Jumping the Shark: Has the church really lost its relevance?

The headline caught my attention: “Shark Jumps Surfer.”  A 4-foot spinner shark was caught on video jumping over a surfer as a large wave formed off Panama City.  In the video the shark can be seen flying through the air as the surprised surfer looks up.  Fortunately for the surfer, spinner sharks are known to munch on small fish, not people.  This incident made me think of the idiom, Jumping the Shark.

This phrase was first used to describe a moment in the evolution of a television show when it began a decline in quality that was beyond recovery...

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This Week (May 26 to 31): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Unsealing Daniel’s Mysteries with Pastor Chris – Daniel 5; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Richard Anger; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:50 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – The Ultimate Tradeoff

Ministry Fair & Church-Wide Potluck: Central’s 2nd Annual Ministry Fair will be taking place this Sabbath (May 31) immediately following church.  Enjoy lunch (don’t forget to bring a dish or two so there’s plenty of food to go around) in the courtyard and Camellia Room, getting to know other Central members and friends, and learning about the various ministries happening at Central. Look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to the following individuals who were baptized on May 10: Jeremiah Breeden, Trishawna Karn, and Adam and Caleb Rodriguez. We know God will bless each one abundantly! Another baptism is scheduled for June 14. If God is leading you to be baptized please contact one of the pastors.

2014 Graduates! Congratulations to the following students of Central who recently graduated. We're so proud of you!

8th Grade - Kai Corpua, Annie Maiden, Job O'Connor, and Natalia Williams.

Senior Graduates - Nicole Guzman, Jesus Ibanez, Meredith Lovell, Katie Sobrepena, Alex Stefan, Genesis Villa, and Anna Zellitti-Laur.

Welcome! We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following individuals who have recently been elected to serve the church in various capacities: Diana Mitchell as Church Clerk, Lillie Grant as Interest Coordinator, Brian Yee as Deacon, Mariceli Gomez as Cradle Roll Leader, and Ricky Curtice as Audio/Visual Leader. We know each will do a terrific job for the Lord.

Recognition: We would like to extend a special thank you to the following individuals for their dedicated service at Central. They have recently stepped down from their ministry position: Vicki Taylor, Audio/Visual Leader, who has given 15 outstanding years of service in this department (she will now be assisting the new Audio/Visual leader); Debbie Kippel, Communications Leader, who took The Central Connection to the next level among other things (she remains Music Ministry Coordinator); Stacey Jaaskela, Clerk, who kept us all organized over the past couple of years (Stacey will continue as Pathfinder leader); and Tyra Taylor, Family Life Leader, who recently launched Central’s Youth & Family Retreat (she will remain a part of the Family Life Committee). Your dedication is an inspiration to us all. May God bless you in your new venture.

Vacation Bible School is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for the week of June 23 to June 28, from 5:45pm to 8:15pm. This year’s theme is Creation. More information soon to follow!

Member Need: A member of Central is looking for a room to rent as soon as possible.  If you know of anything that might be available please contact Jose Alfaro @ (916) 432-7034. Thank you!

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

News & Announcements

The Orangevale SDA School invites you to their OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, May 29 at 7 PM. Visit the school, meet the teachers and tour the classrooms. See what’s been happening at Orangevale SDA School!

Life Talk Radio (LTR) ownership will be retained by the NAD, as decided after a very positive discussion of the Adventist Media Center Board of Trustees on April 28. John Geli, who has successfully managed the operations and programming for several years, has been appointed as manager/director. John will be working with Adventist affiliate member station managers to fine tune the operations of LTR. LTR is a satellite radio programming resource currently providing Christ-centered programming 24 hours a day to over 100 affiliate stations across North America and internationally. If you are interested in affiliating your current or future station with LTR, contact: 800-775-HOPE (4673).

A memorial service for pastor and evangelist Don Gray has been rescheduled for May 31, at 3 p.m., at the Rockwood Church in Portland, Oregon The original service scheduled for February 8 was cancelled due to inclement weather. Gray, Northwest born, raised and educated, was well-known throughout the Adventist world church for his tireless work in soul-winning and evangelism. He died on January 11. To learn more about Don, click here. 

Hope Channel in the Prisons is a collaborative project between NAD Adult Ministries and Hope Channel which came about after Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) offered to put Hope Channel in prisons where they already have TBN installed. The first live installation was April 23 at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Chillicothe, for its 2,823 inmates; including 132 on death row. Adult Ministries is opening the door to people with a heart for prison ministries to assist in this project. Learn more by clicking here.

Christian Record Services for the Blind is conducting a short follow-up survey regarding their Annual Day of Giving, which was April 12. This survey is open to all NAD pastors and church members. The deadline to submit is Thursday, June 5. Click here to complete the short survey.


Facts with Hope: A health website especially for sharing with the public has been created by NAD Health Ministries. Facts with Hope will feature evidence-based health videos that can be shared on social media, linked on your websites and blogs, shown at church or used as a resource in presentations. A total of 12 videos on various aspects of health will be posted within the next month or so, and one or two videos will be added every month. Check it out and share.  

Advindicate.com: Mission – to publish a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Seventh-day Adventist perspective on current events and issues within the church. Affiliation - ADvindicate Inc. is not affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but does agree and support the fundamental beliefs of the church. Name - ADvindicate is a mash-up of A.D. (Anno Domini is Medieval Latin for “in the year of our Lord”) and vindicate. The AD refers to Christ and vindicate to his act of clearing his character of all blame. Join the conversation today!


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