When I was growing up I had some friends that were pretty fearless.  They’d easily hang upside-down from monkey bars, without pause do back flips into the pool, and scamper up trees with no regard for gravity.  I can say that I was a cautious kid, measuring my decisions, weighing the risks, being sure it was okay to try.  Although it would take me a bit longer than some of my friends I’d soon be joining them in their escapades.  Back flips into the pool was always an unnerving experience, but climbing trees, well, what boy out there doesn’t want to climb up the tallest?...

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This Week (July 28 to August 2): Tuesday @ 7:00 PM – Prayer Meeting with Pastor Mike Thompson – The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1; Sabbath @ 9:00 AM Morning Manna – Andrew Jones; @ 9:30 AM - Central Study Hour with Pastor Doug Batchelor + Children/Youth/Adult Sabbath School; @ 10:45 AM - Worship Service with Pastor Chris Buttery – Men at Work

New Ministry @ Central: Thanks to the initiative of Roberta Frank, a new member at Central, a new ministry has begun that involves reading spirit-filled books to individuals of all ages. If you or anybody you know would appreciate hearing the word of God read or cannot read for whatever reason then join Roberta in the Pre-K Sabbath School room each Sabbath starting at 1:30 PM.

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 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.


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

News & Announcements

Want to go on a mission trip? Local resident of Sacramento, Carol Herbert, is coordinating a Maranatha Mission trip.  For more details go here.

Help Rebuild SAA’s Science Lab! You can help - one square foot at a time. After receiving a $15,000 grant, the remaining cost is $47,000. At 1,450 square feet - this equals $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 write “Science Lab” in the memo line.

The New Friendly Face of the Papacy: For a good read on a timely event click here and be informed.


Hope Channel (HC) has moved to a high-definition (HD) satellite on DIRECTV, and will be available on DIRECTV all across the U.S. without limitations and without the need for an additional antenna. While HC will continue to be available on Channel 368 on DIRECTV, as of July 16, all DIRECTV customers who didn't have HD equipment and the subscription package, need to have an upgrade. Call 800-531-5000 for information about upgrading your equipment and subscription package.

HC can be watched online, with the HC app; through a Roku box or stick available from stores such as Target or Walmart (requires high speed internet but with no monthly fees to use Roku); via Glorystar satellite, a one-time purchase with no monthly fees (Information: 866-597-0728); and via Hope Channel's free-to-air broadcast channel in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Tampa. Other free-to-air and cable channels are available across the country.

HC regrets the inconvenience this change may cause some viewers, yet are glad for the providential opportunities that allow them to reach more people in the U.S. and around the world. 

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



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