Dangerous Optimism

Referring to the last days, Jesus spoke these cryptic words: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they knew not until the flood came and took them away…” (Matthew 24:37-38)

At first glance it seems as though eating, drinking, marrying, and giving in marriage are highly discouraged by the Lord in the last days of earth’s history, and anyone doing so will suffer the consequences - but that would be at first glance...

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CENTRAL HAPPENINGS & NEWS

This Week (June 30 to July 5): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike – True Motives; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Andrew Jones; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Mike + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – Regarding Stones, Snakes, & Scorpions. 

Calling All Members! The church board is calling for a business meeting on Tuesday, July 9 @ 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary to decide on the future of Central's media ministry. As always this is a members-only meeting and imperative we see as many members come out as possible. Thanking you in advance and asking you to commit this very important meeting to prayer.

Student scholarship forms are now available. Pick up your copy at the information rack next to the media room door of the church sanctuary. Remember, the deadline to submit your completed forms and all requested information is July 7.

Audio Ministry Training: Do you want to learn how to use technology to facilitate sharing the truths of the Bible with both local and viewing audiences? Did you sign up to become a part of Audio/Visual Ministry at our recent Ministry Fair? You don't have to have former knowledge or experience to come out for a hands-on training experience Tuesday, July 8 @ 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. For more information please contact Ricky Curtice by emailing him at kf6kjg@gmail.com.

Prayer Meeting is back and we’re picking up right where we left off. Come out Tuesday evenings at 7 PM for an hour of singing, Bible study, testimonies, and prayer as we continue our journey through The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 to 7) and learn what it’s going to take to stand through the last days.

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

News & Announcements

North American Division Sets 3 Goals to Improve Effectiveness: After conducting its biggest self-evaluation in more than 80 years, the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s North American Division has set goals of exploring alternative methods for funding world mission, building stronger branding, and streamlining operations. To read more go here.

Andrews University has begun a Mobile Farm Market, selling produce from a truck. The food truck takes fresh produce provided by the Andrews University Student Gardens to locations identified by the county as areas with a high concentration of low-income families who have limited access to produce and groceries. There they and sell it to local families for affordable prices. The mobile farm market accepts Bridgecard food stamps, cash and credit/debit cards. Go here to learn more.

Resources

Signs of the Times: Looking for a neat sharing resource that will introduce biblical topics and the love of God in a friendly way? Then you need to check out Signs of the Times, a monthly sharing magazine that leads readers in a joyful Christian experience while awaiting the soon return of Jesus. Go to http://www.signstimes.com/ to learn more.

Coming Out: The homosexual lifestyle is being blatantly thrust into society worldwide, whether it is in media programming, in the courtroom and statehouse, schools, churches, or homes. This 13-part DVD tackles this emotionally charged issue with kindness and compassion, keeping Scripture close at hand. To order your copy go here.

LLT Productions, based in California’s beautiful Napa Valley, is a non-profit 501(c)3 Christian organization dedicated to producing high quality documentary films on a wide variety of Christian subjects. Video programs, documentaries, printed materials, and television broadcasts from LLT Productions have enlightened and inspired people of many faiths and creeds all around the world. We invite you to explore LLT’s website and product listing for materials that would be a blessing to your life as well. http://lltproductions.com/

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