Directory

• Sabbath @ 2:00 PM – DU Light Sacramento!

Upcoming Events

Audio Board Training: On Tuesday, May 17 @ 6:30 PM, Central’s audio-visial ministry will be conducting another audio board training. This will be an intermediary class for those with prior experience. The training will be in the sanctuary.

Light Sacramento! continues Sabbath, May 21. Bring a change of clothes, walking shoes, and a dish to share for fellowship lunch, and join us in the Camellia Room afterwards for a short presentation on practical evangelism before lighting Sacramento!

Sacred Concert: South African born, Pierre Van Der Westhuizen is a dynamic and committed music artist who is planning to bring his inspirational music to Sacramento Central Church. Pierre has held concerts all over the world, and has often been seen on 3ABN and HOPE Channel. You don’t want to miss this concert, to be held on Sabbath, May 28 at 4 PM in the sanctuary.

Ministry Opportunities

Smart Thrift Help Needed: With our store closing, if you can give some of your time to helping at our thrift store from now until May 20 (Monday to Thursday - 10 AM to 6 PM; Friday – 10 AM to 2 PM) it would be truly appreciated.  There is sorting, stacking, processing, and lots to do. Please call the store at (916) 457-6500 to let them know when you can come in. Thank you!

Family Matters

From the Hospitality Ministry: Friends. Thank you for continuing to support our weekly guest lunch here at Central. Recently; however, we find ourselves doing more work over the Sabbath hours than we feel comfortable performing, primarily cleaning dishes. So starting Sabbath May 21 we are asking that if you bring a dish (and, yes, please keep bringing them!) that you (or a friend) collect them immediately after lunch so we don’t need to wash them. We know this will be a change from the way we normally do things, but we believe it is a step in the right direction. We appreciate your willingness to help us as we seek to make these changes.

Sign Up To Stay Informed! Many of you have been receiving Pastor Chris’ weekly weekend updates and have expressed your gratitude for this service. But we acknowledge that some of you may not be on our list due to a recent phone number change. If you would like to begin receiving these weekly 2 minute calls, please call or email the church office and leave your name and the number you would like listed.

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

The King’s Heralds Quartet (internationally acclaimed) is now touring Northern California, and will be praising God with song at the Roseville Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 PM in the sanctuary.

Sacramento Adventist Academy’s High School Outdoor Concert is May 18 at 6:30 PM. Go to www.sacaa.org for more information. All are invited.

Sacramento Adventist Academy Enrollment for the 2016/2017 school year is currently open for grades K-12th. Go to www.sacaa.org, or call 916.481.7426.

Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC-West) Presents: “Identify: Who Are We?” June 8-12 at Pine Hills Academy in Auburn.  For more information and to register, visit www.GYCWest.com or go to their Facebook page.

Blizzard, heatwave, flooding . . . What can churches do to help people during extreme weather conditions? While the NAD focus this month is community service, learn useful tips for year-around involvement by reading about the ways Adventist churches and members are helping in the Columbia Union; plus how to make a church a "comfort care center."  Click here for more information.




The Last Day in Prophecy DVD Set. This extraordinary, seven-part DVD series presented by Pastor Doug Batchelor will teach you everything you want to know about the Sabbath day—its creation, history, future, and more—and it will change your life in ways you never could imagine! (7 sermons on 3 DVDs). Click here to order yours.

It Is Written hosts weekly webinars on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. EDT. May 10 topic is "Involving Your Family in Bible Work," presented by It Is Written General Manager Jesse Johnson. Each webinar lasts 30 minutes. Ministry resource: the sessions are archived and available for viewing any time. Presenters include John Bradshaw, speaker/director; Eric Flickinger, associate speaker; Dr. Alan Parker and many others.  Please visit http://itiswrittenwebinars.com/ to learn more.

Be Inspired 

Wrestling: Pastor John Bradshaw shares this powerful one-minute Every Word devotional on what it takes to be an overcomer. Click here to listen.

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