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We are excited to announce that Operation Joash has begun at Sacramento Central!

Join us for this incredible journey of faith. Please read below to learn more...

www.saccentral.org/operation-joash/

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Shooting For The Moon!

Nothing unites people like a compelling vision. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to fly in space, reinforcing American fears about being left behind in a technological competition with the Soviet Union.

President John F. Kennedy was eager for the United States to take the lead in the “space race.” Kennedy made a speech at Rice University on September 12, 1962, in which he said: "No nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space…We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

Kennedy rallied the nation. The vision was so inspiring that a janitor working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, commenting about his work said, “I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” Six years after Kennedy’s assassination, on July 20, 1969 the first manned spacecraft landed on the Moon.

The vision became reality! It was a daring and audacious plan. Doesn’t God expect you and I to be just as daring in the work He has called us to do? Surely. “[God] longs to have [us] expect great things from Him.” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 146)

That’s why, in our 130th year of operation, Sacramento Central is launching an audacious plan, a plan that is somewhat prophetic in nature. It’s a two-fold plan...

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A Two-Fold Plan, Part 1

First, it involves a vigorous evangelistic program that continues to “builds” God’s spiritual house. The apostle Paul wrote, “In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:21, 22) We have a 5-year plan to steadily grow the attendance and membership of Sacramento Central, while at the same time preparing ourselves to plant a church in either the city of Folsom or Natomas where currently there is no Adventist Church.

We will be utilizing all of the resources God has blessed this church with to fulfill His vision for us – from media to men’s ministry, from community services to children’s ministry; from health to family ministries; from book to Bible worker ministry – all of our ministries will continue to give intentional focus to the task of “building” up God’s spiritual house in preparation for His soon return...

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A Two-Fold Plan, Part 2

Second, this daring plan includes a work of restoring the building facility to its original condition. While it remains strong and viable, after nearly 45 years of use our facility has shown wear and tear, and areas of neglect. Those areas include the sanctuary HVAC system, breezeway-classroom roof, parking lot and driveway, Sabbath School classrooms, courtyard pavement and planters, and more. More space is also needed in order for us to operate seamlessly.

So, running alongside of our 5-year evangelistic program we’ll be conducting an equally vigorous building program, which, when completed, will give Sacramento Central that solid platform to continue to operate a successful ministry from.

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Where There Is No Vision…

The wise man wrote, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) Throughout the Bible we read of great visionaries. But their visions didn’t focus on selfish desires. They involved selfless quests to reconcile the world to its Creator. Their vision was God’s vision. This also is Sacramento Central’s vision.

Think about how exciting it must have been for God’s ancient people to learn of David’s vision to build a house for the great God of the universe. The people were motivated and got behind the project under Solomon’s leadership until it was completed. It was an incredible accomplishment! That house stood for 400 years.

However, over time, the house had been allowed to fall into disrepair. Would God’s people be just as enthusiastic about its repairs as when it was erected? Certainly!

Under the capable leadership of King Joash, extensive repairs were vigorously initiated and completed. The Bible records the devotion and care that went into those repairs: “So the workmen labored, and the work was completed by them; they restored the house of God to its original condition and reinforced it.” (2 Chronicles 24:13) It was a success! God’s house had been restored and as a result His reputation among the surrounding nations had been too.

“[God’s] people today are to remember that the house of worship is the Lord's property and that it is to be scrupulously cared for.” (Testimonies to the Church, vol. 9, p. 248)

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Operation Joash, Ready For Launch!

This is why Sacramento Central is naming its 5-year vision, Operation Joash. As King Joash was a “repairer of the breach” (see Isa. 58:12), we intend to do the same by, God's grace.

Without having officially started the building portion of Operation Joash, over $40,000 has already come in to support this venture from faithful contributors like you. With these resources we will immediately do the following:

• Repair our breezeway/classroom roof with a 5-year guarantee, no-leak, touch up. This will give us time to raise funds for roof resurfacing, which will happen later, and to prioritize our attention on phases 1-3 of the replacement HVAC system.

• Maintain the existing HVAC water tower & chillers to get us through the summer, giving us time to raise enough funds to begin phases 1-3 on the replacement HVAC system as soon as possible.

• Renovate and restore the Primary Room Sabbath School classroom. To be completed no later than the end of summer.

What a great way to begin celebrating our 130th anniversary this year!

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God Has A Thousand Ways…

There is a lot to do in such a short time, and that’s why your immediate commitment to God’s work at Sacramento Central is needed. We’ve broken the 5-year vision down into bite-size pieces to make it easier to digest"

• 5-Year Funding Goal = $1 million (balance needed to replace the sanctuary HVAC system, upgrade campus electrical capacity, resurface classroom/breezeway roof, renovate six Sabbath School classrooms, resurface parking lot/driveway, resurface courtyard, repair/replace tree wells, renovate change rooms, etc.)

• Year One Goal = $270,000 (balance needed to upgrade campus electrical capacity for changes to the cooling system and future cooling of classrooms, and to replace both roof air handlers with new units, including repair and strengthening of roof)

“Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing.” (The Desire Of Ages, p. 330)

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Not Equal Giving, But Equal Sacrifice

The strength of any fundraising endeavor is planned and systematic giving. To provide the best opportunity for the greatest participation and the achievement of a maximum goal, an annual, 52-week plan of giving has been adopted. You will be asked to establish your own schedule of giving weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. Download your own PLEDGE CARD to be completed and mailed to: 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819

Our request for planned giving has one fundamental principle: Not Equal Giving, But Equal Sacrifice. Decisions concerning the amount of the gift rest solely with you and/or your family.

What should you give? There’s just one answer – a generous, sacrificial gift…as much as your income will allow…an amount sufficient to represent your gift of appreciation to God as you express your thanks for all He has given you. Only you, your family, and God can make the right decision.

Please make your gift a matter of earnest prayer. A sacrificial gift is one which may require you to:

• Change your lifestyle

• Rearrange your priorities

• Actually give up something

Regular giving is extremely important. It’s an easy way to make a significant contribution over a prolonged period of time. You’ll be amazed at the actual total amount given systematically over the course of this and subsequent years.

If you prefer to contribute stocks, bonds, lands, or other holdings may do so. Often substantial income and capital tax savings accrue through this type of gift. Federal tax laws are designed to encourage individuals to make donations for religious purposes.

Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift toward Operation Joash.

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Questions & Answers

Q. Why is our church involved in Operation Joash?

A. The ultimate goal is to allow Sacramento Central to continue to be a viable agency in the hand of God for the building up of His kingdom and for the hastening of the return of Jesus. Working together will allow us to discover and act upon God’s will in our lives regarding material things. We will grow spiritually, both individually and as a church family, by applying God’s methods for managing resources.

Q. How much are we trying to raise for Operation Joash?

A. Our 5-year goal is $1 million. For our first year we will need $270,000. Thankfully over $40,000 has been raised so far.

Q. How does the giving program work?

A. You will be asked to commit a sacrificial PLEDGE for the first year of the project. We anticipate that this pledge will be above and beyond your normal giving to Central. Pledges for subsequent years will be asked for at those times.

Q. Will we be asked to pledge publicly?

A. No. Pledges are to be made at home. You are asked to return your PLEDGE CARD within the next two-weeks to Operation Joash, 6045 Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95819. 

Q. When will my pledge contributions begin?

A. As soon as you have determined what your gift will be. To stay on course, we hope everyone will have commenced their giving plan before the end of May, 2017.

Q. How do we make our contributions to Operation Joash?

A. You can go through our website  - www.saccentral.org (credit card and recurring payments options are available), mail your gifts to the church, or place your gift in our tithe envelope (mark it Operation Joash).

Q. Can I change my pledge later on?

A. Yes. Some will be blessed so that they can increase their pledge. :-) 

Q. Can I give assets other than cash?

A. Yes. There are tremendous tax advantages in giving assets other than cash.

Q. How can I become better acquainted with Operation Joash?

A. Everything you need to know can be found on our website.

Q. If I should fall behind on my pledge will the church make efforts to make me pay?

A. The purpose of the pledge card is so that the church board can have an indication of approximately how much they can expect to come in so that they will know how and when to proceed with the various projects. You are being asked to pray and ask God what He would like to do through you. Faithfulness to the Lord and the pledge you've made to Him is vitally important to your spirituality and to the success of the enterprise.

www.saccentral.org/operation-joash/

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