Enforced by Aircraft

Have you ever seen those traffic signs alongside the highway that say “Speed Enforced by Aircraft”?  When I first saw them my immediate question was, “How on earth is this possible?”  The reason I asked the question was probably due to some bizarre images I had in my head of planes enforcing the speed limit on a stretch of highway.  You’d laugh if I tried to describe them to you.  But, if you’re like me and have never seen any aircraft enforcing anything, then you’re probably asking whether this thing is legitimate.  

From what I’ve read here’s how it works - and it does work...

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This Week (July 14 to July 19): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Chris – The Problem With Money; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Eileen Esenbiesz; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug Batchelor + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris – Money Problems

Breaking News! At our recently scheduled business meeting the future of Central’s media ministry was investigated. Pastor Chris reviewed Central’s media history and then highlighted opportunities for the continuation of high-quality programming at Central. Equipment needs were reviewed as well as pricing.  After time in prayer and discussion, a motion was made for Central to move forward with the acquisition of a 4-camera package, including the replacement of all audio/visual and studio equipment.  The motion was passed.  Right now your prayers, active support, and financial contributions are very much needed.  To fund this project please earmark your contribution “Media Ministry.”  If you wish to get involved with media ministry, please let the pastoral staff or church office know.  Let’s move forward together realizing that the success of this operation won’t come from a few gifts and talents but from a collective sacrifice for the advancement of the proclamation of the everlasting gospel. Please stay tuned for more information to follow.

Pastoral Search Update: We had planned to interview a potential candidate for the administrative pastor position on July 10 but recently we were informed that our interviewee took another call to work elsewhere. As a result the interview did not take place. He expressed his deep regret in getting our hopes up and asked that we accept his sincere apologies. He believes God has led him in the direction he has chosen and so we have accepted this as God's will for him and for us as well. 

Presently the Conference is referencing another candidate for the Youth/Young Adult position. We have gone in this direction considering the great need Central has in this area.  The Conference Personnel Committee met on July 10 and the response was favorable. As soon as we get a date set for an interview we will let you know.  Please continue to keep this process in prayer.  We are long overdue for extra pastoral support.

Central’s Food Closet: Over the past couple of months our Food Closet Ministry has been re-tooling for a re-launch in August.  This is a vital ministry to our community that needs qualified individuals to assist Buddy Harper and Andre Hope to both physically and spiritually feed those in need.  To apply to join this ministry please contact Buddy @ (916) 676-6632 or Andre @ (719) 580-2206 ASAP.

Thrift Store Needs: Your Neighbor Thrift Store is looking for dedicated helpers to assist them on a regular basis.  If you have a good work ethic, can volunteer consistently, enjoy people, and want to share the love of Jesus, please contact the church office or Buddy Harper directly @ (916) 676-6632.

Ushers Wanted! Enjoy people? Desire guests to feel welcome at church? Then this ministry might be right for you. Contact Jim Beal to indicate your interest @ (916) 456-5309.

Gym Night: Central’s Family Life Ministry is planning a gym night for youth, singles, and families.  The event will be at SAA, Saturday night, July 26 starting at 8:30 PM.  Come and enjoy good food and fellowship!  There will be drawings, games, prizes, and much more!  Earn an extra ticket (for the drawing) for each guest you bring.  Food will be sold separately.  For additional details call Tyra Taylor @ (916) 230-3938.

Bassi Falls Hike is scheduled for Sabbath afternoon, July 26.  This amazing waterfall cascades over granite slabs 109’ to refreshing pools below.  The walk is about 1.5 miles round-trip with many things to explore.

Correction: Please note that there will be no more Discipleship University for the remainder of the summer.  Classes will resume after Labor Day weekend. 


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

News & Announcements

Help Rebuild SAA’s Science Lab! You can help one square foot at a time.  After receiving a $15,000 grant, all that remains to build the science lab is $47,000.  At 1,450 square feet that comes to $33 per square foot.  Can you contribute to our students’ science education?  How many square feet can you support?  Sign up by calling the school @ (916) 481-2300, or send a check made payable to SAA and put Science Lab on the memo line.

There are a variety of Redwood Camp Meeting materials on the NCC website (www.ncc.sda.com/redwoodcamp) to tell you all about what’s happening this year.  You can also “like” their Facebook page and get updates (Facebook.com/redwoodcamp).  Be sure to register for your time at camp meeting before too much time passes away.

Adventist Health has been named one of the nation’s most wired health systems in a survey representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30% of all U.S. hospitals, which was conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.  Click here to read more.

NAD Health Ministries Director Dr. Katia Reinhart will be one of the speakers for the upcoming webinar, “It Takes Faith - Addressing Tobacco Use Within the Faith Community,” sponsored by Faiths United Against Tobacco and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Office on Smoking and Health.  To read more go here. 


The Breaking the Silence brochure from NAD’s Women’s Ministries defines physical, emotional, sexual, and child abuse.  It provides biblical basis for why abuse is wrong, and offers helpful information for victims and friends victims.  It is available in both English and Spanish.  To order yours today email Erica.Jones@nad.adventist.org 

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 http://www.libertymagazine.org/



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