Big Eyes, Small Stomachs

How many of you remember this scenario being played out at the dinner table when you were growing up:

Child: “Mom, may I have some more potatoes?” (You were smiling and hopeful). Parent: “Have you finished what’s on your plate?” 

Child: “Yes I have.  Can I have more potatoes please?” (Your smile was now slightly diminished yet you were still persistent).  

Parent: “Do you need more potatoes?” 

Child: “Well, they’re delicious and I’d like more.” (You were no longer smiling and losing hope). 

Parent: “But do you have room in your stomach for more potatoes?” 

Child: “I would like more potatoes please.” (You started to tear up and look pitiful). 

 You then receive the extra potatoes (or whatever else it was you wanted) and lo and behold, after several mouthfuls and deep breaths, you couldn’t fit them in.  So you fiddled with the food with your fork.  You moved them around the plate.  You tried to spread them out to make it look like you ate most of them.  Then came the following words from your wise parent witnessing your obvious dilemma: “Your eyes were bigger than your stomach, weren’t they?”  We didn’t want to admit it then, but deep down we knew it was true.  And our kids have followed in our footsteps...

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This Week (July 7 to July 12): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Ray Rengifo – The Privilege of Prayer; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – JeAnn Davis; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug Batchelor + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – Your Feet In Another’s Shoes


Vacation Bible School (VBS): During the week of July 23 to 28 we conducted our annual Vacation Bible School. This years theme centered around the biblical account of the creation. 50-60 children were present each evening to enjoy games, crafts, activities, and Bible stories. Fun was had by all. A special thanks to our Children's Ministries team, led by Shirley Hope, for taking a special interest in our children and for a job well-done!

Teen Day Camp: This week our Youth Ministry leaders, David & Leticia Karn, have taken over a dozen teens and youth under their wings for a week of service, learning, and fun. Beginning each day with worship the team then performs a community service project followed by an fun-filled activity. Thank you Karn's for investing in the youth of our church!

Calling All Members! The church board is calling for a business meeting tonight (July 9) @ 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary to decide 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.

Bible Study Training Class with our Bible Worker, JeAnn Davis, will begin July 12, at 3:00 PM in the Junior Sabbath School Room; training is focused on how to give Bible studies and how to gain decisions for baptism.

Pathfinder Club Investiture Ceremony will be held on Sabbath, July 12 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel. Everyone is welcome, especially potential Pathfinders. Reception following the ceremony in the Camellia Room.

Discipleship University: Plan to attend the final Discipleship University for the summer on July 19 @ 2 PM. More details to follow.



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

News & Announcements

Adventist Church Encouraged by Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision: The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is encouraged with the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the most anticipated case this term in which religious liberty and the right to healthcare intersected. Today’s decision, in what is referred to as the Hobby Lobby case, reaffirmed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which safeguards the broad religious liberty protections available to all people of faith… To read more click here.

“Is The Protest Over” is the title of the discussion forum with Pastor Stephen Bohr, Jim Gilley, and CA Murray. Together they answer questions about the first Jesuit Pope, the Pope visiting the wailing wall, Palestinian and Jewish leaders meetings with the Pope in the Vatican, an invitation for the Pope to address a joint session of Congress in 2015, Protestantism and the world powers drawing ever closer to Roman Catholicism, and more. To watch go here.

Recent Research on Vegetarian Diet: Consuming a plant-based diet results in a more sustainable environment and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, while improving longevity, according to new research from Loma Linda University Health.  A study and an article, produced by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, will be published in full in the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and were first presented at the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition in 2013. Click here to read more.

The Cornhusker Chapter of the American Red Cross honored Union College’s new Red Cross Club with the Tribute to Heroes Disaster Relief Award for “unconditional service and support to the Cornhusker Disaster Action Team.” The campus club assists with Red Cross disaster response throughout the state of Nebraska, supporting first responders to fires, helping to provide for the immediate needs of disaster victims, and assisting with tornado damage assessment. Go here to read more.


Liberty: Founded in 1906, Liberty magazine continues to be the preeminent resource for matters of religious freedom. Keep abreast of the latest issues that impact your life and your liberty by going to

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 to learn more.



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) 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 as we seek to press together for the work at hand and in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.

Your Pastoral Staff