Decriminalizing the Decalogue

Decriminalization: You’ve heard the word being used over the past decade with direct reference to the ongoing cannabis (aka marijuana) scuffle here in the U.S., but the idea has been around much longer than that. 

By definition, to decriminalize something means, “to cease by legislation to treat something as illegal.”  In reality it reflects changing social and moral views.  A society comes to believe, over a course of time, that an act may not be as harmful as it was first deemed and therefore concludes that it should no longer be viewed as offensive...  

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This Week (July 21 to July 26): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting (in sanctuary) with Buddy Harper – The Problem With Anxiety; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – TBD; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Chris Buttery + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Mike

Media Ministry: A comprehensive media package was recently voted for at our last business meeting. While more details will be shared soon we are excited about the direction Central is taking.  High-quality camera gear and studio equipment will be replacing the existing equipment.  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.  Stay tuned for more information that will be coming to your home.

Pastoral Search Update: We are happy to announce that on Monday, August 4 Central’s board will be interviewing a prospective Youth/Young Adult pastoral candidate.  This will be an open board meeting so welcome to join us.  We will share more developments with you as they happen. Please continue to keep this process in prayer.

Vegetarian Foods Coming To Your Neighbor Thrift Store: Your Neighbor Thrift Store is partnering with our local Adventist Book Center to provide various vegetarian food options for the masses.  The anticipated arrival is the first week in August.  More information to follow. 

Also, the 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.

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 and we need 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.

Youth, Singles, & Family Gym Night: Central’s Family Life Ministry is planning a gym night for all 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. Please meet at the church fountain @ 12:35 PM if you desire to go.


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

News & Announcements

There are a variety of Redwood Camp Meeting materials on the NCC website ( to tell you all about what’s happening this year.  You can also “like” their Facebook page and receive updates (  Be sure to register for your time at camp meeting before too late.

Ted Wilson Makes Case for Vegetarianism: At the recently held 2nd Annual Global Conference on Health & Lifestyle in Geneva, Switzerland, the General Conference president encouraged attendees to treat their bodies and minds well to promote better receptivity to the gentle pleadings of the Holy Spirit. You’ll be inspired as you read the report.

The Clifford Goldstein Story: Watch Clifford Goldstein’s self-narrated testimony about his life and conversion to Christianity here. 

New Stop-Smoking Program: Breathe Free 2 creator Daniel Handysides says the key to helping people quit smoking is personal relationships. Read more here.

Great Gift! A record-breaking gift commitment of $100 million from Dennis and Carol Troesh was announced the other day at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), that will set a new course for education at LLUH and kick start a $1.2 billion strategy to transform health care for millions of families throughout the Inland Empire and beyond.  Three major projects are expected to be completed by 2020. To read more click here.


The ABC Summer Catalogue is now available. Look for new items, sales, and for a chance to win a gift certificate 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 



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