Breaking News!

This past Sabbath, April 19, Pastor Chris Buttery was officially presented to our congregation as the new Senior Pastor for Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Four months of deliberation between our Church Board and the Northern California Conference finally brought us all to this meaningful and happy moment!

Elder Ed Fargusson, Conference Vice President, lead Pastor Chris and his wife Jennifer onto the podium to break the long awaited news, which was enthusiastically received by our members.  In response to Elder Fargusson's dedicatory prayer, Pastor Chris said the following as he commenced his first sermon as Central's new Senior Pastor:

“Jennifer and I are very honored to take the helm here as the lead pastor for Sacramento Central.  When we came here a year and a half ago we came because we knew God had called us here.  We came here very happy to be a part of the team never thinking we would be here accepting and having accepted the senior pastor position.  We do consider this be a high honor and a privilege.

We realize that there are some big shoes to fill (both literally and figuratively!).  Pastor Doug has been a huge blessing to Sacramento Central and the surrounding community.  He has led this church in a very powerful way.  Admittedly it’s somewhat foreboding to be following in his steps.  We recognize the huge responsibility that rests upon us.  However we know God will help us as we trust in Him and put our best foot forward.

As a pastoral team we plan to walk in the humble footsteps of Jesus.  We plan to minister to His congregation and the surrounding community that this church has been given spiritual watch care over.  We plan to lead His people into ministry and evangelism, and to continue the good work that has been happening here.  

We are excited about the potential and possibility of the work that is still to be done and is going to be done here at Sacramento Central.  We have a lot to do before Jesus comes back which means we need to pull together and forge ahead in the proclamation of the three-angels messages in the exciting recognition that Jesus is coming back again soon.

There are certainly some housekeeping items we need to take care of right away. There are a couple of pastoral positions we need to fill right away - another associate and a youth/young adult pastor.  We’ll be working toward that and ask that you continue to pray as we seek to get these positions filled as soon as possible.

And of course we know, and we’re not exactly sure when, but Granite Bay will be opening up their new interim facility which means the Amazing Facts media team and equipment will be moving out of Central. It’s our intention, and it’s obviously yours to continue a vibrant media ministry here at Central.  Our Media Study Committee has started the ball rolling and soon we’ll have some important decisions to make that will ultimately require the church’s support if we want to see it become a reality.  While there are many different mediums to share the gospel with our community and the world, media is definitely one.  We also have an online membership and viewership that we need to continue to nurture and strengthen.

We have a lot to do right now, but we are excited to see how God is going to lead us as we enter a new phase, a new chapter in our history here at Sacramento Central.  I like to think that we are continuing on where we left off, forging ahead together, and hastening Jesus return.

Jen and I know that you’ll be praying for us as we pray for you.  We’re looking forward to this new journey together.  God bless you. We have an exciting future ahead of us.  Can’t wait to see what God’s got planned for each one of us!”

We welcome Pastor Chris to his new responsibility and ask that God will continually bless, direct, and strengthen him.  We also ask God's blessing on his wife and children and pray that Heaven's protection will always be theirs.  Welcome Pastor Chris.  We are joyful that God's providence has brought you here to lead and direct in the mission of our beloved church. – Pastor Mike Thompson

This Week @ Central

This Week (April 20-26): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM - Prayer Meeting with JeAnn Davis – "The Problem With Hate"; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna –Elizabeth Rengifo; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris - "Hold The Mustard!"

Glimpses Of Glory is the title to this years spring concert which will take place this 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.

Fighting Cancer Through Diet & Lifestyle Changes takes place April 28-30 and May 5-7 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Learn more about fiber, proteins, antioxidants, nutrition basics, and more through experienced presenters and doctors. Cooking demonstrations and food sampling also included. Cost is only $5/night or $20 if you register for all six classes on opening night.

Israel In Prophecy Seminar: Plan to join us for this exciting seminar with Steve Wohlberg, speaker/director of White Horse Media. Presentations include: All Eyes On Israel, 7-Years Of Tribulation, & Israel, Babylon & Armageddon. Seminar will run from May 8-10 @ 7 PM each evening. Colorful invites for you to share will be coming soon.

Bulletin Board: An assortment of happenings, announcements, and resources  from around the Seventh-day Adventist Church

News & Events

A smaller publishing house was voted by the Review and Herald Publishing Association (RHPA) Board of Directors after year-end reports showed a nearly $943,000 loss for 2013, and continued weakness in the first quarter of 2014. The goal of the decision is to stabilize the financial health of the 165-year-old publishing house in Hagerstown, MD. Click here to read more.

Andrews University's six-day Natural Remedies and Hydrotherapy Workshop will be offered again this August 3-8. In addition to university faculty, the following speakers will present: Don Miller, Uchee Pines Institute; David DeRose, Weimar Center of Health and Education; Elvin Adams, U.S. Health Works; Norman McNulty, neurologist.  Register before July 25 to reserve a place in the workshop email  fran@andrews.edu, or call 269-471-3541.  Click here for more information.

Resources

The Adventist Home, the Spirit of Prophecy Book of the Year, is on sale for 25% off for all versions. This book, never out of date, contains practical counsel for Adventist Christian families, including guidance on where to locate the home, how to make it pleasant, counsel on how to get along with other family members, and more. Order through your local Adventist Book Center, online @ http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/, or call 800-765-6955.

Confidence in Chaos, the 2014 sharing book is written to help people who are trying to make sense of a rapidly changing world that appears to be mired in chaos. Written by John Bradshaw, speaker/director of It Is Written television ministry, it reveals not only the depth of the chaos facing our world and the issues coming in the future, but also confidence in the solutions offered to us by God. Read sample chapters and learn more by clicking here.

HOPE TV: The official television network of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hope Channel offers programs on wholistic Christian living and focuses of faith, health, relationships, and community. It’s television that will change your life! Tune in today: http://hopetv.org/watch/international-channels/