A Work in Progress 

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said ,"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)  The marginal reading for "will perform it" is, "will finish it."  We are all a work in progress, but God has promised to bring His work to full completion in our lives as we trust in His abounding grace. It is through God's amazing grace that we receive pardon for our sins, and also power to overcome our sins.

Some of us may have had a head start on the road to heaven.  Some of us may have only recently, in our later years, begun the upward journey.  Yet it makes no difference if we, with child-like trust, submit our lives into God's hands.  Our Heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for all our spiritual needs and we shall not be found wanting when Jesus returns in glory, "But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

Paul's short but confident letter to the church in Philippi should inspire the faith of every Christian. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” declared the Apostle in chapter 4 and verse 13.  "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure,” he further stated in chapter 2, verse 13.

Let us praise God for the miracle of character transformation He has promised to accomplish in every surrendered life. "With Him there can be no such thing as failure, loss, impossibility, or defeat." (Desire of Ages, p. 490) 

Written by Pastor Mike 

CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (May 11 to 17): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Unsealing Daniel’s Mysteries with Pastor Chris; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna –TBD; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – Inside Out

Unsealing Daniel’s Mysteries begins tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 13) @ 7:00 PM. Each chapter of Daniel with its exciting prophecies will be explored in a casual atmosphere in the church chapel. Everyone is welcome to attend, so don’t hesitate to invite a family member or friend. Contact Pastor Chris for more information.

Discipleship University continues this Sabbath, May 17 @ 2 PM as Pastor Chris shares “How to Study the Bible, Part II.”  The presentation will be recorded for anyone who can’t make it.

Youth Event! All youth (ages 15 to 17) with their families are invited to attend a planning event Sabbath, May 17 @ 7PM. A salad/sandwich potluck supper is being served so please bring something to share (popcorn and juice will be provided). For more information please contact David Karn @ (916) 307-2485.

Women’s Ministry Brunch: Mark your calendars now for Sunday morning, May 18 at 11:00AM. The ladies of Sac Central are invited to the annual Women’s Ministry Brunch in the Camellia Room where you will enjoy a spiritually uplifting time together. Pat Arribito will be this years guest presenter. Plan now to join us!

Hike to Fairy Falls: The Social committee has planned a hike for all those who enjoy getting out into nature.  The six-mile hike will take you along an easy route through an area of significant geological history to set of waterfalls. Plan to meet by the church fountain after church on May 24 where maps will be handed out.  The plan is to leave by 1PM with lunch being eaten at the trailhead.

Ministry Fair & Church-Wide Potluck: The 2nd Annual Ministry Fair will be taking place Sabbath, May 31 immediately after church. All of Central’s ministries will be featured giving everyone a chance to learn more about the exciting things happening at Central and how God might be leading you to become involved. More details to follow, but plan to attend by marking your calendars now.

Steve Wohlberg Seminars: All four presentations on Israel in Prophecy and one on the 2520 are available on CD and DVD. The following gifts will be gladly received: $3/CD or $10/set and $4/DVD or $12/set. To receive your copy, please contact the church office today!

A Neighbor of Central Church is looking for a young person to help with yard work. Please call the church office if you have transportation and are looking for a summer time side-job.

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

News & Announcements

Northern California Conference Constituency Session will be taking place at Pacific Union College church on Sunday, May 18.  Delegates from all the conference churches will be convening to discuss and vote on important items that will affect the future direction of this conference.  Please remember to pray for God’s leading during these meetings.

ADRA Canada has provided warmth to 25,000 people in rural Syria this winter with a $1.2 million grant from the Canadian government and in collaboration with ADRA Denmark. To save their lives, many families have left everything and fled their homes. The UN estimates that the ongoing crisis in Syria has led to the displacement of 6.5 million people. Read Rita's story, "Frostbitten, Injured and Homeless," and about the Winterization Assistance for Syrian IDP's (Internally Displaced Persons) here.

Generation of Youth for Christ-West presents its eighth-annual conference: "I AM: The Conflict Continues” from June 18 to 22 at the beautiful Weimar campus. This year’s conference will focus on understanding the true character of God and His work in our lives. Join us as we seek to have a closer, more personal, walk with God. For information on speakers and how to register visit www.GYCWest.com.

Semi-Annual Weimar Book Sale: Weimar Institute Library is having a used book sale this Friday, May 16.  Excellent literature, media, and some SOP. Prices will vary. The time is from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on campus. The location will be announced.

Resources

Transforming the City: Urban Ministry in the New Millennium (An 8 DVD set), with over 30 hours of video of the best in Adventist leadership will help equip pastors, church administrators, and lay leaders on every level who are looking to acquire innovative skills and unconventional tools for leading congregations in community development. The set includes segments from Barry Black, Charles Bradford, and Mark Finley. Visit here for more details.

The Seventh Day is an in-depth documentary on the history of the Sabbath. To watch the entire series go to http://www.sabbathtruth.com/free-resources/seventh-day-video-series. Be sure to tell others about this informative series as well.

White Horse Media: For an array of truth-filled books, articles, and other resources visit www.whitehorsemedia.com/store/.  You’ll be so glad you did.

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