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2016 has come and nearly gone, and we can say that God has been good to us. As we look toward another year, may we do so with faith in God's promises, courage to obey His word, commitment to proclaim Christ's return, and sacrifice to support His work. From our family to yours, may you draw nearer to Jesus this coming year. And thank you for your continued prayers and support! 

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FROM THE WORD

If Christ Had Not Come

Napoleon was banished in 1814 to Elba, and it looked like this brilliant soldier was finished. But in March 1815, barely a year later, he went back to France. He had kept close watch on event transpiring in Europe and he knew of the unpopularity and the weakness of Louis XVIII. He was also aware of his own personal influence over his fellow countrymen, so he went back to France.

The Emperor sent an army out to capture Napoleon, who stepped down from his carriage and advanced toward the army without an army of his own - one lone man against a whole army. He went toward the army quietly, confidently; and when he was near enough, he did something very odd. He opened his coat so that if the enemy decided to fire on him they would have full access to his heart. Then quietly he said, “Frenchmen, it is your emperor.”

With that the French army went wild. They kissed his hand, they fell at his feet, they picked him up and carried him on their shoulders, and they shouted until the heavens were filled with their voices, “Vive l’ empereur!” “Long live the emperor!” One could say that it was the most thrilling scene that history recorded of the return of one whose daystar seemed to have set.

The coming of Napoleon, however, pales into insignificance when compared with...

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 CENTRAL CORNER

This Week (December 31): 

Sabbath @ 9:00 AM – Morning Manna with Elizabeth Rengifo / @ 9:30 AM – Central Study Hour with Pastor Michael Butler + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School Classes / @ 10:50 AM – Worship Service with Pastor Fred Dana

Upcoming Events

Annual Love Offering. This Sabbath will be the final day to turn in your Love Offering. Thank you for supporting the work of your favorite charity, Sacramento Central Church!

10 Days of Prayer: Starting Tuesday, January 3 and running until Friday, January 13, 2017 our church will be taking part in the annual 10 Days of Prayer. We will be meeting nightly in the chapel for an hour from 7 PM. This year’s theme will be on the sanctuary. For families with younger children and others who can’t make it out each evening, materials can be accessed online at tendaysofprayer.org so you can join us from home.

Business Meeting: Our annual Business Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18 at 7 PM in the Sanctuary. Vital building/renovation project plans will be discussed along with other important items. All members of Central are encouraged to attend.

Dr. David DeRose will be here at Sacramento Central on Monday, January 23 at 7 PM. He will be presenting, Herbs, Supplements, and Natural Remedies: Learning from Hypertension Therapies. More information will be available next week.

Family Matters

The Last Empire DVD/CD Sets are available. If you missed any of the exciting presentations given by Pastor Chris during this recent prophecy series, or if you want to share the messages with those you love, or if you ordered a set in advance, they are now available. Pick up your copy at the church office during the week or call to make other arrangements if needed. All the study guides are downloadable on-line on the church website - https://zqh.orf.mybluehost.me/saccentral/the-last-empire/

Sacramento Central Prayer Ministry has conference calls open to the entire church twice daily, at 5:30 AM and 7 PM, for approximately 30 minutes. Call 712.770.4010, access code: 361097.

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Resources

One-Year Bible Reading Plan: Want to read the Bible through in one year? Amazing Facts has provided an excellent resource to help you do just that. Just click here to download your chance to check off one of the items on your bucket list!

Be Inspired 

I came across this Less-More post the other day and thought you’d enjoy it as you’re thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. We could all do with more and less of these things in the new year:

Less Talking, More Listening
Less Planning, More Doing
Less Junk Food, More Salad
Less Complaining, More Encouraging
Less Worrying, More Hoping
Less Doubting, More Believing
Less Lazing Around, More Working Out
Less Frowning, More Smiling
Less Insecurity, More Trust
Less Weakness, More Confidence
Less Ignorance, More Understanding
Less Hate, More Love
Less Ungratefulness, More Gratitude

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Central Happenings is published by the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819 www.saccentral.org

Sacramento Central Staff: Chris Buttery, Senior Pastor; Mike Thompsons, Associate; Fred Dana, Associate; Michael Butler, Youth/Young Adult; JeAnn Davis, Bible Instructor

Central Happenings: Chris Buttery, Editor; Chrystal White, Copy Editor/Distributor