Vigilance

For 10 years the leaders of the free world had been hunting the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the United States and leader of the terror organization, Al Qaeda.  Then out of the blue announcements and adulations were broadcast all over news networks announcing that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.  In the words of then Secretary of State: “Justice had been served.”  What former Secretary Clinton followed on to say is intriguing.  She warned that America could not sleep but needed to remain vigilant in finally defeating terrorism.  Whatever your views on all of this, the idea of vigilance is a fascinating one…

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (April 6-12): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike – Light & Salty; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna –TBA; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Harold White

MINISTRY NEEDS: Presently Central has several ministry needs that must be filled ASAP. Please look these over, pray, and see whether God might be leading you to help: Food Pantry Ministry Leader; Pre-K & Cradle Roll Sabbath School Leaders; Van Ministry Leader; and Media Ministry Leader. Contact Pastor Chris @ pastorchris11@gmail.com or (916) 457-6511 to indicate your interest or to receive more information:

Have some computer skills and a little time to spare for a worthy cause?  Your Neighbor Thrift is looking for someone to assist them in posting special sales or items on their Facebook page or on Craigslist from week to week in an attempt to create greater awareness about their store and its ministry.  If this is something you could see yourself doing please contact Buddy or Teri Harper @ (916) 676-6632.

Final Call!  Spring Youth & Family Restoration Weekend takes place this weekend.  If you haven’t done so already mail or turn in your registration forms (along with payment) to Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6045 Camellia Ave. Sacramento, CA 95819.  If you need a registration form please call Central’s Family Life Ministry Leader, Tyra Taylor @ (916) 230-3938, or the Central church office @ (916) 457-6511.  All forms with payment need to be turned in no later than Thursday.

Communion will be held during church service on Sabbath, April 19. Plan now to attend.

Work Bee!  Mark your calendars for our annual spring work bee on Sunday, April 20 from 8 AM to 2 PM.  Indoor and outdoor work needing to be done.  Thank you for showing that you care about God’s house.

Glimpses Of Glory is the title to this years spring concert which will take place on Sabbath, April 26 @ 4 PM.  The concert is a musical program organized by Central members featuring various church family and friends. Plan now to attend.

Member Need: If you know of anyone who is looking to sell a 5-speed manual, wagon/car for $2-3,000, one of our Central family members is looking to purchase one and would love to know about it.  Please write happenings@saccentral.org with any leads. 

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

News & Events

Sacramento Adventist Academy Alumni Weekend, April 11 & 12. Please join SAA as we welcome our alumni for this festive weekend to reflect on their time at SAA (SUA) and reconnect with old friends. This year’s honored classes are 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 and 2004. Our Alumni Weekend schedule includes the following events: Friday, April 11: SAA Music Vespers @ 6:30 PM; Sabbath, April 12: Continental Breakfast & Fellowship @ 9:30 AM; Worship Service @ 10:30 AM.  All events will be held on the SAA campus.

Adventist photographers in the NAD are invited to participate in inSpire's 2014 Facebook Photo Contest. Both amateur and professional photographers may enter. The idea is to spotlight God's creative power and to provide opportunities for His people to share their gifts. Prizes range from $100 to an iPad Mini. Winners will be selected based on a combination of how many people like the photos on Facebook, and the rankings that will be given by inSpire's photography judges. The contest ends at midnight on May 15.  To learn more go to https://www.facebook.com/visit.inspire.

Summit On Abuse: A co-sponsored event by North American Division Women’s Ministries and General Conference Women’s Ministries, the emphasis of the summit is training members and leaders how to respond to abuse victims in our churches and in the community. Go to http://www.nadwm.org/ for more information. 

Resources

Creation v. Evolution: The most notable conflict between science and the Bible is over the theory of evolution with its billions of years for the progressive development of life and the biblical account of the creation of life by God in six literal days a few thousand years ago. Does the success of science in other areas force us to conclude that scientific evidence for an evolutionary theory is irrefutable?

The Geoscience Research Institute, founded in 1958, was established to address this question by looking at the scientific evidence concerning origins. The Institute uses both science and revelation to study the question of origins because it considers the exclusive use of science as too narrow an approach. The Institute serves the Seventh-day Adventist church in two major areas: research and communication. To learn more go to http://grisda.org/.  For their latest newsletter click here.

FREE Resource: You may not be aware that you can access all of Ellen G. White’s writings for free but you can.  Simply go to www.whiteestate.com to access her books, letters, and periodical articles, and be blessed!

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